The Importance Of Mobile Website Compatibility

It seems just a few short years ago that we were trying to convince business owners that they needed a website. As technology advances, so does the need for updated communication techniques by businesses. Now, mobile website compatibility is a necessity for most businesses. In fact, if your website is not compatible to mobile devices you are probably losing business.

Internet Business

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Statics vary, but most of them show that at least 80 percent of people will look a business up on the internet such as Code 6 Timber before they ever visit the store or make a purchase. That means that 80 percent of shoppers will not do business with you if they can’t find you on the internet.

Are you are willing to tell 80 percent of the people in your town that you don’t care if you get their business or not? Without a website, you might as well do that.

So, you’ve invested in a well-designed website that is easy to navigate and includes a shopping cart. When someone needs to shop for furniture in your town, your store shows up on the first page of Google. When someone is sitting at their desk at work, and remember that they need a wedding gift, they can look you up on their PC or laptop and place an order.

Mobile Internet

But, what are you going to do when the potential customer is at lunch? Here are some new statistics for you. Remember, this is a generalization based on several different studies. 60 percent of internet shoppers shop on their mobile devices. In fact, those shoppers seldom shop using their laptop or PCs, because their smartphone does exactly what they want.

A figure that is even more impressive is 80 percent of those shoppers will make a purchase that very day. That is an impressive turnover. This is why your website needs to convert to mobile devices quickly.

Website Conversion

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Your website, however, needs to be designed to convert easily. Each page needs to be resized so that the most vital information shows up on the handheld screen. When a customer loads your website on his or her phone and sees only a fraction of a bigger page, they will skip your business and move on to one that they can navigate more easily.

If your website has a lot of flash, then it won’t download onto mobile devices. Therefore, videos, music, moving figures, or flashing lights not only will keep your site from downloading, it can lock up the handheld device. This is the kiss of death with customers.

The search engines also pay attention to whether or not your website converts to handheld devices. If it doesn’t, you lose rankings. When shoppers can’t load your website, the browsers move your site down in rankings. You slip off of the first page of Google or whatever search engine is being used.

Contact your web host to see if they can convert your website to mobile marketing. Your business will pick up, and sales will increase.

Room Design Apps

Apps and app technology is so popular these days that even Windows has made an attempt to utilize that technology. Potential customers can use apps for everything from getting surf information to selecting a bistro for brunch. Room design apps help people view rooms in their offices or homes with different furniture arrangements, color schemes, and lighting solutions. Most apps are free, and others cost practically nothing, especially when you consider the amount of money you save on purchases. Face it, most people have bought the wrong color paint at least once in their lifetime. With that in mind, here are some room design apps that will revolutionize the way you look at your home or office.

HOUZZ

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HOUZZ is a big online presence for homeowners and homebuilders. Builders clamor to get their houses featured on HOUZZ. This site’s room design app gives you great ideas for each room of the house, from the home office to kids rooms, the bathroom, kitchen, and other rooms. You can also get great ideas for your workplace. You can even get good ideas on the effective use of office plants for guiding traffic and creating a welcoming atmosphere. HOUZZ will tell you where to get the items featured on its site.

IHandy Carpenter

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This cool tool is actually a tool you can use on the work site. This app turns your handheld device into a level, a ruler, a plumb bob, and a protractor. This is great for using your smartphone for measuring surface area to order wall coverings and flooring, for hanging pictures and shelves straight, and for getting those door frames straight up and down.

Handy Man DIY

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With Handy Man DIY, you get an app that will take the dimensions you enter for your office. Then, you can rearrange the furniture in the app, getting ideas for where each piece will fit and how it looks. You get a good idea of what your office or home will look like with each layout. You can even enter in the position of things like office plants and wall hangings to get an overall picture.

