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Branding yourself: For better or worse?

March 24th, 2009

 Many important factors go into the creation of corporate identity. What colors are right for us, Fonts? There are many other questions that arise when one is working with logo designs. One question that tends to be overlooked is whether or not your design will be relevant in 5 or even 10 years. More importantly, once a company has established itself with a specific look, feel and brand, it becomes more and more difficult as time goes by to change it. Some companies have enjoyed success without ever having to change their brand image. Kentucky Fried Chicken has used Colonel Sanders in their logo ever since the company was founded. Aside from some updates on their marketing front; Nike would be another good example of a timeless brand-image. Pepsi took a risk in the mid 90s by completely changing their image and logo but did so with alarming success. However, it could have resulted in commercial suicide. If you'll remember, in the 1980's Coca-Cola changed their brand image to Coke. Pepsi then took over top seat in the market shortly thereafter. Some questions to ask yourself if you are thinking about redesigning your logo:

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Starting An E-Commerce Business

February 24th, 2009

Starting An E-Commerce Business: Baby Steps Starting your own e-commerce business can be quite the adventure. There is nothing wrong with falling head over heels in love with your ideas and plans and becoming overly excited. But always remember, feet first. Creating a business from scratch is like a child learning to walk. You need to grab on to something solid, feel around, get a sense of balance, and take baby steps. Risky Business Before running full speed ahead with your brilliant business brainchild, proper planning is required. Being an entrepreneur is risky business, however you can improve your chances of success with preparation and development.
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Free Vector Images by LogoBee Logo Design

January 23rd, 2009

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LogoBee.com we are constantly working on improving our services and quality of work. LogoBee logo design would like to welcome the beginning of the new year with a free set of shiny marbles completely designed in vector. The Illustrator CS3 version can be downloaded here. This collection can be greatly integrated in to your new site or you may wish to upgrade your old one with these cool new graphics.

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Web Site Navigation and Design

November 23rd, 2008

It seems that one of the hardest things to get right in web design is creating proper layout and navigation. Sometimes a web site will be very rich in content, except that traffic will suffer due to poor navigational structure. In other words, navigation has become one of the key ingredients in developing sustainable, long-term traffic to your site. Your site tree: Often before you even get into the graphical aspects of your site, it is useful to think about the content that you will have for your site and brainstorm possible navigational schemes, otherwise known as site trees. These trees describe the way in which your site branches out into articles, products and services, and any other additional sections you may have. You would be surprised how different tree layouts can be created, but not all are created equal. Read the rest of this entry »

Improved website section

September 29th, 2008

LogoBee.com has a wide spread reputation as one of the top logo design businesses around; but they also offer web solutions. They have improved their website design information section. This feature on the LogoBee website has been around for years but it has just recently received a technical makeover. Vast improvements have been made so that internet surfers can find out all of the information that they desire to get a solid idea about how web design works at LogoBee, Inc.
To begin the web design odyssey there is a group of past website samples that were created by LogoBee in the past. Displaying past design work is a good way to introduce potential clients to the design quality being offered. The next step leads to some general pricing guidelines which can provide businessmen with a fair idea about how much their dream site will end up costing them in the end. Of course, all websites are different so it is always necessary to call in to speak with one of the professional about getting an accurate price quote.
Our web solutions coordinator, Tim, is always happy to help out individual interested in having a website created for them. He states that, “Working on the cutting edge of web solutions technology is fascinating. It is always satisfying to have the ability to offer people effective solutions at a minimum cost.” Tim’s enthusiasm for his work transfers in to the quality of support that he provides; past client Wesley Geys had this to say about Tim:
LogoBee’s professionalism is top notch. Communication with Tim was prompt and reliable. The design process was fantastic. It went really smooth and all the main items were discussed and understood before they went to design. I would absolutely recommend LogoBee to anyone needing a logo design or website.
If interested browsers are not ready to phone in for an actual consultation they can always read over the ‘Process’ section that is available. This seven step overview will provide a general knowledge regarding the process that website design follows. So, regardless of your level of interest in getting your ideal website created for you; the LogoBee website is a phenomenal place to stop by.

