It doesn’t matter if you are a believer of blogs or not. Bottom line, blogs are an integral part of the internet world. Any success in online marketing usually centers around having a blog to share content and information. There is no getting around it. Thus, today we have our Top 5 Fullerton Blogs.
Ron took the lead on the research for this post and he can tell you, it was hard. For some reason, Fullerton has a lack of blogs. Thus we were unable to section off blogs into different categories, i.e food, travel, etc. No matter though, we have our compiled list of blogs today.Continue reading
Twitter Chats are pretty much the pinnacle of Social Media networking. They offer real time engagement on topics you want to discuss. Sometimes though, the most famous twitter chats just don’t work around your schedule. I know for myself, there are a couple Twitter Chats that are a little too early for me and because I work late, it gets difficult to wake up in time to participate. So I’ve had to go out and find Twitter chats that fit my schedule In order to help beginners who want to get started in Twitter Chats or your like me and your schedule (or sleep) is getting in the way, I’ve provided some resources.Continue reading
As the Fullerton Top 5 Campaign grows bigger and bigger, we have noticed that the need for having an official published criteria becomes even more important. I’ll go ahead then and take you through the exact process Ron and I use when determining what makes the cut.
Process – 5 Step Process
Every time we start one of these lists, the main goal is to try getting to a shortlist. I’d like to tell you that we go through a strenuous process of evaluating each and every entry, but honestly that would take way too much time.Continue reading
Photography can make or break a website. Good photos keep users engaged, bad photos make users hit that back button like there was no tomorrow. Just as much as your friends and family scream at taking that 20th photo because SOMEONE wasn’t looking, photos are just as important on your site and not just on Facebook. Fullerton has its fair share of great photographers as well. Just look through Flickr or even the Cal State Fullerton website. You’ll see some great photos.
Thus we are devoting today’s post to recognizing Fullerton’s top 5 Photography websites. After finishing this post, I didn’t realize how many of these were wedding photographers. I think you can all join me in understanding why that would happen though. My sister just got married a couple of months ago and now I know first hand, those photos better be the best around!
This was a hard one, but me and Ron had some healthy debate which ultimately got us to our ranking. Enjoy!
An eye catching site that boasts beautiful images all over its home page. From the first second you enter the site, you just want to start scrolling away. I’m serious, be prepared you can be scrolling for days! The black/grayish background puts more oomph in the photos, making them shine brighter. Overall, this site wants to accomplish one thing, to amaze you.
Beyond that, a page is available for interested parties to contact Sharon. Unlike the other sites on this list though, not much content and information is available right off the bat. But of course, if you go to the About Us page, you will find that Sharon is rebuilding her site.
Think about that, Sharon is doing a rebuild of a site, and the one that is currently live still made it to the top 5. Amazing stuff.
4. Reuben Castro – reubencastro.com
Coming in 4th place is Reuben Castro. With a home page that invites you to take a look at all these smiling, emotional moments, you immediately get sucked in. A forest-y background helps to set the mood, but most importantly, it’s not taking away from the beautiful photos placed in the center of the page.
Navigation is easy and all content/fonts are easy to read. No overloading, no desperate cries for your business. Just sharing some moments through photos. The “connect” or contact us page makes it really easy to input your information, in addition to getting an idea of the price packages Reuben charges.
First let me start by saying, the favicon for this site is awesome. Initially Jordan Kubat got into a 3 way tie for first place, so Ron and I really didn’t want to place this site at third. Jordan Kubat’s website is a site that uses a simple theme, but powerful images and fonts. Everything is about drawing your eye to the beautiful, creative shots.
The use of fonts expertly re-creates the eye catching qualities of the photos, back onto the fonts. Easy to read and bold, the site invites you to enjoy the images while also wanting to make you read through what Jordan has to say.
Overall, the site is simple yet powerful.
2. Studio EMP – studioemp.com
Studio EMP takes a really close second. The site is beautiful, thorough and when you go through the site, you just know that Studio EMP is ready and waiting to help with whatever you need. What really takes the cake with this site is the use of white space. Many sites use white just because it is a template and that is what everyone else does.
