“Form and function should be one.”
– Frank Lloyd Wright
We believe that the most awe-inspiring and fantastic websites should not only be beautiful and fit the author’s brand but should also be highly functional. (Cause seriously, what good’s a beautiful website gonna do you if no one can find your books?)
Every site we design is unique, easily navigable and creates a lasting impression that leaves the reader with the feeling you, as an author, want to convey—from the comfort and kick-off-your-boots feel of a small Southern town to the quirky, fun and thrilling adventures of a grim-reaping P.I., we understand what works, what doesn’t, and when to push that proverbial envelope.
And best of all, we listen. Got an idea? Throw it at us. The best websites are collaborative, and the best wins are shared.
Interested? Check out our portfolio to see what we’re capable of!
Beginning in 2013, we will only be maintaining sites that are hosted with us. If you are not on our servers, then you will need to handle not only your content updates but also any updates of your content management system and plugins. We will send out bulletins about new updates only for critical updates. Our Hosting packages include:
- Unlimited server space
- Monthly Site Analytics Report
- Monthly updates to site software (e.g, installing new Content Management System releases, new versions of site plugins and security patches).
- We will fix any problems caused by host/server/database issues.
- We will fix any user-caused errors, random acts of God or computer gremlins.
Are regular monthly, weekly, or daily updates becoming onerous? Are you losing huge chunks of your work day to timely content? For clients with ongoing needs, our maintenance package offers reliable support at a predictable, manageable cost. A maintenance package offers you the comfort of knowing your web presence will remain current and relevant at a small monetary cost while you reclaim precious time. Select a day of the month dedicated to updates and we can send you a monthly reminder a week in advance.
The Bemis Promotions Monthly Maintenance package is about more than monthly site updates. Having a maintenance package is an insurance policy against unexpected expenses and site downtime. Our monthly maintenance packages include:
- Monthly reminders when it’s time to update.
- Monthly updates to your site (including content, basic menu/graphics changes related to content additions and more)
- Yearly reviews of your site, promotion efforts and social media strategy.
Please note: Without a maintenance package, we charge an hourly rate for anything we do to your site, with a 1 hour minimum.
Note: To help your budget, we will allow you to pay for your maintenance and hosting on an annual, semi-annual, quarterly or monthly basis.
Hitting Refresh in 2012
Is your New Year’s resolution to revive your web presence? Were you a little too lax when it came to life on the web last year?
Understandable. Twitter. Facebook. Online ads. Blogs. It all can be a little overwhelming. But these days, whether you’re a newbie or a bestseller, life on the web-o-sphere is an important part of your promotional arsenal.
So, what can you do?
- Give your website a redo.
If you’re online home is looking a little too early 90s or even too 2000s, it might be time for a re-do. Other elements, such as an out-of-date or hard-to-navigate website structure are just a few other reasons to revamp your website.
Elements of an A+ Author Website: Social Media
Unfortunately, the days of the reclusive, curmudgeonly author, buried in books far, far away from his or readers is a thing of the past.
Authors today have to be accessible, and one of the easiest ways to do this is through social media. No matter what social media you choose—one or two or four. From Facebook to Twitter, your social media information should be available on your website and easy-to-find.
- Put it on your home page.
Social media endeavors should always be mentioned on the home page of your website, even if it’s just a button. If you’re new to social media and want people to know you’re there, make sure your social media information appears “above the fold” of your website (i.e. You can see it when the website opens and don’t have to scroll down.)
Want people to discuss what you’re talking about? Add a Facebook “Like” button or a Twitter “Tweet This” button your blog posts.
- Mention it on your promo.
Although technically not part of your website, adding your Twitter handle or your Facebook URL to your promotional items, such as book marks and excerpt booklets, can help people find you.
Bottom line: Make sure your readers know through your website what you’re doing. Social media can’t do its job if the people you want to be social with don’t know you exist in their sphere.
Confused by social media? Contact the Bemis Promotions Team at email@example.com to discover what we can do to help.