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SEO: Who do you trust?

September 8th, 2008

Internet search engines exist to organize the seemingly immeasurable amount of information available on the web. They direct people to pages that are relevant to their searches, pages that discuss the exact keywords they are looking for. For businesses that receive the majority of their clientele from search engines, search engine rankings can make or break their business. Search Engines Search engine optimization (SEO) is a marketing technique that enhances a website and its content in order to increase the chances of achieving a high rank the search engine result pages (SERPs). Search engines are very secretive about their criteria and ranking systems as they continuously update and revise their algorithms (mathematical formulas used to determine which web pages are displayed in search results), and therefore there is less likelihood of webmasters and search engine optimizers being able to achieve higher rankings by manipulation and spamming. Every search engine has its own formula and criteria for indexing and ranking pages. One can analyze SERPs and backward links (all the links pointing at a particular web page) and attempt to determine a search engine's indexing criteria, however there's a lot of risk involved in relying on a limited number of optimization techniques. Because of the unpredictable nature of search engines, websites can easily move from a top ranking position on a SERP down to the third or fourth SERP or even be banned from the search engine altogether.

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LogoBee Completes a New W3C Compliant OSCMax

August 21st, 2008

W3C logo designLogoBee logo design has recently taken it upon itself to start the cleanup of the OSCMax Shopping Cart Suite. This project was intended to accommodate web developers and programmers in general.  The final version has been released in the hopes that the web community, and LogoBee clients, will benefit  from their best efforts. OSCMax is a derivative of osCommerce which is the world’s most used Shopping Cart. It comes with a lot of extra functionality pre-installed, while osCommerce requires you to install them manually.  Many articles have been written on the fact that this open-source solution is not W3C compliant and that it would be a large job to resolve this. These articles point out that a full cleanup to bring the code up to speed with the W3C compliancy expectations would be quite complicated. LogoBee logo design has done their best to make the OSCMax Shopping Cart Suite code W3C compliant. The code was quite extensive and the clean up was a time consuming process; but LogoBee is proud to release the results of their best efforts.  Now website developers and programmers from the global web community will be able to benefit from their hard work with the new OSCMax shopping cart suite which can be found on LogoBee.com. The final version produced by the LogoBee team has been released and the web community is encouraged to try it out. This final version of the OSCMax Shopping Cart Suite can be found on the LogoBee website at this location:  http://www.logobee-web.com/demo/oscmax/.

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Precious Memories Monuments Launches New Business

August 15th, 2008

Precious Memories Monuments recently launched their new business and website. They offer assistance to people who desire to honor the memory of their loved ones with a memorial. After obtaining all required licenses and endorsements, the Precious Memories Monuments website is up with their fresh logo design from LogoBee logo design.
Today’s gravestone dimensions and designs must meet stringent cemetery regulations. The sales agents at Precious Memories Monuments are very proficient at assisting a customer with personalizing a memorial while coordinating their design wishes between the cemetery and the granite-bronze manufacturer.  The result is a smooth approval, manufacture and installation process. Precious Memories Monuments also have a large selection of bronze and hand-crafted wood urns that can be personalized. All of this is offered at a fraction of the cost that cemeteries and funeral homes charge.
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WVCS hosts 24th Annual Picnic in the Park Fund Raiser

