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How to Determine Goals for an Effective Website Project

I think we’re finally to the point where almost all business owners know that the internet is pretty important and that they should have a web presence. For some, this is where it stops – they know they need it and that’s it. 

Like most marketing (yes, your website is marketing for your business), it’s important to have a strategy in place to help you with defining your goals.… Continue Reading


Client Spotlight: Michael Paul

Continuing with our celebration of our 20th year in business and all the awesome clients that are still with us after many years, we’re putting the spotlight on a guy who’s pretty used to spotlights: Michael Paul. We’ve been working with Michael for over a decade. We’ve helped him with each iteration of his main website as well as the website for his entertainment company.… Continue Reading


4 Basic Marketing Blunders For New Businesses and How to Avoid Them

Whether you’re just starting a new business venture or you’re a little more established, there’s a short list of things you definitely should not do. I like to call these, basic business blunders. They’re basic in that they’re the ABCs of starting out and marketing your business. They’re blunders because they’re bad business decisions.  … Continue Reading


Using a WordPress theme? You might want to read this …

As of January 2015, more than 23.3% of the top 10 million websites are using WordPress (source) To say it’s a popular choice for a content management system is an understatement. Part of its appeal are the thousands of free and commercial, pre-made themes available for the system. They are an enticing way to publish a website with little or no knowledge of programming required.… Continue Reading


Web Design Client Spotlight: Lis Lewis

As part of our 20th year in business, we’re going to be featuring some of our long-term clients. We figured, what better way to celebrate those 20 years than to give shout outs to those that have been with us the longest.

Back in 1995, when I had just started JVM and was doing design for print and working with a number of artists and musicians.  … Continue Reading


Why Your Website Needs To Be Mobile

If you don’t think having a mobile-friendly (or responsive) website should be at the top of your 2015 marketing to-do list, you might want to reconsider. Never mind the fact that if you don’t have a mobile-friendly website, you’re already at least 2 years behind the times. There’s also the fact that mobile usage is inching closer to actually eclipsing desktop and laptop usage.… Continue Reading