WORDS OF WISDOM FROM THE CAMEL

Still Water Ends Up Smelling Bad

  • By Development Team
  • 03 Jul, 2017

Nothing better than seeing a pond in garden, water lilies, maybe even frogs hopping around. You see birds fly by, then once they spot the clear crystal water they can’t help themselves but swoop down and have a bit of play in the cool refreshing water.

It’s easy to keep the pond full of happiness, just need to keep the water fresh and alive, mix it up a bit, and for years it will be a real live place of activity and new life, what a joy!

But what if you don’t add water, what if there is a genuine lack of attention and TLC?

Well, it will start to turn green, the frogs will pack up and run away and “Croak” somewhere else, the birds will fly past, take a quick smell and let out a tweet of “eeeooww” and visit another pool close by.

Yep, still water sooner than later ends up smelling bad and nobody will visit and the pond ends up being a green and yucky mess.

Websites are a lot like a pond in the garden of your business.

They start off all clear and glimmer, customers bounce along and visit, business blooms. It’s a real joy for you and everyone else when it’s all brand new.

Then as time goes on? You stop adding things, changing things, updating things. Your customers visit until the smell is bad and the scream of “eeeooww” shakes the PC screen or their phone shakes in their trembling hands and sooner than later they go and visit another pond (‘business’).

Yes folks, like the pond in your garden, your website not only needs TLC. It needs some regular churning up and a top up with fresh water to stop the stagnation process.

Yes, those pictures of you or your products look a little stale after you have seen them a few times. That menu when viewed is greeted with “Wow we have eaten all of that”. The specials you put up when the website was first made live 5 years ago? Well, they no longer even manufacture those products.

So today, the advice we are going to give is simple - Don’t let your website turn into a smelly pond where nobody wants to visit.

Get regular with your updates, treat your website like you do your social media pages, get weekly offers going, make sure you’re updating your pictures. If you have an active social media program, make sure you have a live feed on your website so it’s always in a state of constant refresh.

You do all this and I guarantee you nobody will say “eeeooww” about your site and it won’t become a green and yucky mess.

I can’t guarantee you will be visited by frogs though, LOL.

 

 Big Hugs from TheCamel

By Development Team 02 Jan, 2018
Oh no! It’s almost the end of the year. I can hear Santa revving up the sleigh, hangovers be readied for New Year’s Eve, Visa Cards busting at the seams as they get whisked through the machines at year-end sales. We can also extend the busting seams to pants as we eat way too much food at Christmas dinners.

Yes folks, faster than you can say “Dynamic Design”, 2017 has flown by and 2018 awaits.

So, the normal thing in blogging land is to do a review of 2017 and mention the highs and lows, well for me? Who am I to break tradition.
This year, on the knocker we have published (including this gem) 12 sensational blogs. We have covered so many subjects, caused some controversy, upset a few, made happy a lot more.

We have written about SEO, Design, Social Media, Hackers, Reputation Management, how to make a good rabbit stew (ha-ha just threw that one in to see if you’re concentrating) all written with a bit of humor but ending with what I hope have been words of wisdom and practical advice.

Next point of an end-of-year blog is to give a “Crystal Ball” of what you think will be the movers and shakers of 2018?

Well, TheCamel has dusted off his Crystal Ball and is now ready to give his predictions for 2018.

I believe that mobile will of course continue its importance. When you design a website or give that information to somebody to build it, you will really need to focus on how it’s going to look on a tablet and a mobile. Get the TV Screen vision out of your brief and start to really focus on how the customer is going to see it on what they really use, 10-inch and 6-inch screens.

Start to really focus on making the whole trilogy of customer attraction. So, what is that?

Website, Social, SEO.

Make the website right, work that Facebook page, get some SEO work in place. You can write a blog every so often. Use the website for promotions.

To sum it all up? In the words of the great football coach, John Kennedy? In 2018, “Do Something”. Don’t just build a new site and leave it stagnate for a year, don’t post on your FB Page when the mood takes you, work those key words and phrases in blogs and start to put promotional pop ups on your site.

Remember, that website of yours is not as it was, it’s now a Customer Attracting Marketing Machine, ready to offer products and services to those that view it.

Have fun, don’t eat too much, enjoy the time with family and be safe!

Hugs from TheCamel
By Development Team 01 Dec, 2017
There is no such thing as a free lunch!

If you are a motor mechanic and a customer walked in to ask for a tune and an oil change, would you offer them a seat on a nice cozy couch, make them a coffee, escort their family to send them into a service bay, work away with tender loving care for a few hours, present the keys back to the customer, say "Hey it's on us" and smile as they drove off?

