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  • The Spec Work Argument - Are We Missing Something
    t make a search engine for work that doesn t exist but you can create such a search engine that lets you search on styles of work Designers usually have a recognizable and marketable style and it s not that hard for businesses to make a leap between what you see in the portfolio and what they have in mind It is at least an icebreaker When we browse a site like Getty Images and you find some stock photography you like clicking on the rest of their portfolio almost always results in photography of the same style and you can then feel confident of their ability to produce custom work in the same way I think the same is possible with non photographers too Where s the Google of Design Search I ve been searching for designers lately and it s not easy Show me a site that lets me quickly find work in multiple professional designers portfolios by style application results etc in a reasonable amount of time Where are the Google Image Labelers for design portfolios Why are designers not bothering to tag simplify and project their portfolios by common searches Why are they not optimizing them for search engines Why are they not collaborating to link together their portfolios in the way that Etsy has done so well or like the AIGA design archive I think the reason many businesses participate in spec work is the simplicity and effectiveness of the process itself which is ironically a design problem If you search outside of the spec sites right now what you ll see is Clumsy page by page search tools that offer mediocre search abilities and present the designs unsorted on paginated results pages Avant Garde designer websites which are difficult to browse quickly Under optimized under tagged and under categorized collections of work An inability to review portfolios in a meta fashion quickly moving from design firm to design firm to find compatible work I think many businesses would would be just as happy working with a talented well compensated designer if they could first reduce their level of fear of a budget draining design disaster I think an open source approach with designers working together to create a global uniform meta portfolio approach may make a lot of sense Designers should attack this problem This proposed idea would like any open API offer search display feed and collaboration functions It should enable tagging image labeling and human connecting matching and commentary It should allow designers to organize each others work in relation to their own forming a large web of design that can be browsed easily visually quickly Perhaps an innovative interface should be invented that makes the search more natural than the grid on screen approach specwork web web design 2 comments on Could an Open Source Portfolio Search Engine Help Designers Against Spec Work Hilary Baumann says February 1 2010 at 10 30 pm I think in concept it s a good

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  • Lexington KY Sign Company Leader Speaks Up
    local artists and they pay Kentucky income taxes on their work Likewise 160 099 was paid to a Cleveland firm Digiknow for Web site development I know of several local firms that are more than capable of providing this service and doing a better job than the mediocre site that has been created There is no telling how many smaller contracts have gone to companies outside the state when local firms are perfectly capable of providing those goods and services If Kentucky taxpayers are asked to support this or any other project then Kentucky businesses with the jobs they provide and taxes they pay should have first shot at vendor contracts Howard Stovall Thanks Howard The Games are being paid for with revenues from tickets sponsorships licensing fees and trade show rental spaces No taxpayer money is being used for the operation of the games itself but state has provided about 81 million to build an indoor arena and an outdoor stadium and provide extensive road upgrades at the Kentucky Horse Park Organizers are predicting a financial impact statewide of 150 million with 600 000 ticketed spectators but that prediction preceded the current economic downturn On a high point I was pleased to see that Red7e a Louisville company is in the game for WEG marketing and got a very small warm feeling that they managed to run a poster contest with applications distributed at the CA built lexingtonky gov site ironically lexington One comment on Lexington Kentucky Sign Company Speaks Out for Local Talent kpaul says December 11 2009 at 12 40 am Isn t it wonderful how the Internet is a game changer Kentucky com is owned by one of the big media companies Not being indexed is gonna hurt them in the long run Meanwhile people like

