Online Essentials Your Business Needs to Thrive

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For your business to thrive, you need to constantly bring in new customers and clients. While cold-calling and traditional advertising both have their benefits, we now live in an online world – when people want something done, their first stop isn’t the Yellow Pages, it’s Google. If your small business marketing plan is going to succeed, you need to have a strong online marketing presence.

Naturally, you’re worried about both the expense and the time commitment. While online marketing can be expensive if you’re not careful, meeting the minimum requirements is an absolute must if you hope to grow your business – and it can be done in a cost-efficient way. In fact, you can take a lot of the following steps for free! Here are the online essentials your business needs to thrive in the 21st century: Continue reading “Online Essentials Your Business Needs to Thrive”

How to make sure your site is mobile friendly in a ‘mobile-first’ world

mobile marketingThe world is dynamic, and people are moving from using desktops to using the Smartphone in finding information and communicating via the Internet. In lots of countries, the number of Smartphones in use is more than personal computers. All the more reason to make your site mobile friendly. A mobile friendly site is the one that has the correct display for handheld gadgets like tablets, Smartphones, iPhones, and iPads. The site also has minimized scrolling, easy to navigate, loads faster and avoids using flash. Making you site mobile friendly makes you visible to a wider pull of mobile users since your website will be visible in the search results depending on how well you have configured it. There are three things you should know when making a website accessible by a mobile phone user. Among them is: Continue reading “How to make sure your site is mobile friendly in a ‘mobile-first’ world”

Need a pint? So do 30 million people. #MissingType

We are of course talking about that golden liquid – no, not beer. The liquid (technically plasma) of life: BLOOD!

Maybe you have donated this year, or maybe you’ve just thought about donating. But did you know that in the United States there are 30 million people daily that need blood. That’s nearly 1/6 of our population!

A British marketing company has taken initiative to combat the risk of running out of blood.  NHS Blood and Transplant started the #MissingType campaign to increase blood donations in the United Kingdom. Their campaign saw an increase of 30,000 new donors for the UK, and this year companies such as Microsoft, Samsung, and even cities like Amsterdam and Bondi Beach are taking part.

We all know the importance of a blood donations, but might not donate as often as we can. But, the thing is… there is a global shortage of blood. With a growing global population, more medical innovations such as heart and organ transplants – blood is becoming increasingly sought after to exact the type of medical breakthroughs and procedures that have helped heal millions of lives. Continue reading “Need a pint? So do 30 million people. #MissingType”

Team Member Profile: Shea Rodrigue

sheaHometown: Houma, Louisiana
Position: Marketing Specialist
Been with InMotion Hosting since: 2012

How did you get started in the web hosting field?
It was a potent combination of curiosity and necessity. Many years ago a friend, and business owner with old-school values and processes, brought up the need to bring their business into the digital age and begin creating an internet presence by selling her clothing from a website. I had taken a class on basic HTML and one on eCommerce prior to that, which doesn’t really mean anything, but my ego was large enough to convince both of us that I could make that happen. And I did. I began lots of research on web design, eCommerce, website builders, and ultimately web hosting. I launched my first eCommerce site and haven’t looked back since. Continue reading “Team Member Profile: Shea Rodrigue”

5 Little Tweaks to Boost Sales from Your Website

The internet is playing an increasingly prominent role in commerce, and research shows that digital interactions influenced retail sales to the tune of in 2015. This number will only go up, but what does this mean for your business?

According to data from Eisenberg Holdings, for every $92 the average company spends to get customers to their site, they spend just $1 to convert them. So much attention is paid to driving traffic, to getting attention, that what really matters – getting people to convert – is ignored.

If you have a website, boosting sales is no rocket science. In fact, simple little tweaks – that can sometimes take minutes to implement – can double your revenue. Here are 5 little tweaks you can implement today that are proven to give you a sales boost: Continue reading “5 Little Tweaks to Boost Sales from Your Website”

Business Startup Checklist

checklistThere are some advantages with providing web hosting to 100,000+ customers over the past 15 years. As small business owners ourselves once, we sought out to create a web hosting company that speak TRULY to those looking to create a solid website that represents the the digital home to their brand.

