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8 Must-Haves for Every Website

As you’re looking at your marketing plan for next year, take a look at your website. If it has been more than six months since you added anything new or updated WordPress, it might be time to call My Studio Space. We’re helping businesses create memorable websites and here are our 8 Must-Haves for Every Website:

  1. Easy to Use: If visitors have to click more than a couple times to see information, they will more than likely leave your website for your competitor. Make the site easy to navigate so visitors want to stay, learn more about your business, and contact you.
  2. Keep it Simple: It is no longer necessary to have every bell and whistle about your business on your website. People have short attention spans and little time to read through pages of information. Keep your website simple with a theme by WordPress. They’ve made it almost foolproof for you to have a simple, easy to navigate website.
  3. Calls to Action: The purpose of your website is to generate leads for your business. Include a call to action on every page. Many small business website have a call to action to subscribe to their newsletter, for example. Include keywords or phrases when describing your business.
  4. It’s Not about You: The About Us page isn’t really about you at all; it’s about how your business helps customers or clients. Rather than saying, “We are super heroes,” you would say, “We help save the world one person at a time.” The latter makes people want to learn more about your business and how your business can help them.
  5. Services/Products: Give your website visitors an idea of specifically what you offer. In most cases, avoid being too technical. It’s just an overview; you want them to contact you for more information.
  6. Contact us: Don’t just have contact information in the footer, include a contact us page where visitors can email you directly. If they can’t easily reach you, they will go to your competitor.
  7. Social Media Links: Include links to Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms where the business has an active presence. It is recommended that these links be located on the top right of every page. Not only is social media how many people will find you, it will increase where you website appears in search results.
  8. Get Blogging: One of the best ways to add content to your website is to be adding content to your blog. This will help your website get higher in search engine results. SEO research and inclusion of keywords and phrases will also increase the search engine results. Provide useful information integrating keywords into your posts.

Interested in learning more about how we can help you re-design our website to include these must-haves? Give us a call today!

5 Facebook Tips for Business

5 Facebook Tips

5 Facebook Tips for Business

When it comes to Facebook tips for business, the most important tip is that Facebook is used for engaging an audience. It’s not about leads or even about you or your business. Gone are the days of Facebook success being measured in likes; it’s about creating conversation among your following.

At My Studio Space, we offer social media management services. Here are our 5 Facebook Tips for Business:

  1. It’s not about generating leads. Facebook is a place to meet and engage your following. You’re creating a voice for your brand so that your brand is shared with others. Think of it as online word of mouth advertising. If you’re creating conversation, the leads and sales will follow. The trick is to create the conversation FIRST.
  2. It’s not about you. Being engaging means limiting the posts about your business. Seems counter-intuitive but that’s how it works. It’s not a sales tool. The most engaging posts are inspirational quotes, stories about your business, community news, and best practices or tips.
  3. It’s not numbers game. The number of likes on your page isn’t a measure of success. All too often I get messages on my page that go something like, “I liked your page, so go like my page.” This is just a numbers game to increase likes on pages. It isn’t going to do anything to get your brand noticed or increase engagement.
  4. Engagement is key. Facebook is about connecting with your customers and prospects. You’re going to have more success if you have 100 people liking and commenting and sharing your page than if you have 1,000 who aren’t saying or sharing anything.
  5. Be consistent. Spend an hour or less a week scheduling a week of Facebook posts using the scheduler in Facebook. Be sure to check in on your page daily to like and comment. While you can automate posts, you still need to be ‘live’ on your page.

For more information about how My Studio Space can help you with social media and other services, contact us today!

5 Facebook Tips for Business

5 Facebook Tips

5 Facebook Tips for Business

When it comes to Facebook tips for business, the most important tip is that Facebook is used for engaging an audience. It’s not about leads or even about you or your business. Gone are the days of Facebook success being measured in likes; it’s about creating conversation among your following.

