Villing Articles Written by Nathan DeSelm

How To Take and Edit Web Screenshots From Any Browser

When trying to communicate with your team about your website, it can sometimes be difficult or cumbersome to describe your comments with words alone.

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Three Lessons We Can Learn From Websites That Failed

Nathan DeSelm (September 25, 2014)

It's important to learn from failure as much as success. What can we learn from the high-profile failures of Myspace, Digg and Google Reader?

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From a design perspective, links of any kind within the text of a page are a bit of an eyesore. However, it’s important that we balance the site’s visuals and usability when choosing how to style our links.

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Experience Speaks Louder Than Words

Nathan DeSelm (July 3, 2014)

A recent viral Volkswagen public service announcement shows how to make an intangible message more tangible using modern technology.

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Rather than animation for animation's sake, it's important to use online animation and motion as a means to better communicate with website visitors.

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The Risky Gamble of Deep Discounts

Nathan DeSelm (January 15, 2014)

It's important to be careful when chasing after customers with discounts. It's easy to accidentally lower the value of your product.

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I'm Thankful for Ronald McDonald House Charities

Nathan DeSelm (December 3, 2013)

I've been aware of RMHC for years, since they are one of our pro bono clients. But in the last year their work impacted my family personally.

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Chipotle's recent advertisement featuring a scarecrow in a dystopian world takes several risks. When does it make sense to take creative risks in marketing?

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The App-ification of the Web

Nathan DeSelm (September 11, 2013)

Due to the explosive growth in mobile traffic and touchscreens on traditional computers, your next website should be heavily influenced by mobile application design for the best user experience.

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Are You Driving Your Audience to Dead Ends?

Nathan DeSelm (July 31, 2013)

When you drive people to your site in advertisements, make sure to give them the relevant directions. The last thing you want to do is set them up for a frustrating visit.

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Most you have heard of Intel, but I’d guess only a fraction of you have heard of the second-place CPU company: AMD. Learn how effective marketing strategy helped AMD go 3-for-3 in powering the XBox One, PS4 and Wii U.

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Some businesses have products and services that are confusing or difficult to understand. How can we make sure that we are ethical when selling these products?

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Last month, Google discontinued more of its services and products in what they like to call "spring cleaning." Did they make a mistake?

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The advantage of the NetFlix business model is both its immediacy as well as its timelessness. With some intentional planning, you can take advantage of these same strategies for your business today.

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There have been a lot of high-profile, privacy-related issues in the press recently. Our interactive director explains what should concern you and what's overblown.

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During the course of my day, I browse the web on screens that range from 3.6 inches to 12 inches to 47 inches. How can you build websites that work well at all sizes?

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Website developers have had to deal with the screen size problem since the beginning of the web. Over the years, this problem has become increasingly difficult to solve because screens are getting both larger and smaller.

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What Windows 8 Means for Marketers

Nathan DeSelm (November 13, 2012)

Late last month, Microsoft released a new version of Windows that represents the most significant change in the operating system since its inception. Here are the biggest take-aways for marketing professionals.

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Baby Names and Branding

Nathan DeSelm (October 10, 2012)

For some reason, Nathan and his wife have chosen extremely rare and hard to pronounce names for both of their children. He explains why and how the same considerations apply to naming products and companies.

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Learn the basics about the Google Analytics Content reports. These reports can help marketers decide which pages of their site are successful and which aren't.

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Learn the basics about the Google Analytics Traffic Sources reports. These reports can help marketers make important decisions about how to promote their websites.

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Your website is probably tracking statistics using Google Analytics, but it may not be obvious what's important. Here's an overview of the key areas for marketing professionals.

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A new social network or must-have mobile app seems to come along every other week these days. Is it possible that trying to stay on top of it all can be counter-productive?

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Don't Communicate Like a Toddler

Nathan DeSelm (April 10, 2012)

My daughter is a little over 17 months old and she's already making the same communication mistakes that I see in the business and marketing world. Of course, she has a better excuse.

