Aggressive Expansion: 8 Tips for Finding More Clients Now

I’ve covered finding awesome clients before. It’s still the ultimate goal for any service business to work with clients that don’t just pay you, but also get you. From passion projects to assignments that are truly interesting, there’s nothing better than working with great clients.

But sometimes, great isn’t an option. For every freelance web designer, there are times when great clients aren’t the only type of clients you want to attract; when any client will do. It’s easy to panic and think that things are eternally going to be like this, but the simple truth is that client crises rarely end up being anything more than a temporary setback.

If you do find yourself without major projects to turn to, don’t give up hope. There’s no shortage of ways to reignite that sales flame and start closing major projects again.

These eight strategies have the power to help you find instant projects, be it a long-term design contract or a one-off request. If you’re short on work, itching for a new project, and out of requests, why not give these tips a shot?

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Aggressive Expansion: 8 Tips for Finding More Clients Now

I’ve covered finding awesome clients before. It’s still the ultimate goal for any service business to work with clients that don’t just pay you, but also get you. From passion projects to assignments that are truly interesting, there’s nothing better than working with great clients.

But sometimes, great isn’t an option. For every freelance web designer, there are times when great clients aren’t the only type of clients you want to attract; when any client will do. It’s easy to panic and think that things are eternally going to be like this, but the simple truth is that client crises rarely end up being anything more than a temporary setback.

If you do find yourself without major projects to turn to, don’t give up hope. There’s no shortage of ways to reignite that sales flame and start closing major projects again.

These eight strategies have the power to help you find instant projects, be it a long-term design contract or a one-off request. If you’re short on work, itching for a new project, and out of requests, why not give these tips a shot? Leer más “Aggressive Expansion: 8 Tips for Finding More Clients Now”

Can We Date?

Answer: Michael,

We have often wondered the very same thing, or very nearly the same thing. After doing a little research, we are surprised to find that, in about half of the U.S., it’s perfectly legal to marry a first cousin. (To which, gaaaaaahhh!) Apparently, according to this related article, a little over 10 percent of all marriages in the world are between second cousins or closer. Of course, your question does not concern the legality of your prospective union, but what society will say. Fact is, that’s why these kinds of things are regulated. Because society kinda has a responsibility to weigh in.

As we all know, society is both 1) the tie that binds and nourishes our common humanity; and 2) the bullies that made my prepubescent stature and my early aptitudes for all things academic take the long way around the back of the middle school between classes, just so “society” wouldn’t get any ideas in the halls and single me out for a beating. In other words, it’s rough, and aside from the act of cannibalism, no single reflex of the hive mind triggers such a deep-seated, troglodytic response as whom we choose to couple with. Which is funny, you know, because even with all of our proscriptions against incest and such, if you read your Bible you’ll notice that humans started with just one man and one woman, so clearly their children would have had to hook up to propagate our millennia-crossing, evolutionarily dominating species, right?


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The Non-Expert

Experts answer what they know. The Non-Expert answers anything. A reader wants to know if it’s OK to date a distant relative. ERIK BRYAN answers with the help of a flowchart by JENNIFER DANIEL.

Question: Dearest Non-Expert,

I recently reconnected with my brother’s wife’s cousin, who I originally met in college before my brother’s wedding. Back then, I was a directionless drunk with weight issues, and was not much of a catch. Now I’ve got all that sorted out, and we have great chemistry. However, my friends are divided on the matter. Many say it’s “weird,” while others tell me to go for it. To make matters worse, we live in Alabama. I’d rather not contribute to any negative stereotypes. Can I date this girl? I know it’s legally allowed, but is it socially acceptable?

Thank you,
Michael

Answer: Michael,

We have often wondered the very same thing, or very nearly the same thing. After doing a little research, we are surprised to find that, in about half of the U.S., it’s perfectly legal to marry a first cousin. (To which, gaaaaaahhh!) Apparently, according to this related article, a little over 10 percent of all marriages in the world are between second cousins or closer. Of course, your question does not concern the legality of your prospective union, but what society will say. Fact is, that’s why these kinds of things are regulated. Because society kinda has a responsibility to weigh in.

As we all know, society is both 1) the tie that binds and nourishes our common humanity; and 2) the bullies that made my prepubescent stature and my early aptitudes for all things academic take the long way around the back of the middle school between classes, just so “society” wouldn’t get any ideas in the halls and single me out for a beating. In other words, it’s rough, and aside from the act of cannibalism, no single reflex of the hive mind triggers such a deep-seated, troglodytic response as whom we choose to couple with. Which is funny, you know, because even with all of our proscriptions against incest and such, if you read your Bible you’ll notice that humans started with just one man and one woman, so clearly their children would have had to hook up to propagate our millennia-crossing, evolutionarily dominating species, right?

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Samsung Social Media Manager Explains the Social In Their New Website [Interview]

This is a guest post by Ekaterina Walter, a Social Media Strategist with Intel Corporation.

