Get More Business with Online Business Listings

Get More Business with Online Business Listings

Is your business listed online? Even if you've tried it before, try typing your company name into Google or Bing now, and see what results come up— can you see your company's address and map location? How about your store hours, phone number, photos, or customer reviews? If you're missing any of this data, or if your business is listed too far down the search results page, then you will surely benefit from being listed in Google and Bing's online business directories.

Automating Complex Business Processes

Automating Complex Business Processes

THIS is the point of automated integrated systems — to change those business processes from complicated, exhausting, time-consuming, and expensive nightmares to... Simple. Easy. Affordable. They're meant to make your business run more efficiently, make your employees happier with their jobs, build your customers' loyalty toward your quality of service, and open up more time and resources for your other business goals.

Automate your Business with Integrations!

Automate your Business with Integrations!

Since the beginning of Trail 9, we've been offering more than just website development work— we've also been building internal proprietary systems for our clients by using point-to-point integrations. This concept sounds complicated, but it's actually used for business workflows all the time. Chances are that YOU'VE used point-to-point integrations at some point, even if you haven't realized it! In this post, we'll get into what these integrations are, how we've been using them in our projects, and how they could automate your various business processes.

Nonprofit WordPress Training

Nonprofit WordPress Training

Sometimes, website development just won't fit in the budget—especially if you're a nonprofit organization! But, that doesn't mean that your website management should be forgotten. This is why we offer website training as a service at Trail 9 — so your intern, volunteer, employee, or team can learn how to properly manage and maintain your website while keeping it secure and up-to-date (AND at a much lower cost than hiring a developer).

Trail 9 Asks: Bedzzz Direct

Trail 9 Asks: Bedzzz Direct

In this post, we have an interview with the owner of Bedzzz Direct, Chris Paulk. Bedzzz Direct has been serving Lake and Porter County with excellent, quality mattresses for the past five years. While speaking with Chris, I learned that Bedzzz Direct doesn't just sell mattresses— they help people sleep better. Honestly, we all know how important sleep is, and, after learning about these mattresses, I don't know how anyone could have a restless night on them. Bedzzz Direct rises above its competition with its excellent industry knowledge, a wide selection of high-quality products, and by really caring about their customers getting a good night's sleep.

Hire a Contractor or Keep Work In-House?

Hire a Contractor or Keep Work In-House?

WHEN is the right time to hire outside help?  It could be during a big, accelerated project, where your team doesn't have the labor needed to meet the fast-approaching deadline. Or maybe, it's a project that's more sophisticated than usual, and you need some extra consulting or training in order to achieve the best results for your client. Perhaps your web designer recently left, and you need someone right away to make up their work until you can find the right employee to hire on full-time. Whatever your situation is, bringing on contractors typically happens when you need some extra help getting things done fast and well, whether it's a temporary solution or over a longer term.

Trail 9 Asks: Institute for Career Development (ICD)

Trail 9 Asks: Institute for Career Development (ICD)

Welcome to another Trail 9 Asks post! This week, we have an interview with Sean Hayden, Assistant Director of the Institute for Career Development (ICD). Trail 9 knows Sean and the ICD from redesigning their website, icdlearning.org.

We're excited for our readers to get to know the ICD and learn about the awesome benefits for learning they offer United Steelworkers across the nation. As Sean says later in the interview, only a fraction of Steelworkers know that the ICD is out there, ready to help. We hope we can spread the word along with them! Now, on to the interview...

Trail 9 Case Study: CMS Benefits

Trail 9 Case Study: CMS Benefits

For this case study, we’ll be discussing our own company website, trail9.com, which was built with the Content Management System (CMS) Drupal. Because we have an open source CMS website and not a traditional hard-coded website, we're able to change and upgrade our designs quickly and relatively easily, saving us a lot of time and money.  

Trail 9 Case Study: Growth Driven Design

Trail 9 Case Study: Growth Driven Design

Welcome to our first ever Trail 9 Case Studies post! That's right, folks— we have a couple different blog post series happening right now, including our 'Trail 9 Asks' series and our regular stand-alone blog posts. In this new series, we'll be describing one of our past or current projects in each article. We want to describe what kind of work we do, so YOU, our audience, can get to know us better. And, they come with some pretty good stories!

So today, we describe a web project with a freight forwarding company that we did a couple of years ago. It was a great project, and we're especially excited to write about it because it's an awesome example of the type of growth driven design (GDD) that we do here at Trail 9.

Interview with Trail 9

Interview with Trail 9

This week, we have an interview with our very own Mike Michalak, owner and lead developer of Trail 9! We want our readers to know more about the company, what we do best, and how we came to be. Let's get started!


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