At My Studio Space, we offer social media management services. Here are our 5 Facebook Tips for Business:

  1. It’s not about generating leads. Facebook is a place to meet and engage your following. You’re creating a voice for your brand so that your brand is shared with others. Think of it as online word of mouth advertising. If you’re creating conversation, the leads and sales will follow. The trick is to create the conversation FIRST.
  2. It’s not about you. Being engaging means limiting the posts about your business. Seems counter-intuitive but that’s how it works. It’s not a sales tool. The most engaging posts are inspirational quotes, stories about your business, community news, and best practices or tips.
  3. It’s not numbers game. The number of likes on your page isn’t a measure of success. All too often I get messages on my page that go something like, “I liked your page, so go like my page.” This is just a numbers game to increase likes on pages. It isn’t going to do anything to get your brand noticed or increase engagement.
  4. Engagement is key. Facebook is about connecting with your customers and prospects. You’re going to have more success if you have 100 people liking and commenting and sharing your page than if you have 1,000 who aren’t saying or sharing anything.
  5. Be consistent. Spend an hour or less a week scheduling a week of Facebook posts using the scheduler in Facebook. Be sure to check in on your page daily to like and comment. While you can automate posts, you still need to be ‘live’ on your page.

For more information about how My Studio Space can help you with social media and other services, contact us today!

8 Must-Haves for Every Website

As you’re looking at your marketing plan for next year, take a look at your website. If it has been more than six months since you added anything new or updated WordPress, it might be time to call My Studio Space. We’re helping businesses create memorable websites and here are our 8 Must-Haves for Every Website:

  1. Easy to Use: If visitors have to click more than a couple times to see information, they will more than likely leave your website for your competitor. Make the site easy to navigate so visitors want to stay, learn more about your business, and contact you.
  2. Keep it Simple: It is no longer necessary to have every bell and whistle about your business on your website. People have short attention spans and little time to read through pages of information. Keep your website simple with a theme by WordPress. They’ve made it almost foolproof for you to have a simple, easy to navigate website.
  3. Calls to Action: The purpose of your website is to generate leads for your business. Include a call to action on every page. Many small business website have a call to action to subscribe to their newsletter, for example. Include keywords or phrases when describing your business.
  4. It’s Not about You: The About Us page isn’t really about you at all; it’s about how your business helps customers or clients. Rather than saying, “We are super heroes,” you would say, “We help save the world one person at a time.” The latter makes people want to learn more about your business and how your business can help them.
  5. Services/Products: Give your website visitors an idea of specifically what you offer. In most cases, avoid being too technical. It’s just an overview; you want them to contact you for more information.
  6. Contact us: Don’t just have contact information in the footer, include a contact us page where visitors can email you directly. If they can’t easily reach you, they will go to your competitor.
  7. Social Media Links: Include links to Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms where the business has an active presence. It is recommended that these links be located on the top right of every page. Not only is social media how many people will find you, it will increase where you website appears in search results.
  8. Get Blogging: One of the best ways to add content to your website is to be adding content to your blog. This will help your website get higher in search engine results. SEO research and inclusion of keywords and phrases will also increase the search engine results. Provide useful information integrating keywords into your posts.

Interested in learning more about how we can help you re-design our website to include these must-haves? Give us a call today!

Website Content Management Systems and Word Press

Word Press Web Design at affrdable prices.

Through our web design blog we hope to provide helpful information on the ins and outs of the web world. This week we are discussing Content Management Systems otherwise known as CMS.

What is a Content Management System?

Long gone are the days of having to rely on your programmer every time you want to change a picture or add new written content to your website. Content Management Systems (CMS) are the new “it” thing when it comes to site development, and for good reason. These systems allow you to: manage, edit and create new pages, upload video, pdf files, audio and (for the brave) adjust code. When developed properly a website built on a CMS platform can give you the freedom to manage your website without having to pay expensive hourly programmers, and works for people with all levels of technical skill sets.

Word Press has become a quick favorite in the development world because of the increasing popularity of blogs. Once considered a platform only used for blogging, WordPress has made significant strides in becoming a full blown Content Management System capable of handling even the most complex websites. A favorite among our clients, we are big fans of the easy user experience and the amount of online data available to help people learn the ins and outs of this CMS. My Studio Space develops almost 95% of our websites on the WordPress platform, giving our clients total control over their website. And did we mention these sites are very search engine friendly!

Two additional Content Management Systems are Joomla and Drupal. Similar to WordPress these systems allow users to manage 100% of their website. Drupal has remained the most popular CMS system predominantly known for its search engine friendly URLs, while Joomla has remained the CMS of choice for large complex websites, corporate intranets and even E-commerce solutions.

What do CMS websites cost?

Word Press websites do not always come cheap. Yes, this is more of an investment than the free Flash template companies you can find online, but the reality is that when done right a solid CMS website will last you and your business a very long time and give you the ability to manage your content. For a quality WordPress website expect to pay  $1600 and up, but we promise you will save on expensive programming and maintenance fees in the long run.