I could ask the same question to a pub owner, a butcher, a baker, even a candlestick maker saying, "would you provide any service at all and just take a smile as payment?"

Okay, in between you saying to yourself, "Has TheCamel lost it, is he crazy?" Let me ask why. As in, why would you not do all that work for free?

Well, you have bills to pay, employees to consider, you must make a living as the old saying goes "Money doesn't buy happiness," well, let me say that your life would be miserable without money, fast.

The only problem? There is a lot going on in this world for free! FREE websites, FREE Software, FREE Social Media, FREE all sorts of things and people are clamoring for free stuff. This now leads us to the topic of this blog, "There is no such thing as a free lunch!"

Somewhere along the line, somebody must make money out of something, so they'd avoid the miserable category.

Free Website Builder? Of course, it's free but the hosting is not, and if you want the site to look great, we hope and pray that your technical ability is above left and right click of a mouse and also, beyond drag 'n drop. Then, if you need any of the sexy features, oops! Sorry, they are not free but seeing as you're halfway done might as well pay for those, too hard? Well, we can give you online help but that will cost you $X.

Free applications and software, wow great idea! You can really make the site shine now, but that is just the standard. You can't do anything free version with ads (as we need to pay for stuff you know). So hope you don't mind if your customers get the occasional pop-up video of Dolores Bath, House and Spa weekly specials. But, you need the app or software now you're in, so best to drag out the trusty Visa card.

All a bit much? Well, what about Facebook? Hey, you can make a free business web presence on that, no need at all for a website. You will even save yourself the hosting fees.


Great idea! But hang on, do you really think they will share with all your likes for free all those sexy posts about exclusive offers you're making? Be fair, they have multi-zillion on dollar salaries to pay, so sorry if you want all your customers to see what you're offering? That will cost you money each time and if they don't like your posts, sorry, that's all subject to the automated customer (read Robotic) service department of Facebook. So maybe you will have to adjust it to some zillion times to make it more of a picture than an offer, but hey, it's free!

Let's not also forget they are not just your customers, they belong to Facebook and they can also use the information to send competitor ads as well.

So, it's time folks, what's the point of all this today, am I anti-free stuff? No, I'm not. What I am trying to say is not all things for your business growth should be put in the FREE basket. The things that are super important, those first customer impressions - your website, those customer grabbing needs like SEO, booking services, etc. Maybe they are important enough to invest a little, to maybe look at experts to help you.

Then, your business can move towards the success path you want and deserve, and you can buy people lunch!



Big Hugs from TheCamel


By Development Team 01 Nov, 2017
Elton John had a famous song, “Sorry seems to be the hardest word”. Elton John and Bernie Taupin wrote the song about a romantic relationship which is falling apart. The song has a chorus that pretty much explains the heartache, “So sad, so sad, why can’t we just talk it over, sorry seems to be the hardest word”.

Oh, the tears are falling on my keyboard as I type those words.

Must be honest, I really disagree with Elton and Bernie, I really don’t think “Sorry” is the hardest word, I think NO is.

Think about it for a minute, if we said “NO” more often we would not have to say sorry, would we? Most relationships get into trouble as one or the other didn’t say NO to a mistake so ended up in a so sad, so sad SORRY conversation. Many people have lost their license as they didn’t say, “NO” to the last drink and end up so sad.

So sad your honor and I am truly “Sorry” for what I did as they get their license taken away.

You could look at most, “Sorry” conversations and it would be a good bet that if you or somebody else had said, “NO” there would not be a conversation and nobody would be getting into trouble or feeling sad sad situation.

So, what has this song got to do with websites and SEO and other business-related stuff? Well I’m glad you asked that question. Let me share my thoughts.

A lot of issues with non-performing websites those being ones that don’t convert lookers into buyers, and SEO work that does not convert to good rankings that allow people to find your website, both of which usually have a “Sorry” it’s not working conversation attached either with a designer or you with your customers or business partners could have been different if somebody said NO.

No to what, you might be asking? Well, in the case of the website, NO to way too much insignificant content, NO to lots of bells, whistles and moving objects that really have no impact, NO to a major focus on the desktop and not enough on the mobile. NO, to features and fixtures that have no focus on getting people to book and buy. NO to way too much reading and not enough clicking to action.

With SEO? NO to key words or phrases that will not narrow down the search to you, your business, where you are and what you sell or supply. NO to wanting to win a global search when you’re making hamburgers in downtown suburbia.

The good news? Unlike the song, the relationship can be fixed, a little bit of good SEO work, informative website design, will set the right music and have your business singing a love song to your customers and Google and then? No need for “Sorry”, you can move onto another song like “Happy Days are here again”.

Hugs from TheCamel.co
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