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Learning the Lingo: Responsive Web Design

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Tue, Jan 13, 2015 @ 02:51 PM

I remember visiting my first website in 1996. I was taking a computer skills class and part of the class was teaching students about using email and visiting websites, since both were fairly new.

There was a fair amount of anticipation as the page slowly loaded to show the home page for the now defunct search engine, Alta Vista. Our assignment was to search for and find a website that interested us. Being a fan of “The Simpsons,” I typed in “Fox Television” and visited fox.com. Thanks to the Way Back Machine, you can see what the site looked liked 19 years ago.

I remember being amazed at that website - even though it was mostly just graphics and not that much actual content.

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Tags: Digital Advertising, Digital Marketing, Websites, Learning the Lingo

Three Trends to Watch for in 2015

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Fri, Dec 26, 2014 @ 02:15 PM

I’ve been reading a lot of articles about predicting the social media and advertising trends for 2015. It’s important to read what experts are saying about the upcoming year so you can put yourself in a position to be ahead of the curve and catch a trend while it’s still hot.

There are two types of trends. There’s the type of trends that are hot on social media. These are the ones that are noted on Twitter and Facebook and gauge active interaction. They can help create a viral buzz for your business. But be careful, because these trends have a shelf life.

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Tags: Digital Advertising, Small Business, Digital Marketing, Customer Engagement

Your Business's Year in Review

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Wed, Dec 24, 2014 @ 12:14 PM

Some of my favorite stories to read at the end of the year are articles that look back at the year that was. It seems like every publication writes at least one “Year in Review” article.

I find them interesting for two reasons. First, I have a terrible, terrible memory. Unless an event, product or day connects with me in a significant way, I probably will forget it happened. For example, I can tell you where I was when the Red Sox won the 2004 World Series, but I have no idea who won the 2014 World Series.

Second, these lists are a great way to compare trends from year to year. What was the most popular kind of music? What were the news stories that we consumed and how did we consume them? What can we learn to make the next year different?

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Tags: Social Media, Digital Advertising, Small Business

Display Advertising: Capturing New Customers

Posted by Media Solutions on Mon, Aug 04, 2014 @ 02:57 PM

Building brand awareness – making sure consumers are familiar with the life and availability of your product is a key part of a complete web presence for your local business.

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Tags: Digital Advertising, Digital Marketing, Customer Engagement

The Power of Storytelling – Sponsored Content

Posted by Media Solutions on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 @ 12:44 PM

You’ve no doubt heard the truism that everyone has a story to tell, and nowhere is that more true than with businesses of all sizes and scopes. Chances are, if you started your own business, run a business, manage services or make a living doing or selling something to someone else, you’ve got even more than one story to tell: Do your potential or current customers know how long you’ve been in business? Do they know that you’re an expert at what you do? Do they know the multitude of ways you might be able to help them? Do they know how you stack up against the competition? Do they really know you?

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Tags: Sponsored Content, Digital Advertising

Opening Your Doors to the Digital Marketplace

Posted by Matt Graul on Fri, Jul 11, 2014 @ 11:42 AM

It’s not an original thought to ramble on about the company website as the digital storefront, the hub of all your online marketing efforts, or a cliché metaphor like “the foundation of the house.” In reality, this notion has become fact. The website is the online storefront. However, now that web presence has become ubiquitous, it’s hard to differentiate yourself from the competition based upon a flashy website. Your products and services have to do the differentiating. Furthermore, providing a consistent user experience for those who inquire about your products and services is crucial.

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Tags: Digital Advertising, Websites

Digital Advertising Ammo for the Small Business

Posted by Media Solutions on Fri, May 02, 2014 @ 02:58 PM

Did you know that the original consumer purchase funnel is over 115 years old?  Even back then, there was a definitive pattern in which customers moved through a buying cycle, starting from awareness to the end result of making an actual purchase.  The original model was AWARENESS, INTEREST, DESIRE and CONNECTION = SALE.

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Tags: Digital Advertising, Small Business, Customer Engagement, Marketing