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Grow A Network of Social Media Followers

How To: Grow A Network of Social Media Followers...

Back in 2013-2014 we sat down with Inland Finder ... The company had some 234 followers on twitter and about 300 friend likes on Facebook... It had also only purchased the www.ladysmith.info domain and had approached us to Web Design and Search Engine Optimize. With our little and fresh knowledge Live Lab steadied on full steam with boastful confidence


Excited about the new Startup we called 10 local well established businesses to advertise on the www.ladysmith.info domain. 9 of them told us to F#%&Off they are not interested as they are paying the local newspapers.... Confidence smacked down within a few hours... Boomed... Bashed and Broken...

So we sat down with Inland Finder and explained to them that we are dealing with a Donkey Years ago advertising Dynamic. These businesses are NOT advanced and people still have Nokia 3310's. They have mediocre facebook pages and no clue about twitter.




The company... Not to be outdone by sharks sniffing around... Purchased 2 more .info domains... making a total of 3...

www.ladysmith.info - www.amajuba.infowww.estcourt.info ....

Basically the 3 adjacent towns next to Ladysmith .... In a rare twist of Luck Inland Finder had approached Geo Solutions to advertise.... Geo Solutions was not happy with the Local Advertising as their reach was local. The company saw potential as made an offer to purchase Inland Finder. The offer was accepted and the new bosses insisted that rural areas be tagged. Geo Solutions provided Live Lab Design with a list of areas that the company operates and we tagged these areas to the Key Words...

Numerous Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc accounts fell under our Social Media Management and the responsibility to grow their following was enormous.

We only followed back mostly and saw steady progress... We also only retweeted and shared verified links, stayed away from news and focused primarily on happy build a life for yourself content. Most of our following was farm and small town people. Rural Entrepreneur Development...

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People began to Notice... More importantly Inland Finder's following grew... The company had found some good local businesses with the added trust. 



So we did not feel so bad about all the data blown and costs spent in theory and development. Facebook nor Google or Twitter can control the internet. It can control your feed but sooner or later something or someone smarter comes along. Betting on them is like betting on Nokia back then. The wonder of evolution and time. However these two giants seem stable minded and look like they will be around for some time so we going for the safety and give them the Thumbs Up. Similar to a Nokia they did the Job and Seldom Break. The sponsored posts are an awesome feature. 





We also began following followers of interest, retweeting, sharing other businesses and influencers content. everyone has a story to tell. So our follower counts are wonkey and we Love IT.. 


Time, Patience and Real Content that makes a difference and changes peoples lives... As you cannot milk skinny cows... You first have to Fatten them up...

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Search Engine Optimization and Online Business Footprinting

Put Your Small Business on the first page of Google… So naturally curiosity will kill the cat… as Google to me always seemed to be an awesome cat and mouse tool… Could this really be done...?

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SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization and having a website alone is not sufficient… Online Business Footprinting is the activity businesses share utilizing online Tools - Apps and Software so before you go around paying 5k for a 3 month stint to an ‘expert’ here is how you can tackle the SEO basics for your small enterprise…

Your Business Domain Name
Your Domain name is most things, the be all and end of all of it all.

Avoid long domain names. Simple Domain names that encompass your business framework and the design of your business. You can opt for many different types (.com - .co.za - .biz - .info etc).

Good Hosting Costs Money – Expect to pay between R50 to R150 a month (+-1.2K (R1200.00) a year) for a reliable and good host. Also check the track record of the hosting company. You need a company that has been around as you cannot afford to lose your site(s) in the coming years. For some reason we cannot host with Google in South Africa…
(K=1000-thousand)






Learn the Basics of Web Designing

Primarily:

Menus and Articles and how they relate or function around your programme. Request access to the Back End of your site.




Also of benefit is the critical Meta Data and Keyword inputs.

Meta Data and Keywords
Location of services - for example with Inland Finder the company wanted to tag rural areas so rural people could find and access related services at a fraction of a cost… at the same time provide a platform for small businesses and entrepreneurs to advertise cost efficiently yearly... We had to assume the cheapest mobile device utilized in this limited geographical area would search... 

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So we tagged *Rural Areas – Business Categories – Services Offered – Population Dynamics – Maps*


It would be impossible and highly a waste had we sourced domains for farm areas so we sourced the closest sizable towns with .info domains



The result… completely satisfied clients… Inland Finder allowed ordinary individuals and businesses the opportunity to be found online and networked to millions worldwide at any given time.

Dominate HTML Markups

Spread your Pages across all Social Networks (Facebook – Twitter – LinkedIn – Pinterest – Google+ - etc.). You could try setting up a google+ page for your business or understand how to get maximum benefits from your facebook business pages.

HTML Markups are the end part of your address links… Try and keep them consistent as this will help your overall SEO in the future.





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Create a Blog



A Blog is the best method to drive traffic to your business website. The earlier you start the better and always blog relatable content. Do not blog out your business scope. You want to look intelligent and not stupid…

We found Blogger to be useful and simple as the platform is owned by Google... There is also Wordpress which enables more functionality...






Link your blog to your social networking and spread your pages across all social networks. Not all networks will grow at the same rate. Always prioritize growing your smallest network first.




Make use of the provided analytical data tools to assess growth and post reach. Invite friends and people of similar interest which will in turn grow into communities over time.

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How To Make a Great Business Logo

Your company's logo is the foundation of your business branding. It is probably the first interaction that you will have with your customers. An effective logo can establish the right tone and set the proper ethos. After years of crafting logos for different projects, I've come up with a set of questions that I always ask myself before delivering a new logo.


