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Free Website Creation: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Free website creation is a great method for small business to expand their digital footprint. Before I get started. Please note, if there is a price tag on your time then this strategy is not free. It is free in the sense that you don’t have to use a credit card to utilize the concept in this post. As per the title of this blog post states. What is the good, the bad, and ugly when it comes to free website tools?

Drilling down free website creation

Free website creation

The Good

Out of all the tools I have played with. By far, the easiest tool to use is Google My Business. That’s right, Google has now dominated the world of free when it comes to business web pages. This tool not only gives you a free web page it gives you a free listing on their network. There is no need to know any coding. Just follow the steps and you should be good to go. Now, if you need Google My business help. There are a lot of companies out there that will help you out.

The Bad

There are only a couple bad things about these type of free services. The first is that you do not have a domain name (web address) that reads only your brand name. Typically, free resources show your brand name and their brand name. This is how they advertise their brand. However, if you are willing to put down some cash. You can purchase your own domain name from them. When you do make a purchase it is super easy to connect to the free site that you have built. The second point is that you are limited to how much functionality you can have on your site. This can make it difficult to really show what your brand is about.

The Ugly

The only ugly thing about free web pages is that you do not have much control on what the site looks likes. They are also full of advertisements, banners and other branding material that can and will distract your potential clients to do something else then buy into your message. However, some of the companies are better then others when it comes to advertisements. It is best to experiment so that you can see how they place advertisements on their platforms.

Here are the Top 5 resources for your business to help build your digital footprint and increase your search ranking.

Google My Business
WordPress
WIX
Weebly
Brave Net

We are here to help. Feel free to contact us about this post.

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The Race Car at Evergreen Speedway

Wow! Have we been busy? As most of you already know, we have been working on getting our Race Car ready for the races, which start this coming weekend at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA.

If you have seen any of the Racecar Series Videos, you know that we have been working on fixing massive vacuum leaks throughout the intake system. We also found that the engine’s head needs work, so the head was removed and now sits at our local machine shop to be cleaned up. In the meantime, we have sense replaced the rear differential with a limited slip differential. There was gearing issues in the old one that was ultimately hindering our lap time.

After having fixed the rear end, our track time has improved slightly but until we get the head work done, the intake and carburetor setup changed around. The track time won’t be where it should be.

The Race Car for Evergreen SpeedwayBefore the painting of the Race Car for Evergreen Speedway

We have done some cosmetic work. The car now has a face! We put the nose on the car and have made adjustments to fit the old hood as well.

There is still a lot of work to be done, however, we need to get the wheel lug pattern corrected so we can run 8” wheels for maximum grip around the track. The car also needs that all important paint job and decal placement.

Our driver, Jon Roberts AKA Fozzy, has been great to work with through the entire process and we are excited to see what will come of this race season. His knowledge is incredible, as you would expect from a 2 time NASCAR champion in the Mini Stock Division at Evergreen Speedway.

Episode 5 of the racecar was shot in 360 degrees to give you an interesting look into the car and the process of fixing our issues. Jon and Alec discuss some of the issues and what we are doing to fix them. It has been a fun process of filming and editing for this video and we hope you all enjoy it.

Our sponsors for the car are building. Big shout out to Spunks and Sound Advice! Look for their logos on the car along with Allshouse Designs.

Stay up to date on the racecar by visiting our YouTube channel! We will keep you all up to date and will be posting video of the races for the entire race season. Stay tuned for more and while you wait for our next post, head over to YouTube and kill some time with our great videos.

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Allshouse Designs EP8 | Sales Funnel Concept

Here at Allshouse Designs, we pride ourselves in providing the best possible information to everyone. Whether that be with your small business, website, or social media profiles. We enjoy providing this information to you and will continue to do so.

Over the years, there has been many lessons learned while experimenting with our own company and we want to be sure you can avoid some of those headaches by following our blog and our YouTube channel. One important piece of valuable information we would like to provide you with is an explanation of the sales funnel concept.

A sales funnel is a marketing strategy designed to lead a consumer through a process that ultimately ends with them becoming your customer. There are three main categories within the sales funnel; at the top, you have your leads, then prospects, then you finish with your customers. When you see this in diagram form, it looks like a funnel – hence the name “Sales Funnel”.

A sales funnel always starts with the same step, Generating Leads. One of the easiest and most common ways of generating leads is with a landing page. A landing page is the first page most people will see when they visit your site via a link. The purpose of this page is to educate potential leads about a problem that your business can solve. Often, at the bottom of the page they have forms on them or boxes where people can put in their contact details to hear more about a solution to their problem. This provides you with a means to contact them and follow up on your leads.
Now, I could go into explaining the next steps to a sales funnel, but, why not have Alec Allshouse tell you himself. Click on the video link on this page to hear everything you need to know about a sales funnel and how to apply it to your business strategy.


 
Have comments or experiences of your own on this subject? Let us know in the comments below. We would love to hear from you and talk with you about them.
Until next time, have a great week!

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10% off Website Management Services for 2018

Happy New Year!

Yes it is 2018 and Allshouse Designs is offering a discount for their website management services. That’s right, for the month of January  you will be awarded a 10% discount for the first month when you sign up for a 6 month agreement. Package details can be found on the website management service page. The services cover all types of websites and there are No Set Up Fees! That’s right! No set up fees!

