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What can a Professional Web Designer/Developer do that I can’t?

This is a common question among business owners who are trying to cut costs by designing their websites themselves. With the growing amount of online tutorials, software, and platforms like Wix, Squarespace, and Weebly, it is becoming more commonplace for businesses to try build their own websites instead of hiring an outside company.  While those free platforms can […]

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Social MediaTips & Advice

The 4 C’s of Social Media: Content, Conversations, Community, and Connections

Marketing used to be centered around the four P’s (product, price, place, promotion), but within the past few years these have become less relevant. There has been a shift in the world of marketing, web, and social media and these four P’s that we all know so well have been transformed into the four C’s […]

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Tips & Advice
Jeffery Zeldman

What we learned at SXSW: “The five advantages and disadvantages of being a woman in tech”

Being a women in technology is becoming less of a stigma these days but there is still a problem with women not being taken as seriously in this male-dominated field. Four powerful women in the tech world led a panel at SXSW this year about having “girl power” and being a woman in today’s world […]

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MusingsTips & Advice
Photo: Ritchie

What we learned at SXSW: “5 digital habits to rock your brand”

Last week we talked about “How to be flaw-some as a digital leader” from speaker Eric Qualman. We talked about what being flaw-some means by highlighting his most interesting points in his SXSW presentation. Qualman also spoke about five digital habits to rock your brand, which are the keys to being a leader in a digital […]

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MusingsTips & Advice
Eric Qualman

What We Learned at SXSW: “How to be flaw-some as a digital leader”

You immediately know a SXSW session is going to be interesting when you walk into the room and see the presenter wearing goofy lime green glasses with no lenses. Erik Qualman of Equalman Studios is a motivational speaker in the digital world and has been referred to as the “Digital Dale Carnegie.” Qualman has even […]

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MusingsTips & Advice

What We Learned at SXSW: “How to be a great designer”

    One of the best sessions I attended at SXSW 2015 on a personal and professional level was one led by Michael Nieling, Founder and Creative Director of Ocupop. He is one of those people who has you laughing constantly and is always testing his boundaries with the things he says and does. This […]

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MusingsTips & Advice

What We Learned at SXSW: “How to make failure work for you”

Working in the creative world isn’t always easy. It is hard to keep the creative juices flowing when you are expected to do so for your job everyday of the week. Even if you are a creative individual it is tough to find ways to keep your brain constantly thinking of new and innovative ideas […]

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Social MediaTips & Advice

Friday Favorite – Canva

It’s been quite a while since we shared a Friday Favorite, but this new site just begs to be shared! Canva is one of my new go-to websites when I need to create a quick image for a blog or social post. For those who may not have a graphic designer on staff or a […]

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Social MediaTips & Advice

5 Do’s and 5 Don’ts of using Instagram for business

Instagram has become one of the most popular forms of social media and one of the most popular ways for social media users to share photos and short videos with their followers since its launch in October of 2010. Instagram is about engaging followers. Instagram allows companies, individuals, non-profits, etc to share their stories in […]

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Social MediaTips & Advice

7 Social Media tips from the PBS social media experts

While at SXSW, I attended the PBS Social Media session which featured the social media teams of Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow and American Experience.   The biggest shock to me was that these “teams” actually consisted of one single person for each show.  And it wasn’t even their full time gig! Some of their best practices that […]

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Social MediaTips & Advice
Snapchat app

5 ways to use Snapchat for your business

Businesses can use Snapchat for promotions, providing fast and simple video answers to customer questions, sharing behind the scenes photos and videos to engage consumers, and to stand out from competitors with their “Snapchat stories.”

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MusingsTips & Advice

How to survive SXSW without losing your mind

Our tips for a sane spring break without breaking the bank Austin plays host the annual South by Southwest event, also know as SXSW, for 10 days this March. In our case, we simply call it South By.  People from all over the world converge on our city to enjoy the very best of tech, […]

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