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  • Google Caffeine To Launch Soon - Under Pressure from Bing
    be watching the data center for a week or two Also Google has said they won t roll it out fully until after the holidays But who knows they are now under pressure from Bing pressure they may not have fully anticipated The new Google infrastructure addresses a number of issues with scalability speed and how they update their index It will also surely alter Googlebot to address more social signals and real time data changes though Google s indexing speed has improved a lot recently on its own In general testers have said good things about the changes Google has said that most users won t see any changes in site rankings except for faster search time and quicker indexing of new items Some of the specific things I ve observed in the new system Site links coming on some sites vanishing from others Though this seems to be happening pre Caffeine also Reduced rankings for SEO spammy sites such as those with bot like text and keywords stuffed all over Increased emphasis on brands authority and social links to those authorities Much improved person name searching More blended results with news images etc in the regular results especially when Google s algorithm feels it has nailed the results It is my hope that Google will address spammy results and allow more deserving posts sites to acquire prominent positions in the results page http www flickr com photos mararie CC BY SA 2 0 2 comments on Google Caffeine To Launch Soon Under Pressure from Bing Maria Christoforou says February 7 2010 at 5 20 am Where do you think he is Goggle caffeine Scott Clark says February 7 2010 at 7 03 am Inching its way into the wild from what I see About BuzzMaven Labs BuzzMaven Labs

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  • Google Voice Workaround for after hours SMS
    your SMS messages to the phone as SMS after hours by routing them through email hey that sounds like a Dilbert line Determine the email address for your cell phone Using Google Voice s SMS forwarding feature forward your SMS messages to your primary email address In your primary email address settings set up a forwarding rule that sends messages to your your cell phone SMS email address if they are from txt voice google com Voila Google Voice SMS messages forwarded as SMS even after hours while calls follow the Google Voice Rules ps yes this costs standard SMS rates Limitations of the Idea What about replies Nope This method doesn t let you reply DIRECTLY to the SMS however most smartphones let you click on the phone number included in the Google SMS message and call or text it It works great on the iphone This is a minor hassle IMO Desktop Email Program Users If you re using Outlook or other program that is unreliable in forwarding email you may want to set this forwarding rule up on a Gmail address just set up two filters to forward your messages one to forward to your phone and one to forward to your regular email address What s Your Cell SMS Email Address Not sure of your email SMS address here s a list for most carriers just put your 10 digit number without the 1 in front of the sign Alltel message alltel com AT T mms att net Nextel messaging nextel com Sprint messaging sprintpcs com SunCom tms suncom com T mobile tmomail net Verizon vtext com text only cellphone google voice mobile sms 4 comments on A Google Voice Work Around for After Hours SMS Delivery But Not Voice Calls Roddy says November 24 2009 at 3 28 pm I found out my phone number e mail address but when forwarding there is a Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently message Is there a way around it Thanks Scott Clark says November 24 2009 at 4 30 pm Try sending an email directly to your phone as a test see if that bounces back If so then Google Voice is never going to be able to send through also If it bounces on a direct test you ll need to talk to your cell phone co Good luck Ajay says November 26 2009 at 6 12 pm Virgin vmobl com But I d like to figure out how to make the sms reply able too I tried to add my phone s email address to my google voice acct but my carrier cut the email off at 160 chars so I couldn t get the verification URL I m thinking of some ideas like changing the reply to address to be back to my server and using a rule to grab it and send the reply back to google I think they only allow you send the text replies from an email they have