Samsung has just launched their new, fully redesigned Consumer Website. I immediately gravitated to the clean, customer-centric look and new social functionalities right there on the home page, and wanted to learn a bit more about how they achieved it. To do that, I interviewed Esteban Contreras, Social Media Manager at Samsung to find out company’s motivations and a little bit more about this project.

“Instead of linking out,” says Esteban “we wanted to bring the conversations and the word of mouth to our site.”

You can find everything right on the home page: conversations (you can ask and answer questions on twitter), Facebook integrations (you can see the most liked products and articles), photos uploaded by customers, video created by Samsung, reviews are brought to life and filtered by the most helpful, and buzz from all over the web about the company and their products.

Ekaterina: What are the main goals of the new Samsung homepage?

Esteban: One of our goals was to drive greater engagement and satisfaction by being more customer-centric and socially relevant. The new Samsung homepage enhances the brand experience by making it more about people, especially our customers. It also provides a more seamless, authentic, and even human brand experience, that is driven much more on consumer participation than on simply showcasing products. It also makes it easier and fun for people to find what they’re looking for, while providing opportunities to engage with us and with each other.

Another major goal was to keep pace with the speed of changes in digital technology & consumer expectations. Our new homepage, and our entire new web site, is in many ways a celebration of a strengthened connection between us and them, and the two-way conversations that have only just begun.


This is a guest post by Ekaterina Walter, a Social Media Strategist with Intel Corporation.

Samsung has just launched their new, fully redesigned Consumer Website. I immediately gravitated to the clean, customer-centric look and new social functionalities right there on the home page, and wanted to learn a bit more about how they achieved it.  To do that, I interviewed Esteban Contreras, Social Media Manager at Samsung to find out company’s motivations and a little bit more about this project.

“Instead of linking out,” says Esteban “we wanted to bring the conversations and the word of mouth to our site.”

You can find everything right on the home page: conversations (you can ask and answer questions on twitter), Facebook integrations (you can see the most liked products and articles), photos uploaded by customers, video created by Samsung, reviews are brought to life and filtered by the most helpful, and buzz from all over the web about the company and their products.

Ekaterina: What are the main goals of the new Samsung homepage?

Esteban: One of our goals was to drive greater engagement and satisfaction by being more customer-centric and socially relevant. The new Samsung homepage enhances the brand experience by making it more about people, especially our customers. It also provides a more seamless, authentic, and even human brand experience, that is driven much more on consumer participation than on simply showcasing products. It also makes it easier and fun for people to find what they’re looking for, while providing opportunities to engage with us and with each other.

Another major goal was to keep pace with the speed of changes in digital technology & consumer expectations. Our new homepage, and our entire new web site, is in many ways a celebration of a strengthened connection between us and them, and the two-way conversations that have only just begun. Leer más “Samsung Social Media Manager Explains the Social In Their New Website [Interview]”

10 Excellent Tools for Testing Your Site on Mobile Devices

With the ever-increasing sales of smartphones and the burgeoning tablet market starting to skyrocket, coupled with far greater access to more robust mobile data networks, the internet is now being accessed by our users in a multitude of new ways.

The huge range of mobile devices used to browse the web now means you really have to consider making your site mobile-compatible.

But how do you go about it? Testing your site on mobile devices can be time-consuming and expensive due to the vast number of different mobile devices.

Fear not, because there are some handy tools available at your disposal for making sure that your website renders appropriately on the Mobile Web. This article shares and discusses 10 such tools.


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10 Excellent Tools for Testing Your Site on Mobile DevicesWith the ever-increasing sales of smartphones and the burgeoning tablet market starting to skyrocket, coupled with far greater access to more robust mobile data networks, the internet is now being accessed by our users in a multitude of new ways.

The huge range of mobile devices used to browse the web now means you really have to consider making your site mobile-compatible.

But how do you go about it? Testing your site on mobile devices can be time-consuming and expensive due to the vast number of different mobile devices.

Fear not, because there are some handy tools available at your disposal for making sure that your website renders appropriately on the Mobile Web. This article shares and discusses 10 such tools.

1. iPhoney

iPhoney

An excellent free iPhone tester, iPhoney isn’t exactly an emulator, but allows developers to create 320×480px websites for use on the iPhone. It allows you to test images and code in a pixel-perfect AppleSafari-powered environment, with all the normal features including Portrait and Landscape modes, fullscreen, zoom and plugins.

2. W3C mobileOK Checker

W3C mobileOK Checker

This checker is a web-based automated validation tool that checks to see how mobile-device-friendly your website is. The tests are checked against the W3C mobileOK Basic Tests specification developed by W3C. Leer más “10 Excellent Tools for Testing Your Site on Mobile Devices”

50 Fresh and Inspiring Dark Web Designs

The list was so inspiring and commented on that we decided to do a new one with another 50 inspiring dark web designs. So here they are, 50 new examples of how some sites are using dark colors as main elements of their design. Enjoy.


