Monthly Archives: March 2011

The Google Challenge

When was the last time you Googled your product, service or  business? Well if it’s been awhile or if you never have, give it a shot. Click this link (opens Google.com in a new window) and google your service or product. Like what you see? Are you on the first page? The second? The third? Statistics show people typically don’t go past page three in their search results before they try something else.

If you didn’t make the top three pages you are missing out on some seriously sweet “free ad” space. Great google search placement can be a lot of work, but it’s not rocket science. One of the key pieces to getting a great site ranking is having other web sites link back to your site or domain name. If you don’t already have a Facebook page or a Twitter account, the link back to your site should be reason enough to jump into the social media pool.

We could go one and on about SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and tips, tricks and techniques, but we just wanted to plant a seed today. Start with googling yourself and go from there. If you’re a do-it-yourself type, check out this download-able SEO started guide from Google for some great starter info. Don’t like your results and don’t have time to learn more? 5j is hear to help. Give us a shout, we’d love to teach you more and score you some of that “free ad” space.

 

Branding Your Business

Well this is the first “topical” post of graphicdesignsiouxfalls.com, and we’re going to hit a big one! Branding! What is branding you ask, well it doen’t have anything to do with cattle :-) Businessdictionary.com branding your businessdefines it as: the entire  process involved in creating a unique name and image for a product (good or service) in the consumers’ mind, through advertising campaigns with a consistent theme. Branding aims to establish a significant and differentiated presence in the market that attracts and retains loyal customers.

Whew! That’s a lot to take in! We’ll we’re just going to hit on one part tonight and that is continuity or consistency in your look and graphics. We have seen it time and time again, the logo maybe the same but the rest of the document doesn’t look anything like the web site, or business cards or signage. Consistency in branding means creating marketing materials that match. This will do several things. First, your message will be stronger and you will start to gain recognition with your customers, two, you’ll save money, instead of starting from scratch on every project you’ll have a graphics “pool” you can pull from to save on design time, and third, it will make you look good. I know that’s not much but we think you’ll get the idea, if you want to learn more about branding your business product or services, get in-touch with 5j Design today, we’d love to help. Have a great night!

Jake 

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Jake