No matter which CMS you go with, the fact is, you no longer have to be held hostage by your programmer. Nearly every website design can be incorporated into a CMS platform, so you can be in charge and save money, and that’s a good thing!

Want to get started? Fill out our easy project planner and we will be in touch shortly!

Flags Across The Nation Gets a New Look!

FLAGS Across The NationWith the recent election we thought it would be a great time to share some details about a special website we just launched. No matter what your political stance is, at the end of the day we are in America and that calls for a little celebration of our freedom, and our Red, White and Blue. For many of us we have seen friends, family and loved ones deploy to war in recent years, and saying “goodbye” to soldiers going overseas has become a regular occurrence for many American families; but that’s what makes us appreciate the organizations in the country who work everyday to bring a little joy to the men and women representing us on the battlefield.

We first met Eileen shortly after 9/11, determined to make a difference for those heading to war, she had launched Flags Across the Nation, a non-profit organization dedicated to sending homemade blankets, pillow cases and letters to the troops. We quickly realized she was in need of a strong web presence and so we developed her first website. Spring forward to 2012, the organization is thriving and to date has sent hundreds of letters, blankets and pillow cases to our US Soldiers. It brings us great excitement to share with you the recent launch of the NEW and improved FLAGS Across The Nation website. As the organization has grown, so has it’s web needs. The new website now features a Hashtag Twitter gallery where you can “tweet” a patriotic picture, the ability to donate at different levels through PayPal, as well as numerous places to participate in the website as a family, with kid friendly coloring pages and an array of other items.

FLAGS worked with My Studio Space Web Design to create an overall new look for the organization. We worked with them to create a new logo and new website design that was inviting and captured the essence of the non-profit. The new website was built 100% in WordPress and is completely manageable by Eileen and FLAGS. Content and pictures can be updated on a regular basis and we think the design came out pretty cute too! Check out the site, and if you feel inspired, get involved with the organization, it’s great for kids too!

If you are involved with a non-profit and need a reliable web company,  don’t hesitate to contact us! We love non-profits!

VISIT THE NEW WEBSITE HERE!

 

EberleArts Launches a New Custom Website!

Eberle Arts Graphic Design

When award-winning photographer and graphic designer, Linda Eberle needed to update her website, she knew My Studio Space was the web development team to work with. Linda is a graphic designer by trade so it was important to her that she created the design of her website while My Studio Space provided the custom web site development and programming.

Based in Venice Beach, California, Linda is never lacking for amazing inspiration and wanted to capture the essence of her new projects in a website that was both beautiful and easy to manage. My Studio Space worked one-on-one with Linda to build a WordPress website and blog to house all of her most recent work, and provide her with a website platform capable of growing with her business. Some key features of the new website include: easy to manage/update photo galleries (with the ability to create a a custom crop for each image), multiple background images for specific pages, simple navigation for an easy user experience, and links to social media (Facebook and LinkedIn) so her fans can keep in touch with her!

Congratulations on the launch of your new website Linda, it was a pleasure working with you and we look forward to reading your new blog!

If you are a graphic designer and interested in designing your own website, we are available and happy to assist with the web site development. Just give us a call!

EberleArts Web Site Before and After:

VISIT LINDA’S NEW WEBSITE HERE!

 

VISIT LINDA’S NEW WEBSITE HERE!

 

Sugar Bean Jewelry PrestaShop Site

Sugar Bean Jewelry Custom Ecommerce Web Design

Sugar Bean Jewelry is the hot new line of modern, fun and contemporary jewelry out of Scottsdale, Arizona. With numerous celebrities as clientele, the owners needed a clean, simple and sophisticated website that would provide shoppers with an easy online experience while displaying the latest products and availability.

My Studio Space integrated the PrestaShop software into the design, turning the site into a full E-commerce site so people all over the country can now purchase this line any place, anytime. The new Sugar Bean Jewelry PrestaShop site features the Zoom in, a feature giving shoppers a closer look at what they are purchasing. Zoom in allows you to mouse over a product and enlarge the area to get a closer view.

From a back-end perspective PrestaShop also adds many powerful tools for managing stock, shipping choices and checkout options.

Ready to get your shop online? Give us a call at My Studio Space Custom Web Design Today!

