The Savvy Seven: 7 Tips for Optimum Website Success

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  Follow these simple, yet strategic tips for website creation, design, and branding success.

  1. Never underestimate the power your online presence has and the business it can generate. Think of your company or professional website as your first impression. Don’t you want to make a great- and lasting impression upon first meeting? Most “first impressions” happen online today. Make sure your website is modern, clean and easy to navigate. Most importantly, make sure your website clearly illustrates what you do, who you are, what you stand for (as a business).

  2. Please make it easy for people to find what they need. We all know how frustrating it is when we go to a website and can’t find business hours, contact information, a restaurant’s menus, the list goes on and on. The main reason to go to a website is for more information. Have your business information easily accessible and ready for current and future customers/ clients/ fans etc. Integrate your social media accounts so people can like you on facebook, follow you on twitter. People will get over clicking around and leave your site within ten seconds. Don’t lose the traffic!

  3. A responsive, dynamic design is crucial. This means making sure your site is desktop, tablet and mobile friendly. You want current and   potential clients and customers to be able to navigate through your site on all devices. Test your site to make sure your theme is modern and is    responsive, a study recently reported that “more Google searches take place on mobile devices than on computers in 10 countries including the US and Japan.” With that said, you definitely want a mobile presence.

4. All about that branding. Branding is vital to any business or professional. If your business cards, website, and logo don’t mesh and are not consistent, you are not branding yourself properly. The idea is you have a business, product and your website and marketing materials match the vibe of that business/ product. If you are designing or redesigning your website, make sure to follow through on all other aspects to ensure consistency of your brand. Order updated business cards, manage your social media accounts and update photos, logos etc. It is the first thing that separates the amateurs from the pros.

5. Content will always be King. Always remember this: people like to be engaged, and they want fresh, relevant content. Aim for at least 400 words in an article on your site and always include 1-3 applicable images. Content should never include “filler” or fluff” or be outdated and useless. Use AdWords for help in determining strategic content.Content is key for branding, SEO, and your reputation. In regards to content, quality and quantity matter; quality meaning well written, information and engaging, quantity meaning how often you add and update your site’s content.

6. Know your link neighborhood. Another crucial tip for SEO. Don’t be the bad neighbor, or the neighbor nobody wants to visit. Make sure you don’t include too many links, broken or bad links, or have too many ads on your site and in your articles. Provide your readers and visitors with useful and trusted links. Do not send anyone to a sub-par resource or site, it will annoy them and you will lose your credibility with not only them but with Google too. Do the research and spend the extra time to make sure your hood is safe and friendly.

7. Trust your web developer & choose carefully. Because your online presence is such a big deal, you shouldn’t just trust anyone with designing it. Seek out other company sites that are popular or the aesthetic you prefer and find out who their designer/ developer is. Request consultations with designers. It also helps to go local. You can ask friends for referrals and see a designer’s portfolio and their success online. A local designer is essentially your own personal project manager, creative director, technical officer and marketing exec all at your fingertips. A local designer’s reputation only flourishes due to a strong local following based on their body of work. Ensuring your happiness with the end result of the project is their number one objective.  Choosing local is great if you want to be able to interface with someone, especially if your business is local. They know your area, they know what works, trust them.


Santa Barbara Wedding Websites

When planing a wedding, it is important to have a great website so people can find you and hear your story. Wedding template website like the “knot” might fall short, if you need a professional and fully built site contact us today Santa Barbara Save the Date Websites.

Having a unique and beautiful website and save the date website is important, you don’t want to cut corners and use four square or wix when you show people your wedding website which is your first impression for your new life, make sure what you show them is beautiful. After you get married you can also turn your website into a family blog.

Please guide us with your imaginative, innovative and inspiring designs at show up web design we consistently exceed the expectations of our clients no matter the size of the website, save the date or registry.

FOREVER – Responsive HTML Wedding Template

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FOREVER – a clean and elegant wedding website template, great for wedding invitation or engagement. Coming with wedding features such as Countdown, Couple Timeline, Location Map, RSVP, Groomsmen, Bridesmaid, Gift Registry and others. This template is responsive and optimized for mobile device.

Lilac- Responsive One-page HTML5 Wedding Template

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As a local wedding website designer Lilac it’s a beautiful and elegant one-page HTML5 Template, designed and developed for couples who want to create their own wedding website. This template is, without a doubt, a creative way to invite your friends and family to your wedding and to let them know all about the ceremony details.
With Lilac you get unique sections and features such as: Event Time-line, wedding Countdown, wedding location, Gift section, Gallery section for the guests to share their own pictures and thoughts during the wedding using instagram and twitter, Blog, RSVP form and much more!
Lilac was built in HTML5 and CSS3 and it’s Highly customizable. It has a fully responsive structure built with Bootstrap Framework and it’s retina ready, so it looks stunning on all types of screens and devices (desktop, notebook, tablet and mobile).

Wedding Bells – Responsive Wedding Template

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“Wedding Bells” is a HTML/CSS template. It was created for couples that want to build their wedding website. The design is a responsive wedding design which will adapt to all devices resolution. The template layout contains custom made pages for wedding niche, like RSPV, photo gallery, bridemades and groomsmen’s, Santa Barbara wedding location, countdown to events dates. The template contains 5 allready predefines colors with unlimited posibilities. To change a color it only requires to edit a color code in the the CSS file.

Qaween – Responsive WordPress Wedding Theme

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Qaween is a feature-packed WordPress theme that can help you built the best Santa Barbara wedding web site for you and your couple on top of WordPress platform.

Qaween is highly customizeable, you can change the colors of almost every elements, change the font and choose from 500+ Google Web Fonts available in our theme options.