We’ve seen websites created that have grown from our lowest plan on a shared server, to reaching the need to use a dedicated server. We are proud of this growth – and our customers are happy that we haven’t given up on them throughout their journey.

Throughout those 15 years, we’ve gathered a checklist of processes that, if followed, help keep you and your business website fresh, relevant and optimized. Continue reading “Business Startup Checklist”

How To Start Planning For Your Website’s 2016 Redesign

redesignEvery couple of years you need to update your website to ensure it has a fresh, modern look and makes use of the latest developments in web design. A website which looks out of date can damage your credibility and ultimately cost you clients. Before you can begin a redesign however you need to start planning what you want out of your updated website and what you want the finished product to look like. Below I have written out a 3 step process which will help you prepare for your redesign and ultimately give you the website you want. Continue reading “How To Start Planning For Your Website’s 2016 Redesign”

How to Build a Content Plan for Your Website

I’ve got some good news and some bad news…

The bad news is that getting your website live was the easy part. InMotion Hosting makes sure of that! The hard part is still to come…now you need to develop content for your site that will attract, engage and convert visitors into prospects and ultimately customers.

The good news is that there is a tried and true framework for developing a content plan to ensure that your site can attract qualified visitors and will engage those most likely to become customers.

In this post I’ll share this framework to help you evaluate your business and customers, and develop a strategic content plan to help you meet the needs of your target market, and in turn your own business objectives.

4 Steps to Building a Successful Content Plan

The following steps walk you through a research oriented planning process designed to build a content plan based on the needs of your target market. Rather than the usual brochureware and marketing speak we are aiming here to develop content that answers questions and helps potential customers reach a decision to buy from you. By the time you’re through with this process, you will have created a content plan designed to attract and convert the most qualified visitors to your website.

Step 1: Define the Buying Cycle in Your Business

Your business’ buying cycle in the simplest sense is the journey your customers follow in order to buy a product or service. The customer journey will be different for different industries, longer or shorter depending on the nature of the product. Generally speaking however, a buying cycle follows this basic process…

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The breakdown itself is simple enough to understand, the question here is what does the buying cycle in your business mean for content? Let’s take a look at the buying cycle from both a customer’s and content strategist’s perspective to tackle each stage head on.

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12 Things Every New WordPress Site Should Be Doing On Launch

wpYou only get one chance to make a great first impression, and nowhere is that more true than when you launch your new WordPress site for the entire world to see and enjoy. That being said, you want to make sure that you are addressing the twelve most important things that every new WordPress site should be doing prior to launch. Following these guidelines translates into the peace of mind you need knowing that your site is prepared for everything the internet and its users will have to throw at you as you begin your online WordPress endeavor.

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Team Member Profile: Sevag Salibian

Hometown: Antwerp, Belgium
Position: Senior Affiliate Marketing Specialist
Been with InMotion Hosting since: July 2015

How did you get started in the web hosting field?
I had a desire to apply my affiliate/partner marketing skill-set in a tech driven product environment.

What is your current role at InMotion Hosting? What do you like most about it?
Senior Affiliate Marketing Specialist.  I get to work with people from around the world, every day – often helping them earn a livelihood to support themselves and their families.

Coolest gadget you own, want to own or have read about?
I received a Bluetooth surf watch for Christmas which tracks my movements in the water, has tide and swell forecasts, reports real time weather data and notifies me when swell is coming in.

What would you like to tell us about yourself?
I enjoy life. I love trail running, biking, snowboarding, surfing and working out. I try to get in an adventure at least a couple times a week – whether that means a new trail, a new break, or a new book. Opportunity is everywhere.

Describe your personality in one word?
Grateful.