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


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!

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!

We’ve Been Busy…..

It’s been a while since our last post. ‘Why?‘ you may ask? We’ve been a little busy!

In the last month or so, JB Systems has launched five new and/or redesigned websites. These sites are using some of our newest technologies for the web including an advanced property search for real estate, dynamic customer testimonial systems, and user-friendly photo galleries. Take a look at these new sites and see what a database-powered website can do!

Special thanks to our clients listed below for all of their hard work on these sites, too!

Brunkow Builders

Brunkow Builders, Eau Claire

Brunkow Builders is a full service general contractor specializing in residential custom new home construction, additions and remodel work in the Eau Claire area.





Lake Hallie Cabinets

Lake Hallie Cabinets

Lake Hallie Cabinets is a family-owned business located just north of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Our services range from full custom cabinetry design and installation to millwork to complete interior design services.





Maug Cleaning Service

Maug Cleaning Service, Eau Claire

Maug Cleaning Service is a residential and commercial cleaning company located in Osseo, WI. They are a family-owned company with over 25 years of experience. In addition to general household and commercial cleaning, Maug also offers professional carpet, tile, and upholstery cleaning.





Premium Lawn Service

Premium Lawn Service, Eau Claire

Premium Lawn Service of Eau Claire, Wisconsin offers a very broad range of lawn care services to make lawn care and landscaping easy.






Coldwell Banker-Brenizer Realtors

Coldwell Banker - Brenizer Realtors

Real Estate in Wisconsin, whether buying or selling, can be a daunting task. Coldwell Banker Brenizer, Realtors® offers the collective experience of over 80 agents in five convenient locations to help buy or sell your next home.

To see more of our work, check out the JB Systems portfolio.

Visuals Sell … Especially That Next Trip To Egypt

Written by Meghan Bauer, Art Director

The world wide web has developed into an ever-expanding electronic canvas for creativity and design. At JB Systems, we take design seriously – and offer the most custom approach. We’re proud to announce one of our newest website, CETA TOURS, and we’re incredibly pleased with how it turned out – both functionally and visually.

The goal was simple (or so we thought) – to create a website for three separate audiences – Student Tours, Teachers, and Adults looking to join a tour. We needed to organize all of that information and then visually convince website visitors that they want to travel – that they need to travel. The result … a breathtaking website featuring a custom design that incorporates “travel elements” such as luggage tags and baggage, as well as breath-taking views from all over the world, from France to Egypt, and from Germany to Spain.

Combine this level of design – with JB Systems’ advanced website technology – and you have a great looking website that never looks outdated. Don’t believe me? Try hitting the “Refresh” button. Banners throughout the entire site change, automatically, keeping the pages fresh and constantly delivering important and relevant information to visitors. Add a little jQuery and you have a nicely animated drop down menu for navigation – that is still SEO-Friendly and looks fantastic.

We hope you enjoy our new CETA Tours website – and welcome your comments below (yup, down there, below here)!!

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