Category Archives: Website Design

Why WordPress Templates Aren’t Such a Great Deal After All

Looking to build a business website without having to pay a professional creative team? A quick look around the web will reveal several different ways you can buy a template, plug in your own content, and create a web presence in just a few hours. Sounds like a fantastic deal, right? It would be, if creating a fully-functional website were actually that easy. Take a closer look and you’ll see there are a number of important drawbacks to a template-built site that are hard to spot with the naked eye. In fact, you might not notice the shortcomings at all until they show up on your bottom line when you’re … Continue reading

Posted in Branding, Google, Graphic Design, Website Design

10 Google Analytics Stats You Should Be Watching

Do you ever wish you could have your customers tell you exactly what they want from your website? Wouldn’t it be nice if they would let you know in advance which articles they would read, offers they would respond to, and ads they would find compelling? While you’re not likely to get these kinds of insights in an email or survey, the information isavailable to you if you know where to look. The only problem is that most business owners and marketers ignore the one reliable source of data they have on customers and behaviors: Google Analytics. Completely free and immensely valuable, Google Analytics can tell you a great deal about where your … Continue reading

Posted in Advertising, Best Practices, Goals, Google, Tips, Website Design

Price and Value in Website Design

There are a lot of companies out there offering unbelievably low rates on business website design—both here in Madison, Wisconsin and around the world. You certainly could hire one of them to design your online presence, and you’ll probably save lots of money in the process. But, you might end up getting a lot less than you bargained for… The reason for this comes down to one simple fact: When you invest in a new business website design, you aren’t looking for a new design, or set of pages. Instead, you’re trying to get a tool that will help you reach new customers and make a great impression on the … Continue reading

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What Makes a Great Website?

Lots of business owners who meet with us know they need a website, but they don’t necessarily know what that website should look like, or what it has to include. What they want to know, really, is what makes a great website design? Which elements make your online presence stand out? The answer is going to differ a bit depending on the business and situation, but here are a few things your website simply must have to be exceptional: A killer first impression – When someone looks at your website for the first time, they need to know that it’s for a great company, and to get an instant sense … Continue reading

Posted in Blogging, Mobile Optimization, Search Engine Optimization, Website Design

7 Reasons to Add Video to Your Website in 2017

There are a lot of things you can add to your website to generate more sales leads, but few are as simple or effective as introducing online video. If you haven’t given video marketing a try yet, here are seven reasons we think you should make it a focus in 2017… #1 Video is Engaging Psychological studies have shown what we all recognize intuitively – that video captures attention in a way that still images and text can’t. Video engages us on an emotional level, making it more memorable and harder to ignore. #2 Video Clips Drive Conversions Because it is emotionally engaging, video can help drive decision-making by web … Continue reading

Posted in Videography | Video Production, Website Design

The 3 Biggest Website Design Mistakes

As the web has gotten to be bigger and more important, web design has become more crucial to the success of small businesses everywhere. And yet, we continually see business owners (and the creative teams they hire) make a number of unfortunate mistakes again and again. To help you avoid them, here are three of the biggest website design blunders we are still seeing in 2016. #1 Creating a Template Website – Your website should not be created from a template. If it is, it will have a generic look, contain lots of unnecessary code, and probably won’t make an impression on buyers. What’s more, you won’t own the design … Continue reading

Posted in Mobile Optimization, Search Engine Optimization, Website Design

Tingalls Graphic Design Voted Madison’s Top Website Development Company for Second Consecutive Year

InBusiness Magazine’s Executive Choice Awards Honor the Best of Madison Business Local Madison business leaders have voted Tingalls Graphic Design the area’s best website development company in InBusiness Magazine’s 2016 Executive Choice Awards. The firm also took top honors in the same category in 2015. Winners in a variety of categories are chosen by majority vote of 1,000 Madison executives, business owners and decision makers. In a statement announcing the 2016 winners, InBusiness Editorial Director Joe Vanden Plas said, “Since the winners and three finalists in each of 37 categories are chosen from a fill-in-the-blank survey, these are companies that have achieved top-of-mind awareness in the business community. They represent … Continue reading

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Why Your Best Website Design Company Isn’t a Website Design Company

Although we post a lot of material on our blog about website design and development, the fact is we do a lot of other graphic design and marketing work, as well. And, if you’re serious about growing your business, you should work with a creative team that has lots of different specialties and capabilities—all under one roof. In other words, your best website design company probably isn’t a website design company at all … it’s a creative team like Tingalls Graphic Design that starts with your brand and messaging strategy first, then applies that to your website design and not the other way around. To understand why, you only have … Continue reading

Posted in Graphic Design, Logo Design, Print Design, Website Design

Do You Own Your Website Design?

A lot of business owners have never considered this question. Here’s a hint: If you aren’t sure if you own your website design, then you probably don’t. That’s because many websites are designed from publicly available and commonly used WordPress templates. That can be a bad thing for a couple of reasons. First, it means your website probably has a generic feel to it. It wasn’t created for your company; it was designed to be used for any company. The difference is going to show in a lot of subtle ways. Another issue is that you could find a competitor with a nearly identical website. Anyone can use the same … Continue reading

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Tingalls Featured on WisconsinRealEstate.com

Tingalls Graphic Design Featured on WisconsinRealEstate.com

Tingalls Graphic Design was recently featured on Wisconsin Real Estate, one of the top sites for Fitchburg, WI Real Estate. This Website and Logo Design Company Provides Quick Turnaround, Collaboration and Pro-Bono Work By Kelly Church Offering custom logo design, illustration, print collateral, and websites, Tingalls Graphic Design is more than just a graphic design studio. Owned by and named after Tara Ingalls, the Fitchburg, WI company started out of Ingalls’ home as a freelance business while she also worked full time. She was nicknamed “Speedy Tara” for her quick turnaround and that’s something she hasn’t sacrificed even as her company has grown. “Our turnaround is something I’ve been proud … Continue reading

Posted in Logo Design, Small Business Marketing, Website Design