I’ve been having so much fun helping businesses establish their unique brands on Facebook. This month it looks like 10 businesses will launch their brands on Facebook: SUNSHINE TV NETWORK: (https://www NULL.facebook NULL.com/SunshineTVNetwork) Video advertising in businesses, floatplane terminals, and high-visibility screens in downtown Vancouver. Matches web site brand that showcases the video advertising itself as the main brand image. C-TOW CANADA: (https://www NULL.facebook NULL.com/ctowcanada) This unique business provides 24 hr...read more
Co-Founder Darren Horler of Seaveyors Environmental & Marine Services, one of our maintenance clients, asked Bad Dog what we could do to help their site, seaveyors.ca, break into the top 10 on Google for ‘BC Diving Services’. Now, this is a very broad category search. It brings back results that run the gamut of recreational dive companies, diving schools for individuals and train-the-trainers certification, and commercial dive services. The approximate results of such a search are in the neighbourhood of 1.1 million possible...read more
Proach Models and Bad Dog Design go way back – in fact we go back to the very beginning, to the fall of 1997 and the start of commercial web design on the Sunshine Coast. From its earliest days online with a straight html site right through to a fully developed WordPress web site with integrated ecommerce, galleries, video and blog Bad Dog Design has helped Spacemodel.com keep up with the rapid pace of change online to dominate in their field of specialization. Nick Proach Models (as it was known then) was one of the earliest local...read more
KarenJudd.ca: From a dated, marginally functional web site to a dynamic, modern site with a 100% custom design that is loaded with features, comes with great support (just in case Bad Dog Design is unavailable to assist) and is positioned to grow with her needs and to keep pace with the ever-changing landscape of Real Estate online.read more
The Sunshine Coast Hospice Society is an inspirational group of volunteers who dedicate much of their life helping others to live while dealing with terminal illness. It’s sacred ground in the human soul, this giving of comfort and assistance… not only in dying, but in the living that is left to those dealing with life threatening illnesses. The local Society needed a web site that would provide a respected presentation online of their mission and goals, and share with site visitors important work the Society does in the community...read more
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I love working with Colleen Friesen specifically, and travel writers in general... their lives are so interesting!
Are you getting bogus security alerts like these from the 'Microsoft account team' (capitalization intentional)? FRAUDULENT PHISHING to get your account info - do not click on any links in the email.
Microsoft will never contact you by email or phone with a request for this information unless you have initiated a technical support request, and even then it will be from within a logged in area of their site such as a chat window or support ticket system with a verification process you must go through first!
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WARNING: PHISHING ATTEMPT THROUGH PAYPAL LOOKALIKE: I had this confirmed by email@example.com this morning as a malicious phishing attempt (tricking user into providing personal information). If you receive one delete it immediately.
WARNING: ***BOGUS DOMAIN TRANSFER EMAILS*** Please read and share in your networks.
One of my clients received this message yesterday. It is an attempt by the DOMAIN REGISTRY OF CANADA TO STEAL the registration of their domain name away from their current registrar. It looks official, governmental, and has a fake Order # in the subject line that creates the appearance of a transaction already in progress. THESE ALWAYS COME MORE THAN 60 DAYS BEFORE YOUR DOMAIN RENEWAL DATE. (Domains can not be transferred to another registrar within 60 days of renewal for this very reason).
DRC WILL ALSO SEND OFFICIAL-LOOKING SNAIL/PRINTED MAIL with a place for a signature and the look of an invoice.
Inform your registrar if you receive any such digital or printed information from this company.
Bad Dog Design Inc. commented on their own link.
Are you ready for Canada's Anti-Spam law coming into force on July 1?
"After July 1, 2014 there will be restrictions on the extent to which you can send electronic messages, including electronic messages that are designed to ask for consent to send commercial electronic messages."
Fines can reach as high as $1M for individuals and $10M for companies.
Get your mailing lists verified via double opt-in BEFORE the end of June, and consider canvassing local clients and obtaining an old-fashioned signature accepting your electronic correspondence.
Full Details: http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/casl-lcap.htm
Bad Dog Design Inc. "Under section 66, consent to send commercial electronic messages (CEMs) is implied for a period of 36 months beginning July 1, 2014, where there is an existing business or non-business relationship that includes the communication of CEMs. Note however, that this three-year period of implied consent will end if the recipient indicates that they no longer consent to receiving CEMs. During the transitional period, the definitions of existing business and non-business relationships are not subject to the limitation periods that would otherwise be applicable under section 10 of CASL. Businesses and people may take advantage of this transitional period to seek express consent for the continued sending of CEMs.
In contrast, express consent does not expire after a certain period of time has passed. If you obtain valid express consent before July 1, 2014, then that express consent remains valid after the legislation comes into force. It does not expire, until the recipient withdraws their consent."
May 27, 2014 at 6:28 pm
Perhaps why Instagram is gaining traffic so fast? How do you feel about 'Promoted Pins'? Given that they are just photos with other photos maybe the ads won't be so intrusive?
Just when you thought it was safe to go in the water... duh-duh, da-duh-da-duh-da-duh... fin slashes surface Bad Dog has your back!
Getty Images announces new embed feature allowing sites to use stock images with attribution and linking for photographer. Great alternative to lawsuits r'us.
Saw this piece from Twitter for business - I wonder how relevant the stats are for rurally-located businesses.
"Mobile has channels. Channels are pathways. In other words, they’re delivery mechanisms through which verbal, written or aural messages are communicated. Some of these delivery mechanisms include mobile display, mobile apps, websites, paid search and others." - 60 Second Marketer
Get a look at the redesigned Pender Harbour Resort at http://www.phrm.ca and book your Easter vacation!
The meme echo chamber on Facebook may be getting quieter... do you like, love, or loathe the photos with words on them, visual inspirational quotes that replicate like rabbits in our feeds?
A pretty telling video about why Facebook advertising to grow likes doesn't work. We'll see if this makes it past the censors.
Bad Dog Design Inc. updated their cover photo.
A question for 2014 design trends... do you prefer standard/traditional web sites for companies you interact with, or one-page scrolling sites (Parallax style)?
Traditional web sites have links that lead to other pages that can be bookmarked/shared;
Parallax scroll lengthwise and/or horizontally and when a link is clicked on the page 'jumps' to the place in the content the link is connected to.
Here's two examples:
The new Parallax scrolling one-page design: http://jacksonvilleartwalk.com/ (image below, with link)
Merlin uses a more traditional format: http://bit.ly/1dqEpty
Bad Dog Design Inc. updated their cover photo.
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