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An “apple” of healthy web marketing advice a day keeps the organizational growth worries away! This blog dishes out healthy web marketing tips, marketing advice and marketing “tough love” to help empower you with ways to brand, build and boost business. Healthy Marketing = Wealthy Organizations ® Learn, apply, optimize and embrace the wild, wild web!

Anne Orfila
You Only Need One Space After a Period. Period.

Are you guilty of double-spacing after a period? Or a question mark? Or an exclamation point?

Congratulations! This means that you were a conscientious student in school (ahem, over 25 years ago) – typing class specifically – and your typing teacher would be proud. Today, no teacher would probably sing your praises doing this because the practice of inserting two spaces after a period (or other punctuation mark) is no longer necessary or the norm.

One space after a period does not mean you are lazy, but it does make you look old-school! 

Dropping the extra space after the period is not due to a time-saving effort or because people today are lazy. There was a legit reason behind the practice, so before you enter modern times, let’s take a little walk back in history to learn why double spaces existed.

Typewritten documents actually needed the extra space. 

The typewriter has a monospaced font. This means that each letter, number, or punctuation mark is allotted the same amount of space before and after the character (i.e. the skinny letter “i” has just as much breadth of room as the chubby letter “m”). In short, sentences from a typewriter look long and the act of using two spaces after a sentence gives the reader an easy-to-see break between sentences.

Computers, and word processors, are much smarter creatures.

The characters used in computer fonts are spaced proportionally. Therefore, words look more “joined together” and the space in between is more defined. And individual sentences are easier on the eyes to tell apart. Thus, the extra space is not needed.

There are still a few fonts available that have monospacing, such as Courier and Lucida Console. Here is an example which illustrates the difference between a monospaced font (Courier) and a proportional font (Arial).

Web Marketing Therapy One Space After a Period

Not entirely convinced to drop the extra space? Read this:

If you continue to use that pesky extra space, you are aging yourself!

Whether you are writing website copy, a business proposal, a resume or CV, a blog post, or your profile on a dating app, using that double space will mark you as middle-aged. Let’s put it this way, I was the last class in high school to learn to type on an actual IBM typewriter (that was waaaay back in 1989) where the double spacing was drilled into my typing repertoire. The class after me and beyond used computers (and no double spaces). So anyone who uses the double space is someone who learned on a typewriter ages ago! If you are trying to maintain a certain “arbitrary” age in this youth-oriented world, that double space will “out” you faster than it takes for your Botox to set in!

The bottomline: One space after a period is a simple way to update your writing and maintain your youthful reputation. 😉 

Lorrie Thomas
Make Service The Center of Your Marketing

Someone asked me today what my #1 marketing success secret is.

I’m 100% sure they were expecting a geeky answer that involved website development, search optimization or social media marketing, and while we are experts in all those areas, I can’t credit any of them as top marketing steps that have made my company or my client’s companies successful.

The marketing method that has allowed Web Marketing Therapy to thrive for 10+ years isn’t about how we promote our company, it is how we work after the sale. Being service-centric is the foundation to marketing success. Our focus is consistently taking great care of our clients.

Marketing isn’t just about promotion. Marketing includes building awareness, managing communications, making connections, offering great service and generating sales. It’s so much easier to keep sales coming in when you take care of the people who chose to invest in you already!

We have never purchased an ad in all our years of being in business (with the exception of a local ad for my book, which was not published by our company, but by McGraw-Hill).

Want to pay the bills and have a sustainable business? Make good old fashioned customer service the core of all you do.

It’s one thing to tell a client what they need to do or what to buy, it’s a whole other thing to deliver it and keep delivering it.

You can know every web trick and use every hip, cool tool and have strong visibility, but if you don’t consistently deliver….forget about it!

Kelly Kohen
Easy Social Media Content – December National Days

Ah, December! The month that is filled with holiday cheer, Santa, bells ringing, Christmas music (that started before Thanksgiving-seriously?!?) and the end of year celebrations. Although some might think of those things during December, there are quite a few lesser known December days you can celebrate as well! These make great content for social media engagement.

Say goodbye to the Twelve Days of Christmas and Hello to some other fun and random celebrations!

