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Website Design and Development: Mudbug Plumbing

THE CLIENT

A plumbing service located in Harahan, Louisiana, Mudbug Plumbing & Remodeling specializes in everything from drain cleaning to pipe repair and replacement. Plumbing services are one industry that are certainly not few and far between; however, quantity does not equal quality! Mudbug is a true example of high-quality service, and with such a wide variety of competitors, they were in need of a streamlined and well-branded website to match.

THE WEBSITE

After our initial meetings with the client to discuss their desired direction, our designers began creating a mockup using Adobe XD. Once the client had approved of the initial design, the development of the site began while secondary pages were being created. The intentional stacking of development with secondary page designs allows for efficient and informed design choices to be made while the actual site begins to emerge. A heavy emphasis was placed on informing the audience about the services Mudbug is known for, as well as why they should choose Mudbug over their competitors. 

Another area of emphasis was placed on branding. An established brand deserves a site that reflects brand guidelines through typography, color choices and imagery.

THE RESULTS

A final look at the site exemplifies the clean, sleek design that not only looks pleasing, but also reflects the brand it represents. Make sure you check out the finished site at https://mudbugplumbing.com/

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Toast to the Coast: Matt McCoy

Whether you begin your commute, embark on a road-trip or take a quick drive to the gas station, there is a high chance that the radio will be playing. According to News Generation, more than 244.5 million Americans listen to the radio each month. However, upon sliding into the driver’s seat, when have you considered the individuals behind the broadcast waves?

92ZEW is a locally-owned and operated radio station in Mobile, Alabama. Household names for the radio station include Gene Murrell, Kelly Finley, Tony in the Morning, Matt McCoy and more. Matt McCoy currently serves as the Promotions and Marketing Director with 92ZEW, but his impact includes a 30-year career, philanthropic efforts and an overall optimistic zeal for life.

Much like anything else in McCoy’s career, he fell into radio by happy accident.

A local radio DJ discovered 17-year-old McCoy on his high school forensics team. That part-time gig was the catalyst for an extensive career in radio. McCoy admitted that he ended up on the Gulf Coast by accident when he accepted a job offer with Legendary Top 40 WABB. Instantly welcomed as a Gulf Coast personality, McCoy hosted the morning show for seven to eight years.

“Things changed. I’ve got a couple of kids. I knew I had to decide on a ‘real job,’” McCoy said in a phone interview with a dash of self-deprecating humor. “Just like the rest of my life, I got a random call from Pensacola.”

McCoy accepted a job offer with iHeartRadio Kiss FM. After another eight years and a meet-cute with Tim and Lee Ann Camp of “TLC in the Morning”, McCoy became Promotions and Marketing Director with 92ZEW.

“You feel like you know these people. They’re your friends. I’ve been doing this for 30 years and I tell people–it’s the painting the room scenario. You have a playlist on, but it’s hollow and empty. Instead, the radio is a voice in your ear. You feel like a friend is talking to you,” McCoy explained.

Outside of radio and his children, McCoy pursues two philanthropic efforts: rescuing animals and helping to defeat cancer. McCoy has two rescued pitbulls, but defeating cancer remains his true passion.

“I’ve lost so many people just over the past 5 years to cancer. I’m just sick of it,” McCoy said. “Every year, I help do Bras Across the Causeway. Last year, it was so big that we ran out of space for attendees–during COVID!”

McCoy also recently signed up as an ambassador for the American Cancer Society.

When asked if he had any advice for individuals struggling to find their way, McCoy laughed and said, “I have a mission statement, and believe it or not, I got it from a country song and I added to it over the years:

‘Life is a dance and you learn as you go. But just like the tango, if you get tangled up, and you will, don’t panic. Tango on.’”

92ZEW is more than just voices in your ear. 92ZEW is a locally owned and operated radio station. Learn more about The Sound of Mobile by visiting https://92zew.net/contact/ today.

