Our blog is where to find great tips for your site, the latest news, and the occasional web oddity. We spend a lot of time on the internet(s) and are always checking out the latest developments, whether it’s the next big thing in social media, a new usability study, or the most current SEO wisdom.

Need A Quick Holiday Card for Your Business?

Image of Mighty Mail Holiday BannersDid you forget to send a holiday card to your clients?

Don’t worry!

With Mighty Mail, you can create a holiday Email in just a few easy steps. The zip file below is packed with web-ready holiday graphics to make a great holiday card. Download the file and then login to your Mighty Mail account. Think of it as our gift to you! Don’t forget to personalize your Email and included a note to your clients.

With Mighty Mail, you can create an email holiday card in just a few easy steps. Just download the zip file below that is packed with web-ready images for a great holiday card….

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Getting Started With Mighty Mail Email Marketing

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Now that your new Mighty Site has launched, it’s time to start thinking about marketing your business online. Your website is only one part of the Mighty Site package. This is where Mighty Mail comes into play.  With the Mighty Site package, you are provided with two custom-branded email templates. Here is a quick step-by-step guide to help you get started. And if you need a visual tutorial, we have also create a few videos to help you along the way.

5 Easy Steps to Get Started:

Image of how to Create a New Campaign 1. Login.
To login, from your browser go to mightymail.gorillawebstudio.com. Use your username…

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Having Email Problems With Your Smartphone?

Setting up your mobile email client seems straight forward enough, but if you encounter reoccurring issues with your mobile device, here are a few tips for troubleshooting. These tips should work regardless of your server, be it Google or any other server that is hosting your email.

  1. Reboot (power down & turn back on) your phone. See if this clears any issues.
  2. Check your email push settings. Reset them if necessary. Make sure you have the correct inbound and outbound mail server information. For accessing mail via Google you will need your inbound server (receiving mail) set to…

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Is Facebook Your Small Business' Substitute for a Website?

Facebook is a great tool for many small businesses to connect with their customers.  Any business serious about its web presence should include Facebook as part its its overall marketing strategy, but not rely on it as a replacement for a website.  To ensure that you are putting your best professional face forward, Facebook still cannot replace a website of your own. Here are a number of reasons you should reconsider Facebook as your sole presence online.

The Right Tool for the Right Job. Would you substitute glue with bubble gum?  Use a fork to eat soup?  As wild as these analogies…

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Mighty Sites- Small Business Websites and Digital Marketing

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Lincoln, Vermont.

Gorilla Web Studio is pleased to announce the launch of Mighty Sites. Mighty Sites offers a full range of small business marketing “must haves” to help small businesses not just get on the web, but to… CONQUER THE WEB!

Mighty Sites makes building your online presence easy, affordable, and hassle free for small business owners. No more D.I.Y. nightmares or cookie cutter templates; each and every Mighty Site is custom designed and coded by our team to fit your business and your business objectives. In today’s competitive marketplace small business owners need a…

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Setting Up a Facebook Page

Professionals and businesses have been using Facebook to promote their businesses and enhance their business networking. Facebook has developed a number of tools that make this possible. One such tool is a business page (more commonly known as a “fan” page). A business page allows you to set up a Facebook presence for your business, use the Facebook application to network with other users, and promote your business to users who “Like” your page. A user “Like” for your business page gives you direct access to those fans by posting your business page updates into user’s news streams. A…

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Getting Started With Facebook

Have you waited to jump on the Facebook bandwagon? Maybe, it’s time to consider dropping all the excuses and joining the other 500 million people using Facebook. Facebook is a great tool to help you connect and stay connected with friends, family, classmates, neighbors, and business associates.

Creating and maintaining an account couldn’t be easier, even for the most technologically challenged user. In a matter of minutes, you can have your account online and start building your network.

Why Should You Join Facebook?

Facebook can be an invaluable tool, both personally and…

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Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Blog

Blogging can be an extremely powerful tool in your marketing arsenal. Blogging can solidify your expertise, strengthen relationships with existing customers and clients, and help you acquire new leads. But like any tool there are some things you need to remember, and a things few you should avoid, to get the most out of your business blog. Below, I have five articles that can help you get the most from your blog and give you some great insights.

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How Social Media Saved Lake Arrowhead When City Ad Budgets Ran Dry | Social Media Examiner

Businesses are discovering that social media marketing can be more cost effective and reach a larger, more targeted audience then many of the tools they currently deploy. Read how this California town turned to social media when budgets ran dry and they haven’t looked back.

How Social Media Saved Lake Arrowhead When City Ad Budgets Ran Dry | Social Media Examiner.

