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FreshBooks Accounting Software Product Review

Overview:

You haven’t heard of humble beginnings until you’ve heard of FreshBooks. One, innocent day in 2004, CEO Mike McDerment was sledding about his business when he incidentally preserves over an invoice and lost his total work. Thwarted with juggling Word and Excel documents, McDerment decided there must be a better invoicing solution. Collectively with co-founder Joe Sawada, McDerment created FreshBooks–an invoicing and billing software solution.

For three years, FreshBooks was operated out of McDerment’s parents’ cellar. For the first 24-month stretch, the company only had ten customers buying into the software at $9.99/mo for a total profit of $99.99/mo for a team of four. But despite the difficult financial situation, McDerment and his staff believed in their product.

Today, FreshBooks has over 500,000 users, 200 employees, and operates in 120 countries. The company keeps a professional, yet very fun vibe. It has been featured in Forbes magazine as the second most used accounting software company in the US (Quickbooks is the first). Countless awards has been presented to Freshbooks for its customer service. This staff lives the words, “We’re more than just a program that they use, we’re people who care.”

Excellent customer service and a robust feature set, including invoicing, costs, time tracking, contact management, client portals, expenses, and light inventory, help FreshBooks to stand out from the competition. Extras like snail mail invoicing options, customer credit, and over 35 integrations are just icing on the cake. The five scalable plans fit nearly any size business. However, there is one huge drawback about FreshBooks–it’s not actually accounting software.

FreshBooks does not use double-entry accounting (a big no-no), offers limited reports, and has a very indigent banking reconciliation capability. For corporations looking for powerful accounting features, FreshBooks might not be the best choice. That said, if you’re looking for reliable invoicing and billing features, unique time tracking and client management tools, and some light bookkeeping/accounting functions, FreshBooks is unquestionably worth considering. The customer service alone makes this software worthwhile.

Pricing:

FreshBooks offers a free 30-day trial, no credit card or banking information required. There are five pricing options which fit nearly any business size. Payments made monthly, and with no contract necessary, you can cancel the service at any time.

  • Sprout: $12.95/mo – All plans include unlimited invoices, expenses, and time tracking. Allows you to bill up to 5 clients.
  • Seedling: $19.95/mo – Allows you to bill up to 20 clients.
  • Evergreen: $29.95/mo ($26.96/mo with a yearly contract) – Allows you to bill up to 200 clients.
  • Mighty Oak: $39.95/mo ($35.96/mo with a yearly contract) – Allows you to bill an infinite amount of clients. Adds one additional staff member and team timesheets.
  • Redwood: Call for Pricing – The Redwood plan is for bigger businesses and enterprises that send a lot of invoices, work in teams, and bring in about $10k in online payments every month. Look here for more information about what this plan contains.

FreshBooks’ referral program gives users one free month of service (up to $39.95) if the friend they recommend upgrades to a paid plan.

Note: The Sprout, Seedling, and Evergreen program only support one user. Additional users cost an extra $10/mo each. There are user permission options for these additional users; however, each user must sign in with the same login (a feature that could stand to be improved).

Web-Hosted or Locally Installed:

Web-Hosted. No downloads or installation required.

Hardware or Software Requirements:

As a cloud-based software, FreshBooks can be accessed anywhere at any time (so long as you have internet access). FreshBooks also has an app for iPhones/iPads (iOS 8+) and Androids (4.2+).

Specific Size of Business:

FreshBooks is one of the most scalable software providers I have seen. With five different pricing options, FreshBooks is a good fit for any business from freelancers and micro businesses to large enterprises. If you want a software that grows with you, FreshBooks is an excellent choice. The only thing to keep in mind is that the cost of other users can add up quickly.

Accounting Method:

Both accrual and cash basis accounting.

Ease of Use:

Overall, FreshBooks is incredibly intuitive and easy to use. The UI is visually appealing and customizable. You can add your logo in place of the FreshBooks’ one, and you can customize the colors to your taste as well.

