CMS Site Built For Easy Client Editing

CMS site built for easy client editing
By Lori Bratz
WebProHelp.com

About this site: This client wanted a cute, minialistic site that is keyword-rich and ready for editing.  With a simple 30 minute lesson, this client is now completely able to edit her content whenever she likes, with only general monthly site maintenance and wrapper/template/platform updates by a professional developer.

R.E.A.C.H. Behavioral Consulting
R.E.A.C.H. Behavioral Consulting

Development tool: Concrete5. 

Result:  Site is cute, editable by non-technical staff members, and is a completely scalable website that is SEO-effective.

About this client: REACH Behavioral Consulting provides behavior analytic services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, developmental disabilities and other learning challenges. Owner/Director Elizabeth Stoughton, M.S.Ed., BCBA. 

Small Business Success in Tough Economic Times

picture of a woman giving a giftTips for asucceeding in small business: Give more than your competition
By Lori Bratz
WebProHelp.com

If you have a small business, you know that consumers are guarding their spending now more than ever. In order to compete, and sometimes even to stay in business, small businesses need to offer more than their competition. Consumers are forgoing personal services such as haircare, massage, even extracurricular activities for their children because they simply have less dollars to spend on non-essentials. Consider making a space in your business to accomodate and entertain smaller children, enabling families to skip the cost of childcare when they visit your place of business. Clear out a corner, put down some washable carpet squares and a safety gate. Add some safe toys, a dvd player, some video games and you have instantly added value to your business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Business of Motherhood. Selling Your Skills.

Picture of a working mother

Businesses for mothers
By Lori Bratz
WebProHelp.com

Everyone excels at something that could be turned into a business offering; especially mothers. Mothers have to be hard-working, organized, patient, adept at settling disputes, and able to multi task, sometimes under a good deal of pressure. Perfect qualifications for a CEO! If you’re like most people, you have dreamed of owning your own business. The good news is that your dream is certainly within reach.

The main rule of thumb? Do everything legally. If you’re seriously planning to start a business, get online and find your state state department of licensing web site. www.sba.gov/hotlist/license.html.

Be responsible.

Get a license to do business. It only costs a few dollars to get licensed.

Pay your taxes. If your business is doing so well that you have huge income tax, then congratulations! You’re a success!

Here’s a list of several business ideas that you can do from home. You can probably add more great ideas to the list if you’re willing to put in some time and creative thinking!

Accountant
Administrative Services
Adult Day Care Provider
Aerobics Instructor
Animal Boarding
Animal Training
Aquarium Cleaning Service
Artist
Art Instructor
Auto Detailer
Auto Repair
Baby Sitter
Bail Bonds
Baking (cookies, muffins, etc)
Balloon Supplier/Delivery
Bed & Breakfast
Billing Service
Boat/Sailing Instructor
Bookkeeping
Cake Decorator
Caterer
Clown
Computer Instructor
Computer Programmer
Computer Repair
Cook (preparing meals for families or businesses)
Courier
Dance Instructor
Data Entry
Decorator
Drapery Maker
Dressmaker/Seamstress
Embroidery
Flower Designing (silk)
Food Delivery
Food Stand
Freelance Writing
Furniture Restoration
Gift Basket Service
Golf Instruction
Graphic Artist
Hair/Nail Salon
Home Health Care
House Cleaning
House Sitting
Insurance Agent
Jewelry Maker
Knitting and Knitting Instruction
Lawn/Yard Care
Landscape Design
Language Instruction/Interpreter/translator
Laundry
Medical Billing
Medical Transcription
Midwife
Music Instructor
Musician
Painter
Party/Event Planner
Personal Fitness Trainer
Pet Grooming
Pet Sitting/Walking
Photographer
Quilting Instructor
Quilt Maker
Secretarial Service
Sewing
Sight-Seeing Guide
Singing Telegrams
Ski Instructor
Stenciling
Tax Service
Tennis Instructor
Tour Guide
Tutor
Vending Machine Route
Wallpaper Hanger
Wedding Planner

Established Web Site Re-Designed with CSS

About this site: LivingLiteNow.com is an established website that I have been working on for several years that has achieved top organic search engine placement.  The clients wanted a more modern look and feel.  

