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Hilo Web Desgin has a NEW Location!

If you hadnʻt already heard, WE MOVED!

2015 has brought many changes to the team at A.S. Designs & Services, the biggest of which is our new office space!  We officially moved-in to our new space on January 19th of 2015 and are all looking forward to this new and exciting chapter at ASDS.

We moved from our awesome location in the Downtown Hilo area to a bigger space closer to the Hilo Puainako Shopping Center.

We  enjoyed our old space for the past 3 years and we couldn’t have had a better experience working with the folks Day-Lum Properties.

Thanks Day-Lum for working with us the past 3 years at the S. Hata Building!

We look forward to seeing you all at our new location!

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Feed Your Dog or Your Employees with Twitter

As a company that does social media marketing for several businesses we are not new to Twitter. However, some of the  things you can actually do with Twitter has thrown us for a loop! For instance, did you know you can use your Twitter account to feed your dog while away at work or out and about? You can also send someone a $5 Starbucks gift card using Twitter, which we think is why Matthew is so adamant about using the platform!

Twitter is a great tool for small business owners to connect with their customers and peers! We use it with all of our clients and find the results are successful when partnered with a professional online marketing program! You can use Twitter to catch up on the latest news from around the world, or as we mentioned before, feed your dog while away!

Check out one of our favorites: Feed Toby! Feed Tobyʻs owner needed a way to, you guessed it, feed Toby!

If you …

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5 Tips for Small Businesses Using Instagram

Most businesses are aware that social media and marketing are now working together as one.  One of the many social media outlets we recommend to our client is Instagram. Instagram, for those of you who donʻt know, is a mobile application that allows you to take pictures, edit them, and post them online for others to see. We thought it would be good to share a few of the tips we share with our clients about having a successful and professional Instagram profile!

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New Social Network to Use ONLY Emojis

What does it all mean???

According to Hawaii News Now, there is a new social network and mobile instant messaging app (iOs) for the emoji-savvy called of all things, emojli. 

The creators of emojli, Matt Gray and Tom Scott, felt that there was a need for a spam free social network that can potentially cross the language barrier because there is, in fact, no language besides the emojis and they are the only allowable characters.

For those of you not familiar with what an emoji is, check out this article called “5 Things You Need to Know About Emojiʻs.” In the article you can see just how far up the emoji goes, including a petition from the White House for a hotdog emoji!

Would you use an app that used only emojis?

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We <3 BaseCamp: 5 Reasons Why!

BasceCamp is a web-based project management software that we use every day to help us stay organized!

We use it for our projects, both old and new! The functionality allows us to not only track what we are doing, but bring in the client to see where progress is being made! We equate using the software to an email chain, with days and possibly months of back and forth, all spread out and organized for everyone without the hassle of remembering who was supposed to do what and when!

Here is our Top 5 Reasons We Love BaseCamp:

1. Assigning Tasks

As many small business owners know, it is sometimes only you and a few people running your business. If youʻre like us, we are in and out of the office every day working on projects and getting new clients. This system allows everyone to see where we are on a specific project, and even better allows everyone to complete a task and reassign it to another person, while still keeping track of all the progress made. …

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5 Lessons Learned from Corporate Social Media

Ever wonder who is behind USA Todayʻs Twitter account? What about who (or what) is behind the Wall Street Journalʻs Facebook posts? We did too, until we came across this article that goes deep into what companies like ABC News, CNN,  and the Associated Press are doing.

Hereʻs what we learned and what it means for us (and you) as a small business.

1. Donʻt Use Automation While we understand that social media can be time consuming, we rarely use automation for several reasons, the most important being that we are aware that social media is just that, social! Having automated tweets and status updates takes the social aspect out of things! Plus, what if you have a post scheduled that talks about an event that is supposed to happen, like the a marathon or a concert and it gets cancelled? Either way youʻll have to decide whatʻs best for your small business.

2. Tweet for Twitter, Post for Facebook We know that each social media platform has itʻs eccentricities …

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Why NOT to Use an Email Forwarder

Email Forwarders have been used for quite sometime because of their simplicity in setup.   A typical email forwarder is ‘yourname@yourdomainname.com’ which then forwards to an existing alternate email address like yourname@gmail.com’.

Recently, Google (gmail) changed its policy regarding email forwarders as they are recieved from the mail servers.  Because of this, many mail server’s IP Address (which is the magical land where emails come from) are being blacklisted, especially from accounts that receive a large number of  emails.

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