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Why Should You Learn SEO?

By Joyce Reid | Apr 22, 2017

Do You Understand SEO? Why Should You? I’m going to be blunt here. If you don’t like blunt, just skip this article and move on. I’ve heard over and over from people in our industry that they want our magazine and the information that we provide to be just about design with lots of pretty … Read more

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How to Make a Bow

By Joyce Reid | Apr 20, 2017

Learning how to make a bow for a “wow” presentation is easy if you know the techniques.  As with anything practice helps.  There is no one right way or one method to make a beautiful bow.  I suggest that you try as many different methods as you can find and then choose the one that … Read more

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Business Lessons from the 2016 Presidential Election

By Joyce Reid | Nov 13, 2016

  Business Lessons from the Presidential Election The election that ended on November 8th with a result that shocked the world provides some valuable insights to operating a business. Don’t worry, this is not going to be a political article.  I’ve made it very clear how I feel on my personal Facebook page but politics … Read more

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As the Crow Flies

By Joyce Reid | Nov 3, 2016

Do you work a lot but when you look back at your day you realize you really haven’t accomplished much? I’ve found myself in that situation and I suspect many of you have as well.  When I really look carefully at what I did that day, I see that my activities could be diagrammed on … Read more

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How Many is too Many?

By Joyce Reid | Nov 3, 2016

I’m often asked, “How many choices should I provide my customers in each category?”  Or I’ve been told, “I don’t have enough designs to have a website?” So the two questions are: “How many designs are enough and how many are too many?” If you look at all the big boys who have gift basket … Read more

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Plan Your Blog from the Beginning

By Joyce Reid | Oct 30, 2016

Planning Your Blog from the Beginning Saves Time and Headaches One thing I’ve learned is that no one feels comfortable when they first start blogging.  That’s why I suggested in the previous blogging post (What is Blogging?) that you might want to get your feet wet slowly by creating a trial blog at one of … Read more

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Small Town Mindset

By Joyce Reid | Oct 29, 2016

Do You Have a Small Town Mindset? During my lifetime, I’ve lived in towns and cities of all sizes.  Large cities like Washington DC and Berkeley, California.  Mid-sized cities like Pensacola, Florida and San Jose, California.  Small cities like Santa Cruz, California and Flagstaff, Arizona (where I finally landed).  But since my husband was a … Read more

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Blogging to Grow Your Business

By Joyce Reid | Oct 26, 2016

Blogging – An Effective Way to Grow Your Business If you aren’t blogging, why aren’t you? If you don’t know what it means– or how to do it–it’s time to learn. And I’m here to teach you! What is Blogging anyway? Blogging is an amazing way for you to share information about your business (or … Read more

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What I Learned about Marketing from Big Bird

Big Bird Teaches Marketing

By Joyce Reid | Oct 23, 2016

We’ve all heard that an effective marketing technique is to grab a popular news story and use it to market your business.  It’s a great technique.  It works.  But the question is how to make it work for you. This question takes me back to the Presidential election of 2012 when Big Bird gave a … Read more

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