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Spring Clean Your Website with the PALO 4-Point Checklist

Yay for spring! Boo for cleaning. Okay, so, spring cleaning isn’t that bad. In fact, it’s a great opportunity to assess your home altogether. You get to determine which rooms need some TLC and from there, decide what’s old and irrelevant that can be tossed away or donated to make way for new and exciting things.

The same approach can be applied to your website (and you thought spring cleaning was just reserved for collecting spare change under your couch cushions). If you haven’t polished your site in a while, you could quickly be losing quality and credibility in the eyes of visitors and powerful search engines. Sites with outdated content result in fewer visitors and lower conversion rates compared to those updated regularly with fresh content.

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Trailex Aluminum Trailers

Trailex had an ecommerce website that was causing two big issues for the company: Customers were having difficulty finding and ordering small parts, and Trailex was losing money by manually calculating shipping on small part orders.

The latter of the two issues just took too much time. The website didn’t automatically calculate shipping on orders of small parts. So, Trailex sales staff would have to communicate back and forth with the customer to determine exactly which part he/she needed, then would manually calculate and process the shipping quote.

PALO solved the problem with a completely integrated ecommerce shopping cart solution that gets live quotes from FedEx. This helps process all transactions in one click rather than several. Credit card information is collected and confirmed when the customer orders a part, and the transaction is processed at the time the order is placed.

The solution also alleviated the headaches with part searchability for the customer. Customers can access an exploded diagram of their model trailer, identify the part they need, and scroll down the page to select the part from a list. Clicking the part automatically adds it to the customer’s shopping cart.

Keeping with the mobile-first approach, PALO designed the website for mobile-friendliness and aesthetics. Trailex primarily serves owners and collectors of exotic cars, so PALO kept those customers in mind when designing a more high profile, high-end website.

Trumbull Manufacturing

While Trumbull Industries’ market and customers are very traditional, a trend toward tablet usage by engineers prompted the company to work with PALO to develop a more mobile-friendly website.

The company’s existing site was loaded with catalog and product information that needed to be reorganized. Because the site wasn’t responsive to different sized screens, it made product spec tables very difficult to read. Spec tables include detailed technical information, including product SKU variations.

Products only had a few photos, if any at all, and images weren’t presented in an organized fashion. Downloadable product materials, including owners manuals, installation instructions, and maintenance information, were usually buried at the bottom of each product page.

PALO worked closely with Trumbull Industries to reformat the entire website and make it mobile-friendly. Product information and spec tables were neatly organized and arranged so they are easier to display on a tablet or mobile phone.

Downloadable information documents are positioned higher on the product page so visitors don’t have to search for them. Each product also has multiple images and drawings organized in a gallery.

PALO employed Trumbull Industries’ comic book branding elements and incorporated them into a complete website theme, including graphics and fonts. Designers ensured to maintain a professional look while keeping the design fun and interesting.

Briarfield: The Inn at Poland Way

As Briarfield planned construction of The Inn at Poland Way, PALO worked to establish the assisted living’s place in the community before shovels broke ground, and to build public awareness so residents were ready to move in when the doors opened.

Media relations played a key role in PALO’s strategy. We worked with Briarfield to arrange a groundbreaking event where Briarfield executives addressed local media, local elected officials and other public administration on their plans.

PALO leveraged the media coverage to build public awareness and keep Poland Way’s development top-of-mind with the primary audience – local residents in need of assisted living and their families. Because the target demographic responds more to traditional marketing tactics, PALO utilized:

Direct Mailers with appropriate messaging and imagery to introduce the audience to The Inn at Poland Way and its assisted living and memory care services.

Billboards with consistent messaging, strategically placed along Route 224 in Boardman and Poland, so residents were always reminded of the forthcoming assisted living.

Continued Media Relations to keep local media advised of Poland Way’s construction progress.

In the days leading up to the grand opening, PALO worked with Briarfield and The Vindicator to create content for a special, 20-page insert for the newspaper. The insert was published with The Vindy’s Sunday edition the week prior to the opening.

PALO coordinated with Briarfield to schedule interviews with staff and residents, and planned, wrote, and edited stories for publication. We also conducted photography sessions after construction of The Inn Poland Way was complete. We worked directly with The Vindicator to ensure all articles and photos were delivered on time to meet the newspaper’s deadline.

The insert ran in conjunction with a press release that went out to all local media.

Once doors were open and residents began moving in, PALO coordinated media events for the grand opening and a blessing of Poland Way’s entrance, great room, residents, and staff. Briarfield invited Monsignor William Connell of Holy Family Parish in Poland to conduct the blessing.

Next Steps
The Inn at Poland Way is moving in residents at its expected rate, and PALO is working with Briarfield to put the final touches on the company’s new website.

The new website gives visitors a completely optimized user experience with:
• Easy navigation
• User-friendly calendars and meal menus for each Briarfield location
• Updated location-specific photos
• Detailed information on location-specific services
• Contact forms to schedule tours and meetings

Mobile-First for E-Commerce Trumps Mobile-Friendly for 2018

Have an E-Commerce Website? Mobile-Friendly May Not Be Enough.

