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  • Art Unlimited Voted Top 100 Places to Work For 2nd Year

Art Unlimited Named 100 Best Companies to Work for in Minnesota for 2nd Year!

By |April 16th, 2018|

Art Unlimited is super excited about this honor!

Minnesota Business Magazine has set up these awards to recognize all the amazing, first-class companies that have their corporate offices in our great state. The 100 Best […]

  • Taking your small business from traditional to digital

Taking Your Small Business From Traditional to Digital

By |March 5th, 2018|

The act of marketing hasn’t changed much even with the arrival of the internet. While people are using the internet to do their shopping, the marketing principles of the 4 P’s (Product, Price, Place and Promotion or Promotional Mix) are still very relevant.


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How to Boost Your Brick and Mortar Business

By |January 8th, 2018|

In today’s scary age of big chain retailers closing their doors, mom and pop shops are getting nervous. Is your business safe from digital powerhouses like Walmart and Amazon? With the right strategy, any business can stand the test of time. Here are things we’ve learned about consumer patterns from studying history and how your business can utilize that knowledge to keep your brick and mortar thriving. […]

  • The Eleanor Roosevelt approach to Persona Marketing

The Eleanor Roosevelt Approach To Persona Marketing

By |December 22nd, 2017|


Persona marketing has been around for awhile, but not everyone takes the time to truly understand why it’s important and how they can use it effectively. Eleanor Roosevelt wrote in her book You Learn By Living, “If you can develop this ability to see what you look at, to understand its meaning, to readjust your knowledge to this new information, you can continue to learn and to grow as long as you live and you’ll have a wonderful time doing it.” […]

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Small Business Resolutions 2018 – Take on Local Optimization

By |December 11th, 2017|

Small businesses are the very lifeblood that keep America strong. We cannot rely on big-box chains to fulfill every need of Americans, and one of the most important ways to promote your small business is to make sure that you have an excellent online presence.

  • How Roofers Should Use Their Marketing To Hire

How Roofers Should Use Their Marketing To Hire

By |December 4th, 2017|

One of the number one issues of all U.S. small businesses is hiring. Within the skilled laborers and manufacturing market, these workers start to dwindle even further. According to Construction Executive, 12% of construction workers will be retiring from the industry in the next 5 years. The shortage is coming and quite honestly, the roofing industry as a whole is already starting to feel the struggle. […]

  • 4 Things That Stop Your Consulting Brand Traction

4 Things That Stop Your Consulting Brand Traction

By |November 13th, 2017|

Your brand is your first impression with customers. Knowing how to keep your brand relationship moving in the right direction can keep your leads flowing. The top areas we have seen stop people’s brand in the digital realm include: […]

  • The Reif Center's Tips to Increase Your Event Attendance

The Reif Center’s Tips to Increase Your Event Attendance

By |November 6th, 2017|

Art Unlimited was blessed with the opportunity to speak with Katie Benes of the Reif Center regarding their event attendance strategy. In this interview, Katie gets to the heart of how the Reif focuses their efforts to reach a wide range of audiences. […]

  • How Many Leads Does Your Business Regularly Lose?

How Many Leads Does Your Business Regularly Lose?

By |October 26th, 2017|

Leads are so vital in determining the success of a business over time. Today, when most leads are realized through the internet and social media, most businesses are losing a huge number of leads regularly because they don’t know how to tap them effectively. And to make it worse, most of these businesses are losing these leads without even realizing that they are doing so. […]

  • How Quality Social Media Can Propel SEO

How Quality Social Media Can Propel SEO

By |October 16th, 2017|

Social media is the new frontier for helping your resort find the right customers. But how does this happen? How do you move through social media to find out where your vacationers are? What resources will social media bring to your website that you wouldn’t otherwise have? […]

  • How to Blend Digital into Your Collision Repair Marketing

How to Blend Digital into Your Collision Repair Marketing

By |September 14th, 2017|

Your collision repair shop has stepped into the 21st century of marketing, you have a website, but your business is still not seeing a lot of traction. There have been a lot of technology changes since websites were the norm, and they alone just can’t cut it anymore. […]

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Why Your Roofing Keyword Search Test No Longer Works

By |September 13th, 2017|

If you’re like most people, you use Google to search for things. You may notice that if you type in the same keywords on different days, you get different results. You may chalk this up to user error, however, it’s intentional, and part of what Google calls “Personalized Results.”

Google wants each user to get what they’re looking for, and it does this by building an ever changing algorithm. What’s the algorithm you ask? In layman’s terms: it’s a set of rules that Google sets to retrieve what you’re searching for. Algorithms change constantly as new technology becomes available. According to Moz, every year Google changes their algorithms 500-600 times, wow!


  • Here are tips from our sessions at PPC Week

Landing Your Landing Page – A PPC Week Golden Ticket

By |August 23rd, 2017|

We are brimming with knowledge and insight from Unbounce’s PPC week! After all the seminars on boosting your campaigns & testing out new features – here is one of the big topics we thought were […]

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How to Turn Your Roofing Insights into Influence

By |August 7th, 2017|

Customers will have questions. That’s a given. People want to know that they can trust you and your company before they sink a lot of time and money into the services you provide. When those services are something as substantial as roof replacement or repair, you’d best expect a significant number of questions coming your way.


