Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Odds and Ends

What Are The Little Things Needing Your Attention?

Growing up in a household of 12+(their was always an extra relative or two); each week the girls in the family were assigned a  task: Laundry, Kitchen, Bathroom, etc., and the all encompassing "ODDS and ENDS".

Since my mother never remembered who the Odds and Ends was assigned to; She would just yell out:
"ODDS and ENDS" which meant the person with this job for the week would try to hide. (LOL)

Let me be truthful: I hated when "Odds and Ends" was my assignment for the week. You see: all the other tasks could be completed and you had the  balance of the time for your yourself, but "Odds and Ends" meant you were on-call. It didn't matter if you were trying to read, watch TV, or play outside; When she called out "ODDS and ENDS", your life became hers!
This is the way most businesses operate. There are so many pieces and little oddities which must be taken care of in order to be successful.

Have You Taken Care of Your ODDS and ENDS?

1. Are You Using Internet Marketing For Your Business?
2. Have You Checked Out Your Google Places Listing?
3. Have You Submitted Your Business To The Online Directories?
4. What About Optimization for Your Website?
5. Do You Know How Your Competitors Are Using Internet Marketing?

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For the business owner; these little tasks have not yet appeared on your radar. But they definitely should be.
The internet is not going away and more and more local business owners are using the internet to market their business.
 Start off 2012 with a clear plan to take care of your "ODDS and ENDS"

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Mobi Domains and Contact Forms

Help! My .Mobi Domain Will Not Let Me Add Forms

Ok, so I added a (dot).mobi domain with website tonight, turned on the instant mobilizer and WOW! my website is not mobilized.
Hold on not so fast; If you have done this you know how cumbersome it can be to navigate an entire site from the mobile phone.
What's a person to do?
If you're like most local business owners you don't need your entire site on the mobile, just a few images, a contact form, maybe a call-out or two about special offers, etc.

Now to the meat of the issue:

1. Godaddy 
Logon to your Godaddy account and upgrade your .mobi to add website tonight.
This service is great to add images, content, your phone number, etc.

This is where it get's tricky;  I use a service, AWeber, which is great as  it gives me the code in different formats. All I have to do is insert the code  into Website Tonight's Design Page, Right?  WRONG!
You see, a .mobi domain will not code  Aweber's forms, so you are stuck with an upgraded plan with no way to collect names, emails and  phone numbers from potential customers.

I decided to  search for a service which would allow me to insert forms into my .mobi domain.
I chose Formstack  for a couple of good reasons:
Watch this video.

It is quite simple for us "non-web developers."
1.  Formstack has a 14 day free trial
2.  They have a monthly plan which is quite reasonable
3.  Form Submission Data, meaning it collects and holds your data
4. Lots of other features you may like.

Don't believe me?  check out my .mobi domain:  http://www.localbusinessconsulting.mobi

So far I am pleased with the Formstacks' service.