 

 

Healy Bea Boutique Phoenix AZ

Healy Bea Ecommerce Web Site

Healy Bea is a locally owned high end Phoenix boutique with a great reputation for carrying the latest fashion trends. When the owners decided to expand their presence online they came to My Studio Space for a modern E-commerce PrestaShop Website. My Studio Space worked with HealyBea to establish a beautiful online presence, representative of the boutique’s classy and modern product lines.

My Studio Space integrated PrestaShop that’s 100% manageable by the client and allows for a simple and easy user experience. Users can check out with Authorize.net using their own credit card or with PayPal. The site also features a custom rotator that provides a quick view of several product lines from the home page. With this beautiful and easy to use new website, customers from all over the country can browse and purchase products from Healy Bea without ever leaving their desk.

If you liked the Healy Bea online store you will also enjoy the PrestaShop site we created for Sugar Bean Jewelry.

Looking to improve your website’s e-commerce experience with a fresh look and the powerful management tools of PrestaShop? Then we would love to hear from you at My Studio Space Custom Web Design.

 

Florida Artist Kevin Manning Launches New Website!

Keving Manning New Website by My Studio Space

When Kevin Manning needed a new website he came to My Studio Space Custom Web Design.

A long time resident of Florida, Kevin, has been creating artwork since his youth. After exploring many mediums, he has found his favorites to be carbon charcoal pencil drawings and ceramics, particularly the Raku process.

When his website needed an update Kevin came to My Studio Space for a new modern layout that would capture the essence of his work but not distract from it. My Studio Space worked with him to create an up-to-date website using the WordPress platform so he can manage it 100% on his own, and continue to update the site with his incredible work.

Kevin’s original site was cutting edge. But as time moves forward things change, especially web standards. Here are a few images from Kevin’s old website that served him well for the past ten plus years…

Thanks for choosing My Studio Space Kevin, we hope you love your new website! You can keep up with Kevin on Twitter by following @kmanningartist

And you can visit his new website here > www.kmanning.com

Looking to update your website? Give My Studio Space Custom Web Design a call!

 

My Studio Space has a New Look!

It’s officially summer, and with that My Studio Space is excited to share our new website. You always hear from us that it’s important to keep up with web trends, and spend time with your website, social media and marketing, so we decided it was time for us to make a big update too.

My Studio Space has been in business since 1999 (phew we can hardly believe it’s been 13 years!) Through that time we have dealt with a broad range of website and marketing challenges, we like to say the good, the bad and the ugly. While our website has changed through the years, one thing has remained the same, we always provide our customers with top notch service and strive to make the web development process as painless and fun as possible. We are excited to share these changes with the launch of our new website:

1. More automation with numerous quick and easy sign-ups for the things you want most including: SEO, hosting and project inquiries.

2. We now offer a broad range of services from graphic and marketing design to mobile websites, allowing you to make My Studio Space your one stop shop for important marketing endeavors.

3. We will be updating our blog on a very regular basis to make sure it becomes a valuable provider of information for you and your business.

4. We have added to our team, allowing us to answer your questions and provide you with additional support quickly and efficiently.

5. We have launched a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) hub that is staffed 24/7 to work with you on an ongoing monthly basis to help improve the placement of your website on popular search engines such as Google.

These are just a few of the changes we have made, check out our new website for all the details. Don’t forget to sign up for our mailings, rumor has it a coupon is coming in July!

Manfred Design Inc.

Manfred Design Inc. Mesa Arizona

My Studio Space is pleased to share a recently completed WordPress website for Manfred Design, Inc., a local Arizona based small business specializing in sculptural and architectural metalwork. Manfred Design came to My Studio Space for a fresh update to their existing website. With the previous site housed in Flash, the website could not be found by search engines, or be viewed on mobile devices, and it was hard to manage. My Studio Space created a search engine friendly WordPress website that is now managed 100% by Manfred Design, and can be viewed on mobile devices. Success!

Follow this link to see the new website, and don’t forget to follow @ManfredDesign on Twitter!

Site before:

Manfred before Web Site Makeover

 

 

Dunn Soto Law Testimonial

I am very difficult to please, so for me to be happy with Tiffiny’s work says a lot. Tiffiny presented a solid initial concept for my website, and after listening to my input about what I did and did not like, she presented a wonderful second concept that we then worked with to create the final product.

Cheryl Dunn Soto

Dunn Soto Law

ERGOHealthy

Thank you Tiffiny for the AWESOME communication.  I’ll repeat what I said before… I’ve never worked with someone in your field so well versed in communications with clients!!!