  • Setup – Setting up your FreshBooks account is easy and doesn’t take too long either. Each account receives a unique login URL. Once you’ve opened your account, there are a lot of preferences to fill in, but they’re all pretty self-explanatory. You begin by adding your company’s information and setting up payment gateways. (If you are unsure which payment gateway you want to use, read this article.) You can then add clients manually or by importing a customer list from a .csv file. One of the coolest preferences found is under emails. Here you can customize templates with specific messages for different types of emails including payment reminders, recurring invoices, welcoming new clients or staff members, and more. . I recommend signing up for the free webinar, which completely walks you through the setup process. The webinar takes about an hour, and I found it worth the time. It shows you some preferences and tips you might not find on your own. However, by spending some time in settings you can easily hop in right away and set up everything yourself.
  • Organization – For the most part, FreshBooks is well-organized with tabs marking Home, People, Invoices, Estimates, Expenses, Time Tracking, Reports, and More. Almost everything is where you would expect it to be, though occasionally I had to search for a certain preference or feature.
  • Instructions and Guidance – If you can’t find something you need or can’t figure out how a feature works, have no fear, FreshBooks is here. The first time you open a tab (like Invoicing, for example) FreshBooks provides a quick video explaining the feature in detail. In addition to the free webinar mentioned above, there is a getting started video you can access at any time. FreshBooks also offers incredible support, so you can just give their customer service team a call and you’ll go right through to a kind and helpful representative.
  • Problems – There is very little to complain about in terms of the interface design, other than a few minor annoyances. However, there are a few key features missing for a cloud-based accounting software.
  • Lacking Features –FreshBooks claims to be an accounting software, but does not offer typical accounting capabilities like accounts payable. It also does not use double-entry accounting, which could be a big drawback for some businesses looking for true accounting.
  • Invoice Designs Limited – While the invoicing feature is well developed and offers some incredibly unique features, I was disappointed by the lack of customizability. You can customize much of the written content on an invoice, but there are only two invoice designs. Furthermore, the only design choice you can control is the option to add a personalized logo.
  • Could Be Streamlined – Though generally intuitive, there are times when a feature wasn’t where I expected it to be. For example, when creating an estimate or invoice, you can’t add a new sales tax from that window. Instead of having an “add new” option on the invoicing window, you have to go all the way into settings to create a new sales tax.

Features:

  • FreshBooks covers most basic invoicing and billing features, but takes these basic features to a new level by adding unique features like customer reviews and snail mail invoice options. There are so many personalized touches that set FreshBooks apart I could never cover them all, so for a full list of FreshBooks’ features go here.
  • Dashboard – The home screen displays well-organized, and appealing charts and gives you a quick view of your business’s activity and financial health. These charts include: invoices and expenses, outstanding invoices, active projects, recent activities, and reports. As I mentioned earlier in the review, at the top of the screen there are multiple tabs (Home, People, Invoices, Estimates, Expenses, Time Tracking, Reports, and More) for quick navigation of the interface. Each tab has secondary tabs below when clicked on. There are also settings and help buttons on top for quick access to the FreshBooks Help Center.

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  • Invoicing – FreshBooks offers two invoicing templates. Each invoice can customize with notes to clients, discounts, taxes, etc. You can set recurring invoices and a default Terms and Conditions message. FreshBooks tracks when invoices are received and read. Invoices can be sent by email or snail mail—though the mail delivery time is the farthest thing from snail-like. When you choose the snail mail option, your invoice will be sent to a FreshBooks facility that takes care of absolutely everything – and I mean everything – for you. Printing, packaging, mailing, done. Each invoice is delivered first class within one business day and includes a return envelope. All you have to do is pay for the stamps (see postage pricing here).
  • Estimates – Estimates are easy to create and turn into invoices. You can customize views with separate Terms and Conditions default. There is no snail mail option for ratings.
  • Client Portal – FreshBooks has one of the best customer portals I’ve seen. It’s straightforward and appealing. Clients can view their current invoices, estimates, and projects, as well as their history. They can request changes and make payments directly from the Client Portal. There is also an auto-billing feature they can enable.

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  • Customer Review – One of the unique features in FreshBooks is the option to request reviews from their clients after completing business with them.
  • Contacts Management – You can manage a detailed client list from FreshBooks. These features essential consumer information and private, personal notes that the customer can’t see. You can also add multiple contact names per business, which seems so valuable and natural I wonder why more software companies don’t offer this function.
  • Time Tracking – This is where FreshBooks shines. FreshBooks is ahead of most of its competitors in terms of time tracking. Time tracking is available on every plan (unlike with most software companies, which make you pay extra for this feature). You and your employees can enter time manually or with the built-in timer and apply them to any task or project. You also have the option to allow your clients to view the hours you’ve logged on a project. Timesheets can be generated into invoices easily.

