Holiday Season!

It’s finally here: the Holiday Season. As the next few weeks fly by in a montage of holiday parties, marathon gift shopping and wrapping sessions and manic cookie baking endeavors, it’s easy to forget what the point of it all is sometimes.

We live in an amazing time. Information is more readily accessible than it ever has been in history. Our mastery of science and technology grows exponentially every year. While we as a country sort out our differences, we have the freedom to do so without fear of recrimination or violence. These things alone are enough to be thankful for.

I have so much to be Thankful and Grateful for these Holidays!

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Branding Rules

“Your brand is the magnet that draws consumers to your product or service.”

Here are a few rules to follow:

1. Understanding the value of a well designed brand identity.
“Make it a priority and find money to invest in it right away.” So many people have a business idea, ask their cousin or a colleague’s wife, who dables in photoshop, to design a logo and say, ‘That’s my brand.’ That’s a mistake. Your brand often is the most important thing beyond the product itself.”

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iPad’s dominance in eCommerce

Notwithstanding the onslaught of competitors from across the contemporary tablet space, Apple’s iPad remains the dominant device for eCommerce.

Apple’s iPad is still the top dog. In fact, close to 9 out of every 10 tablets that connect to an eCommerce site is an iPad. Even more important for retailers to understand is that iPad owners spend more when shopping online than their Android counterparts.

All told, tablets and smartphones claimed 21.02 percent of ecommerce-related traffic in the quarter, compared to just 2 percent two years ago. Tablets, however, led smartphones (10.44 percent) in ecommerce traffic.

Positive Breeds Positive: In The Workplace

A positive attitude in the workplace can make a big difference!!!  We’re sure many of you can relate to this in some way or another:

  • Meetings in which most of the discussion is on what is going wrong rather than about ideas on how to solve the problem.

  • Upper management seems to care only about how they are measured (usually by short-term profits) rather than about the long-term success of the company.

  • General conversations occur around the workplace almost daily in which people complain to each other about how this, that, or the entire company is doomed to fail.

  • Employees backstab each other in attempts to “get ahead” in the company.

  • People leave their workplace at the end of the day feeling drained and lifeless from all the negative energy.

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    First Impressions

    Don’t forget to treat every page of your website as if it’s the homepage.

    Everybody knows the importance of making a first positive impression, but if you assume prospective customers first encounter your website through its homepage, thin again.
    Natural search results drive visitors to individual pages that best match each user’s search query, and often that page is not your site’s homepage.

    On more than 200 websites we manage, nearly four of every 10 visitors enter the site from somewhere other than the homepage.  Unfortunately, most business owners and marketing managers focus 90% of their creative attention and resources on designing a stunning homepage and treat the other pages as an afterthought. Don’t make that mistake! Give every page the same attention you devote to your site’s homepage.

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    Totorial on how to Build a Facebook Landing Page for Your Business

    1. Add the Static FBML App


    The tabs at the top of your Facebook Fan Page are apps. Some, like your wall and photos are built into Facebook. Others are essentially plug-ins where fans can view external content, like YouTube videos, Flickr photos, etc.

    The app you need for your custom page is called “Static FBML,” located here. If you’re logged into Facebook, you can add it to your Page. It is essentially a blank canvas where you can add whatever content you want, including custom graphics and links via standard HTML.

    Facebook Fan Page Image

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    Popular CSS Tools For Web Developers and Designers

    Even though you may know CSS very well and for some tasks it would take a lot of time to complete and for this there are lots of tools available using which you can complete your projects quicker. These tools can help you in creating forms, buttons, curve boxes, pages and lots of different CSS generated stuff.

    Here are some list of tools, which will make your work easier. Don’t forget we are here to help our design community which will grow to a newer heights.

    1. CSS Compressor

    Use this utility to compress your CSS to increase loading speed and save on bandwidth as well. You can choose from three levels of compression, depending on how legible you want the compressed CSS to be versus degree of compression.

    CSS Compressor

    2. Blueprint Grid CSS Generator

    This tool will help you generate more flexible versions of Blueprintís grid.css and compressed.css and grid.png files. Whether you prefer 8, 10,16 or 24 columns in your design, this generator now enables you that flexibility with Blueprint.

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