JM Welcomes Eric Wallace, New Web Marketing Account Strategist

Our Omaha web design team has always put a priority on serving its customers; and in an effort to provide continued cutting-edge services and excellent customer service, JM has welcomed a new team member – Eric Wallace.

JM New Web Marketing Account Strategist, Eric Wallace

Eric brings vast diversity and experience to JM’s team. As the web marketing account strategist, Eric works directly with JM’s web marketing and SEO customers to gain an understanding of their goals, then draws up a methodical plan for a successful web marketing campaign, monitors results and keeps clients updated on progress.

Eric’s previous work experience includes construction, bartending, private investigations, digital forensics consulting and debate coaching. Having drawn some valuable information from each experience, his eclectic background brings versatility, strategy development knowledge and effective communication skills. But, what Eric enjoys most is working with data and developing strategies – making every unique piece fit together in surprising and effective ways.

Eric is a California native, having grown up only an hour away from the set of Back to the Future III, who now lives in Nebraska with his wife and two children. When he’s not digging into website data, Eric enjoys reading (about anything and everything), playing the cello and working at a local radio station.

Tips for Preserving SEO Value: 301 Redirects

Rebuilding and relaunching a website brings much anticipation and excitement. And while significant effort usually goes into designing, layout and population, the critical steps of launch preparation and post-launch support are often overlooked – causing catastrophic results in lost SEO value.

As we began to discuss last week, in preparation for launching a new website our Omaha web design team implements many strategies and methods for retaining a website’s credibility in the search engines. A website should not only keep its rankings in Google, Bing and other search engines with a new website launch, but it should also incorporate new SEO opportunities – which were either not utilized in a previous website build, or not yet known.

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Best-Practices

Best-practices are often overlooked, because they can be laborious. It takes preparation, thoughtful execution and continued monitoring to ensure SEO value is retained. Let’s, first, hit one major checklist item in preserving SEO rankings in a new website launch.

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301 Redirects

If possible, try to keep the URL structure and page names the same. Less can go wrong this way. When your URL’s change, search engines can still serve the old pages they’ve indexed. When this happens, redirects must be implemented to avoid to serving your users the wrong content and to prevent old URL’s from displaying errors.

The 301 redirect is for both users and search engines and indicates to both browsers and search engine bots that the page has moved. For instance, www.examplesite.com/contact is now www.examplesite.com/contact-us on a new website. These will be considered two separate pages to the search engines until a redirect is in place.

Search engines take a 301 redirect to mean that not only has the page changed location, but that the content can be found at the new URL. It could take some time for the search engines to recognize this URL redirect and credit the new page with the ranking from the old URL.

Prior to launching you will want a spreadsheet of all URLs on the old and new sites, so you can implement and test 301 redirects. When the new site is live, you will want to crawl the old list of URLs to ensure everything 301 redirects correctly. Additionally, keeping the old website as a backup will aid in knowing how to implement unforeseen redirects.

Wait… there’s more

301 redirects are critical for ensuring success in the search engines after a new website launch. But this is just one piece in the larger picture.

A credible Omaha web design company will be able to execute these redirects, but it’s also possible for anyone – if you have the foresight and time.

Follow us in the weeks to come for more new website launch tips for preserving SEO rankings.

 

 

Tips for Preserving SEO in New Website Launch

Our Omaha web design and web marketing team is celebrating it’s 20th year in business, and over the 20 years we’ve designed and redesigned our own website, and of our client’s websites, countless times. The life of a website varies – depending on when it was built, the technology/platform used and the branding needs of your own company. Platforms and design trends are constantly changing, so reevaluating your website’s performance and design every few years is always recommended.

But when you do decide it’s time to redesign and launch a brand-new website, the process and execution are critical to your online credibility.

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Preserving Online Credibility & SEO

Credibility is achieved through a professional, creative and functional design – of course. But also, don’t forget about the potential credibility you’ve built with Google for years, which you don’t want to lose. Building a new website should not only be about gaining a new website design, but also about gaining access to new SEO opportunities (not just retaining current search engine credibility).

Among countless things that can be problematic in retaining organic SEO with a new website launch are:

  • New, edited or removed content
  • URL changes
  • Page-level optimization changes
  • New sections or pages added to the website
  • New technology
  • Internal link structure changes
  • Domain name change
  • Subdomain change

We’ll hit on the items above in more detail in future posts. But, before launching a new website it’s important to identify a strategy to preserve SEO rankings and improve ranking and traffic moving forward. Carefully planning a new website launch and then monitoring results are critical in refining SEO strategy and refining your website for maximum success.

A website redesign is an opportunity for more traffic and more revenue, so don’t let a botched website launch hurt your credibility with Google.

 

New Website Launch: Moylan Iceplex

Moylan Iceplex has been a staple in the Omaha metro since 1995. This facility boasts an NHL sized rink and provides camps, classes and open skates for the enjoyment of the entire community. Moylan Iceplex needed a website to serve as a marketing piece and as a informational resource. With a simple design and subtle creative splashes, Moylan Iceplex’s website is both beautiful and informative.

