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By James Rose - February 22, 2017 - 4 Comments

8 reasons we almost never use ThemeForest Themes

Do you use ThemeForest themes for your clients? If so, you might find this post contentious, or at least interesting. Over the years of building websites for clients, I was asked about a lot of different TF themes. I of course told them what I thought. The response is usually “What’s wrong with ThemeForest?” This post aims to … Read more

By James Rose - February 13, 2017 - 0 Comments

Why you shouldn’t be a ‘kitchen sink’ agency

One Saturday afternoon, Brian sat at his computer. His most important client had a Monday deadline for a design revision, and he hadn’t even started yet.  The day before, he’d had to decline his friends invitation to go camping. That whole week he’d been insanely busy. Brian had sorted hundreds of emails, managed social media … Read more

By James Rose - January 19, 2017 - 0 Comments

Facebook groups for web designers

Over the last few months, I’ve been checking out lots of different communities that web designers can go to for advice. I’m not talking about design inspiration or purely technical advice, instead advice for running a great business. There are loads of different communities all over the web including LinkedIn, Facebook and the good old … Read more

By James Rose - January 13, 2017 - 0 Comments

Must-have blog plugins for more engagement, traffic and leads

So you are serious about content marketing. You are pushing out a quality blog post at least once a month (I hope more) and sharing it out to all your social media profiles. Maybe you are getting a few likes on those posts. But the real question is… are you getting new business from all … Read more

By James Rose - January 11, 2017 - 40 Comments

How to get web design clients

(Without knocking on doors or cold calling) When people first signed up for Content Snare, they are asked one simple question: What is the single biggest challenge you face in your web design business? The most common response is getting content out of clients. Given they had just signed up for a tool helps them … Read more

By James Rose - January 5, 2017 - 10 Comments

Content Snare Sneak Peek

While the team are working insanely hard on getting Content Snare ready, here’s a little sneak peak at what is in store. Below are two images. The first shows the dashboard. In my opinion this is the most important page of Content Snare. With a quick glance, you’ll be able to see where all your … Read more

By James Rose - December 22, 2016 - 0 Comments

The best CRM for web designers

The marketing automation tool we chose (and why) The world of marketing automation is a big and somewhat scary one. There are so many tools to choose from and it seems more are being added all the time. We’ve played with a lot of them and have just never been happy. Here’s the one we … Read more

By James Rose - December 8, 2016 - 5 Comments

6 Business Tools and Hacks To Improve Productivity

Do you know that feeling when you find some web app or tool that you just know is going to make your life that much easier? Sometimes I’ll get so freakin excited that I’ll do a little dance around the office. This has happened a few times over the years. From the big stuff that helps you … Read more

By James Rose - November 17, 2016 - 4 Comments

How we preview websites to clients (with development web hosting)

When it comes time to show your clients what their website looks like before going live, it can cause a lot of extra work. The best way we’ve found is to upload the website to a development server. Here the client can see exactly what the website will look like. It seems this is a much … Read more

By James Rose - November 15, 2016 - 18 Comments

Client Website Content Checklist

client content checklist

Gathering content from clients is a huge bottleneck in many digital agencies. This post is meant to be a first step in eliminating that problem. You’ll find a checklist that can be used as a template for gathering website content from your clients on time. Why use a template for gathering website content? Let’s answer … Read more

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