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  • Google Local Business Listings - Getting Assumed Names
    county recorder of each county in which it has a place of business and with the Secretary of State Iowa Sole proprietorships and general partnerships doing business under assumed name must file a Trade Name Report with the local County Recorder s office This rule does not apply to corporations LLCs LLPs and limited partnerships registered with the Iowa Secretary of State Kansas The State of Kansas does not require a business to register an assumed business name Google may however require it Kansas allows registration of a service mark which may meet the requirements Kentucky Corporations a non profits LLCs and partnerships general limited and limited liability must file a Certificate of Assumed Name with the Kentucky Secretary of State Sole proprietorships should file an assumed name certificate with the county clerk s office where the business is located Louisiana Sole proprietorships and general partnerships operating under an assumed name must register with the Parish Clerk of Court office where the business is located You may download the Application to Register a Trade Name get it notarized and submit it to your Parish Clerk of Court office Corporations non profits LLCs LLPs and limited partnerships must submit the application to the Louisiana Secretary of State Maine Sole proprietorships and general partnerships doing business under an assumed name are required to file a certificate with the municipal or town clerk where the business is located Corporations LLCs LLPs and limited partnerships register a Statement of Intention to do Business under an Assumed or Fictitious Name with the Maine Secretary of State Maryland Trade Name Registration Info Addresses and phone numbers for help applying for a Trade Name in Maryland Massachusetts Massachusetts requires anyone who is conducting business under an alias i e any name other than their own including corporations to file a business certificate doing business as in the city or town in which where the business is principally headquartered Michigan Sole proprietorships and general partnerships using a business name other than the legal names of the owner s must file an Assumed Name Certificate with the county clerk under which the person s will do business Corporations LLCs LLPs and limited partnerships register an assumed name as part of their required business filings with the Michigan Secretary of State Minnesota Assumed Name Registration Mississippi The State of Mississippi does not require a business to register an assumed business name Google may require you to use your primary corporate name in Mississippi Missouri Missouri law requires any person or business entity which transacts business in the state under a name other than their own â œtrue name to register that business name with the Secretary of Stateâ s Office as a Fictitious Name Registration Online Registration of Fictitious Name Montana Application for Reservation of Name Application for Registration of Assumed Business Name Nebraska Application for Registration of Trade Name Nevada All persons and entities doing business in the state of Nevada under an assumed or fictitious name that is different from the legal name must file a Fictitious Firm Name Certificate with the County Clerk of each county in which the business is being conducted New Hampshire Trade Name Registration Forms New Jersey Sole proprietorships and general partnerships doing business under an assumed name should register with the county clerk office where business will be conducted For profit and non profit corporations limited liability companies and limited partnerships may legal do business under an alternate name by registering with the New Jersey Division of Revenue New Mexico The State of New Mexico does not require a business to register an assumed business name You ll need to ask around as I was unable to find any information on this New York Sole proprietorships using a name other than the owner s name should file a Business Certificate with the County Clerk s Office in the county where the business is located General partnerships operating a business under an assumed name should file a Business Certificate for Partners with the County Clerk s Office in the county where the business is located Corporations LLCs LLPs and limited partnerships register an assumed name as part of their required business filings with the New York Department of State North Carolina Certificate of Assumed Name Forms includes links to online forms that are to be filed at the County Register of Deeds Office in the county in which your business is conducted North Dakota Trade Name Registration Ohio Trade Name Registration Forms Oklahoma Trade Name Registration Oregon Assumed Name Registration Pennsylvania Fictitious Name Registration Requirements Application for Registration of Fictitious Name Puerto Rico Businesses in Puerto Rico can both register their trademark and a trade name i e fictitious name through the Department of State s Registry of Marks and Commercial Names Registro de marcas y nombres comerciales Registry of marks and commercial names Rhode Island Businesses operating under an assumed name may be required to file an assumed name certificate with the city or town clerk in which the business is located In addition all corporations LLCs LLPs and limited partnerships conducting business in Rhode Island must register an Fictitious Business Name Statement with Rhode Island Secretary of State South Carolina Businesses operating under an fictitious or assumed name are not are required to register with a government agency Only foreign businesses may adopt a fictitious name A fictitious name can be obtained for a foreign out of state business that is authorized to transact business in the state because its legal entity name is already registered in South Carolina Visit the South Carolina Secretary of State for more information South Dakota Fictitious Business Name Registration Tennessee Tennessee does not require registration or filing of DBAs or fictitious names for sole proprietorships and general partnerships Corporations LLCs LLPs and limited partnerships register an assumed name as part of their required business filings with the Tennessee Secretary of State Texas All businesses in Texas operating under an assumed name bust file an Assumed

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  • New Marketing Rules - BMA 2009 Keynote
    full Keynote of BMA 2009 Conference Scott Clark New Marketing David Meerman Scott keynote at BMA 2009 national conference from David Meerman Scott on Vimeo I was a preview reader of this book and consider it to be one of the best in the market Easy to understand information Comments are closed About BuzzMaven Labs BuzzMaven Labs is the 15 year old consultancy of Scott Clark a veteran web business strategist and search marketing professional Contact Info 1 859 951 4414 9 5 ET BuzzMaven Labs 163 Main Street 3rd Floor Lexington KY 40507 Recent Posts Google MyBusiness Bulk Management Panel Discussion Alternatives to White Papers Be a Cheat Sheet Hero with Sales Segmentation Poor Site Search Can Shred UX and Your Bottom Line Recent Comments Jacklyn on Google MyBusiness Bulk Management Panel Discussion jason lee on Google Adwords Call Only Campaign Abandonment Considerations Ramon on Google s Pigeon Update Near Me Local Packs and Service Area Businesses bruce greif on Google s Pigeon Update Near Me Local Packs and Service Area Businesses bruce greif on Google s Pigeon Update Near Me Local Packs and Service Area Businesses Blogroll Adam Sherk Publishing Industry Barry Schwartz RustyBrick Software Development Bill Slawski