Home Design 3D

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You can build your house from foundation to roof with Home Design 3D. You can choose a floor plan and draw the rooms the way you want them. You can even select the thickness of the walls (can you say “hidden room”) and adjust the height of the ceilings to your taste – the app will adjust the roof accordingly. From there, you can even chose the types of windows you want, as well as paint colors, wallpaper, flooring, and doors. Choose your light fixtures, too. When you are done with your design, you can take a 3D tour of your new home or office. Add furniture, and change the design, too.

Benjamin Moore Color Capture

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Benjamin Moore Color Capture will allow you to take a picture of a color you really like and match it with their line of paints. They also recommend coordinating colors.

6 Great Hotel And Bed And Breakfast Apps

If you use your iPhone or android for just about everything, welcome to the club. It is estimated that about 60% of all cellphone users have an iPhone or android. Furthermore, about 80% of these people use their handheld device for shopping. That means they use these miniature computers for everything from choosing a lunch spot for the day to planning a holiday. Large and small businesses are discovering the value of having easily converted websites, and have joined the app community for the convenience of their customers. With that in mind here are some of the best hotel and bed and breakfast apps out there, today.

UK B&B Map

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This app receives 4 stars of 5, and is well reviewed by most visitors. It lists over 16,000 bed and breakfast establishments throughout the UK, making it one of the most comprehensive on the market. With this app, you can link to the B&Bs website, read reviews from other travelers, and get contact information for telephone and email. You’ll also get a pin on the map showing how to find the lodgine, and get directions to the location, as well.

AA Bed & Breakfast Guide

The AA provides a comprehensive app that will guide you through thousands of Beds and Breakfasts in the UK. These places have all been inspected, and range from cozy farms and cottages to country inns and posh urban digs. The information you get with app will include the website link, telephone number, pricing, and pictures and descriptions of the facilities. The app will also display a map of the area, and allow you to explore the surrounding area.

Time Out

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This a guide through London, and is based on the magazine by the same name. You can get listings of hotels, inns, and B&Bs broken down by areas, and find hints and tips for dining and entertainment, as well . This app also includes maps and reviews, along with pictures.

Lonely Planet

Another great guide to get you through cities, the Lonely Planet covers London, along with 125 other cities. The guides help you to navigate the streets, find hotels or other lodging, and find affordable restaurants. You can also find out what kind of shopping is in the area. The app also has phrase books for each city, and you get 5 e-books with the app.

Kayak

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Kayak is still one of the best search apps for someone planning a holiday. You can not only search out hotels and bed & breakfasts, you can book flights and hire a car through Kayak.

AA Hotel Guide

As with the Bed & Breakfast Guide, the Hotel Guide provides you with comprehensive listings of hotels in the UK, complete with reviews, website links, booking links, and directions. Each of the facilities mentioned have been inspected by the AA, and earn their stars through quality service, clean facilities, and up to date amenities.

Finding Specific Garden Decorations

As spring approaches, gardeners’ hearts and thoughts turn to revitalizing their surroundings. Not only does mulch need to be replaced and freeze damaged limbs removed, but lawns need to be treated and bedding plants – well – planted. ‘Tis also the season to consider your next garden decoration. Maybe you’ve always wanted to have a small fountain in your garden, or considered a large, free-standing planter with a beautiful specimen tree for your patio. Or, perhaps you’re considering accent lighting, or security lighting. Whatever you want for your garden, you can find it at any of a number of home improvement stores in the UK. And, you can find it even easier with one of these great apps.

B&Q

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Perhaps one of the biggest DIY stores in the UK is B&Q. You can find just about anything there, from carpet to doorknobs to garden decorations. Check out their app, and you’ll find that statuary, fountains, edging materials, and planters each have their own categories. This makes it much easier to find that perfect “gazing ball” for the corner with all of your azaleas.

Argos

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Argos is another great DIY store that offers an app for your shopping convenience. Garden pots and containers, garden ornaments, accessories for your garden, water features, and even decking and lighting are featured at Argos. Go big, or go small, you can find a water feature that fits on your patio, or have a massive structure in the center of your long driveway. That specific garden decoration is featured on the Argos app, and you can find it with the flick of a finger.

