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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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Do I need an App or a Mobile Website?

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The advancements in mobile phone software have led to a lot of new challenges for businesses. And with those challenges, new opportunities have arisen too. There are so many avenues to explore, many new markets being accessible, and a great new number of customers to gain access to. These avenues, markets, and customers were previously inaccessible, or very expensive to access. But all of that has changed now. You can access these markets and customers through mobile apps and websites. The question arises when we have to decide between any one of them. An app can be pretty expensive to have designed. A moderate quality app can cost approximately $30,000 to have custom designed to your exact specifications. Another problem that can arise with apps is that they have to be made for multiple platforms or operating systems. You have to make sure that you have both an Android version...
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Mobile Design – What it is and Why it Matters?

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Smartphones have defined and personified the advancements mankind has seen in the past decade or so. They have made our lives easy to the point that our use of laptops and desktops has minimalized. Apart from work, most of us only use our computers only for things that we cannot do on our mobile phones. These devices have literally brought the whole world in our hands. The increase in usage of mobile phones in the world and especially in Canada has made it a necessity to have a mobile design for your business website. Mobile design refers to having a website that is compatible with mobile phones. The user does not have to unnecessarily scroll around and zoom in or out. If you have a mobile compatible website. With almost 60% of Canada’s online traffic coming from mobile phones, the need to have a mobile design does not really need...
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Saltmedia 2018 Website Giveaway Winner

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Like every year, Saltmedia decided to do a free giveaway in 2018 too. This year the winner was of the giveaway was the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre . Saltmedia presented the GP Friendship Centre a state-of-the-art website inclusive of all features that the organization might need to continue in its endeavors smoothly in the future. The Grand Prairie Friendship Centre has been working tirelessly for a noble cause. They have worked day in and day out to support the Indigenous people and look after their needs. They have been striving to bridge the cultural gap between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous community and have been successfully doing so for the past five decades. This giveaway is a way to reconnect with her roots for Angie Saltman, the President of Saltmedia. Having a Metis heritage herself, Angie has a deep connection with the work GP Friendship Centre has been doing. This website...
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How to get your website to the first page of Google

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Your website is your best employee. It works 24/7 and is always available to answer your customers’ questions, even when you’re not. And if your website isn’t on the first page of Google for important search terms, you have a lot of low hanging fruit you can harvest. The world of SEO (search engine optimization) is always changing, but there are plenty of things that you can do to ensure your website gets to the first page of Google. Here are just some examples of things you can do to reach that low-hanging fruit.   Have a good website This sounds pretty obvious, but you can’t underestimate the importance of a well-built website. While a basic DIY webpage might be enough to get your name out there, it likely won’t get you where you want to be. Investing in a professional website created by a reputable web design firm is...
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Web design: When to DIY and when to hire a professional

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Setting up a business is often complicated and costly, and it can be difficult to know where to spend your marketing dollars, especially when you’re just getting started. A strong online presence is crucial for just about any modern business. It’s no wonder, then, that the majority of business owners reach a point where they ask an important question: should I design my website myself, or should I hire a professional? If you have to DIY, do it right DIY website builders are a great option if you’re a startup on a very tight budget and need to set up a basic, quick online presence. If you choose to go the DIY route, make sure to keep things as simple as possible. We recommend building a basic website that clearly explains who you are and what you do. Of course, that’s not to say you shouldn’t spend any money at...
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Technology Solutions that Can Add Considerable Value to Your Business

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There are few things more frustrating than when technology you depend upon fails. Hassle aside, for businesses, it can also be a major issue because so much of what we do today is done via technology. Protect your business' operations and important data with dependable technology solutions designed and implemented by a team of experts. Saltmedia's Tech Savvy Brother As a full-service Grande Prairie web design company, we provide a wide range of web solutions that are expertly tailored to suit our clients' needs. The icing on an already stellar cake is that, in addition to our web development company providing you with the super slick site your company needs to stand out online, our brother company, IT Horizons, can satisfy all of your business technology needs. Located in the same office as Saltmedia, IT Horizons can help keep catastrophes to a minimum, preventing downtime and streamlining your business systems....
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The Perfect Pair, Satisfying Your Business' Website & Technology Needs

