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Hosting … Does It Really Matter?

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Old and New – Hosting Then and Now

To see what is best for the clients, we must see what is best for the company as well. As with our new look, we did an “out with the old, in with the new” concerning the design and primary services. We have always offered customized services and will continue to do so, however, we needed to find a better way to give you what you need. Think about your website hosting, maybe you do not have one yet and are looking at some options. Now, think about when you go buy a car or computer, you not only look at the brand name but also the value of your dollar. Sure, there are hosting companies that seem to offer packages that look like you are paying literally pennies per dollar when in reality you are giving up critical elements.

Website hosting today is shared hosting, which essentially means that your site and potentially hundreds of others are all using the same server (shoving more files into an already cramped drawer). Shared hosting is not a bad thing, but you want to use a company that offers packages where you have fewer sites on one server. You also want a company that offers backups, CDN, Firewalls, SSL, Emails, and set up for the type of website you want. Your website is your “Online Presence, Your Storefront, Your Point of Contact” it should be hosted where it can really shine and not be bogged down by overloaded resources. 

Is It Worth You?

Which then comes in companies like Personalized Marketing Inc, we do website designs, we also do website support, we also pay attention to the fine print on hosting options. We want to know if the service we recommend is actually worth its bottom dollar or if you will be paying for substandard quality. We also want to know what their customer service is like? Do you talk to a machine or wait days for a response? Do you find yourself waiting on the phone for hours only to get someone ‘reading a screen’? Many sites have ‘buy this and get that’, is the ‘this’ worth the ‘that’? (Sorry, spiraling for a moment there)

You will notice that we do not have many hosting companies listed on Personalized Marketing Inc. Either we have not tested the other company, or we have and found that it’s not the best solution for us or our clients. Providing customized services means that you personalize them to each person or organization. It also means that you do the homework and if you find something better, you let the client know.

A Decade Later

No, we did not go into this offering everything that we do. What we did, however, was talk to the client, find out what they needed, figured out the best way to do it, then offered it to them. If we cannot provide, we find somewhere else that can. We want you to be happy with your services, we want each client to be successful in their ventures, we also know that times change and so must Personalized Marketing Inc.

Just like with our original name, Personalized Marketing & Promotions, we realized that to offer the best services possible, we had to rethink how we provided them. What areas were best suited and which services had to go. Personalized Marketing Inc offers many of the original services, but some things were dropped. Why? Because there was a better company, it required a skillset we did not have on staff, or it was a ‘fluff’ product. Take website development, yes, we can and have done Joomla, Drupal, even Ruby on Rails. We no longer offer support or builds for Ruby. Why? Because there are developers out there that do it better and all the time. It’s a part of putting YOU first and being a transparent company.

Update

One thing that I have done to improve the level of services we offer is return to the University of Phoenix for my M.B.A with a concentration in marketing. Why? Because times have changed, and everyone needs to be refreshed or learn what’s new out there. Our Manager Cindy lives and breathes business administration, she also loves editing and is a killer designer (see the Main Chess Pieces Slide on site). I look forward to great things coming from her and the skills she offers our clients.

We are still working on the Real Marketing for Organic Growth workbook. The process is taking a bit longer than originally planned but we feel that is a good thing since you should get more benefit from it. I also do not want to rush it and am trying to make sure that the topics requested are being covered.  

 

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PM Inc 10 Years Drawing Entry

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Welcome to the Personalized Marketing Inc’s new site and month-long anniversary party! Each week we are offering a different special and one big surprise during the final week! So, make sure to check back each week to take advantage of each new gift from us to you!

 

Week 1:

To kick start the event, August 1st to August 10th we are offering 10% off the following items!

1)  Website Design

  • You get to choose between 10% Off Total Cost

or

  • Free Domain Name Registration + 1 Month Hosting*

 

2)  One Social Network Design

  • Pick from either Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube, or LinkedIn.

 

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Real Marketing For Organic Growth PT 21 – Web Presence 4

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Your Web Presence Series #4 

This is the final blog for our four part series written to help give you some basics for not just being safe online but also to ensure that your web presence is what you want it to be. In our previous post we covered security measures (Series #1) for your website, hosting options (Series #2), and your website (Series #3) itself. 


 

In this post we are going to go over social media networks and blogs. These are more marketing focused but also include some SEO concerns as well. 

