How to Create the World’s Best Website

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

A website is something that everyone, individual and business alike, should set time aside to create. It’s no longer difficult to do, as there are many resources available that will help you learn how to put it together properly. For starters, it’s all about choosing the right hosting and server to set it up on. Next, the visual and written content ideas must start to come together if you want to leave a lasting impression with it and thus properly market yourself.

In order to learn how to create one of the best websites around, you will have to do some research. For now, your first step is to listen to the advice below.

  1. Choosing the Right Server

To set up your website, you will need a hosting provider where you can share it from. Luckily for you, there are plenty of options available for you to choose from, with one example being VPS hosting. This one is known as a virtual private server. What’s more, they are also one of the most cost-effective ways of using a server, while it still allows you to create a complex site.Continue reading

Good Writing as an Essential Leadership Skill

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Our writing gives us away. It is an element of great importance in our image because it says everything about a person. Talk about your education, your values, your way of seeing life, etc. Everything we put together through words is indicative of our personality.

Today, with the influence of electronic media, the impact of our spelling and writing is imminent. From sending a text message, writing an email, writing a paper in college, writing on a person’s Facebook wall to chatting, it reflects everything about us.

These have become the most common and current means of communication used by millions of people. Unfortunately, with surprise, we realize that the writing of many is deficient. In schools and universities, jobs and exhibitions are saturated with spelling errors. We have lost this habit that is essential to maintain and encourage, not only to project a good image but to be able to understand each other.Continue reading

3 Simple and Cost Effective Marketing Strategies for Your Small Business

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

The very success of your business relies on marketing. Without the necessary influx of clients, you are not going to be meeting the profit margins necessary for your business to survive, let alone flourish and grow. As a small business, you need to build yourself a solid reputation as a reliable company with good quality service, and that can only be achieved by a well thought out marketing plan. There are many aspects of marketing, from the promotion of your services to public relations in the local and broader community, and therefore there are many different aspects you need to consider. If you are looking for affordable and effective advertising techniques, then here are a few simple and cost-effective marketing strategies to get you started.Continue reading

What it’s Like to Work in a Successful Non-Profit Organization

Contributed article in our career series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Receiving an MPA online or Master of Public Administration is a rewarding achievement that can lead to a career of tremendous public service. Many of us were taught to go to college to work for a business solely for the purpose of making money. While there is nothing wrong with the desire to make money, MPA’s, on the other hand, are pressed for the desire to make a difference in the community and the world. There are many myths and taboos around the idea of working for a successful Non-Profit Organization that we will cover in this article.

Yes, you get paid to work!

A common misconception is the belief that people show up to work every day, out of the joy of their hearts, but don’t make any actual money when working with a Non-Profit. Everyone needs to pay their bills and feed their families, which is a reality of life, and this is simply not the case. Continue reading

Take Your Website to the Next Level

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

No matter the content, the themes or even what you use it for, more and more people are making use of their own website these days. With tools and resources available for everyone from the most devout Luddite to the most tech-savvy coder, personal blogs and online stores are rife in the digital age. However, if the key to your personal branding is the appreciation of luxury, then you need to take a step back and have a look at what your website says about you. No matter if you’re an entrepreneur selling specialty chocolates for the connoisseur, or a blogger providing reviews of the latest fashion show offerings, it’s time to have a look at how you can increase your own level of professionalism to reflect your target demographic.Continue reading

The 5 Secrets to Developing a User-Friendly App

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Many mobile users often take connectivity, functionality, and speed for granted, but they will certainly notice when an application isn’t working. The modern-day audience are also not shy when it comes to voicing their opinion, which can result in a decline in downloads. Read the five secrets to developing a user-friendly app.

1.  Guide Users with Icons

If you are developing an application with a minimalist design, icons can become a critical aspect of the user experience. Those handy symbols will not only add personality into your app, but they will provide a visual language to help guide users to key areas, so can support the navigation process.

  1. Review Device Compatibility

Apps can quickly lose value if a developer fails to consider software updates, which ultimately prevent application failures, crashes, and bugs. Regularly review an app’s compatibility across multiple devices to ensure you continue to present the best program to a user. Also, pay close attention to both positive and negative customer feedback to identify potential bugs, so you can make the appropriate alterations.Continue reading

Effective Marketing and Your Virtual Location

Contributed article in our small business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Almost without exception, your small business needs a virtual location, and that location is a website. What that location looks like and the factors that matter most to your type of business will determine exactly how you create your location. However, just like a physical store, there are some essentials that every virtual location must have.

You Need a Specific Address

You can’t just host a blog on a free site like Squarespace, Blogger, or WordPress. That is like telling someone that your business is located somewhere in a large city, but not telling them where. Google favors sites that have unique domain names.Continue reading

4 Top Tips for Improving Your Online Presence

Contributed article in our small business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Every business must develop a strong online presence to boost their brand awareness, encourage engagement, improve industry authority and increase sales. To maximize your success, we are providing four top tips for improving your online presence.

Website Optimization

Only 51% of small businesses currently have a website. This is despite 97% of consumers routinely searching for both products and services online. Any company hoping to boost their brand and sales must strive to create an aesthetically-pleasing, easy-to-use website that promotes their products, services, history and contact information.Continue reading

Three Online Services Shaking Up Small Business Operations

Contributed article in our small business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

It seems that everything can be ordered online today, from a new pair of shoes, to a day at the salon. With digital marketing and sales transforming the way we shop, communicate, and book our services, a business that hasn’t got an online distribution platform runs the real risk of becoming obsolete. While some local newspapers are holding steady, many more are closing down as our news and media consumptions have shifted online to take a new global form. This leaves local businesses in a difficult position, where they have to turn to large-scale corporations to advertise and distribute their services or risk being shut out of the digital marketplace. Consumers want to support local businesses, but don’t know where to turn on a globalized media platform. Here are three businesses in the UK that are shaking up the industry by connecting consumers with local services and professionals.Continue reading

5 Things Every Small Business Website Needs

Contributed article in our small business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

There are many awful websites online. While some offer poor designs, others are not user-friendly or provide next to no value to their visitors. To ensure your company isn’t one of them, read the five things every small-business website needs.

  1. A Simple URL

A simple URL is not only easy to remember, but it will appear more professional. It is an extension of your brand, so you must carefully choose a domain name before you even embark with a web design. If possible, we recommend using your brand name so it stays in your visitors’ minds.

Companies are wise to opt for a .com domain or one applicable to their local area such as .co.uk. However, non-profits should opt for .org to build visitor trust. Also, try to avoid using hyphens or numbers in your URL, as it could cause confusion and a visitor may type in the wrong web address.Continue reading