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New E-Commerce Website Launched for Syl’s Art – Sylvester Peebles

18320602_10155349051170820_6522580048473270247_oSeveral months ago, the most important client of my life asked me to design a website to showcase his art collection. It was my hero, my father! How could I say no? My dad, Sylvester Peebles, has been drawing and painting for as long as I’ve been alive. He has had artwork showcased in the St. Louis Art Museum and won first place in several art shows over the past few decades. One funny story he shared with me was the time he and my sister entered the same contest for art, (I think it was the Creve Coeur Days art show) and he said that he won second place and my sister (who would have been about 7 years-old) won first place. The only issue with that was first place won $100 and second place won a ribbon. My sister was crying because she did not want money; she wanted the ribbon. Ah to be young again.

Screen Shot 2017-05-13 at 5.13.48 PMBack to the original point of this post. My dad asked me to design a website for him. Like magic, I did! To ensure that he had the best possible website, I created a “WordPress website,” so that we could load it up with fancy plugins and use all of the appropriate keywords and tags. So far, his site is doing very well according to the google analytics that we’ve added but we will be adding many new things over the coming weeks as well.

The site is responsive, includes a “store” using woo commerce and has a plugin to view all of his recent artwork on Instagram. Phase II of the website will include more sophistication with the store, detailed descriptions of each of the art pieces and email registration forms for fans and special discount coupons.

If you would like to learn more please visit: http://sylsart.com

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Social Media For Business

Recently I was chatting with a client who was against social media for her business. I asked why and she told me the following:

  1. It’s too much work
  2. I don’t want to have to always post photos and personal things
  3. It’s unprofessional to have anything other than a LinkedIn page

socialmedia-sylwilson.jpgI was happy to know that she at least saw value in LinkedIn. When she told me that she wanted more exposure at a low cost however, I had to let her in on some of the biggest bang you can get for your buck…which happens to be social media platforms.

With social media you can really leverage your products using your blog on your website just as I am right now. Showcasing your products (or knowledge) will prove to your buyers that they should choose your company over the next one. If your company mostly provides a “service” then you can still do this by using your blog to write articles that prove that you know what you are talking about. Simply sharing information about those services or tips to help your consumers will increase traffic to your site immediately. How you leverage those articles is through social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

attract customers-sylwilsonmarketing.jpgIt’s important to note, that having a business social media page is different than just having an individual page on LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram. Each of those platforms allow for different options when you sign up as a business which will inevitably help you attract more customers! For instance, on Instagram, if you have a business page rather than an individual user page, you are able to have a contact button to help with lead generation should a person that is following you want more information. You also can run ads once you have a business page on Instagram. With a Facebook business page you not only can run ads and have specific buttons, but you also can run coupon specials, staggered posts (this comes in handy if you have a limited amount of social media time, but a lot of posts you want to get out at once), and more. All of the business pages come with their own set of analytics (for those of you business owners that like to see a return on investment) and a lot of help menus to get you started.

Sure, there are a lot of ways to increase your following and engage your online audience with exciting material that gets more likes and feedback, but if you have NO presence, then you have NO chance of ever building your online footprint. If you are concerned that you may mess up, there are a ton of companies that will build your social media campaigns and it is relatively inexpensive.

Building an online presence will take time. Once you do have a look that is consistent with your website and other marketing collateral, I’m sure you’ll see the benefit that social media can provide for your business. There are plenty of case studies to prove this point and you can do your own research, but with so many users (1.86 billion Facebook users) on these platforms, it is a true mistake to not include this in your marketing arsenal packet.

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Mayoral Race Website Campaign

screen-shot-2017-02-05-at-11-47-37-amThe campaign for Tishaura O. Jones for Mayor of the City of St. Louis requested a website in November of 2016. Syl Wilson Marketing delivered beautiful and professional website that was visually appealing and included several pages for users to sign up to volunteer, donate and contact the campaign.

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Technology used to design: Adobe Photoshop, WordPress, ARForms Plugins
Client: Citizens to Elect Tishaura O. Jones
Industry: Political

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Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation Commissions Syl Wilson Marketing for Gala Design

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In 2016, the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation commissioned Syl Wilson Marketing to design their Gala program, brochure, social media campaigns and email campaigns. Not only did we design these elements, but we also participated in the Gala and it was OUTSTANDING. The sponsors of the event gave incredible amounts and the night was very special for the children of the Greater East St. Louis area.

