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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.

Saltmedia Honored As Local Sponsor

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I love attending events at the Friendship Centre. We donated a website to this deserving not-for-profit in 2018 and we certainly didn’t expect anything in return. We were excited to receive an invitation and attend the Friendship Centre Volunteer Appreciation Banquet. I asked if our 2-year-old daughter could attend with us, and they said absolutely! That meant the world to me since being a new mom, a partner in two local tech businesses, and president of a large local not-for-profit keeps me busy. We were honored with a lovely presentation from a Friendship Centre board member, as well as this beautiful gift (pictured). The friendship center honored 7 sponsors altogether in alignment with the 7 sacred teachings. Our honor was for Truth represented by The Turtle. Being a Metis woman, this hit home for me. I want to give a special thanks to our talented designer and project manager Chris....
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Cut Rate Logos: You Get What You Pay For

Cut Rate Logos: You Get What You Pay For
"I don't like to save money" -- said by no one, nowhere. It's true, everyone loves a deal because the thought of getting more for your money is pretty gratifying. That said, there are instances where an opportunity to save isn't always the sweet deal you thought it was. When it comes to graphic design, and especially logos, it always pays to spend a little more upfront and to have it done right. I know you're probably thinking, 'of course a graphic designer would say a graphic design company is best,' but it's the truth. You see, like most things in life, when you pay rock bottom prices for a logo, you're going to get, well, the rock bottom in terms of design quality and service. Today, there are loads of companies advertising cut rate logo design services, but what companies like Vistaprint, Fiverr or Squarespace can't offer is the...
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Share the Love & Pay it Forward this Christmas

Share the Love & Pay it Forward this Christmas
Every time I read about or have the pleasure of working with an organization or individuals, I can't help but get that warm and fuzzy, good all over feeling. You know the one. It's that feeling that comes over you when you know someone has been helped in some way, no matter how seemingly insignificant it may be. No matter how busy we are in our day to day lives or how weighted down we can be by the grim news we see on the TV, supporting and showing love and compassion to people in our communities and around the world does just as much good for ourselves as it does those we help. Paying it Forward - Not Back There's a big difference between paying someone back for something they did for you and choosing to do something kind and/or generous for another person for no reason other than...
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Building Lasting Relationships to Help Businesses Achieve Success Online

Building Lasting Relationships to Help Businesses Achieve Success Online
This time of year, I can't help but reflect on all the new people we met over the last 12 months, the exciting projects we were and are lucky enough to be a part of, and to wonder what's in store for 2016. We created Saltmedia to help businesses and other organizations achieve success online, through cutting-edge website development, graphic design and internet marketing, and one of the biggest perks of our job has been getting to know fellow business owners and to learn about what it is that they do. Taking the time to build lasting relationships with people who have come to us in need of a new website, graphics or many of the other elements of a successful online presence has been an enriching and highly enjoyable bonus to our job as web designers (because you're AWESOME!), but more importantly, it's also helped to cement our clients'...
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Saltmedia becomes a proud sponsor of Feathers and Fiddles

Saltmedia becomes a proud sponsor of Feathers and Fiddles
Saltmedia is thrilled to announce that we are one of the major sponsors of the first ever Feathers and Fiddles!  Featuring Métis Country Music Recording Artist Brad Sims on December 16 at the old Spurs, that is now the Western Truck Farm. Brad will be joined by CCMA award winners Lisa Dodd and Ryan Davidson on guitar with Chad Melchert on drums. This is the pre-release party for Brads new single! The evening will include the Proud to Be Metis fundraiser, jigging, traditional fiddle music, and a silent auction. There will also be opportunities to purchase numerous traditional Metis goods at our Trading Post, such as Sashes, Flags, and Feathers. Tickets for the event will be available through the Metis Local 1990 (780-538-9333) as well as at the door at Western Truck Farm on December 16th 6pm at 1190 100 Street in Grande Prairie. $20 for adults, $10 for under...
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We're Adding Award-Winning Marketing Firm to Our Resume!

We're Adding Award-Winning Marketing Firm to Our Resume!
We're thrilled to announce that Saltmedia received the Eagle Feather award at the Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce Awards of Distinction event, which took place October 21st during Small Business Week. Having our website design company recognized by other business owners and people in our community was such an honour, the fact that we were also finalists for the Marketing and Service Super Star awards was icing on an already pretty awesome cake! Small Business Week & the Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce To celebrate Small Business Week, the Chamber of Commerce asked members and non-members to nominate businesses that have been 'outstanding contributors' in our community. Over the last year and since the beginning, we've worked tirelessly to make Saltmedia a website design company and marketing firm that adds true value to clients' businesses. In our line of work, adding value to clients' businesses means giving them the online...
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Hot Trends in Web Design, Part 2: Websites with Motion

Hot  Trends in Web Design, Part 2: Websites with Motion
The second post in our three-part series on this year's web design trends is about motion, and specifically, harnessing the power of HTML 5 to add visually attractive and even informative video or moving parts to websites in exciting new ways. Subtlety is Key Now, I'm sure we've all visited sites with obnoxious and totally distracting videos before, but when used properly, motion or ambient background videos can be used in truly impressive ways and for a variety of different purposes. In 2015, more and more website designers are using motion to create unique yet non-nauseating user experiences that are not only memorable but can also help to build a brand and inform site visitors. Whether it's a background video or sections of content and images that move into place on the page, what's most effective from a visual and user experience prospective is using motion as subtly as possible....
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No Matter the Weather or the Economy, Internet Marketing is Vital to Business Success