Living Lite Now!
Living Lite Now!

 

Development tool: Custom site built with CSS and HTML

Result: Site is aesthetically pleasing, modern, is a completely scalable website that is SEO-effective and is still at the top of the search engines.

I’m on Page 1 of Google! You need Lori Bratz.

I met Lori Bratz about 10 years ago at a Google workshop.  She was the BEST thing I got from that class.  Lori has been my webmaster since that day.  She is a joy to work with, kicking ideas around and coming up with terrific results.  She does the work faster than anyone I’ve ever worked with (I’ve had a website since 1994 and a LOT of webmasters) and  she keeps my site updated beautifully.  I’m on Page 1 of Google for “hypnosis weight loss” in no small measure due to Lori.

Lori is really, really smart and very funny; two qualities I need in people I work with—AND she answers her phone.  If you’re looking for a quality website, professionally designed and problem-free, you need Lori Bratz.

Author, therapist and CEO of the Living Lite Weight Loss program, Katie Evans

LivingLiteNow.com
Living Lite Now!

Choosing a domain name? Leave your ego at the door.

Business owners are known for 2 qualities: #1. Tenacity and #2. A big ego!  Let’s face it, if you own your own business, you are probaby a confident,  success-driven individual who is willing to take chances.  And while those qualities certainly contribute to your success, business owners must be careful to NOT let that ego get in the way of common sense when it comes to their business website.    Time and again, I see a perfectly sound business struggle to find customers because they insist on using their name as a domain name!   Ego, ego, ego.  

Thing one: No one is searching for YOUR NAME to find a product or service.   Unless someone has already recommended YOU (in which case you don’t need to spend money advertising to find me), I’m not searching for Joe Smith.   

Thing two: Exception, if you are famous (Kristen Stewart), or if you are a busy as you want to be and don’t struggle to find customers (LoriBratz.com), OR if your name is Donald Widget, and I’m shopping for Widgets, then you’re all set.  Otherwise, you need to set your ego aside and choose a smarter domain name. 

By the way, if you MUST satisfy your urge to have a self-named website, you should know that you can have more than ONE domain name for the same site.  SO, you could be JoeSmithRules.com and also SeattleChiropractor.com. 

Make sense? If I needed a chiropractor, I might search for these keywords: Seattle chiropractic care, Seattle holistic chiropractor, Seattle chiropractor, Eastside back relief, sciatica pain relief Seattle , back adjustment Seattle , licensed chiropractor Seattle …

What do you think people would search for to find you?

Branding your business! Brochures!

 
Brochures are an important way for you to make a good impression on potential and existing clients.   The brochure pictured below was designed by Lori Bratz and it matches the client’s website.   Aside from being attractive and well-designed, it was quite inexpensive to produce. We printed this brochure at online-super printer VistaPrint for less than $1 per brochure, the client was able to log in and see the project at different milestones instead of wasting time and money meeting with the designer, and, as per always, the initial design process was a collaborative effort between designer and client, to eliminate the need for the usual “back-and-forth-how-do-you-like-it-now” that can substantially drive up the cost of a project.
D&E Customs brochure
D&E Customs brochure

Here is an article written by Janice Jenkins that explains the importance of a beautiful, professionally designed brochure that matches your company brand (website, business cards, postcards, flyers, newsletters, etc.). 

Are your brochures helping your business or do they only hurt you further? How good is your brochure printing? Do you often apologize for your marketing collaterals because you feel they just do not make the cut?

If you are often unhappy with your print brochures every time you send them out to your target clients, then you need to re-evaluate yourself and your collaterals – whether you still want to pay for mediocre marketing collaterals that just do not achieve what you expect them to accomplish.

As one expert marketer used to say, owning a wrench does not make one a qualified mechanic. Just as a desktop publishing application does not make for an effective brochure with great copywriting and design template. A little thought and careful planning are in order. When you plan your brochure printing right, it can go a long way in creating marketing collaterals that not only incorporate the brand identity you want, they can also provide you with the means for your target clients to respond to you positively.

