Get Visual partners with you to create custom websites and graphics incorporating thoughtful design, navigation, and content. As a result, your website and visual communications will engage customers and create a lingering positive impression. We operate with constant awareness of what makes your website perform well in search engine results, and analyze website traffic data to understand how customers find and utilize your website. Unlike others focused on web design and graphics, we are also experienced at using location analytics (location-based demographics) to help you to better understand your market area. Tim McCauley, the leader of Get Visual, has decades of experience in business and government prior to focusing on web design and graphics. He is dedicated to providing you with outstanding service, well-developed business knowledge, and a complete one-stop website/graphics solution.
Our services and products are highly customized to fit your specific needs and discernment, and tailored (not templated!) to your unique business or organization, especially small and micro businesses. As a general approach, we aim to clearly explain and de-mystify information technology and websites, provide affordable and effective services and consultation, and make sure clients are getting what they need on an ongoing basis. The ongoing relationship with clients is something Tim values highly, sets Get Visual apart from others in our business.
We create websites from "scratch" or from "the ground up" without relying upon templates and their associated limitations. This enables us to partner with you and for you to implement your vision of what your website should be. We can also re-create and enhance an existing website for improved look/feel, functionalty, and hosting.
The term "graphics" covers a huge variety of materials, from business cards to logos to website content to signs and posters, and many things in between. All we need to create graphics for you is a concept and an application. We can also modify or utilize existing artwork and merge it with other materials. We can turn your vision into great results.
Computerized maps and aerial images are readily available for any large or small area of the United States. It takes tools, talent, and expertise to create accurate maps for use in creating graphics, market research tools, and location analytics. We have what it takes to mobilize this valuable resource for use in your business applications.
Most small businesses and community organizations have little or no quantitative information about their customers, target markets, or service areas. Like maps, much data is readily available, but it takes the right knowledge to put it to use. We are experts at using U.S. Census data along with GIS to make this surprisingly easy and affordable.
Get Visual Business Solutions has identified four core operating principles that pre-define our relationships with clients, partners, and others we interact with – shown on the graphic to the left. We consider these to be imperatives in our day-to-day work, and strive to ensure we follow through on each one. We are customized, collaborative, responsive, and insightful in every job we do and in every client relationship we undertake. This helps us to achieve the best possible results in "marrying" the disciplines of technology, business, and art to create great visual communication for our clients. More info on these below.
Get Visual specializes in creating the look and functionality YOU want with visual communication, including the ability to implement your unique ideas and designs. It is unnecessary to be boxed in with templates and standardized packages, and we make sure that all of your options are considered. This is also surprisingly cost-effective.
We make it a point to consider YOUR ideas and creative input. Our clients come up with some wildly creative and innovative stuff that we and others haven't thought of. We will also work with other members of your creative "team" such as graphic artists, marketing folks, or your relative who dabbles in graphics and websites on the side.
We promptly return phone calls and emails, unlike many others in the website business. Get Visual understands that providing good customer service is a benefit to us as much as our clients, since much of our business comes via referrals from delighted customers. Changes to websites, graphics, and other products are performed promptly.
The variety and depth of our experience in business, government, and technology, among other subjects, enables us to have a clear understanding of your business or organization, your customers, and therefore your needs. As a result, we can help you identify potential problems and opportunities for better visual communications.
Tim McCauley, the driving force behind GetVisual, has over 20 years of experience creating maps, graphics, photographs, and print publications to convey information. He has an extensive backgound in managing geographic and demographic oriented data analysis projects, as well as providing excellent customer service to businesses and the public. Tim is an accomplished technical writer and an advanced user of geographic information systems (GIS), which is particularly valuable for market research. He completed his MBA degree in 2009 and is keenly interested in helping you know your customers and communicate with them effectively.
Tim is very accustomed to working with design concepts, photographs, graphics, maps, and data alongside computer applications, programming, and operating in technically demanding environments. He thrives in marrying art with technology to create visual products that communicate complex information. Building websites is thus a natural activity for him, allowing him to maintain sight of "big picture" issues – those most important to his business clients – better than many others in the website creation arena. With his business, customer service, and data analysis background, he is able to fully understand and advise clients regarding their customer demographics, financial issues, business environment, target markets, and getting maximum value from their visual communication and marketing materials.
We're always writing new information about our latest projects, research and learning activities, website tips, GIS/mapping interests, demographic market knowledge, and other topics related to "getting visual." The most recent four posts are shown below. Please go to the full GET VISUAL NEWS AND DISCUSSION PAGE to read more, search the archives, or comment. Please check out Tim's Google+ page too, where he talks about current projects and business networking in the Triangle.
posted on March 6, 2013 by Timothy McCauley
We launched the all new Apex Jazz Festival website a few days ago. Did plenty of tweaking of the complex WordPress CSS to make it look and feel the way the Jazzfest Planning Committee wanted it to, along with custom html on the home page for the large navigation buttons. The design is a collaboration among four people sitting around a computer in a coffee shop. Get Visual took everyone’s input, created a preliminary design in Corel Draw, did the initial web coding in Dreamweaver, then ported it over to a new WordPress site. Check it out at www.apexjazzfestival.com, and don’t forget to mark your calendar for the festival in Downtown Apex on September 21, 2013.
