What is a Sitemap? Why you need to have one

Welcome to the first post in a new series I’m calling the Designer Lingo Series! I’ll break down some common branding and web design jargon. The first term on the list is sitemaps. What is a Sitemap? Simply defined, a sitemap is a list or map of all the pages contained in a website. Sitemaps can […]

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Web Design

My Creative Studio Spotlight July 2018 Edition

We’ve reached the summer halfway point and it’s time for a look back to last month with My Creative Studio Spotlight July 2018 edition. Studio Spotlight July 2018 – Goals: Blogging Consistently and Establishing an Editorial Calendar I struggled in June to hit my goal of 2-3 blog posts a month. A big factor was […]

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Business

My Top 5 Authentic Female Business Influencers

As August quickly approaches, I’ve been thinking a lot about where I was this time last year and reflecting on the female business influencers that have made such an impact on my life. So, I thought I would share with you my top 5 list in hopes that you may find some business inspiration from […]

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The Reasons Online Quizzes Work and How to Make One

We’ve all been sucked in by online quizzes. You know which ones I’m talking about… The kind that Buzzfeed has dedicated an entire section of their website too. In doing my due diligence and research for this article, I discovered the following truth’s about myself: Fascinating right? Hmm… not so much! But what is fascinating […]

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Business

Should you Invest in a Professional Website?

If you stumbled across my website, chances are you are considering the services of a professional website designer. The Investment Before we chat about IF you should invest in a professional website, let’s talk a little bit about the actual investment. These days it may cost you hundreds to tens of thousands for a professional […]

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Web Design

10 Reasons Why I Love Showit, the Drag and Drop Website Builder

Today, I’m featuring all things Showit 5, the drag and drop website builder. In fact, I’m such a big fan that I based my entire business around it! I hear you. You’re thinking what’s the big deal about Showit 5, Vanessa? And isn’t it just for photographers? Well, stick around because today I’m listing my […]

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Web Design

How to make a Remarkable First Impression with your Business

To make a positive first impression with your business, your brand must do two things well right from the start. Amy Cuddy, a Harvard Business professor spent 15+ years studying the topic. Her findings are discussed in the book Storybrand by Donald Miller, my latest pickup from the local library. Heads up, this is an […]

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Branding

My Creative Studio Spotlight June 2018 Edition

A behind-the-scenes look into the running of my branding and web design studio in what I call Studio Spotlight June 2018 edition. See my web stats, if I achieved my monthly goals, what I’m reading and listening too plus what we published on the blog last month.

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Business

How to Brand your Instagram in 5 Easy Steps

I’ve been working on something a little different from my typical web design projects this week. A good friend was launching her nail salon, The Base Coat Nail Boutique, and was looking to step up her Instagram game. She already had a logo and website designed but needed help pulling all the branding together in her […]

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Social Media

My Creative Studio Spotlight May 2018 Edition

Today I’m taking you behind the scenes of my business in what I’m calling My Creative Studio Spotlight May 2018 edition. When I think about the bloggers and online business owners I’ve learned the most from, they tend to be the ones that are most open and upfront about their industry. I admire those that […]

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