When was the last time you checked out your own website?
Often, this is something even WE overlook. We understand. In this day and age, it's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day work. Like us, that work probably has you on dozens of other sites all day long and before you realize it, a lot of time has flown by since your last check-in on your own site. It may feel it may feel like you just launched that "new" website last month, but maybe a couple years have gone by, and in the digital world, a couple of years can be a lifetime. Best practices, new trends, search optimization, and algorithms are ever-evolving and constantly changing, but try not to get too overwhelmed with it all.
Here are a few simple signs it may be time for a little website work:
We always recommend checking out a couple of competitors' sites, especially competitors that may be surging ahead of you lately. See what's working for them and put it to work for you!
Check out all the absolute best places we choose to make our small business dreams come true:
Krugh Insurance & Sellman Insurance Group for insurance
Elle • A • Design for business cards and graphic design
Boldman Printing and Main Graphics for printing
Streamline Design & Print for signage
All About Stitches & More for shirts and embroidery
Ascend Consulting for accounting
Oak & Ivy for social media marketing and curation
Your Hometown Techs for computer repair, videography and cybersecurity
Elisabeth Ashliegh Photography for photography
Spotted Cow Coffee House for meetings, conference rooms (and caffeine!)
Massage on Monument Square for stress relief!
Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, Logan County Chamber of Commerce, Champaign Economic Partnership, and the West Liberty Business Association for support, promotion, networking and so MUCH more!
We know that personally knowing the people behind the businesses we are buying our products and services from creates a connection that no big business can compare to, and we love to relationships that we have created over the years with these awesome business owners, and many more we rely on for other day-to-day items (that we'll have to highlight later! ;)
Feel free to ask us more about any of these amazing local business and organizations or leave your favorites in the comments!
"Buying local has benefits beyond mere convenience. When you support local business owners, you get a better level of service, as well as helping make your community a better place to live."
It is no secret that we are avid #ShopLocal supporters.
So we thought, what better way to showcase our love for our fellow entrepreneurs than to share our absolute favorite hometown spots to shop steps away from our location #OnTheSquare and beyond!
Find unique holiday gifts or add some local flavor to your gift certificate game this Christmas season.
Here is our EXCLUSIVE "Ryan & Chris Approved" family favorites:
According to experts, fake websites, fake products, fake apps and fake e-mails are ready and waiting for shoppers this holiday season.
One reason scams are so abundant is because these scammers are really good at churning out fake websites with authentic-looking emails to direct you right in to their pockets.
Here are a few tips to help you avoid email and shopping scams this year:
Shoppers can avoid being scammed by being diligent and thorough before making any purchases and by ensuring your operating software is updated and security software is installed this holiday season.
To ensure your device is up-to-date with the proper anti-virus, malware and spyware software or if you may have fallen victim to a cyber crime, you can contact Your Hometown Techs to clean out your PC, recover any lost data, reset your machine and ensure your operating system is up to date.
Berry Digital Solutions is proud to announce their new partnership with Your Hometown Techs to offer the you the best service when it comes to your computers, tablets, phones, and other digital devices! Shawn Suter prides himself on being able to provide exceptional service and technological knowledge to our community at an affordable price.
Your Hometown Techs will offer residential services in your home or you can drop off devices at their new location inside The Spotted Cow Coffeehouse on the north side of Urbana. Your Hometown Techs also offers flat rate IT support for small businesses.
Ryan Berry, co-owner of Berry Digital Solutions, is excited to partner with Your Hometown Techs, adding "Shawn Suter is a man of all digital trades. Not only can he dig deep into computer or networking issues, but he can also create video content and be a vital part of a business' brainstorming session. He has already become a crucial part of the Berry Digital Solutions team!"
Are you in need of service for your computer, printer, network, tablet, phone, smart TV, smart home, etc?
There are two convenient options available to clients in need of digital repair and maintenance services:
It's easy to contact us with any questions you may have, or to schedule an appointment!
'Local Matters' movements are a growing trend nationwide, and for once, this is a trend worth your participation! Our communities and local economies need patrons who spend their paychecks in their own backyard. When you shop local, you are putting significantly more money back into the local economy rather than sending it to a billionaire CEO who has no intentions of returning the favor.
