5 frustrating ways your website works against you

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There’s something infuriating about poorly designed websites that give you the feeling of actually working against you. Some make finding what you’re looking for incredibly difficult, or worse, are so clunky that you just click out and find an alternative. All the while knowing your blood pressure is escalating and the ten minutes you just wasted can never be regained! It’s a minimum expectation to have a really functional website that supports your customers in doing business with you. And utterly essential if your business does any type of e-commerce. Here are my 5 essentials to a winning website. 1….

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Standing out from the Pack

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When landing on a business name there are a few major factors to consider- Does it represent your product or service? Is it clearly identifiable? Can you find a matching domain name or social media handle? But most perhaps the most important question of all, does it reflect the things that make your business unique? Any good business plan focuses on your point of difference in the market. Perhaps you’ve created an innovative new solution to a well-known problem; maybe you offer better service, experience, expertise or perhaps your businesses’ differentiator is price. Whatever your point of difference, much your…

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EOFY, GST, BAS: Get your head around it with Rounded.

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It’s that time of year. Today, marks the start of the new financial year for FY2016/2017. The time is also something that small business operators dread; tax time. In an age where technology is transforming everything from the way get from one place to another, to how we buy clothes and groceries, the rise of contractors, freelancers, collectives, creatives and sole traders has seen more small business owners searching for a new way of keeping track of their expenses, invoices and their time. While there are plenty of accounting apps and software on the market, Australian start-up Rounded has developed…

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Dachboard Design – Rebranding a Business

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When Chole Tremble decided to change the name of her creative design business, she didn’t have to look far for inspiration. The story behind the Dachboard logo, and the Sunshine Coast-based design studio, offers a great example of how multiple messages can be captured and conveyed through one chic design. Dachboard (pronounced Dash-board) is a designed to be a play on words incorporating the traditional “dashboard” or “back-end” of a website created by web developers.  To put her own unique stamp on the business, Chole (pronounced ‘Sh-ole’) decided to insert a “CH” and in doing so also gave a nod…

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Website check-list: Top five questions you must ask your web designer

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The world of digital marketing, social media, web design and hosting can become so packed full of “jargon” and “experts” it can be difficult to be sure that you’re getting value for money when choosing a designer to develop your online presence. While it can be confusing, you don’t need to feel like a dog chasing your tail- here’s a list of the top five questions you should be asking any web designer when you get a quote: Will my site be mobile responsive? People with their phones these days are like the proverbial dog with a bone with recent…

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Tired of doing the “doggy-paddle”? Let Dachboard Design show you how to freestyle!

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Have you ever seen a dog trying to swim in water? It moves its legs back and forth very quickly. It’s the first movement all children learn when they first start to swim – it’s called ‘the doggy paddle”! When you’re first dipping your toe into the waters of digital marketing, web design, refreshing your website or re-branding your business, it can feel a little bit like you’re “doggy-paddling” in a world of colours, concepts, Adwords and acronyms; SEO, Vimeo, social media, CPC. If you’re looking for a way to grow your business, it can seem overwhelming to try and…

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Freelancing Doesn’t Mean you have to Fly Solo

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Establishing her own graphic design studio on the Sunshine Coast offered Chole Tremble plenty of benefits – increased flexibility, the opportunity to really invest in her clients and ability to deliver outstanding results. In dog-eat-dog age of digital change, businesses increasingly appreciate the need to refresh and re-energise their online presence, website content and digital marketing to ensure they remain competitive, but are also searching for the most cost-effective way to achieve their goals. With the demand for skilled designers on the rise, one of the biggest challenges Chole has faced since launching Dachboard Design is juggling the demands of…

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How to Make your Business Card “feel” like you

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“Do you have a card?” In an age where there a more ways than ever to network, connect and collaborate, this is one of the most common phrasesin any industry. Whether you’re a one-man start-up or a well-established enterprise, your business card says a lot about who you are, what you do and what you offer your clients or potential partners. While a lot of businesses and individuals focus on ensuring the details on the card are correct (and this is important!) when Chole from Dachboard Design is handed a business card she looks beyond the information on the card…

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Digitsing your Logo while Maintaining your Brand

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How to “digitise” your logo while maintaining your brand when it comes to branding your business, there are few things more important that creating a logo that speaks to your customers and reflects your values.  In an age where social media, mobile apps and search engines can deliver more exposure for your brand than ever before, established businesses can struggle to straddle the digital divide between maintaining continuity of their brand while capturing the increasingly limited attention spans of potential customers online. This is where an experienced logo designer or web designer can provide an invaluable service. With  15 years’…

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Unleash your inner graphic designer with 5 Free Years of Adobe’s Award-Winning Tools: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign & More

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Graphic Designers at our sunshine coast graphic design studio create visual solutions with the world’s best creative apps – the Adobe Creative Cloud. The suite of professional tools gives our design team the ability to create and edit images, develop complex magazine or brochure layouts and ofcourse the ability to design logos and websites. In comparison to some of the software that comes standard on your average computer it’s a whole different animal! With a pricetag of around $697 AUD / yr for an individual and reaching up to $10,000 AUD for a small business – for some it might send…

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