July 6th, 2008

Chance to show new logo design September the 6th will see the 24th annual Picnic in the Park hosted by West Valley Community Services, Inc. (WVCS) at the Cupertino Civic Center Plaza. This is a fundraising event to help support WCVS so that it may continue offering valuable non-profit services. This event will take a considerable amount of preparation, especially since they will be marketing their new logo design donated to them by LogoBee just prior to this event. However, WVCS does not shy away from hard work. WVCS is a non-profit organization; that is why they are required to host fundraising drives and events. They offer valuable services to the Santa Clara County area such as: food, shelter, clothes, affordable housing and financial assistance. In order for a fundraising event to be successful the general public must get involved. This requires a certain degree of public recognition for the non-profit group. This is why WVCS applied to the Annual LogoBee Logo Design Makeover Contest last December. Having a brand that is easy to remember is helpful when hosting events like the Picnic in the Park. The Picnic in the Park will involve a silent and live auction; and a BBQ sponsored by the generous people at the Outback Steakhouse. The event should be fun for all participants who attend.  So if you are in the area please drop by and help contribute to a worthwhile cause. Keep your eyes open for event posters with the new “Health – Home – Heart” logo design for more details about this event.

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LogoBee unleashes explosive new ‘BundleBee’ Package this spring

June 18th, 2008

LogoBee, Inc. did not hibernate during the cold winter; rather they brainstormed and created arguably the best graphic design package available.  LogoBee took their top-quality logo, web and stationery design services and mixed them all together to form the ‘BundleBee’, which explodes on to the scene with the force of a supernova!
LogoBee has established a stellar reputation in the logo design world.  They have over eight years of artistic experience; and have taken top honors in the Summit Creative Awards and American Design awards.  Their web design department’s reputation has been soaring since it was added to their list of graphic design services.  The new ‘BundleBee’ melds these two incredible marketing elements together allowing customers to obtain the best that the graphic design universe has to offer!
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W3C Compliency and Open source Solutions

June 15th, 2008

W3C Compliancy refers to the programming standards that have been established by the W3C Authority; which is the group responsible for maintaining and evolving the HTML language. Open Source Solutions are pre-programmed solutions that can be customized on both an aesthetic and functional level by experienced programmers. These solutions generally cover most of the business needs of clients; which is what makes them extremely popular as Online Business Solutions for clients not willing to invest large amounts of capital in Custom Developed (Programmed) Solutions. Since the W3C released its new level of standardization and Validation Tools it has become far easier for clients to see how their website complies with the standards established by the W3C. The one issue Read the rest of this entry »

Heart Warming Feature on CNN Money

March 13th, 2008

The article is a remarkable story about a young man with epilepsy who took a hobby of his and created a successful business called Anthony’s Beehive.  Montreal based graphic design company LogoBee, Inc was very proud to learn about their client’s recent feature in FORTUNE Small Business on CNN Money.    Anthony’s Beehive was a pleasure to work with on their logo design and website projects; and their journey is a touching story for all readers.
LogoBee was moved by the story of Anthony’s Beehive; the story hit close to home since the chief LogoBee coordinator working on their logo design and web design projects, Tim Liboiron, also has epilepsy.  Tim feels strongly that Anthony’s odyssey is a tale that needs to be spread.  Tim worked on this project vigorously to see Anthony receive the logo design and website that best portrayed Anthony’s Beehive.
The feature basically covers Anthony’s story starting from his birth and ending at running his successful business today.  Born with epilepsy, Anthony’s concerned parents Tony and Terri were worried about his future.  Tony returned to school so that he could get a teaching job in order to hire additional care for his son.  While in grade three Anthony asked his parents to add bees to the farm that they ran on the side.  His interest in bees and their honey led to selling honey to the local shops.  One day his parents noticed an entrepreneur course offered at the local high school.  The benefits of this course plus Anthony’s incredible people skills helped take his hobby and expand it into a successful business.  Anthony’s interest in bees and their unique produce was the reason for his creation of multi flavored lip balms which included the ingredients honey and beeswax.  This passion has kept Anthony experimenting with new lip balm flavors and has established Anthony’s Beehive with its twenty flavors of lip balm, as a fascinating business.
Please go to the CNN Money website to read the full feature on this remarkable business and the wonderful young man who lends it his name.  LogoBee urges all entrepreneurs to read this story for the inspiration required to make their dreams come true.  The article can be found at: http://money.cnn.com/2008/03/04/smbusiness/buzz_honey.fsb/index.htm

