So, when you hear the word “blogging,” what comes to mind?
Anyone? Bueller…Bueller (80’s movie reference you can look at in a blog)
Chances are, you’ve read a blog. Heck, you’re reading one now! The two most popular types of blogs that come to mind are food and travel related. That awesome recipe to make chicken buffalo dip; a blog. A trip exploring the hidden treasures of Paris; yep, you guessed it, a blog.
Trailex had an ecommerce website that was causing two big issues for the company: Customers were having difficulty finding and ordering small parts, and Trailex was losing money by manually calculating shipping on small part orders.
The latter of the two issues just took too much time. The website didn’t automatically calculate shipping on orders of small parts. So, Trailex sales staff would have to communicate back and forth with the customer to determine exactly which part he/she needed, then would manually calculate and process the shipping quote.
PALO solved the problem with a completely integrated ecommerce shopping cart solution that gets live quotes from FedEx. This helps process all transactions in one click rather than several. Credit card information is collected and confirmed when the customer orders a part, and the transaction is processed at the time the order is placed.
The solution also alleviated the headaches with part searchability for the customer. Customers can access an exploded diagram of their model trailer, identify the part they need, and scroll down the page to select the part from a list. Clicking the part automatically adds it to the customer’s shopping cart.
Keeping with the mobile-first approach, PALO designed the website for mobile-friendliness and aesthetics. Trailex primarily serves owners and collectors of exotic cars, so PALO kept those customers in mind when designing a more high profile, high-end website.
While Trumbull Industries’ market and customers are very traditional, a trend toward tablet usage by engineers prompted the company to work with PALO to develop a more mobile-friendly website.
The company’s existing site was loaded with catalog and product information that needed to be reorganized. Because the site wasn’t responsive to different sized screens, it made product spec tables very difficult to read. Spec tables include detailed technical information, including product SKU variations.
Products only had a few photos, if any at all, and images weren’t presented in an organized fashion. Downloadable product materials, including owners manuals, installation instructions, and maintenance information, were usually buried at the bottom of each product page.
PALO worked closely with Trumbull Industries to reformat the entire website and make it mobile-friendly. Product information and spec tables were neatly organized and arranged so they are easier to display on a tablet or mobile phone.
Downloadable information documents are positioned higher on the product page so visitors don’t have to search for them. Each product also has multiple images and drawings organized in a gallery.
PALO employed Trumbull Industries’ comic book branding elements and incorporated them into a complete website theme, including graphics and fonts. Designers ensured to maintain a professional look while keeping the design fun and interesting.
“Writing about writer’s block is better than not writing at all.” — Charles Bukowski
Why “I can’t write” doesn’t fly
Writing is one of the most deceivingly difficult tasks imaginable. Second only to making a perfect hollandaise sauce, we’re pretty sure.
As a small business owner that specializes in a particular service or product, you would think that years of experience would provide an endless supply of writing material…which it does. So why does blogging seem like such a task? How do you beat writer’s block?
Nothing breaks up the day-to-day like being on the ground floor of something really special. For PALO Creative, we had the opportunity to promote the launch of daily air service from the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport (YNG) in Vienna to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD). This is a big deal, as the area has been without daily service since 2002.
Right away we were facing tight deadlines. YNG needed marketing materials ready to go as soon as the flights were approved by the Department of Transportation. Our team hustled to put together ads that directly engaged both leisure and business travelers with a clear message – From Home to Chicago O’Hare, Fly Anywhere. Creative was set to run the moment YNG said “Go!”
We designed a strategy that leveraged the wide-reaching impact of traditional media (newspapers, television, radio, and billboards) with the targeted reach of digital platforms (search ads, website ads, email, and social media). We’re proud to say that the results from the digital ads were some of the best we’ve ever seen with plenty of user engagement.
Keeping the story in the news was vital, and PALO applied a full-court press with press releases and persistent media relations. We worked with YNG to organize several media events, including a large, service announcement press conference, as well as a ribbon-cutting event with the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber the day of the inaugural flight. YNG enjoyed extensive coverage in newspapers, as well as on the radio and television, including local TV morning shows.
Of course, we can’t speak for something unless we try it out. PALO had a contingent of four aboard the inaugural flight. We highly recommend it and we can’t wait for our next trip to Chicago from YNG!
B&J Electric of Poland, Ohio came to PALO looking for a fresh new look that fit with their growing business goals. We gave them an economical CMS-based solution that was responsive, loaded with great content, and keeps with their brand standards. The subpages with their engaging styling make this site live and breath, and we here at PALO couldn’t be prouder at the amount of traffic and leads B&J’s new site is driving for them! Nice job, Team PALO!