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The State of the Web: Brunswick

Every city is a little different then all the rest, and Brunswick, Ohio is no different.  Every city has its pros and cons, as does Brunswick.  So we, as a web design firm, are going to go city-by-city and review the trends, pros, and cons that each city has and how to improve on each; starting with Brunswick.

Brunswick's Website Trends

One very notable thing about Brunswick, especially on the web, is its restaurants. Brunswick has huge quantities of restaurants relative to its size. This makes for a very tough market as a restaurant owner. The question then is, how do I get to the top of the pile when it comes to web searches, or how do improve my websites SEO level?  

There are hundreds of local map entries, but getting to the top is very difficult, and there is no easy way of getting there.  Very simply, if you want to get your website to have a high SEO and get to the top of Brunswick listings, you are going to have to put time and, in many cases, money into it. However, it is usually less expensive than most other marketing venues.  It is also good to note that, the more time, and ,more importantly, effort, you are willing to spend on improving your website, the less of an investment it will be for you and your company.

Another fairly unused resource in Brunswick is social media.  With social media, you can get directly into peoples' daily lives without spending a single penny, yet today it is one of the most unused tools.  When done correctly, it can not only grow your business, but it can be beneficial to those who follow you.

The Pros of Brunswick's Market

A very good aspect of the Brunswick market is that most businesses have some form of web presence. This is not only good from a business standpoint where you are getting some form of web marketing, but it is also good from the standpoint of a possible customer, where they can get your basic information without extensive effort.

Brunswick has a number of stunningly beautiful locations, particularly MapleSide farms.  The city of Brunswick has a huge auto market (we often call it the Brunswick Auto Mile).

 

Areas of Improvement in the Brunswick Market

Brunswick also has a few areas in which it has room to grow.  One of the major issues that often occurs is having out-of-date information on their website, and on Google.  This is not only inconvenient to a customer, but damaging to a company's reputation.  The major cause of this is due to companies like Yellowbook, where you are charged for each individual update, and for each additional page, and anything else they can bill you for.  This is why we offer free transfer from these companies; we believe that this blatent overcharging is hurting businesses and we want to do our part to stop it.

In conclusion, the city as a whole is in fairly good shape, and, if you would like to know how you compare to your competition, give us a call for a free consultation.

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The Practicality of the iPad

One of the common ideas that we hear in the Greater Cleveland and Medina area is that the iPad is just a big iPod, just another toy. We would argue that this is completely wrong. This is why we are giving iPads away free with our higher end package (and we would do it for the lower packages if we could).

We feel that if you truly have the desire to improve your company, that the iPad can greatly increase you capacity to do so (even to those who are not tech savvy).

Website Owner's Uses for the iPad

For our web development clients in particular, they have access to update their website without ever touching their computer. In an effort to keep our clients website, not only #1 on Google by keeping up their SEO ranking, but to keep their customers informed. In fact, I am writing the blog you are reading right now on the Addo Solutions iPad, with the very same website management too that our customers do.

Business Owner's Uses for the iPad

Other great ways to use your iPad is simply keeping up with email. For example, sometimes I just want to get up from my desk, but I don't want to take my laptop, so I can just take my iPad and go wherever I feel comfortable, yet be able to keep my email in check all the while.

Academic and Student Uses for the iPad

But you don't have to own a business, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote provide most of what the average student needs to get all kinds of things done for school, try taking organized notes during class.

Graphic Designer/Photographer  of the iPad

With Apple's camera connect adapter, you can directly connect your camera to your iPad and you can manage and update your photos with Photoshop for iPad!

You can also manage your Picasa albums with the iPad. For our clients, this means managing any kind of portfolio page, as we utilize Picasa 

Musician Uses for The iPad

But that still is not all; like music? You can connect your guitar to GarageBand and record with a 1/4" input adapter,

Keep all your chord music in one place with OnSong. Try tuning your guitar, or most other instruments with PitchPerfect to name just a few uses for musicians.

Even More Uses of the iPad

 

Keep your day planned well with the built in calendar app, access your Dropbox, run some digital Sound Boards, read your kindle books, read the latest news with a plethora of apps.

 

This does not even scratch the surface of all the possibilities that the iPad provides.

Visit the apple store or the nearest retailer that sells iPad. See all you can do with your new iPad.

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Tips for New Website Owners

Many people go into the web business totally blind, taking whatever the nice sales-person tells you, and sign up not knowing what you are getting in to.

Check out the Competition

The first thing you want to do is see what your competition is doing. Are you the only one in the market with a website, or are your competitiors all seasoned pros in the web? Another thing you want to see is what you do and do not like about your competition's websites.

Be sure to get the input of whoever you are interested in using for web services. Any quality web firm should be able to answer these questions without any kind of obligation.

Do you Need a CMS?

One very difficult decision many businesses have to make is whether or not they should pay the extra money for a CMS. While in many cases, you will not have to update your website often, it is usually best that you do simply because you will rank better on Google listings.

This is why we provide all clients with a highly affordable and highly easy to use CMS with every website installation.

How Much Will it Cost?

The big question left is how much will it cost to get your website going? The going average is anywhere from $2,000 to $9,000 depending on what you are interested in having on your website.

There are some sources where you can get a generic, low quality website for less then $1,000, however you often get locked into something that you end up changing in the future anyways, costing you time and money.

Our pricing plans reflect our highly optimized and highly efficient website deveoptment process which allows us to spend almost no time re-inventing the wheel, and spending as much time as we can on you and your company.

Give us a call, we would love to hear about your new project!

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Math Help Tools

For those of us who are in need of some math help, I found 2 excellent math help tools that help us with our math problems.   

Wolfram Alpha

The first is Wolfram Alpha.  This website is by far the best self-help math help tool I have ever used. It essentially allows you to enter a formula, and this math help tool will solve it for you.  Yes, I know you can do this on your fancy $150 TI-89 calculator, however the best part about Wolfram Alpha, is that it gives the steps to get to the answer it gives.

If you dont know the syntax for example, differentiation is diff([your equation]).  You can also just type in integration, and it will give you step by step instructions on how to solve it.  Have a sequence? Just ype in sequence, and it will tell you what you need to do for Wolfram, this excellent math help tool, to solve it.

StackExchange Math

I recently discovered this website, made by the same people that made Stack Overflow (an excellent website/community for programmers).  It is called Stack Exchange Mathematics, and it is a really good math help tool.  Essentially, you go through and you can search the website for your question, for people that have looked for help with the same math problem you have.  If you can't find what you are looking for, simply go to Ask a Question, and you can write your math question.  Once you write it, your question will be submitted to the community, and typically you can get an answer well within 10 minutes.  The people there are extememly smart, and should have no problem with any kind of question you have.

I would advise however that you do not just post your homework/test question, they can usually pick up on it and do not like it when you do so, at all.  If you have a question, ask them where to get started, and they will be hallpy to help.  I have worked with them and the community there is very nice, good humor, and just overall good peronalities.  This site is more then a math help tool, it is a math help solution.

Between these two math help tools, you should be able to excel in any math you may undertake.

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