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  • Payments – FreshBooks tracks online payments, but you can also add cash payments manually. FreshBooks offers the unique option of adding a credit to a client; just select a client name, add a new item called “Pre-Payment,” and apply the item to a future invoice when ready.
  • Expenses – FreshBooks allows you to use live bank feeds, import bank files via .csv, or enter expenses manually. The latter option is a little annoying because the price shown does not include the taxes you pay, which can be very misleading. You can look at the tax summary report to see your total taxes, but this seems like a lot of time wasted. You can also use mobile apps to take pictures of your expense receipts for quick importing on the go, and any of these expenditures may be assigned to specific clients. Reports – FreshBooks offers 24 reports total, including your average profit and loss statement, balance sheet (you’ll have to enter many of the fields), and tax summary, though some businesses may want more year-end tax reports and traditional accounting reports like accounts payable. Some of FreshBooks’ most notable reports include timesheets, customer reviews, and a quarterly report card. All reports can be exported to a .cvs or .xls file or shared with an accountant. Also, you can choose to receive a weekly overview report via email.
  • Inventory – FreshBooks offers a light stock option located under Invoices > Items > Add New. Just check the track list option when you are adding the item’s information, and it will keep track of your inventory. This feature is pretty limited compared to most cloud-based accounting competitors as there is no way to track inventory value or set low inventory alerts, but it’s better than nothing.
  • Sales Tax – FreshBooks allows for great default tax settings. You can add as many sales tax options as you need and can apply different sales taxes within the same invoice if necessary.
  • Multi-Currency – FreshBooks supports multiple currencies and multiple languages. If you change the language for a client, your single screen will remain in English. Only their side will be affected by the modification.
  • Open API – FreshBooks has open API for developers.
  • Other Resources – The actual Freshbooks website features a free Business Name Generator tool, a free invoice creator, and a free customizable and downloadable invoice template.

Customer Service and Support:

There’s a reason FreshBooks has been cited many times for award winning customer service. One person said: “No matter the issue, big or small, the FreshBooks Support Team is your tiny army of helpful humans just waiting to make your day easier”—and it’s true.

FreshBooks support is by far the best I have seen. All of my test calls went straight through to a real person, and I was never put on hold (if we’re honest, I called their support more times than necessary just because I was so pleased by it). Emails receive quick, informative responses. And since FreshBooks is such a large company, it offers many other resources to its customers. These resources include:

  • Phone – FreshBooks phone support operates Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm EDT. US and Canadian users can call toll free at 1-866-303-6061. For worldwide support call +1-416-481-6946.
  • Email – Contact support@freshbooks.com. When you sign up, you also receive an email from a personalized customer coach with whom you can set up a free orientation.
  • Contact Form – FreshBooks has an online contact form here.
  • Webinar – My favorite support option is the free introductory webinar FreshBooks offers. Sign up here to learn about the software—and if you’re lucky, you just might hear some awesome Batman jokes. Help Center – The Help Center features lots of how-to articles when you need them. The sheer amount of articles can be a bit overwhelming, but the articles are categorized and there’s a search bar to make your life a little easier. Although, when I had questions I turned to the phone support and YouTube video demonstrations first.
  • Blog – Much like the help center, the FreshBooks’ blog has a bunch of articles, which offer business advice and introducing product updates.
  • YouTube – Freshbooks’ YouTube channel features how-to videos, set-up demonstrations, advice for small businesses, and customer testimonials. I found the how-to videos particularly helpful.
  • Social Media – FreshBooks keeps an active Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Their Facebook and Twitter accounts mostly point to new blog posts and updates. Instagram features motivation quotes, customer stories, and contests, while Pinterest has interesting boards on how to save on taxes, set up a productive workspace, and host cool company parties.
  • In-Software Support – There is a help tab accessible from inside the software itself.