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LogoBee creates artistic logo design and website for LG Art Gallery

March 7th, 2008

Marketing has always been important to businesses and in the information society of today the internet is a necessity for all companies.  One of LogoBee’s recent clients realized this and has taken advantage of their various services.  LogoBee offers customers more than just custom logo design services; they also offer graphic design services for business stationery, brochures, flyers and web design.  This lets customers get professional design work done to satisfy all of their marketing needs.
Wesley Geys the VP of the L G Art Gallery contracted LogoBee to design a logo.  A contemporary and modern art gallery that sells paintings and sculptures located in Florida.  Beautiful art sells but a proper brand can help a company get recognized.  The abundance of graphic design information available on the LogoBee website; and straight forward explanation for getting started was very helpful in the beginning.  The constant customer support ensured that the proper design was created within a minimum amount of time.
Therefore, when Mr. Geys required the creation of a website for the L G Art Gallery he consulted the LogoBee website.  The available samples of past websites which were designed by the web team at LogoBee impressed Mr. Geys and he contacted them for an estimate on the website that he had in mind.  According to Mr. Geys, “The design process was fantastic.  It went really smooth and all the main items were discussed and understood before they went to design.” This led to a sleek website design and CMS which is easy to upload art that is currently for sale.  The logo design can be seen on the website and compliments the rest of the site beautifully.  Since the same company was used for both designs this was a natural occurrence.
Satisfying your clients should be the goal of any graphic design company and LogoBee strives to accomplish this with every project.  Mr. Geys was certainly satisfied and “would absolutely recommend LogoBee to anyone needing a logo design or website.”  If you are in need in both services, LogoBee would be happy to help.

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LogoBee logo design works with the global business community

March 4th, 2008

LogoBee, Inc. is a graphic design firm that is located in Montreal, Canada.  Montreal as a city has a very diverse community living and working there.  Canada prides itself in having a multicultural society, similar to the wide spectrum of ethnic communities residing in the United States.  LogoBee as a company tries to follow the example of being in touch with its global community by doing graphic design work for businesses located all over the globe.
Whether it is for a logo design or website, LogoBee wants to help.  The graphic design firm deals mainly with clients located in Canada and the USA.  However, it has just recently wrapped up projects for businesses located in countries such as the UK, Austria, India, Australia, China and the United Arab Emirates.  Working with companies all over is a very satisfying aspect for the LogoBee team; it allows them as individuals to come in to contact with people who have very different cultural backgrounds from their own.
Since we can communicate with clients via e-mails the vast time zone differences are not a problem.  Plus, since the finished products can be sent in an e-mail kit containing all of the files for the logo design or website there is no large shipping and handling fee associated with their expert graphic design services.
If you would like to have some professional and creative graphic design work done for your business; and want to deal with a design firm that enjoys working with companies from various societies; then please consider LogoBee, Inc. as your primary choice.
 

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Starting an E-Commerce Business - Monitoring Your Site

February 22nd, 2008

Almost all server providers have counters and tools to monitor your website traffic. You can find out where the traffic is coming from and the regions from which the visitors are originating. You can also find out daily visitor statistics, and other useful things such as how they entered and how long they stayed to browse. You can learn about the demographics of your website visitors and track trends and patterns. By gaining a better understanding of the popular pages on your site and your site's overall performance, you can plan your sites future development, and even focus on specific aspects of your site. Depending on how precisely you wish to track your site's success, you can also purchase software programs to assist you as well.

The first few years of an e-commerce company is usually the make or break period of the business. Revenues may be stagnant and expenses may seem overwhelming. It takes time, patience and determination. Sometimes you just need to take baby steps, then be patient and pray.

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