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Featured Client: Movies Under The Starz

Do you like movies? Of course you do. Do you like being outside? Again yes. So why not watch movies outside.

Movies Under The Starz brings back the drive in movie experience with large inflatable movie screens, and top notch sound systems.

If you’re planning an event, from corporate events to backyard parties, add a touch of Hollywood with Movies Under The Starz.

South Jersey Websites designed moviesunderthestarz.com with a Flash intro. Check out the site: http://www.moviesunderthestarz.com/ and check out their companion site: http://moviesunderthestarzdrive-in.com/ for a local drive in movie.

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Should My Company Have a Blog?

Author: Ray Goins

One of the most common misconceptions today is that a blog is meant for personal use. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
A blog is so much more than a personal diary or a daily dose of someone’s personal opinions and ideas. A blog provides an opportunity for outsiders to become engaged and active. Let me put it this way. You are missing out on a huge opportunity if your company does not have a blog. Let’s start out with the consumer’s perception of companies.

Consumers have changed the way they view companies. In the past, consumers had a limited number of choices when purchasing goods and services. Before the web, consumers purchased goods and services from a local company or possibly through a catalog.
The U.S. Census Bureau estimated that total e-commerce sales for
2009 were $134.9 billion. More and more people are signing on to the web to make purchases. This has provided a significant opportunity for businesses, especially small to medium size businesses. Think about it. If I wanted to buy a bicycle ten years ago I would have went to my local Wal-Mart to make the purchase. That’s not the case today. I can get online and search specifically for the bike I want. It could be that I end up making the purchase from a small bike shop in Minnesota and have it shipped to me. The web has increased the purchasing power of consumers. We now have more choices and are not limited to what our local companies can offer. You are probably thinking what does this have to do with whether or not my company should have a blog? Everything.

It is your responsibility to differentiate yourself from your competition. It is much more difficult to do this today. Not only do you have to compete with your local competition, but you also have to compete with businesses in other cities, states, and even other countries. One way you can differentiate yourself from your competitors is with a blog. Consumers want to feel good about their purchases. I will gladly pay $10, $25, or $50 extra to a business that I feel understands my circumstances and reaches me on a personal level. That is exactly what a blog is…personal. It could be that I chose to purchase my bike from the online company in Minnesota rather than my local Wal-Mart because the company in Minnesota spoke to me in a different way through a blog.

A blog creates a feeling with consumers that they are getting inside knowledge. It helps companies establish relationships with their customers, which by default leads to trust. Do you want to see an increase in online sales or see your website become a tool rather than an expense? Get on a personal level with your consumers.

Another reason you should have a blog is because it keeps your website updated with fresh content. Common sense tells us that people are not going to visit your website repeatedly if they see the same thing each time they visit. However, if your content is changing consistently they will continue to visit your website in order to remain informed. The opportunity to sale your products and services increases greatly with the more visits you have to your website and the longer people remain on your website.

Having a blog opens up so many avenues for companies. Think about the numerous ways you can keep your website visitors engaged through a blog.

  1. Inform them of new products and services, or changes
    to existing products and services.
  2. Offer online
    discounts and promotions to your blog readers.
  3. Inform
    your readers of how your company is doing in relation to its’
    goals and objectives.
  4. Post articles regarding your
    company’s involvement in charity (consumers love this).
  5. Post information about your employees.

These are just a few of the ways you can utilize a blog to
reach out to your website visitors and customers. Do not use a
blog to bash your competition. This is one of the cardinal sins
of blogging. We, consumers, get really tired of negative
publicity. So, keep it positive and be consistent.

If you are still unsure if your company needs a blog you
apparently skipped this entire article and went straight to the
bottom hoping to find a summary. Well, here is your summary.
Yes, you need a blog. If you are on board and are ready to
implement a blog then we recommend using WordPress.

About the author:
Ray Goins is an author and owner of www.stopdev.com.

StopDev
provides web design and online marketing tips.


Let South Jersey Websites create your blog using WordPress!

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Featured Client: Swim-Mor Pools

Swim-Mor Pools has been building pools and spas for South Jersey residents for over 40 years. And for as long as they’ve had a website, they’ve been with South Jersey Websites.

We actually designed their first website back in 1999. It was re-designed twice over the years, and always by South Jersey Websites.

We’re proud to have Swim-Mor Pools as one of our long time clients.

Visit their site: http://www.swimmor.com.

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For SEO Beginners: Twelve Definitions You Need To Know

By Mike Tekula

SEO is a trade that exists solely on the internet, and even then
it is comprised almost entirely of the hot air of so-called
“expert opinion.” Plenty of it blowing around these days as
search maintains position as one of the most important
marketplaces in the modern business world. Many DIY webmasters
will end up searching, what else, for blog entries, articles,
informational web sites, etc to help get them up to speed. The
problem is that in most cases certain key terms are flung around
like household names while the people doing the flinging are way
out of touch with the average web browser. What some of us don’t
realize is that not everyone knows even the basics of SEO.

This list of twelve SEO-related definitions in alphabetical
order (with notes) serves as a great companion for your initial
SEO reading. Read alone it will get you up to speed on some key
terminology that you’ll need to know to intelligently engage the
ever-changing world of SEO. Read more ›

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O’Donnell’s of Gloucester Getting a New Website

O’Donnell’s 1923 Pub and Grill, of Gloucester City, is having South Jersey Websites design a new website.

The new website is currently being designed. When it’s finished, it will have a calendar showing the upcoming events, like live music, drink specials, and more.

You’ll also be able to view O’Donnell’s menus, and learn about their banquet room, specials, and more.

When the site launches, we’ll post it here.

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