On top of that Qaween is powered by Redux Framework, a top-notch theme options framework. There are hundreds of options available from the theme options to help you customize the theme. This WordPress theme also comes with built-in AJAX RSVP form, photo gallery, events, countdown timer, slideshow and many more.

The word Qaween derived from one of the word in Indonesian “Kawin” which means married or getting married.

Gittys – Responsive Wedding WordPress Theme

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Gittys is a Wedding Event WordPress Theme. It’s super simple. It has a responsive design meaning your content will be displayed beautifully on all mobile devices. Responsive, SEO Optimized, Lots of Shortcodes, easily accessed as buttons via the visual editor,  Gallery Page, Portfolio, Contact Page, Blog Page, WooCommerce, BbPress, Third level dropdwon menus, Threaded Comments, HTML5 & CSS3 Coding, localized, Theme Customizer, Includes xml file for one click demo import, Includes extensive documentation, Image Gallery, BuddyPress, 404 Template and much more.

Moreno v8.0 – Responsive Wedding WordPress Theme

 

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Below is a great example of a site we did. Moreno is a Wedding Event WordPress Theme. It’s super simple. It has a responsive design meaning your content will be displayed beautifully on all mobile devices.

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Greetings from Show Up!

Greetings from Show Up!

Over the past year I have been busy building my business, Show Up Web Design. Utilizing my experience in marketing, writing, and design, I am now the owner and head designer. We specialize in website design & development, marketing & branding, as well as content creation, management & SEO. We design logos and other graphics. Think of Show Up as a full- service web design and branding firm that works closely with clients to transform their vision into a reality.Your online presence is your first impression and Show Up ensures you are leaving a great and lasting one! The goal is to “Show Up” in search engine results and around your local area, using proven branding strategies and optimization.






Adelle Davis Foundation

Show Up designed a new logo& developed website for this local Santa Barbara nutrition non-profit, the Adelle Davis Foundation. Site includes custom directory & community forum features.

Morgan Sky Luxury Bags

Show Up developed & designed Morgan-Sky.com an online retail store featuring luxury handbags in gorgeous colors and skins. Logo design. A Shopify E-commerce full service site.

AUSB’s Odyssey Online

Show Up developed & designed & continues to manage Antioch University Santa Barbara’s Odyssey Online, a student & community newspaper on an online platform.


Website Consultation & Quote

Show Up Web Design Offers Free Consultations & Quotes

At Show Up Web Design we want to fully understand your web needs and wants. We want to understand and share your vision of the overall concept and aesthetics of your new site. We make sure your website properly identifies your audience and customer base and delivers what it needs to in order to increase traffic, clients and business.

When meeting with a designer at Show Up Web Design, you will receive a free complimentary consultation so we can get to know the scope of the project we will be working on with you. Design and marketing are both collaborative pieces of the overall puzzle that builds your brand. We want to share a conversation about strategy, success and working together. It is very important that you have a consultation with a web designer before proceeding. We are offering a free consultation AND quote for new clients.

As Forbes Contributor Ilya Pozin explains, “Website design and development should be viewed as a service, not a product. It’s hard to shake the idea that websites aren’t a commodity. Websites are something that someone, often multiple people, have to put together. Viewing it as service-based will help you to better understand why a one-off price isn’t simple to give — building a website takes continued time and effort.”

Do yourself and your business a favor today, call us or email us to set up a time for us to talk about building your brand and business with your ultimate resource– your website!

 


Santa Barbara Real Estate Websites

Local Real Estate Website & Marketing

Showing up in Santa Barbara search results is crucial for your success as a real estate agent, you want to make sure your website is modern, professional, showcases your listings, gives contact info, and that you have a newsletter and contact mailing list to help you promote new and current listings and open houses!

As a licensed real estate agent, I have worked in the real estate industry and know how to incorporate the MLS/IDX into your site, help you with marketing campaigns, listing flyers, new business cards, you name it! I know all that goes into marketing yourself or your team to gain new clients and keep business booming. Effective marketing campaigns and advertising strategies along with a beautiful website is the key to getting known around town and having an edge over the competition.

Potential sellers and home buyers are going to go to your website first and foremost. Your website truly is your first impression. A potential new client/ seller/ buyer is going to look at how you market and advertise your listings, if you are current, if you actually care about the importance of a strong web presence, and how much you are investing into your listings. A bad or outdated website that isn’t fully functional, does not have proper pictures, descriptions, PDF brochures and flyers, and doesn’t give your contact information easily isn’t going to sit well with these potential clients. Clients today want to see that you are going to market their home any way you can and in today’s world of technology, that means have an excellent site with gorgeous photos and all of the real estate bells and whistles.

A great real estate website has a sign up feature for a newsletter. A newsletter is an extremely effective way of getting new clients, gaining more people to your mailing list, and encouraging current and past clients to be up to date with what you’re doing/ what you’re selling. You can showcase new listings, special events, open houses and other information by providing your clients with a great weekly, bimonthly or monthly newsletter. It also helps keep your client database organized.

If you are in need of a website, or are looking to upgrade your website, we are ready to get started! Having a local real estate web designer is vital when it comes to your target audience, the community, and continued support and success.

Show Up Services Include:

  • Web development/ ideas and design
  • WordPress theme buildout and host
  • Web content and media for your site
  • Creation and implementation of social marketing and branding
  • Logo design, business card design
  • Article writing and SEO
  • Listing descriptions and photos
  • MLS /IDX addition to site
  • Listing flyers and other PR materials
  • Google pages and apps for business
  • Press release writing
  • Implementation and integration of mailing service, contact mgmt and newsletter

GREAT for local real estate agents who are in need of their ultimate resource- their website! Contact us today.