Negative Reviews and Complaints:

For the most part, FreshBooks receives positive reviews across the board, although there are a few complaints that stand out:

    • Not Accounting Software – Despite the name, FreshBooks simply is not “cloud accounting” software. One customer said, “the ‘books’ part of the name ‘FreshBooks’ led me to believe it would work on my entire book. That’s weird to me that it doesn’t.” FreshBooks does not use double-entry accounting, managing your bills is limited, and bank reconciliation is below par compared to other software (you can only import expenses and while there are live feeds, these “live feeds” only get updated once a day and deposits are not recognized). FreshBooks also does not have important accounting reports like accounts payable, general ledger, or balance sheet (there is a balance sheet report in FreshBooks but you have to fill in the majority of the fields yourself). For some smaller companies this may not be an issue, but for customers looking for true accounting software, this could be a huge drawback–especially because without double-entry accounting and the ability to reconcile income as well as expenses, there is no way to get a real look at your total financial state. A few customers just want FreshBooks to be called what is truly is, an invoicing or billing software.
    • No Integration With Quickbooks Online – A few customers complained about the lack of integration with Quickbooks online.
    • Lack of Feature Updates – Some customers feel that FreshBooks has stalled on updates lately and that their suggestions are not being listened to. Some of these suggestions include: a better inventory feature, a mileage tracker, more accounting reports, more invoicing templates, separate shipping and billing addresses, and the option to send estimates via snail mail.
    • No Forever Free Plan – A few customers complained about the pricing of FreshBooks, particularly that their forever free plan apparently wasn’t forever as it is no longer offered.
    • However, FreshBooks pricing has dropped lately. The Mighty Oak plan is $40 cheaper a month than the last time we reviewed this software.
    • Limited Users – Some customers would like to see more users supported per account (without the extra $10/mo charge per new user). They also want to be able to set stronger user permissions.

Positive Reviews and Testimonials:

Overall, customers seem to love the FreshBooks product. FreshBooks has an A+ rating with BBB and receives 4.7/5 stars on GetApp. Besides, the mobile apps are highly functioning with the iPhone app awarded 4.5/5 stars and the Android app 4.2/5 stars. Customer testimonials can be found on the FreshBooks site or their YouTube channel, in addition to reviewing sites on the web.

Some of the features customers love most are:

  • Saves Time – This is one of the most common praises. Users like that FreshBooks is simple to use and saves them time on expenses tracking, invoicing, and billing.
  • Intuitive Interface – Many users find FreshBooks easy to learn, and they enjoy the practical and appealing organization of the software.
  • Fantastic Customer Service – FreshBooks customer service is highly praised by users, who appreciate that they can talk to the friendly phone support staff after only one or two rings.
  • Active Mobile App – Despite a few reported glitches, most users find the mobile apps convenient and well-designed. While not capable of all desktop functions, FreshBooks seems to have one of the most developed mobile apps in the cloud accounting world.
  • Advanced Time Tracking Feature – The time tracking featured is well-loved and much used by FreshBooks subscribers. Users mainly comment on the built-in timer function.
  • Company’s Values – One customer encouraged others to research more about FreshBooks because they are such a cool company with an amazing story–and I agree. How many corporations do you know who partner with a nonprofit like Girls Learning Code and turn their whole office space into a camp for a week? Or whose CEO’s office is made of transparent walls, so his work and his cute dog are always visible? Watch this video to learn more about girls learning code, or read this article to hear about Freshbooks’ values and office vibes.

 

Final Verdict:

FreshBooks has an impressive number of features, and I am particularly intrigued by how each feature offers something unique, especially in a software environment where every company can start to look the same. FreshBooks has highly customizable email settings, snail mail capabilities, strong time tracking features, customer review requests, a powerful mobile app and a client portal.

These features can fit the needs of nearly any sized business. The plans are incredibly scalable and since dropping their prices and adding more integrations, FreshBooks has become an even more compelling invoicing and billing option.That said, I am hesitant to tout it as a viable accounting option.

Despite their logo, FreshBooks has fallen behind on the “cloud accounting” half of its title. There’s a reason I didn’t include bank reconciliation in the features section–there isn’t a bank reconciliation feature, at least not one that can compare to what you find in other software. Without a proper reconciliation feature and the ability to perform double-entry accounting, FreshBooks fails to balance the books.