Steve Thompson
ERGOhealthy

Suriya Hair Design San Diego

Suriya Hair Design San Diego

Suriya Soonthornnon came to us with a set idea in mind. He knew he wanted and Search Engine friendly website that reflected the unique style and atmosphere of his new salon.  His website also needed a blog to create community and a staff page to profile the memebers of his team as they join.

WordPress as a CMS was an obvious choice, as creating an ‘easy to update site’ was also a top prioity.  The end result, a clean modern salon site that was easy to find right out of the gate.

Suriya Hair Design continues to get compliments.

Dunn Soto Law Insurance Recovery

Dunn Soto Law Insurance recovery for Policy HoldersDunn Soto Law, Insurance Recovery for Policy Holders, needed a professional site the accurately represented the practice. Prominent display of the logo and company colors throughout the site were a basic and important requirement.

Another specific request was the addition of WordPress as a CMS. And to meet this lawyers needs we modified that default settings so that the blog Categories are displayed above the Post Name.

This site is simple, clean, and straight to the point.

Advanced Vein Center – Portland Maine

Advanced Vein Center Portland Maine

When Advanced Vein Center came to us they were using a canned site provided by a medical website company. And there were a few serious issues:

  1. All the sites provided by this co. used the same copy which can really hurt search placement.
  2. Nothing was owned by AVC so if  they ever decided to leave, images and content were not theirs to take away. The entire site was copyright the web design co.
  3. And the site was challenging to manage as they had to reply on a tech team to make changes for them.

The new site features custom, search engine optimized content, an easy to manage image rotator, with editable content and images, a blog for easy sharing and better search placement, something else the original site was missing. We added social media links and icons and the entire site is powered with WordPress as a CMS.

Done.

 

Cosmetic Enhancement Center – Portland Maine

Comsmetic Enhancement Center of New England

The Cosmetic Enhancement Center of New England came to us with several requests. They needed a web site design that could feature their extensive experience and also give them the ability to easily add new services, procedures and technologies. We utilized Word Press as a Content Management System (CMS) to give them the control they need to manage their own content. The new site is clean, inviting and features constantly changing text to keep the site fresh and alive.

Mindful Parent Happy Child – San Diego CA

Custom WordPress powered web site

Pilar Placone, PhD. of Mindful Parent Happy Child requested a professional web site design that appealed to parents and families. We accomplished this with a colorful and clean presentation that utilizes multiple image rotators to show off many happy smiling faces.

San Diego Gun Doctors- San Diego CA

San Diego Gun Doctors

Clothey and Sons Gun Smithing, a.k.a. the San Diego Gun Doctors , needed a new site and they needed “done right and done right quick.” With little to go on, we created an attractive interface which sports their audio commercial on the home page. Clothey and Sons also asked us to write the copy for their site, set up their social networks and get the ball rolling. Looking for a friendly group of gun smiths that smile a lot? We found em!

Clothey & Sons Gunsmithing

Crystal Maes – Yorba Linda, CA

Crystal Maes

Crystal Maes came up with her own website design. And the inspiration for her gallery was based on a Flash gallery. So for Crystal we created a custom gallery interface that is completely manageable from within WordPress. No Flash required.

Kono Designs – Buckeye AZ

Kono Designs Buckeye Arizona

Dale Konow approached us with a serious deadline and a vision. The design of the website, also included the development of their logo. But within a matter a weeks we were able to create a site that resonated with Dale’s ideals. The header on select pages displays a custom image slider with search-able text and the show room offers numerous galleries, one for each piece of art.

 

If you love Mesquite  the way we do, you’ll enjoy Dale’s custom woodwork.

Best Blog Design

Best Blog Design - Word Press Best Content Management SystemIf you are seeking the best blog design, My Studio Space Website Design Firm’s blog designing online professionals have the perfect solution.

We are proud to offer blog page design for Word Press (WP).

If you are not familiar with Word Press, WP is a publishing platform that offers state of the art design, meets current web standards and is user friendly.

My Studio Space Website Design Firm’s blog designing online professionals believe that Word Press is simply the best content management system because:

  • Word Press allows unlimited customization.
  • Word Press allows third-party tool integration.
  • Word Press is a great cross-blog communication tool.
  • Word Press develops community through commenting.
  • Word Press integrates spam protection.
  • Word Press has a built-in user registration system.
  • Word Press supports password protected posts.
  • Word Press can be programmed to allow multiple authors.
  • Word Press offers full standards compliance.

