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|Posted by Justin Version on December 16, 2013 at 6:00 AM||comments (0)|
Have you ever tailored your own suit to save a quick buck? No? That’s because you would be crazy to stitch up an article of clothing worth hundreds of dollars. Furthermore, not using a tailor at all would be just as irresponsible of a decision; that department store jacket with too-long arms and a saggy back will never look as sharp as one that is custom-fit. Just as that suit is how you present yourself in meetings with possible investors; your website is how you present your company and brand to the public. Designing a website without any experience or using a cookie-cutter template will never suffice for representing your business on the internet.
Professionals lay the foundation for your home, represent your business in legal matters, repair your car, and provide childcare for your family. Perhaps you have the ability to do these services for yourself, but you are simply too busy. Or maybe you lack the necessary skills, and you hire professionals to compensate for that. Either way, you rely on professional services to provide skills and expertise in the matters most important to you. Web design is no different from these services because only the professionals can provide the quality service necessary to properly brand your website.
|Posted by Justin Version on December 4, 2013 at 1:55 AM||comments (0)|
The Changes in Consumer Behavior Caused By Higher Fuel Prices and Cheaper Mobile Devices
The past few years have seen climbing fuel prices cause consumers to tighten budgets and adapt spending habits. For some, this means spending less. But for many others, it means spending differently. Businesses need to be aware of these changes in consumer behavior in order to successfully adapt their marketing strategies to maintain their relationship with customers.
Consumers have cited fuel and energy prices as top factors in budget planning and spending decisions. As higher gas prices make each trip more and more expensive, consumers are finding creative ways to limit their trip to the pump. These include consolidating shopping trips and cutting back on unnecessary outings. As people turn to the online marketplace more than ever, Internet marketing has become a crucial component of a businesses’ overall marketing solution.
|Posted by Justin Version on June 18, 2013 at 12:40 AM||comments (0)|
The Internet is home to millions of websites. This means, you have millions of websites that could become your competition. It is imperative when you take the leap to design your own website, you know what you're doing and how you're doing it. Website design is no easy task, especially if you're not an expert web designer. This article will discuss some solid advice that anyone can use, including you, to ensure your web design is appropriate for your audience!
1. Know your Audience
It is quite surprising to mention that most web designers don't know who their targeted audience is. When asked, most web designers respond to this question by stating, "everyone!" Unfortunately, this is what serves as the ultimate setback in your web designs. Your website and designs can't cater to the needs of every individual. You need to figure out what age group, sex and group of people you feel would most benefit from your web design.
2. Have a Clean Design
Not everyone is an Internet guru, especially elderly people. You need to ensure that your website is designed in a clean and easy to navigate fashion. If people have to search your website to find what they are looking for, they will leave. Ask a friend to try your website's navigation. If it takes him or her more than a few seconds to find something, you really need to give your navigation more thought. Also keep in mind that if your website is for people from all walks of life, some people have poor vision. Don't make your layout hard on the eyes of anyone, young or old!
3. Get Interactive...
People love websites that interact with the visitor. To gain the interest of your audience, consider utilizing interactive features on your website such as videos. For example, if you are selling power tools, add video tutorials or customer reviews in video form. Any type of video can grab people's attention and keep them at your website a few minutes longer. Chances are, if you have grabbed their initial attention, you can keep them as a permanent visitor.
4... but make sure the features are relevant
In the previous paragraph, it was mentioned that your website should use interactive features. It is important to note that interactive features are not the same as flashing graphics or background music. It is a common pitfall of many websites when a song of choice comes playing in the background. Many web designers think that music in the background is fun. However, this is wrong! Imagine someone has their speakers turned on and some scary song comes blasting them awake at 10 PM. They will instantly "x" out of your site and not come back. The same can be said about flashing graphics. They eat away at bandwidth and are hard on the eyes.
5 Keep 'em coming back for more
The most important thing about a website is not to get visitors but to get visitors and keep them coming back. You need to provide a good reason for your visitors to keep coming back to your website. Most websites use contests, giveaways or tutorials as incentive to have visitors return often. Depending on what your website offers in terms of service or content, you can figure out which one works most in your favor.