  • MozCon 2017 What it Means for Your Business

MozCon 2017 Recap: What It Means for Your Business

By |July 26th, 2017|

MozCon, the emotionally exhausting whirlwind of ideas that hit you in the same time frame as a weekend and leave you as temporarily motionless as a body washed up on the shore. True to marketing form, when you finally regain all your senses, you gather all the exciting industry tidbits together and bring them back to your team with glee. If you didn’t get a chance to attend this year’s MozCon 2017, or are just looking to bounce your ideas off someone, here are the highlights we thought should be noted. […]

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How to Calculate Your Lead Value in 7.8 Minutes

By |July 26th, 2017|

How much is a lead REALLY worth to your business? This is something that you can easily calculate. First, make sure you have all of your marketing and sales information at hand. Generally, you will want to use the information from the previous year. For seasonal businesses, it is also a good idea to assess your cost per lead and lead value quarterly. So get ready for your fully packed 7.8 minutes of reading, and GO!


  • How to Avoid Shady Website Developers

How to Avoid Shady Website Developers

By |June 5th, 2017|

As a web development & marketing agency, we’ve had so many people come to us with heart wrenching stories of how they had a poor experience with a web developer, that we decided we needed to say something about it. Here’s our best practice tips of choosing a company to develop your website. […]

How to Take the Best Photo for Your Social Media

By |May 8th, 2017|

How to Capture the Best Social Media Photo

Taking pictures for social media can be intimidating, but knowing how to capture your photo can actually make a huge impact on the final result of your image. Here are 7 tips to keep in mind when trying to capture the best photo for social media:  […]

  • How to Dodge Slippery Digital Agencies

How to Dodge Slippery Digital Marketing Agencies

By |April 24th, 2017|

We’ve all gotten a call about our Google business listing from a spammy recorded message, but some slippery marketers are a little harder to pin down. Here’s a list of tell tail signs to help you to eliminate a marketing agency that’s not worth your time.


  • What are my mobile audit Errors and are they important?

What Are My Mobile Audit Errors and Are They Important?

By |April 12th, 2017|

Part of keeping your marketing in tip-top shape is checking to see how well your website continues to perform, especially on mobile. In today’s mobile marketing world, 40% of users on a mobile device will leave if the site doesn’t load in a mere three seconds, and 52% of users claim that site-speed influences their brand loyalty. […]

  • Lilah Crowe's Grant Writing Tips for Nonprofits

Lilah Crowe’s Grant Writing Tips for Nonprofits

By |April 3rd, 2017|

The Itasca County Historical Society has been a cultural gem of the Grand Rapids area for quite a few years now. People from across Itasca County and beyond have come to utilize their facilities and get to know more about their familial roots. […]

  • Why Hiring an Agency Shouldn't Be a Frantic Leap of Faith

Why Hiring an Agency Shouldn’t Be a Frantic Leap of Faith

By |March 27th, 2017|

Many businesses today can feel themselves riding a swelling wave of new business. You can feel it build underneath you. Your efforts are starting to gain sizable traction through word of mouth and even online! But now the workload of actually doing business is getting to the point where you don’t have the time to do any more marketing yourself. What’s going to happen? Will the wave finally crests into becoming a household name, or will you always be fighting to stay afloat on a consistent swell? […]

Why 508 Compliance is Good for Your Business

By |March 20th, 2017|

All electronic and informational technology developed or maintained by the federal government must be 508 compliant. This amendment is a federal law derived from the United states Workforce Rehabilitation Act of 1973, but what does that mean for your business? Let us explain what 508 compliance is, how it can be implemented, and how it can benefit your business. […]

  • Does the Millennial Path-to-Purchase Impact Your Business?

Does the Millennial Path-to-Purchase Impact Your Business?

By |March 6th, 2017|

Millennials, the most studied cohort of humans so far. But why should you, a business owner, care about millennials and their meticulously studied habits?

Because Millennials are consumers. […]

How Your Consumers Have Changed

By |February 6th, 2017|

With more and more data coming forth on consumer trends, we feel it’s important for you to be aware of what your audience has been up to. So, we pulled together some data from experts in the field, and wanted to showcase it this month for you. […]

  • How to Use Social Media for Your Non-Profit Events

How to Use Social Media for Your Non-Profit Events

By |December 1st, 2016|

For many non-profits, your challenge is connecting the right volunteers, business owners, and those in need to your services. Throw event planning into that mix, and things can start to get complicated! When you need get the word out, you have to connect with many audiences on different platforms. This guide provides tested tactics that will keep your audience interested. […]

  • 6 Key SEO Terms Defined in Less Than 10 Minutes

6 Key SEO Terms Defined in Less Than 10 Minutes

By |November 28th, 2016|

Many times business owners come into their meeting with an SEO Manager, feeling as if they are lost in a muddle of technical terminology. This guide is designed to orienteer you through the dark and scary unknowns by broadening your Search Engine Optimization vocabulary. […]

  • What the New Google Reviews Mean for Your Business

What The New Google Reviews Means for Your Business

By |October 10th, 2016|

Positive reviews have always been crucial for the success of your online marketing. However, Google recently launched a brand new review program, changing the game. Google’s changes will affect how your business is seen online, hopefully for the better! […]

  • Online Listings - For Real or Phony?

Online Listings – For Real or Phony?