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Will our public libraries survive the shift to digital books and media? Or will publishers and other copyright holders use this opportunity to take them out?

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Maybe there was a time when the manufacturer's suggested retail price meant something. Those days are gone because aggressive marketers have traded long-term credibility for short-term "monkey business."

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Why We're Dropping Support for IE6

Nathan DeSelm (January 18, 2012)

It's 2012, so it's time to make some changes. First on the list: we're no longer going to put much effort into supporting Internet Explorer 6. Are we crazy?

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Touch is positioned to become the primary method that consumers use to interact with your website within two or three years. Here's how you can prepare your website for the coming "touch" revolution.

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As Siri and Xbox Kinect push voice recognition into the mainstream, here are some things you can do to make it easier to browse your website using voice commands.

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If you don't spend a lot of time reading marketing articles, you may not know this, but the advertising industry (and to a lesser degree the marketing industry as a whole) is in crisis. So why are we optimistic?

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Five Tips to Create Usable Website Navigation

Nathan DeSelm (September 19, 2011)

Clear, easy-to-use navigation is probably more important than any other element of your website. Our interactive director explains how to make sure that your navigation is effective.

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App usage is exploding, causing many marketers to blink dollar signs and flood the app store with "apps" that are little more than mobile-friendly versions of their website. I think this is a mistake.

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Should you prioritize a mobile app or mobile website? We suggest that you can answer that question by looking at a single statistic of your website.

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Our Interactive Director reflects on the reasons he resisted joining Facebook far longer than most in the developed world, and what finally convinced him to join.

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If we can learn anything from Apple's recent "App Store" trademark silliness, it's the importance of planning ahead when launching new products and services.

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A couple weeks ago, our website server crashed. This harrowing experience clarified a couple important things that are not only relevant to this situation, but also to the other disasters in life.

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As valuable as email marketing is, it's important to understand the rules and risks involved. If you're not careful with your email marketing, you could be blacklisted by ISPs or fined by the FTC.

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Is Aggressive Search Engine Optimization Immoral?

Nathan DeSelm (February 7, 2011)

A high search engine ranking obviously has the potential to drive tons of visitors to a business. Some companies have decided that it's OK to do anything to cheat the system. I say, "enough is a enough!"

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Email is an important part of nearly every marketing plan. However, because of the prevalence of spam, email filters sometimes enforce some pretty rigid, and often humorous, rules.

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Apps are great for self-contained experiences. However, it's important not to overlook the value of creating a mobile-friendly website. This may be what your customers actually prefer.

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On November 2, I became a father. After several sleepless nights, I realized that the incoherent, bloodcurdling screams of my newborn remind me of one thing: bad marketing.

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Trying something new can be scary. By offering small, low-risk demos and trial experiences to your prospects, it's more likely they will become customers.

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Point/Counterpoint: Are Local Marketing Clubs Doomed?

Nathan DeSelm & Thom Villing (September 10, 2010)

With online educational opportunities exploding and professional networking increasingly happening online, is there any place for local marketing clubs with their traditional meet-and-greet luncheons?

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The cover of the September Wired magazine is bright red and loudly proclaims "The Web is dead." The truth is more subtle, but shouldn't be ignored.

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We've seen the stratospheric rise of user-generated content. Is user-generated advertising the next logical step? Or will users rebel against sponsored tweets, videos and blog posts from their friends?

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Over the past couple years, I've noticed many of my DVDs contain unskippable previews and studio animations. This is a classic example of how heavy-handed, force-fed advertising can turn off otherwise engaged consumers.

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Facebook was originally built to help people connect and share with friends. Recently, their mission has changed, and the site is in danger of following AOL down the pit of irrelevance.

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Augmented reality combines technologies such as GPS, cameras and wireless Internet to create some pretty incredible applications. We share the best real-world examples and what this will mean to you in the coming years.

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Video gaming has a massive influence on your target market. This article explains three ways that marketers can use this knowledge to help promote their business and products.

