How to Sell Products Through Your Website

Posted by Dallen Clark on Dec 10, 2019 11:06:35 AM

Shopping online is becoming less of a  bonus and more of an expectation these days. While mega online stores like Amazon and eBay aren't as popular here in NZ as they are in other countries, it won't s

tay that way for long.  With many big NZ chains already having online stores and Amazon planning to add Prime to NZ anytime,  online shopping is likely to become a the method of choice for Kiwis too. 

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Topics: Websites, Business

Are you accidentally harming businesses you love through ratings?

Posted by Dallen Clark on Dec 5, 2019 3:06:37 PM

Customer reviews are one of the most important metrics to help first-time visitors decide to visit a company. Most review sites such as Google Reviews, Yelp, and Trip Advisor use a five-star rating system where 1 is the worst and 5 is the best. Something we've noticed, especially for local businesses, is that some satisfied customers are leaving low review scores, yet their review is nothing but praise. Some people have even admitted to never giving 5 star reviews. If you're one of them, we hope this article will help change your mind. 

A 3 star review is NOT a good review score. It means you were unhappy and that the business didn't deliver on its promises and expectations. Even if you personally think 3 stars means a job well done, the majority of people see the scale a different way. Satisfied customers giving poor star ratings is frequent enough that we think that some people are misunderstanding what the star rating on some of these sites mean.

Happy customers giving those 3-star ratings could accidentally be harming a business they love.  A couple of these for the same business could  lower the rating enough for people to not bother clicking in and reading more, all because satisfied or even regular customers rated it poorly. Are you one of them? 

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Topics: Business

Will Google's latest BERT update affect your site rankings?

Posted by Dallen Clark on Dec 5, 2019 3:00:49 PM

In late October 2019, a major shift happened with the way that Google comprehends search phrases known as the BERT Update. Google is constantly making updates, to the point that Google's Gary Illyes tweeted that they make 3 updates a day on average. Most of the time, these are small, unnoticeable changes, but every once in awhile there's a major shift that drastically shakes up the search results like new ways pages are crawled or new innovations like the featured snippet. BERT is one of these big updates.

BERT  stands for Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers--which sounds like they really wanted a specific acronym--an algorithm designed to better-understand search terms. With the new update, approximately 1 in 10 searches will be affected, and search engine results pages will have massive changes. This means that some pages that were ranking well are likely to fall, while others rise. Is there anything you can do to make sure your site is helped instead of hurt by BERT? 

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Topics: Websites

2 Minute Blog: Trade Show Prep

Posted by Two-Minute Blogger on Oct 17, 2019 2:23:16 PM

Trade shows are a fantastic place to raise brand awareness, meet new, high-quality leads, and network with people in related industries. However,  doing a trade show right can take a lot of preparation and planning ahead of time.

It's important to do plenty of planning before the big event so that you can get the most out of it. Going in unprepared is like opening a restaurant without a menu. You probably wont' get much out of it, and potential customers will probably get confused too. So for this 2 Minute Tip, we're going to go over some helpful Trade Show Prep to make yours more likely to be a success. 

Episode 11 - Trade Shows

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Topics: Business

2 Minute Blog: AMP Up Your Website for Mobile Devices

Posted by Two-Minute Blogger on Oct 10, 2019 4:23:37 PM

When you’re out and about, you’ve probably noticed that it seems like people spend more time on their phones than they used to. And it’s true; the data backs it up. In the last four years, the amount of mobile data usage has quadrupled, and according to Google, mobile is now the go-to choice for browsing the net, and their mobile-first index is now in effect.

Yet, a lot of sites are still buggy or slow on phones and tablets. Speed is a huge issue. Nobody wants to sit around waiting for sites to load, and to help out, Google has created the AMP framework that anyone can adopt for their sites to load faster, and is what we’re going over in this week’s 2 Minute Tip.


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Topics: Website design

2 Minute Blog: Website Maintenance

Posted by Two-Minute Blogger on Oct 10, 2019 3:10:25 PM

In the past, we’ve talked about how a website can be your hardest working employee, one that works nights, weekends, and even holidays. As a point of reference or even a place to purchase products directly from, your website can make a substantial, measurable difference on your sales… But only if it’s taken care of and working properly.

This week’s Two Minute Tip is all about website maintenance that you can do to help your site perform like the star employee it should be.

Website Maintenance (SD)

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Topics: Websites

Colour me Impressed! Why Colour in Design Matters

Posted by Dallen Clark on Aug 22, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Everybody has a favourite colour, something that stands out and brings positive feelings. One theory is that individual humans perceive colour differently, so really, everyone's favourite colour looks the same, but they call it something different (So everyone's favourite colour is teal of course). But if we agree that  most people see colour roughly the same way, we can agree that certain colours mesh while others clash. 

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Topics: Website design, Adverting, brand

9 Ways to Become a Professional Networking Professional

Posted by Dallen Clark on Aug 15, 2019 12:22:00 PM

Networking. It's something the experts just won't shut up about. How do you get that dream job? Networking. With proper networking, you can get the job before it's advertised! What comes up when you type in "best way to get new customers" into Google? Networking. Even articles about "creative ways" to get customers will mention showing off your existing customers or using your existing network. How do you have an existing network? Networking!

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Topics: Business, Marketing

We're Finalists for the national Best Design Awards!

Posted by Dallen Clark on Aug 12, 2019 8:07:06 PM

We've proven that even a small Southland design and marketing studio has what it takes to play with the big boys. 

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Topics: Business, Advertising

When it comes to content, how can quality be quantified?

Posted by Dallen Clark on Aug 8, 2019 7:20:00 AM

If you’ve ever read any marketing or SEO tips from experts, you’ll find that they nearly all of them say the same thing about written content: quality is the most important aspect. High-quality content ranks better than low-quality (obviously). And if you have to choose between quality and quantity, quality Trumps every time.

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Topics: SEO, Search Engine Marketing

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