Start the process by filling out the form to request a call back from Allshouse Designs. No obligations when requesting a call back.

The call back discussion will last up to 45 minutes. Allshouse Designs collects important data about you and your business. The information collected will help determine if Allshouse Designs is a good fit for your business.

Here are a few reviews about Allshouse Designs.

By far one of the best companies in the business..  – Jimmi Antuan Dunwoody

Excellent Service…I am satisfied with their design. – Nguyen Tuyen

Alec and Matt have made for a very professional, positive and trustworthy team of designers to work with. They have educated me every time we talk and make each experience fun and enjoyable one! They have never been short of ideas and are always excited to talk to me about the latest and greatest ways they are marketing me and my business. I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings! Thank you Allshouse Designs!!! – Jon Roberts

 

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What are the Benefits of Twitter for Business?

If you learn how to use all the social media platforms out there, then your business can improve dramatically. Allshouse Designs has just started to really use the Twitter platform. With that said, today’s blog post is going to put a giant of the social media world under the spotlight; Twitter. Mainly, we’ll be looking to answer the question; what are the benefits of Twitter for business?

Improved Customer Service

Twitter is a brilliant platform as it provides companies with a new means of customer service. A business can use Twitter to respond to customer complaints and open up a dialogue with people from around the world. If you tweet about a product from your business profile, customers may respond with questions. You can then reply to them instantly, solving any queries in not time at all. Also, the beauty of Twitter is that you can search for keywords relating to your business – such as your company name – and find other people’s tweets. So, you could search for these keywords, find people tweeting about you, and interact with them. This is a great way of finding people with issues and solving them instantly.

Boosts Web Traffic and Sales

This social media platform is great for directing people towards your website and giving your sales a boost. You can use Twitter to reveal new products to all your followers, with a link to the product on your website. If you don’t sell things online, you can use a link to a page on your site that shows your business location. This will tell people where they can find you to purchase your products. Plus, Twitter uses hashtags which allow you to tag posts with keywords that others can search for. As a result, people that don’t follow you can still see your posts and click on the links to your website. Web traffic increases, which has a positive effect on sales.

Helps You Keep Up with Trends

Twitter is the place to be if you want to stay up to date with all the current trends in your industry. When certain things are spoken about a lot, they start to trend on Twitter. What’s more, you can decide what you see as trending by changing the settings, so only relevant things appear. This means you’ll never miss a beat in your industry, and can keep up with all the current trends. As a consequence, you can use the trends to give your business a big boost and ensure you never fall behind the competition.

Strengthens Your Brand Image

We’ve already mentioned how Twitter is a great way to communicate with customers and provide a better service. Well, in doing so, it also helps you strengthen your brand image. Twitter is all about sharing information, and the info you share reflects your image and values. Clever business owners use Twitter to push forth their values and help connect with new customers that identify with their brand.

Twitter is a fantastic platform for sharing content and connecting with your target audience. A business profile for Twitter is certainly a must-have component for any entrepreneur. Create your Twitter business profile today!

If you would like to know how Allshouse Designs can help your Twitter business profile and your website. They provide a great service that combines social media management and website management. When you concentrate recourses to your business website and a social media profile. Great things start to happen.

As always your opinion matters to us. Feel free to post a comment below or connect up with us on Twitter.

 

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Online Marketing

Great Content helps Market your Business

Content marketing is a hot topic these days. A single piece of great content can help generate so much awareness to your business. It is amazing to watch a great piece of content thrive on social media networks like Facebook and YouTube. It is true, content can generate a large amount of traffic, increase your website’s search rankings and build trust in your brand.

Google loves content. That’s right! The more interesting content you have. The more users you attract. The more users you attract. The more Google trust your brand. The more Google trusts your brand. The higher your search rankings will be.

We are proud to announce our new service that builds great content for your business. With this service, it will help your brand reach new heights on the Internet. We are very serious about creating great content for your website and or blog. Read all about the service on our content generator service page.

If you want more information about the service. Check out Matt’s latest YouTube Video.

Matt Mcpherson telling you they want more

As always your opinion matters. Please post your comments below or connect up with us on our Facebook page.

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How Much Does Your Website Maintenance Cost?

We are proud to announce a new addition to our YouTube channel. With much request, we have decided to make a video with the question that we hear all the time.

The question is, “How much does your website management service cost?

Yes, that is right, we put together a 3-minute video answering that question.

With-in the video Matt just doesn’t answer the question. He gives details about the service as well. We feel that this must be the best video that we have produced yet. We are very excited about it and would like your opinion. You can let us know your opinion by commenting below or connecting with us on our Facebook page.

Matt McPherson talking about Website Management Service

Our services will work on many different CMS platforms including WordPress, Squarespace, and WIX. You can find out more about our packages on our website management service page. You can also go to and fill out our request to call back form and we will set up a time to talk to you over the phone.

We truly understand how busy it can be when managing a business. You must realize that if your business is not represented properly in the digital world. Then you are losing potential leads every day. It is a proven fact that most consumers have decided where to spend their money before they even walk through your doors or talk to you on the phone. Why not make sure that your digital image reflects and represents your actual business? The digital world will reward your business if your presence is consistently managed. Therefore, we have created three service packages to keep you digital image up to date, clean and secure.

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Customer Service is key

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That is correct! Customer service is key to a successful business. There are to many times that I have run into where a business does not follow the three points of excellent customer service.