6 Test, Test and Test again
Never let your website go live without test driving it first. Ask some friends to try it out on their laptops and smartphones. You need to ensure that your website displays on all web browsers and most smartphones and keep in mind the computer compatibility. If you designed your website using Windows 7, someone might still need the website to work on Windows XP. Screen size shouldn't be neglected either. Most laptops are widescreen; this makes it imperative that you use CSS to ensure your website fits a variety of screens.
Designing a website can be a lot of fun, but also time consuming. There are many things you need to keep in mind to ensure your website suits your needs. This article has discussed some ways to make your web design more appealing to your audience. Use what you have learned today for ultimate web design success!
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|Posted by Justin Version on May 14, 2013 at 10:45 AM||comments (0)|
A Minneapolis police chase erupted in gunfire Friday afternoon, leaving the suspect dead, two officers wounded and authorities investigating the details of the shooting and how a police vehicle speeding to the scene collided with a motorcycle, killing the rider and injuring his passenger.
The male officers were listed in stable condition with gunshot wounds at Hennepin County Medical Center, police said.
The man, who family members identified as Terrence Terrell Franklin, 22, of Minneapolis, was shot after police chased him to a home at 2717 Bryant Av. S.
The dead motorcyclist was identified by friends as Ivan Romero Oliveras, 24, of Minneapolis. The injured passenger, Jocelin Torrejon, was listed in satisfactory condition at HCMC.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Police Chief Janeé Harteau arrived at the hospital shortly after the shooting. Harteau spoke briefly, saying that investigators were not looking for any other suspects.
“This is a very tough day for the Minneapolis Police Department,” Harteau said. “The situation was a tragic one.”
Police said the chase started after a caller reported seeing a man he suspected of burglarizing his home. When police confronted him, the man fled, almost hitting an officer. Before reaching the Bryant Avenue home, the man ran into Flanders Brothers Cycle at 2707 Lyndale Av. S.
“He said he wanted to see a bike,” said Ann VanBellinger, a cyclist who was at the shop to visit with friends.
She and some of the shop’s staff soon sensed something wasn’t right, however. Minutes passed as the man, wearing a red T-shirt, black pants and sporting dreadlocks, stood by the front door peering out the display window as if hiding from someone.
Suddenly, the man ran toward the back of the bicycle shop, which has no rear exit.
John Haugh, a mechanic who moonlights as a security guard for a downtown club, gave chase.
The man hurdled a half door as he burst into the shop’s rear service area, then ran up a short flight of stairs into a rear room used for storage. Trapped, he ran through the area and started back toward the front of the shop, blasting through a latched door.
His phone flew out of his pocket as he hurdled another half door. He stopped just long enough to collect the phone, which had broken into two pieces, before bolting out the front door. A squad car pulled up, and workers at the bicycle shop watched as the man ran across Lyndale Avenue with police close behind.
A woman who lives nearby, Cassondra Nelson, said she and her friends had just returned from shopping when they saw police converge on W. 28th Street, between Aldrich and Bryant Avenues S.
They appeared to be searching four homes across the street, going in and out of each with a police dog, she said. The police shut down a section of Bryant Avenue S. while searching for Franklin.
When they allowed people to return, homeowner James Bickal noticed a broken rear window, according to Minnesota Public Radio, where Bickal works. He notified police, who entered the house with a K-9 officer and confronted Franklin in the basement.
There Franklin struggled with the dog and additional officers were called to help.
“An intense struggle ensued and during the struggle, 2 assisting MPD officers were shot and wounded. The suspect was also shot and is deceased,” according to a release from police spokeswoman Cyndi Barrington.
She also reported that Franklin had a lengthy arrest history, but provided no details.
A KSTP-TV report cited unnamed sources as saying that during the struggle in the basement Franklin had grabbed a submachine gun strapped to the chest of one of the SWAT team members and pulled the trigger, apparently firing the bullets that hit two officers.