December 1

AIDS Awareness Day

Eat a Red Apple Day

Faux Fur Friday

December 2

First Sunday of Advent

National Fritters Day

Mutt Day

December 3

National Roof Over Your Head Day

December 4

Santa’s List Day

Wear Brown Shoes Day

Sock Day

Cookie Day

December 5

Bathtub Party Day

Repeal Day—the 21st Amendment ends Prohibition

Ninja Day

December 6

St. Nicholas Day

Mitten Tree Day

Put On Your Own Shoes Day

Miners’ Day

December 7

Pearl Harbor Remembrance

International Civil Aviation Day

Letter Writing Day

National Cotton Candy Day

December 8

National Brownie Day

December 9

Christmas Card Day

National Pastry Day

December 10

Human Rights Day

Nobel Prize Day

December 11

National Noodle Ring Day

International Mountain Day

December 12

Hanukkah begins at sundown

Poinsettia Day

Gingerbread House Day

December 13

Violin Day

National Cocoa Day

National Day of the Horse

December 14

National Bouillabaisse Day

Monkey Day

December 15

Bill of Rights Day

National Lemon Cupcake Day

Cat Herders Day

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

Underdog Day

December 16

National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

December 17

Wright Brothers Day

National Maple Syrup Day

December 18

Bake Cookies Day

December 19

National Hard Candy Day

National Oatmeal Muffin Day

December 20

National Sangria Day

Go Caroling Day

December 21

Winter Solstice

First Day of Winter

Humbug Day

National Flashlight Day

Look on the Bright Side Day

 December 22

National Date Nut Bread Day

December 23

National Pfeffernüsse Day

Festivus

Roots Day

December 24

Christmas Eve

National Chocolate Day

National Eggnog Day

December 25

Christmas

National Pumpkin Pie Day

December 26

National Candy Cane Day

Boxing Day

Thank You Note Day

National Whiners Day

December 27

Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day

National Fruitcake Day

December 28

Card Playing Day

National Chocolate Candy Day

December 29

Pepper Pot Day

Tick Tock Day

No Interruptions Day

December 30

National Bicarbonate of Soda Day

Bacon Day

December 31

New Year’s Eve

Unlucky Day

National Champagne Day

Which days are on brand with your business or in line with your clients and customers? Pick days that help you connect with others through social media and then share them on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn. National Days are a fun and easy way to create content easily.

Simple graphics are eye candy for your social media platforms! Have fun creating colorful graphics through simple and free tools such as Canva.com and pick royalty free images from Pixabay or Unsplash.

Happy Holidays!

Lorrie Thomas
Sometimes A Simple One-Page Website is The Way to Start

Does the idea of building a new website or redoing your current website stress you out a little?

Or, maybe a lot?

You aren’t alone. I’ve been there myself. In 2013, I hated our company website so much, I pulled the ENTIRE site down to provide a blank slate allowing us to focus on a simpler, cleaner website, it was one of the best marketing moves I ever made. Here is a post I wrote about it.  When I have clients in fear of starting or redoing a website, I often advise the same simple solution:

Start with a temporary one-page website.

When I suggest this, I often get responses like: “but what will people think?” “Will this hurt my search visibility?” “Shouldn’t we wait until the whole site is ready?”

If you don’t have a site, having something up is better than nothing. People are searching for your business online, and if you aren’t there, your customers aren’t happy…or think something is wrong.

Especially in today’s mobile-centric web world, you do not need a big fancy website. What you need is something simple, informative, targeted to your demographic and requires little to no maintenance. Why not start with a one page website? Say who you are, what you do and whom you serve. Make sure your contact information is visible, include an image(s) if it helps and have links to your social media. Capture email addresses if you have a good reason to.

Simple information paired with clean design that is on-brand and on-purpose is the best foundation you can have.

For those of you struggling to redo your website, remember that it isn’t just about being on the web any way you can, it is about being on the web in a precise manner that speaks true to your business and your brand. A website doesn’t have to be (and shouldn’t be!) complicated. A simple one page site has given so many of our clients the opportunity to be seen and heard while they work on the bigger website behind-the-scenes.

And if you are still stressing, reach out. I’m happy to talk with you. I’ve been there. I still remember the stress of yanking my old website, but what a blessing it became!

Virtual marketing hugs!

Lorrie Thomas
The Secret to Being a Successful Digital Marketer

Do you know what the secret is to being a successful digital marketer? 

If I asked this question to a room full of professionals, most of them would guess that it’s being knowledgeable in the technical parts of marketing: knowing SEO, SEM, how to buy ads, knowing the best times to post on social media, how to build and manage a website, graphic skills for photos, and much more along those lines.