What else can a local business offer over a nationwide corporation? Local business owners offer unmatched, personalized customer service. Getting to know the owners allows you the opportunity to hear their backstories, learn about their products and share in their successes. Will a large retailer remember your favorite drink, ask you about your family or be willing to order a specialty item just for you? Local businesses and organizations care about their communities and know why local matters. Research shows that local small business owners are more likely to keep their dollars local and improve the local economy. If we haven't convinced you, please ask your favorite local owners why local matters to them!
myWestLiberty.com Thanks Berry Digital Solutions
We love our hometown and are so thankful for our community. myWestliberty.com has put together this promo video and we can't thank them enough for it. Never underestimate the power of a small community and what it can do to enhance our lives. Keep shopping local and watch your community grow.
Keep Up With Events at GloriaTheatre.com
We get approached with great ideas all of the time. Every once in awhile, one of these great ideas really energizes us because it's something that can completely transform and reunite our community. This is one of those ideas.
We are extremely proud to be a part of The GrandWorks Foundation's efforts to revitalize the Gloria Theatre. Both Chris and Ryan have amazing childhood memories of visiting the theater, and the thought of returning to the Gloria with our own young families is why we do what we do in our hometown. The GrandWorks Foundation and a great group of volunteers are just as excited to rejuvenate those memories and nostalgic feelings in our community.
With so many exciting events going on at the Gloria, it can be hard to keep up, but with a beautiful new mobile-friendly site from Berry Digital Solutions, LLC, that will no longer be a problem. The Gloria and GrandWorks Foundation have also utilized Berry Digital Solutions to help create a strong social media presence that allows the community to engage in these events and give feedback in real time.
Do yourself a favor and attend an upcoming event at the Gloria Theatre. Experience a rare show, blockbuster movie, or musical in your own backyard in a small rural town. Or rent out the theater for your next fun event. Accomplish all of this by visiting www.GloriaTheatre.com and following the Facebook Page.
This fall, we had the pleasure of meeting long-time West Liberty resident Mary Clasen, Licensed Massage Therapist and owner of West Liberty Healing Arts. West Liberty Healing Arts has been serving our community for over 2 decades, but the business had never established an online presence.
We helped Mary and West Liberty Healing Arts establish a new online home at WestLibertyHealingArts.com and learned a lot about Mary's business, massage therapy, and reflexology in the process. You won't find a better way to unwind and relax this holiday season than with a massage from Mary. So treat yourself or treat a friend or family member with a gift certificate to a local massage therapist with over 2 decades of experience serving our community! (Updated Massage and Reflexology rates are available on their new website: WestLibertyHealingArts.com)
Located right off 68, north of West Liberty (and right next to another Berry Digital Solutions' favorite, The Carpet Gallery!), you won't regret #ShoppingLocal at West Liberty Healing Arts! And tell them you love their new website when you call (937) 465-8300!
Each year, we like to spotlight unique holiday gift ideas at some of our favorite small, local businesses. As small business owners ourselves, we understand the importance of shopping local.
When you purchase from a local business, you aren't paying for another grand vacation, new car, or summer house for a large company CEO. You're purchasing from your friends and neighbors who will use that money to purchase soccer cleats for their kids or groceries for their families. Of every $100 spent at big businesses, $42 stays in your community. Of every $100 spent LOCALLY, $89 stays in your community, and ZERO dollars stay in your community when you shop online. YOU have the power to make a difference, and there's no better time to make a difference in your community than during the holiday season!
In 2016, we're once again challenging our community to SPEND LOCAL during the holidays. To assist with our challenge, each day in the month of December, we'll highlight one of our favorite local spots to #ShopLocal. We'll feature some familiar favorites, some newcomers and some businesses that many local folks never knew were options to #ShopLocal.
If you would like to see your local business featured, let us know!
Check our blog regularly this month and be sure to LIKE and FOLLOW our FACEBOOK PAGE to receive regular reminders to #ShopLocal in your Facebook feed.
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