A couple of clients have recently been approached by seemingly reputable companies claiming that their domain registration is running out. The costs are usually around the $200 mark and the domain name is usually name.com instead of name com.au. Please check with your hosting company and keep a record handy of where and who you registered your domain name with. These scams have been running for years and don't appear to be going away soon. Why would they when people keep paying them piles of cash?
We occasionally get asked to produce cost-effective video to help sell a product and it's benefits. This recent example was produced in-house, with the script written by David Bateman and the voice over by me. (The client had stage fright and decided against the original interview idea). They loved the result it and it's a great way to explain how the product works when he can't get in front of a prospect.
If you are having trouble with Outlook's rendering of images in email signatures making them blurry, then make sure you are using images at 96 dpi not 72 dpi. That's pretty much all there is to this annoying issue.
Full details on how to fix this problem can thankfully be found here.
Kitestring is proud to be associated with 'Reclaim Your Curves'. We will helping out in a small way with art and design for this organisation, and our favourite trade printer is covering the cost of most of the print requirements. Take a look at what a group of volunteers are doing to support our Aussie women. It truly amazing the energy and time that volunteers like Louise Turner from Reclaim Your Curves give to help others. If you'd like to add your support please contact Louise via their website. http://www.reclaimyourcurves.org.au/
Redesigning your website is part of staying up to date with trends, technology, or the latest search engine algorithm. But it's not just a matter of rejigging, adding, subtracting, refuelling, lighting a match and yelling LAUNCH!
We'd like to thank all our clients, whose work makes it possible to donate on a monthly basis to charity. Funnily enough, Rekite caught our attention.
Things are designed for a purpose. If they are badly designed, they do not serve a function, therefore they are not designed. There is of course a difference between adequate design and good design... Good design can make a big difference to your bottom line.
I thought I'd share my particular viewpoint on e-newsletters (EDMS). A few e-newsletters I've come across recently seem focussed on the client rather than the customer. There's a notion that the customer is interested in what they are doing, rather than what the ramifications of those 'doings' will have for them.
Where have we been and what have we been doing for the last 3 months? We've been flying flat out on a wide range of projects from print to online. Well, we've added a few more strings to our services, that could really help your business. From site upgrades, corporate spring-cleans e-newsletters, new blogging platforms, and of course more mobile firendly sites.
Here's the sort of projects we've been getting our teeth into recently:
Thousands of websites around the world are being affected by ghost referrer spam in their Google Analytics reports. For most site owners, it starts with a big increase in your site hits. Hey, it must be a fantastic site and everyone loves me... Well, it may be, and I hope that's the case for you, but it's a good idea to check.
From April the 21st, Google will make changes to the way it ranks sites, based on their mobile friendliness.
Should you worry about your site?
If your customers/users mainly browse your site from a desktop PC, then little will change. However, if your customers/users are using mobile devices to view your site, then this change to Google's algorithm could have a dramatic and negative effect on your rankings.
10 years ago it was predicted that mobile internet usage would overtake desktop by 2014. The evidence is in... Last year 80% web browsing was done on smartphones. In November last year, 2.7 billion smartphones were connected around the world. (from a report by Ericsson)
Once again, Joomla! has been recognised for the great CMS that it is.
This article by Mike Johnston October 28, 2014 Articles and Editorials (CMS Critic)
The Winner of the 2014 People's Choice CMS Award for Best Open Source PHP CMS
It was great to see an article regarding the oversell of social Media for business marketing in a recent article in Tradetalk - a newsletter by the Australian Industry Trade College (AITC).
Extract: Professor Mark Ritson, University of Melbourne & Melbourne Business School.
Social Media is the greatest overselling in Marketing History.
When Kitestring is contracted to create a logo for a client, we strongly recommend adding a logo guideline or 'Style Guide'.
Style guides are most relevant in medium to large organisations as it is harder to manage or police the use of the logo in a large organisation.
Over the past couple of years, during training on clients websites and exchanging WORD files, I've noticed that some are unaware of the use of some very useful keyboard strokes. The best thing is that these rules apply to almost any program or web editor.
A recent Kitestring client is The Links Pet & Canine Aquatic Centre. They required a new website, support material and advice on everything relating to marketing their business.
This is a job that I'm very proud of. Red Suit Advertising agency asked me to take on this project some years ago and it presented a unique challenge.
I have been on the FlyLife team as designer for the print magazine for a number of years and was recently asked to look at a major renovation to the website. The site is now mobile friendly, has a content management system and includes an e-commerce platform.
The Joomla! project has announced the end of life for Joomla 2.5 on Dec 31, 2014. That means all Joomla 2.5 websites will not receive any updates including bugs and security updates.
If your website is running on 2.5.x then now is a good time to upgrade and move to the latest version of Joomla 3.3.6>
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