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In business, there's no time for computers crashing or the disappearance of important email messages. If you're a business owner, you probably know how incredibly frustrating it can be when the technology your company depends upon lets you down. You need a website that not only looks great but is robust enough to facilitate your workflow in a way that's dependable and efficient. The solution? An attractive website built by our web design company, paired with business technology solutions that are expertly designed and implemented by our brother company, IT Horizons. All Your Business' Technology Needs, One Office When you choose Saltmedia as your web design company, you will have the opportunity to take your online presence to the next level, working with IT Horizons to prevent technological catastrophes and ensuring your operations are as efficient and effective as possible. Keeping businesses' computers and networks safe, secure and backed up,...
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Bring Your Website Up-To-Date & In Line with What Google & Your Customers Want Now

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The world of technology is incredibly fast paced and constantly changing. Believe it or not, what mattered for your website five years ago has probably changed. Failing to keep up with what Google and your customers want and need now will only encourage more and more of your customers to head to your competitors. For website designs to be effective, meaning appealing and informative for your customers and in line with how Google wants your site to be built and maintained, they need to be updated on a regular basis. There's no set-it-and-forget-it solution in the world of websites, but our web design company can make it as hassle-free as possible to get your site back up to where it needs to be to perform well. Updating Your Business Information As your business grows and your focus shifts, you need to update your site to better reflect your offering. Saying...
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Awesome Developments in the World of Joomla! and What They Mean for You

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As Joomla! professionals in Alberta, Canada, there are many reasons we love this Content Management System, or CMS. In previous posts, we've talked about how Joomla! is a great choice for a professional web design because it's robust, secure and flexible, but one of the things that sets this CMS apart, in our minds, is that they're continuously working to improve the platform for users like you. For anyone who chooses to work with our website designers to create a custom Joomla! site, this is just added reassurance that your website investment is going to be worth every cent. Here are some recent developments in the world of Joomla! that only add to the awesomeness of this CMS: Joomla! Voted Number 1 for Best Free CMS - Again! Back in November, Joomla! was voted number one in the best free CMS category for the CMS Critic Awards 2016. This isn't...
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Getting With the Times: Make it Easier for Mobile Users to Find You Online

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Everywhere you look, people of all ages are searching the Internet from their smart phones. Add to that ever-growing trend the number of people who search the web from tablets at home, and it's high time you upgraded to a mobile friendly website. There was a time when businesses could get away with not having a mobile friendly website, but when the majority of people are now looking for the goods and services they want to buy via mobile devices, you can't afford not to provide a website that's user friendly for all devices. You have mere seconds to impress your website visitors and sites that aren't mobile friendly no longer impress. What's more is that it's not just consumers who are demanding websites that can be easily searched from any device, but Google also prioritizes sites that are mobile compatible - and rewards them with better rankings! There's no...
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Why Responsive Web Design is Your Best Option Today & in the Future

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It wasn't that long ago that a mobile-friendly website was almost unheard of because the vast majority of people were still searching the web from their desktop computers. Today, when people of all ages are surfing the Internet for the goods and services they're ready to buy from their mobile devices, a mobile-friendly website is a must for those who want to compete online. Just like people's search habits have changed so, too, has the technology. If you own a business and you want to ramp up your visibility online, reaching people no matter the device they're searching from, the ultimate solution is responsive web design. With one platform to manage all your marketing content on multiple devices, this is the web design that's capable of taking your business to new heights, both today and in the future. If you own a business, one of the key goals for your...
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Better Late Than Never - Why You Need a Mobile Friendly Website

Better Late Than Never - Why You Need a Mobile Friendly Website
If you own a business and your website isn't mobile friendly, you're missing out on a huge opportunity. Not only are websites featuring a mobile website design favoured by Google in the search engine rankings, but they also get far better exposure. If you've been on the fence about mobile web development, it's time to choose a side, and in today's fast-paced technological world, mobile compatibility is a pre-requisite for success online. Here's why: Everyone is Surfing the Web from Mobile Devices Yes, that's right, people of all ages everywhere are searching for the goods and services they're ready to buy from their smart phones and tablets. While 10 years ago mobile made up a smaller portion of the search pie, lacking a mobile compatible site is a detriment to your success online today. The thing is, people don't want to have to scroll back and forth a hundred times...
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Efficiency & Savings are the Tip of the Iceberg When You Work with Saltmedia

Efficiency & Savings are the Tip of the Iceberg When You Work with Saltmedia
You know the old saying, 'if you want something fast, cheap and good, you can only pick one?' Well, for most things in life, this is pretty true. If you want something done for a super cheap price, it's probably not going to be all that awesome or ready any time soon. Or, it's often the case that if you want something that's really high quality, you've got to be willing to pay top dollar and may wait a while to receive it. At Saltmedia, we take a different approach. Our websites might not be the cheapest on the market, but they are very reasonably priced when you consider the quality of our sites, how efficient our web development process is, and the savings you will enjoy by getting it right the first time with a web design company that knows what they're doing. If you're in need of web...
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Success Online Starts with a Custom Strategy

