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In this 2.0 world, we need to remember the basics of 1.0

I've had a lot of requests lately on website designing. Just a few tips of the trade I'd like to offer, feel free to add your own in the comment section.

1. Always follow the K.I.S.S. mentality.

Flash websites were revolutionary when they first launched. A splashy website certainly gave any new business "credibility." However, flash does not translate to mobile devices. With such a crazy spike in mobile usage, this cannot be ignored. If a web designer wants to build you a flash page, make sure there is a "skip intro" option so it can be viewed on a mobile device. However, I would avoid it all together - it's a bit past its prime.

I can't even begin to tell you how many emails I've received from people loving the layout of this website. I specifically designed this site to be easy to read, and as a portal of information that is pertinent to my readers. It doesn't take a long time to load, because people do not have the patience for that anymore! It's clear, concise, and simple. How quickly we forgot the basics of web design.

2. Social media integration

You absolutely must have a web presence. Must. Must. Must. Cannot stress this enough, if you don't do it - someone else will do it for you. Secure your URL on the most popular social sites, Facebook, Twitter (Myspace if you are promoting music). Have buttons built on your page linking all the appropriate sites per your demographic. This will also help with your search engine optimization, which a lot of people do not consider. With Google now crawling on tweets, it is the perfect way to flood the search engines with everything you! Take advantage of it! Your competitors certainly are.

3. Tracking, tracking, tracking

Your company does not need to understand social media, and SEO - that's why I have a job! However, it is important for you to hire a consultant, and make sure they are communicating your bottom line. Websites, and social media thrive for businesses only if they are able to communicate the message you are trying to send. If you are selling a product, are you driving enough traffic through social media to your website where they can purchase your product? Twitter followers are fantastic - showing growth and being able to sustain a following is wonderful, but is it translating to dollars?? Are you tracking to find out? Google analytics is a great tool for understanding and experimenting with new forms of tracking. Make sure every page of your website is coded appropriately, but leave this part up to the SEO- otherwise it will seem like jibberish. If you don't know your web stats, and just where your traffic is coming from - email me, and I can certainly help.

4. Know your demographic

Basics of marketing. Who are you selling to? Facebook has it down to a science to whom you can market to. 18-23 year olds who enjoy Desperate Housewives, like chocolate, and are looking for a new car. Think I'm kidding? Set up a PPC ad with them. It'll blow your mind the information that you have access to. Twitter is also the best way to get to know your audience. If someone in marketing had told me even 5 years ago that they could capture real time data on what people like, don't like, and are talking about in general; I'd say you were crazy! We have this AMAZING tool at our fingertips that most people sit there and shrug off saying, "who cares what you're up to!" Um, a LOT of people! You have the capability of tapping into the brain of your demographic. Use it!

Now go and make some money ... What are you waiting for?


Timing is everything

I read Mashable religiously. (It's even my home page on Safari.) However yesterday, something left a nasty taste in my mouth. Yesterday Verizon released the highly-anticipated Droid phone, and coincidentally Mashable's Adam Ostrow released an article touting that Verizon may release the iPhone in the second half of 2010.

Could AT&T and Apple be dropping "rumors" to customers to impede the sales of the Droid? After all, if you're a die hard iPhone fan and a loyal Verizon user, wouldn't you want to maybe wait a few months to not have to pay full price for the device?

The article itself is not raising any red flags, as these whispers have been running rampant on the blogs since the iPhone's release. However, I always look at timing - and something doesn't feel right.

What do you think??


Never argue with a 90 degree angle. They're always right!

An oldie, but a goodie ...

Is It Better To Be A Jock Or A Nerd?

The answer to the eternal question "Is it better to be a jock or a nerd"?

Michael Jordan made over $300,000 a game. That equals $10,000 a minute, at an average of 30 minutes per game.

With $40 million in endorsements, he made $178,100 a day, working or not.

If he sleeps 7 hours a night, he makes $52,000 every night while visions of sugarplums dance in his head.

If he goes to see a movie, it'll cost him $9.50, but he'll make $18,550 while he's there.

If he decides to have a 5 minute egg, he'll make $618 while boiling it.

He makes $7,415/hr more than minimum wage.

He'd make $3,710 while watching each episode of Friends.

If he wanted to save up for a new Acura SLX (about $90,000) it would take him a whole 12 hours.

If someone were to hand him his salary and endorsement money, they would have to do it at the rate of $2.00 every second.

He'd probably pay around $200 for a nice round of golf, but will be reimbursed around $30,000 during that round.

Assuming he puts the federal maximum of 15% of his income into a tax deferred account (401k), he will hit the federal cap of $9500 at 8:30 a.m. on January 1st.

If you were given a penny for every 10 dollars he made, you'd be living comfortably at $65,000 a year.

He'd make about $19.60 while watching the 100 meter dash in the Olympics.

He'd make about $15,600 during the Boston Marathon.

While the common person is spending about $20 for a meal in his trendy Chicago restaurant, he'd pull in about $5600.

In his last year, he made more than twice as much as all U.S. past presidents for all of their terms combined.

... However...

... If Jordan saves 100% of his income for the next 250 years, he'll still have less than Bill Gates has today.

Game over. Nerd wins


So you're saying I have a chance!!!

Just came across this article that answers the age old question, how the hell did he get a chick like that? Although, I wasn't really that impressed with their answer.

They were claiming that women were attracted to men with brains because they deem them as a good provider, with a solid job and income. *Blah, blah, blah*

Ok, here's the story ... who knows the story!!!
It's for one, between two people who are in love - or at least one who is an opportunist and another who wants good arm candy! I kid, I kid.
And B, I mean uh, two, intelligence is the most amazing aphrodisiac. I am now speaking on a personal level, but the strongest relationships I've been in were with guys that could keep up with my brain.

Being attracted to someone is of course the foundation to anything sexually. After all, if you're not even attracted to the person - no amount of money, intelligence, or so-called provider like skills are going to help.
Well, I take that back; money can buy a lot of alcohol that will enable you to be drunk enough to actually sleep with the person. Just make sure you allocate $10 for the Tylenol the next morning. I digress ...

So how do these guys end up with girls way outside of their league? Who knows! While you're worried about some other guy, the hot chick of your wet dreams could be right around the corner!
Just be you, and state the truth as simply as it is. Women can always smell out a liar, and for the record, not telling the whole truth is just as bad as lying. I've dated guys from many "leagues," and the one thing they had in common was they had the balls to ask me out. Just do it, what's the worst the girl can say? No? So what! You tried, but I guarantee you, by asking you'll never have to sit there and say "coulda, woulda, shoulda."

Here's the article in case you also wanted to disagree with it.


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