All of those are great answers and true. Having a handle on any of those skills is going to give your marketing career a big boost. That’s no secret.

But that is not the key to success. When I spoke with Matt Krumrie, Director of Content Management for Power Network for his article on marketing career success, I told him that the the number 1 skill needed to succeed throughout your marketing career is not tech-related, it is the ability to communicate clearly.Web Marketing Therapy: The Secret to Being a Successful Digital Marketer

Whether you are a college grad seeking to launch a successful marketing career or a professional who has decided to launch your own business and has suddenly found that marketing is now part of the job, being an artful communicator is just as important as knowing the technical stuff.

“The world we live in is phone/text heavy, but this ‘quick and dirty’ method of communication will only leave the marketing grad dirty career-wise. Whether it is an email to your boss, selling something, writing copy for a social media post or an ad, the ability to communicate in a compelling way (and online, that means pithy, powerful text) is critical.

Strong communication skills are needed at every level of online and offline marketing, from writing ad copy to emailing a boss or reaching out to a new client. I loved being interviewed to talk about the skills college grads need to succeed in Matt’s article titled Marketing Careers: Combination of Technical and Soft Skills Key to Success.

How do you sharpen your communication skills? Practice makes perfect. There are so many ways to practice your communication skills in everyday life – strike up a conversation with the clerk at the store, email your child’s teacher, write a thank you note to your neighbor. Sharpen your writing communication skills by writing more, listening more, and reading a lot. Take the time each day to read any book, magazine, newspaper, or online news story that catches your eye. The best part is that once your communication skills are sharp, they will rarely dull, instead they will only become even better with use.

Happy Marketing!

Katherine L. Garcia
Canva Tip of The Month: Explore Templates

I’ve been using Canva for years to support clients with their social media marketing and content marketing efforts. In the beginning, design options were limited so most of the graphics I would design were from scratch.

Now all that hassle is not needed as Canva provides hundreds of templates for you to use. To help spare you any social media stress, I am sharing some tips below so you can be empowered to get more out of this wonderful image-creating solution!

Templates are pre-made designs Canva offers for web or print. They offer pre-made blog graphics, presentations, social media covers designs, flyers, posters, invitations and so much more. Once you select the template you want to use, you can edit the font, color, photos, and if you’re a paying customer, you can change the size of the design.

Templates are great for entrepreneurs who are non-designers! With templates, you can make professional looking graphics and since templates are pre-designed, it saves you a lot of time – no need to start from a blank page.

The templates can be found on the left side of the Canva website, once you’re logged in. Under Explore Templates.

Once you click on Explore Templates, I suggest using their search bar. Let’s say you’re looking to design a social media graphic for Thanksgiving. In the search bar, type ‘Thanksgiving’. 10+ pages of Thanksgiving-related designs pop up.

When choosing a template, don’t focus too much on the color or the font used because that can be changed. Instead, focus on the overall feel. Ask yourself, does this graphic go well with my brand?

Also, you’ll notice that some of your template options will be posters, post cards, social graphics, etc. You don’t have to worry about this if you pay for Canva for Work, which I strongly suggest you do because then you can choose any template and easily resize the design to your liking.

If you do not pay for Canva for Work, then you have to choose a template specific to the type of design you’re creating. If you’re creating a graphic to post on social media, you’d need to choose a template that’s a social graphic.

Since we are paying customers, we chose this design; a postcard.

First things first, let’s resize the image into a graphic that can be posted on social media. We always resize it to the Instagram size option Canva provides because we’ve noticed that size is larger than the other social graphic options in Canva.

Here’s how to change the dimensions of the graphic (remember, this only applies to Canva for Work customers!): Click on File -> Change Dimension -> Instagram Post.

Ta-Da! Our design went from post card dimensions to Instagram.

After you resized your image, you have to edit it to reflect your brand. In this case, I’m going to change the color, the font, and the messaging to be more on brand with Web Marketing Therapy.

Here’s the final product:

All done!

My favorite part of Canva is that your templates are automatically saved. So let’s say you use Canva to design a flyer about a workshop you’re going to host. And then let’s say a few weeks later, you have another workshop coming up. Well, you can use the same template that you edited prior, just change the details. Easy peasy. Ah, Canva rocks!

Have Canva questions? Ask them below and we’ll happily answer them!