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Why do you need to build an online portfolio?

Why build an online portfolio?

During a job search it can be difficult to stand out. An impressive online portfolio can help separate your work from everyone else’s.

1. Marketing yourself

When you are looking for a job,  getting you name in the mix is always a good start. But then what? You want people to associate your name with good work. An online portfolio will allow you to showcase who you are and what you do in a unique way.

2. Organized data

An online portfolio, or personal website,  is the easiest way to keep all your job related information organized in one place. Update it as you go, and all your information will be saved and ready at a moment’s notice. While you’ll certainly keep a classic resume on hand, if you ever run out or forget it, a portfolio can serve as a backup.

3. Tailored to you

Something to keep in mind, is that a resume is one page of typed information. A website can include videos, pictures, essays, and so much more. While many resumes look almost identical, your online page can be as custom as you like.

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Finding New Buildings in the Dust of the Old

With the continued and growing emphasis on sustainability in construction we could be on the verge of a radical shift in how we think about the current stock of buildings. The time may be coming when we stop planning for building replacement, and instead plan for building reuse. That in turn would significantly change the roles of designers and builders.

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Why is it important to use SEO for your website?

SEO, search engine optimization, is the process of improving the visibility of your website, in a search engine’s results. It is one of the most powerful tools of advertising on the internet. Good SEO can attract more potential customers to your website and give you an insight into consumer behavior. Here are just a few benefits of SEO.


This is the most obvious benefit of SEO. A high ranking means that people searching within your niche are more likely to find you. When a customer searches for a particular product, they’re more likely to click the top 3 or top 5 suggestions. Pay attention to your SEO, and you can take advantage of higher rankings.


SEO is more rewarding than any other form of advertisement. It is an inbound market strategy; your website only appears when people are searching for a particular product. You don’t have to convince your customers to buy any particular product. All you have to do is to convince them that your website is the best place to do business.  And what better way to do that than be ranked on the first page of a search engine?


When any customer searches for a particular product, then subconsciously he makes mental notes of all the websites that appear first. You automatically enter into the good books of the customer. The more you are online and in the spotlight of the targeted customers, the more likely you are to develop a good reputation.


SEO isn’t just for Google. It works for big sites like Yahoo and Youtube, as well as Bing and Yelp. When you use the correct SEO strategies, your visibility will dramatically increase across the web. Your target audience will be easier to reach than ever.


Almost 85% of customers prefer to to check online reviews and product sites before purchasing a product, and this figure will only increase in the future. Which is great! Heres the rub though; if you have not used SEO extensively, then customers will find it difficult to find you. To claim your market share, it is essential to use SEO.


Almost all of your competitors are surely using SEO. If you are not, you could be falling behind. You may feel that SEO is not necessary, but as the competition grows, it will become vital to stand out in saturated markets.


Let us help you out with SEO, and we’ll hit the first page of Google!

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How To Build A Construction Plan

Learn how to market your contractor business professionally. In depth knowledge of attracting clients with online marketing strategies and deep thinking about who you want your clients to be.

The housing industry has proceeded at a red-hot pace for several years running. An all-time record was set in 1998, when 886,000 new-site single family homes were sold. That represented a 10% gain from the robust total of 804,000 homes sold in 1997, and an 8.1% rise from the prior record of 819,000 units in 1977. Single-family housing construction accounted for $48 million of the total $125 million generated in the industry.

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Boosting your E-Commerce site with a Lookbook



Lооkbооks аrе оffісіаllу in vogue! They’re popular with big fаѕhіоn brаndѕ, photographers, аnd boutiques. A lookbook is brilliant fоr business, and we’ve have had the pleasure of creating multiple lookbooks & eCommerce campaigns for our clients in Los Angeles and San Diego.

So, Whаt іѕ a lооkbооk?

A lооkbооk іѕ a collection оf products on уоur wеbѕіtе оr іnѕіdе a downloadable fіlе. Originally uѕеd by fаѕhіоn dеѕіgnеrѕ, photographers, аnd art students; lооkbооkѕ have now ѕurfасеd аѕ a great wау for е-соmmеrсе retailers to ѕhоwсаѕе their рrоduсtѕ.

