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Get $100 Gift Card

  • Posted On January 7, 2013
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We are offering a promotion you can’t pass up.  Do you need a website or know someone who does?  Maybe you just need a service that will help you update and maintain your website for you?  Possibly you already have a website, but your are not getting the traffic you would like to see?

Whatever the case may be, we can help.  Portadella Designs offers an array of services to get your personal or small business website online at an affordable price.  Our services include:

  • Website Design/Development
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Advertising and Site Monetization
  • Ongoing Support and Maintenance
  • Social Media Management
  • Google Services Support – AdWord, Places, AdSense and more.
  • Google Apps for Business
  • Superior Customer Service

 

Here’s how it works:

  1. You refer a friend to our services
  2. Friend purchases our services* (restrictions apply, see below for details)
  3. Friend tells us “you” sent them (friend provides us your email)
  4. We contact you and find out where to send you your gift card of your choice

So tell your friends and have your friends tell their friends.

* Minimum purchase of $500 for $100 gift card.  A purchase of $250 or less you will still receive a gift card for $50 (all is not lost).  The referred friend must provide your email address in order to receive your gift card.  Don’t worry, we will not SPAM or market to you, we just need a quick and easy way to contact you to give you the gift card.

Please share below!  Thanks!

Refer A Friend – Save 10% on Web Services

  • Posted On November 7, 2012
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Well, it’s that time of year – the holiday season, and we want to offer you a special gift.  There is no better time to build your new website or update your current one.  Now through December 31st we are offering 10% off any web design, development or support service(s) with a friend referral to our website.  Whether you are a new or current client, just refer a friend and get 10% off your next invoice or service purchase.*  If you friend purchases services from us, they will get 10% off too.

We hope everyone has a great holiday season.  Share and save!

 

*Friend must complete the contact form on our website and mention you as the referral.  10% off will be applied to your next invoice or service.  Discount applied on invoice up to $500.

How Do I Get My Website Found by Potential Customers?

There are many approaches to getting your website found online.  One of the most important things, by far, in getting your website found is to apply Search Engine Optimization (SEO).  SEO is specific optimization that allows search engines (like Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc) to find, index and rank your website.  Each search engine has specific rules, but in general, they function the same way.

Achieving SEO for your website is not an easy task.  It really does take a professional that knows about the rules of optimization to get your website ranked properly.  Additionally,  in order to be successful, you need to devote a monthly budget to keeping your website updated with fresh content and review/analysis of SEO results for your site.

Below are some things to keep in mind to get your website found online:

  1. Hire a professional SEO developer – hiring a professional will help get your website found online quickly and successfully.  The more effort you put into your online advertising, the better the pay off.  A professional can ensure your site is optimized properly for search engines, identify keyword search terms and review and track the results.  Don’t take short cuts here.
  2. Know how your customers search the web – understanding how a customer searches for your type of service or product is very important in successful optimization.  Identifying the keyword search phrases potential customers use to find your type of content is going to allow you to optimize your site for those terms.  Additionally, this will reveal who your online competition is and identify ways to target new customers.
  3. Create a Google Places page – if you are running a business whether brick and mortier or from home, creating a Google Places business page will help you get found through Google Maps and local searches for your service or product.  Creating a Google Places page is free, and provides an additional avenue in getting found by potential customers.  You can get started here on creating a page for your business. 
  4. Run online ads – advertising online has really taken off in the last couple of years.  More and more people are searching online for products and services; you can target these specific customers that may be interested in what you are selling.  There are many ad services available such as Google AdWords or Facebook Ads.  The best part is you can set your budget and monitor the results.

More and more people are searching online local businesses and products – if you do not have a website you are really missing out.  Creating and maintaining a successful website will allow you to reach into an online customer base that will really help your business grow.

Why Your Small Business Needs a Website

  • Posted On September 13, 2012
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I don’t know about you, but when I am looking for a product or service I don’t turn to my YellowPages ™ anymore, I go right to my smartphone or computer and start searching online.  So is everyone else, a staggering number in fact.  Over 96% of the population turns to their favorite search engine to find local business and services.  Even with such a high number of people turning to the online market to find their goods, over half of small business out there don’t even have a website.

There are many ways to get found on the online world without a website.  However, nothing is more prominent than having your own domain billboard with all the information available about your business or product.  Now days, with social media and refined search optimization exploring multiple avenues for your business ensures that you will be found.

Below are several options to take your business to the online market.

  1. Build a website – There is no better source to advertise your business than promoting yourself at your own domain.  Creating a website gives you complete control over any content or information you want to share about your business or profession.
  2. Social Media – Facebook, Twitter and More… – There is no stopping social media.  It seems like each day there is a new stream of followers that are looking for a new way to share their lives, information, business and more.  Taking advantage of these populations and streams allows you to advertise your business in multiple facits.
  3. Google Places – Creating a Google Places page is essential to getting your business found locally.  Google Places allows you to customize a page all about your business including type, hours of operation, address, website and more.  Google Places result often show near the top when users search for services near your business.  Not only will this promote your business locally, but it is a free service.
  4. Online Advertising – All of the above options will give your audience ways to learn about and interact with your business online.  More importantly, your audience needs to know about you.  Online advertising is an extremely effective way of finding your target audience based on what they are searching for in your area.  Google AdWords is the leading advertising service allowing you to set your advertising budget and only pay when a user clicks on your ads.
  5. Online Reviews – Many online users are frequently turning to online review services such as Yelp and Manta to find out if the business they are looking to work with has good customer feedback.  While these review communities and be harmful to your online presence if negative reviews are pilling up, but they can be just as beneficial to positive reviews.  Encouraging your clients or offering a special discount for providing an honest review will not only help get you found on the web, but will also encourage more online customers to walk in your doors.

Marketing your profession or business online takes a lot of work.  Online marketing can offer new opportunities for your self or your business with minimal costs to get started.  Working with a web development company that offers website and online application support can remove this burden from your daily routine.

Make your website mobile friendly

With more than 30% of web surfers now searching for information and websites from their mobile phone, it’s more important than ever to make sure your website is mobile friendly.  There are many options on the market that will allow you to bring your website to the mobile and tablet platform.  Below are a few options to help you get your website out to the mobile market.

Responsive Design Templates

Responsive web design brings a one stop solution to your online presence needs.  Offering a responsive layout that works with your desktop, tablet and smartphone makes it easy to maintain one website and deliver amazing results across platforms.

Mobile Website Development

If you already have a website or a responsive solution doesn’t fit your needs, developing a stand alone mobile friendly version of your website will give the users the option of viewing your website automatically in the mobile version or switching to the “desktop” version of your site.

While mobile website was the standard solution when mobile devices first came out on the market, more and more small business websites tend to lean towards a responsive website design to fit their needs.  Whichever solution you decide to go with, make sure the information is easily readable and simple to navigate.

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Ashley Hutchings – Founder

  • Posted On August 15, 2012
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Ashley HutchingsAshley is an avid mom and computer “geek”.  At a young age Ashley was immediately fascinated with computers and technology.  In high school she was a lead developer for the schools website.  After graduating Ashley went on to earn Associates Degree in Software Applications and Programming.  As a self taught website designer and developer, Ashley enjoys learning the rapidly changing web world.  Bringing website designs and ideas to life, and supporting multiple clients with their web presence is a labor of love.