Real Marketing For Organic Growth PT 21 – Your Web Presence Series #4

Social Media Networks | Blogs

Social Media Networks and Blogs, even those these are two different creatures they have the same essential function, drive traffic to where you are pointing people. They also need to look like or have the same branding as your primary location. They should be integrated into your primary location. They are a part of your overall web presence and need to be updated and monitored accordingly.

Your Facebook page has several features that you may not have noticed yet, such as Newsletter integration, shop capabilities outside of the Facebook Shop, even a way to communicate with current and new readers. Host events and plan parties that you can invite others to attend. Share your social calendar with others while adding some personal items to give your fans and future readers the chance to get to know you. If your social network does not at least resemble your website, does not engage your readers and isn’t a place that encourages interactions then you are missing the mark, especially with Facebook. Gone are the days of just posting advertisements, you cannot have a bland automated social network any longer. 

Blogs

Blogs should be on your website but you should also be copying them to Blogger. Why?

Ultimately, because Google owns Blogger, Google promotes what it owns and we all want listed on the #1 Search Engine. Blogger is also a good way to keep a live running back-up of your site’s blog. You can choose to duplicate your site on your blogger, give it different content than your site, or just have a navigation that links to your site’s pages. I personally prefer a mix-up, links in the navigation that lead back to PM Inc but also content that is just for the blogger itself. Gives a little bit more of some SEO opportunities and gives the viewers some additional information. Back when we hosted Blog Hops, Blogger was our primary site for it, we also have opportunities for advertisement on the blogger site that is not available on our primary blog.

 

Real Marketing For Organic Growth PT 21 – Your Web Presence Series #4 | Social Icons

Newsletters | Landing Pages 

 

Finally, we are going to discuss newsletters a little. Newsletters are a great way to share with others about events happening. These things can be anything going on in your writing career, what you did last week in your garden, or even maybe a favorite desert. Newsletters are a way to communicate with a large or even small audience without having to send out individual emails, or doing mass emailing (which can get you marked as spam). Newsletters should reflect not only the person or site (author or books) but also what the topic of the email is going to be about. It should also be no longer than an average blog post (this one not counted). People are busy, emails should get right to the point, and newsletters have to make their point quickly and in a way that encourages people to read more.

Opening the newsletter a viewer should see ‘Who’ the Site Title / Image / Logo, the ‘What’ Title of the Newsletter, ‘Why’ Description or why the newsletter is important. ‘When’ If there is a time limit or event happening. ‘Where’ the location of where they find out more information. ‘How’ content relevant to the topic. As you can see a newsletter should answer the same 5 questions a website has, a newsletter is a single page of information condensed to taking the readers to the various destinations intended. When creating the content for your next newsletter or even a landing page, keep those 5 questions in mind. 

Landing Pages 

I mention landing pages at the end because they are different than a website page and a newsletter but are also a combination of them. Landing pages are a mini version of your website with a singular event in mind. They are like a newsletter because they are condensed and focused on a particular topic but are not constrained by the same amount of detail a newsletter has. Landing pages are simply put an ad, very similar to those in papers and magazines, that have one job function, engage the viewers to complete the call-to-action

 

Newsletters, Landing Pages and Websites should all have the branding for a particular author/brand/series added. You have to have a continual visual image that no matter what you are writing about it can carry through to your next venture. 

I know we have given you quite a lot of content to read and several things to consider. We are here to help; we have several service packages that are tailored to what YOU the client needs based on YOU alone.

 


We are including a 10% discount for any item offered on the Personalized Marketing Inc Hosting site and main site, good through June 1st 2018.
Just as a way of saying thank you for reading the blog post.

PM Inc Main Site (including PM Inc SSL and Installation Service): Just email us and mention “Real Marketing For Organic Growth PT 21 Blog Post Promo: RMOGpt21” or fill out the form and the discount will be added. 

PM Inc Hosting Code: ( RMOGpt21 ) Must either click the link or paste the code in the shopping cart to get the discount. 

 

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Real Marketing For Organic Growth PT 21 – Web Presence 3

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Your Web Presence Series #3 

Continuing the four part blog series to help give you some basics for not just being safe online but also to ensure that your web presence is what you want it to be. 