While this may be a huge drawback for some companies, FreshBooks still has an impressive number of features with unique capabilities. The customer service is unbeatable and the mobile apps are far above those of the competition. To see if FreshBooks is a good choice for your company, try out their free 30-day trial and let us know what you think.

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QUALITIES TO LOOK FOR WHEN HIRING A WEB DESIGNER

Web designers are almost indispensable in today’s world since websites have become a serious platform for marketing and advertising goods or services. A website designer is basically the creator of a website. He or she is charged with the task of developing the layout and the overall look of the website. The designer is therefore someone with broad knowledge about many concepts since he needs to work with the entrepreneur to pick appropriate colors and appealing logos which match with the activities or the theme of the business. It is also his responsibility to discuss layouts of the website pages and create suitable mockups.    

 

However, choosing a web designer for one’s business remains very tricky even though there exist hundreds of thousands of websites advertising web design services. Nobody wants to recruit an incompetent designer who is unable to add value to a business or service. If you are looking to hire a web designer, you need to settle for one who will meet your needs without you losing your mind in the process. You don’t just need someone who is good at taking pretty pictures. You rather need a person who is able to organize your site’s content and set up layouts which meet the goals or requirements of your website. That said, it will be best for you to look up the differences between a designer, a developer, and an implementer because knowing them makes you determine the type of professional you are really in need of. Often, some entrepreneurs think that they should hire a website designer whereas what they are actually in need of is a website developer. Now let’s examine some qualities entrepreneurs should consider when hiring a web designer for their companies;

The Designer’s style

The designer’s style is a very important factor to take into consideration when hiring a web designer for your company. You need to find out if the designer’s style matches what you anticipate your site to look like. That said, you will need to go through the designer’s portfolio and note the items that catch your eyes. You should be able to know whether or not you are satisfied with the designer’s choice of colors, layouts or even logos. You don’t want to hire someone whose design appears off. Also, you can’t possibly have a modern website by hiring a web designer whose portfolio looks a bad episode of back to the future.

 

 

Site maintenance and Upkeep

Before you hire a web designer for your business, you need to be able to answer these two questions;

  • What is the kind of maintenance and upkeep my website need?
  • Can I do the maintenance myself or do I need to hire someone?

If you are hoping to make millions of dollars through your website, then its maintenance should be a continuous process. You do not want your website to appear archaic, inaccessible or unpleasant to users and visitors. You rather want your website to always be up to date especially if they require plugins or software to function. To put it simply, websites require constant attention and you obviously need someone for its maintenance and upkeep. Thus prior to hiring your web designer, find out whether or not he will be available to provide maintenance services for the website. You can equally opt to hire someone else for the website maintenance or in the worst case learn the tricks and do it yourself.

 

Availability of the designer for website revision

Websites are not static as they need revision from time to time. Before hiring your web designer, it is advisable to find out if he will be available to do changes especially in layout in the long run. While at it, keep in mind that the designer has no obligation to provide you free services which were not included in the initial contract you signed before hiring him. In as much as it is better to stick with one designer for the security of your website, it is equally important for you two to agree on whether or not he will be available to do revision for the website and at what cost. It is also worth noting that the values of services changes over time. Hence you don’t expect to pay your designer the same fee two or three years later.

 

Availability of the designer to develop the website

You should know if your potential web designer will be available to develop your website. This is where knowing the difference between a web designer and a web developer becomes very important. Although many web designers are also competent at web development, some may prefer to limit their job to just designing. They may rather chose to create mockups that will be coded into an actual site elsewhere. Some designers on the other hand may decide to partner with a developer to work in the entire project. Whatever the case may be, you need to choose the option which is suitable and affordable to you.

Type of design files

Your potential designer should open up to you about the types of files he is going to be using for your website. That said, the PSD and Al format mockups are highly recommendable. Also, your web designer should not have any problems giving you editable versions of your logo in either the PSD, AI, EPS, or PDF. Above all, the designer must have a license or permission if he intends to use any premium graphics or fonts in the design. You don’t want to be sued for having unauthorized graphics or photos on your website.

Not the right questions? You may not need a designer!

