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It may not seem like it, but a poor, outdated web site is an easy way to lose credibility with consumers.  No matter how good of a business you may be locally, regionally, or even nationally, consumers often lose faith when they search for your business online only to find a website that doesn’t work on their phone or tablet, doesn’t load quickly, lacks good navigation, or looks like it’s straight out of the 1990s.  Did you know 57% of users say they won’t recommend a business with a poorly designed mobile site.Almost everyone now-a-days is capable of searching for businesses online from their smart phone and tablet.  With more than 80% of all local searches being performed on a smartphone, and 51% of mobile device users spend 2.8 hours per day using their mobile device, your website not showing

I've been reading some things lately that talk about how Microsoft is partnering with companies that run fun little web sites.  These web sites are top advertisers on Facebook.  When you visit these fun little web sites they download an app and set your default search engine to Bing.  Is it legal? Sure.  Clever? Yes.  Ethical? Nah. Just something to keep in mind when you see these Bing ads.

We just wanted to give a shout out to our friends at FloatZilla, its this Saturday for the first Quad Cities Paddlesports Festival and a sanctioned Guinness World Records attempt to amass the world's largest raft of canoes and kayaks.http://www.floatzilla.com

Do you actually need a web site?  Being a web designer, this is where you would expect me to say "Yes, everyone needs a web site, duh!".  But, I'm not going to.  I know that might come off as a shock, not everyone needs a web site.  A lot of companies/organizations do, but some can benefit from simply being on the web, just having that web presence makes a huge impact.  A couple of years ago I would have disagreed with my statement above.  The fact of the matter is, the internet landscape has changed, mainly due to social networking and the public splash pages available.We're in an industry where we are used to making all our money upfront on constructing vibrant new web sites, now thats simply not enough, or not the right course of action.  Most businesses need

So the BlackBerry systems are down, they've been down for hours.  I like many, thought it was just my BlackBerry until I talked to my fiance and low and behold hers was flaky too.  So I called Verizon, they told me that it was a "Research In Motion BlackBerry server issue, its been down this morning and they hope to resolve it soon, and there is no ETA". Comforting words, no ETA.  I've been in tech industry for a long time, and whenever no ETA is issued its for one of two reasons.  1.  You don't want to give false expectations and end up creating more problems or 2. You have no idea what the problem is, how you're going to fix and ulitmately how long your unknown fix will take.One thing I have always found that helps ease customer's

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