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Gaming Should Be On Your Marketing Radar

Nathan DeSelm (March 10, 2010)

I recently attended a marketing strategy meeting for a Fortune 500 company targeting consumers under 30. The biggest take-away: video games are mainstream and can't be ignored in your marketing efforts.

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If you are responsible for a website, you've probably been approached by search engine companies making remarkable promises. This article explains why you should slam the door in their faces.

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What You Need to Know About the Browser War

Nathan DeSelm (January 6, 2010)

Need to be able to speak intelligently about website browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome? Nathan DeSelm explains the current browser landscape and the main issues that are involved in this volatile market.

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Point/Counterpoint: Are Traditional Marketing Methods Still Relevant?

Nathan DeSelm & Thom Villing (December 16, 2009)

Most people agree that marketing and the media used to disseminate marketing messages are changing. In this special "point/counterpoint" post, we debate the extent and nature of this change.

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It's important for marketers to keep their finger on the cultural pulse. One way to do that is to use Google Trends.

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Your home page is one of the most important pages on your website. To be effective it must quickly provide the answers to four basic questions.

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There's something that's always bothered me about the traditional website design process. The focus is too often on the home page design, with the subpage design thrown in as an afterthought. This is dangerously misguided.

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In the previous article, I discussed the planning and design stages of building the Lake City Bank website. Of course, you can have the coolest design out there, but if the site doesn't work right, or is difficult to maintain, it just won't be useful.

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Villing recently launched a Web site that may be one of our most ambitious projects to date - the Lake City Bank website. This article gives a behind-the-scenes look at the project.

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At 30,000 Feet, Timing is Everything

Nathan DeSelm (August 24, 2009)

I recently traveled to Europe for vacation, which obviously required several very long flights. During that time, I learned a little something about timing your marketing efforts.

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Using special keywords and operators in Google's normal search box can greatly improve the quality of your results. You may have heard of some of these, but my guess is that some will be new.

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Top Four Web Optimization Myths

Nathan DeSelm (July 6, 2009)

Myths about website optimization can often lead to unnecessary usability restrictions or inappropriate goals. These are some of the more common web optimization myths that I run across quite frequently.

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With the recent release of Microsoft Bing and WolframAlpha, I thought I'd discuss some situations where Google isn't your best choice for finding information online.

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How to Hire a Web Developer and/or Web Firm

Nathan DeSelm (May 21, 2009)

Hiring an outside web developer or firm can be very challenging. It often feels like you're wading through acronyms and certifications when all you really want to know is "Will this developer do a great job on my site?"

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How To Check the Quality of Your Web Site Code

Nathan DeSelm (April 22, 2009)

Most marketing managers and coordinators don't understand HTML. So how do you know if your programmer is doing a good job?

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Over the years, I've found quite a few useful tools that marketing people might not realize they can use for free.

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So, You Want Online Animation?

Nathan DeSelm (January 28, 2009)

Website animation can greatly enhance a visitor's experience on your web site. But you need to be careful or it could do more harm than it's worth.

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Often during our early meetings for a new web site, the client begins listing some of the things they'd like to accomplish with their website. Most of the time, these objectives are reasonable, but sometimes they are not.

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Do you spend a lot of money with sleazy companies who promise top search engine placement at any cost? If so, it's time to rethink your strategy.

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In the last five years, we've witnessed the beginning of a major shift in the way people use the Internet. The Internet is moving away from being a collection of separate pages and becoming a single integrated experience.

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Blogging Alternatives

Nathan DeSelm (September 26, 2008)

While the traditional long-form blog might be appropriate for many companies, it’s also important to be aware of some of the alternatives for online communication.

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New Home Broadband Statistics

Nathan DeSelm (July 15, 2008)

The Pew Research Center recently released their Home Broadband Adoption report for 2008. Learn about some of the key findings of this report.

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Manage Your Identity on Google Maps

Nathan DeSelm (June 5, 2008)

Learn how to edit your business information on Google Maps.

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You may have heard of RSS or feed readers. Basically, RSS is a method of distributing website content, such as news stories, to everyone who has chosen to subscribe.

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