Picturesque Lake Arrowhead, just 90 miles east of Los Angeles, has long been a peaceful refuge for celebrities, film executives and families. More than 120 movie studios have filmed here and the area hosts several…

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Why Web Standards Matter

We talk a lot about the importance of building standards compliant (specifically validating our sites xhtml 1.0 “strict”) semantic websites. Sounds like a lot of gobley gook . . . RIGHT? Well, until you consider that “xhtml strict”and semantic sites provide greater accessibility to a whole range of users employing any number of devices to access the web. We validate every site we build with the W3c validator and one of the primary concerns of the W3c is accessibility!

Standards Help Ensure Accessibility

The W3c standards work to try ensure a uniform and consistent user experience…

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Designing Better Websites

Since many business owners come to the web with a defined sense of who they are and what their product is, creating content can be easy. But creating a web site that visually compliments that content can be a bit vexing. This isn’t to say that you can’t have a great looking web site . . . YOU CAN! However, you should keep a few things in mind whether you decide to design your own web site or you hire a designer to do the job. With that said, here is a short list.

10 Essential Design Tips!

  1. The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts. Consider the ideas or values you want to convey…

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Blog is a Four Letter Word

When it comes to writing blog posts it can be like pulling teeth. We build a lot of blogging components for clients along with obviously keeping our own blog. Often maintaining a blog can take a Herculean effort. “Hey, client work needs to be done! Contractors need to be paid! Who’s going to finish up that marketing proposal!” . . . and so on. The list of excuses can extend forever, turning blogging into a chore, rather than asset to you and your business. I know the trials and tribulations of having to generate content on a consistent basis and over the past year and a half I have been…

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Interview Holly Grundon- Creative Director

Image Holly GrundonHolly is the creative director here at Gorilla Web Studio. Holly started bhg in 1995 when she was between gigs after she moved to Brooklyn, NY. Initially, bhg was a place to park the occasional freelance design job between 1995-2000 when she worked at Scholastic Inc., both as Art Director and as Interim Creative Director for the Classroom Magazine division. For more information about Holly’s time at Scholastic, you can see her LinkedIn profile.

In 2000, Holly decided to jump in head first to launch bhg GRAPHIC DESIGN as a full-scale design house. Over the years, Holly has designed more…

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Small Business Marketing Resources

Link to Marketing ProfsHey, any small business owner lives with the daily reality that business survival means they have to wear many different hats. Effectively marketing your business is one of those realities! Marketing may or may not be your particular area of expertise but never the less is critical to your small business. Especially, in current economic conditions with a shrinking of resources your business’ ability to reach your customers and clients with the right message couldn’t be more important.

Here’s a tip. Read what the pros read! For the past few months I have been receiving Get to the Po!nt a…

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Is This The Future of Computing?

Zonbu Computer ImageGet ready for on-slaught of low cost, small, green computers.

I remember in the mid 90’s, talk about how the future of computing was moving away from massive hard drive, application intensive computers to smaller, less application intensive computers that relied on the net for applications and storage space. The idea never took off, but things seem to be about to change.

There seems to be two approaches that computer manufactures are taking. The big guns like HP, Dell, Acer are all producing or are planning to produce a scaled back version of their higher end offerings, with there…

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One Page Websites

We have designed plenty of sites for businesses and individuals and the one thing I often find is not every client needs to have a full on multi-page web presence or have the desire to create it.

Fact is, for some sites, most users are there for just a few reasons. One is to find out how to contact your business or get directions. The other is to get a little more information about your products or services. That’s it! This is the reality for most web sites. When’s the last time you have read through in depth case studies presented on a companies web site . . . Aaaaah, NEVER!

The…

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Blogging for Your Business

When it comes to writing blog posts it can be like pulling teeth. We build a lot of blogging components for clients along with obviously keeping our own blog. Often starting and maintaining a blog can take a Herculean effort. “Hey, client work needs to be done! Contractors need to be paid! Who’s going to finish up that marketing proposal!” . . . and so on. The list of excuses can extend forever, turning blogging into a chore, rather than asset for your business. Like I said I know the trials and tribulations of having to generate content on a consistent basis and over the past year and a…

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Planning Your Web Presence

Like anything you do with your business you need to (or should) make a plan. Unless you are in the habit of wasting time and money, having an effective strategy for your on-line presence is important. Take the time to plan how your web presence will enhance and support your business objectives and keep it simple and meaningful. Remember, the 80/20 rule and focus on the actions that can bring you the majority of your results with the least amount of effort.

Lay out your strategy: A Few Questions

  1. What are your business objectives and how can your web presence help you meet those…

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Don't Re-Invent the Wheel

It’s inevitable that I run into a website that has decided that navigational terms like HOME, ABOUT, TESTIMONIAL, CONTACT, and so on, are just way to pedestrian. Someone, whether it’s the site owner, developer, designer, and/or marketing, has decided that they are way to cool for such conventional terms. This is a big mistake and is confusing for users.

Naming conventions are critical for users to make decisions. And if you want users to stick around and not hit the back button, be clear how to navigate through your site so users can find the information they want.

The best approach…

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