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Lord & Griffin Web Solutions Receives 2014 New Orleans Award

Lord & Griffin Web Solutions Receives 2014 New Orleans Award
Lord & Griffin Web Solutions Receives 2014 New Orleans Award

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Lord & Griffin Web Solutions Receives 2014 New Orleans Award

New Orleans Award Program Honors the Achievement

NEW ORLEANS April 23, 2014 — Lord & Griffin Web Solutions has been selected for the 2014 New Orleans Award in the Web Hosting Company category by the New Orleans Award Program.

Each year, the New Orleans Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the New Orleans area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 New Orleans Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the New Orleans Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About New Orleans Award Program

The New Orleans Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the New Orleans area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The New Orleans Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

Lord & Griffin Web Solutions Receives 2014 New Orleans Award
Lord & Griffin Web Solutions Receives 2014 New Orleans Award

 

SOURCE: New Orleans Award Program

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New Orleans Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@recognitionawarding.com
URL: http://www.recognitionawarding.com

 

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Top 10 Features of a Winning E-Commerce Site

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E-commerce has become a large part of the internet and the economy all around the world. Giving the consumers the opportunity to deal business online has helped to dissolve physical borders as well as to help businesses reach out to a wide variety of customers originally inaccessible. It’s important to have a good website design that encourages users to browse the online catalogue through their internet browser and to make their online purchase in the same place.

It’s not surprising that clearly stated information is the top factor in whether a customer buys from your site or not. But what are some of the other influences? Let’s take a look:

Top 10 Features of a Winning E-Commerce Site

  1. Pricing/shipping information clearly stated – It all comes down to trust, the less information you include in the ordering process/shopping cart the more likely the buyer will abandon their purchase. All taxes, shipping and additional costs should be clearly visible throughout the ordering process.
  2. Looks credible and trustworthy – One of the easiest ways to instil trust in buyers is to have the relevant security badges for your site. Our ineedhits site is certified by TRUSTe and also its security is verified by VeriSign. Any affiliation with industry associates (such as SEMPO) also helps in building trust and credibility with buyers.
  3. Product displayed on homepage – This makes sense as the main action you want visitors to make when reaching your homepage is to click deeper into your site.
  4. Visually appealing – This is one of the basic principles of website design. Don’t make your site too cluttered – break up the text with images.
  5. Total cost calculator (shipping, tax, etc)- Similarly to the first point, ensure that the buyer has all the pricing information before they submit their credit card or Paypal details. If you trick the buyer in the ordering process then it’s likely you will loose them forever.
  6. Search function – As the number of products/services your site offers increases, the more it is necessary to offer a search box.
  7. Privacy statement – I see a privacy policy as a must if you have an e-commerce site. With identity fraud on the rise it is imperative that customers feel that they can safely shop on your site.
  8. Onsite customer reviews/testimonials – Reviews and testimonials give the buyer more confidence in transacting with you if you’re not a big brand.
  9. Online customer service (live chat) – A live chat service is particularly helpful for buyers who are having trouble purchasing your products/service. By providing a live chat option you are likely to reduce your cart abandonment rate.
  10. Links to social networks – If you have a Facebook or Twitter account for your business then why not share it with your buyers. One way to do this is put the links to all your social media sites in your website footer.
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7 Reasons You Need A Website Over Social Media Page

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I will use Facebook, Simply because it is the most widely used of all social media pages. There are many reasons a Facebook page or any other social media profile does not take the place of a website. Here are 7 Reasons:

  1. You Don’t Own It. Facebook owns your Facebook page. They can shut it down without warning. They can change the way it is displayed without notification. Don’t like the new layout? You can always add code to change it… Yeah Right! You’ll get use to it. True Story: I spent six months building an online presence just to have it deleted, over 5 pages, 60 articles and hundreds of followers. It happens; don’t let it happen to you.
  2. It’s Not Your Domain Name – Your Domain Name is part of your brand. It should be an address online where people can find you. It should be on your business card and on the signature line of your email. When you use your Facebook URL, you advertise that you are using space for your business for free. It gives the impression that you are cheap and possibly a “fly-by-night” business.
  3. You Don’t Control It – Besides not owning the Page, you don’t control it. You may spend many hours and/or hundreds of dollars customizing your page only to have the design wiped out by a Facebook the next day. You can only put certain types of images, where they let you. Gives new meaning to “Free Enterprise”. Your Internet presence should reflect your brand, not Facebook’s.
  4. Lack of Functionality – Having a website gives you the ability to collect email addresses of potential customers interested in your product or service. You can create a questionnaire or survey for free and embed it in your website. You can schedule when information is posted. You can create different content for different customers. And you can sell your products or services straight off of your website. Contact us today, if you want to know how. You can’t do these things with a Facebook page. Even if you do not want to do any of those things at present, do you think it is wise to build your brand on a platform where you will never be allowed the flexibility or functionality you need?
  5. No Analytics – Facebook Page’s Insight is limited… With a website you can use Google Analytics (free) or a Stat counter, you can see how people are interacting with your website. You can see what information they are drawn toward and how long they stayed on your site. You can see where they are not interested to limit your investment toward advertising those benefits and features. You can see what time of day your customers are considering your particular offering to coordinate your social media activity to those times. Your website can give you tons of information Facebook isn’t.
  6. Unreliable Message Distribution – When you post an update on Facebook it is limited to and through Facebook. When you announce a new sale in your status update most of your Facebook friends or fans may never see it. You have limited control over the market reach of your message.
  7. Limited Network – If you have been following the news about Facebook you have seen it has almost stopped growing in the United States. Many Professionals are abandoning Facebook, much like the exodus from MySpace, for a variety of reasons. In my opinion, Facebook is losing its luster, much the same way MySpace did.