By |September 28th, 2016|

Recently, a client contacted our firm about an online business listing for his company. The listing had an incorrect phone number, but the listed URL linked to his website. After a bit of investigation, it was determined that the listing had been auto-generated. […]

  • 5 Wordpress Management Tips from a Programmer

5 WordPress Management Tips from a Programmer

By |September 26th, 2016|

As a business owner, there are a lot of things on your plate. Understanding what’s important about your WordPress website can be time consuming. These tips are designed to help you manage WordPress with the limited time you have. […]

5 Facebook Live Tips for Your Business

By |September 6th, 2016|

Social Media is constantly evolving, and new on the beat is Facebook Live- a live streaming video broadcast directly in the Facebook Timeline. Viewers can comment, “like” and interact with the video- allowing it to […]

Managing Your Social Media Marketing

By |August 29th, 2016|

New to the social media scene for your business? We all know it is important — but many times, the why, what and how are less clear. […]

What You Need to Know About Pay-Per-Click and Adwords

By |August 24th, 2016|

If you are trying to market your business in this new internet age, pay-per-click marketing will prove to be one of the best marketing techniques currently out there. Pay-per-click marketing benefits all who are involved. […]

Marketing Your Business With Twitter

By |August 22nd, 2016|

Twitter can be confusing, especially if you’ve never used it before. We’re here to help! No matter how comfortable you are with Twitter, you can use these tips and will be a Twitter expert in no time. […]

Know What Your Developer Is Saying: The Fun Version

By |August 17th, 2016|

Any business owner who works with a developer should be at least slightly educated in the lingo that computer nerds use when discussing your website. This guide is designed to help you understand tough concepts and technical jargon you might not be familiar with in terms of your WordPress based website. […]

  • Why Purging Your Subscribers Is Healthy

Why Purging Your Subscribers Is Healthy

By |August 15th, 2016|

For years, you’ve been working to build your emails subscriber list, but now, having all the subscribers in the world isn’t necessarily a good thing. […]

  • 10 Terms That Will Make You Sound Like a Content Marketer

10 Terms That Will Make You Sound Like a Content Marketer

By |August 10th, 2016|

Everyone has been there, we’ve been in a meeting and had no idea what anyone was talking about. There are always words that you hear, and have no clue what they mean.

This blogging terminology toolbelt is designed to get you fitted to participate in those content marketing conversations knowledgeably. […]

  • Website Browser Basics: What You Need to Know

Website Browser Basics: What You Need to Know

By |August 8th, 2016|

There are a number of different browsers that your website can be seen through, but what visual benefits does each browser support? There are many people who could give you complex and tortuous explanations, but we know you don’t have time for that! We want to tell you how website browsers work in an easy way that you understand. […]

  • Beginners Guide to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

Beginners Guide to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

By |August 3rd, 2016|

Many roofing contractors and realtors want to use Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or drones, to see a project from a new angle, create video, or conduct a roof inspection. Whatever your business purposes, this guide […]

  • Beginner's Guide to Email Newsletter Marketing

Beginner’s Guide to Email Newsletter Marketing

By |August 1st, 2016|

At some point, everybody is a beginner, but when it comes to trying new things for your business you are probably not a beginner at that. Because you are a business owner, you are likely looking for new ways to market your company. Are email newsletters your next step on the marketing path? […]

  • 3 Signs Your Website Needs an Upgrade

3 Signs Your Website Needs an Upgrade

By |July 25th, 2016|

Your website is one of your biggest marketing tools. You want it to be responsive, aesthetically appealing, and informational. But, if it has been a while since anything has been updated on your page, maybe now is the time. Talk things over with your marketing team and see what your options are for improving this important part of your business presence. […]

  • How to Manage Your Brand Reputation

How to Manage Your Brand Reputation

By |July 25th, 2016|

When it comes to your business, your brand is the single most important asset you have, PERIOD. Utilizing social engagement and customer interactions will boost your brand’s reputation. […]

  • 7 Tips to Recording Audio on Your Phone

7 Tips to Recording Audio on Your Phone

By |July 5th, 2016|

Recording audio can be a challenge on your phone, but many times, it can be the most efficient use of your time. Use these tips to help you record audio masterpieces. […]

How to Make Your Blog Traffic Stick Around

By |June 20th, 2016|

Blog Traffic Vs. Traction

If you have built a successful base of blog followers, (those who subscribe to your posts) you’ve probably seen some traffic to your blogs.  Traffic is great, but do you get “traction” as well?


SEO for Blogging Basics

By |June 13th, 2016|

Offering your visitors good answers to their questions about your product or services is the key to blog interest and possible site engagement.


Blogging for Beginners – Six Essential Questions

By |June 6th, 2016|

There are six essential questions to ask when it comes to blogging.  Once you have the answers to these questions, the blogging world opens up to your creativity. Ask yourself the following six questions and jot down the answers.  This is brainstorming and will get you started on your first blog. […]

Reasons to Hire a Blogger

By |May 16th, 2016|

Some of Art Unlimited’s most frequently asked questions are, “Why should I hire a blogger?” and “How will blogging positively affect my business?” Well, hiring a blogger adds many favorable aspects to your business throughout the marketing process, and also attracts more potential customers to your website. […]

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Simple Strategies: YouTube Advertising

By |April 25th, 2016|

Recall the last YouTube video you watched.

Did you skip it as soon as you could? Or was it so interesting that you watched the whole thing, even after you were able to finally press skip?

As you market your business, you want your advertisements to be so interesting that viewers actually pay attention. YouTube advertising is not as difficult or intimidating as it sounds. Ask yourself a few questions to create a straightforward framework for a successful YouTube ad.


AU Named in “Minnesota’s 100 Best Companies to Work For”

By |April 4th, 2016|

It’s No Secret That We Love Our Job:
Working with such an amazing team makes coming to work every day a breeze. Add clients that are as passionate about their businesses as ours and you have […]

2016: Looking Back and Moving Forward

By |February 15th, 2016|

Art Unlimited began as a print advertising company. As the internet became the world’s primary business tool we began to turn our focus to the Internet- including social media marketing, Search Engine Optimization, website development […]

Are You Giving the Right Impression on LinkedIn?

