JB Systems won a 2011 American Graphic Design Award for Mogie’s Pub
Last week, JB Systems was chosen as a winner for the 2011 American Web Design Awards for our design of the Mogie’s Pub website! (See the winning design here: www.mogiespub.com) Mogie’s Pub was one of only 100 winners that were chosen out of 1,000+ entries from across the country. Meghan Bauer, JB Systems’ Art Director, was the lead designer on the project. Way to go team!
About the Mogie’s Pub Design:
Inspiration for the Mogie’s Pub design came directly from their local establishment and the character of the building. The client wanted the website to feel like you were really at Mogie’s Pub, and wanted to portray its fun atmosphere. The brick textures and colors we brought in are actually taken from the building itself. We shot the majority of the photography on the site and used it to showcase their delicious food and ice cold regional brews. A lot of research was done to find some creative ideas in the design of restaurant websites. We also used some pretty cool technology to make the site functional and easy to use.
The Mogie’s Pub website has also been showcased in prominent CSS galleries online (CSSMania.com, TheBestDesigns.com), highlighting the various textures and bright colors used to create their one-of-a-kind look.
See more of our work in our online Portfolio!
About the Contest:
For nearly five decades, Graphic Design USA has sponsored design competitions that spotlight areas of excellence and opportunity for creative professionals. Their online competition – American Web Design Awards – is a celebration of the power of well-designed websites and online communications to attract audiences, disseminate ideas and information, generate response, and promote products, services and ideas.
Since 1963 Graphic Design USA has been the news magazine for graphic designers and other creative professionals.
Still trying to figure out how to tell if the ads you’re placing in the newspaper or magazines are actually working? Enter: The Promo Code.
A Promo Code, as used by Walgreens
You’ve all probably seen them – codes that may look something like “JUNE2011″ or “SPG56″ or “COUPON11″. These are lovingly referred to in the e-commerce world as “Promo Codes” and they can be extremely powerful, if utilized to their full potential. Some of our clients use promo codes in their online stores promoting sales, offering exclusive discounts to their Facebook followers, or as a customer service ‘thank you’. Promo codes also work great for tracking offline marketing efforts like direct mail or trade show leads.
Promo codes are really not a new concept in the marketing world – traditional marketers have used these for eons, except they have been in the form of coupons. Now with the explosion of e-commerce, the promo code is making redeeming those coupons even easier – and simple is definitely a key element in the online world.
If you’re a retailer who is already using coupons, and you’re thinking about e-commerce, you’ll probably love using online promo codes in your store. Through our e-commerce system, you can easily create your own codes, name them whatever you’d like, and attribute them to either a dollar amount or percentage off. (We’ve even gone so far as to do some crazy buy 1, get 1 kind of stuff – but that’s a little more involved.) Then, all you have to do is promote the heck out of your promo codes – email them to your customers, post them on Facebook, add them to the back of your business cards – make them all different and track which ones bring in the most sales. What?! Tracking your marketing?! That’s why we love the web!
Give us a call if you want to chat e-commerce or promo codes – or even if you just want to come up with some new ways to use your website as a marketing machine.
by Gerald Bauer, owner of JB Systems, LLC
Greetings JB Systems Blog Subscribers! As most of you know, .CO domain names were announced at this year’s Super Bowl. We’re learning that many companies are buying up these domain names – just to sit on them and resell them at a later date. This is known as domain squatting and is frowned upon by most professional web agencies.
If you’d like your domain name in the .CO extension, please call us right away. Registrations are only $15.00 per year and we can secure it for you. As always, you own your domain name with JB Systems. Your receipt of purchase entitles you to that.
Call us before it’s too late – if another company purchases your .CO, they have legal right to charge whatever they’d like for you to obtain it. But at JB Systems though, $15.00 per year (like all of our domain registrations) is all it takes.
Until next time….
Boy have we been busy! Since May 2010, we have launched over 15 new websites! All of these, along with our previous work, can be seen by visiting Our Work!!!
From all of us at JB Systems, we hope you enjoy browsing our work!
by Gerald Bauer, owner of JB Systems
It was recently brought to our attention that some customers were receiving “mock” emails from Charter Communications politely asking users for their email usernames and passwords. The exact email looks something similar to this:
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 12:35AM
Subject: Your Account Update
Dear charter Customer
There are some changes necessary in order to upgrade your e-mail account.Please send us your e-mail
ID and password so that we can upgrade youraccount and avoid any interruption in service.
Thanks,charter Support Team.
There are several things to note here – such as the improper capitalization of things – but most importantly, review the “To:” address – and note the [firstname.lastname@example.org]. This is dangerous – at Outlook will “blind carbon copy” your reply to an address at rogers.com. Do you really think this is Charter Communications? Probably not!
Also – for everyone’s information – Charter would have all the tools necessary (or we hope that they would) to manage their email accounts without soliciting their users for passwords. NO EMAIL PROVIDER SHOULD EVER REQUEST A PASSWORD FROM THEIR CUSTOMER. This is bad practice – and they have the tools to manually reset the passwords if they needed to.
Until next time everyone – have a great holiday and stay safe – both offline and online.