Facebook Page does not take the place of your website. It Is Not A Replacement For Your Website. Social media has its place. LinkedIn is a business network and if you are in business you definitely should be on LinkedIn. Having your own domain (realm of administrative autonomy, authority, or control) and website makes you a member of the biggest community of the world, the Internet. Build your website as your hub, and then extend your reach into social networks.

When Is the Right Time to Redesign?

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If you run a website, chances are you often wonder whether it is the right time to do a total redesign of the layout of your website. Here are some points to consider:

Are you thinking of a redesign just for the sake of it? If you answered yes to that question, it is not yet the right time to do a redesign. Remember, a design serves a specific purpose. If you are not sure whether to do an overhaul of your site, keep in mind that your current design might have a specific purpose that you might not know about. You will lose that function if you do a redesign. You must consider the purpose for your design and take actions accordingly.

On the other hand, if your website has had the same website design since 2010, perhaps it is high time to do a redesign. The last thing you would ever want to happen to your site is when visitors leave your site without taking a look at your content just because the design is old fashioned. If this is your case, here are some points to ponder before doing a redesign.

Redesigning your website is like performing plastic surgery on it. Your website loses its current identity (for the better or worse) and your regular visitors might not recognise your new design at first glance. You risk losing them just because they thought they landed on the wrong page. Hence, it is very  important that you retain a characteristic feature from your old layout. Perhaps it is the logo of your site; perhaps it is the same text style for the title for your site. If you’re not sure and want to play it safe, Contact Us Today!  We can help you gather feedback from your online audience and if they think it is necessary for your website to have a fresh look, We can give it to them!

Whether you need a basic online brochure or a multifunctional custom web project, we are ready to help you meet your eBusiness goals. For Professional Web Assessment, FREE Consultation. Call Us Today. 888-404-8282

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Websites Built The Cheap Way

How To Have Websites Built For You The Cheap Way

I know, I know.. I’m in the “web design” business. So why this subject? First and foremost I’m an Entrepreneur and a IT Professional and I understand that in this economy, you have to be budget conscience. Truth is, if you want to have professional designers custom build your site, you must be prepared to dish out at least a few hundred dollars. All this can change if you know where to find the best deals, the best designs for the lowest price. Here’s a rough guide:

First, you must understand that it is a rip off to get most companies to design websites for you. Have you ever seen those advertisements in newspaper classified ad sections that offer a 5-page website at $500? The Avg. website design cost is about $75 to $125 per page. That is for a basic design. These companies are established companies with physical locations, therefore they have to increase the amount they charge to pay off some overheads: office rent, designer’s wages, advertising costs and so on. Always review companies before you get locked into a web design contract or deal. The best way to do this would be to go to Website Magazine.com

Therefore, it would be wise to find freelance designers who work from home. That’s how I started and I still operate in that capacity. Most freelancers are often working from home so they do not have a high operation cost like that of a company. On the other hand, they will be able to design images with quality similar to those of designers from big companies, so it’s a “no-brainer” choice. Lower Costs= More money remains in your pocket.

However, choose freelancers with care.  Before you sign or agree to anything, you should let the web designer review the specs of your website or give them a rough draft of what you think you want and let them present an abstract of your project and get them present a proposal and bid on your project. Shop around, so you get the best deal. Ask for portfolio and references. Doing this will help you you better choose the designers based on their experience, past transactions and customer feedback.

Another route you can take is to design your website yourself (DIY Web design). Think about it, if you only need 5 simple pages to present some simple information, why waste hundreds of dollars for it? Just spend a little time to sit down and do it yourself. You’ll be able to design your own sites even if you do not know a single line of HTML code with the help of WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) programs such as Microsoft Expression, Adobe Dreamweaver and so on.

We recommend SiteStudio: You can create as many websites as you like with SiteStudio – a charge free Website Builder. It is integrated into our hosting Control Panel and you can use it while working in the Control Panel. Explore our rich database of over 70 business-oriented templates in different color schemes. With SiteStudio your website can go live in about 10 minutes. No technical knowledge or special skills are required!