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How to Shape a Successful Small Business Blog in 2014

2014 is going to be another big year for eCommerce. Most recent statistics show that 2014 will continue a 13.8% growth trend expected to last until 2017, when American eCommerce is set to eclipse $440 billion in sales. Content marketing, the method of offering useful, engaging articles, videos, infographics and more, can help small businesses harness increased revenue potential in the new year. In fact, 82% of marketers plan to increase their content marketing budgets in 2014. The most important small business content marketing tool? Blogging.  Look at the Numbers  Producing well-written, engaging, and useful content is shown to increase lead generation by 126%. As you well know, leads don’t mean much if you can’t close them. However, content marketing shows a remarkable capacity for transitioning those leads from potential clients to actual clients. 61% of consumers say they are more likely to purchase a product or service from a company that produces high-quality, custom content that teaches them something interesting about the product or answers any questions they might have. In a nutshell, quality blogging leads to higher lead conversion and sales.  Don’t Write Content for the Sake of Content The key terms in the discussion about content marketing and...
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5 Web Design and Development Trends Set to Take 2014 By Storm

If you’ve been paying any attention to the web development world in the past few years, you’re likely already familiar with the one thing that’s remained constant: change. Every new year brings new innovations, especially given how mobile web browsing continues to climb in popularity. More websites are optimizing for mobile use through responsive design, and developers are even launching apps that allow for coding on tablets and, in certain situations, even smartphones. Talk about mobility. But those advancements, though groundbreaking, are now technically old news. So, that begs the question: What can we look forward to in 2014? If we look at past trends as indicators of a possible future, this year is already shaping up to be one ripe with new features both for design and development. For example, keep a lookout for... 1. Long-Scrolling Websites This one harkens back to the early days of user-made sites, when GeoCities seemed to rule the web. Before site designers fully figured out that a lengthy post could be parceled out over separate pages in order to score more ad space, readers could just keep scrolling for what seemed an eternity. Now, with mobile technologies becoming absolutely ubiquitous, there’s a move back...
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Web Design and Web Development Trends 2014

I have to admit, that web design/development trends for 2014 are not as clear as those for 2013. Last year we clearly saw trends becoming standards in face of HTML5, CSS3, responsive design, LESS and Bootstrap. My personal opinion is that these standards will continue this rapid development and become even more popular during 2014, however let's emphasize few probabilities. 1. Open Source CMS will become even more popular during 2014 It is not a secret for anybody that building custom based CMS is a tough call, require huge team and need even more regarding maintenance and to stay in tact with latest design trends. Certainly more and more new web development projects during 2014 will be based on popular open-source CMS like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Magento, etc... Much easier to select something that work out of the box with few reliable and mature, modules, components, plug-ins and amended template. You also might want to check open source CMS reviews section at WebmaisterPro. 2. Application UI "Big Boys" already started doing that, of course the first in this list are Facebook, Google Plus, MySpace, etc... I would say that we at WebmaisterPro are not behind either. Realistically this is an outcome...
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