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Site Launch: Karen4Elders

Posted by on September 14th, 2020

hasOptimization is proud to announce the launch of a new site for assisted living facility owner Karen4Elders in Southern New Hampshire. Karen4Elders offers exceptional elder care in a family setting. We’ve been working with owners Karen and Tony Massahos since 2018 providing search engine optimization services, social media management, and more.

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Project Spotlight: Vote NH 2020

Posted by on July 28th, 2020

Keeping in line with our mission statement, we are committed to a fair and equal world where everyone can and will vote in the upcoming election. We were happy to work with the NH chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union to help create an unbiased voter information funnel site to allow people easy, responsive access to necessary information for registering to vote, registering to vote absentee, and voting itself.

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Of Chessex and Tentsmiths: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Posted by on May 26th, 2020

In 2019, you may recall if you’re a reader of the hasOptimization blog or you follow us on social media, we completed an overhaul of the Tentsmiths website. There are plenty of times where we’ve told customers, in no uncertain terms, that their website is holding them back. In the case of Tentsmiths, new owners Alena and Stephen were well aware of how the ancient, inadequate website for Tentsmiths was holding back additional orders from new customers who did not want to jump through hoops to complete a purchase.

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Things you can do NOW to prep your business for the online world

Posted by on March 23rd, 2020

Getting stir crazy? Not sure how your business will fare during this time of uncertainty? Don’t forget about all things internet that can help you continue growing your business even when people can’t come through the door!

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2020 Web Design Trends to be On the Lookout For (With Examples)

Posted by on December 30th, 2019

2020 is here, and while we predict that 2020 will show increased interest in web accessibility, we also are keeping our eyes on what seems to be trending recently for web design. While you don’t have to latch onto every trend you read, some trends are worth keeping, and others you can probably do without. Let’s take a look at trending web design for 2020.

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Fraud Alert: Domain Name Expiration Notices

Posted by on November 25th, 2019

Have you ever gotten a piece of mail, or an email, that looks like this?

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Site Launch: Ava Marie Chocolates

Posted by on November 11th, 2019

hasOptimization is proud to announce the launch of a new site for Peterborough, NH chocolatier Ava Marie Chocolates. Ava Marie Chocolates came to us with a simple request: they wanted to have a new look and feel for their website that was something a little more graceful, and they needed it fast before the crunch of holiday orders started to come in. Determined to lighten up their website to fall more in line with their brand, we set to work. With a tightened timeline, we did everything we could to oblige their request. As we built, we also restructured the Ava Marie Chocolates menu, which will help future customers find their orders faster. Additionally, we removed a slew of duplicate products, incorrectly priced products, cleaned out plugins, and a variety of other things including loading great top level SEO to help this chocolatier rank better in the SERP. Their new website is beautiful, serves information on the front page (which is better for users and crawlers alike) about the business, and places the important information at the top, along with helping guide customers to where they need to be to purchase. Be sure to check out their new website on your own, and snag some delicious handmade chocolates in the process!

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Reflections on Rebranding: 2 month update

Posted by on October 28th, 2019

I “rebranded” myself in August of this year, announcing my name change (it’s Logan now!) to my family, staff and clients. And the world, of course! It went better/smoother than I’d expected, and the brand stakeholder (that’s me!) is delighted with the results, all of which is pretty much the best you can say of any rebranding effort. Now, two months out from the announcement, I’m reflecting on that rebranding as I watch my friend and colleague Amanda rebrand her business. Rebranding a business is, as I said in my original post, very much like rebranding yourself. You must identify what your new brand will be. You must prepare and lay the ground work for the transition. You must decide what that transition will look like (Is it a surprise? Do you ‘tease’ the announcement?). And you must make a plan for ensuring a smooth transition to the new branding, everywhere that people have become accustomed to seeing the old brand.

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4 Things You Can Do Now to Make Your Website More Accessible To Others

Posted by on May 21st, 2019

A problem with the internet, and with the world in general, is that we put preferential treatment into building things that work for people who are able and able-bodied. When we say able, we mean people who can walk (and walk easily), people who are sighted or can see well, or any other variety of person who can do a thing that another person might not be mentally or physically able to do. That means that we often build websites, apps, and even homes and businesses with the able person in mind while completely forgetting about people who may not be able to say, use a set of stairs or fit a wheelchair through a narrow door or hallway. On the internet, this accessibility problem mostly boils down to people who have limited vision or are blind. While we can design all we want for user experience to make the simplest and easiest experience for a user, if we do not take steps to make our websites and social media more accessible to those who cannot actually use visual elements, we are not only cutting out an entire market, we are also helping to contribute to countless years of preferential treatment to those who can, versus helping those who cannot. Thankfully, there is some push (though not enough, in our eyes) on the internet now to make things as accessible as possible to those who have trouble seeing or who cannot see at all. These examples can come in the…

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What is alternative text (alt text) and what does it do?

Posted by on May 2nd, 2019

When it comes to web accessibility, we may have new features such as Google’s ability to discern animals, shapes, and otherwise from images themselves, but much of a search engine’s ability to “see” images isn’t rooted in deep dream technology. Crawlers use a lot of contextual items to discern what your image is about and where it fits, and the big part of this is a simple HTML tag called alternative text.

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