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Website Redesign Completed For Nancy J’s Fabrics, Located in Wabash Indiana.

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Visionary Web, located in Wabash Indiana, is Proud to announce the completion of a site redesign for Nancy J’s Fabrics.

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www.nancyjsfabrics.com

WACC-Y Golf Outing

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

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This is just a reminder that the 15th Annual WACCY Golf outing will be next Wednesday, June 8 at the Honeywell Public Golf Course in Wabash Indiana. Tee off times are at 7:30am and 1:00pm. There are still openings for a few teams. Also, if you don’t golf and would like to spend the day in the sunshine and fresh air, there is still room for a few more volunteers for the day. Registration form and sponsorship info can be found here.


New Face At Visionary Web!

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

alexblog_smallVisionary Web is proud to announce the addition of Alex Hokanson, an intern from Manchester College. Alex will be working with the programming staff on a summer project and day-to-day programming projects. Visionary Web has had a Manchester intern through a Lilly Endowment grant three of the last four years and is a proud supporter of our county educational centers. Read on for more information about Alex:

“I am Alex Hokanson, a Senior at Manchester College. I am pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science with minor concentrations in Mathematics and Information Systems. I like to tinker around with computers and I currently own 4 computers to fulfill my tinkering needs. I am familiar with the 3 main operating systems (Linux Ubuntu, Mac OS, Windows) and know languages such as Java, Objective-C, C++, HTML 4/5, Javascript, PHP, and MySQL . In my free time, other than building PC’s, I like to play soccer, work out, play video games, yo-yo, and code (I am a Computer Science major after all!).

Over the summer I am interning at Visionary Web through Manchester College. I already know some basic HTML, Javascript, PHP, and MySQL, but hope to further my knowledge in all of these areas over the summer. I hope to be a positive contributor to Visionary Web by spawning new ideas and by bringing young energy to the company. I am very excited to be surrounded by knowledgeable programmers who can help me expand my knowledge.

Let’s get coding!!”

Visionary Web Open House

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Visionary Web is hosting an open house today from 9am – 5pm at their location, 1288 Stitt Street in Wabash, Indiana.  Snacks, drinks and prizes available.  Please stop in and see the remodeling that was completed to the Visionary Web offices.  This open house is part of the Wabash County Small Business Week celebration.  No reservations needed.  Just stop in for some good food and humor.

Can’t wait to see you there!

Blogging Tips!

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Here at Visionary Web, we encourage our clients to use as many tools as possible to connect to their customer base.  Blogging is a great way to inform customers and prospective customers about new and exciting things that are happening in your business.   Here are a few tips on  effective blogging shared with us by our friends at Panoramic Interactive.

How to write effective blogs

There is no doubt that a blog explosion has occurred. Anyone with internet access can effectively write down their thoughts on any subject and share those thoughts with the entire world.

It’s no surprise that many businesses have entered the blogosphere to try to capitalize on potential prospects and connect with their client base on a more personal level. In an age where social media is growing exponentially (and, make no mistake, blogging is in fact a social media platform), it would almost be a mistake for businesses not to engage their audiences through blogs.

It’s good to remember that any form of writing is a craft that must be learned, nurtured and grown. In that spirit, I’ve created a short list of items to think about when you’re blogging for your business. I call it the “5 Be’s for Business Blogging”:

  1. Be professional. You wouldn’t send an email to a client with misspellings, bad grammar or swear words. You shouldn’t blog like that either.
  2. Be informative. Don’t assume that everyone reads your blog religiously every day or every week. If you’re announcing a new product or upcoming event, use the journalistic code in your writing: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How. I like to throw in an addition to that code and I call it What’s Next? Make sure those questions are answered and you’re well on your way to an effective blog.
  3. Be assertive. It’s okay to project confidence about your company, services and products because it’s your specialty. If you aren’t confident about what you do, why would customers or clients come to you? However, remember it’s considered bad form to talk negatively about your competitors.
  4. Be conversational. Give your writing tone some character when it’s appropriate. Consider the products or services you provide and the customers who buy them. Define your niche and integrate that into your blog.
  5. Be interactive. The biggest mistake some businesses make is that they don’t encourage their readers or followers to interact. Ask your readers for comments and suggestions and (here’s the big one) answer them back. You will find that your customers and clients will appreciate the special attention you give them and respond positively.