So, if our online professionals determine that a content management system (CMS) is needed, we design the website with Word Press, provided it can accommodate all the features requested. If this is the case, the blog designer develops a new template blog design.

However, some website design projects may only require adding a blog to the existing web site.

If that’s the case, the My Studio Space Design Firm’s blog designing online professionals can create a custom Word Press template from an html page with a two or three column blog layout that matches the rest of the site.

The good news is that if the entire website design is built in Word Press, it allows you to edit content throughout the site.

This means that your Word Press web site can be edited simply–and that pages and posts can be added to this easy blog design whenever you like by simply using the browser based administrative panel.

What does this mean to you as the website owner?

It means that changes or additions can be made quickly and easily!

Don’t hesitate, take action and contact the My Studio Space Website Design Firm for the best blog design now.

Shop Small Saturday 2011

Earn $25 from American Express when you purchase My Studio Space web design services on Small Business Saturday.

Shop Small Saturday with My Studio Space web design firmOn Saturday, November 26, 2011, American Express cardholders will get $25 back from American Express if they make a purchase from MyStudioSpace.com. Any purchase will qualify, including:

  • Move your site to WordPress
  • Update your website design
  • Sharpen your website copy
  • Create a new blog or website template
  • Promote your site or blog via Social Media
  • Launch a targeted SEO campaign

All you have to do is register your American Express Card at SmallBusinessSaturday.com and then make a purchase from My Studio Space. Your next credit card statement will reflect a $25 credit from American Express toward the purchase you made from My Studio Space. It’s that simple.

With 2011 rapidly coming to a close, now is the time to get started on achieving your online business goals for 2012. If you’ve been putting off making those much-needed upgrades to your website or blog – or if you have a few questions before you take the plunge, please Contact Us Today!

As always, My Studio Space offers cost-effective and comprehensive online marketing and web design services for businesses of all sizes. We work closely with our clients to ensure that their website and their products get the attention of their target customers. Small Business Saturday 2011 is a great opportunity for all of us to benefit and build momentum for 2012.

My Studio Space would like to sincerely thank all of its clients for their continued business and referrals. We wish you all the best of luck with your small businesses and we look forward to working with you in the years ahead!

 

 

Facebook Facial Recognition – A Default Setting

Social Networking has become an important part of our Marketing efforts as small business owners. And many of us have jumped in with both feet to find that the personal exposure can be a little overwhelming, to say the least. So I have to ask, have you visited your Privacy Settings on Facebook lately, or ever?

I ask because Facebook has a new feature called Tag Suggestions which uses facial recognition to recommend people to tag in the photos you upload.

Each time you upload a new photo to your account, Tag Suggestions will use facial recognition to automatically suggest the friends you should tag.

But here’s the really Big Thing, this new feature is a default setting. That means it is On unless you do something about it. So if you don’t want Facebook to suggest Your Mug as someone to tag in your friend’s photos, for instance — you in a compromising position, then you will want to disable or at least make changes to this feature today.

Here’s How to Edit Facebook’s Tag Suggestions Feature:

1. First go to your Privacy settings

2. Then click “Customize settings”

3. Scroll down to “Thing others share”

4. Find “Suggest photos of me to friends”

5. And make any needed changes.

It’s an easy fix but if you are a private peep you’ll want to login and make some needed changes. For more information, you can visit FB’s Help Page, which offers a list of links on Privacy.

So what’s your take? Are you for or against Facial Recognition?

Facial Recognition Tag Suggestions and Your Privacy

Follow My Studio Space on Facebook :)

Small Business SEO Special

Small business SEO includes several essential strategies to getting the edge over your competition and getting your website to the top of the search engine results. Good website design and search engine optimization (what we call small business SEO) work hand in hand to accomplish this goal.

Sadly, for many small business owners, affordable SEO is out of reach since the average monthly fee for such services usually start at $500 and up. In today’s competitive market, it is an indispensable part of an online presence and the average fee often costs more than the website design itself.

When you work with My Studio Space, we make sure your website design is the best it can be. Then, once the site has a solid design, it is time to invest in good search engine optimization (SEO).

The important elements making up a strong search engine optimization strategy include:

  • Solid Web Site Design
  • SEO Engine Optimization of the Website Structure & Elements
  • Ongoing SEO Copy-writing
  • Incoming Links

The New Year is the perfect time for what we call, Fresh Start. Although many people think that small business SEO is a simple task, it is not. All businesses have specific terms that will drive traffic to the website. But most of the terms you may think that people will search are incorrect. Plus, the competition for the right terms can be daunting which makes it difficult, if not impossible, to rank well.

