The Art of Complaining

Posted: Nov 13, 2012 in Business, The Bottom Line by Mike & Blake

We live in an age where new technologies and innovations are constantly being developed. Yet attempts to make life easier have led to major headaches for unhappy consumers. When we call a company to express our dissatisfaction with a product or service, we must go through a menu of endless options (many of which have nothing to do with our problem) on a computerized system that doesn’t understand our speech. When we finally reach a person, they usually sound like they’re in a rowboat 5,000... 

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The Dangers of a Slow-Loading Website

Posted: Nov 06, 2012 in Technology, Web Development by Blake

As web technology evolves, it allows people everywhere to find and distribute information faster and faster. One side effect of this quicker, easier access to information is that people’s attention spans are shrinking. This means that a website that loads slowly can have some pretty dramatic consequences, namely in two specific areas:  Website Viewers: I can think of several times recently that I visited a website and it didn't load within a few seconds. Each time, I gave up, clicked the... 

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Between the Lines:  Why Typography Matters

Posted: Sep 19, 2012 in Technology, Web Design by Traci

Have you ever heard the phrase, “How you say it is just as important as what you say”?  People communicate with more than just words.  Tone of voice and body language convey their own meanings, and we can send a completely different message than we intended if we don’t pay attention to how we sound and look.  There are a myriad of details in web design that each send their own message to the user, but typography is easily one of the most important. How the text looks is almost an entire... 

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Students Start the Year Right with Help from Columbia Companies

Posted: Sep 12, 2012 in Charitable by Blake

September 12, 2012 — Parents and teachers may be breathing easier this fall as a result of local organizations’ generosity. For the month of July, a group of businesses in the Westpark office park and the Harbison Boulevard area of Columbia held a drive to collect pencils, paper, and other classroom essentials for Richland County students and teachers. Participating organizations also gathered folders, scissors, glue sticks, and a variety of other school supplies needed by local students. The... 

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Where do you come up with your web designs?

Posted: Aug 30, 2012 in Personal, Web Design by Morgan

The year was 2002. I was a recent art school graduate, and with a semester of Web Design 101 in one hand and my bachelor’s degree in the other, I was on the fast track to designing sophisticated websites! Okay, maybe not that fast. My love for web design began when I found that you could put a dozen lines of code into Notepad and make a functioning website (albeit, not the prettiest website, but a website nonetheless).  I think it’s safe to say that web design standards were not very high... 

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Our Website Redesign – Part 1

Posted: Aug 03, 2012 in Personal, Web Design, Web Development by John

I knew when we started the latest redesign process that it wasn’t going to be easy. Our last redesign in 2010 had set the bar higher than before and I knew this next layout was going to require even more attention to detail and must have the “Wow” factor natively built in.  I also was fully aware that this redesign wasn’t something we’d just finish and say, “OK, it’s done...” and then never change it. It was going to be an ongoing process where we continuously added and improved things. All... 

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Résumé Lies: Don’t Get Burned!

Posted: Jul 18, 2012 in Business by Mike & Blake

By Blake DuBose and Mike DuBose It’s at the forefront of many employers’ minds: the issue of job applicants lying on résumés or applications. The subject gained worldwide attention in May 2012, following reports that Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson claimed to have degrees in accounting and computer science when he actually only had the accounting degree. USA Today and the Wall Street Journal reported that Thompson and five board members left the firm after the misrepresentation was revealed, and the... 

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14 Ways to Land Your Business in Court

Posted: Jul 18, 2012 in Business by Mike & Blake

By Blake DuBose and Mike DuBose They strike fear into the hearts of business leaders everywhere: letters and summons from the IRS, EEOC, or litigation attorneys. Organizations can spend hundreds of hours and huge amounts of money defending against these accusations, which often come out of nowhere. Employers can’t afford to be ignorant of such risks, especially as employment lawsuits continue to grow in number. The EEOC received nearly 100,000 discrimination charges nationwide in 2011, up... 

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Finding Great Employees

Posted: Jul 11, 2012 in Business, The Bottom Line by Mike & Blake

Please click here to view detailed results of the various ways we recently advertised four open positions at DuBose Web Group. With so many Americans unemployed, today’s market should theoretically teem with smart, self-motivated potential employees. Yet many employers have become picky, complaining that they can’t find good workers with the necessary skills. University of Pennsylvania business professor Peter Cappelli recently challenged this notion in The Wall Street Journal, asserting,... 

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Local Philanthropists Donate $50,000 to Save Animals’ Lives

Posted: Jun 05, 2012 in Business, Charitable, Personal by Blake

A $50,000 donation from a group of several Midlands business leaders will allow Pawmetto Lifeline to help even more homeless pets in the Midlands find permanent homes this summer.  Jan Jernigan of Morgan Stanley, Blake DuBose of DuBose Web Group, Kim Inman of Columbia Conference Center, Fowler and Carlynn Cary of CCM Investment Advisers, Stewart and Deloris Mungo of Mungo Homes, Mike and Debra DuBose of the DuBose family of companies, and Clyde, the cat, gathered to present Pawmetto Lifeline... 

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