At a late night news conference Harteau said she didn’t know if the officers had been shot with a police weapon and called the investigation “preliminary” and “complex.”
Later, a police spokesman also said the department had no comment on the report.
In the hours after the shooting, more friends and relatives of Franklin’s gathered at the edge of the shooting scene, looking for answers. Standing as close as the police would allow, several of them said they first heard of the shooting on Facebook, then watched as Franklin’s Facebook page filled up with condolences.
“I just knew he was a good kid,” said Nicole Guise, the mother of Franklin’s three step siblings. “Every time he saw me he would hug me.”
She said Franklin had a 3-year-old son.
“He was a good person; he was not for this,” said Shenise Guise, a relative. She and other members of the family became increasingly frustrated Friday as police officers guarding the area would not allow them into the crime scene.
“I need to know!” shouted Franklin’s father, Walter, who begged police officers to let him see the body. A pair of higher ranking officers eventually appeared and took Franklin aside for a private conversation. Franklin, his head rocking back in grief, then walked away and sat down on a lawn.
On Blaisdell Avenue, the body of Oliveras, the motorcyclist, remained in the intersection with 26th Street for hours as law enforcement officers investigated the crash.
According to witnesses, Torrejon, the female passenger, was injured when the police SUV hit the back of the bike, throwing both riders off.
Enrique Martin, a witness, said police were heading west on 26th Street and the motorcycle was going south on Blaisdell Avenue.
Another witness interviewed by police, Kyndell Harkness, a Star Tribune photojournalist who witnessed the crash as she was on her way to the shooting scene, said she was passed by three police cars with lights flashing and sirens on that went through the red light at Blaisdell, where the motorcyclist had a green light.
The first police car hit the motorcycle, she said; Oliveras was not wearing a helmet and was wearing flip-flops.
The police cars stopped and officers rushed to try and help the motorcycle riders, Harkness said.
Oliveras died at the scene.
Staff writers Maya Rao contributed to this report.
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|Posted by Justin Version on April 16, 2013 at 3:30 AM||comments (0)|
Minneapolis is still waiting on $20 million in state bonding dollars to redo Nicollet Mall, but city officials are moving forward with a design competition to chart the corridor's future.
A staff report released Friday says the city will soon issue a request for qualifications with the goal of selecting four design teams, who will then offer competing visions for Nicollet Mall. The submissions will be presented publicly before a winner is chosen, partly based on public feedback.
Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis' signature pedestrian and transit corridor, was created in 1965. It has not been reconstructed since 1991. The staff report says that a sidewalk heating system installed at that time later failed, which has created escalating maintenance costs.
A new Nicollet Mall figured prominently into Mayor R.T. Rybak's vision for the future of Minneapolis on Wednesday. Rybak said that in 2025 the mall will be dubbed "Nicollet Green," replete with sidewalk cafes and heated by steam generated by the county garbage burner.
Transforming Nicollet was one of 10 goals the Downtown Council identified in their 2025 plan, which was released last year. Their vision of the redo is pictured above.
The total reconstruction of Nicollet Mall will cost about $30 million, $21 million of which is for construction costs. It will include a complete reconstruction fo the street "from building face to building face," stretching from Washington Ave. to Grant Street.
Gov. Mark Dayton included $20 million for a Nicollet Mall redo in his recent bonding proposal. Nicollet did not, however, make it into the House DFL bonding proposal.
City officials hope to select a design consultant by this fall. They expect construction, if the money is available, to be complete by 2015 or 2016.
Here is what the 2025 plan envisioned for Nicollet Mall:
"Redesign that corridor as the region’s premier walking experience—a linear park lined with trees, flower gardens, shops, restaurants, residential buildings, hotels and office towers. Animate the street with a curb-less walking environment that shares space with bicycles and with quiet, zero-emission vehicles (electric buses or modern streetcars) that offer free shuttle service every few minutes. Interpose at intervals public plazas that feature stunning art pieces, water features, dramatic lighting, interactive programming and other attractions. Taken all together, this new Nicollet will become by 2025 the region’s signature place and its iconic identity."
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