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Mobile internet usage surpassed desktop usage for the first time in October 2016.
And it’s been surging forward ever since.

Last November, StatCounter reported that mobile devices made up 51.3% of global internet usage in October 2016, while desktop made up 48.7%. In August 2017, HostingFacts.com reported that mobile traffic now makes up 52.21% of internet traffic.

While desktop usage still outpaces mobile in the United States – 58% over 42%, respectively (StatCounter) – there is no mistaking the trend toward mobile devices becoming the preferred method of surfing the web.

That said, we’ve seen a powerful shift toward mobile-first in website development.

That’s not to say mobile-friendly isn’t still relevant. It’s been a big part of website development for the last decade, and there are still plenty of companies out there who are still running sites that seem shoe-horned into a mobile device. However, over the next few years, it is imperative that companies really think about a mobile-first upgrade for 2018. Continue reading

PALO Helps YNG Airport’s New Flights Take Off!

Nothing breaks up the day-to-day like being on the ground floor of something really special. For PALO Creative, we had the opportunity to promote the launch of daily air service from the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport (YNG) in Vienna to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD). This is a big deal, as the area has been without daily service since 2002.

Right away we were facing tight deadlines. YNG needed marketing materials ready to go as soon as the flights were approved by the Department of Transportation. Our team hustled to put together ads that directly engaged both leisure and business travelers with a clear message – From Home to Chicago O’Hare, Fly Anywhere. Creative was set to run the moment YNG said “Go!”

We designed a strategy that leveraged the wide-reaching impact of traditional media (newspapers, television, radio, and billboards) with the targeted reach of digital platforms (search ads, website ads, email, and social media). We’re proud to say that the results from the digital ads were some of the best we’ve ever seen with plenty of user engagement.

Keeping the story in the news was vital, and PALO applied a full-court press with press releases and persistent media relations. We worked with YNG to organize several media events, including a large, service announcement press conference, as well as a ribbon-cutting event with the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber the day of the inaugural flight. YNG enjoyed extensive coverage in newspapers, as well as on the radio and television, including local TV morning shows.

Of course, we can’t speak for something unless we try it out. PALO had a contingent of four aboard the inaugural flight. We highly recommend it and we can’t wait for our next trip to Chicago from YNG!

Taste-makers Like DiRusso’s Trust PALO To Make Sites Sizzle

When we think of great taste and Youngstown, we think of DiRusso’s Real Italian Sausage! But DiRusso’s great taste doesn’t end with their delicious products. As community leaders and true local entrepreneurs, DiRusso’s discerning tastes extend to their marketing as well. Enter PALO Creative. This responsive, CMS-driven site includes tons of special features like a store locator, full data-driven product catalog, tag-powered, responsive photo galleries, a recipe database that you can dynamically tweak serving sizes, and much more. PALO worked closely with the management staff at DiRusso’s to create a showcase for their products that will last. Congratulations to DiRusso on the launch of the biggest thing since Youngstown’s home for real Italian sausage.

New Website Electrifies Leads for B&J Electric of Poland, Ohio

B&J Electric of Poland, Ohio came to PALO looking for a fresh new look that fit with their growing business goals. We gave them an economical CMS-based solution that was responsive, loaded with great content, and keeps with their brand standards. The subpages with their engaging styling make this site live and breath, and we here at PALO couldn’t be prouder at the amount of traffic and leads B&J’s new site is driving for them! Nice job, Team PALO!

New Sunbelt Site Shines Above Competition

Sunbelt Transformer, one of the world’s largest providers for commercial and industrial electrical distribution equipment, quickly outgrew its popular CMS solution and needed a site upgrade that was built with mobile in mind but equally tailored to their desktop-based audience, all while integrating the enterprise-level CMS they deserved. PALO’s design and development team answered on both fronts with a design that is deceptively simple to the end user and houses one of our strongest performing CMS solutions.

Just a handful of the solutions incorporated on SunbeltUSA.com include an animated branding and navigation that resize dynamically as the user scrolls, totally custom photography throughout the site that balance the wealth of data and tear sheets for industry professionals visiting the site, and a simple to understand way to contact Sunbelt’s many sales and fulfillment specialists across the country.

The site is fully responsive with many mobile-first features built in. It also includes all the bells and whistles like prominent social media drivers and a live-chat feature that put Sunbelt’s people front and center amidst their wide array of electrical and industrial solutions. Sunbelt has already seen an uptick in sales since recently launching the new site, and PALO has received high praise for the design and performance gains on the new SunbeltUSA.com.

E-commerce Agility Through the Cloud

With e-commerce solutions like Shopify, Magento, and Bigcommerce continuing to grow in popularity, solution providers are rolling out new products to help clients streamline their online shopping initiatives…and with good reason. Continue reading