Saturday, November 7, 2009

Announcing the launch of the My LDS Cards website

Today's entry is all about the latest project from KMJ Web Design, a website for the LDS community specializing it creative and witty greeting cards. My LDS Cards by Ann Christensen Publishing is based in Las Vegas, Nevada and is currently focused on greeting cards for missionaries who are away from home. Soon, the website will expand to include greeting cards for Baptism, Temple, Young Women, Holiday and General Greeting cards, as well as handouts for Young Women and Primary.

Ann created her first set of cards in 1996 and has continued growing her business to the point of starting her own publishing company in 1999. We really enjoyed the opportunity to work with Ann while learning a little about her as well as the LDS community in which she serves. We at KMJ Web Design wish her great luck in this newest venture for her publishing company.

If you are a member of the LDS community, we would like to encourage you to take a moment to visit Ann’s new website and take advantage of her high quality products and FREE SHIPPING!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Announcing The Internal Press Website Launch

Today's entry is to plug the latest project from KMJ Web Design, a website for The Internal Press providing professional, custom newsletters based in Henderson, Nevada. This project is particularly noteworthy because this site was based largely on the current KMJ Web Design website. Our client had liked the design, so much in fact, that they wanted to use it for their website. We couldn't have been happier to oblige. We have received lots of praise for over the years for this design and now that we are about to launch our new website and replace it, we're happy to know that someone else can benefit from the same praise we did. It's kind of sad really... as a designer you almost get the feeling of passing along something that's close to you, but oddly enough we feel the design actually works better for The Internal Press than it did for us.

We would like to encourage everyone to take a moment out of your busy schedules to visit the new The Internal Press website. Who knows, perhaps you or your company can benefit the professional services they provide.

"A professional newsletter provides an ideal solution for both internal and external communications in today’s business world. A high-quality and well-designed newsletter from The Internal Press will increase your brand awareness. The Internal Press develops consistent and strategically designed elements and graphics to expand your brand presence in the marketplace. The more your business image is promoted, the higher the percentage your product or service will be elevated within your industry" - The Internal Press

...And we couldn't agree more, check them out!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Everything but...

It was just a few weeks ago that I became all "gung ho" about my blog again and promised to blog more often and start posting videos from time to time. Although I still plan to deliver on that promise, my available time has been lacking and it feels like I have been doing everything but the video updates.

It turns out its not too bad because we have managed to pull off a few other tasks in the meantime. One of those has been the announcement of our professional photography services by KMJ Web Design. Why would a web designer offer photography? Simple... websites need pictures and now we can offer a little more than the average stock photography options for our clients. If you have products your selling, we can be pivotal in making sure you have the professional images required for a great looking shopping cart. We are still deep in the midst of developing our photography portfolio, but we posted some teasers on our Facebook fan page. Check it our Photography Skillz and if you like what you see, become a fan if you haven't already :)

In addition to expanding our services, we're about to complete our long, long overdue new website. Although the full functionality won't be ready for another month or so, we plan to launch the core site shortly. Anyone who has visited our site recently knows that it's in a bad way and highly out of date, but that will soon be a thing of the past.

With all the great things planned for KMJ Web Design, I wanted to take a moment to post a shout out for Rachelle Maisner's new blog which is chock-full of the latest and greatest marketing and tech news which I highly recommend everyone subscribe to... especially if you like to be the first one to share news with your friends and colleagues.

As always, we would really like to hear from our readers so please feel free to share any of your ideas, thoughts, criticisms, etc…

Friday, August 28, 2009

Possible Turn Of Events?

It’s been a long time since I have posted anything on this blog. It’s hard to believe that it’s going on 8 months since I last posted anything. But I kept promising to come back and post something more. Well the truth is I have just been busy… real busy, but I guess that’s a good thing. However, for the sake of my business I need to bump this up on the priority list.

So here’s the deal… most of you know that I run this small company with my wife Rachelle, and the two of us have been working hard trying to build this into something significant. In the process we have come up with some really cool ideas that we plan to expand on and eventually share here with all of you. But then it dawned on me the other day that aside from our ideas, the experiences we go through on a daily basis as entrepreneurs might be interesting to some and maybe even hilarious to others. With that said, I have decided that I want to start posting videos of some of our daily activities as small business owners. But don’t worry, we plan to keep it simple and stick to the interesting stuff. After all, I wouldn’t expect anyone to take an interest in watching me code for minutes at a time. Most of the videos will be of just me since Rachelle has another full time job in addition to the business.

I suspect my next posting will contain such a video so keep your fingers crossed that this so called project that I call a blog won’t take another 8 months before it gets updated again. We would really like to get feedback from our readers so please feel free to share any of your ideas, thoughts, criticisms, etc…

Before I wrap this up, I want to take a moment to thank all of you who follow us on Twitter and/or who have become fans on Facebook. With your help, we reached our first goal of 100 fans in August which allowed us to secure our Facebook username. Now you can find our page by visiting We plan to add plenty of interesting content so stay tuned!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Web Workers Role In Advertising

So I posted my last blog several months ago when things weren't going so well for my web design business. It was getting to the point to where I even considered looking for a web design "day job" to help make ends meet. I have to admit finances weren't great but they were good enough for me to hold out longer then expected... and I'm glad I did.

When the New Year rolled around something completely unexpected happened. I started getting a ton of phone calls from people looking to either start a new website or revise the one they already have. As always, I am more then happy to help anyone with whatever their goal might be, but the whole thing caught me off guard and ultimately it spawned a small curiosity as to why it happened at all.

For those of you who don't know, my future wife is a digital marketing rock star and she is a huge inspiration for me. This also ties well into my future goals of adding digital marketing to the list of services we will offer our client base. So where am I going with all this? Good question... It makes a lot of sense that web design be interwoven into the digital marketing realm and because of this obvious relationship my business is busier then ever. Perhaps because of tax reason or maybe simply due to a New Year's resolution, business owners have decided to take the bull by the horns and do what they can to help their business survive in the current economic climate. All they need to do is convince people to buy their product and services and the way to do that is ADVERTISE.

As most do, I have learned a lot about different aspects of running my business as I introduce new concepts and procedures to improve the way we do business. Knowing my goal of offering marketing services is just around the corner; I feel lucky in a sense that I have sort of been tossed into the marketing efforts of my clients and really forced to see what I do from a different perspective. I guess I have always known websites were a form of advertising for small businesses, but I never felt the need to put such emphasis on it like we have to do now. After all, current internet advertising trends have demonstrated that traditional forms of offline marketing (television, newspapers and magazines) are going to lose market share to online advertising efforts over the next few years. By some estimations, online advertising is expected to hold as much as 10% of the global advertising market share in 2009 and keep growing. By the way, this is also some interesting reading on the subject (by iMedia Connection - "Be Careful What You Ask For").

So as it turns out, some industries really have an opportunity to prosper even when things are tough for so many people. Given the fact that my work load (and profits) have increased, I am still looking forward to the day that everything returns to normal.

One last note however... for anyone who wishes to keep closer, not so interesting, tabs on me during my large blogging gaps, you're always welcome to follow me on I hope to see all of you there!