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Posts Tagged: business reputation

3 Business Lessons from the Benham Brothers


Filed under: Business of Design.

A few weeks ago I was at a conference where twin brothers, Jason and David Benham, spoke on business and how to excel in your field. The Benham brothers, formally drafted by the MLB,  now turned business men have started many companies and have been featured in many publications including Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and more.

Benham Brothers

During one of their talks they focused on three guiding principles they follow in their businesses that has made them what they are today. I want to highlight these things and show how you can apply them to your work/business.

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How to standout in a world of mediocrity


Filed under: Design Inspiration.

Last week I went to an Entrepreneurship conference where I heard an amazing talk on excellence by Mr. Gary Powers. Powers is the Owner of Ortho Molecular Products, a company who aims to change the way the health supplement businesses are run.

Excellence: How to standout in a world of mediocrity

Powers says many company’s products are not accurately represented on their labels. A supplement label may say it has Betaine to aid with digestion, but how much does it actually have? Many companies will add just a few drops of an ingredient to a huge mixing container and add it to their label to help it sell.

Power’s company is looking to set a new standard of excellence in the industry. His talk led me to think about how these same principles of excellence can be applied to the web industry. If you are tired of the status quo – business as usual – then keep reading!

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Sign-A-Rama Redesign


Filed under: Case Studies, Design Inspiration, Responsive Design.

We recently worked with a local Signage Shop to completely rebrand their website. We worked hard to create something that truly showcased their amazing work, experience and great customer experience.

Sign-A-Rama: Case Study

Sign-A-Rama – Carpentersville hired us to redesign their entire online presence into something that truly showcased their amazing work, experience and great customer experience.

Our goal is to establish them as a high-performing million dollar company, and their website was a huge thing holding them back from this reputation.

Check out the full Case Study to see how we built their new completely responsive website.

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How Much Should I Charge to Design a Website – Part 4


Filed under: Pricing, Web Development, What to Charge.

Just in case you were wondering this is not a guide to teach you how to “make a killing” designing websites. Nor it is even a go-to guide that will tell you if you live in Chicago, IL and you are designing this type of website charge $xx,xxx.

What to Charge for a Website

This series is about giving your Clients more value, more return-on-investment; it’s about niching down your market, providing better service, and how to become a “trusted business ally” to your Clients.

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How Much should I Charge to Design a Website?


Filed under: Pricing, Web Development.

In today’s age of template designs, PSD to HTML services, and drag-and-drop website builders many designers are struggling with what to charge for their services. It seems like the only way to survive is to bid less, lower rates, and work more hours.

What to Charge for a Website

But is that that only way? Do you really need to compete with every 15 year old high school kid, or coder from India who is charging $15/hr for their HTML skills? Just so you know, I’m not against young people doing web jobs for companies at all, or even oversees “coders” from India, it’s just that I don’t need to compete with their pricing model because we have a very different target market.

Warning: Reading this series may change the way you run your business, and has been known to cause web developers to deliver better value to their Clients, become a ninja negotiator and possibly double or triple their rates. Consider yourself warned!

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For Designers: How to Increase your Business


Filed under: Web Development.

Have you ever had a hard time convincing your would-be Clients of their need for a new website? Have you ever made that proposal to a company that seemed really excited about a project who then backed down after hearing your price?

Meeting your Client's needs

If so, this article is for you. It will help you when working with businesses and individuals you have identified that need a new website. Read more…

Is Your Website Costing you your Reputation and Sales?


Filed under: Design Inspiration, Web Development.

I’d like to dispel a common myth that many people have about the internet. Common Myth: If I have a website, then I’ll have people lining up to purchase my services or products. This is totally false, and yet many people run their businesses this way.

Just because you have a website, doesn’t mean you will automatically get visitors who will buy your services and/or products.

It takes many things to run a successful online presence and it all starts with a beautiful, easy-to-use, compelling website. If your website’s design doesn’t grab your visitors they will certainly go elsewhere with their business. Read more…