Essential Elements for Your Software’s Website

After months — and perhaps even years — of developing your software or app, you’re finally ready to launch it. But the work isn’t done. You still need a website. Because, regardless of how innovative or invaluable your app or software may be, it won’t be successful without an effective website to help market, promote and sell it.  At Visible Logic, we’ve built several award-winning websites for successful software and app companies. We’ve worked with startups like ReMo, an EdTech software that won the top prize in Maine Center for Entrepreneurs’ accelerator pitch-off. We also support later-stage software companies like DAVO, which recently announced they were successfully acquired. While we custom build each website to fit the unique needs or functionality of the app or software it promotes, we’ve noticed there are several common elements to these websites — regardless of whether it’s for a financial app or educational software. Here are essential elements for your website that we incorporate […]

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16 Overlooked Steps that Can Make or Break your PPC Campaign

Pay-per-click advertising, also known as PPC or Google Adwords can be an effective way to draw prospects to your site. There are people out there, right now, looking for the very product or service you sell! Many small business owners make the mistake of thinking they can just turn on this type of paid advertising and they will have new customers instantly. In addition to setting up the ads themselves, there is a ton of foundational work that must be done if you want your advertising to be effective. If you skip these steps, you may be prematurely calling your campaign a failure. We recently set up some PPC ads for Branding Compass, our software that gives automated expert branding advice. We worked with our partner at Horizon Digital Marketing to help set up and monitor the campaigns, but before we turned them on, there was a huge list of items we needed to finalize. Allow 2-3 weeks to prepare […]

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Maine Startup and Create Week: Ask the Right Questions

MSCW keynote Robyn

How do you find the right answers for your business? By asking the right questions. While attending Maine Startup and Create Week 2016 last week, I noticed a theme reoccurring in many of the sessions I attended: questions and answers. This year’s overall theme was Design & Innovation. In design school one of the first concepts of design you learn is that, at its core, design is problem solving, which means asking questions and finding solutions. Karl Cyr said in his “Client Management to Client Partnership” talk, “getting a client to think of a problem in a new way is an innovation.” Thinking about something differently involves asking questions, to really dig in and fully understand the problem at hand and the needs of those you’re dealing with. After all, it is ultimately people you are doing business with, not companies.

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Learning to Pitch, From Rise of the Rest

Rise of the Rest bus in Portland, Maine

Portland Maine had a special guest last week as Steve Case rolled his bus into town for the Rise of the Rest tour. It was exciting that our city was chosen based on our growing entrepreneurial community.

His tour included visits to several area businesses, but the highlight was the evening competition where eight locals got to “pitch” their business to see who would be awarded $100,000.

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