1. What emotions does the logo evoke?



Above all design guidelines, the most important criterion is whether the logo reflects the character of the company. The emotions that the logo evoke should be appropriate to the company values. For example, the Disney logo evokes a sense of happiness and optimism. The curvy, fun typeface is appropriate for a company that has been making cartoons and animated pictures for kids. However, a similar logo style on a sales platform would not be appropriate.



Designers should understand the psychology of colors and the effect that typeface has on the design of a great logo. For example, green promotes relaxation and usually reflects growth, health, and the environment. Red, on the other hand, may evoke danger and passionate emotions. Similarly for typefaces, Garamond, Helvetica, and Comic Sans all elicit very different sentiments. Serif fonts like Garamond promote the idea of respect and tradition, and are hence more suitable for an environment that demands integrity such as a university or a news publisher. Sans Serif fonts like Helvetica are clean and modern, and are well suited for high-tech businesses.


Casual script fonts like Comic Sans are probably best left for fun companies such as toy companies. A good understanding of the psychology of colors, typefaces, and shapes is an important part of making a great logo.


The styling of the Disney logo is appropriate for a company that aims to be fun, but such a style would not be appropriate for a sales platform company.


2. What's the meaning behind the logo?



Behind every great logo is a story. A great logo is not about slapping your business name on a generic shape, which is why choosing from ready-made logos is a poor idea. A logo has to have a meaningful story. A good designer first understands the culture of the company, the tone of the product, and the vision of the business, much before embarking on ideas for the logo. The end result of a quality logo is reflective of the philosophy and values of the company.


The arrow in the logo represents that Amazon sells everything from A to Z and the smile on the customer's face when they buy a product.


3. Will the logo stand the test of time?

How will the logo look in two, 10, 20 years? Designers should avoid getting sucked into flavor-of the-month trends. Trends like ultra-thin fonts and flat shadows are design styles that will probably not stand the test of time. Simple is far better than complex. A simple yet memorable logo can be used in 20 years without looking dated.


A good way to test the logo is to let it sit with you for a while before releasing it. Some logos grow with you—the more you look at it, the more you like it. Some logos start to feel nauseating after a while—the more you look at it, the more you hate it. If after a couple of weeks with the logo you find it boring, the logo is probably not strong or timeless enough.


The simplistic outline and shape of the Apple Inc. logo allows it to endure the test of time. The first prototype of the logo would definitely not be suitable today.


4. Is it unique? Can it be instantly recognizable?



A great logo is distinctive, memorable, and recognizable. Even if you have only seen it once, you should still be able to remember what it looks like after a period of time. A good way to test this is to show your logo to a friend, then cover it up and have your friend describe the logo in a week. A fresh pair of eyes can be very effective in figuring out the most memorable components of a logo.
In addition, if the logo reminds you of others you have seen, it is not distinct enough.


The logos of Path and Pinterest are very similar.


5. How does it look in black and white?



When I begin designing a logo, I always start in black and white. Designing with this limitation first forces you to make sure that the logo is recognizable purely by its shape and outline, and not by its color. A strong logo is one that is still memorable just by its contours.


A one-color logo also provides the benefit of using your brand easily in multiple mediums with different backgrounds and textures.


It is much harder to recognize the National Geographic symbol once we remove its signature yellow colour.


6. Is it clear and distinct in small dimensions?




Another way to make sure logos are simple and recognizable is to scale it down dramatically. Even at tiny resolutions, a strong logo should still be recognizable at a glance. This is also a good test to make sure that the logo is not complicated with unnecessary design flourishes. Here, you see that the Nike, McDonalds, Twitter, and WWF logos are still very distinct at small sizes. The GE and Starbucks logos are far more cluttered, and less recognizable when they are small.




These are not hard-and-fast rules, just guidelines for making an effective logo. It is still possible to make a strong, complicated logo, but understand the trade-offs.


This article was edited and republished with permission from the author. Read the original here.


  Lo Min Ming - cofounder of Pixelapse, a visual version control platform for designers.


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WebSite Marketing your Internet Business

Create Your Startup:

Have you long been considering the thought of starting a web site marketing internet business?

Then, you need to gear up for the battle ahead by acquainting yourself with some good tips that will help you do things effectively. The internet is a really promising place where you can generate lots of money if you just know the right tricks needed to do so. This is because when you get a business started online, the entire world is your audience. In other words, you can create a really large client base without having to spend too much money for ads and promotions. Through the help of the world wide web, you can turn a simple small business into a global business with lots of customers. 



Lets get you started on things through the basics of the web site marketing internet business. First, you have to be familiar with all of the platforms that the online world offers you to market and promote your business. Creating a website isnt the only thing that you have to do so that you can be effective at internet marketing. The different platforms of online marketing include business marketing website; business press releases; business marketing blogs; business networking; business marketing research; business advertising; and business email marketing. Ill be discussing tips on effectively using your website and handling business blogs.

Lets start with your website. This needs to serve as a good reflection of your business. Keep things simple by creating clean and simple pages that are composed of concise and high quality content. Creating a good site starts with the URL. The one that you choose has to be good at attracting attention but you mustnt make it sound like its fake. Putting glitters, colorful ingredients and other stuff that will give your pages good looks is a good idea but its not a requirement online. You dont have to focus too much on the looks of your website. Instead, you need to think of ways as to how you can make it spit out cash for you. A beautiful website will be of no value if it doesnt have the ability to produce revenue for its owner. Your site shouldnt be complicated. Make it friendly to your visitors so that they wont end up finding it difficult to navigate through your content and looking for the information that they need.

Let's move on to business blogs. Blogs are really an effective tool online today because they allow business owners to have up close and personal interactions with their clientele. In this way, they can effectively prove to people that they are trustworthy and that they offer high quality products and services that will offer good benefits. Blogs are now considered as a very efficient communication medium because of the quickly increasing number of bloggers every single day. Most of internet marketers today set up blogs to complement the results of their main websites.


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