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Jamie McBurney

I Still Use My G5 - Going On 10 Years

After almost 10 years, I am still using the Logitech G5 as my daily driver.  I have worn the paint off of three spots, and have contemplated replacing the teflon gliders on occasion, but this thing hasn't let me down once!

Out of curiosity I looked at my options for replacing this mouse, and apparently I am not the only person to want another one.  The going rate for this mouse is $265 which is about $200 more than I paid in 2005.  Yikes!

In unrelated news, I have an unspecified vintage computer peripheral for sale that has appreciated over 4 times its original worth.  It may or may not contain missing paint in 3 areas, and may or may not require new teflon gliders.  $250 CAD - Makes a great stocking stuffer or host gift for that discerning geek in your life.

 

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Laura Renner

Congrats on your new site Hayman Construction!

 

I would like to congratulate Hayman Construction on the launch of their new site!  

 

Everyone from both the REM and Hayman Construction teams deserves a congrats on a job well done!

 

Here is a brief snapshot of their new site:

 

 

If you would like to see the new design please visit the Hayman Construction website here.

 

 

 

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Rob Matlow

We are hiring a Graphic Designer

REM is looking for a graphic designer that is ready to stand out from her/his peers as they launch multiple new websites per year with their name attached to the design!  If you prefer to work as part of a high performing Web Design team that puts bold ideas in front of hundreds of customers each year than REM wants to talk to you.  We blend all the excitement and flexibility of a fast moving industry innovator with the stability of a company that has been thriving for more than 14 years in this community!

 

For full details on the position, please click here.

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Laura Renner

Christmas is Coming!

 

No matter what holiday you celebrate I think we can all agree that this time of year is exciting!  

 

I know for a fact that everyone in my house is ready to start celebrating with friends and family - and I mean everyone: even our little dwarf-cat, Mocha is ready to start the festivities!

 

 

What are you most looking forward to this holiday season?

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Sean Sanderson

The Emotions Behind Colour

 

It’s no secret that colours have an effect on the way people think when viewing anything. This is also true when it comes to web design. Colours are everywhere and the web is surely not black and white.

 

Marketers and designers use certain colours to evoke emotions and certain feelings toward their viewers.

 

Below are a few of the main colours used in the web and the emotions that are tied to them.


Red – Excitement, Love and Lust
Blue – Trust, Strong and Dependable
Green – Clean, Health and Growth
Orange – Cheerful, Confident and Friendly
Yellow – Bright, Clear and Warm
Grey – Calm, Smart and Balanced

 

 

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Joe Labrie

To trend or not to trend...

 

 

It's a dilemma any/every designer encounters at least once (or in my case, constantly) in their design career - how to create a design that is not too trendy yet still appeals to the current market. At REM we strive to ensure every design we do is custom and best represents the personality of the organization and message they wish to convey, but obviously, there is a lot more thought/strategy "stylistically" that goes into every design we create.

 

If you look at Apple for example, their software updates seem to give a clue of current trends (although as of recent I am unsure whether they are helping define new trends or are just lucky to jump on the bandwagon early enough for us to not notice). Early releases of their mobile based IOS software had the softer 3-dimensional gradient icons.

 

This has changed (along with recent trends) to the "flat" style graphic for their icons. This is all well and good for them as they can make software updates as often as they like and affect the look of all user devices to keep them at or ahead of trends stylistically but this isn't realistic for the average website.

 

An organization can't possibly budget or for that matter, justify updating/redesigning the look of their website bi-yearly to keep with trends. That being said, I can in confidence say that this is just one of the many considerations we think about when designing a client's site. It's a struggle but it guarantees reasonable longevity of the designs we create.

 

 

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Jillian McBurney

I Want a Tree House

 

Ever since I was a little girl I have wanted a tree house.

 

I STILL DO!

 

Every time I see a picture of a tree house I get a knot in my stomach and crave to have a tree house in my yard.  I am most drawn to the 'traditional' tree houses.  Although I do appreciate the intricacy of some of the large, multi-layered, ornate tree houses, I like the simplicity and charm of the modest tree houses the best.

 

I found these three on line and I just love them!

 

 

(I'm not a huge fan of heights so the third tree house is a wee bit too high for my liking.)

 

My husband and I moved into our home 6 years ago and although our home was 21 years old when we bought it there was only 1 tree planted on our property.  WHAT!?  Yes, sadly, aside from one lonely birch tree at the far end of our front lawn our spacious front lawn and mid-size backyard had no trees.  Within our first year we planted 5 trees and have planted the final 2 trees this past year.

 

Although they are fast growing maples they are no where close to being large enough for a tree house. 

 

Perhaps when I am retired I will build myself a tree house.  By the time I am 65 the trees will be large enough and perhaps I'll have some grandchildren to enjoy my little hide away with.

 

My daughter, who is 8, would also love to have a tree house and has asked multiple times if we can build one.  I suspect that even if there aren't any grandchildren in my life in 30 years, my daughter would gladly be my tree house companion.  The thought of that makes me smile.

 

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Jamie McBurney

Two New Promotions & A Lot More

 

We had another great quarterly meeting in October and I was able to finally announce a lot of the new and exciting things we have planned for REM in 2015.

 

Two of our finest employees, Ryan Covert and Sean Sanderson were both promoted in appreciation of their talents and their commitment to REM.

 

That was to make room for the next round of new employees!!!!! Yeah!!! We're growin' again!

 

I also demonstrated our newest round of wicked WebWiz@rd updates that will be launched February 2015 which has our mobile content delivery platform integrated.

 

That's not all either. I outlined our next phase in making our obsession with customer satisfaction an even more prominent part of our service offerings next year.

 

I mean, it was high fives and smiles for 4 hours straight!

 

2015 is shaping up to be the most energetic and exciting year for all of us at REM and as things develop I'll make sure to keep everyone in loop!

 

HIGH FIVE!

 

Image courtesy Public Domain Pictures

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Rob Matlow

Determine the ROI on your keywords

 

Today's blog post is a simple yet important illustration of how to determine the ROI (Return On Investment) for specific keywords.  This is specifically important when trying to determine which products to focus on with your website.  When it comes to search engine optimization (SEO), it is a bit of a "choose your battle".  What I mean is you can't go after every single keyword as your "most important".  You need to narrow it down to a manageable sized list that will get you your best bang for your buck.

 

The best way to look at the ROI on a product keyword for example is by using simple math.  

 

The example below shows two TV's that you might sell.  What makes you the most?  

 

32" LCD TV

Retail $305

Presumed Markup $61

Estimated Search Volume – 210


32" LED TV

Retail - $389

Presumed Markup $77.80

Estimated Search Volume – 170

 

1% conversion rate would produce a profit of $128.10 on the 32" LCD TV and $132.26 on the 32" LED TV.

 

As you can see the profits made on the 32" LCD TV are higher and therefore makes sense to put more effort in your SEO.

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Laura Renner

Congrats on your new site Gardy Interiors!

 

I would like to congratulate Gardy Interiors Ltd. on the launch of their new site!  

 

The site looks fantastic, and I for one can say I am proud of both my team and everyone working at Gardy Interiors Ltd.

 

Here is a brief snapshot of their new site:

 

 

If you would like to see the new design please visit the Gardy Interiors Ltd. website here.

 

 

 

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