By |January 20th, 2016|

LinkedIn®.  Such a great professional networking platform.  It has a sleek appearance and there are so many great features that you can use to really flesh out your online marketing endeavors – for yourself and the business you represent. […]

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10 Tips for Facebook Page Managers

By |December 16th, 2015|

Here are 10 tips for Facebook page managers who are just getting started with business pages.  […]

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10 Marketing Tips for Businesses in Any Industry

By |December 1st, 2015|

Marketing your business can be a challenge, especially when much of the information available to help is designated for niche markets – or large-scale companies.  Regardless of where you do your research, there are a few tips to be gleaned that are applicable for businesses in any industry. […]

The Importance of Server Performance

By |November 18th, 2015|

Have you ever loaded a website and waited and waited for it to load, or received a white page with an “Error Website Not Available” message or “Server Not Responding”?   […]

Conference Recap: Raise the Roof – Ignite!

By |November 11th, 2015|

This year’s Raise the Roof marketing conference was a smashing success. Here’s a quick look at some of the topics we covered – and some of the solutions we found. […]

Top 5 Ways to Waste Your Company’s Time

By |October 28th, 2015|

We work with a lot of companies who are entrepreneurs with incredibly successful online marketing programs.  As we continue to delve into the nitty gritty components of what makes a business tick, we have found that there are 5 major time wasters that every office seems to be affected by. […]

Marketing Management Solutions for Your Business

By |October 20th, 2015|

As a business grows, so does its marketing needs.  Small businesses in a good location or with an established client base may not require much beyond a well-programmed website and small advertisements.  However, businesses looking to achieve and sustain growth opportunities typically have an evolving set of marketing needs.  Are you making the right marketing management decisions for your business? Here are a few ways to find out: […]

4 Reasons Why Local Optimization is Important

By |October 16th, 2015|

By increasing the online visibility of your business in geographically-based searches, local optimization is a powerful tool for gaining new customers.. Local search optimization encompasses a range of factors, from online listings and review sites to social  social media and the content on your website. […]

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New Data Sheds Light on Marketing Challenges

By |October 13th, 2015|

The latest research in our industry sheds light on key components in the relationship between inbound marketing and the sales process. […]

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How to Know if Your Website Needs a Redesign

By |October 7th, 2015|

Many companies with functioning websites wonder cringe when their programming or marketing team mentions the word “redesign.” In truth, companies with large budgets might enjoy the prestige of featuring the latest web design trends on their sites. But, for smaller companies, the cost-vs-ROI must be carefully weighed before making an investment of that magnitude.  Of course, in today’s age, there is one giant elephant in everyone’s marketing room: mobile responsive design. […]

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The Benefits of Link Building

By |September 23rd, 2015|

Search Engines use many different factors to help determine who deserves a place on the first few pages of search results. Link building is one of the many modes of online marketing that can increase your website’s visibility and search engine ranking. […]

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Why No Strategy is Complete without Email Marketing

By |September 14th, 2015|

Appearing on page one of search engine results is is one of the primary goals of an online marketing strategy. But it’s not enough. […]

Why 64% of Business Owners Struggle With Marketing

By |September 2nd, 2015|

Small businesses are at a severe disadvantage when it comes to marketing. Every service costs money, and very few “affordable” options are able to promote or sustain a healthy business growth. With a great product but limited funds, how does a modern entrepreneur achieve success? […]

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Why Your Images May be Destroying Your Website and What You Can Do About It

By |August 25th, 2015|

Images are integral to generating a good experience for your online visitors. Unfortunately, they are also one of the main culprits when it comes to a slow load speed for web pages. […]

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How to Respond to Negative Reviews

By |August 18th, 2015|

It starts like this…


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4 Steps to Generate Leads

By |August 11th, 2015|

Marketing is one of the most innovative industries around.  We are constantly researching and testing the best methods available to help our clients grow.  But when it comes right down to it, there’s one success metric that all of our efforts center around: lead generation. […]

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Did You Design Your Website for the Right Person?

By |August 5th, 2015|

We have been in the online marketing business ever since it was a thing.  We have seen the ebb and fall of many trends. When a new “trend” comes on the market, everyone in the industry jumps aboard. Sliders? YES. Side navigation bars with lots of drop downs? SIGN ME UP. Yes, though those trends are now falling in the downward spiral, we are coming up to an unprecedented chapter in online marketing: UX design. […]

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How to Build Personas for Lifelong Customer Retention

By |August 3rd, 2015|

Once in a great while, it seems, you find the perfect customer.  They work well with your company and appreciate your products and services alike.  How many times do you think about them and wonder “How can I gain more of this type of client?” […]

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How to Find Copyright Free Images for Your Website or Blog

By |July 31st, 2015|

Images are an integral part of any marketing endeavor. There are pictures and images everywhere online. They are so easy to find and download that it can be difficult to abide by copyright laws. “Fair use” designations are sometimes murky and may only be clear in a court of law.

But who wants to get to that point?   […]

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Online Security Tips to Keep Your Website Safe

By |July 27th, 2015|

Hello, all.  My name is David – my job at Art Unlimited is mainly focused on the hardcore programming for the websites we create. This morning, the team asked if I would write a little bit about the recent serious threat to online security. So – here it goes. […]

  • the beginner's guide to hiring a marketing company

The Beginner’s Guide to Hiring a Marketing Company

By |July 20th, 2015|

Who can best help you to market your new business or amp up your current company?  Well, with an average of over 40,000 online search queries taking place every second [source], statistics recommend that you take your game online. Of course, a simple online search of your own will bring up a list of thousands of companies who claim the ability to “bring traffic to your website.”

