To say I’ve been lax in the use of my website is an understatement. The last post coming October 2008!?! This is totally unacceptable. I mean what is the use of having a website run on a CMS and not use it to speed up the process of creating web content. Well that ends today with today’s post I am getting back into the swing of using my website. So now that that bit of business is out of the way let’s get down to why I am writing this post. I’ve added some social media icons to my contact us page and updated my contact us process.
It’s A Social Media World We Live In
Twitter, facebook, digg, delicious and the list goes on and on but these sites have changed the way we interact with the web. These social media sites have made our time spent on the web much more of a social event than ever before. Yes I know what they provide is not new there are tons of forerunners to these sites some still around others hanging on by the slimmest of margins others more popular than ever in other parts of the world. What social media sites like twitter, facebook, and Linked In have done is make the interaction with friends, the gathering and dissemination of information feel like a much more one on one experience. After all social media is all about sharing, so if you will permit me to explain why I choose to add the specific social media icons that I did add to my contact page.
This one seems fairly obvious; after all it is the out of all the social media sites available to the public one of the most visible. You can barely watch a television show without seeing the little animated blue bird slip across the screen begging you to follow the particular media outlet. The choice behind adding this was two fold, 1) wanting to connect with others in the web design industry and 2) to connect with interesting people who may not be in my industry.
Delicious provides a great social book marking service allowing you to take your bookmarks with you wherever you go. Not a day goes by that I don’t end up adding a bookmark, be it an industry related topic or one a link that simply find interesting but don’t have the time to read at the moment. Also fun to add links for others and see what links they add for you. It’s a fun way to share the way your interests and be exposed to new sites, articles that you may not find on your own. Simply put this link was added in the hopes that there will be more people to share with.
Linked In provides a way for social networking on a professional level. Linked In is a great way to connect with people in the industry and to keep up with what is going on with the web industry. It’s my online resume which I encourage feed back on and look forward to sharing with other people.
I have not ever been proficient in my use of digg, but I plan to change this. I plan to become more active in digg and look for people to share ideas with.
Facebook has become an invaluable tool for connecting, communicating and reconnecting with people. I love it and hope to find more people to connect with who are interested in web design, graphic design, advertising etc.
Stumble Upon is much like digg in terms of my experience with it, I hope that there will be more people to share with on this service as well.
Contact Page Updated To Take Advantage of Google Analytics Goals
Also I’ve updated my contact to take advantage of the goals component of Google Analytics. I was told by my good friend @NetGeek06 last year that my contact us form was a bit confusing as it did not lead to an actual success page. At that point I was focused on other areas of my site and my work so I did not set that up. I have now set this process up so that I will know at what rate people are filling out the form on my site. This will allow me to tailor my site so that the end user gets the best possible experience out of it. Sounds like a good topic for a post.
Hello, my name is Arthur Brown Jr., a web designer, graphic designer and identity development professional. From graphic design to web site development to search engine marketing; helping people create graphics, and strategies for optimized, marketable websites that convert well is something that has become my passion. I am available as a freelancer, please feel free to contact me here.