Studio EMP on the other hand uses white to enhance its site. The font color perfectly mixes with the white to create a calm, or how Studio EMP puts it, a “real, relaxed” feel. Most importantly, the white background accentuates the photos of Studio EMP. The studio has a distinct style and it is clear through all the images.
Look at the site on a screen big enough (maybe 13 inch and bigger) and you’ll see a proud seal of accomplishment. To be exact, Studio EMP was rated Best Wedding Photographer in Orange County by California Wedding Day.
And the winner is…
1. Candice Benjamin Photography – candicebenjamin.com
Candice Benjamin’s site is my personal favorite. After initially getting into a 3-way tie between Studio EMP and Jordan Kubat, after further investigation, Candice’s site soon became the clear favorite. Note that she recently moved to Colorado, but because she notes that she still flies back for gigs, make her still eligible for this list.
The home page is beautiful, with her photos included with the perfect fonts and colors. All the photos just come together and it seems like every photo is somehow related to the other. The galleries posted of the different weddings invite you to keep scrolling. Its as if they tell you a story that you don’t want to end. Seriously, I’m a guy and I spent a little too many minutes going through the different images.
Once you yank and claw out of the gallery to finally get on with your life, you will see the contact us page. It offers an easy way to start initial talks while also providing initial quotes for curious bride to be’s. The icing on this amazing website is the page “6 Things to do Before a Session”. The page just makes you feel like Candice is on your side and watching out for you. It is not some lame attempt at SEO, it’s just high-value content ensuring her client’s beauty.
One of the best sites I’ve seen and also I can’t stress it enough, go look at those galleries!
Today’s post was one that I really enjoyed especially because I was once a photographer. Okay, I’ll admit it I was a yearbook photographer for a couple of years in high school, but hey it’s something! Anyways, after finding myself lost in reverie and emotions of these great sites I finally am here, finishing this week’s post up.
Again, I hope you like what Ron and I put together today. Hope to see you again next week!
After two months of preparation, even more months of brainstorming sessions, and countless late nights, a new agency is born.
It started out at a local boba shop in Fullerton.
I, the boba cashier, was working part-time during my off hours from school to gain some experience and knowledge in the whole boba industry. Ronald Arellano was a regular customer. He always came in with his soccer uniforms, apparently, it was because his home country was playing at the time, and he usually ordered the same two drinks: coconut milk tea and a Thai tea. (Till this day, he still cannot stop drinking those thai teas! )
On a typical day, I rung his order up, smiling because he was a regular face on a rather mundane business day. As I slid his card through the reader, I read the words, small business owner, on his credit card. Of course, like any college business student, I had dreams and aspirations to one day have the same words on my own credit card. My father had started his own business and his father had as well, so naturally I had the bug in me too. The only problem was for some reason I had this nagging fear biting at me. The fear was like any other, a mixture of some nervousness, insecurities, and a sprinkle of inferiority. I was stuck between freelancing or going all in.
The thing about fear though, is that after a while you get tired of it and just decide to get it over with.
So I summoned up some courage and thought to myself, it might be a small step, but just asking the guy what his business is, it’ll help motivate me. So I asked him, “You own a small business?” and he said “Yeah I’m a graphic and web designer!”
I was ecstatic to hear this. I was a freelance marketing consultant working with small businesses in the Orange County Area. Excitedly, I told him about my work and he replied in his trademark Ecuadorian slang “Really?! How funny, because today was not such a good day, I actually recently lost some clients because they needed marketing. So now I am looking for someone who can help me with marketing.”
Fast forward a couple of months and now we have Ron Wave Design.
It has been our brainchild, combining exceptional designs, customer service, and contemporary marketing strategies. Through all the coffee shop meetings and dinners with Ron’s family, one thing has guided us the entire way: helping small business owners grow their brand. Marketing and design are integral parts of any business’s success and we are here to share it.
This isn’t some business to make some money, it is to make a connection with businesses everywhere. The launch is a huge milestone for both our lives, one that has been both tough and soul searching. Both of us have turned down jobs and other promises of security and salary, but this is something we believe in.
We hope that you will take some time and trust us two, we have put in so much time and really believe in what we are doing. So, cheers.
Cheers to beginnings and to the start of this journey.