We’re working on the content as the planning moves along and musicians get on board. Stay tuned for more information on this great event.
posted on February 19, 2013 by Timothy McCauley
I met with two prospective clients recently who both have new businesses in competitive industries and competitive markets. Both of them have also located in what I would call “low visibility” storefronts, where drive-by potential customers really have no idea those businesses are there. Both of them are relying on Facebook as their primary web presence, indicating that they can’t really justify paying for a website (we’re talking about $500 or so for a simple site) when Facebook is free. While they have indeed established a web presence, and may actually show up in search results, how much information can customers really obtain from a Facebook timeline and a few pictures?
There’s no doubt these folks need to grow their clientele and consumer awareness in the local market in order to survive. The web is probably the most powerful tool businesses ever had for spreading awareness and providing information, and at a very low cost compared with print and broadcast media. With a website, you can present large amount of information to anybody and enable your existing and potential customers to share information very easily via tweets, text messages, email, word of mouth, and especially social media like Facebook. The bottom line is that websites offer a unique opportunity to customize and tailor your message and content to your target market, and in a manner simply not possible with the various forms of social media.
In addition, there are numerous ways to get found in search results with a website done properly, which doesn’t have to cost a fortune. The real magic comes into play when your website is integrated with the various forms of social media, enabling detailed information on your business to flow to potentially huge numbers of people. This happens not only with search engine results, but via the “word-of mouth” like activity resulting from people liking, recommending, reviewing, and otherwise sharing information about your business with a simple link to your website.
Get Visual can create such a website for as little as $150, or something with 10 pages, images, and other info for $500 or so, depending on graphical complexity. This will pay for itself within a short period of time if promoted with social media, word-of-mouth, business cards, flyers, and decent search engine optimization. You have nothing to lose, except perhaps potential customers, if you don’t take advantage of the most effective and least expensive advertising opportunity ever available.
posted on January 25, 2013 by Timothy McCauley
My clients are always asking me about the number of “hits” their website is getting, how people find them, what percentage of mobile devices are being used, and any number of other things regarding traffic to their site. They didn’t pay much attention to, or have access to, such information in years past, but are very concerned with it now as more of their competitors get on the web and the economy picks up. Since most of the websites I host have been up for about 6 months, I decided to do a deep dive into this subject and give my clients the most complete web traffic information possible.
I heard about Google Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics, and had already implemented those to some extent. But I found out the complete database of information was contained in a series of large log files on the web host computer. It seems that every time a web page is accessed, an entry is made into the log file with a gold mine of detailed information about who, what, when requested that page. The problem was that 6 months of data for 15 websites was a huge amount to analyze, with the database containing about 600,000 records. On top of that, the best software for analyzing it was the open source variety, with less than desirable documentation on how to get it working.
Without getting into a lot of detail, I used a combination of database management software (dBase actually from the 1990s!) a good text editor (Notepad++), and a Perl script get the log files into a form that would work well with AWStats, a great open source web traffic analysis program. Once everything was processed, however, and AWStats was put into action, the results were fantastic. I can now provide my clients with every traffic statistic they can think of for their website including visitors by month of the year, day of the month, hour of the day, type of device used, type of software used, search terms, inbound links, and more. I also found that Google Analytics is a great supplement to the log data, and provides up-to-the minute “live” web traffic analysis as well.
So there you have it. Get Visual has yet another tool in our arsenal of capabilities to help make us your total one-stop website solution!
posted on November 30, 2012 by Timothy McCauley
A WordPress blog is essentially a document management system, isn’t it? You write articles of stuff (documents) and assign them categories and tags, thus giving database attributes to your documents that you can use to search them for title, content, dates, names, etc. So why not use WordPress or other blogging platforms as an “online” document management system? That’s what I did for one aspect of my life.
I attend several business networking meetings or events every week, as well as numerous client meetings. There is a lot of information to keep track of, tasks to follow up on, and people to stay in touch with. I can get lost and confused in a sea of paper notes, mobile phone notes, emails, and other stuff that makes up a day’s or week’s worth of jangled information. I needed this stuff all in one place, preferably in the “cloud” where I could get to it anywhere, anytime. I also needed to be able to search my notes for keywords, categories, dates, etc.
I set up a WordPress blog on one of my domains–independent of any websites, and simply take a few minutes to type in (or copy/paste) various notes on any given day. I then assign them to categories and give them keywords. Now, I have no papers on my desk, don’t leave anything important behind when I’m out and about, and can ALWAYS find what I need. I should note that the blog is closed off to search engines and only accessible to me (or whomever I choose).
We're always tweeting stuff related to "getting visual" too. The most recent tweets are shown below.Tweets by @getvisualnc
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