The best way to think of blogging is as another form of customer service. You would do all of these things listed above if a customer was physically standing at your service counter. Treat your written words the same way and you’ll see results.

2011 Small Business Week Celebration

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Visionary Web and Visionary Computers will be hosting an open house to celebrate Small Business Week on May 18th at our Wabash Location: 1288 Stitt Street, Wabash, IN 46992.

We will be serving snacks and refreshments from 9am – 5pm for all visitors.  Stop by and get a tour of our newly remodeled offices.  There are more than 50 businesses participating in the Small Business Week celebration.

Visit the Wabash County Chamber website: http://www.wabashchamber.com/pages/business/small-business-celebration.php for more information!

Google vs. Yellow Pages, Which is Better for Your Business?

Friday, February 25th, 2011

For more than a century consumers have, “let their fingers do the walking”, when it comes to finding everyday items and services.  In recent years, however,   more and more consumers are letting those same fingers do the walking on their keyboards using popular search engines such as Google to fulfill these same needs.

So what is an entrepreneur to do?  In an economy where every cent counts, in what market should business owners spend their precious advertising dollars?  While searching for an answer to this question, (on Google) I found this bit of information.

“Survey shows that 53.85% of those asked never turn to the Yellow Pages for their needs. Around 92.86% let their fingers do the typing in Google search boxes to find what they need. An amazing 100% of the people asked mentioned that they all use Google everyday. Obviously, the Yellow Pages may soon see the beginnings of the end of the road. A lot of people now prefer to snub printed material altogether because they prefer the ease of online tools.

What this means for business owners is even more obvious. If you own a business, regardless of whether it is based online or in a traditional brick and mortar store, you stand to gain more if Google has you on its results pages. You’d want to be right in the position for potential customers to find you quickly and easily.” (Google vs Yellow Pages- Which One Do People Use More?, 2010)

With this many users using Google on a daily basis, any business would do well to have a presence on the internet.

Let Visionary Web help you to develop your search engine strategies.  Or if you don’t have a site at all- call about our Small Business opportunities!

sales@visionaryweb.com

877-569-0260

Back to School

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

We will be soon be missing our three summer interns:
Hajer Dlame – Manchester College (web division)
Greg McConahay – Ivy Tech (IT division)
Matt Stephens – Southwood High School (IT division)

I am pleased to report that our previous intern Mark Gorham is now working with us part-time (with a hopeful upgrade to full-time soon). Also, Greg has accepted a part-time position with Visionary as a floater between the IT and web divisions. Matt Stephens will hopefully be returning to us once his first year of college is completed.

Hajer is completing a new project for us that should be launched sometime in August. Stay tuned for more details.

Good luck to all of our summer interns as they finish school, start school or start their careers. We hope that this summer has been filled with learning and friendship.

Visionary Services

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Visionary Web offers a variety of services including web design, web development, content management, database design, graphic design, video publishing and social network marketing, but did you know that we have recently added the following services:

Constant Contact Partnership – let us help you setup your email marketing strategy using Constant Contact today

Spam Stops Here – stop spam in its tracks before it gets to your inbox (available to hosting customers)

Summertime

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Here at Visionary Web we are enjoying the summer in a variety of ways. Our guys and gals have traveled to Ohio, Tennessee, Florida and Illinois. The days have been hectic with a lot of people out, but we have been surging through new projects for Aleris International, the Wabash Public Library, Miami County EDA, Eternal Image, the Wabash County Chamber, Halderman, Manchester Church of the Brethren, Zion Lutheran Church in North Manchester, Thermafiber, United Tool and Florida Fish and Hunt!

Wow what a summer!

We are also sad to report the retirement of one our most prolific clients, Sharon Burch from Health Positive. Sharon has worked with our company for several years and we wish her the best success in her next adventure.