Hope you are having a good day and not completely overwhelmed by the information provided in our previous posts “Real Marketing For Organic Growth PT 21 – Time To Discuss Your Web Presence Part 1 Section 1 and 2” We are trying to make these blogs informative but not overwhelming, so if you are feeling a bit frazzled remember to take a breath and if need to give us a shout out.

So let’s recap our previous posts we covered security and choosing the right web hosting for your needs. They covered a comparison of hosting options, basic requirements for hosting accounts (SSL, Emails) and benefits behind some of these additional Security add-ons (Firewalls and CDN). In this installment we are going to talk about other website and some common concerns. 

Web Design

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This one seems like a no brainer right? You have either purchased a domain name or are using a platform that has given you a subdomain. The domain / subdomain very plainly says who you are or what you offer, (personalizedmarketing.info) marketing personalized to you. People come to your site and are immediately given more information about why they should choose you. No or you’re not sure? Well then maybe it’s time to reconsider your site.

Since we have worked with several authors, we are going to use them as a reference. When you go to an author’s website, the first thing you expect to see is what new book they have out, then their banner, author picture or another relevant image that connects them to their work. Third, you expect to see some information about what type of books they write and a welcome message from them. Some chose to have blog feeds on their homepage others their most recent releases. Both of these work, it just depends on who the author is and what they feel is most relevant to them.  

You might then find some information about what events they are attending and how to enter either giveaways, newsletters, or contest. Then at the bottom, you should always find copyright information protecting the material on their website. Ultimately, the homepage is a landing page that should engage us enough to continue through to different pages. The top general pages often include: Home, About or Bio, Books, Reviews/Interviews/Guest Events, Blog and Contact. Sometimes you see other items like friends or reader areas. The main pages gives us yet again the Who, Why, When, Where, and How of the author and their site.

  • Who – are they?
  • Why – read / follow them?
  • When – new book releases and events?
  • Where – can you find them, their books, events attending or hosting, navigate them on the web and in person?
  • How – to contact them, buy their books, keep up with their news, visit them either online or in person, become a bigger fan?

These 5 questions are some of the most important questions that the author’s website should address but it must do it in a manner that is appropriate to the content and the devices viewing it. Have you noticed that when you view the product information for an item on Amazon, the word count is higher for a Computer but significantly less for a phone? That is because there is only a certain amount of room before the phone user has to scroll to read more. This area is considered HIGH value and only really great “HOOKS” should go there. The same is said for your website. If you do not address these questions before a person has to start scrolling than most likely they are not going to stick around long enough to hunt the answers.

Responsive? 

So your content looks stunning on your computer but when you visit your site on your phone or tablet you suddenly go “huh, why do I have to scroll left or right?” “What happened to my color choices?” “Where did my images go?” “What’s up with the navigation link?” or the ultimate … “That looks nothing like my website!” Many don’t know but WordPress Themes and some plugins do offer mobile versions of the website, however they are basic mobile templates and probably have very little to do with your design. Some of these basic templates allow adjusting and others require a paid service to do the adjustments. The best way to know if your website looks right on mobile devices is to view it on one. The emulator inside of WordPress customizer does not always give an accurate view and you could find yourself with a mess. 

If using WordPress choose the right theme to start with. Make sure it is responsive, parallax and has good reviews as well as support services. You can also have someone design a theme or create a child theme for you, just make sure that it includes a clean and clearly beautiful version of your site on any device. HTML5, CSS, Bootstrap websites also can be very lovely and can be designed to be responsive as well. You only have to make sure the right coding is being used and do not use programs that add outdated or heavy code to your site. 

In our final week, we will cover social networks and blog sites. I know we these blogs are giving you quite a lot of content to read and several things to consider. We are here to help; we have several service packages that are tailored to what YOU the client needs based on YOU alone. 

If you have a suggestion for a topic then please send us an email, we may chose to do a series about it. 

 


We are including a 10% discount for any item offered on the Personalized Marketing Inc Hosting site and main site, good through June 1st 2018.
Just as a way of saying thank you for reading the blog post.

PM Inc Main Site (including PM Inc SSL and Installation Service): Just email us and mention “Real Marketing For Organic Growth PT 21 Blog Post Promo: RMOGpt21” or fill out the form and the discount will be added. 

PM Inc Hosting Code: ( RMOGpt21 ) Must either click the link or paste the code in the shopping cart to get the discount. 

 

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