The question for you is: How well can you trust them? […]

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Simple Strategies: Generating Quality Content (VIDEO)

By |June 30th, 2015|

Hi – Anna with Art Unlimited. Today we’re going to talk about generating quality content & what that means for you as a business owner.
Why Do I Need Fresh Content?
Google loves fresh content because they […]

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How to Connect with Prospective Customers (VIDEO)

By |June 25th, 2015|

In this second video installment, Anna Anderson, CEO of Art Unlimited, talks a little bit about how to connect with your prospective customers – via online marketing. […]

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Simple Strategies: The Importance of Photos (VIDEO)

By |June 23rd, 2015|

Successful online marketing is like a puzzle. Not only does it consist of many different components, but it also requires these components to fit together perfectly. In this video blog, our CEO Anna Anderson addresses the ways that a simple photograph can impact your marketing efforts. […]

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10 Questions to Ask Before Starting a PPC Campaign

By |June 8th, 2015|

Many websites are interested in starting a Pay Per Click (PPC) campaign as a tool to gain visibility on Google’s search engines. Before you do that you need to be clear about what your plan is and what it will require. With that in mind here are some questions that need to be answered before we move forward.

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Do You Have What it Takes to Be Successful?

By |May 19th, 2015|

Small business owners have one of the most challenging jobs available in modern America. To be one, you must be a self-starter, an entrepreneur.  You must have a vision and an ongoing strategy for achieving goals.  The question is: do you have what it takes to be successful? […]

5 Great Ways to Lose Money with Paid Advertising

By |April 28th, 2015|

There are many ways to waste money, some fun and some not. A random search online can show you some really fun ways to do this. Example 1 : The Harry Potter bathing suit. Or, for the engineers of the world: A build-your-own-drinking-straw kit. […]

Mobile Friendly or Bust!

By |April 21st, 2015|

Today, April 21, 2015, Google launches its newest algorithm, specifically designed to seek out sites that are mobile friendly and shoot them to the top of search results. How this will affect your business depends entirely on how well you have prepared for this day. […]

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Top 5 Small Resort Marketing Tips from Big Brands

By |April 2nd, 2015|

There are so many tools available for online marketing these days, it’s hard to know what works!  So we decided to pick out 5 small resort marketing tips from Big Name Brands that can be easily translated into extremely successful strategies in the travel industry. […]

5 Reasons to Use More Images in Your Marketing

By |March 25th, 2015|

Do you think you use enough pictures when you are marketing roofers online? Here are 5 great reasons why you should take a good look at your visual marketing efforts.


8 Marketing Jokes for Your St. Patrick’s Day

By |March 17th, 2015|

Are you out of fun photos to use with your social media or blogging campaigns?  Our team works extremely hard but we do enjoy having some hearty laughs and general good humored jokes.


7 Ways to Keep Up With Today’s Online Marketing

By |February 18th, 2015|

Thinking you can just keep working the same old marketing plan might land your business in trouble. Here are 7 reasons the online marketing strategies of today differ from the older ideas.

Are You Having Trouble Making the Sale?

By |January 29th, 2015|

In the last blog, we looked at four main ways you can “prove” to viewers that your website is worth visiting.  Now we’re going to look at how you seal the deal with your website.


Is Your Website Worth Visiting?

By |January 27th, 2015|

Online marketing is not a simple game to play. For better or for worse, however, the majority of people who are looking to make a purchase will research online first. (Depending on the survey source, the percentage is anywhere from 81 – 90%)

The question is this: when a prospective client clicks on your website, do they find what they were looking for? Answer these 4 questions honestly to find out!


Blogging: Part of a Successful Marketing Strategy?

By |January 20th, 2015|

Ok, so blogging is all the rage these days.  Everyone’s doing it, which prompts many business owners wonder: does blogging really help? Our answer: Only if you are looking for marketing strategies that will increase your business.


The Impact of Online Reviews on a Business – Part 2

By |December 23rd, 2014|

In the first half of our reviews segment we learned that local reviews are just an extension of word of mouth marketing. It is a permanent record of the consumers’ thoughts of your business, much like social media.  I talked about tools you can use to acquire reviews. For the DO’s and DONT’s on review site guidelines, check out: The Impact of Online Reviews on a Business – Part 1


10 Proven Strategies to Increase Employee Productivity

By |December 18th, 2014|

Whether it’s copywriting or roofing marketing, the best business model in the world is nothing without the motivated workers who make it a reality.

Are you motivated by your work? Are your employees? If you are a manager wondering what your options are to increase employee productivity, check out the 10 proven strategies listed below that should be implemented in your workplace…


Does Your Marketing Strategy Target the Right Area?

By |December 16th, 2014|

Target Your Roofing Market By Location

Every industry has a target market: the perfect customer persona. In the roofing industry, that may be a middle aged, middle class homeowner or the manager of a homeowner’s association. Knowing who your target customer is key to your marketing strategy, but do you ever give much thought to WHERE your target customer is? Their location is an extremely important part of their persona. Here is some basic information to help your marketing strategy target the right area:


The Impact of Online Reviews on a Business – Part 1

By |December 9th, 2014|

The Relationship Between Online Reviews and Local Optimization

The percentage of consumers who research their purchases online before buying grows every year and shows no sign of slowing down. Therefore, having a strong online presence is extremely important and influential in the growth of your business. […]

(10) Basic HTML Coding: WordPress Shortcodes

By |December 4th, 2014|

WordPress Shortcodes add built-in style
This is the tenth and final blog post in a series of blogs for those who would like to know more about what is going on behind the scenes and try some basic HTML coding for themselves. Once you learn the basics of coding, you will find that it opens up many possible options for your content formatting.