Interested in being highlighted in a Toast to the Coast article? Reach out to Southern View Media today!

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What is an E-commerce Site?

The world of e-commerce has boomed more than ever given the circumstances that have surrounded us in these last few years. Despite the stock market crash, investors have since taken advantage of shares for trillion dollar e-commerce companies like Amazon. What exactly is an e-commerce site you might ask and what are the advantages that come with it? We talk about it here. 

Electronic Business via World Wide Web

Long gone are the days where brick and mortar stores became popular. Of course, there is still talk about pop-up shops for upcoming trendy boutiques and retailers that work for business to consumers and business to business e-commerce platforms. The idea of exchanging physical goods and services has since evolved into an electronic business via the world wide web, which is what an e-commerce site resembles. Consumers, sellers and businesses can all come together in one place to electronically transfer data and funds. 

Marketing Strategy In The Works

Having an e-commerce site can ultimately grow your business as there is a great deal for a marketing strategy in the works. There is a lot of background work that goes into developing it such as setting up optimization, the use of plug-ins, email newsletter sign up forms, landing pages and much more. E-commerce sites are also a highly competitive field, so having a marketing strategy in place further sets you up for success.

Building The Site and Legal Terms 

There are many built-in software programs that support full customization on online shops. Each e-commerce owner will have a set budget on their behalf which will dictate the overall design and style of the site, the added plug-ins necessary to develop data and making files downloadable. WordPress and Shopify are amongst the most popular platforms that make it easier to navigate through the site with a paid fee. An e-commerce site will also be required to have legal terms that go by code to include a private policy, terms and conditions, as well as disclaimers. The legal terms act as a legal policy to disclose information towards customers and their personal data. Whether or not you choose to add cookies, a third party disclosure is also an option. 

Incorporating Digitally Innovative Tactics

Outside of the e-commerce site, there exists digitally innovative tactics to incorporate traffic through the use of social media. To better promote the site, entrepreneurs and influencers use marketing strategies such as posting ads, setting up product launches through email campaigns and creating mobile apps for user-friendly accessibility. The integration between the development of the e-commerce site and the use of external digital marketing methods all correlate towards a better brand advantage.  

Let us help you make your business successful with website design and development, a part of the e-commerce site process. For a free consultation to formulate a strategic and affordable plan, call us today at 251-583-2605 or visit www.southernviewmedia.com. We are a Google Trusted Agency and will be happy to answer your questions.

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Website vs. A Landing Page

The internet is here to stay, and if your business hasn’t found its place online yet, it’s time to start considering it. If you’re looking to have an online presence for your business, you might be wondering what your options are. There are a lot of ways a business can promote themselves and connect with customers online. Two of the most popular options are websites and landing pages, but what is the difference between the two and which one is best for your business?

Website

You’re most likely pretty familiar with websites already and have visited them for your favorite brands and businesses. Websites are multi-level online systems that can provide a variety of functions to customers. Depending on what type of business or brand you have, you might want to use your website to provide information to customers, gather contact information, sell products or services online or book appointments. Regardless of what type of business you have, a website can be a very helpful and necessary tool to grow your business. 

Landing Page

Now that we’ve covered websites, you might be wondering what a landing page is. A landing page often looks very much like a website, but it is limited. Landing pages are typically a single page that provides some sort of information like links, contact information, directions or service hours. A landing page is intended to convey information to the customer but not be their end destination. Landing pages are meant to drive them to other websites, in-person storefronts/offices or urge them to contact your business in some manner. 

Goals & Growth

When deciding between a website and a landing page, the big decision comes down to your goals and the opportunity for growth. If you want to offer products or services for sale via the internet, you will need a website. If you simply want to let people know where they can shop your products or how to get to your location you might only need a landing page.

Websites give your business room for growth in the online space. You can add more content to your website as your business grows and have a one-stop shop for that content to live. With a landing page, you’re limited to the amount of information you can provide and the ability to expand your online presence without the use of a website. 

