I’m having a lot of fun redoing my site. I decided I wanted to transition the entire site over to WordPress instead of running a separate blog. I pretty much turn to WordPress for any site I need to do, I should run my site entirely on WordPress right?! I still have some work to do, but I love how it’s turning out. Once I get everything done style-wise, I’ll have to move all my webpages over. Then I get to style my “Cityhall” area where all purchases and billing, etc takes place.
I love bartering my services! I was able to get a few Christmas gifts one year as a result of trading web design for products. Web design can get expensive, but I like to work with clients to make it more affordable for them.
I would love to take an Orlando vacation in September of 2011 (dates, even month, negotiable). Hotels can get pricey and cramped for a family of 6. We rented a vacation home for our last trip and really enjoyed it. I’ve been looking at homes for rent for the past week to see what’s out there. One thing I’ve noticed is that many personal websites look very unprofessional, lack great pictures or are just outdated. When I come across a nice website with a great layout and wonderful images, I’m more inclined to spend time on the site and look at the details, even marking it as a potential. An unprofessional site makes me take a quick glance and move on. A nice, professional site will bring you more bookings. Bookings mean money for you!
I would like to offer my services in exchange for a one week stay in Orlando. I am in search of a home that will sleep six, 3 or more bedrooms, with a private pool preferred, close to Disney. I will update or build you a website showcasing your home. I’ll even take new, updated photos of your home upon our arrival! We’ll work out the details privately.
If you or someone you know might be interested in my offer, contact me so we can work something out!
I love Twitter. Though I rarely tweet, I follow several people. I recommend all my clients to set up a Twitter page for their website.
Twitter gives you one more avenue to reach your users. It gives one more room to communicate with your site visitors. You can do Twitter only contests and sales exclusively for your followers. This is a great way to get more interactive.
But what about using Twitter as a customer service tool? Here’s my recent encounter. First off, I am a Nascar fan. Yup, it’s true. I follow #29 Kevin Harvick and his wife Delana. So, I ordered a t-shirt from thier e-store. When it arrived, there was a hole in the sleeve. I tried twice contacting their store’s customer service with no response. I don’t know if my emails went to their spam box, or just got overlooked. At any rate, with phone number visible on the site, I sent an @ Twitter message to Delana asking how I could contact someone about my order.
Of course, their e-store has a Twitter account as well! (The Harvick’s are avid Twitter-er’s). We were able to use Twitter’s DM function to get the entire issue sorted out. Without Twitter, I don’t know how I would have contacted them about my issue.
Twitter is not only a social tool, but can and should be used as one more avenue of contact for your customers, clients and site visitors.
Hootsuite allows you to manage your social networks with one simple log in. Not only that, you can send one tweet out via different accounts and even schedule your tweets to post later. Everything is in columns featuring your Home Feed, Mentions, Direct Messages and Pending Tweets. Want more? Add a column to show your sent tweets, messages out, pending tweets or even lists and searches.
Hootsuite isn’t just for Twitter. You can also update Facebook, LinkedIn and Ping.fm with WordPress, MySpace and Foursquare in Beta. All can be updated at the same time or individually. Type your message, choose your social network and click send.
I’ve tried Tweetdeck in the past, but being a desktop program, it was just one more thing running in the background. With Hootsuite being browser based, it’s simply one more tab open in Firefox while I’m online.
I’ve even added my Facebook pages for my websites so I can update those from one location as well! If you use something different that you like better, let me know. Maybe you’ll change my mind.