Category Archives: Small Business

Create a Compelling Facebook Page

The new Cover image on Facebook Timeline is a great way to provide a brand experience for your Facebook Page visitors. The newly squared profile image is an excellent opportunity to use your logo and associated iconography to have your … Continue reading

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Transitioning a Facebook Page to Timeline

Facebook will automatically transition all pages on March 30th. Page administrators are advised to be proactive in preparing for the transition now. AF-Design has created a Photoshop template to aid in the creation of Facebook design elements. Using this template, … Continue reading

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Using My Tab to create a welcome page on Facebook

This tutorial shows you how easy it is to create a compelling welcome page for Facebook using My Tab. We’ll get started by collecting a couple of things. For the purpose of this tutorial, we’ll say that you run a … Continue reading

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Another Lost Opportunity

When looking for a place to take my kids for a haircut this weekend I turned to Google Maps on my iPhone. I was hoping to find a hair place geared towards children. Not surprisingly, there are only three places … Continue reading

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Taking Care of Early Adopters

Something that bugs me every time I turn on my TiVo is the ads. It’s TiVo’s little way of reminding me that even though I bought the 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation boxes, recommended them to family and friends, and … Continue reading

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Monitoring Like and Recommendations

Now that you understand how to add the Facebook likes and shares to your site it’s time to start understanding how to leverage these to get cursory metrics and improve the user experience. Facebook provides two tools for you and … Continue reading

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Negative Customer Feedback is a Learning Opportunity

I just received a call from Adamson Motors, the local Jeep (Chrysler) dealer in Rochester, MN about a service I had completed on my Jeep Wrangler yesterday. I was generally unhappy with the service and overall attitude I received from … Continue reading

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Cloud Pricing Models

Yesterday Amazon announced their Spot pricing model. Effectively providing market driven pricing for instances on EC2. Depending on your product, this probably won’t impact you much, but it got me to thinking about pricing of the cloud. Amazon’s Web Services … Continue reading

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Subversion Hosting Part 2 of 2

This is the second part of of an article looking at how to effectively host a small subversion based project that is no longer going through rapid development. The first part looked at using EC2 to run Subversion and S3 … Continue reading

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Subversion Hosting Part 1 of 2

Over the last few weeks I’ve been considering some options for cutting development costs for myself and a few clients. One of the continuing questions is how to manage the code base. Keeping a development server on hand is great … Continue reading

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