TAG: small business

Why it’s time to get your brick-and-mortar store online

Toys R Us, the iconic retailer of our childhood, filed for bankruptcy this month, citing a lack of traffic to their brick-and-mortar stores as one of the reasons why the business has been on a slow downward spiral. Their lackluster online store and their inability to compete with online retail giants like Amazon proves that having a customer-facing storefront is no longer enough to bring consistent business through the door. If you own a brick-and-mortar business that sells goods, it’s time to seriously consider taking your shop online.

The long road to internet success, part 5: Community

Part 5 of the series, “The long road to internet success”. Read Part 4 here.

If you recall, we began this journey—this journey to build my online profile and, more harrowingly, increase my wife’s confidence by approximately 23% in my ability to one day host the Academy Awards—on the back of Name.com customer Helene Kwong’s three rules to success: Content, Consistency, Community. We have taken some detours like, for example, when we covered fear. Fear, it turns out, is detriment to all three Cs. But then I realized that freaking out over fear is dumb. Sure, if you’re getting attacked by sharks, be afraid and probably act on fear, but when it comes to creating and promoting content, you’d better be bold. Or at least pretend to be. Here’s a photographic example:

3 free places to learn how to use Adobe Photoshop

If you have created your own website before, you know that compelling imagery is one of the best ways to give your site personality and make it stand out from the crowd. Whether it’s creating a custom banner for your header or improving the photos you post, knowing how to use Adobe Photoshop can be a huge plus. Check out these helpful (and free!) resources to help you learn to use Photoshop.