So why do you need a good brochure? First of all, a brochure is as important as your business cards. But more than introducing yourself to your target clients, your print brochures actually do more – they introduce your entire company to your target clients. Each of your brochure prints is an executive summary that gives your target clients an idea of what you do and what you can offer. Thus, your brochure is one of the more important marketing tools as you are afforded the means to do a little bragging without having to be embarrassed doing it.

Your brochure just gives you a way to create a lasting impression by putting your best foot forward in the most favorable manner.

Second, a good brochure is important because it affords you to get the success you want. It allows you to accomplish what you have set out to do in the first place – that is, to be able to grow and be successful in your industry. Hence, your brochure must be able to effectively communicate what is essentially your business. This means having to convey in the briefest and most concise way possible all about your business, your products and services. Your marketing tool must be able to reach out and move your target clients who know nothing of who you are and what you can do in the first place.

A good brochure is also important to have because it is necessary to leave a good impression to your target clients. People generally expect a professional and reliable company to have print brochures in their marketing arsenal. And it goes without saying that a professional and credible company would also have equally great and solid products and services as offerings. A good quality and professional brochure can help you build trust and reliance among your target clients which can make them want to learn more about you and your business.

Finally, a good brochure is important because it lets you introduce yourself and your company to your target clients that they get to have something concrete to make them feel who you are and what you can do. Thus, your quality brochure printing should be able to become both an opportunity to open doors for you, as well as become reminders afterwards for target clients to refer to in the future.

So here is the final question: does your brochure printing do all these? If not, then it is high time for you to scrap the brochure template you have been using and get a new one to fully describe the best that you can do for your target clients – so much so that they do not hesitate to act on your call every time they read your brochure.
Article Source:http://68articles.com/why-do-you-need-a-good-brochure-7c82351d.html

Call Lori Bratz today to get a professional, high-quality brochure that contributes to your company’s branding! 

Website Optimization: Put The Rabbit Back In The Hat

The secret of website optimization is that there is no magic involved at all.  Forget about tricking the search engines and work on defining your business correctly by logical, descriptive keywords. 

Combating common website optimization mistakes:

List Spamming:  Some “Website Specialists” believe that the best way to get “juice” is to spam list services like Craigslist.  Posting to public forums every day only serves to annoy the community and will guarantee that you are flagged and removed and possibly even banned from the service.

Instead:  Post to lists no more than every three days and delete your old listing.  Exercise common courtesy.

Posting junk:  Never try to “trick” your audience into clicking your links.  That just costs you time and bandwidth.   Driving unqualified traffic to your website is about as useless as inviting triangles to a circle convention. 

Instead: Be as clear and descriptive as you can, and post only where you believe your target audience to be.

Using useless adjectives in meta tags:  This is a common mistake made by the best of writers.  Adjectives, or words that describe other words like, “Best, brightest and premiere” are not effective for meta tags because people who are looking for you are not searching for those words. 

Instead:  Use simple noun combinations that describe your business or service and physical location; Seattle Catering, Puyallup Flat Roof Replacement, Capital Hill Document Storage.

Be sincere in your aim to give the most comprehensive description of exactly what your business does so that people who are looking for you can find you as quickly as possible. Thoughtful logic will tell you exactly how to optimize your website.

Website Basics: Recipe for Success

The most frequently asked question I get is, “How can I do this myself?”  Let’s first establish that building your own website is like installing your own fence instead of paying a contractor.  It’s not going to look professionally done.  It won’t be very hardy and you should expect it to break down more quickly than it would if you had invested in a pro.  That said, you CAN do it.  And, like building your own fence, you will be required to learn how to use the tools.  You can’t just go toss some lumber and some nails on the ground and walk away.  You have to actually build a framework.  What is the main thing you want your website visitors to do? Buy a widget? Buy your service?  That is your Call to Action.  Make sure visitors know exactly what you want them to do when they arrive at your site.  Create a clear Call To Action and put it in the body of your page.  

Picture of a basic web page
Website Basics

Other pages might include About Us, Testimonials, Other products for sale, etc. So, go sketch out a plan for your site, keeping in mind your Call To Action!