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10 Things You Should Know About Websites and Online Marketing

10 Things You Should Know About Websites and Online Marketing

I recently had the opportunity to speak with the University of Georgia's Small Business Development Center's Grow Smart program.  I was given the topic of "Websites, SEO and Online Marketing."  Then I was told I’d only have ten minutes.  So, I decided to give the top ten things you should know about those things spending one minute talking about each of them.  Here is the content and an info-graphic of that presentation (after I wasted the first 22 seconds explaining what I was about to say).

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What We Can Learn from Les Misérables

What We can Learn from Les Misérables

I've spent the last four month reading Les Misérables by Victor Hugo.  It's a massive novel whose chapters are only outnumbered by its acclaims.  If you know (at least the mainstream) story line, you know that it is great story—that is not to be taken for granted, here.  However, the best part about the book is not the story.  Hugo goes into extreme detail about a very minor character—very minor.  It can be frustrating at first, but when you finally get to this character's one significant act the background knowledge adds so much weight that it almost brings tears to your eyes.  However, it is not Hugo's command of detail that makes this book so great either.

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Laundry Day

Laundry Day

This week I had the pleasure of writing a guest post on The Affordable Web Guy's site. Check out my blog, Laundry Day, here.

What Makes a Design Good?

What Makes a Design Good?

The office needed some new furniture, so Kristen and I went shopping.  We tend to prefer the antiquated to the contemporary so we went to a couple of our favorite antique stores.  That's when we saw it.  A hot pink (like burn-your-retina-hot pink) chair with a vibrant pineapple carved into the back.  And, guess what!  It was part of a set—table and all!  It was perhaps the most overwhelming thing I've ever seen in my entire life.  But, was it bad design?

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