Another winter storm in Lancaster. Snow, sleet, rain, freezing rain, ice… what a mess.
My company is growing and we’re in the process of re-branding our image. One of the steps in this process is getting some new business cards. We have been collecting ideas and concepts for this and now we’d like your opinion on the first round of some rough concepts for new business cards. There are two that are meant for the back side of the cards. One has a red background and the other has a gray background. The concept with the gray background could possibly be adapted for the front as well
Check out our poll (link below, links to a Facebook application) and cast your vote for your favorite!
Hey and if you are a designer and you’d like to submit a concept, definitely let us know!
Thanks! Looking forward to seeing the results!
Have you heard of Twitter?
These are all examples of social media. There’s a lot of buzz in the media about the new ways that people are connecting using social media, but are you using this phenomenon for your business? In this webinar you will find out just what the different aspects of social media are and how to use them to promote your business.
On May 7th Blackbird e-Solutions will be presenting a free webinar explaining in plain terms what social media is, and how you can use it to help your business. The discussion will cover how to us social media to strengthen your brand, sell products, drive traffic to your website and more.
The webinar will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2009 from 2:00-3:00pm EST -register today space is limited!
Who will be presenting?
The webinar will be presented by Bryan Coe, President and founder of Blackbird e-Solutions. Before starting his company Bryan worked for such well know companies such as 1&1 Internet and Google. You can find Blackbird e-Solutions online: E-Life, Facebook, Twitter
Who should attend?
Business owners, executives and anyone interested in learning more about social media. No technical experience required.
Internet connection and computer speakers for audio.
Link to webinar information on Blackbird e-Solutions site
From e-Life: Discussions about Blackbird e-Solutions and the Search, Tech and Localization Industries
If you remember in the past six months I’ve posted about a Search Engine Optimization client of ours, Superior Wash of PA (See links below). There was some buzz about the deal because the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce was excited that we made our connection at the new members welcome event. It was the first event I visited for Blackbird e-Solutions. The subsequently did an article about us in their monthly newsletter.
The project was finished several months ago, which has given enough time for an evaluation of the effectiveness of the campaign. It took about a month for the sites to climb into a good position in the search engines, but then as you can see in my previous posting: SEO Project a Success for Superior Wash of PA they, reached a top ranking. Today I received the following email from Jen at Superior Wash:
I just wanted to tell you that we have had an increase in Superior Wash’s website traffic. I am sending out 3 quotes to companies who found us on the web and completed the “contact us” form! Very exciting! I owe that all to you and I just wanted you to know it’s working!!
Hope you are having a good summer and maybe I’ll see you at a Chamber event
This is great news! I’m excited that they are seeing results from our campaign. It’s always good to have satisfied customers. 😉
Other Superior Wash of PA posts:
SEO Project a Success for Superior Wash of PA
Blackbird e-Solutions Secures SEO Deal With Accubright Systems, LLC and Superior Wash
Blackbird e-Solutions Featured in Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce and Industry Newsletter!
After seeing the news article “FCC rules Comcast violated Internet access policy” I was reminded of the importance of net neutrality. So since I’m located in Pennsylvania, I decided to right US Senator Arlen Specter. You can read my letter below.
Dear Mr. Specter,
After seeing the news article this morning “FCC rules Comcast violated Internet access policy” this morning I was reminded of the importance of “net neutrality”. I commend the FCC for taking a stand with Comcast. Comcast is a huge business that in most areas operates almost as a monopoly, yet they continue to cry that their infrastructure is being unfairly used. They claim that companies and people are getting a free ride on their pipeline. I always get a kick out of how they try to justify the policy of slowing down different types of traffic just because that type is popular. One example is Google. They talked about implementing a way to slow traffic to companies such as Google and then charging them a higher fee so that the traffic will run at normal speeds. That sounds like a form of racketeering, which is not unlike what the mob does when they force people to pay for protection. “Protection from what?”, you ask. In actuality the money being paid is to protect the victims from the mob itself.
The idea of slowing different types of traffic could also be equated to Microsoft saying you can install any program on a Windows computer, but you will have to pay MS more money so the software will run correctly.
Companies like Comcast feel that they can’t support their networks with the fees they are charging, but their fees continue to go up and they continue to see profits and growth. Comcast Reports First Quarter 2008 Results Furthermore do they really think that Google and friends are not paying for their connection the internet? I would be interested in seeing the numbers on how much they pay to keep all their data centers connected… It’s not like they are running a billion dollar business on a dial up connection that costs them only a few dollars a month. Plus, all those people using Google, are they not paying for their connection as well?
As a business owner myself I support finding creative ways for new revenue, but it has to be done in an ethical manner. If the telcos are allowed to decide at what speed traffic travels over their networks it will stifle the economy. There are number of reasons this is true. For instance, the US has become a service economy and many of those services are performed via the internet. Many companies live or die by their ability to reach customers online. There is also a big conflict of interest for the telcos. For example a company such as the VOIP breakthrough Vonage could be squashed out of existence if Comcast decided they wanted to hinder Vonage’s VOIP traffic. Since Comcast also has a VOIP service this would give them an unfair advantage. Then where does it stop? The telcos could start picking off different markets by eliminating their competition in this manner.
Then fundamental idea of the internet is based on neutrality. This has creating a new economies, new markets and new jobs. Allowing the telcos to hold companies and individuals hostage would be disservice to the country and its people.
For further information about net neutrality please visit: savetheinternet.com