No Matter the Weather or the Economy, Internet Marketing is Vital to Business Success
In my last post, I described some of the many ways that businesses can benefit from stepping up their internet marketing efforts during a slowdown. When sales are down and new leads are nearly non-existent, your instincts may be telling you to sit tight and wait...or pray...or cross your fingers, and to pull back on any spending that isn't required to keep the lights and heat on. In reality, a slowdown isn't the time to sit by and fret - it's the time to take action! For any business, whether big or small, located in Grande Prairie or anywhere else, directing your attention to internet marketing and enhancing your online presence is the best way to turn around an otherwise dismal situation. Why it's Always a Good Time to Invest in Professional Internet Marketing Services Together, with a professional web design, a carefully researched and properly executed internet marketing strategy...
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Beyond Facebook: It's Time to Work Other Social Media Sites Into Your Business' Branding Strategy - Here's How

Beyond Facebook: It's Time to Work Other Social Media Sites Into Your Business' Branding Strategy - Here's How
There's no doubt about it; Facebook is a proven internet marketing platform that small businesses can and must use if they want to popularize their brand without spending a bundle. The only drawback, however, is that businesses can often get hung up on Facebook, devoting all of their social media marketing efforts to the one platform and missing out on big opportunities to develop their brands via other channels online. In some cases, other social media sites are actually better suited for marketing certain types of businesses or for helping to facilitate specific business goals. Discover how and when Facebook should be used for brand development purposes and when it's good to add one - or better yet, several - of the popular online platforms to your social media marketing repertoire. How & When to Best Use Facebook The fastest way to turn Facebook friends or followers off of your...
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Top Reasons Your Business Needs a Website

Top Reasons Your Business Needs a Website
Believe it or not, there are still businesses out there that don't yet have a website. In reality, the days when you could get away with not having a website are over - long over, in fact. When the vast majority of people now look for the companies they intend to frequent online, businesses that don't have an online presence will always lose customers to those that do. A site designed by professional web designers, therefore, is a valuable business asset. Take the plunge in 2015! Put your business online and reap the rewards of greater exposure, new customers and sales! The following are just some of the many ways your business will benefit from owning a website: You're Missing the Chance to Attract New Local Customers  If you're like most small or mid-sized business owners, you depend on the patronage of people in your local area. Without a website,...
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Online Invoice Payment

Online Invoice Payment
Life as a Saltmedia customer just became more convenient. We're pleased to announce that we're now able to receive online invoice Visa and Mastercard payments directly through our website at   https://www.saltmedia.ca/payment-form   This option will help many of you save time, streamline your payment process and you don't have to miss out on collecting Air Miles, Aeroplan, or points from any other credit-card rewards program you might be leveraging.  /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";}
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300x Faster Page Loads? Yes Please!

300x Faster Page Loads?  Yes Please!
Growing with us has its perks. In December, Saltmedia upgraded our reseller hosting plan to a fully dedicated server environment. Our new hosting includes solid state hard drives for bleeding-edge performance. We've also enabled the CloudFlare content delivery network to squeeze even more speed out of our websites. CloudFlare improves website performance significantly by minimizing the size of website file downloads, and serves website data from datacenter locations physically closest to your audience for impressive speed boosts. This all means up to 300% faster page loads, less downtime, and more robust security. The result is a better experience for your customers and audience - after all, who wants to sit and wait for web pages to load these days? It gets better - all this is available at no extra cost to our website hosting customers! Saltmedia websites perform best on Saltmedia hosting. If you're using third party hosting and...
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How important is your Brand?

How important is your Brand?
"A brand is the most valuable fixed asset of a corporation" according to Wikipedia , and I agree!  Who do you know who isn’t happy with their visual trademark or logo.  Perhaps their graphics, colours, shapes, and online identity do not represent their goods or services as well as they would like them to.  Saltmedia will help build brand awareness with a logo or logo facelift, matching print media designs, signage designs, vehicle decals, online media and most importantly website design.  We help ensure online and offline media exclusively identifies the brand owner. 
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What is The Cloud?

What is The Cloud?
To put it simply, it is the internet; it's a network of servers.  If you have been on the internet to check your email or have any stored files online you have used the cloud! Why is it OK to smash your laptop if you are on The Cloud?  
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Proud to be a sponsor

Proud to be a sponsor
  Saltmedia is very proud to be a sponsor for Canadian Mental Health Association Masquerade Ball Event.  If you are local, and want to have a fantastic night out please come and show your support!  Check out Masquerade Ball GP for more info.
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Rotary Club of Grande Prairie After Five

Rotary Club of Grande Prairie After Five
This week we are sharing a bit of our community spirit.  We volunteered (errr wait.. maybe we were volen-told) to create a logo for the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie After Five!   We did a little more then a logo.  Nearly the every club member voted this banner as the winner.  It took five rounds of concepts to get it just right...what a perfect number.  It was a fun project.  Interested in joining our Rotary?  Check out our clubs website [CLICK HERE]
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