We are the folks who think of innovative ways to make your business grow and succeed in today’s super-cluttered communications environment. Getting results is our strength. Digital intelligence is our passion. Our cross-functional team is fluent in digital and offline marketing—from responsive web development, paid search marketing, and SEO, to branding, strategic planning, competitive intelligence, and even video production. We are the bridge between marketing and technology. Read on for the answers you seek and then give us a ring when you're ready to talk. Here's a small cross section of what we do:
Sugarloaf Mountain Resort, owned by Boyne, is the largest ski area east of the Rockies. It sits atop Maine's second highest peak at 4,237 feet and is the only lift-serviced above-treeline skiing in the east. Sugarloaf has more than 54 miles of trails. We built and maintain Sugarloaf's websites — the Blue Room, Sugarloaf2020, TrueBlue, Downhill Supply Company, U.S. Alpine Championships, and the main website.
Forbes & Condé Nast consistently rank Telluride Ski Resort as one of the top places to ski and stay in North America. In the summer of 2014, in partnership with Joe Myers of Park City, Utah, we launched Telluride on Dirigo's Ski Resort CMS Platform. This project pushed the Dirigo team and our platform to new heights. The ski and outdoor hospitality vertical is one of Dirigo's specialties.
An employee owned mid-sized catalog company started in 1973 with its roots—and greens too—in Winslow, Maine. This powerful brand could easily be a member of the Internet Retailer 500 Group. We're well into Johnny's changes for the 2015 season (e.g. branding adjustments, new designs, lots of ASPDotNetStorefront changes, search refinements, SEO, custom programming...). We perform a critical 24/7/365 role.
We’re building the xcDogs brand while engineering the website and smartphone apps. This is very challenging project because the marketplace (e.g: profile, real-time chat, portal, messaging center, ecommerce transactions, user profile…) is the core of the business — it's a web play. We’re growing their community to make pet travel easy, affordable and fun.
enroll207.com was underwritten by the Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF), Maine’s largest private, nonprofit health foundation. MeHAF's mission is to promote access to quality health care—especially for those who are uninsured and underserved, and to improve the health of everyone in Maine. This marketing effort was developed to connect Mainers to certified assisters and navigators who are equipped to help Maine people with Obama Care. We know health care!
HealthInfoNet is Maine's health information exchange, a secure statewide computer system for doctors, hospitals and other health care providers to share important health information and improve patient care. In early 2014 we were tasked with updating their Drupal CMS version and launching an all new mobile friendly version of their website. Many think of Dirigo as purely an ASP.NET shop — nothing could be further from the truth.
Large-scale studies have shown that conversions and revenue decrease as page load time increases, and Google knows that their users are generally less likely to bounce back to the SERPs from sites that load faster than their ranking competitors, so it makes perfect sense that Google would give faster websites a bump.
But what's Google's definition of "fast"? Their general guideline for average page load time is to keep it under two seconds.
Getting anywhere near that number will not happen just by chance of good web development work; there are several technical layers of potential inefficiencies that each require careful consideration and fine-tuning to achieve maximum performance from the entire web stack, and these will vary from site to site.
While I couldn't possibly hope to provide a comprehensive reference on website performance tuning in the scope of a blog about increasing your Googlebot crawl budget, what follows is a high-level overview of the broad scope of factors that have the potential to improve page speed in ways meaningful to Googlebot and pals.
We take these shots with our smartphones and they magically appear on our website. How cool is that?