Small business SEO begins with identifying the right terms and a profoundly different set of marketing and optimization tactics and knowledge. This is way beyond the knowledge of the average person or hobbyist.

When you invest in an ongoing and extensive website strategy, it will help you get more traffic and give you the opportunity to convert website visitors into customers and clients to increase your bottom-line.

To jump start your business in 2011, we are offering a special stimulus opportunity at vintage prices–meaning we’ve dropped the rates to give you a fresh start at affordable SEO rates for a short time. However, you must act quickly since these rates will escalate each week until they return to the normal competitive rate in a few weeks. So you’ll get the best rate if commit and get started right away. Package prices expire within a week and then jump to the next tier.

Of course, feel free to contact us and we can always generate a custom package to suit your individual needs.

Terms: Minimum of 50% deposit and 50% upon receipt of final invoice. Some packages will allow monthly billing for regular optimization work until completed.

Fresh Start SEO

On a budget? Start with our Fresh Start SEO package and make sure you are targeting the right keywords. This will help you to identify what terms will help you get properly identified in the search engines and that your potential customers are actually searching. We get these terms into your site since the wrong traffic won’t do your business any good. This is step one. When your budget allows it, the next tier is the SEO Tune Up.

SEO Tune Up

After our professional analysis has identified the correct terms and all your meta information is right, this is the next vital step. The SEO Tune Up integrates the proper terms into the structure of your site and optimizes your content as well. ++This package cover up to six pages. If you have a few more, be sure to contact us for the revised fee to meet your needs.

Deluxe SEO Pack

This Deluxe SEO Pack is everything that the small website owner needs. Although we think this is best done in conjunction with the building of a new website, it is also perfect for those who are ready to get their online presence increased attention and the right placement. +The package covers up to six pages. If you have a few more, be sure to contact us for the revised fee, but it you have an extensive site, you may need our Competitive Edge.

Competitive Edge SEO

The Competitive Edge SEO is a comprehensive package is for those people with more extensive websites that need a bit of renovation and innovation to take their website to the next level. It provides everything you need to make your site a search engine favorite! *Base rate includes a total of 12 existing pages. If you need more please let us know your needs so we can get you a more specific quote.

Monthly SEO Post

Get the jump on everyone else by with a Monthly SEO Post that will give you the added edge over any of your competitors and make your site a search engine favorite! Base rate includes a total of 12 new search engine optimized posts on your business topic that will be scheduled to go live once per month. (Requires Fresh Start research.)

Social Media Super Charge

Social Media Super Charge enhances your social media accounts so that they work for you and leverage your online presence. We add your search engine optimized terms to Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn (other accounts by quote) so you can be found and so that your online marketing is integrated for the best results. We can also help you with once a week updates and responses to followers. (Surcharge may be added for very active accounts.)

Interested? Contact us now to take advantage of our small business SEO special for your website today!

Why Inviting All of Your friends to Your Business’ Facebook Page is a Bad Idea

Already on Facebook? Follow My Studio Space Custom Web DesignThe tendency of business owners just getting started with promoting their business on Facebook is to invite all of their “friends” from their personal Facebook account to “fan” or “like” their business page. That approach, however, is often a mistake.

Here’s why:

  • Successful business marketing on Facebook is about real, meaningful connections. A fan base or following that mirrors one’s personal friend list lacks legitimacy and appears amateurish.
  • You want interaction on your page, buy you also want to keep inside jokes and irrelevant banter to a minimum. Only invite friends who understand and appreciate the function of a Facebook page for business.
  • It’s unlikely that the majority of your Facebook “friends” will actually have that much interest in your business. Only invite friends who will engage your business professionally on Facebook or who may offer cross-promotion opportunities through their own Facebook business pages.

How to Increase Your Fans on Facebook

Follow My Studio Space on Facebook!In order to connect in a meaningful way with people on Facebook who actually are interested in your business, services or product, there are some steps you can take to ensure success:

  • Link to your Facebook profile from your website and blog – it seems basic, but it is the first.
  • Use the various Facebook widgets and tools to allow people to “like” your website, your individual blog posts and your Facebook business page – right from your website.
  • Create something engaging on your Facebook profile – this isn’t a “build it and they will come” phenomenon, but good, engaging content is a sure way to get people “liking” your business page and coming back when you update it.