Wickes

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For sheer selection, you can hardly fault Wickes. Get the Wickes app, and you’ll access all kinds of information and how-to tutorials for laying that footpath, installing accent lighting, or selecting security systems for your garden and home. Get ideas for using planters and containers for terraced planting, or simply find the perfect solar sidewalk lights for the garden pathway.

House and Garden

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House and Garden has an app that not only helps you to decorate your house, it will give you great ideas for your garden. Incorporate that old goat trough as a planter in your garden, or find a great solution for adding greenery to shady areas, just by using the House and Garden app. You’ll see unusual uses for various garden decorations, and creative ideas for old lawn equipment. For example, one page in the app shows an old, rusted wheelbarrow with peeling paint. But, it has been transformed with a cascading planting of flowers and vines.

Period Living

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Period Living is another app you should check out, They have an entire section on gardens, and you can see period style gardens that will fit in with just about any architectural style. The great thing is, if they feature a particular garden decoration, they’ll tell you where to find it for yourself. This is garden decorating made easy.

The Best Mobile Apps For Fashion

 

From a flash sale to the hottest runway trends, you can have the latest fashion news at your fingertips. The best mobile apps for fashion will keep you informed and excited about things to come, and tell you where to find the most trendy fashions based on your location. Here are some of the hottest mobile apps for fashion.

Stylebook Closet

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Stylebook gives you a chance to catalog your wardrobe. Every piece of seasalt clothing, night ware and accessories can be uploaded to the app, and categorized. This is invaluable when you’re shopping. You can also use the app for planning your wardrobe for trips, parties, or even work. Are you afraid you’ll get in a rut? Stylebook will solve that problem by allowing you to notate what you wore and where you wore it, so that you don’t show up twice in the same outfit. You can plan your wardrobe around your basic pieces, and select accessories that go perfectly with your favorite items.

Polyvore

Polyvore gives you a chance to build boards with pictures of your favorite things. It is sort of a Pinterest for fashion only, giving you a chance to make a notebook of various outfits. Incorporate your existing wardrobe and add other pieces as you find them to create flawless looks. You can look at other peoples’ collages, and get their input on your own. It’s sort of a best friend in an app, so that you can get ideas on how to get the most from everything from basic pieces to statement items.

Like to Know It

Like to Know it gives you the latest trends on Instagram. You can build a wish list, and see what your favorite online personality is trending. When you find a piece on Like to Know It, it will tell you where to find the item in your location. You can even get emails that tell you where each product can be found, and you can make your purchase online, on the spot.

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Mallzee

With Mallzee, you can organize your different looks. You can have one notebook with work ensembles, another for hot dates, and any other styles you want to use. Then, you go shopping online to find pieces to complete each look and put them on your wish list. You’ll receive notification as soon as any item goes on sale, so that you can save money and look great doing it.

Keep Shopping

This is a never-ending shopping cart. You can shop at all of the stores you want, and buy all of the brands you want, and just check out one time! Keep Shopping has its own stores from which you can shop, or you can go anywhere on the web you want. Throw everything into the same shopping cart, and pay when you’re done.

Fashion apps can keep you on your toes stylistically, but they can save you tons of money, too. Designer clothing and accessories are easier to find, and they come looking for you when there’s a sale!

 

 

 

Making Purchases On Mobile Phones

Shopping has changed significantly over just the last 5 years. Local shops often find that customers want to place an order online, and then come pick up their order. What used to be catalog sales have for the most part been replaced by internet sales, and those have grown exponentially. Even people who do not consider themselves tech-savvy now order over their land-lines and iPhones.

Apps

Android and iPhones now make shopping even easier with apps. Amazon, for instance, has apps so that you can shop your favorite stores and sites with ease. Many business owners do not realize the proverbial gold mine of marketing available to them with the use of apps. By adding a mobile version of your business web site, you can capture a significant segment of the consumer population that you now lose to competitors.
Roughly 60% of consumers say they have made at least one purchase by using an app on their phone. If your website and shopping cart cannot interface with mobile devices, you lose 60% of the customers looking for your product or service.
When people are shopping on their mobile phones, 80% of them will make a purchase that very day. That is a very fast turnaround.

