This is the outline of a short, 20 minute presentation I gave yesterday to the St. Matthews Small Business Association. In it I document a few tips that are essential for understanding your website, and also how to deal with your web developer. I will elaborate on these in future posts. The impetus of this outline stems from issues that some of our clients have had in the past, and is not technical in nature.
- If you can avoid it, don’t use a freelancer
Choose a company you can trust will stick with you. Freelancers will disappear, and therefore don’t have the time to follow best practices. They may be cheaper in the long-term, but will cost you more down the road.
- Don’t trust “Buzzword Evangelists”
Anyone stressing one aspect of web marketing over another, unless they really know your business, is just selling a buzzword. SEO and Social Media are the latest victims.
- Your most valuable asset is time
Unless you choose to devote time to learning web strategies, understand that your vendor will be a long-term partner that will help you do your job more efficiently.
Building the website
- Don’t let your web developer hold your site hostage
Use an open-source CMS, not a proprietary one. Demand a site-backup before launch, and on a regular basis.
- Search Engine Optimization and Web Analytics are important
It’s like having a store with no sign. More people use Google now to find services than the Yellow Pages. It is important to start as early as possible using SEO Best Practices & measuring results with Web Analytics.
Marketing your business online
- The Internet is the most cost-effective way to advertise
You can make a big impact if you have an effective plan of action. The web is also one of the only mediums now where you can accurately measure your results and act on solid data.
- Success on the web is a journey, not a destination
Shoot for small successes, but be aware that your competition has access to the same tactics, so regular evaluation of your strategy is a must.
VIA Studio Joins Google Apps Authorized Reseller Program
By:Jason Clark on 3/25/2010
VIA Studio today announced it has become an authorized reseller of the Google Apps suite of communication and collaboration tools. VIA Studio provides setup, integration & support services for businesses and organizations using Google Apps.Read More »