Cost & Maintenance Difference 

Creating, designing and maintaining a website is more costly, but ultimately it is a tool you can use to grow your business and hopefully increase revenue. Landing pages are a smaller commitment of time and money as they don’t need as much updating or maintenance, but they can only help your business grow so far. 

Trying to decide how to present your business or brand online? Contact Southern View Media today! From websites to social media marketing and everything in between we can be your full-service digital marketing agency. Our talented team can help your business grow from the ground up!

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Toast to the Gulf Coast: Pelican Promos

Did you know that the average household has at least 30 separate promotional products in it at any given time? Think about it – do you have cups in the cabinet that bear the name of a local business? Do you have pens given to you from your favorite insurance agent? A promotional product is cost-effective advertising for any business, and is very useful for the average consumer. 

Pelican Promos, LLC. is a local business that caters to the entire Gulf Coast (and beyond!). This successful business just turned 1 year old under the leadership of Kayla Murray. She currently serves as the Director of Promotional Products for the company.

“We have embraced the Gulf by maintaining a Coastal theme in everything we do,” Murray said in an interview. “We also work day and night to ensure our clients are getting high-quality, low-cost items with low minimum quantities. We understand that small businesses want to represent themselves in the best way possible, and that most of the time, they are dealing with a limited budget. We work with them to determine which promo items best match their marketing goals and make the most out of their advertising dollars.”

Pelican Promos does not function just as a producer of promotional materials. The company also takes pride in serving the Gulf Coast community by partaking in several volunteer activities and organizations. Pelican Promos currently works with Bras for a Cause, and also co-hosted the 2021 Eastern Shore Business Expo back in May earlier this year. Bras for a Cause is a non-profit dedicated to raising funds for local breast cancer patients; the Eastern Shore Business Expo is an annual fun networking event.

When asked why the average business owner should choose Pelican Promos, Murray responded: “Our passion for what we do and the meaning behind it surpasses many in our industry. We welcome all of our clients like they are family.”

Let Pelican Promos help you scoop up the competition with high-quality promotional products and friendly customer service!

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Easy Tips for SEO

When it comes to running a business, we understand that you have enough on your plate. While your daily operations may begin at 8 a.m. and end at 5 p.m., your business in the online world doesn’t stop. At least, it won’t if you are utilizing SEO tips to the best of your abilities to keep advertising your business. That’s why we’ve come up with a list of easy SEO tips to keep building your brand and business while you’re offline… Or at least while you’re working your business!

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization and can really make or break your business. We’re now living in a world where online updates, standards and changes never stop. Staying updated on strategies and methods you can use to optimize your SEO is absolutely critical to staying ahead of the game.

  1. Optimize your social media.

Social media platforms are an incredibly powerful tool when promoting your business. It’s easy to create a post and share it here and there, but it’s impressive when you can optimize your social media to your benefit. This can include taking keyword research (that’s another blog to read about) and distinguishing what keywords provide the best description of your business and what product or service you’re selling. Social media can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be when you have the right approach. 

  1. Claim your Google My Business.

This tip is one of the easiest things you can do as a business owner. Not only is the platform free, but it’s an affordable way to market your business. Google My Business actually helps you show up online, like being on the first page compared to the second or third page. Using this tip to your benefit can help make your business more discoverable and more likely to help improve your local SEO. Even if your business has already established an online presence, claiming your Google My Business listing will aid in receiving top results.

  1. Make sure alt tags are added to all images.

Have you ever seen a graphic or photo that has trouble downloading on a website? It may have had words or phrases in place of it. That’s where your alt tags come into play. An HTML attribute used on image tags helps provide an alternative in text copy for search engines. By applying alt tags to images, you can positively impact your business’s search engine rankings. Basically what this means is that search engines read like we do, resulting in search engines deciding how images interpret a web page and where that web page should stand on Google rankings.