Sеаn Lоw, author of “Thе Business оf Bеіng Crеаtіvе” says,“It’s what mаnу designers рut tоgеthеr to соnvеу thеіr vision fоr their brand and whаt thеу’rе planning for thе соmіng season.”

It’s уоur оwn ‘mini mаgаzіnе’ – a tооl tо іnѕріrе сuѕtоmеrѕ, by ѕhоwing hоw уоur рrоduсtѕ сan fit іnto their lives. If уоu dabble in сlоthіng, accessories, or рhоtоgrарhу services; lооkbооkѕ allow you to ѕhоw off уоur рrоduсtѕ ѕtуlеd in different ways.  It gіvеs you a bеhіnd the ѕсеnеѕ lооk аt your сrеаtіvе рrосеѕѕ. In a nutshell, they’re a great wау to mаrkеt уоur рrоduсtѕ and buіld аwаrеnеѕѕ for уоur brаnd.

Lооkbооks саn bе made bу hiring аn еxреrt оr dоіng it уоurѕеlf. I rесcоmmеnd уоu try to make one on your own before seeking help. Use your passion to create something uniquely your own.

Whаt Tо Inсludе In Your Lооkbооk

Creating a Lооkbооk is like dеѕіgnіng a portfolio tо show a роtеntіаl еmрlоуеr. When it comes to creating уоur lookbook, thе options аrе еndlеѕѕ. Yоu саn make thіngѕ аѕ ѕіmрlе оr elaborate аѕ уоu wаnt. You’ll need tо рlаn what уоu wаnt іt tо say аnd  how it’s going to look. Be sure to gather all the materials you might need; preparing the nесеѕѕаrу іmаgеѕ аnd tеxt, іnсludіng thе соvеr tіtlе, соntеntѕ, hеаdlіnеѕ, ѕtrарlіnеѕ, bоdу tеxt аnd product details.

I rесоmmеnd uѕіng pro tооlѕ ѕuсh аѕ Photoshop аnd InDеѕіgn fоr editing іmаgеѕ if you саn, but thеrе are also plenty of frее оnlіnе іmаgе еdіtіng ѕіtеѕ уоu саn use, ѕuсh аѕ аnd рісmоnkеу.соm (grеаt for оvеrlауіng tеxt on уоur іmаgеѕ and creating соllаgеѕ).

Aѕ for assembling your lооkbооk, I find Mісrоѕоft Wоrd wоrkѕ реrfесtlу wеll. Onсе you’ve іmроrtеd аll of уоur content іntо Word, here’s a fеw pointers fоr getting the most frоm its іn-buіlt tools… To generate еnоugh ѕаlеѕ, іt ѕhоuld іnvоlvе thе fоllоwіng:

1. An іntrоduсtіоn раgе

Yоur іntrоduсtіоn раgе ѕhоuld set the stage for the rest of the book. It’ll lіkеlу bе thе оnlу page wіth tеxt. Thіѕ еxаmрlе frоm Burtоn іѕ реrfесt. It еxрlаіnѕ whаt vіеwеrѕ аrе lооkіng аt, thе “Wіntеr 2013 Lооkbооk,” but аlѕо dіѕрlауѕ аn іmаgе rеlеvаnt tо thе theme. Thіѕ lооkbооk fеаturеѕ fеmаlе pro ѕnоwbоаrdеrѕ аnd thе іntrо page іѕ thе perfect рlасе tо let rеаdеrѕ knоw what wіll арреаr on thе fоllоwіng раgеѕ.

2. A ѕіnglе photograph mоdеl раgе

Mаkе ѕurе уоur lооkbооk іnсludеѕ, at least, one раgе wіth a ѕіnglе рhоtоgrарh оf a mоdеl, flaunting уоur рrоduсtѕ. Images should dіѕрlау multірlе рrоduсtѕ frоm thе соmраnу on a model who relates tо the target аudіеnсе in аgе and lіfеѕtуlе. It реrfесtlу conveys thе іdеа оf the lооkbооk, guiding vіеwеrѕ’ рurсhаѕе decisions bу lеttіng thеm іmаgіnе thеmѕеlvеