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Wishing You New Year Greetings for 2013!

2013 compass concept

Well, I will start off this blog post with Best Wishes for 2013!  We’ve enjoyed your continuing visits to this website and also the increase in visitors and subscribers to my corresponding Youtube site.  We nearly doubled our site visitors in 2012 from 2011 and also improved our Google and Alexa ranking dramatically.  With WordPress and Youtube  improving so many of there online tools, you can expect to see additional updates to this site and my Youtube channel. We are also getting an increasing amount of web traffic from mobile devices such as the ipad and mobile phones, this was a trend I noticed a couple of years ago and am happily enjoying the benefits.

When I first started this blog (a couple of years ago) my New Year’s blog post for 2011 had referenced the fact that we were facing tough economic times.  If you have been following the news closely, going into this year, economic times are even more difficult.  So as a result it is even more challenging than my previous post, to write and to address low-cost but effective ways to build up your online presence.  However,  some basic things still apply.

As your writing up your New Year’s resolutions, you know the ones that include how to improve and invest in your online business, now is the time to review your web design and print collateral graphic design needs. Technorati has published a very informative article on the Top 5 Web Design Trends in 2013,  which discusses how more companies are developing their websites using HTML 5 and are designing their websites so that they can be design responsive for tablets and smartphone users.

Budgets are understandably tighter and meeting your website design and publishing goals will probably  get even more challenging.    But we don’t want you to despair, we have website development plans and content plans of our own and now that the holidays are behind us, we’ll  start churning out those tips, new vids  and how-to articles.  In the meantime, thanks for stopping by.

Just in Time Seasons Greetings And Holiday Wishes?

Santa Christmas CookieOkay, so I blew it, getting in this year’s Christmas greetings in a little bit late.  Wishing you the most happiness with the Christmas gifts you have already opened and many happy returns!  (ha-ha)

It’s been a great year thanks to all the fans of this site, that includes unique visitors as well as repeat visitors.  I have been busy enjoying my vacation and well, I dropped the ball when it came to website updates and blog posts.   Thankfully, I have spent developing some evergreen content in the past that has kept my web traffic steady.  As we fast approach the year 2013, I’m expecting to keep working at this site and deliver new content.

I also would like to thank all the Youtube viewers and new subscribers, we will put the nose to the grindstone as soon as the festivities are over.  Happy New Year!

Wishing You A Happy Thanksgiving!


Another year has rolled in and this is just a short note to remind you that I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving!  I certainly was busy eating turkey and gravy, green beans almondine, cornbread stuffing and parmesan mashed potatoes among other things. Throw in a few more calories that I don’t care to mention and it was all good. Mmmm. Mmmm.

I certainly am grateful for a lot of things.  I appreciate all the visitors to my website and the additional subscribers and views on my Youtube channel.  This has been a tough economic year for many, and I hope some of the  instruction I provide in my free videos is building  your graphic design skill set.  Thanks again and again for all the visits as this website nears it’s second birthday.

Tomorrow is the start of all the  Black Friday Sales and the preparation for the Holiday Season, so hope you all are enjoying your holiday!

Reminder: Prepare Your Marketing Materials for the Holidays!

Halloween Design

Illustration by Vector Jungle

It’s that time of the year again, when suddenly you might find yourself gearing up for the upcoming Holidays with a slew of things to get done.  The first major holiday rolling around being, of course, Halloween.

Wikipedia defines Halloween, as…

“Halloween (or Hallowe’en) is an annual holiday observed on October 31, which commonly includes activities such as trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, carving jack-o’-lanterns, bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.

And what should these holiday celebrations mean to you as a small business owner? Only that you might want to work with your graphic designer to develop an ad campaign for any online or print collateral marketing that you might want to do in this holiday season. This way all graphic design and graphic elements are sourced and completed ahead of the holiday schedule.   Ideally, you should have this done at least one or two months before the holiday season rolls around but getting started sooner rather than later is your best bet.

Memorial Day Reflections – Honoring Our Fallen Heroes

Flag and Flowers at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

When Memorial Day comes around most of us are planning a three day weekend at the beach or other getaway or planning the food for our picnic or outdoor barbecue. Over the years, I have been guilty of perhaps spending more time on what fun activities I have planned for my weekend rather than spending the time in sober reflection for the contributions that our military and fallen heroes have sacrificed for our nation’s preservation of freedom. So, this blog post might go a little way to correcting that error and be my small contribution to remembering our fallen heroes and veterans.

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Remembering Mom on Mother’s Day…

Mother's Day Flowers

As Mother’s Day approaches, I think back of my dear Mom, Rose Pratiz Molina. Sadly, she passed away several years ago, but not without leaving an indelible place in my heart.  As a mixed Italian immigrant, my mom had that famous Italian love of food and  cooking and there are several Italian dishes a person can mention and in a flash I remember dishes my Mom made for our family and my mouth automatically waters, dishes like canolli, spaghetti with homemade marinara sauce and my all time favorite, osso buco.

So it is with a full heart and happy memories of days gone by, that I wish all Moms a Happy Mother’s Day.

The following video is a small tribute I pulled together last year for Moms.  I would suggest that you check out Animoto  in order to gather a few pictures together and create  a quick video for a slideshow presentation that you can put together for free and send to your mom for this holiday!

Best Wishes for a Prosperous and Productive New Year

Here’s hoping your new year has rolled in with a bang and did not roll in with a whimper considering the tough economic times we are experiencing. As your writing up your New Year’s resolutions to improve and invest in your online business, now is the time to review your web design and print collateral graphic design needs.  In an article, The State of Small Business Online Marketing Budgets that first appeared in American Express Open Forum, it stated the following:

Small businesses are predicted to maintain steady marketing budgets next year, including spending on websites, direct mail, e-mail marketing, social media and print advertising, according to a recent survey by Zoomerang and GrowBiz Media.
Small business marketing budgets leaned toward websites this year, with 39% of SMBs with fewer than 1,000 employees spending greater than 20% of their budgets in that area. Online spending is expected to continue in favor of websites, as 17% of respondents plan to increase budgets for their sites in 2011 — the highest percentage increase in planning for any marketing item included in the survey.

It seems small businesses are dedicating more resources to their online presence and starting your new business year in that direction will be a great investment that is bound to reap rewards as the year progresses. Best Wishes for a prosperous New Year!

Santa has Gone Mobile:Old Christmas Traditions With a Hi-Tech Digital Twist


Cartoon Santa Claus

Letter to Santa

Santa never had it so good or is his workshop suddenly inundated with digital requests from all over the world? Just how does he keep up?!   Well you know times have changed when people discuss the Secret Santa exchange you used to have at the workplace when they are forgoing the old lists and using  Twitter, according to this article “Play Secret Santa With Your Twitter Network”  that is what this Twitter app is encouraging.

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