This website is built on a WordPress Content Management System (CMS) and provides an affordable and robust platform for Moylan Iceplex. Using some simple plugins, this website has an easy-to-use calendar and class information. And with responsive technology this new website is mobile-friendly.

With websites like Moylan Iceplex, it’s always fun for our Omaha web design team to use subtle creativity to portray a business online. We are grateful for the opportunity to assist Moylan Iceplex in creating a credible online image and look forward to a continued partnership for years to come.

Visit Moylan Iceplex’s New Website

 

New Website Launch: Papillion Creek Watershed Partnership

The Papillion Creek Watershed consists of the land area that conveys water to the Missouri River from rain and snowmelt within the basin. The Watershed covers 402 square miles located in Washington, Douglas and Sarpy Counties and flows in a southeasterly direction to the Missouri River. The Papillion Creek Watershed Partnership (PCWP) is comprised of 9 local governments and addresses water quality and quantity problems, and seeks to server the officials and residences under these 9 jurisdictions.

As a strictly informational website, PCWP’s new website design is simple in design elements but rich in content. The WordPress Content Management System allows for easy updating, where they can easily add events, meeting minutes and resources for the community. The website is also responsive and provides a friendly view for mobile users.

Visit PCWP’s New Website

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Drive Website Traffic and Revenue with Online Branding Efforts

Because we build websites, we often help build a business’ brand. Whether a website is strictly informational, used as a sales tool, intended to advertise a service or is an ecommerce website – a website is setting the tone in terms of credibility and branding.

Once a website is built it’s time to drive traffic. A website that’s not driving traffic is not driving revenue… and not making you money. Driving traffic online through Google AdWords text and banner ads is critical in such a competitive marketplace and excellent for targeted branding. But, partner this with additional branding efforts on YouTube – and a branding campaign is well underway, driving traffic and money to your website.

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YouTube Marketing

We’ve touched on creating a video marketing campaign through YouTube on our blog, but basically YouTube provides an affordable platform with millions of eyeballs on which your business can brand itself. Like a Google AdWords Campaign, a YouTube marketing campaign is highly targeted and easily tracked.

Bumper Ads

And if you REALLY want to hit on branding, you’ll want to consider a bumper ad. A bumper ad is a six-second video meant to hit a targeted audience while watching YouTube videos. The best part? A user can’t skip it. Google looked across 122 bumper campaigns in the US last year and found that 70% drove a significant lift in brand awareness, with an average lift of 9%. On ad recall, over 9 in 10 drove ad recall globally, with an average lift of over 30%.

Branding in 2018 consists of cohesive design, a strong message and traditional avenues – as it has for many, many years. Heck, even our Omaha web design company utilizes traditional forms of advertising on occasion. But branding through online marketing is the branding of the now and future.

Allow our Omaha web design team to build a foundation for your branding efforts with a new website. And then, let our Omaha internet marketing team drive traffic to your website and revenue to your business with Google AdWords AND a professionally managed YouTube campaign – with bumper ads. Call us at 402.292.7500 Option 1 for more info.

5 Ways to Make Your Website a Marketing Tool

Your website has the power to be an effective, affordable and tenacious marketing tool. When a website is designed with the intention of growth, marketing possibilities are abundant. Here are 5 tips from our Omaha web design and internet marketing team to help make your website a powerful marketing tool:

Use the Right Platform

From design flexibility, to ease of development, to website security features, WordPress is our preferred platform. A WordPress content management system allows for website growth in a variety of ways with thousands (yes, thousands) of plugins. If you can think it, there’s probably a plugin for that.

 

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Optimize

You’ve likely heard the phrase “Content is King” hundreds of times, and it never gets old. A website with engaging content will drive business. Optimize web pages with appropriate H1 tags and page titles to direct hot leads to your website from search engines… and then sell them with engaging content. Did you know websites with active blogs receive 67% more leads  than those who do not?

 

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Clear Call to Action

Users should have a clear call to action on each page. Whether your website is ecommerce or informational, you can strategically lead people to action. Contact forms, click to call, live chats, express checkouts – just a small list of ways your strategically designed website can drive business.

 

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Connect with Users on Any Device

Analytics will tell you how users are viewing your website – desktop, tablet and mobile. In our experience, every year mobile users increase across the board. Considering the mobile layout of your website can make or break conversions. And continuing to use analytics to analyze user activity on all devices will help make user experience better and, in turn, drive business.

 

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Visual Appeal

There are SO many options for building a website. From free drag and drop website builders to custom website designers, your price and quality vary. A website is an investment. Putting a bit of money into a website intended to grow and market your business will pay off 100-fold. An intentional design with visual appeal builds credibility and drives business.

 

A website is worth nothing unless it’s driving business. Competing in an online marketplace takes a multi-faceted strategy, with a quality website at the foundation. Never before has marketing been so affordable and attainable. The tools are HERE for you to take advantage of. Don’t let business slip through your fingers!

 

 

New Website Launch: Palleton, Inc.

