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Jun06

Ventura Web Design, Development and Branding with Firm8

Posted on Jun 6 by

Ventura Web Design, Development and Branding with Firm8: New Creativity rising from Ventura                   In the earlier days of marketing the main focus behind growing commercial enterprise was founded on personal marketing. While this is a nice idea, it is no longer sufficient in keeping your trade name elevated. As web development became popular companies found a far better space for marketing development. Though as time will do, we’ve now found a rising value in brand identity as the mainstay of every market. For providing any business growth one needs these 3 things to be on its side:- Web development Design thinking Brand recognition and marketing efficiency There is healthy rivalry between several design agencies in Ventura as to who offers the best web development product and we’re happy to be a part of that conversation. We value people and we value design. Not just decorating something, but making it work better. There are clients we’ve fought for and lost, and clients we’ve won but decided to send elsewhere. At Firm8...

Apr17

What’s New With WordPress 3.9 Smith

Posted on Apr 17 by

Cool WordPress video working through the new of the 3.9 update. Improved visual editing The updated visual editor has improved speed, accessibility, and mobile support. You can paste into the visual editor from your word processor without wasting time to clean up messy styling. (Yeah, we’re talking about you, Microsoft Word.) Edit images easily With quicker access to crop and rotation tools, it’s now much easier to edit your images while editing posts. You can also scale images directly in the editor to find just the right fit. Drag and drop your images Uploading your images is easier than ever. Just grab them from your desktop and drop them onto the editor. Gallery previews Galleries display a beautiful grid of images right in the editor, just like they do in your published post. Do more with audio and video Images have galleries; now we’ve added simple audio and video playlists, so you can showcase your music and clips. Live widget and header previews Add, edit, and rearrange your site’s widgets right in the theme customizer. No “save and surprise”...

Apr15

10 Quotes For Small Business Owners

Posted on Apr 15 by

10 Quotes For Small Business Owners Hiring yourself may have been the best decision you’ve ever made but let’s face it, it ain’t easy. Here are 10 quotes that we enjoy to keep us going. Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision. – Peter Drucker Remember why you started. You can do anything, but not everything. – David Allen Focus on being productive instead of busy. Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there. – John Wooden If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed. Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. – Thomas Edison A goal without a plan is just a wish. The only way to do great work is to love the work you do. – Steve Jobs Always give a little more than you...

Apr04

Ventura Web Design – Get Started

Posted on Apr 4 by

The Ventura Web Design scene is an interesting one. There are projects out there that are tremendously inspiring while many others that should be shut down and asked to start over. Of course there’s still a large percentage of the business population that has yet to engage website design or other forms of digital marketing all-together. It can be a scary world to navigate and the uncertainty of where to go can often cause a certain paralysis that leads to doing nothing. Maybe next year. Maybe when the money’s better. Maybe I don’t need a website. Here at Firm8 we have a particular soft spot for the small business, tradesmen (and women) and the “mom & pop” types so here are 3 Tips To Get You Started On A Website; 1. You Need One  My dad used to drill into my head, “Choose the right tool for the job, son.” Which is eternal good advice. If you’re interested in reaching people…a website is one of those tools that will help you get the job done. 2. It Doesn’t Have...

Apr03

7 Steps To Starting A Successful Business

Posted on Apr 3 by

Ventura County is full of business opportunity. The opportunity to do something unique and make it work for you. And while starting a successful business in Ventura, or anywhere, isn’t easy, it can be relatively simple. Here are 7 Steps To Starting A Successful Business based off a lengthier Forbes Magazine piece. 1. Determine who you are what you’re offering. Is there a market demand? If you love what you do, you’ll find ways to monetize it. But if you’re just chasing money, you’ll end up unhappy and burnt-out. 2. Determine your pricing. If you’re new don’t be afraid to price yourself below market. You need clients. Impress them with excellent performance and they’ll be talking. 3. Determine your budget. Play it safe and be realistic. Banking on fame and fortune too fast, too soon will lead to significant stress and hurt your productivity. 4. Determine your X-factor. How does your product or service differ from your competitors? Keep in mind your greatest tool of differentiation maybe yourself. 5. Determine your marketing. Ask, look and listen to what others...

Jan31

Three Steps for Getting Started in Mobile Commerce in Ventura

Posted on Jan 31 by

Three Steps for Getting Started in Mobile Commerce in Ventura Mobile payment systems are transforming the payment environment for small businesses so be sure to keep your Ventura business, church or non-profit up to date. While the traditional point-of-sale credit card terminal is far from dead, more small firms are shaking up the way they sell by experimenting with mobile payment methods. U.S. mobile commerce sales hit $5.3 billion in 2011, up more than 80 percent from last year, according to investment firm Barclays Capital. While this still represents only a sliver of the $2.1 trillion total purchase volume in the U.S., growth like this is hard to ignore. For some business sectors, including certain retailers, using mobile payment options is beginning to make sense. Consider these three steps if you’re looking into accepting mobile payments for your business. 1. Research your options. While several types of mobile fund transfers are possible, for most businesses there are two basic options. The first is to use a smartphone or tablet with a card reader device to process credit card payments. Examples of card readers include San Francisco-based Square and Troy, Mich.-based Pay...