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Holly with Reinhardt Properties was looking to establish a website for her business. Her main objective with the site was to have a resource to send her inquiring clients to when they wanted to see pictures of properties. She also wanted to put her rental application online so she could direct people to that instead of sending them in the mail.
The overall look of the site was easy to create as Holly was one of those customers that knew exactly what she wanted! It was a pleasure working with her and if you are in need of renting your current home or know someone who would like to rent, contact Holly.
It is small business week and the blogs that I am reading this week are packed full of great useful tips for me and many of my clients. The one that is on my mind right now is regarding how to choose you business name.
When I look back at choosing my companies name, I can honestly say, I started with just my name being business name. Then, I moved on to my initials. Pretty common moves so far… Then, I added 26 (my anniversary date) to my initials. It was starting to feel better but we were still not there. Then, my husband called one day and said, “I got it, Design 26!” I loved it right away. It sounded catchy yet creative yet it was going to require someone to think “I wonder what the 26 stands for???” For me, I felt that would bring my customer closer to building a relationship with me. They would reach out and ask what the significance was of the 26.
My company name stayed that way until I re-organized my website. In that process, I was consulted to add the word “Graphic” to my name. Design is a very broad word and adding the word graphic to it would give my customers that much more knowledge in what I offer. It also would help Google find me when that customer searches for a graphic designer as opposed to just a designer.
So, my name has been changed now for a little over six months. My business cards haven’t changed yet. They will once this stack runs dry. I would love to hear your thoughts regarding my process. Recently I had someone ask me what a graphic designer even did. That made me think again about whether or not I had chosen the correct name…
Hang tight – I have been working hard to get my site looking and feeling the way I want! I hope you like this new theme that I have recently downloaded. It is so user friendly and I am finding with a few extra tips from my brother, I am able to actually do most of this on my own! Who would have thought I could do such a thing. Hopefully it will be finished real soon. Let me know your thoughts.
So my new site has been up and running with wordpress for about a month now. I have to admit right away, I thought it was going to be a bit more “user friendly” for us non-web developing clients. I am a graphic designer, not a web developer. Although it would appear to many that I would understand both processes, I really don’t. I am starting to think though that I should learn a bit of it so I don’t feel so lost all the time.
Thankfully I have a great person helping me along the way and he does know WordPress better than most. I just hope he is still glad he has me as a client…
It is really bothering me that my site just doesn’t have the feel I want it to have yet. I am a designer who loves color and wants more of it! I love the idea of having very bold colors on top of black backgrounds. Why does that seem so hard to get on my site? I also love different fonts. I personally own more than 10,000 of them and would buy more if I had an open checkbook.. Why can’t I use those fonts I love so much? It just seems so simple to me!
So, please be patient… my site is going to have the look and feel I want real soon. Then the content will be right behind that. And then hopefully, the business will start to boom! Big deams!