Palleton, Inc., has a long history in the Pallet Manufacturer field. With unmatched expertise and a desire to better server their customers, Palleton partnered with JM for a new website design that would be beautiful, functional and optimized for the search engines.

Palleton’s new website is built on a WordPress Content Management System (CMS) and is mobile-friendly. Among it’s features, this new website includes a locations page, using a simple locations WordPress plugin. This plugin allows for easy updating from the WordPress admin. And in conjunction with this new website design. Palleton partnered with JM to optimize each page. With JM’s one-time Search Engine Optimization (SEO) package, our SEO experts craft web page titles, H1 tags and META descriptions to assist in Google rankings for targeted keywords and increased traffic from the search engines.

Palleton chose to invest in a new website design AND prepare their website for more SEO success through page optimization. Forward thinking when designing and launching a website can not only increase success upon launch but can better setup a company for future marketing efforts. We applaud Palleton for investing in their online presence and look forward to partnering with them in the future.

Visit Palleton’s New Website

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Ringing in 2018 with More Ways to Serve You

Happy New Year! Another year has come and gone, and we are so full of gratitude. 2017 was a year of growth for our Omaha web design and development team. Here are a few of our 2017 highlights:

Certified Google Partner. As a certified Google partner our internet marketing team boasts experience in Google AdWords advertising solutions, having passed exams and delivered a strong performance in client and company growth.

Best of B2B. JM was voted Omaha’s #2 best web design firm by other local Omaha businesses.

Expanded Services. JM hired a new internet marketing manager, Logan Johnson, whose curiosity and experience are benefiting JM’s customers with strategic and purposeful AdWords campaigns and SEO services. Keep your ears open for more changes to our internet marketing department in 2018!

Added 3 Team Members. As each team member becomes more specialized in their craft, we felt it necessary to add to our team to better serve our customers. We added Internet Manager Logan Johnson, Account Manager Jordan Murphy and Finance Director Lindsey Adams.

Meeting the needs of our customers by adding new services and team members was backed by our overall 18% growth! And while we gained many new customers in 2017, many customers from years past have built their second or third website with JM, added new services, and switched web hosting to our reliable servers.

So, thank you Omaha for your continued business and trust. We continue the celebration of our 20th year in business as we begin 2018, and we plan to celebrate by continuing our tradition of excellent service and products.

Cheers to 2018!

New Website Launch: Millennium Homes

Our Omaha web design team is excited to announce a new website launch for Millennium Homes out of Omaha. Millennium Homes’ previous website was difficult to navigate and to update. This new website helps to provide a better user experience, and ease of updating by Millennium Homes.

As a new home builder in Omaha, this new website reflects Millennium Homes’ attention to detail, clean design and beautiful finished product. This pre-built WordPress template has been customized to fit the needs of Millennium Homes for an affordable price. This template also provides responsive technology and meets Google’s mobile-friendly standards.

We wish great success to Millennium Homes, and are thrilled to be able to provide them with a beautiful website that will grow with their success.

Visit Millennium Homes’ New Website

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Protect Your Website, Protect Your Customers

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Our Omaha web design and development team builds beautiful websites we hope will be kept updated and secure. Website security is one of our passions; as it helps keeps our websites and customers in business and successful.

Website security is so important to us that we have an entire team dedicated to website hosting and website security.

So, you say you don’t need website security…

Many businesses are skeptical of needing additional security for their website. Usually they retort with, “we don’t have anything valuable on our website.” And that seems reasonable, right? The website is not collecting sensitive data or payment information. But hackers are not usually looking for this type of “valuable” information. Instead, they are looking for a clean reputation. It’s not about how popular the website is or if it takes credit card information.

A clean website is the perfect place for hackers to host their own malicious content and mount a phishing campaign to collect data from users.wordfence logoMost of the websites our Omaha web development team builds are in WordPress. And WordPress is vulnerable to these hackers. But, WordPress and most WordPress plugins are being updated on a regular basis to resist these hacking attempts and protect websites and its visitors.

WordPress and WordPress plugins do not update automatically, and require manual work to protect against the most recent threats. Additional monitoring through Wordfence and server administration are also advised for best protection.

How can we help protect you?

It’s the recommendation of our Omaha web hosting team to update often. So often that we offer a website security package, through which we will update WordPress and plugins the day an update is released. Taking this small step to secure your website will save you hundreds, maybe even thousands, of dollars and will protect your website visitors from phishing campaigns.

So, while your website may not be collecting valuable information, and may only be a static, your website is not immune to attacks. Be educated and be proactive!

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Save $1000 on a New Website

As we close one year and begin another, we want to celebrate this holiday season by offering $1,000 off* the purchase of a new website!Holiday Website Sale Icon

Really! We mean it. $1,000 off. Now is your opportunity to update an outdated website design, to get a WordPress content management system and finally meet Google’s mobile-friendly requirements.

Taking advantage of a new website for 2018 can mean increased online presence and increased revenue. Complete our online form or call us at 402.292.7500 Option 1 for more information.

From our team to yours, we wish you a joyful holiday season and a prosperous new year!

* Payment must be received on, or before, December 29. Discounts apply to websites $3,500 and up.