responsiveBy now, almost everyone we talk to has heard about Google’s big switch in web searches this past April.  Putting it as simply as possible, if your website isn’t deemed by Google to be “mobile friendly”, your site rankings can suffer on mobile devices.

This Is Important!

The number of mobile web searches has sky rocketed in the past few years. With most recent statistics having searches from mobile phones over taking searches on desktop computers. Having your website pushed down on mobile phone rankings can greatly and negatively impact your web traffic.

What are the criteria?

The criteria for being mobile friendly are based on three main components:

1)    Font Size
2)    Links position relative to each other
3)    Mobile Viewport

Don't worry if you're not 100 percent sure what these criteria mean. Unless you are in the same business that we are, it is not your job to know everything about the internet. Thats what we're here for.

How do I fix my website?

So Google’s mobile friendly tester said that your website isn’t mobile friendly. Now what? Well you can try to make your current site responsive, or you can have a mobile only site design (generally m.yourdomain.com). Or you can have your site redesigned from the ground up to be fully responsive and meet all of Google’s criteria.

If you have any questions or concerns after reading this, we are always available to answer your questions either by email or by phone call. Get in touch with us and we can answer any questions you may have, commitment free.

 

 

openWhy The Change?
Have you ever heard the saying the plumbers house is always leaky? Well this was true of our own website. Our site was, admitedly, behind the times. It was not responsive which meant it was not "mobile ready" according to Google's new standards. It had served its purpose over the last 2 years and it was definitely time for a change. We are also looking to expand in the near future and add more departments. These departments will better help us serve our clients and keep everything all under one roof. It's not that anything is wrong with Clear Choice. We could continue doing business the same way we have for the past 9 years. But we are not a company that wants to be stagnant. We always want to add products and services that can help our clients build their own business.

Don't worry, we plan on offering the same service as always

We are still going to handle everything the same way that we always have at Clear Choice. You will meet with some of our experienced team members to discuss your potential project. Then those same people will see your project through to the very end and beyond. You can still call us and expect a person you know, and you can still email us. We're not trying to change that much!

Stay updated on Clear Choice Happenings

There has always been a ton of stuff happening here and we always try to keep everyone informed as clients and friends. Just last year alone we released a full length documentary, completed several very exciting projects, and 2 of our employees got married! If you want to make sure you do't miss out on anything that is happening here, head over to the newsletter page (or click here) to subscribe to our digital newsletter. You can even read the past 4 from this year.

Server Farm

Paying for website hosting is essentially renting space on a server farm somewhere in the world. When you sign up for hosting, you get features xyz and are allotted a certain amount of storage space. That is the same no matter where you go, so with that being said..

What makes one host different from the other?

Server type

This is pretty simple. Generally you can choose either Linux- or Windows-based Windows can handle a few file extensions that Linux based cannot, but other than that, they are pretty close to the same thing.

Server Speed

The speed of the server comes down to type of hard drives and processor in the server. While most hosts will not tell you the processor in their servers, it is a pretty safe bet that any reputable host will use decent processors in their servers. What has recently become a bigger deal is type of hard drives. A lot of hosts are switching to a full solid-state hard drive array as opposed to the older, mechanical hard drives. With no moving parts, solid-state drives can achieve read and write speeds that mechanical drives couldn’t touch.

cPanel

The cPanel of your host is where you can access the files of your website, add email accounts, check website stats and get into your data base. cPanel is the most widely used host back end as it is the most stable and easiest to use. That being said, most of our clients do not even need access to the cPanel. We manage that part of the server for them as anything they need to do can be done from their website, or by giving us a call.

Bottom Line

When it comes down to it, most hosts these days are similar with what they market. The most important things to look for are often the things they do not market. Make sure you are comfortable with all the specs a host offers before you purchase hosting and your website will thank you!

Social media

There is a huge number of social media platforms out there today. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and more. With so many options, how do you know what platforms are right for your company?

The “right” platforms depend heavily on your company and the demographic you are looking to hit. For companies that are service based and looking to reach more mature adults, Facebook may be the best choice for your company. A company that offers products such as clothing, jewelry, or electronics, a photo heavy service such as Instagram would be perfect to pair with Facebook for your company. It is rare that we recommend clients use SnapChat but if your company is aiming for the younger teen demographic, SnapChat is a perfect platform.

Why can’t I do them all?

You definitely can do them all. If you think that your company could benefit from using all social media platforms, we would never say no to that. Just be cautioned that if you start using one, you have to continue using it. It is worse to have a dead social media page for your business than not having a social media page at all. Also remember that it does take time to get content for these services. You are going to need to set aside time every week to put together posts for each of these social media services.

You do need it!

Regardless of what service you choose, you do need social media. Even if it is just a Facebook, you need to have some presence on social media. Clients build trust through social media interactions and while you may never get an actual sale from the use of Facebook, it will let clients interact directly with your company and build a relationship.

iPhone Call Log

Short Answer: Absolutely!

Long Answer: Tracking where your calls and emails come from helps with all your marketing efforts. When we do a marketing campaign for a client, we need to know where their calls are coming from. These metrics help us to know if we nailed the campaign and can just let it continue as planned or if we need to reevaluate the marketing efforts to help see a larger return on investment for that campaign.

So just ask how you heard about us?

Well that’s a good start for sure. But if possible, we recommend going deeper. Let's say you ask a caller how they heard about you and they say the internet. Well the internet is a big place. Does that mean they saw you on your a social media site, on a Google ad we have running, on a site ad we have running or something we weren’t expecting?

So let’s say I do dig deeper, where do I record the information?

That depends on your company’s preference. We can set you up an online call log so anyone who answers the phone can input information. Or we can make you some call slips that can be filled out and stored in a folder for review.

No matter how you choose to record them or how you get the answers, just remember to do it! This information is vital for us when we launch further ad campaigns or tweak your current ad campaigns. The more information we have the better return on investment we can get!