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Gondola Romantica

Gondola Romantica provides romantic gondola trips on the scenic St. Croix river along the border between Minnesota and Wisconsin. My client needs a way for customers to book the cruises online and to schedule his gondoliers for each day. We built a custom application that fits both of these needs, creating the most efficient schedule for each day, even though the cruises last for varying amounts of time.

Since the gondola cruises combine the ultra romantic and luxurious with gorgeous natural scenery along the St. Croix, we worked to give the site that same appeal. And since searches for “gondola cruises” are rare in Minnesota and Wisconsin, the site uses alternative methods of promotion such as Facebook, newsletters and links from other tourism related sites.

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ACTReady website

ACT Ready

ACT Ready prepares students to take and succeed at the ACT Test for college admission. In addition to providing general information about their courses, the site gives my clients a way to update course dates and times. A section for newsy updates or promotions is provided on the home page (a good way to let Google know the page keeps up to date).

I initially worked with my clients when they had a small site using one of the do-it-yourself tools. We set up Jot Forms then to provide registration for their classes as the DIY didn’t provide that option. As their needs grew, we created a more complex site in WordPress and gave them their own internal registration forms and payment system. We recently updated the site to give it a more modern look and better information flow.

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Websites for Sinard, Inc.

I’ve created multiple white label sites – sites produced for other agencies or designers and displayed with their branding. It’s work I enjoy because it exposes me to many different types of requirements and designs. Craig Sinard is graciously letting me highlight some of the sites created for his company:

Minasian Rug Company

Minasian Rug Company

Minasian.com features beautiful oriental rugs, from rare antiques to unique contemporary designs. Minasian prides itself on personal contact with each customer and preparing inidividual showcases. Each rug has a contact form allowing users to inquire about the rug and get a call or email from Minasian to discuss the rug further or to set up an appointment to view the rug.

Currently featuring 1500 rugs, new rugs are added and sold rugs are removed fairly frequently. A specialized plugin makes the process much easier for the staff.

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Twin City Filter Service

Twin City Filter Service

Twin City Filter Service is known for its great service and for speedy delivery – overnight in Minnesota and the four surrounding states. Matt, the owner, is known for coming up with unique solutions for filtration problems. The site highlights this personal attention, rapid delivery, and large product list.

There’s a separate blog that gets a lot of attention and multiple landing pages to attract new customers. An excellent SEO team coordinates with Craig and myself to make sure the site is showing up on Google. It’s worked so well that new staff had to be added.

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Minasian Rug Care

Minasian Rug Care

Besides selling exquisite rugs, Minasian has a rug care company that takes care of rugs from the old family favorite to the grandest oriental rugs – cleaning, repairing, and restoring. We worked closely with the client to translate their vision for each page into web-friendly, beautiful layouts that easily moved from desktop computers to mobile phones.

Minasian Rug Care offers multiple ways to get rugs to and from the store: they can be picked up by MRC, serviced, and returned, or clients can bring their rugs to the store and either bring them in or arrange to have someone come out to their car for pickup. Services are explained on multiple pages so someone going to only one or two pages gets a full overview of the different services.

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R&R Specialities

R&R Specialties

R&R Specialties specializes in all things ice rink, including Zamboni sales and service, ice rink ceilings, ice paints and painting and other arena supplies. Their previous site lacked the on-page SEO they needed, especially since their big-ticket item – Zamboni ice resurfacers – didn’t have its own page. We changed that to make sure the Zambonis got the real estate they deserved. My clients said they noticed an uptick in calls soon after the new site was launched.

R&R also offers yearly seminars on repairing Zamboni ice resurfacers and ice rink painting. The site setup makes it easy to move the seminar announcement to near the top of the home page when the yearly seminar is a few months away.

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Expert Physician Evaluations

Expert Physician Evaluations provides physicians for expert, unbiased medical evaluations and opinions to independent medical evaluation companies, legal and insurance clients.

Their original site was an html site and needed to be updated by a developer whenever they wanted to add new content. I moved their site into WordPress and gave them a simple way to add new physicians to their list, organizing them by specialty. Putting their fairly complex request form online gives potential clients an immediate way to make a request for a physician.

This recent update of my client’s site was done by my associate – designer, developer, friend – Chris Rosepapa.

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Marilyn Allysum

Marilyn Allysum

This talented artist wanted a site that reflects her style, with an emphasis on the aloha spirit of Hawaii, her second home. She also needed an easy way to add new paintings and painting details to her site.

WordPress made it easy to add pages covering her additional talents – as a musician and Tai Chi instructor. A news section announces both art showings and music concerts.

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Monarch Psychiatric Services

Monarch Psychiatric Services

This site was created for my client as she left a group practice and started out on her own. She was concerned about building up her practice quickly enough to offset the costs of her new enterprise. No worries. She quickly added more practitioners and more space to her business.

Some simple SEO practices made sure former clients looking for her could find her. When the business was robust enough we switched the main SEO focus over to her business name.

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Declare It Spiritwear

The Declare It Spiritwear site was created with two major goals in mind: promote my client’s custom embroidery and garment printing services and streamline the complex ordering process, especially for groups. The site needed to be colorful and energetic, clearly explain the types of services available, and make ordering simple for each individual member of each group.

We were able to provide all the requested functionality. My client was happy to discover that we could also provide ways to make uploading new products and product variations simpler as well.

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Rising Sun Animal Wellness Center

Even though my client has retired, I couldn’t bring myself to take this down. Marta was my first paid client and the site was done in html – no fancy programs! We updated the site several times over the years. This is the last version, making use of some fancy programs :). Original notes:

Rising Sun is a veterinary clinic that offers both traditional and alternative medicine for its clients. The original site needed an update and I was happy to work with my long term client on providing a more modern look.

The mobile-friendly look is fresh and inviting. Multiple ways to add new content make it easy to get the word out. Filling out forms online saves both providers and clients time. Using Facebook to promote the site has been a successful strategy and Facebook posts right on the home page invite users to become a fan.