5 Steps to Create Exciting Content in Boring Industries

By |November 18th, 2014|

I have a brother who is a physicist. To me, that’s fascinating like a punch to the face is fascinating. But when he talks about the difference between muons and taus – his enthusiasm is catching. For one golden moment, I’m enthralled at the universal importance of subatomic particles. (Later, when I’m trying to recap the conversation, everyone’s confused. Stupid worthless particles.)

Most companies have the same potential – to either be terrifyingly boring or super interesting. (Think: Lawyers. Doctors. Construction companies. Manufacturers.) The question for their online marketing personnel is this: How do you create exciting content to use in your company’s online marketing? 


8 Solutions To Your Social Media Management Problems

By |November 4th, 2014|

Managing social media accounts for your business can be time consuming, complicated and downright confusing at times. But don’t worry, you are not alone! There are many helpful resources out there that can solve your social media woes. To simplify your social media marketing, we have compiled our favorite time saving resources.

All of these tool and websites are easy to use and are either completely free or currently have a free version available. In fact, you won’t even need to sign up for an account to start using them!


(9) Basic HTML Coding: Shazam! Your Content is Aligned!

By |October 23rd, 2014|

This blog post is the ninth in a series of blogs for those who would like to know more about what is going on behind the scenes and try some basic HTML coding for themselves. Once you learn the basics of coding, you will find that it opens up many possible options for your content formatting.


Do You Have The Right Tools For Your Business?

By |October 21st, 2014|

Are you wondering if your service is special enough to attract customers? Are you wondering if your employees are treating customers with the extra care they need? Are you wondering how to avoid negative customer feedback and reviews? Here are a few pointers to help stop all that anxiety!


(8) Basic HTML Coding: Making a List

By |October 16th, 2014|

This blog post is the eighth in a series of blogs for those who would like to know more about what is going on behind the scenes and try some basic HTML coding for themselves. Once you learn the basics of coding, you will find that it opens up many possible options for your content formatting.


Keeping Up With the Phones…es?

By |October 7th, 2014|

Respond Quickly To Responsive Design!
Just when I have barely mastered my iPhone 5, I am blindsided by the demand for an iPhone 6. I’m fairly certain I still have the box for my 5. I don’t need a new phone and by the time I am convinced I need the 6, there will be a 7, or maybe even an 8. We live in a world where technology changes faster than we can keep up. It is a fascinating world of instant results. If we want something, we simply “google” it.


(7) Basic HTML Coding: Go BIG With Different Text Sizes

By |October 2nd, 2014|

This blog post is the seventh in a series of blogs for those who would like to know more about what is going on behind the scenes and try some basic HTML coding for themselves. Once you learn the basics of coding, you will find that it opens up many possible options for your content formatting. If you have not read the first post in this topic, you can find it here:

5 Tips for Facebook Page Beginners

By |September 30th, 2014|

If you are a Facebook Page beginner, or have been around a while and just haven’t quite gotten the hang of things, there are some key tips you will need to know. Here are our 5 best tips for Facebook beginners just getting started with business pages.


How to Take A Great House Photo

By |September 25th, 2014|

Marketing A Home

Are you trying to take a great house photo to get it ready for sale or repair purposes? Maybe it is looking dull and lifeless, when you want vibrant and full of life images of your house. Now is the new age of digital cameras, which are everywhere, but maybe you just don’t have the time to learn all the settings of your camera. […]

Pick Me! Pick Me! Getting on Google’s Team

By |September 24th, 2014|


Google Ranking 101
Who knew that a search engine, essentially the “card catalog” of the 21st century, would wield so much power? In fact, Google wields so much power that it has actually become a verb.  “To Google” can be translated into more than 29 languages. So, to say that Google corners the search engine market is an understatement.


(6) Basic HTML Coding: Adding Color To Your Website

By |September 19th, 2014|

This blog post is the sixth in a series of blogs for those who would like to know more about what is going on behind the scenes and try some basic HTML coding for themselves. Once you learn the basics of coding, you will find that it opens up many possible options for your content formatting.


Quality Content: Can’t You Just Write?

By |September 17th, 2014|

Focus on Quality Content!
Words, words, words, The count is on! Does it bring you back to your school days when you were cramming at midnight drinking your favorite caffeinated drink? While some companies create blogs and content just focusing on quantity – like your past due late night school assignments – we strive for the A grade! What makes an A grade in website content, you may ask? […]

(5) Basic HTML Coding: a Bold & Italic Statement

By |September 11th, 2014|

This blog post is the fifth in a series of blogs for those who would like to know more about what is going on behind the scenes and try some basic HTML coding for themselves. Once you learn the basics of coding, you will find that it opens up many possible options for your content formatting.


Best Of Success 2014: Growing Your Business

By |September 9th, 2014|

Get Prepared for Best Of Success!
It’s time to pull out your suitcase and come to the Best of Success 2014 Roofing Contractor Magazine conference. Ken Kelly & Anna Anderson will be speaking on 7 lead generation strategies to help with growing your business. […]

(4) Basic HTML Coding: Increasing User Experience With Images

By |September 4th, 2014|

This blog post is the fourth in a series of blogs for those who would like to know more about what is going on behind the scenes and to try some basic HTML coding for themselves. Once you learn the basics of coding, you will find that it opens up many possible options for your content formatting.


