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Responsive site versus Mobile App

Building a website is a challenge for all new and existing businesses.  Without one, you will probably not be found by your new or existing customers.  An existing customer may need to know your hours of operation, or a phone number, or just some more information about your business.  New customers are more likely to look to the web to find a product or service that they require.  There they can find reviews and suggestions about your product or service.

RESPONSIVE Website

Hands holding tabletAs of April 21,2015 google is looking for responsive sites on the web.  A responsive site will look great on a desktop or laptop, as well as on a mobile device such as a phone or tablet.

The responsive website will help you with search engine optimization and make your site viewable to all users.   If this is done right, it will have an easy navigation menu with  contact information in a prominent spot.  People will be able to view any information from your site or give you a call to find out a question they may have.  It will also have a moving map for your customers with an internet/gps ready phone.  They can use the moving map to locate your business easily.

MOBILE App

Touch screen mobile phone, in handThis is a different concept, that is used by businesses to make it easier for their customers.  Using a mobile app can make it easier to access your bank account, calculate values for real estate, etc.  You can have a mobile app built if you are wanting something specific for your phone that makes it easier for your customer.  My personal opinion on the mobile app is that it is great for your bank, or airline or big business that needs something specific for a phone.  However, a good responsive design for a business should work well on the phone to get people the information they need about your business if you have a storefront, or if your service or product is something they can purchase through the web.  I believe that the less confusion you give your customer or potential customer the better.  Everything should be as easy as possible and should be consistent through the web.  If your website provides a function, your mobile app should provide that same function, basically in the same way to make it easy for the user if they are on their phone, or on their desktop.

The first book I read after I started my business was called “Don’t Make Me Think”  I believe this concept of not making your user have to “figure” out what you want them to do is the best way to build a website, and it will allow them to feel comfortable with your ability to provide them the service or product that you have to offer.

I have worked with customers and business owners, and people of all abilities.  Ease of use is by far the most important feature of your website.  Searchability is extremely important as well.  Using a wordpress responsive website to build your business will be an excellent stepping stone on your way to a successful business.  Please give me a call if you have questions about a new or existing website.  Visit my site at www.longspeakweb.com or come visit us at our regular meeting for Take a Chair Ladies and see how we can help each other through education and networking.

 

 

Color Therapy

Hello! If you missed our meeting this morning at Le Peep restaurant on Ken Pratt Blvd in Longmont, here is a brief synopsis of just one of the informational presentations that took place.  This information was shared by Vickie McLane, Registered Yoga Teacher and Owner/Operator at Yoga Adobe, a yoga studio located in Berthoud, Colorado.

Color Therapy. Heard the term? This practice has been around for thousands of years in many countries around the world.  Recently I had the pleasure of being introduced to Color Therapy and find the subject absolutely fascinating not only for it’s simplicity, but it’s relevance because of that simplicity.  We live in an overly scheduled world.  How can you keep your energetic, emotional and physical bodies in tune and in balance? It’s really quite simple – apply color!

Color Therapy uses the rainbow colors and frequently relates these colors to one of the 7 energy centers of the body known as the Chakras.  If you feel unbalanced in one of your Chakras you may achieve some relief through the use of color – wearing it, eating it, drinking it, visualizing it, decorating with it – the sky’s the limit!!

There are many lovely books available through your local library that will give you a world of depth on this topic.  Here are a few you might consider browsing through:

Discover Color Therapy by Helen Graham – presents many examples of ways to heal using color – check out the Applied Kinesiology on page 39.

Simply Color Therapy by Nina Ashby – has a chapter devoted to Dressing for Success and a chapter with tips on healthy colors in your home décor.

The Practical Book of Color Therapy by Susan Lilly and Simon Lilly – this volume uses loads of beautiful color images to help you understand how color affects us both consciously and subconsciously. Pages 60 & 61 give us an interesting color assessment exercise. Pages 66-71 show us the relationship between the colors of our foods and our health and energy.

Also, here is an interesting website on the topic:

http://www.colourtherapyhealing.com/ – this website offers a free test to help you determine which areas of your body are in need of color therapy.

Enjoy your exploration of color!

Vickie McLane, E-RYT200, CYKF, RD – Owner and operator of Yoga Adobe, Berthoud, Colorado

April 25 2015 Presentations

This week Pam and Vickie will be speaking.

COLOR THERAPY – Vickie McClane – Yoga Instructor

Learn some simple ways to balance your energy, soothe emotions and enhance creativity through the use of color. Each rainbow color relates to one of the 7 energy centers of the body known as the Chakras. If you feel unbalanced in one of your Chakras you may achieve some relief through the use of color – wearing it, eating it, drinking it, visualizing it, decorating with it – the sky’s the limit!!

10 minute presentation offered by Vickie McLane, E-RYT 200, CYKF, RD

Google Adwords

I have found that google adwords is a great way to jump start your ranking on google listings.  Make sure you have all your SEO pieces in place and then get a good campaign going.  You can choose how much you want to spend each day and let google do the bidding for you.  Your ad will show until your maximum for the day is reached.  You are able to pause a campaign at any time, and start it back, or delete it and start a new one.  Your ads can go to a specific page in your website so you are able to target  certain keywords within your site.  I can help you set it up and/or help you keep it maintained.  You will be able to see a lot of information about the people who are visiting your site by looking at where they are from, and even what type of computer/phone they are using to view your site.  Give me a call if you need any assistance getting your site noticed on the web.  Visit my site at www.longspeakweb.com

Need a New Head Shot?

As the saying goes “a picture paints a 1000 words”.   Lucy Tuck Photography is currently offering a 30 minute custom photo-shoot, for just $75…..call now: 303 506 0657.  More details

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Let Personal Assistance & More run your errands this holiday season.  Don’t forget your pets!  Available for house and pet sitting over the holidays

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It’s Cold Outside- Wool Dog Sweaters at Gidgetwear

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Best Value Gift Baskets Now has Wine Baskets

We have beautiful gift baskets with Artisan wines from Napa Valley.  Wine baskets with chocolates and cheese and crackers, and also wine gift boxes with just the wine!

                                   

 

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Yoga Adobe Celebrates the Holidays

We hope you enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday – we celebrated in Charleston, South Carolina with family and enjoyed our stay immensely!  Remember that Yoga Adobe has gift certificates available for your holiday gift giving.  Give a gift of relaxation – most experts agree that stress is at the core of many health problems so the more we can consciously chose to relax, the better off we are.  The healthier we are individually – the more we have to give!  Or treat yourself to 10-class pass for Christmas – now 20% off for the month of December – this price is good for gift giving as well.  Join us for our monthly Sangha gathering – check the website for details.  Happy Holidays!

Namaste, Vickie at Yoga Adobe

Holiday Photo Card Discounts

Making your own Holiday photocards?  A great way to make a more personal connection with clients.  I spend a lot of time reviewing sites to see the latest and most interesting ideas.  I receive lots of discount coupons so feel free to call prior to buying your cards.  I’m happy to share the discount codes.

Lucy