Well well, where do I start?
Ok first of all, I guess I should apologize to TJG, after rereading your initial post I guess you were trying to be constructive, just in your own “truck driver” way LOL. It is just unfortunately at this time we really do not have the budget to outsource it.. We are boot-stringing this start-up here, we don’t even have boot-straps.
Actually the website’s grand opening isn’t until October 1, the only reason it is live now if for collaboration purposes. That is the date we are going to start our Publicity campaign. Our actual start of business is set for November 7, 2006 Election day. WE are look at slogans right now, thinking about “On November 7 Elect to feel the Pleasure,” What do you think? So anyway, that is why I am here, I have less than 2 months to make my website something people will trust, help a couple of poor upstart entrepreneurs out here please.
Showboxers, you referred to my Logo as looking homemade, well that is exactly what it was, but I have a question for you about that. Do you find the overall look of the logo unappealing or is it just the way it was rendered? You are a woman, please give me you opinion on the overall color layout of the sites. Is it too much pink (a shame you can`t change the color here) for you? You referred to the front page having too much reading and being boring, exactly what would you like to see on the front page? I just recently added that long text part about the benefits of the Sybian, but I am not married to having it there by any means.
Next I would like to address a concern you raised about they Sybian scaring you. First of all let me tell you that in the nineteen years that the Sybian has been manufactured and sold, and many thousands of units sold, there has never been a reported case of any type of physical injury resulting from use, although there have been a few reports of carpet burns and minor soreness though. With this said, the Sybian is definitely not for everyone. As a matter of fact there are certain people we will not rent to or sell to. We will not rent/sell to anyone who is pregnant, has a heart condition, suffers from seizures, or has an IUD in place. The Sybian is a very powerful machine and is capable of doing some fantastic things, but it is only a machine, and a machine can never replace the warm touch of another person. The Sybian is meant primarily as a supplement, not as a only source. Ok I will get off of my soapbox now.
RobZ I appreciate your recommendation about the outsourcing to India, but I’m afraid that as a country we do too much outsourcing already. I’m sure I could get it done much more cheaper $$$ there, but I would hate to think of a web designer here going without because I saved a few bucks.
Nuevolution, first of all, thanks for your 2 cents, I can use every cent I can get my hands on right now. That Terragroup site looks really sharp, a shame I can’t read Spanish I would like to know what they are selling. The $300 number is something I could probable live with if I had too, but here is what I am thinking. I am going to go back and try a redo maybe with the aid of some constructive criticism and direction from this board, and if I can’t get something that looks half way decent we will look at hiring it out.
Design Caddy, I have looked at that DotNetNuke, and have even gone so far as to download it. I took part of the guided tour and looked at some sites built with it, and I have to say I like it, I like it a lot, but I have some questions maybe you can answer. My hosting account is an ASP Deluxe account on GoDaddy. Question what kind of hoops would I have to jump through to get the DNN running on my account, and how hard is it to learn to use? I suppose I am above average intellect, but certainly no genius. I was in the Naval Nuclear Power program for anyone who knows what that is. Anyway, I am definitely going to do some more reading on it and see if it is feasible for me to switch everything over to it at this point, After all, the business is primarily going to be strictly a local business to start out. We will personally deliver units to individuals homes, and then pick them up 1,3, or 7 days later. We are planning on our primary marketing being viral, word of mouth. After all, women do talk about those kinds of things when they get together. A ride on a Sybian is not the kind of thing they are going to be able to keep to themselves. Anyway, thanks for the pointer on the DotNetNuke.
And I would appreciate any input I can get from anyone about anything on the site. What do you like, what do you not like? Remember my target demographic is women aged 25-55, Income mid 20’s up to about 100K. How about the SEO aspects of the site? I am open to any constructive criticism I can get.
Sybian Sales and Rental
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