In need of setup assistance on facebook? We can help.

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7 Ways to Write Better Blog Post

The idea of writing your first blog post or a weekly blog post can be overwhelming. So we’ve listed a few quick tips to Creating a Better Blog Post.

1. Titles

Create headlines that demand attention. 8 of 10 people will read a headline but only 2 will actually read the article… The title is the secret to an effective blog post. The better your headline the greater chance your article will get read, period.

2. The Opening Paragraph

Keep it simple and start your first paragraph from your point of view, as if you were starting a conversation. And once you pick a voice, stick with it for the entire post.

More opening ideas:

  • Ask a question, “Have you ever….?”
  • Share a quote or favorite saying, “My mom always said if you don’t have anything nice to say….”
  • Suggest that your reader visualize, “picture this” or “what if you were…”
  • Try an analogy, metaphor or simile or share a statistic to shock and grab attention.

3. Shape & Structure

Use bolded sub-headers so your reader can skim your content like this post. Use bullets points, they are easy to scan and they add white. You can also try a list post with numbered paragraphs like this one, 7 Ways to Write a Better Blog Post.

4. Start Your Post with the Good Stuff.

Just in case your readers don’t have all day, give them the good stuff right up front. Don’t make them wait.

5. Links

Link to the information and resources that clarify your thoughts, ideas, or opinions.

6. Less is More

Eliminate any unnecessary words. Keep it simple. Really look at your writing and see what you can omit without destroying sentence structure. And try to keep your blog posts around 250 to 350 words.

7. End with a Question.

Ask your readers to get involved, take action or comment. Often times you may find that someone else has some beneficial info to add to your post that you may not have covered!

Day Spa & Salon Website Design

My Studio Space designs custom day spa websites with a look and feel that will reflect your spa and turn your visitors into new clients.

Successfully marketing a day spa or salon online can be summed quickly. Beyond a consistent look and feel, our main goals for your day spa website design are:

Website Traffic: attracting new visitors to your website.

Visitor Conversion: turning your visitors into clients, by booking appointments or selling gift certificates.

Our custom built day spa web sites are search engine friendly and include the basic search engine optimization required for good rank and organic placement.

If you have graphics or images that you love, we can include them in your design but we also have a library of stock photography if you do not have your own images.

Once your new day spa or salon website is online, editing is easy because our online professionals provide you with a browser based administration panel that will allow you to update your content 24/7.

Contact us for a day spa website redesign or a new custom day spa web design.

Day Spa & Salon Marketing

Increase day spa & salon client base with two effective tools:

Instant Gift Certificates help turn your day spa or salon website into a profit center, as well as provide an added convenience, last minute gift-giving option, and instant gratification. You can increase your income without doing any additional work.

Get in touch with us for more information about online gift certificates for your day spa.

Day Spa Email Marketing is an easy, effective, and an affordable way to get your message out to your customers, clients, or members while you build strong, successful, and lasting relationships with them. Our online professionals will set up a program that will let you create high-impact email newsletters and promotions in minutes with no technical expertise necessary. This program gives you more than 300 easily-customized templates, a simple point-and-click tool, and award-winning free customer support.

Believe it or not you can create professional, compelling messages your audience will act on. And our online professionals will make it easy for you to manage your contact lists, sign up website visitors, track your clicks and open rates, and send automated communications to new subscribers. You can use it to reach out and communicate to your existing clients and inspire the interests of new clients or prospects.

Contact us for more info on day spa email marketing.

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Day Spa Design and Marketing is also perfect if you are a

  • Massage Therapist
  • Nutritionist
  • Reflexologist
  • Yoga Instructor
  • Homeopath
  • Hypnotherapist
  • Holistic Center
  • Health Clinic
  • Herbalist
  • Counselors or Psychotherapist
  • Osteopath or Chiropractor
  • Aromatherapist
  • Cranial Sacral Therapist
  • Nutritional Therapist
  • Flower Essence Practitioner
  • Life Coach
  • Acupunctursit/Acupressurist
  • Reiki Practitioner
  • Shiatsu Practitioner
  • Spiritual or Psychic Healer
  • Naturopath
  • Holistic Dentist
  • Health & Beauty Consultant

My Studio Space knows the day spa business. We have created many websites for day spas, salons, massage therapists and independent practitioners. Contact us today about a new day spa or salon website or a re-design for your existing day spa website.