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  • The Social Media Groundswell Means New Challenges and Opportunities for Municipal Websites - Scott Clark - SEO, SEM, ORM and Content Marketing
    Site Advice In my article for the Georgia Municipal Association I have taken the time to outline some issues facing municipal sites nationwide Essentially constituant expectations are rising for municipalities to become active online within the social networks and for their websites to support dialogue and transparency What do you think about the issue did I get it right To imagine the evolution of municipal websites requires pushing our thought envelope beyond one way monologues and to consider the qualities of a municipal website of the social web Some of the things I feel municipal websites must accomplish as things change read details at the main article They actively solicit public discussion They integrate with other social networks They allow tagging publishing of constituent created content They service a wide variety of users They are streamlined fast and always up to date They will simplify staff dialogue They are designed using user behaviors They enforce consistency in design and navigation They allow the website to shoulder an increasing administrative load Comments are closed About BuzzMaven Labs BuzzMaven Labs is the 15 year old consultancy of Scott Clark a veteran web business strategist and search marketing professional Contact Info 1 859 951 4414 9 5 ET BuzzMaven Labs 163 Main Street 3rd Floor Lexington KY 40507 Recent Posts Google MyBusiness Bulk Management Panel Discussion Alternatives to White Papers Be a Cheat Sheet Hero with Sales Segmentation Poor Site Search Can Shred UX and Your Bottom Line Recent Comments Jacklyn on Google MyBusiness Bulk Management Panel Discussion jason lee on Google Adwords Call Only Campaign Abandonment Considerations Ramon on Google s Pigeon Update Near Me Local Packs and Service Area Businesses bruce greif on Google s Pigeon Update Near Me Local Packs and Service Area Businesses bruce greif on Google s Pigeon

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  • Local TV Advertisers - Boost the Ad-Website Link and Own The Engagement
    how our new service works at along with a coupon for 20 off your first visit clear up confusion by running through FAQs Grab our 2 page home checklist to see if you qualify for print it from our website at Look at how consumers rated our services on our website at show consumer ratings Watch videos of us installing in Lexington and get a coupon for 20 off our service basic videos are fine Visit our website to see a full comparison of with other types of save me time energy doing research Download a free e book about how you can on our website at along with a coupon for 25 savings on your first be the authority by publishing a helpful guide When Inviting Them To Your Site Think Tour Guide as much as Sales Person Inviting people to your website implies solid useful content at the other end of the URL or SMS message It is not the time for more sales pitch who wants to go from one ad to another Your job is to quench the thirst for information as an informed guide through well organized bookmark able information expertly gathered on your site Ultimately you want them to say not much point in wasting my afternoon on other sites they ve put it all together for me here Do not just list the products on your site and ask them to call for details if they d wanted to call they would have done it straight away You want to offer enough information that they put you in the role of expert and your call to action is simply to leverage that expertise even further the ultimate sales opportunity Think about the interested consumer s next step and what do they need then focus on providing it If they re buying security systems for example you need to be the authority and inform them of pros and cons give them a tour of an installation or put their fears to rest with confident explanations of complex topics It s a unique opportunity to go beyond the 30 second ad and mix a personal local flavor into a tour of your offer arranged with keywords content and calls to action all without leaving your brand Your content should be so good that people are afraid that if they don t bookmark it now they may lose out on something they really need to make a decision New Research On Consumer Purchase Patterns What I m saying is supported by new research published by PSB Research 78 of participants say that TV ads for consumer products do not provide enough information to make a purchase decision 92 say that they use the internet newspapers magazines or friends and family for consumer product purchasing decisions 46 say they read product or service reviews and 24 read consumer ratings These sample items may not include what you offer but I wonder how many do significant research before

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