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The list was so inspiring and commented on that we decided to do a new one with another 50 inspiring dark web designs. So here they are, 50 new examples of how some sites are using dark colors as main elements of their design. Enjoy.

No More Dedicated

darksites06

chilli

darksites01

Digital Labs

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Google Keyword Tool

The search volume for this tool is Monthly so depending what other tools you are using, you may need to make adjustments if you want to be able to compare data across tools. If local search engine traffic is important to you, be sure to pay attention to the “Local Monthly Searches” column (not shown in the screen print).

I personally do not recommend comparing the information from various tools to each other. I recommend that you choose one tool and stick with it. That way, you know you are comparing apples to apples.

The goal here is to look for phrases that apply to your website and will likely convert the visitor into a buyer/customer.

If your website is less than a year old, you should probably focus on phrases toward the bottom of the list. If your website is older and you are good at acquiring backlinks, then you can probably pull from the top results as well.

Look for long-tail keyword phrases. That means look for the longer phrases that are more targeted. If your website sells women’s shoes but only “high-heel wedding shoes”, you might not want to optimize for “women’s shoes” as someone looking for sandals or tennis shoes would not be your potential customer. As soon as they hit your page and see you do not have what they want, they’re gone anyway.

Review the results from your search. Choose 5-10 keyword phrases you believe you can get ranked for. If you’re a beginner at creating keyword-rich content, you’ll probably want to target only two keyword phrases per page or post. Your main keyword phrase will be your primary and the other is considered secondary.


http://www.addtodesign.comby: Andrew Cox

Google Keyword Tool

Google Adwords is an advertising program which allows you to create ads and have them run alongside searches at http://www.google.com. Google thankfully allows free use of the tool that advertisers use to determine their best keywords. That tool is what we will be talking about today. It is very powerful and can give you more than enough information to determine which keywords to target for your website or blog.

Supplies Needed:

  • Computer with Internet Connection
  • List of Keyword Phrases you want to research

Step 1: Navigate to the tool in your browser

If you plan to use Google’s Adwords tool very often, you’ll probably want to bookmark it. You can always find it by going to Google and typing Google Adwords Keyword tool. It will most likely be #1. :o) The URL is https://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal.

Step 2: Conduct your keyword search.

When doing keyword research, I recommend you start with at least 10 keyword phrases that you want to research. These would be keyword phrases you believe apply (or will apply) to your business website. If you already have a website, you can review your stats to see which phrases are already bringing you traffic. If you haven’t optimized for the phrase and you are already getting some traffic, imagine how much more you can get if you create a page or post and optimize it specifically for that phrase. Please avoid one-word keywords (i.e. gluten) as it is usually very hard to rank for these. Do a good enough job with your keyword phrases though and you may end up ranking for a few one-word keywords.

Ok, let’s get started. In the box that says “Word of phrase (one per line)”, enter your keyword phrase and then click on the Search button. (If needed, change the Location.)

Google Keyword Tool

Step 3: Evaluate your results.

After you click on the Search button, wait a few seconds for your results to appear.

Below is just the top 6 results. If you do not see the competition column, click on the “Columns” button (top right of the screen) and choose which columns you want then search again. You will want to play around with the settings to see which ones work best for you. Given screen print limitations, I am only showing the first few columns here. The other columns give you some very helpful information so do not be afraid to experiment. Leer más “Google Keyword Tool”

Reclaman que se sancione “sin reformas” el proyecto que limita el trabajo los fines de semana

Esta iniciativa afecta, en gran medida, al ramo del comercio, en especial las grandes tiendas y supermercados, que desarrollan su actividad durante los siete días de la semana y no tienen establecido en su convenio laboral los días de descanso.

“Instamos a los Diputados, especialmente a los de origen sindical, a que aprueben sin reformas esta ley remitida por la Cámara alta, ya que implica una restitución de derechos a los trabajadores”, afirmó el subsecretario general de FAECYS, José González.


Ese fue el pedido que realizó la Federación Argentina de Empleados de Comercio y Servicios a Diputados. La iniciativa ya fue aprobada por el Senado

La Federación Argentina de Empleados de Comercio y Servicios (FAECYS) reclamó a la Cámara de Diputados que sancione “sin reformas” el proyecto aprobado por el Senado que modifica la actual Ley de Contrato de Trabajo y prohíbe el trabajo durante el fin de semana.

A principios de mes, la Cámara alta aprobó por unanimidad y giró a Diputados un proyecto que restringe la ocupación laboral entre las 13 del sábado hasta las 0 del lunes, salvo que -por obligaciones del servicio- deban cumplirse funciones en esos días.

En ese caso, la propuesta contempla que deberán pagarse horas extras al 100% y dar un franco compensatorio. Leer más “Reclaman que se sancione “sin reformas” el proyecto que limita el trabajo los fines de semana”