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Bree Johnson

New Technology in Networking

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Hey there!

As you all know, the past couple of months have been filled with many new experiences, opportunities, and challenges for me. Many of these new experiences have caused me to really step out of my comfort zone and work on a major skill that I have always shied away from, NETWORKING. Like most people, the thought of walking into a room with one hundred other people to “pitch” myself terrifies me. I understand the benefits and I actually like meeting new people but I despise networking events. However, because of what I would like to do with my life it is a necessary evil, and one that I think every professional should work on.

This past month I challenged myself to attend two networking events per month, or meet-up with a new person twice. I am happy to announce that only 18 days into August I have completed this challenge. *yay bree!* I have to say that accomplishing this goal was easier once I figured out what actually works for me. For instance, I like networking events that include happy hour, and are in cool restaurants or venues. I also prefer the smaller crowds or one on one networking opportunities. I am not opposed to finding someone on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, etc and “sliding in their DMs”. (I am actually 3/3 in this, and it’s how I got the coolest roommate ever).

MEETUP

On top of messaging potential connections through social media, I have also found some cool tools that have helped me excel at networking events. The Meetup App is a great one that I have known about for a while now and just recently started back using. It’s an app where you can connect with people in your city for networking events or even just to hang out with people who have similar interests. You get all of the information for the events directly from the app and then you just attend. It’s a great way to find events in your area that you may not have even heard of normally.

SWITCHIT

Another great tool that I just learned about through my work with Brand Fiend is the SwitchIt App. It’s a digital business card app that allows you to create and store multiple business cards right from your phone, no more carrying around 20 business cards in your car or wallet. Anytime you’re at an event or even the gas station and you run into someone, you can send your business card right from your phone to theirs. Check out the SwitchIt video business card featuring our Communications Specialist, Aqweela Green below:

 

 

As the professional landscape changes so will the way business is done. Think about apps like LinkedIn and Indeed.com and how they’ve even changed the way we apply for jobs. As things continue to become more digital it becomes more imperative that you create a personal connection and develop face-to-face relationships so that you can be remembered. It’s all too easy to become lost in the internet, but if you put yourself out there and create a lasting impression you never know how it can propel your career or business. This is especially true for entrepreneurs and non-profit business owners. A large part of your business will come from your connections, so take a shot and get out there! You can even start with my goal of just two events or meet-ups per month and go from there.

Good luck!

Why Web Designers Matter

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Benefits of investing in a Web Designer

Starting a new business is such a stressful time as an entrepreneur. There’s this overwhelming list of things that you need to accomplish to make sure that the presence of your new company is received in the best light. One major step that many entrepreneurs skip during the initial process of organizing their company is hiring a skilled web designer to create their online home. Websites are the window to your brand and in many cases it’s your brand’s first impression. Therefore, it is important that you start off on the right foot and really invest in your site to create an appealing, unique web presence.

With the influx of website builders like SquareSpace, WordPress, and WIX it is easy to assume that building a website is as easy as making an account, answering a couple questions, and filling in some boxes. While you definitely could go that route, it’s important to note that this isn’t as easy as the commercials make it seem and it may not be the best decision for you or your company. With no graphic or web design background, taking on a website DIY project may be daunting. Web Designers are specifically trained to create a user friendly experience for your customers. Not only are they aware of what should be included on your site, but they also know how to make sure that your brand stands out! Web designers offer many services that will not only elevate your brand, but will make your life as an entrepreneur simpler and easier.

It doesn’t stop at just the design

There are a number of behind the scenes functions that go into developing and maintaining a website. Having a web designer on hand gives you access to services that you might not even know you need. For instance if you sign up for a hosting package through Brand Fiend, we will secure your domain, set up your Premium Hosting Account, and set up your business emails, for starters. 

As your business grows, the amount of content that you maintain on your site will grow! It can be such a hassle to have to worry about updating pictures, adding team members, changing product descriptions, etc., but did you know your web designer can do this for you? We won’t just leave you after we’ve designed your site, we make sure to keep your website running smoothly and efficiently with our Website Maintenance Plans, so you can focus on building and running your company.

But it doesn’t stop there, you can also benefit from having someone curate personalized blog content for you, keep your plugins updated, update your website regularly with fresh content, and even optimize the SEO on your site so search engines have the best chance of finding you!

Focus on your business, while we focus on the brand

Now I know what you’re thinking, “I’m a new business owner, why do I need these services”. The answer is simple: these services will help to increase your reach, provide a better web experience for your customers, and present a more consistent and professional brand image for your company. We do all of the work for your website so that you can focus on growing, while knowing that your company is in trusted and capable hands. When you hire Brand Fiend, it is more than just paying us to create your website, we develop, build, maintain, and curate individualized content for the window to your business!