Happy 2011…

Happy 2011...I’m back from a week off and lo and behold we have arrived at another new year. I thought I would ease back into things and kick off 2011 by sharing three sites on web design and development that I think are particularly helpful for those who work with small business owners. While this is far from an exhaustive list of the many great resources out there, I do think these sites deliver a great R.O.T. or Return on Time…hmm, ROI looks a lot better…

5by5.tv

Dan Benjamin describes 5by5 as the “NPR for designers, developers, and geeks.” There are a number of great video and audio shows that cover a variety of tech and topics. I routinely listen to:

This is a great place to hear what leaders in various areas of the web design and development world are thinking about.

Real Time Marketer

RTM is run by Scott Bishop who writes on all things social media marketing from Omaha, Nebraska. RTM looks at how various social tools from Groupon to Foursquare can realistically be used by small businesses as part of a social media marketing strategy. This post “You Aren’t The Next Groupon, Foursquare, or Facebook. Bring Your Online Goals Back To Reality” provides a great introduction to the type of material you’ll find on the site, and is generally worth reading if you are a small business owner.

Vincent Flanders’ Web Pages That Suck 3.0

Why did I include this site? Well, a site about sites that suck all on a site that itself sucks…speaks for itself…If that isn’t good enough, then think of this site as a canary in the coal mine.

If you have a potential client who wants something that resembles anything you see on this, then you need to run the other direction as fast as possible. Trust me. Not all dollars are created equal, and designing something that winds up on a site like this, no matter how happy it makes the client, is not worth it.

If you are small business owner who wants something that looks like anything you see on this site, you should probably get (insert your choice of libation here) and do some serious rethinking of everything you know about marketing social or otherwise.

My three albums of the week:

  1. Bruce Springsteen – The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story
  2. Broken Bells – Broken Bells
  3. Cat Power – Moon Pix

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