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Every few weeks, we feature Webs users here on the blog and highlight many of the interesting ways that they are using Webs to create truly stunning websites.

Recently, we’ve featured a dance psychologist, a beautiful art store, and a Turkish ice cream company!

In those posts, we’ve shared how you can achieve similar designs, use the same features, and learn from the experience of others.

Today we’d like to dig a little deeper and share a full small business success story. Several weeks ago, I reached out to Kerri, the owner of Majestic Wonders Photography, to see if she would be interested in sharing her story on the Webs blog. As a product owner on the Webs team, I was interested to hear more about her experiences with Webs and how our products helped her business succeed.

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Perhaps the weather is perfectly fine wherever you are, but here in the Washington, DC area, it’s cloudy and in the mid-twenties. Which is why today’s Webs user example site will feature a tourism company in the state of Kerala, India, where it’s in the mid-eighties right now.

In addition to beautiful imagery and a nice-looking layout, the Swapna Kerala Holidays website succeeds at one of the most important things for a business in the travel industry: establishing trust. Whether within their own country or to the other side of the world, most people get a little anxious around travel. Which is why it’s so important for a company that serves travelers to convey through their website that customers are in good hands when choosing their services.

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Puzzle Pieces

Search engine optimization (SEO) and social media go together in the digital world like smartphones and teenagers. You really can’t have one without the other, but a lot of people avoid SEO completely for their websites – not to mention their social media content – because they don’t know where to start.

SEO can certainly be confusing, and it’s changing constantly. However, knowing the basics of SEO and keeping up with trends is a good way to grow your business’ exposure. SEO is a means of boosting your web presence’s rankings in search engine results when people query ‘your’ keywords. Oftentimes the phrase “web presence” is used interchangeably with “website,” but that’s just because it’s most common. You can actually use SEO best practices, such as those detailed by Moz, anywhere you have control of content online. Here are just a few reasons why your social media presence should be part of your overall SEO strategy:

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It’s Friday afternoon, which can certainly make you feel like dancing. Which is why we thought a great choice for today’s example site would be www.peterlovatt.com – the online home of Doctor Dance.

Peter Lovatt is a Dance Psychologist in England, where he is a Principle Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. Lovatt also runs the university’s Dance Psychology Lab, which sounds like a pretty great place to hang out. Perhaps not surprisingly, his website is also a great place to hang out, because it is well-branded, easy to navigate, and full of rich imagery.

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With the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season coming tomorrow, we thought it would appropriate to kill two birds with one stone and show you a great Webs user website that also has some fantastic gift ideas.

The Little Raspberry is an online shop based in Australia that sells custom and pre-made wall art for the home and for kids and babies’ rooms. They offer designs that are printed and shipped, as well as downloadable prints that you can print for yourself. What’s so great about The Little Raspberry’s website? Let’s see:

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Lezzetli ice cream website

Given that we live and breathe small business marketing at Webs, it’s no surprise that seeing our users whip up a great website for an interesting business really makes our day around here. Today’s day-maker? Lezzetli Turkish-Style Ice Cream.

This mom-and-pop-style ice cream company is run by a couple who fell in love with traditional Turkish ice cream while traveling, and decided to bring the tradition back home to New York City.

One thing that shows Lezzetli is serious about their business is their consistent brand. From their web, to their social profiles, to their physical packaging, everything reinforces their energetic and natural style.

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Multiple flags

As a small business owner, you’ve worked hard on your web presence: You’ve invested time in testing different site variations, engaging your key influencers, and branding yourself along the way.

But, guess what?  If you stopped there, you might be missing out on up to 50% of potential customers for your online business.

It’s no secret: the world is getting smaller and even small online businesses have to expand internationally to continue to grow and remain competitive.

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The small business landscape is one that is always changing. What’s true of this intrepid group one year may take an unexpected turn the next. So it’s always fascinating to touch base with business owners and learn about their needs, challenges, and aspirations for their businesses.

The infographic below summarizes the Webs Small Business Digital Trends Survey – the latest findings based on the responses of over 2,200 small business owners in the United States. Much of what you find below will probably confirm what you have experienced, and some of it might really surprise you. Here are a few of the stats that really stood out to us:

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Sometimes when small business owners first make the leap into buying a website, they can become their own worst enemy. They feel like they need to have an extensive website with robust navigation and overflowing image galleries before they can go live. And as anyone who has run a small business can tell you, this does take time to achieve. No matter how user-friendly your website builder, feeling the need to pull together a novel’s worth of copy and hundreds of photos can bring the process to a stand-still.

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