Brand Recognition

In business, it is all about brand recognition. People are simply far more likely to do business with a company or brand that “rings a bell”. Nike doesn’t even put their name on their iconic “swoosh”, anymore, because of brand recognition. Branding is a science all its own, and requires smart design and clever strategy for promotion. You can help to build your own brand recognition with mobile apps and mobile marketing.
One great example of this is Clothesmaid. The UK has seen a perfect example of mobile marketing with this company, with its mobile platform, intuitive navigation, and easy shopping cart. Other companies follow the lead by developing a logo and name that catches attention in an icon used for an app.

Easy Shopping

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One of the reasons people like to shop on line is because it is easier that going in person. In fact, most employees confess to shopping online while they are at work, rather than doing their jobs. You couldn’t do that in person. Imagine saying to your boss, “Oh, I need to step out and check a sale on bags. Back in 15 minutes.”
While shopping while you are at work may not be ethical, it is an excellent example of the power of marketing on the internet, and of making your business available via handheld mobile devices.

Variety

Potential customers can also see everything your business has to offer when they are on the internet. Your shop may be out of stock on some items, but your customers can still see it online. Of course, this does not compensate for seeing something in person, but it helps consumers make their choices much more quickly.
Your business can profit from purchases on mobile phones. Contact your web designer to find out how.

Developing Your Yoga Skills

Bit of a less techy post today, I want to introduce you to something which has enlightened me, today we’ll be talking about Yoga.

Yoga – that 1970’s weirdo/spiritual-type meditation stuff – is actually one of the best forms of exercise you can find! That’s right, it is low-impact but strenuous, and literally anyone can participate. Whether you are a long-distance runner, body builder, or pudgy, middle-aged housewife (like me), yoga can improve your body, your health, and your life.

Not a Cliché

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When a friend of mine nagged me into coming to a yoga health farm with her, I expected incense and chanting. I did not, however, expect to sweat. I did not expect to be sore the next day. To my great surprise, yoga was EXERCISE! Ok, sure, there was some chanting involved, but for me, it just helped to disguise the moaning and grunting that were squeezed out of me.
Yoga found muscles in me that I didn’t know I had. And made them sore. But, you know what? I went back.

Growing in Skills

Years later, I still do yoga, and continually find new ways in which to grow and mature. Now, please notice that I said “mature” and not “age”, because it seems like aging has taken a hiatus. Sure, a decade and a half has taken somewhat of a toll on me, but yoga has adapted. I have been able to avoid many of the ills of others my age simply because I am stronger physically and emotionally. I have better balance, fewer illnesses, and have acquired the “yoga calm” I need to face a changing world.

Ever Evolving

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When I first started yoga, lo these many years ago, I considered certain poses to be the results of showing off. Who would want to do that to their bodies?
Granted, I have not achieved some of the more advanced exercises, and probably never will. But, I have learned that by ever striving for the next level of exertion, my body responds by getting stronger and more stable. The concentration involved has kept my mind sharp and my emotions controllable.

The science of yoga itself is evolving, with the ancient forms being studied and brought to 21st century practitioners. Far from being a “superstition”, it is a series of developed studies that help the participant get in shape and gain more self-awareness.
There are actually over 14 kinds of ancient yoga, because many different religions practiced it. Some versions are more spiritual, while others are more physical. All, however, require the practitioner to turn senses and concentration within, to become aware of the subtle nuances of muscle activity, even down to blood flow. The calming effect of concentration on something other than outside factors has made yoga an indispensable part of the lives of millions.

Grow With You

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There is always room for improvement. For some, running a marathon is a legitimate goal. Others, when they reach their goal in yoga, find there is more beyond. That’s one of the reasons yoga is such a valuable tool in keeping your mind and body healthy. You are never really finished with yoga.