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Technology used to design: Adobe InDesign, Photoshop
Client: Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation
Industry: Nonprofit

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F-3 Solutions

f3websitePolitical Strategists, Chad Proudlock and Matthew Ward reached out to the team at Syl Wilson Marketing to design a website that would display their creative work online, a logo for their new business (F-3 Solutions) and social media pages. This site is responsive and has features built in that allow for motion using video. The homepage has a video affect that is viewable on computers. Chad and Matt needed their website in a tight timeframe and Syl Wilson Marketing delivered with quick turnaround and incredible results. The logo was requested to resemble one of the scientific elements without being obvious. The social media needed to have maximum results in a short time frame due to press releases being pushed out fast. Additionally, Syl Wilson designed a website for a SuperPac that they requested called Stronger Together NYC. Both projects were delivered in short time frame with excellent designs.

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Technology used to design: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, WordPress
Client: F-3 Solutions
Industry: Political

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Park Louie Website Design Project

screen-shot-2017-02-05-at-11-44-26-amThe City of St. Louis contacted Syl Wilson Marketing to design a visually appealing and user-friendly website for the citizens of St. Louis. Working within a tight five day deadline, we delivered with a website that utilizes a parallax design and plenty of flare!

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Technology used to design: Adobe Photoshop, WordPress
Client: The City of St. Louis – Park Louie Parking Meters
Industry: City Government

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Dreaming Big

bigstock_Illuminated_Bulb_7378553A few days ago someone close to me told me to, “Do something different today that you thought you couldn’t do. Really challenge yourself.” At first I thought, oh what a nice little pick me up. But as the day wore on and I was in my normal routine, I realized…We all do the same thing over and over even if we have a lifestyle that allows us to do interesting things each day. I thought to myself, when is the last time I actually tried something that I am not good at? I couldn’t recall. So I began. I used the online training tools that were available to me to take a webinar on Microsoft SharePoint. This may seem very easy to some people. But my goal with Microsoft SharePoint is one that is different that most. I would like to be able to design websites in it. As with any new program / software however, you must start with the basics at the beginning. This can be the most difficult part for me. To sit through what I might think is useless information going over things that I “think” I already know.

As I sat and listened to the one-hour webinar I realized something…I do not know everything there is to know about the basics of Microsoft SharePoint. This is probably one of the most complex applications I have come across! If there is one thing I love it’s a challenge and complexity within software. What happened through my hour long journey was so much more than just a webinar.

There was self-reflection of seeing that I tend to think I know more than I actually know. There was a feeling of self-worth from being able to grasp what was being presented even though at one point I thought I was lost. Lastly, there was fulfillment. Being a person who loves to design, conceptualize and bring other people’s ideas to life, this was something that for me, is a requirement on pretty much anything I do.

So what does all of this mean? I think that what this person was trying to tell me was DREAM BIG and dream big every day. Challenge yourself at least once a day. If you do that, you will find self-reflection, self-worth, and fulfillment in your life at the end of every day.

Be well!

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Picture in Picture in iMovie – A How To

It’s been a while since I gave any instructions on anything so I thought I would start with something that I love. iMovie! A lot of us have migrated to the MAC platform (or MAC with windows running on Parallels), and that being the case, it’s opened the door for a lot of cool programs such as iMovie.

The nice thing about the MAC platform is that you practically can start using any of the software and not need any instructions at all. Well, with iMovie that’s true as well, however there are some cool functions that can assist you and make you look like a total pro. Have you heard of Picture in Picture? Totally rocks!

To use it you’ll need to go into the preferences in iMovie and turn on “Show Advanced Tools.”

See Example here:

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Now you take the clip from the bottom row and drag it on top of where you want to put it and once you let go of your mouse, you’ll get a ton of options. (See below)

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Choose Picture in Picture and then done – and your done! There are some other options that will make it refined, but you get the idea! Cool right!

 

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Baby Clydesdale Makes News In Marketing Ad

Recently, Budweiser had a commercial run during the Super Bowl. Very creative! They offered the public a chance to name the baby Clydesdale and today they released the name of that baby as…..(*insert drumroll here*) Hope!

If you haven’t seen the commercial which was my personal favorite, you can watch it here:

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Missing Some of Your Facebook Likes? Don’t Worry It’s All For The Good!

A lot of folks have been emailing and asking me about their Facebook business pages losing likes. Found this article today from Web Pro News and thought I would share it. Take a read and rest assured, this is all for the better.

Facebook is cracking down on something they deem harmful to the integrity of their site, and your fans may be in danger.

You may have experienced a small dip in the total likes on your Facebook page in the last couple of days and yes, it does mean that people are fleeing your page. Why have you suddenly become so unpopular? Continue reading

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