Author: westendm

A new name for a sharper focus

I started my marketing firm during the summer of 1999 with a toddler and newborn in tow. Surrounded by more hills than people, and closer to Round Mountain than Round Rock, I referred to my office as “the west end of Austin” which was a stretch but kept me connected to the city I’ve always Read More …

Top takeaways for entrepreneurs at RISE Austin

Austin’s leading businesses came together last week at RISE Austin to share ideas, resources and support for the entrepreneurial community. This unique conference for entrepreneurs is independently organized by entrepreneurs and connects people from wide backgrounds with leaders in non-profits, high-tech, government and more. Business owners come to the conference for many reasons, but there is an Read More …

Twitter tools to work the language

Twitter can be both efficient and maddening with its 140-character limits. Abbreviations have become acceptable, even when they aren’t correct. New words have joined our language and symbols can at times express more than words. Mashable introduced me to several new tools this past week to make sense of  the new language limits. My favorites? Read More …

Creating conversions with your content

Driving traffic to your storefront or website is one thing, but getting those prospects to become paying customers is another. How many times have you stuffed items into your shopping cart, but then walked away before hitting the “Order” button? What converts a prospective customer into a sale? A good part of capturing that transaction Read More …

Have some fun with your “About” page.

I read an interesting approach by Seth Godin to the “About” sections of websites. This section of the site is usually a grab bag of information, with bland descriptions of the company’s mission, business philosophy and contacts. Once the page has been written, why revisit it except to update phone numbers or new staff information? Read More …