Ever wished you could add your business information to a local listing service with millions of users? Wouldn't it be great if your customers write great reviews about you there too? Well, wish no more! If you haven't already heard of it (or used it yourself), that service with user reviews and recommendations is called Yelp.
An easy-to-use and powerful tool, Yelp is crucial to attracting new customers to your small business, whether it's a café or a consulting firm. We suggest creating a (free!) business Yelp account (if you don't already have one) today!
Once you've received a few customer reviews (hopefully all 5-stars), you can add a Yelp badge to your JimdoPage. This way visitors to your site can easily find and read your business reviews and information.
Check out this tutorial for step-by-step instructions!
This week we are launching our weekly web series: The Blue Room. Join us every Friday morning inside the Blue Room in Jimdo's San Francisco office, where we'll chat about Jimdo's most recent news, answer a few questions from you, and give you the chance to get to know the Jimdo team!
William and I (Julia) start off the series with Episode 1: Mustache Mayhem. Don't miss out on the exciting news, answers to what could be YOUR questions, and drawn-on mustaches taking over!
Julia O. Test
Customer Support Geek
When you hand someone your business card, email them from your business account, or even "friend" them on Facebook or other social networks, chances are that they'll take a moment out of their busy schedule to check out your website! Statistics show that, increasingly, they'll be doing this from a mobile device (over 15% all visits to all JimdoPro and JimdoBusiness sites come from smartphone users).
While your website may look great on a computer, it's quickly becoming essential that it looks good on the screen of your phone. If your website is too difficult to navigate on a mobile device and yet that is how your customers are viewing it, all of your hard work designing a great site may go to waste!
But do not fear - the Jimdo team is on it! For the past year, all Jimdo sites have already all been automatically displaying a mobile-optimized view when accessed on mobile devices. Until now, the mobile view looked the same for all sites, but today we've added new mobile layout options, for a total of six!
To take advantage of these new mobile layouts, login to your JimdoPage and go to Settings > Mobile View. There you'll see a menu where you can select the layout that suits your mobile site best.
Click on a layout to preview how it will look on a mobile device. As soon as you hit save, the chosen layout will be active - it's that easy!
By the way - your mobile layout is completely independent of your standard web layout, so changing it won't affect how your site looks on a computer screen.
Welcome to the Jersey Shore! Of alpacas, that is. The Jersey Shore Alpacas is a small farm with 18 alpacas of all different
ages and colors. In this week's Jimdo Spotlight, we asked Tish and Jim a few questions about what life with alpacas is like.
Alpacas are curious, gentle creatures. They are easy to care for, and provide luxurious fiber that makes very warm, soft yarn and other products such as scarves, hats, gloves, and sweaters. My husband, Jim, and I decided to raise alpacas in part because we have a large property with a pasture, and they seemed like a perfect match for us, especially since I have always loved fiber arts such as knitting and weaving. What could be better than growing your own fiber to work with!
What's the most fun part about owning alpacas?
We are fortunate to be able to have our alpacas close to our home. The barn is literally in our backyard. So, we are able to observe them doing cute and comical things all the time. One of the fun things to watch is in the evening when the younger alpacas (and sometimes even the older ones) bound around the paddock in what is called "pronking." It's when they leap like a gazelle with all four feet off the ground at the same time. It's so cool to see them enjoying themselves.
For those who don't know, what's the difference between an alpaca and a llama?
Alpacas are approximately one third smaller than llamas, and their ears are spear-shaped, instead of banana-shaped, like a llama's. Most alpaca owners will tell you that alpaca fleece is softer than llama, but I do know that there are some llamas with lovely, fine, soft fleece similar to their alpaca cousins.
Why did you decide to work with the Efata Knitters in Peru instead of making your own items?
I love to knit, but I also work full-time as a high school teacher, so I was finding that I didn't have enough time to knit items for our store. Also, I didn't have a source for hand-knit baby items in "baby alpaca" (the softest grade of alpaca easily available), and we often get requests for baby clothes from our customers. Additionally, as Christians, we had wanted our store to serve as a "ministry" in some capacity. We felt we wanted to give back to the people of Peru. These desires led us to the Efata mission for deaf children in Peru, and one of the missionaries there connected us with some ladies skilled in knitting who are able to earn some extra income knitting products for our store. We pay them fair trade for their work, and we get lovely, one-of-a-kind baby sweaters, as well as other beautiful items for adults. It's a win-win for all of us!
How has having a website helped people in your community become aware of your Alpaca farm?
Our website is extremely important to our business. Many of our customers find out about our farm through word-of-mouth, so we've set up the site to be informative to potential visitors who may have been referred by others. We want them to see what they will experience when they come to visit, as well as gain information about alpacas in general. We have at least as many visitors from outside our area as locals, and often people will search out alpaca farms in our area before they come here for vacation (alpaca enthusiasts are really die-hard fans!). We want them to see our farm as a friendly, appealing place to visit, and Jimdo has allowed us to achieve that. Sometimes, travelers see our sign and stop to visit the farm. We are able to direct them to our site, especially the videos section, where they can see cool things like an actual birth, shearing, pronking, and the unusual alpaca "warning call." I love being able to refer visitors to this page!
Photos by Jersey Shore Alpacas.
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The social media era has arrived. It's vocal, and it's here to stay. But what implications does that have for your small business' online presence? What networks should you be on? What tools should you be using? And how should you incorporate it all into your business?