  1. Make sure title tags and meta descriptions are set with the keywords you’re trying to target.

When it comes to title tags and meta descriptions, there are two things to keep in mind: You need to understand how your customer thinks and how Google as a search engine “thinks”. Each search on Google delivers different results, depending on what phrase or word is typed in. Title tags need to be optimized to include your prime keywords for your business, and the same goes for your meta descriptions that go directly under the title tag. These meta descriptions are what is going to help incline an audience to want to click through to your site. Each of these title tags and meta descriptions should be unique to each page that it’s displaying. Improving these two things can easily move your business forward in the right direction to solidify your SEO strategy.

SEO changed the online game tremendously, and as a business owner, it’s your job to play the game well to continue making moves. Staying updated on standards of keeping your business online is critical to your success. Southern View Media has a team of professionals ready to craft your business a winning SEO strategy to keep you online so you don’t get left behind. Contact us today!

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Toast to the Gulf Coast: Josh Woods

There are many different events that compose the cultural cornerstone of the Gulf Coast: Mardi Gras, Hangout Fest, Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo and, of course, the Greater Gulf State Fair in Mobile, Alabama. But what about the individuals behind the scenes? What would these memories be without them?

Join Southern View Media as we raise a celebratory toast to Josh Woods, the executive director for the Greater Gulf State Fair and The Grounds!

An Alabama local, Josh Woods was born and raised in Grand Bay, Alabama. He graduated from the University of South Alabama with a degree in finance. Before curating memories at the fairgrounds, however, Josh worked at BB&T. He began as a relationship teller and, in 10 years, left the bank as a commercial credit underwriter and vice president. But how did Josh make the leap from finance to the Greater Gulf State Fair?

His answer lies in the fact that he served with the Mobile Jaycees.

The Mobile Junior Chamber of Commerce, also known as Mobile Jaycees, is a nonprofit organization for young professionals. Members can participate in different boards. The Mobile Jaycees is also the parent organization of the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo (ADSFR), the Azalea Trail Maids and the Greater Gulf State Fair. Josh served on the board of directors before assuming the position of executive director in 2016.

“It is the best job I’ve ever had,” Josh said. “Every day is different. You might have a reptile show one day and then you have a market style day the next.”

A family man with sons and a wife, Josh understands how much the fair means to families along the Gulf Coast.

“I have three boys and my favorite memory [with this job] is watching my 6 and 3-years-old sons have their first experience of the fair,” Josh said, smiling. 

Learn more about the Greater Gulf State Fair by visiting www.greatergulfstatefair.com! You can also find the Mobile Jaycees on Facebook.

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Toast to the Coast: J.Y.S.L.A.

This June, we ask you to join us in raising a metaphorical glass in honor of the Lanier family.

In 2018, Mr. Lanier and his wife, Teresa, founded Jubilee Youth Service and Leadership Academy (J.Y.S.L.A.). The non-profit is an affordable and high-quality mentorship and leadership program. Through J.Y.S.L.A., the Laniers hope to transform the lives of young boys along the Alabama Gulf Coast.

“We teach our cadets perseverance and how to solve problems and challenging circumstances,” Mr. Lanier said. “The results are them learning character, grit and a never-give-up attitude.”

Both Mr. and Mrs. Lanier are immensely qualified to run a youth non-profit, and are clearly committed to enriching the community. Mr. Lanier is a proud native of Mobile, Alabama. His extensive qualifications include Utah State University, the United States Army and a juvenile detention bootcamp instructor for the Boys & Girls Club. Mrs. Lanier’s background is just as impressive with 38 years of nursing experience, especially with the underprivileged population.

J.Y.S.L.A. provides a variety of experiences for young boys that they may not find anywhere else. For example, the Laniers and their volunteers host the Early Risers: Leadership & Ranger Outdoor Adventure Camp. The boys and their mentors visited the Hank Aaron Birthplace Museum in May 2021. There are still spots available for the tour of the Mobile Bay peninsula in July 2021!

