Random and intentional thoughts on digital design & marketing

Local SEO for Professional Service Firms

Of all the different flavors of digital marketing our clients hire us to perform, local search engine optimization (Local SEO) is probably the least understood. Often, though, the relatively high return on investment good local provides makes it a no-brainer recommendation for our professional service and B2B clients. What is local SEO? Local SEO refers […]

2016 Website Design Trends for Law Firm Websites | Slidedeck

Last week I gave a talk, along with my colleague Brandie Knox, on ‘2016 Website Design Trends for Law Firm Websites.’ The presentation focused on changes which have taken place on the web over the last several years which have liberated designers from former technical constraints and allowed them to focus on core messaging and […]

WordPress Event Roundup: 7 Must-Attend Events in 2016

The first WordCamp event occurred in August 2006 in San Francisco, lasting only a single day and bringing together just over 500 attendees. Today, WordCamp events are held all across the globe, bringing together thousands of writing, coding and design enthusiasts. In fact, over 21,000 attendees came together for 2015 WordCamps alone, with 89 events […]

Anatomy of a Well Designed Home Page: Part 1

Your website’s home page is the most important page on your business’ site. Much like a headline in a print advertisement, its success will largely determine whether visitors surf to deeper content or take a quick glance and call it a day. Nail the essentials of good home page design and you’ve radically increased your […]

How Google Now & Siri are Changing Search Engine Queries

Windows Cortana, Siri, Google Now, Alexa, Facebook’s M – these and other digital assistants are clearly game changers for search. But how, exactly, are they altering the rules and the turf? What “game” are they changing, specifically, and how are marketers like you supposed to react? Before getting into the wonky details, let’s take a […]

Website Design Trends for 2016

What a world. 2016’s barely out of the crib, and web design enthusiasts are already heatedly debating which “trends” will catch on and go viral and which will die on the vine. The prognosticating business is always a dangerous business – it’s easy to follow the herd, even unconsciously, and hard to make truly original […]

Responsive Design and Mobile Trends for 2016: Dave’s Slide Deck from a Recent Presentation

Last week I spoke at a Digital Roundtable event sponsored by the Philadelphia chapter of the American Marketing Association. The topics I touched upon included Responsive Design as well as ‘Mobile Trends for 2016.’ I’m including my presentation deck above, along with some notes, below.” The first part of the presentation was really born out […]

How Important is Page Speed for SEO in 2015?

Short answer: somewhere between “completely irrelevant” and “so crucial that you should slash and burn your site’s best features if it speeds loading time by a few milliseconds.” That’s hyperbole, of course, but it speaks to the confusion over this issue and the contradictory arguments from experts and even from Lord Google (and Archduke Bing) […]