The answers to these questions and more will be covered at Oakland Digital's upcoming one-day educational event, "Social Media For Small Businesses" in Oakland, CA. Jimdo's very own Community Care Bear, Kurt Lash, will be talking about the best ways to integrate social media with your Jimdo website. He'll cover how websites should be embracing social media channels and what practices work best. If you want to learn more about the social media platforms you've heard others buzzing about, check out this Bay Area symposium. Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, Google+: find out what implications these networks have for your business and how they can benefit your company. Other topics will include the Power of Social, Social Networking Methods and Strategies, Local Search and Reviews, as well as Google+ Pages and Tools for Local Businesses. Tech experts from Jimdo, Google, Yelp, Constant Contact, and others will be presenting digital tools for your small business.
Experian's recent trend report shows that 91% of online adults are on social media networks, 39% have tweeted about a brand and 42% have mentioned a brand in a status update (source: ATYM). Odds are your current and prospect customers are on social media to connect, shop, research and discover. If your customers are talking social, you should be too!
Can't make it to Oakland, CA for the conference? Join us for our first Social Media Basics webinar on August 1, 2012.
Calling England: Does the World Wide Web ever seem a little too wide? Would you like your website to feel a little bit more local? Now you can register your domain as www.your-name.co.uk and have it sounding as British as a cup of tea with a jammie dodger!
From now on, when you sign up for JimdoBusiness or JimdoPro you can select a domain name with a .co.uk address included in the package price. Of course, if you prefer a .com or .net domain, no worries: we have those on hand, too.
If you have a JimdoFree site...
First you'll have to upgrade to a paid plan. Upgrading removes the Jimdo ad box and includes loads of extra features, including a free domain (two for Business).
Once you've decided to go with JimdoPro or JimdoBusiness, you can register a domain during the sign-up process.
If you have JimdoPro or JimdoBusiness...
Congratulations, you've made the right decision.
If you already have a domain registered on Jimdo, you can order another one by logging into your website and clicking on the Upgrade button on the right.
If not, click Upgrade to register your domain gratis.
Country Manager UK and Ireland
A common question I hear from Jimdo users is how to make a clean, modern website. This is sort of a loaded question, as you can use just about any of Jimdo's flexible layouts to create a site like that. But there's a bit more to it.
One of the most distinctive concepts in modern web design often flies under the radar: white space. Once you begin adding elements one after the other onto your page, your site can start to feel a bit cramped. Up until now, there hasn't been a built-in way to add extra space between a heading and a block of text, or between two photo elements that are placed one above the other. But now you can!
We've just released the new Spacing element! Simply place it between any other elements on your page to add as much white space as you like.
This may not sound so exciting at first, but consider this: Now, by using the Spacing element in conjunction with the Columns element, you can position anything anywhere you want within the content area of your page! Jimdo just got much more flexible!
We recently added new images that you can use for the header image on your JimdoFree, JimdoPro, and JimdoBusiness pages! Maybe you'll find a new look for the season in there.
Here's how to browse through the images: Log into your JimdoPage and then click on the header. Click on the Gallery tab, that's where you'll find the new images. Go ahead and choose one by clicking on it. If you see one you want to keep, click save.
Check out the photo gallery below for a peek at some of the new header images.
Country Manager UK and Ireland
With the 2012 London Olympics right around the corner, some of you will be inspired to channel that excitement and get into shape. To help you get off to a great start, we asked Monica Torland, a strength and rehab personal trainer, for a few healthy workout tips for all our Jimdo readers. Check out her site and let us know in the comments if you will be working towards being in healthier shape this summer!
Why did you become a trainer and sports therapist?
I've always wanted to work in the sport and fitness industry as this has always been one of my greatest interests. Having played semi-professional football (the kind you kick not throw) and represented my country Norway on several occasions, I realized early on the importance of the physical aspect of sport. I also had a back injury when I was 14-years-old and this highlighted the importance a good rehabilitation program plays in helping injured athlethes like myself come back to full fitness as soon as possible.
What's the most rewarding part about your work?
Without a doubt seeing people reach their goals. Everyone has different goals so this can mean winning an important match or just getting into a favorite dress before a set date. It is also great when I get to help people return to play from an injury and support them in their recovery.
What exercise tips would you give Jimdo readers?
What I believe in is actually quite boring: don’t overcomplicate things and keep your training simple! Here are my tips for Jimdo readers:
I see you've been blogging for quite some time, what benefits have you gotten from it?
Blogging is a great way to share your knowledge and views on training. Plus, it is also a great way to create a network with other professionals in my field of strength and conditioning training.
Why did you choose Jimdo to build your website?
Jimdo had all the features I wanted and needed in a website builder. It is user friendly, which to me was the biggest selling point. I wanted to be able to edit the website in my own time without needing too much IT knowledge. It is also easy to get in contact with anyone on the Jimdo team if I ever need any help or guidance.
Is there anything else you'd like to share with the Jimdo community?
Training is a lifestyle. Being healthy and in good shape takes a lot of hard work, but like with everything else in this life, nothing worth fighting for is easy! Find something you enjoy, doing that is the main thing!
I wish all the sporty people out there a great Olympic Summer! Even though I want Norway to get as many medals as possible, I also wish Great Britain the best of luck :).
What will your summer training look like? Whatever it consists of, don't forget to add strength conditioning into the mix!
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