If you’re reading this thinking, These questions don’t even apply to my project!, it’s possible you need both a designer and developer or an implementer. As I mentioned, those labels can overlap, so there’s no perfect way to tell you what you need. Knowing the scope of your project and what you’ll want in terms of looks and functionality are key in finding the professional who is best qualified to help you.

If you do web work, how do you define yourself? Any tips you can share with those who are looking to hire a web professional?

Dream Design Labs a team of web designers, developers, and digital marketers.

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15 Types of Content That Will Double if Not Triple Your Traffic

Ever wonder why all those blog posts you put up never get any traffic?

What if you consumed nothing but cookies for the next year? Do you think you would be very healthy? Just like people need a balanced diet, your content marketing needs a balanced diet. This is the reason why so many businesses have a Facebook page with blog posts that get zero engagement. Simply applying this will gain you fresh traffic, targeted visitors, higher conversion rates and better SEO.

(If anything, just save this list to create your content marketing strategies)

Type #1 Infographics

An infographic is the display of information or data in a visual way. Info + graphic sums it up.

Infographics get shared more, viewed more, and liked more than most other content types. They are a powerful way to get your data out there in an explosive visual format. One study found that infographics were liked and shared on social media up to three times more often than other posts. The potential is there.

Type #2 Meme

You’ve seen them. They’re easy to make, they’re visual, and they’re hilarious.

That’s one of the great benefits of memes – they’re hilarious. People love something they can laugh at, share and get a kick out of.

Type #3 Videos

There’s a world of variety within videos. I could write a whole separate post on different types of videos. No matter what type it is, however, a good video communicates a message in a succinct and memorable fashion. Done well, a video can be quite persuasive.

Type #4 Guides

A guide is a long detailed piece of content. Think of a guide as a super charged blog post. It goes beyond the length, style, and approach of an ordinary blog post. People want to know what’s in it for me, so gaining knowledge that could improve their life is a very popular type of content.

Type #5 Book Review

A book review is a summary of a book plus your take on it. You recommend good ones, critique some, and talk about the golden nuggets of information you took away from each. Book reviews are great because they help to position you as a thought leader.

Type #6 Rant

This type is much different than most posts, due to the “tone”. You might be used to writing about a well planned blog post. The rant type can be fired off the hip and is more expressive. The more opinionated and polarizing you are, the more it will get shared and commented. (Facebook can’t tell the difference between a good comment and a negative comment. Either one boosts your engagement.)

Type #7 Product Review

Like the book review, a product review can help establish you as a leader in an industry. Every industry has it’s unique products, services, software, etc. When you acknowledge brands, influencers and other high profile products and services, you gain respect. All you need to do is tell your audience your experience and provide a recommendation.

Type #8 How-to

The how-to is one of the most popular, especially in my industry. People are always searching how-to do something, and it’s your job to answer those questions! By answering these questions in your content marketing, you gain their attention and recognize you as an authority figure. Hopefully you will also gain leads through your how-to posts.

Type #9 Lists

You guessed it! Lists. We are hard-wired to love them. Chances are you will read another list (besides this one) by the end of the day. “5 Security Breaches You Need To Know About.” Lists go back as far as the ten commandments! To this day, numbered ideas are as popular as ever. Even top publications like Inc or Forbes use lists, because they work!

Type #10 Link Pages

A link page is just a post that provides links to great resources around the World Wide Web. The great thing about link pages is they spread link love to other sites, provide your own site with authoritative SEO signals, and assert your thought leadership within your industry.

Type #11 Ebook

An ebook is a very long guide packed in a different format, such as a PDF. Ebooks are usually free content websites offer in exchange for an email. Producing an ebook is great for building authority in your field and a powerful way for you to get your message out there.

Type #12 Case Study

A case study explains what your product or service is and how it helped a client of yours. The case study basically says, “here’s what we do, how we do it, and the results we get.” This is a great way to gain new leads and spread the knowledge that your product or service works!

Type #13 Podcast

Podcasts were booming for a while there, and they still are. They are not hard to create, people listen to them during commute or exercise. You have a chance to spread your message farther and better using this format than a lot of other formats.

Type #14 Interview

Every field has it’s leaders. When you’re able to interview a leader, you can gain a lot of respect in your field, not to mention huge amounts of traffic. Interviews are unique. No one else has your information – only you.