(3) Basic HTML Coding: Link Tags

By |August 28th, 2014|

This blog post is the third in a series of blogs for those who would like to know a little more about what is going on behind the scenes and try some basic HTML coding for themselves. Once you learn the basics of coding, you will find that it opens up many possible options for your content formatting.


You Can Find Anything Online…Except My Site. Why?

By |August 27th, 2014|

You have to have a website to run a business. That is what you were told. More and more potential customers, of every age and economic position, are using the web to find the services they need. In order to be competitive, just about every service should be available by the internet.


(2) Basic HTML Coding: The Super “H” Tag

By |August 21st, 2014|

This blog post is the second in a series of blogs for those who would like to know a bit more about what is going on behind the scenes and try some basic HTML coding for themselves.  Once you learn the basics of coding, you will find that it opens up many possible options for your content formatting. […]

MozCon 2014: Top Two Social Media Takeaways

By |August 19th, 2014|

The Best of Mozcon

Anna and I have been to conferences large and small, but MozCon quickly jumped to the top of our favorites list. The quality of speakers was phenomenal, the format was convenient and engaging, the information presented was invaluable, and the meals and snacks were aMAZing! (Seriously, best conference food ever.)

There were many great takeaways at MozCon for agencies, marketers and small businesses, but I have provided my top two here. Although this was a SEO conference, as a social media marketer, I have chosen great concepts that can be used to improve both your search engine optimization and social media. […]

(1) Basic HTML Coding Options for WordPress

By |August 14th, 2014|

One of the programming questions we often get asked here at Art Unlimited is “How do I make my page content look better?”  When writing blog posts or editing page content there is often a need to format the content to make it stand out.  Bold text, italics and stylized headings are just a few examples of the types of formatting needed.  Thankfully, most of these basic edits are available in the visual editor mode as seen below.


Creating Content that Engages Your Audience

By |August 12th, 2014|

How do we create incredible content that our audience is interested in?

That’s a question many business owners are asking themselves as it’s easy to think that your topics have already been covered a thousand times online.  Yet I ask our clients one thing when they respond in this fashion, “Have you written about that topic?”.  Your personal interpretation of the topic has value. People engage with you in person, on social media and through many other channels, right?  If so then they, and others, will enjoy learning through your point of view!!!


How to Unleash Your Inner Entrepreneur

By |July 15th, 2014|

Take a Step Towards Entrepreneurship

How do you do something that’s different – create a business that will stick in today’s ever changing culture?  Here are some principles that I find extremely revealing as you ask yourself this question.  “Is my business going to survive?”


Level Up Your Social Media With Twitter: Part 2

By |June 17th, 2014|

In part one of this two-part blog series on Twitter, I discussed the basics of Twitter. If you’re very new to Twitter, make sure to read Part 1 first. If you’re ready to rock Twitter marketing with some more advanced strategy, we can move on to levels three and four!


When Is It Time to Upgrade My Website?

By |June 11th, 2014|

We all know that technology changes daily, hourly, really each second.  In essence, your brand new website really could have minor upgrades done the week after it launches.  Given the rapid rate of change within the online marketing world, we look for key elements that signal when it’s time to make an upgrade to your website.


Hungry Panda Eats Spam!

By |June 5th, 2014|

Google Update of Panda 4.0

Google has once again created an algorithm with a cute name and a voracious appetite for black hat practices. Panda 4.0 launched in May of 2014 and promptly tanked the rankings of some very well-known sites like eBay, and This new algorithm searches websites for things like duplicate content, automatically generated content, and spam. If it finds these thing, it knocks the site’s rank to a level of humility.


Level Up Your Social Media with Twitter: Part 1

By |March 28th, 2014|

Twitter can be confusing, especially if you’ve never used it before. We’re here to help! No matter what level you are at with Twitter, you can use these tips and will be a Twitter expert in no time.


Key Search Engine Optimization Strategies

By |March 14th, 2014|

What is SEO?
“SEO” is an acronym for Search Engine Optimizer or Search Engine Optimization. This is a function that allows an individual to optimize his or her web page to get the highest rankings in search engines.”

SEO is an investment. It’s something that don’t have to pay for each time someone views or clicks on your link like with Pay Per Click (PPC).  It also plays an important role in the purchaser’s buying cycle.  It’s like a magnet online, attracting users to your website through keywords and quality content.  Best of all, it’s about being where your customers are. Trust me, they are online and searching!


Top 10 Blogging Do’s & Don’ts

By |February 21st, 2014|

The term blogging seems to either inspire people, or send shivers up their spines. Those who love to blog seem to do it effortlessly. Those who do not, seem to shrink away from the very word. This blog is for both types. The following tips should keep those who fluidly blog on track and shake the cement gloves from the hands of those who fear the keyboard.


6 Online Marketing Trends for 2014

By |February 19th, 2014|

Online Marketing Trends

This is the generation the sees the world through the screen.  So I want to share with you some key tips on how to engage users with your story / brand through the screen.  It’s not something to be afraid of, but something to embrace and embody into your daily life.


Say Hello to Google Analytics Widgets

By |January 28th, 2014|


Google Analytics
A website statistics service provided by, measures your website’s traffic of views and users whether it be from social networks, search engines, or a referring website. […]

Can You Find Me With Your Keyword?

By |January 23rd, 2014|

Everyone knows that keywords are the stuff of great visibility, but what do you do with those keywords? We have been told not to salt and pepper our pages with keywords for fear of the crawl not liking the flavor. We have been told that not enough keywords will leave us looking like a wallflower at a junior high school dance. So how do we know if the keywords we are using on our page will get us noticed? Well, it boils down to the three little words every SEO wants to hear whispered in their ear…”On Page Optimization”.


