As my esteemed Onion colleague, Jim Anchower might start out, “Hola, amigos. I know it’s been a long time since I rapped at ya.” Things have been extra busy around here in wrapping up the year and setting out plans for our clients for 2009.
Consider this your early holiday smorgasbord because it’s not like you’re not already stuffing your face with goodies, saying “Oh it’s just the holidays; it doesn’t count.” Wait – you’re not saying that? It’s just me? Oh. Onward…
Note #1 – We’re having flex office days this week, meaning our employees all get Christmas (middle of the country) / December 25th (coasts) off. They also get their choice of either the 24th or 26th off plus New Year’s Day off for all. That means we’ll be open regular hours and working on your accounts every day but Christmas day and New Year’s Day.
Note #2 – This is a nice offer from ProspectMX, an internet marketing firm in Eastern PA that employs a certain funny and SEO-capable WVU grad. They’re giving away $10,000 worth of internet marketing services for one worthy non-profit. Runner up prizes, too. If you’re a non-profit organization trying to do the world some good on a shoestring budget, check it out.
Note #3 – Related to the above, we were offering some gratis advice to a nonprofit over the weekend and there’s one thing I see routinely neglected there’s no need for: sign up for Google Analytics. It’s free and will allow you to track detailed information about your visitors. Even if you’re not in a position to do much about these findings now, it will allow you to start tracking a baseline. Should you ever get a grant where you can make more out of your Web site and online marketing efforts, that information will be very valuable to the people helping you.
Note #4 – This has been a banner year for us. Even though we’re overworked at the moment, we are still taking on new clients. Except for our custom 1/2- or 1-day blogging, seo, or paid search training sessions and for those organizations with whom we have an outstanding proposal, though, Q2 may be the earliest we can launch a new campaign.
With that, please allow me to wish you a very Happy Holidays (that includes Merry Christmas – I don’t want to start any South Park-style fights – Happy Hannukah, and all the rest) for you and your family. We appreciate all your support in 2008 and look forward to even better things together in 2009. Have a great time and please be safe.