Category Archives: Small Business Marketing

Why Choosing the Right Website Platform is Crucial to You

When it comes to web design for your business, which details are important to you? If you’re like most of the business owners we meet with, you’re probably concerned about the look of your website, and whether you can use the layout and content to attract new customers from Google and Facebook. What business owners tend not to think about is the platform their new websites will be built upon. Most have heard of WordPress, Drupal, Magento, and Shopify, but they don’t get concerned with the specifics. They want a good website, and good results, but don’t have the time or technical expertise to worry about the various applications involved. … Continue reading

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Posted in Small Business Marketing, Website Design

Why Brand Consistency Matters

For a lot of business owners, branding can seem like a vague topic that involves market research, focus groups, and the kinds of conversations people have in Fortune 500 boardrooms. But what they might not realize is that branding is just as important—or maybe even more important—for smaller companies. In particular, small businesses need brands that are consistent from one communication or campaign to the next. The reason is simple: If branding isn’t consistent, then customers won’t necessarily recognize that a communication is coming from your business right away. And, given that smaller companies have fewer chances to make an impression than bigger ones, they have to make each point … Continue reading

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Posted in Branding, Small Business Marketing

How to Get Subscribers to Open Your Emails

It’s not easy to find and keep subscribers to your email newsletter. That makes it all the more frustrating when the majority of them don’t actually open your messages. You can’t get results from your email marketing campaign if no one bothers reading what you send, so how can you get subscribers to make your newsletters a priority in their inbox? Here are a few quick tips to help you out… Use Catchy, Intriguing Subject Lines In general, you want your email newsletter subject lines to be short, timely, and attention grabbing. It’s important you don’t go too far to get readers to open your message, though. Anything that looks … Continue reading

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Posted in Email Marketing, Small Business Marketing

Tingalls 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

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Posted in Logo Design, Small Business Marketing, Website Design

15 Great Blog Topics You Can Use Today

Every marketer on the planet knows you need lots of fresh content to attract attention from Google and succeed with search engine optimization, but getting started on new blog posts can be difficult. Continue reading

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Posted in Advertising, Blogging, Copywriting, Goals, Search Engine Optimization, Small Business Marketing, Tips

Organic Reach – Facebook Marketing

What is organic reach? Why is everyone raving about Facebook marketing? What is it? The Internet simultaneously leveled and skewed the playing field for small businesses and entrepreneurs. The digital landscape of the 21st Century is very much like the Wild West of old – pioneers taking huge risks that sometimes pay off in gold. Bandits streak across cyberspace looking to make a quick buck and in between desperation and vast success there’s the rest of us, trying to make our way. The path to success in the digital Wild West is made more complicated by it’s mutable nature. Things are always changing. A few years ago, Facebook had this thing … Continue reading

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Posted in Facebook, Small Business Marketing, Social Media Marketing

Ask the Expert: Google Mobile Search Update … More Mobilegeddon!

In our ongoing efforts to keep clients and friends up to date, here are the latest questions from our FAQ file: Continue reading

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Posted in Google, Google Mobile Update 4/21/15, Mobile Optimization, Search Engine Optimization, Small Business Marketing, Website Design

Content that Counts: The Golden Nugget

Content that counts comes in many forms. This isn’t your first day on the Internet – odds are you have a Facebook account, Twitter feed or even more. Have you noticed any patterns? Everything happens at light speed, in short tiny bursts of concentrated information. This is counter intuitive – the assumption is that audiences want detailed and elaborate explanations of services and products, events and everything else. Continue reading

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Posted in Blogging, Copywriting, Small Business Marketing, Tips

Where’s your blog?

It’s 2015 and the New Year is a great time to make some resolutions about your website, arguably your most effective marketing tool. You’ve been thinking a blog for a while now, but is it really worth the effort? The answer to that is a resounding yes! Continue reading

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Posted in Advertising, Blogging, Branding, Copywriting, Search Engine Optimization, Small Business Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Tips

How Graphic Designers Can Up their Credibility Factor — Part 2

In the first installment of this series, we discussed six ways a graphic designer can improve their credibility factor. In part two, we’re serving up five more tips on the subject. And although we’re talking specifically about graphic designers here, these strategies really apply to any profession. No matter how much of an expert you are at your craft, these strategies will help improve your credibility, as well as your bottom line … Crystalize Your Process Set up an “external” processes with the customer that’s easy to understand. Timeline, milestones, what you need from them, etc., are all good things to flesh out upfront. Remember, for expectations to be met … Continue reading