If you would like to contribute to J.Y.S.L.A. and, by extension, give back to the Gulf Coast community, there are a variety of ways to do so! You can become a sponsor or make a one-time donation. If you would like to enroll your son in this unique program, visit www.jysla.org today.

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Junior Designer/Social Media Manager

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Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s (Preferred)
  • Social Media Management: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Marketing: 1 year (Preferred)

Full Job Description

Southern View Media is a digital marketing company that was created to help local businesses understand the complex digital world and make educated decisions when it comes to their marketing. We are a balance of talent, intuition, business sense, media solutions and metrics to be a creative problem-solving machine that is fueled by client need and driven by results, and we are ready to provide businesses with marketing and advertising services at any level.

We are looking for a Junior Designer/Social Media Manager to join our growing team. You’ll be working in an office environment with a group of professionals who take pride in their work and their relationships with our clients. We’re looking for someone who is creative, computer savvy and comfortable in print and digital design. This is an entry-level position, and great for a recent grad.

Ideal Candidate Skills/Requirements:

  • Demonstrates proficiency with use of software design programs such as Photoshop, InDesign, and Adobe Illustrator.
  • 1 year of experience in website design preferred.
  • Demonstrates ability to multitask efficiently.
  • Can navigate smoothly between digital design and traditional print media assignments.
  • Works well with a team.
  • Communicates clearly and effectively.
  • Manages time efficiently.
  • Exhibits ability to think outside of the box.
  • Pays close attention to detail to catch any errors in production drafts.
  • Able to run pre-flight check and resolve errors.
  • Possesses strong writing and editing skills.
  • Designs and implements social media strategy to align with business goals
  • Collaborates with other teams, like marketing, sales and customer service to ensure brand consistency and overall client satisfaction.
  • Oversees social media accounts’ design (e.g. Facebook timeline cover, profile pictures, etc.)
  • Suggests and implements new features to develop brand awareness, like promotions and competitions.
  • Stays up-to-date with current technologies and trends in social media, design tools and applications.
  • Ability to turn social media fans into customers and customers into advocates.
  • Ability to leverage and utilize social media software tools for planning and proofing.

Pay: $11.00 – $14.00 per hour

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Referral program

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday

Education:

  • Bachelor’s (Preferred)

Experience:

  • Social Media Management: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Marketing: 1 year (Preferred)

Benefit Conditions:

  • Only full-time employees eligible

Work Remotely:

  • No
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Toast to the Coast: Elaine Sessions

Many call the Gulf Coast their home, including beach-lovers, artists, athletes, fishers, foodies and, of course, the mosquito. But who makes the Gulf Coast a home for this vibrant, multifaceted population? The realtor. Let’s all raise our glasses to Elaine Sessions, a Gulf Coast leader in both real estate and volunteerism.

Elaine has the honor to work with Roberts Brothers, the oldest local real estate company on the Gulf Coast, as leader of the Sessions Team. Founded in 1946, Roberts Brothers recently celebrated their 75th anniversary and continue to expand their business. Elaine herself has worked in real estate for 44 years.

“My job is to make a real estate transaction as stress-free as possible,” Elaine said. “I help people with their budget, match a home to their lifestyle and counsel families to help make wise decisions.”

However, even with that impressive resume, Elaine’s impact on the Gulf Coast expands beyond real estate. Elaine serves with several organizations, including the Mobile Chamber of Commerce and the Southwest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce. She works with McKemie Place as a board member. Elaine also serves as a board member of Pretty Feet, an organization that supplies shoes to children across the world. Elaine’s work with children includes serving as a Big Sister to a young girl for 7 years.

When asked what she plans to do in the future, Elaine said, “Continue working with the homeless, continue working with under-privileged children and continue to be active in my church, Dayspring Baptist Church.”

If you or someone you know needs real estate services, reach out to Elaine Sessions at Roberts Brothers.