In a previous article I wrote about Web designers that rip off clients where I rant about some of my clients that have been ripped off in the past with web design.
I have just taken on a new client that is in the same situation. They have a poor site that they paid far too much for and I am now cleaning up the mess for them. My rates are not “cheap” and nor is my work but when I hear from people how much they paid for their sites it disturbs me. Where is the customer service? Where is the drive to maintain a long and prosperous client relationship?
My company Mk2 Business Solutions has been running since 2006 and in this time we have never lost a client due to poor product or service. Myself I spent many years working in customer service both in sales and management so I learned how to make sure my customers were happy.
The more time I spend in the industry the more I want to effect change in how we deal with our clients. They rely on us to help them grow their business. It is not in anyones best interest to “grab the money and run” providing poor quality work. My clients are able to reach me (except when on vacation) anytime. I respond to emails as soon as I get them and many minor edits on text etc. I do not charge them for.
Here is some of my clients sites if you are interested in viewing them. My company also offeres a referral payout to anyone that refers busines our way. So if you are impressed with our work and know someone that could use the service we offer please pass on our name.
wildernesstrekking.com | avocet3d.com | yourgolfstats.com | ditomassogroup.com | funnyguy.ca | gann.ca | zensport.ca | internationalalpacas.com | sukkhothai.com(in progress) | craigwalters.net | speakwell.com | ezfi.com | commercialpropertyloans.com | animaxdesigngroup.com | guttersuckers.com | adventuretech.ca(in progress)
We are currently taking on new clients. I will be on vacation from August 14th to 29th but someone from the office will be able to take questions and information for my return. As the founder and president of the company I make sure to meet with every client personally before moving forward on a project.
If you need HIGH quality and efficient work then contact us.
Well I made the mistake today of typing in new.facebook.com and it logged me in to the new improved (*cough *cough) facebook layout. For starters this new look has even more wasted space than the previous version. The what are you doing right now is HUGE and takes up as much space as some header images I have seen on other sites.
The home page where you receive your news feed is completely amateurish in design and layout with the newsfeed having entirely too much white space. I see no real point to the change it is really not adding any value to the look and feel of the application. A company like Facebook with the amount of money they are worth could at least produce a better design than this for their “NEW” launch. At least when Myspace changed the look and functionality they made a vertical move and improved the site.
While in the profile view I noticed that there is now a tabbed browsing menu for navigating through the option such as applications. This AJAX style loading system is great when implemented properly. Not so in this case. The loading icon is lame and it seems to take a while to switch views when navigating through the sections. The upper navigation is a nice feature with the drop down selections applications etc. I have noticed that there is some odd padding(spacing) issues on the site which is not appealing to the eye. Main example is down the left side of the screen the edge of the Facebook logo does not line up with the edge of the content creating a weird indented look on the content.
The only redeeming quality I have seen with this new layout is that it is now optimized for 1024X768 instead of 800X600. About time I say considering for a few years now 1024X768 and above resolutions have been dominating the internet.
Facebook.com and new.facebook.com need to hire some new designers and stop letting the programmers design the look of the website. We will see how it progresses in the near future, for now I am giving it a and will be switching back to the old one now that I have found the link to go back.
The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee
When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee.
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand f illed up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous “yes.”
The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.
“Now,” said the professor as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things—your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.
The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.
The sand is everything else—the small stuff. “If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.
“Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first—the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled and said, “I’m glad you asked.”
The coffee just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.”