Keyword Ranking: Does it Matter?

By |January 16th, 2014|

Keyword rankings aren’t everything anymore. Keywords are useful, but are not something our websites need to live or die by.As search engines change and evolve, so do our search optimization tactics. Rankings simply are no […]

Top 5 Social Media Trends For 2014

By |January 9th, 2014|

If you are still trying to figure out a social media strategy for 2014, you’ll definitely want to start planning around the trends below. We took the time to research through dozens of social media predictions for 2014 and picked out the ones that we believe are the most actionable and relevant. We have even included easy action steps for you to kickstart your 2014 social media marketing strategy.


What Can Google AdWords Do For My Business?

By |December 4th, 2013|

Google AdWords has revolutionized the way that you can market your company’s products and services. By displaying your company above the standard search results, you are certain to be a priority view and click for potential sales leads. This is great, but what is it that makes this program so much more useful than most other internet marketing tools?


5 Reasons You Need to Use Google+

By |November 1st, 2013|

In the wake of Google’s Hummingbird update and “keyword not provided,” social media seems to be weighing heavier and heavier for search engine optimization. One of the greatest opportunities to leverage social media for SEO is to use Google+. Not only is being active on Google+ great for your SEO, but having a presence on one of the largest and most active social media networks keeps you ahead of the curve.


Share Your Customer’s Stories With Social Media

By |October 8th, 2013|

It’s time to start treating your online community like people, not just numbers. Social media is more than just a lead generation and sales tactic – it can be a wonderful opportunity to build relationships with your community, which over time will help to gain the trust and loyalty you need to turn them into life-long customers. A great way to do this is to share your customer’s stories that relate to your business.


Website Blitz Build Recap

By |September 17th, 2013|

Our first Website Blitz Build, September 6th and 7th, was a fantastic and fun event, and we are so excited to launch the “fruits of our labor.” Take a look at each of our participant’s new websites.


New Top Level Domain Extensions are Coming!

By |August 2nd, 2013|

Joel, Art Unlimited’s domain support technical contact,called me yesterday to let me know about the announcement of 700+ generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) releasing later this year. We don’t know when. We don’t know pricing. But they are coming.


Goodbye Internet Explorer 7

By |March 13th, 2013|

Art Unlimited is starting to use more CSS3 and HTML5 programming as these are gaining popularity with mobile devices and newer editions of web browsers.  Because of the move we will no longer be supporting IE 7 or any of the earlier versions of Internet Explorer. There will be some support for IE8, but not for any CSS3 or HTML5 programming on Internet Explorer 8.


Tutorial: Basic Steps for Editing Website Content

By |October 4th, 2012|

Editing content on a WordPress website does not have to be intimidating or overwhelming. You can type it up in a word document and the copy the changes it into your website or type it right into the site itself. Both ways are acceptable. Do what works for you.


Tutorial: Optimize Images Using Tools In Media Library

By |September 17th, 2012|

Quite often when we create a post we have a photo we would like to use with it. The problem is when we put that image into the Post it doesn’t fit right. In the past we may pull the image and try to edit it in PhotoShop or Paint or whatever software we may have on our computer system, but did you know that you can optimize images right in WordPress?


Tutorial: Adding a Facebook Admin to Your Account Step by Step

By |July 9th, 2012|

As a business grows and staff get added who you have involved in various forms of social media may change and evolve. Here is Art Unlimited’s easy step-by-step instructions for adding someone to the administration of your company Facebook Page. […]

DNSChanger Malware Reminder and Check Up

By |July 5th, 2012|


Tutorial: Adding a YouTube Video to a WordPress Website

By |April 12th, 2012|

HELP! I made a video and put it on YouTube and now I want to put in into my blog or website. What do I need to do?

Here are easy instructions for adding a You Tube video into your blog post or page!  I have also included screen shots for you to so you can see review the screen as well!


Tutorial: Outlook Signature Customization

By |April 12th, 2012|

You don’t have to be a webmaster in order  to customize the signature on your Microsoft Outlook email. Just follow the easy steps below to create a signature that reinforces your web persona.


Moving to Internet Explorer 9

By |April 6th, 2012|

Hello Everyone,
Due to the popular growing of HTML5 and CSS3 and for Art Unlimited to integrate with corresponding webpages, I have moved away from IE8 to IE9.  IE9 supports certain HTML 5 and CSS3 elements but not all.  Google Chrome and Firefox are the main browsers that support HTML5 and CSS3 and both are updated between one to three months.  For those that are running Windows XP, you may want to check about running Firefox or Chrome.  That way, you can enjoy the benefits of several web features that HTML and CSS3 and provide.  IE9 cannot run on XP machines.  Due to Windows 8 being in beta testing and IE10 just around the corner, we would like to move into HTML5 and CSS3.  We are also getting ready to develop more into mobile devices mainly with the iPhone, Android mobile devices, and the iPad.


Basics of Posting a Blog

By |April 6th, 2012|

Posting a blog does not have to be intimidating or overwhelming. You can type it up in a word document and the copy it into your blog site or type it right into the blog itself. Both ways are acceptable. Do what works for you.


Tutorial: Setting up a POP3 Email Account on Your iPad

By |February 16th, 2012|

You’ve got your iPad and you want to make sure you can get your mail from your POP3 account while you are on the go. Just follow the easy instructions below for a do-it-yourself set up.