Contests Can Create Real Engagement – A Personal Story

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Are you looking to get more people engaged and excited about your brand? Aren’t we all… Over the past 6 months I’ve been running an online contest for one of my clients. My client’s goal was to generate more activity from their Facebook community. They know that if they can get their Facebook community more engaged in their brand they can generate more sales for their products and services.

Over the past 6 months we have blown away all expectations for the amount of Facebook activity the client was hoping for. Knowing that many of our readers have the same goal as my client, I wanted to share this personal story with you. In this article we will review our marketing strategy, discuss the day-to-day tasks required, and finally share the results. By the end of this case study you should have everything you need to do this too!

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10 Amazing DOS Games to Rid Yourself of Boredom

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Remember the days when a computer would require a floppy to boot? There was hardly any on-board storage in computers in those days. You wanted to save anything then you had to save it on your floppy drive or else forget it. Those were the days when DOS based games were top of the gaming heap and we would spend hours playing those Pac-Man type games. Gone are those days but somehow the love for good old DOS based games is still around. That’s why the playable Pac-Man Google Doodle became ultra famous. DOS games will continue to a place of their own in our highly technical lives. This list will introduce you to some of the famous DOS-based games that you can still enjoy during your free time. You won’t get bored. Trust me!

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13 Promising Startups of 2011 that Everyone should Watch Out For

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The year that it was! 2011 was a year full of stuff implausible even in our dreams. The Facebook redesign, the advent of Infographics, the new Twitter, and (of course) the much expected new years resolutions that start to follow. My fingers are itching to talk about my personal achievements in the year 2011 but then I don’t want the editor to kick me out of 1WD for being overly personal. 2011 saw some ace startups that are here to stay. I will take you through some of the riveting and ambitious startups of 2011 that will continue to grow in the year 2012. Let me know if you have others in mind that should have been part of this list.

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41 Inspiring Email Newsletter Designs

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An email newsletter is an imperative tool for developing a graphic design business. It is one of most valuable ways to share what type of work you are doing and seeking. Email newsletters are amazing marketing as well as communication tools with multipurpose functions and benefits that expand your reach into a user inbox. With the help of an email newsletter, you can make an additional connection with your viewers beyond the website, and in this way you can keep them in the loop with the latest news and happening to look out for.

Email newsletters, while building a relationship with your visitors or customers, can keep them coming back to your website. This will ultimately result in increased sales. So, without any further ado let us get a load of exceptional ideas to create appealing and engaging graphic email newsletter designs for your new campaign.

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2011 – What A Great Year It Was!

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2011 has been a very eventful year for 1stwebdesigner. Several people have shared their expertise with us and wrote amazing articles for our loyal audience to read. We have surely grown tremendously because of people like you. Now is the perfect time to look back at the highlights of the past year, and a brief summary of what we have in store for our loyal readers at the end of this article.

Are you ready?

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7 New Year’s Resolutions To Help Improve Your Personal And Work Life

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So are you ready for doing awesome things (remember, this year can be the last one)? And which things do you want to do? When are you doing them? How will you know by the end of 2012 that you’ve done all that you wanted to?

There is a simple tool to help you keeping tracks of you accomplishments: write down your new year’s resolutions.

I see a lot of people talking about nerdy things, like “learn a new programming language” or “write more about what you know” but the truth is if you aren’t satisfied with your personal life you won’t get better results at work. You need to improve yourself in both sides so you’ll be a better you.

Well, what we’ll see here is a kind of “new year’s resolutions template,” with a lot of ideas that you can steal and we’ll see how to keep track of them.

Don’t forget to check 20 New Year’s Resolution Ideas to Become Better at Your Career!

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20 New Year’s Resolution Ideas to Become Better at Your Career

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Can you believe that 2011 is already coming to a close? 2012 is right around the corner. December is always a time for finishing up any work for the year and enjoying the holidays. One thing that separates the best website designers, developers, and writers from the average ones is planning for the coming year. The best process for new year planning is to start with evaluating what worked and what didn’t during the previous year, researching what’s new in your industry, and coming up with a list of ideas for how you can take your website to the next level. In this article we will provide a list of 20 new year resolution ideas for becoming a better website designer, developer, or writer.

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50 Creative Websites with Highly Unusual Navigation

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Navigation plays a crucial role in the success or failure of any website. An easy to navigate website is more likely to be explored in more detail as compared to a website with more complex navigation. Regardless of the functionality of the website, the navigation is the first thing that must be taken care of.

Accomplishing matchless navigation that successfully performs its function is almost similar to mounting Mt. Everest. Getting an exceptional navigation with wonderful functionality makes the website easy to navigate and interesting for the visitors, therefore assuring a better user experience.

At this time, we have selected some websites with marvelous and distinctive navigational elements that will not only enthuse you, but will demonstrate to you how to merge novelty with realism. Enjoy!

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