Type #15 Research and original data

Most of us work in data-intensive fields, where numbers and metrics hold a ton of value. Sharing your findings is a great way for your to gain traffic, build trust, and establish your authority. When you do the research, which is hard work, people respect that. What’s more, people share it.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are many types of content types, and your content marketing strategy needs most if not all of them for a balanced diet. The more you use, the better the results! Content, regardless of its form, speaks to an audience. That audience, in turn, listens, shares, learns, and converts.

What type of content do you prefer and why?

Dream Design Labs’ experts excel in social media optimization!

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These days it’s hard to decide which web design advice to believe. Everyone has the magic pill that will increase conversions and retain visitors longer etc… Well, here is an amazing info graphic that explains the importance of having your website up-to-date in order to build trust with your online customers.

7 Reasons People Don't Trust Your Website

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It’s key for a successful business to be aware of its industry, and be adaptable when need be. Any successful business does not get comfortable where it is now. Stability is an illusion in an unstable world. Be aware. Be adaptable.

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#DDLtips

Orange County SEO Expert

– Today I am going to show you how to do research on your keywords!

1. Go to adwords.google.com and sign up for free
2. Once signed in, click the main menu button “Tools”. Click “Keyword Planner”
3. Click “Search for new keywords using a phrase, website or category”.
4. Enter any keyword phrase in the first box, leave the rest as is, then click the blue button “Get Ideas”.
5. The next page will show amazing information!

This keyword planner tool is an amazing tool Google offers for free! You can see average searches per month, competition and more information. Check out data on some of your own keywords. If any of you get stuck along the way, don’t hesitate to contact me.

If you have any questions:
Live Chat: www.dreamdesignlabs.com
Call or Text: 657-215-5020
Email: b@dreamdesignlabs.com

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Orange County SEO Expert

Orange County SEO Expert – Chances are you landed on this page because you are searching for information on how to become an EXPERT in SEO for your business! Becoming a wiz on this stuff is easier than you think, stay tuned!

 

 

#DDLtips

We are creating a hashtag #DDLtips. Here we are going to be teaching you tips other web agencies don’t want you to hear! 😉 So, stay tuned folks!

“How can my website rank on the 1st page of Google with all the competition in my industry?!” I get asked this question all the time, and the answer is simple! There are thousands of keywords searched in your industry every single hour. You need to find the ones that are “uncharted territories”.  Yes, Walmart might have you beat on the main stream keywords, but if you focus on the right niche keywords, you will land on the 1st page of Google, and take advantage of thousands of new visitors! Amazing, right!?

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I’m really excited to share tips that will encourage, and inspire you to start pushing your SEO efforts forward! I’ll be posting these on Faebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, Youtube, My blog and LinkedIn!

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The Secret To Getting Ahead Is Getting Started.

The Secret To Getting Ahead Is Getting Started.

This can’t be any clearer. Take action. Putting off your entrepreneurial dream one more day will turn into 1 year, 10 years, and before you know it, it turns into regret.

Don’t regret!

Contact me to chat about your business! If you don’t succeed, I don’t succeed.

So let’s do this.

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If everyone does SEO, how can I possibly rank on the first page of Google?

I recently was asked; “If everyone does SEO, how can I possibly rank on the first page of Google?”

I’m really glad that I got asked that question because it opens my eyes to how many people are missing out on this awesome way to get traffic! SEO is a really cool marketing tool for your business, that when done correctly can drive customers that are looking to buy your product or service right to your website!

To answer his question, one huge tip is using keywords that are long and specific! For example. Instead of using “How to lose weight” You use “How to lose weight in my belly in 30 days” This keyword is now laser targeted! You know this person wants to lose weight, you know its in their belly, and you know they want it quick! If you sell a weight loss program or service you now have gained traffic that already want a solution, and you have it!

If you found this helpful give me a like! If you would like to learn more cool tips FOR FREE, just contact me, and make sure to follow @dreamdesignlabs

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Connect with your web customers

Imagine connecting with your customers more personally than ever before through your website.

We believe that you should be able to engage your customers the same way you would in a store front.

Stop loosing customer engagement and email us today:

info@dreamdesignlabs.com

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