Visit us at the Business Expo!

Are you ready to STAKE YOUR CLAIM on your website??

This year, we’re spreading the word that owning your website is CRITICAL! And when your website is built with JB Systems, it’s yours.

We’ll also be talking about some pretty cool things we’ve been working on at the JB Labs (our “black-ops” division, as we so affectionately refer to it):

* New Custom E-Commerce Platform
* Custom Multi-Lingual Websites
* Easy-to-Use Content Management Tools

Join JB Systems, The Post House, and Highland Fitness at the Business Expo – we’ll even have the massage chair ready and waiting!

PLUS:
We’ll be giving away some awesome prizes! Write us a testimonial on our blog and you’ll be entered to win even more!

Imitation is the Highest Form of Flattery, but…

Yes, that’s what they say. However, when it comes at the expense of a client’s branding being copied…it just doesn’t have the same appeal.

One of our website designs was blatantly copied by a web design firm out of Minneapolis… and while we’re flattered that a Minneapolis design firm copied us, our client is not so thrilled. The firm not only copied the site almost to a T, but the site they designed was for a major competitor of our client within a 90 mile range. I don’t know about you, but we think that’s just bad form.

Of course we contacted the firm to see what they had to say about it – they didn’t think they were all that similar. Tell us what you think:



JB Systems version of CV Bean, launched February 2010






























And now, the other guys (launched some time around June, we think)



























We think that’s pretty unfortunate that Minneapolis designers can’t come up with an original design. We’re happy that they’ve recognized that the designers at JB Systems have some pretty cool ideas. Kudos, Meghan & the design team!

Thanks for tuning in…

Social Media and Your Website

Inspired by Seth Godin’s Meatball Sundae (check it out here – the YouTube video is entertaining)

Because consumers (or buyers for business services) have so many choices, and can decide more freely how to receive marketing messages these days, they don’t have to settle for what marketers are telling them anymore. They can now listen to their friends, and their friends’ friends, or seek out other independent third-party credible sources about where to shop, eat, get their car fixed, etc.

That said, your social media strategy is only as good as the website you’re directing your friends, fans, and followers to. If the two aren’t consistent, and aren’t geared at turning those friends, fans, and followers into customers and raving fans, then how can we expect social media to work?

So, take a look at your own website. Is it ready for the social media world? Ask yourself these questions. What changes can you make?

* Is your website social? Does it allow people to share information with you and about you easily?
* Does it focus on things that people are really interested in or does it just focus on you?
* Does it let them interact with you, and with others?
* Are you listening and responding to them?
* Does it allow them to share their own content that’s relevant to your products/services?

I’ll be talking about this and more at a social media conference coming up next Wednesday, September 29th for the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce. To register, go to their website. For website questions, contact me at JB Systems and I’d be happy to help!

Email Scam Alert

Hi All,

JB Systems has recently uncovered a new scam attempt being sent by email.
If you receive any message with the subject “FINAL VERIFICATION OF YOUR ACCOUNT” - please disregard the message and delete it promptly. The email will ask you to confirm your email account and personal details, such as:

  • Email Username
  • Email Password
  • Date of Birth
  • Country You Live In

Once again – DELETE THESE MESSAGES.

JB Systems will contact you personally should we have any issues with your email accounts – or if we need to verify your information. We’ve taken necessary measures to block all future attempts of these messages on our mail servers but even that is never foolproof.

Thanks for tuning in – and let us know if you have any questions.

Summer Fun with JB Systems

The JB Systems staff, friends, and family gathered at Carson Park in June to cheer the Predators for JB Systems night! If you were in the crowd, you probably also saw the JB Systems ‘geek’ t-shirts that were being given out to several lucky fans. Thanks to everyone who joined us – we hope you had a great time!

JB Systems supports the Chippewa Valley Predators

The Predators ended the season on top once again – check out their site for news, photos, scores, rosters and more – and watch for their new website coming soon!

http://www.cvpredators.com/

More summer fun

Summer is coming to a close and we’re still not done having a little fun! We have a $5 gift card to Starbucks for the first person to answer this question correctly.

Q: How many hours of our time (per month) for website updates do you get when you’re part of our basic Maintenance Plus program?

Comment on this post to submit your answer!


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