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“Free Advertising?” Not on my blog…

Ahem….

I will NOT be patronizing the following companies, since “they” routinely post links to their sales via my blog (no matter how kewl, bitchin’ or classy your products may be):

  • Michael Kors
  • The NorthFace
  • Beats by Dr. Dre
  • Luis Vuitton
  • Uggs
  • Timberland
  • Coach
  • Burberry
  • Nike (OK…I may break my rule here)

I’m not sure how you are remunerating these erstwhile posters, but you need a new system. And, yes, I realize these are probably bots but someone is controlling them…and you dear, expensive branders, have more legal power than I to do something about them.

BTW…SeoOptimizationGuide.com/ You ignorant f***s! You and your kind are exactly the reason I advise my clients not to employ an SEO firm unless they are doing major ad word or pay-for-click work. Yes…your little post about coding got deleted….  Clients: Don’t forget to use your metatags and write for the web – not for yourself.

And shame on WordPress for not automatically blocking these users from posting to anyone’s blog/site. What kind of web hacks are you? All matter of other social media sites can block IP addresses…why can’t you?

Yes…I cross post this to the rest of my social media.

Marnell Corrao Website

Marnell Corrao Archivehttp://www.marnellcorrao.com    (archived: note many of the graphics were not captured however, navigation and content are correct.)

Marnell Corrao, a global architectural firm, specializing in entertainment properties, required a sophisticated look and feel to reflect their position in the industry. Utilizing Flash (a relatively new technology in 2000), GS Design captured the firm’s unique and highly successful approach to construction. Leveraging my commercial building expertise gained while with Johnson Controls, I proposed adding a Portfolio section giving users Marnell Corrao project snapshots. Additionally, GS Design developed a CMS for News, Career and Portfolio sections.

Today, the Marnell Corrao site is still visually stunning and easily navigable. And, the Portfolio section….still there. Sometimes, good content never goes out of style.

Award

August 23, 2000 Macromedia Site of the Day

Johnson Controls | Experience Milwaukee MiniWebsite

JCI-Experience
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www.jci.com/hr/milx.htm     (archive: note not all images and web functions are correctly displayed)

Johnson Controls, a Fortune 100 company, attracts talent from all over the world to work in the Milwaukee, WI headquarters. The company needed a reference site that would connect job seekers and candidates with local resources.

It’s More Than a Picnic Website

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www.morethanapicnic.com     (archived)

This e-commerce site was built with a CMS, allowing the website owners to update merchandise information on the fly. Not a new concept today. However, this site was developed in 2000-2001. There were no off-the-shelf or cloud-based CMS programs. The original site was programmed in perl and hosted on Linux/Apache servers. But when the client asked to have the website integrate with their accounting systems, the entire site was migrated to an asp-driven backend.

Idea Factory Website

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www.ideafactoryinc.com     (archived)

A nice little site designed to get users to product and brand information quickly and easily.

Harley-Davidson Rentals Website

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www.hdrentals.com     (archived)

Harley-Davidson approached GS Design to develop and deploy an online tool for the company’s new motorcycle rental services. The site needed to describe the new service, provide information on how and where to rent, and give advice on which type of motorcycle to rent. The design firm had exactly 21 days to get this interactive site up and running.

Mission accomplished. Not only was the site launched on time providing users an intuitive tool for renting a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle, the site garnered a Yahoo! Site of the Day nod.

Award

October 13, 2000 Yahoo! Site of the Day

AQS, Inc. Website

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www.aqssys.com    (archived)

Still fresh after all these years, the AQS website was a corporate site that was straightforward, easy to navigate, and pleasing to the eye.

The Power of Social Media

Okay…so the site is starting to come together. I wanted to document this process as part of being part of the WordPress community. I’m also using this blogging feature to illustrate my thinking process as a communications professional.

I’m setting up my site so that all of my portfolio samples are blog posts. This will allow user/potential clients to ask questions or comment on my projects. I’m not sure anyone else has used this approach yet. However, it should give potential clients some insight into my capabilities and enable a dialogue they may not have anywhere else.

Am I showing all of my cards? Probably. I’m not too worried. You also have to have the goods to back this up.

Yep.

Oh…and the title of my post–

I posted six times yesterday. I haven’t socialized this little endeavor yet, but I already have two followers. Two hearty souls willing to hitch their wagons to this train. Thanks, Opinionated Man and Nate Ollie.

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www.wpcbrands.com    (archived)

WPC Brands was a corporate site combining company and brand information. Note that even though this site is over 13 years old, both the navigation and page designs (User Experience/UX) are crisp and very user-friendly. WPC Brands is now part of Spectrum Brands.

Awards

2000 Milwaukee Ad Club, Gold Addy
2000 District 8, AAF, Merit Award

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