Success Online Starts with a Custom Strategy
There's a lot of planning and preparation that goes into a successful online presence. Especially on the Internet, it's important for you to put your business' best foot forward and, at Saltmedia, we feel the smartest web solutions start with a consultation and a well designed strategy. Complimentary Consultation & Quote When you choose to work with our Grande Prairie web design team, you will discover that we are whole-heartedly committed to meeting your goals and vision for a smarter website structure. Whether it's your business' first website or you're in need of a refresh, we start with a complimentary website discovery meeting to learn about what you hope to do and achieve online so that we can design the best possible web solution. This gets us all on the same page, right off the hop, and we'll provide you with a custom quote once we've got a plan in...
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Awesome Websites are Equal Parts Creativity & Strategy

Awesome Websites are Equal Parts Creativity & Strategy
If you spend much time on the Internet, you probably know that there are a lot of websites that look really cool but load at a glacial pace and just don't function well, and other sites that aren't aesthetically pleasing but perform like it's nobody's business. At Saltmedia, we believe the best sites are not only visually beautiful, but super robust and designed to provide a great user experience. To build these all encompassing websites, we take an approach that's equal parts creativity and strategy - something which comes naturally to the founders of Saltmedia, two people who have always lived and breathed technology and design. Creativity & Aesthetically Pleasing Design Websites that aren't aesthetically pleasing fail to impress, and when you own a business, you've only got one chance to convince site visitors that they should become your customers. Our team is comprised of highly creative graphic and web...
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We Won't Give Away the Secret Sauce!

We Won't Give Away the Secret Sauce!
One of the things that sets our Grande Prairie web design company apart is that we're willing to take the time to teach our customers how to make updates to content and images, once their sites go live. Of course, for those who wish to take a more hands-off approach, we're happy to make updates on their behalf, but if our customers want to be able to add new blog articles and other content to their sites themselves, to update their photo galleries with new images and share information on special offers or products and services, we'll show them how. As your website designers, our job is to not only build you a super slick website that's going to perform exceptionally well, but to teach you how to use that website and update it regularly, if this is something you wish to do. In fact, we ask all of our...
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What Sets Professional Web Developers Apart

What Sets Professional Web Developers Apart
With all of the advertising for DIY websites on the internet today, it seems some people are confusing the professional web development process with the act of choosing a generic template and colour scheme and plunking in text and images. To create a totally custom, high quality website, you have to read and write the languages of the website software, and it takes completing a 2 or 4-year course at the college or university level to become a true master of these skills. The Pro Web Developers' Skill Set At the very least, someone trained and experienced in web development will have a knowledge of and experience in the following: know how to read and write website software languages like HTML, JavaScript, CSS and PHP have a great grasp of the design process, with an understanding of colour, flow, balance and spacing be an expert in User Experience (UX), and...
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What is Social Media Marketing?

What is Social Media Marketing?
You'd have to have been living under a rock for the last several years if you've never heard the term 'social media' or ventured onto the likes of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, or Instagram yourself. People of all ages, everywhere are tweeting, liking, pinning and sharing content on social media platforms, around the clock and throughout the week. Social media has taken the world by storm, broken down barriers that once existed for technology, and is now a part of virtually every aspect of some people's everyday lives. Despite the fact that some people are now receiving their minister's sermons in bite-sized tweets or ordering dinner at their favourite restaurants via Facebook, many small business owners still aren't putting the power of social media marketing to work for their brands. If you're looking for new, cost-effective ways to drive quality leads and sales to your business, social media marketing is...
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What is Email Marketing?

What is Email Marketing?
Attracting the attention of prospective customers and convincing them to buy your goods and services is a never-ending feat. Just think of all the off and online marketing you do to expand your customer base. Well, a great way to maintain a steady stream of business, especially during those times when it seems like new sales are few and far between, is to keep your existing customers informed and interested. Email marketing is the solution you need to keep up those touch points in a way that's efficient, affordable and effective. The Pros Highly Affordable Marketing Strategy Marketing Via a Targeted Channel Analytics Makes it Easy to Measure Email Marketing's Effectiveness Getting Started with Email Marketing If you're interested in using email marketing to reach out to your customers, you need to start by choosing an email marketing system. At Saltmedia, for instance, we're a solutions provider for Constant Contact,...
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