JM2 Webdesigners & Marketing https://www.jm2marketing.com JM2 Webdesigners is a marketing & web design in Valparaiso, IN 46383 with web and SEO clients in Northwest Indiana, Chicago, and South West Michigan, We make the best… for the best. en-us How to buy safely online https://www.jm2marketing.com/Blog/Details/How-to-buy-safely-online Online sales are continuously increasing. We know this as we buy more online, those we talk to are buying more online, and eCommerce has become a large focus of what we do as an organization. The problem with all of this is people are still being tricked into bad situations even on sites they expect to be reputable. We are going to cover our most popular tips that will help you buy online safer. https://www.jm2marketing.com/Blog/Details/How-to-buy-safely-online Get your FREE custom-built website today! https://www.jm2marketing.com/Blog/Details/Get-your-FREE-custom-built-website-today We know that sometimes dishing up thousands for a new website is not an option, especially when you are starting your business. You want your business to be found and you want it to be custom made to promote your business. What you don’t want is to pay for a website that will put you out of business. You want your website to generate business and help you grow without nickel and diming you around every corner. https://www.jm2marketing.com/Blog/Details/Get-your-FREE-custom-built-website-today Streaming YouTube videos on your website https://www.jm2marketing.com/Blog/Details/Streaming-YouTube-videos-on-your-website We create videos for our clients, edit videos they’ve created or had created for them, and we use their videos straight as provided. We often find ourselves using a custom video player or use the YouTube video with the branding turned off. There are several reasons with the top two being increased search engine optimization or SEO and also to relieve the burden from your web server streaming the video. This not only will make your website faster but provide a better user experience. https://www.jm2marketing.com/Blog/Details/Streaming-YouTube-videos-on-your-website Reviews work best without dinosaurs https://www.jm2marketing.com/Blog/Details/Reviews-work-best-without-dinosaurs A few years ago, when we started working with marketing companies, we talked to them about tactics and what the best items to do were when it came to helping businesses grow and be found online without spending tons of money on paid ads. Most of these companies worked with medium-sized businesses while we focus on small business. This brought in a ton of different ideas and topics that helped all of our businesses grow. One highly talked about topic was review and reputation management for companies. The marketing companies we talked to were going “old school” (e.g. postcards, flyers, or letters) as they had specific business reasons and we were moving to the electronic frontier for our small business customers. Both methods are valid and I can say the marketing companies we work with in Illinois and here in Indiana are now all digital for several reasons but it did take them, and their customers, to realize the old school method was making them look like dinosaurs. I am going to look at three ways old-school marketing companies are (or were) doing review management and why it is hurting your business model if you are doing so. https://www.jm2marketing.com/Blog/Details/Reviews-work-best-without-dinosaurs Your community needs you! https://www.jm2marketing.com/Blog/Details/Your-community-needs-you I grew up in the small historic town of Chesterton Indiana. I have been fortunate to see great communities all around the world. Every move I have ever made has shown me a vast array of great communities. Some are struggling and some are vibrant and growing. What I find is the communities that are truly growing all have one thing in common. They have a strong community and even with the big box stores, they buy from local businesses that support their community. I now live in Valparaiso Indiana with my wife and family but get to Chesterton often as it’s just a short drive. I know deep down it’s this support of choosing a local small business before a big box store that makes these communities great and I truly feel good about it. https://www.jm2marketing.com/Blog/Details/Your-community-needs-you Small business growth hurdles https://www.jm2marketing.com/Blog/Details/Small-business-growth-hurdles Although I am calling this small business growth hurdles it actually applies to any business small or large. It is about keeping to your core strengths and not letting them go. This is something every business needs to stay aware of. Being I have never run a large business my knowledge there doesn’t apply beyond working at some of the best large companies in the world. My focus here is on common mistakes business owners make and that can cripple, if not kill, your business. I am going to cover six of the items that I have not only come across but done myself in the past five years. I have overcome each of these and each has taught me several valuable lessons and made us stronger. https://www.jm2marketing.com/Blog/Details/Small-business-growth-hurdles Search Engine Adrenaline Shot https://www.jm2marketing.com/Blog/Details/Search-Engine-Adrenaline-Shot We are hearing this more and more from companies talking with us. They ranked high once and now they are dropping and their competitors are ranking higher. These can be local or national companies organically (e.g. free) ranking higher than they and they think it’s because these corporations are outranking them because they are spending money. The answer is yes but not in the way they are thinking. They are ranking not because they are paying the search engines to rank to get those organic listings. They could be paying for ads but that doesn’t measure into the organic listings. They are paying their employees or a digital marketing company to make them rank that way. Let’s take a look and see what a business owner can do to fix this problem. https://www.jm2marketing.com/Blog/Details/Search-Engine-Adrenaline-Shot Business Owner Role Transition https://www.jm2marketing.com/Blog/Details/Business-Owner-Role-Transition Our company is going through the biggest change of any growing business. I know there are many ways of phrasing it but I am calling it the “Business Owner Role Transition” and to me, it is the pivotal point for any small business owner that is growing. Many will feel caught in a trap right before or during this part. Many will sell their business when the end reward is just in front of them. They aren’t quitters but quit anyway as they don’t feel they can do it and they really can with that extra needed “push”. Many will not talk to others in the same spot and lock themselves into silos rather than reaching out and talking with those people – not friends, other businesses that you may consider competitors. I also see it as the hardest point in my 30 years of working. https://www.jm2marketing.com/Blog/Details/Business-Owner-Role-Transition Reasons for switching from Adobe Muse https://www.jm2marketing.com/Blog/Details/Reasons-for-switching-from-Adobe-Muse Adobe Muse was created on May 7, 2012, with more than fifteen releases since then. Adobe Muse is a website builder that allows designers to create fixed, fluid, and adaptive websites without having to write any code. The keyword here is “designers”. Adobe Muse was created obviously by Adobe to solve and simplify the web for desktop, tablet, and mobile devices prior to most people even thinking of tablet and mobile devices. Adobe was beyond ahead of the curve with their proprietary solution. It was fast and still is. Muse utilized custom widgets from an online store to make it simple for graphic designers to create websites (e.g. no nerd required). https://www.jm2marketing.com/Blog/Details/Reasons-for-switching-from-Adobe-Muse Show me the eCommerce money https://www.jm2marketing.com/Blog/Details/Show-me-the-eCommerce-money eCommerce is all about sales. There’s no other way to say it other than “Show me the money”. With that being said when you are doing eCommerce in Northwest Indiana, Chicago, or a small and growing town like Chesterton you need to focus on the conversion of your visitors to buy from you. In this article, we will look at several techniques used when creating descriptions for your products to draw people into purchasing your products. https://www.jm2marketing.com/Blog/Details/Show-me-the-eCommerce-money