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We are Saltmedia and we are a web design firm based in Grande Prairie, Alberta. We're blogging now to speak to the business community in matters relevant to our work such as SEO and how we help our clients be found online.

Trends in Website Design: Images that Make a Statement

Trends in Website Design: Images that Make a Statement
The saying, 'a picture is worth a thousand words,' couldn't be more relevant for websites. When used properly, images are always more effective than text at expressing a concept or communicating with today's picture and video-hungry website surfers. The Bigger, the Better For 2015, photos are as important as ever to web design. In particular, some of the best website designs this year will use those huge background images that are being used increasingly for everything from e-commerce stores to not-for-profit organization sites and beyond. Using a single, high quality image as the background for a web page is a great way to make a statement. Huge background images are not only visually-attractive and offer a very clean looking website design, but they can also set the tone for a company's branding much more effectively than text ever could. Remember, our brains process images much faster than words. Blocky Card...
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Do You Own Your Website Design?

Do You Own Your Website Design?
Continuing with the ownership theme that was discussed in my last post, this week I'm going to be talking about website design ownership. Like discovering that you aren't, in fact, the owner of your website's domain name, many business owners are surprised to discover that they don't actually own any part of their website design. What?! You paid to have a website built so you should have control over what happens with the site's content, images and other property, right? Well, depending on the website design company or service you choose, this isn't always the case. In fact, some companies intentionally work their contracts so that if a client no longer wishes to use their services but wants to task someone else with updating or managing the site, the site won't be released.  It's true. We've heard of businesses paying significant fees to service providers to build them a site,...
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Don't Send Mixed Messages, Branding Consistency is Key

Don't Send Mixed Messages, Branding Consistency is Key
Over the last few weeks, we have been talking at length about branding - and for good reason. It's one thing to have a great product or service, but ensuring your business continues to grow, year after year, takes a lot of hard work, dedication, and last but not least, rock-solid branding. Think of your brand as your corporate image; it's what your company does, what you produce or provide, and it reflects your business' overall values and goals. When just a glimpse of your logo can bring to mind not only what your business sells but also what you represent or strive to achieve, you've built the type of brand that's capable of keeping your company at the forefront of the industry, well into the future. Just think of all the business logos that you've known and seen for as long as you can remember. You only need a...
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Think Branding is a Minor Detail for Your Business? Put Down that Coke and Read On!

Think Branding is a Minor Detail for Your Business? Put Down that Coke and Read On!
When you open a business, any business, creating a branding strategy should be among the very first items on your to-do list. Contacting website designers, a graphic design company, or better yet one company that can do it all, is a good place to start. But to really give branding the attention it deserves, you've got to understand the power that a brand can have over a business - good branding sets the stage for long-term business success and bad branding sinks ships faster than  Burger King when that creepy plastic-faced king started appearing in their advertisements.      Now, lots of people will try to claim that they are in no way affected by branding. Ah, right, as you stand there holding your Starbucks coffee in one hand and iPhone in the other, wearing your Nike sneakers! Despite our best efforts to resist, everything from our preferences in clothing, cars...
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Building Your Business Brand: Start with a Great Logo Designed by Reputable Graphic Designers

Building Your Business Brand: Start with a Great Logo Designed by Reputable Graphic Designers
Bad logos stick out like sore thumbs. I know you've seen them. All too often, logos are designed without any thought given to how they portray a business' image, or the concept behind the logo is so complicated that only the graphic design company or business owner knows what the heck they were thinking when they created them. Then, there are logos that are so poorly designed or such poor quality that they're quickly forgotten, the business card tossed out or the ad skipped over. Worst yet, there are logos that make people stop and stare (or point and laugh) for all the wrong reasons. This is often the case when graphic designers get a little too 'creative' or nobody stops to consider how the general public might perceive or interpret the logo. For a good laugh, just do a quick search in Google for examples of bad logos. Grab...
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