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Posted in Goals, Graphic Design, Small Business Marketing, Tips

How Graphic Designers Can Up their Credibility Factor — Part 1

Have you ever met someone who was obviously an expert at something? Probably. But have you ever met an expert that you would absolutely never work with because you had no respect for them, or they were so un-together they had no actual credibility? As a graphic designer, in order to reach your highest potential, being an expert isn’t enough. That’s why Tingalls Graphic Design has put together the following list of things you can do to improve your credibility and gain more respect from customers. Be Yourself Don’t try and be someone you’re not, or match some perception of what you think a graphic designer should be. Let your … Continue reading

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Posted in Goals, Graphic Design, Small Business Marketing, Tips

Website Design Best Practices: The Homepage Experience

Anyone with a driver’s license can get from point A to point B in a car. But to excel as a professional in NASCAR or Formula One racing, you’ve go to have some serious skills that have been attained by many years of study and real-world experience. Website design is the same way. Although you, or someone you know, may be able to put together a website, calling upon the expertise of a professional can go a long way in getting you to the “finish line” ahead of your competitors. There’s an art and craft to the process of website design — not only in creating an attractive aesthetic, but … Continue reading

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Posted in Graphic Design, Small Business Marketing, Website Design

Networking is Still a Viable Way to Grow a Business

There was a time when a handshake was our social media. Live conversation, awkward pauses, and the exchange of business cards were our means of disseminating information to each other. And although the Internet has permanently changed the business landscape, networking is still an excellent way for many businesses to be more involved in the community, and grow their business. That being said, you may not want to join the very first association or group you stumble upon. Doing some research to find a networking group that offers value to you and your business — either with educational opportunities, or potential to meet customers in your niche — can go … Continue reading

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Posted in Networking Tips, Small Business Marketing

Are Native Ads a Good Solution for Your Website?

One of the current trends in marketing & web design is something called native ads, which is defined as “a form of paid media where the ad experience follows the natural form and function of the user experience in which it is placed.” This definition comes from Sharethrough, the world’s largest in-feed advertising exchange. What this means, in essence, is that native ads live within the content of a web page, as opposed to off to the side (usually in a right-side banner area) as we’ve grown accustomed to in web design over the years. Sharethrough’s opinion is that “native ads are more visually engaging than banner ads.” At Tingalls … Continue reading

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Posted in Advertising, Small Business Marketing, Website Design

Creating a Successful LinkedIn Page, Part 1: Your Profile

Are you on LinkedIn? If you’re a business owner, do you have a company page? LinkedIn can be a powerful tool for connecting with others, and for acquiring business leads — but setting up a page and connecting with a few colleagues isn’t enough. You’ll need to polish your page so it meet’s LinkedIn’s best practices if you want to achieve “All-star” status. In this installment of our LinkedIn series, we’ll take a look at how to populate the first two sections of your profile page — specifically your “masthead” at the top of the page, and the “Experience” section. This is relevant to business owners and individuals, alike. Populating … Continue reading

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Posted in LinkedIn, Small Business Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Tips

The Importance of Your Website’s Title Tags, H1 Headlines & Meta Descriptions

Have you ever seen anyone using a metal detector on the beach? When they get close to a metal object, the device starts making noise because it can actually sense the metal. Search engines like Google and Bing function in a similar manner, but instead of looking for treasure, they’re searching for keywords. Two of the main areas search engines look for keywords are in your website’s title tags and “H1” headlines. If these areas are populated correctly, search engines have a better chance of detecting you, which can lead to higher page ranking on search results and increased traffic to your website. At Tingalls Graphic Design, part of our … Continue reading

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Posted in Search Engine Optimization, Small Business Marketing, Tips, Website Design

Is Your Website Design Aimed at High-Context or Low-context Customers?

The answer to this question can be a deciding factor in whether your website design is creating raving fans, or increasing your website’s bounce rate (the amount of people that leave your site in under 30 seconds). The theory of high-context and low-context cultures is a concept that was coined by Edward Hall in his 1976 book Beyond Culture. Now you might be thinking, back in 1976 there weren’t even personal computers, let alone an Internet, so how can an almost 40-year-old book have any relevance when it comes to websites? Good question. The answer lies in the underlying principals of Hall’s theory, which supposes that the culture of a … Continue reading

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Posted in Branding, Small Business Marketing, Tips, Website Design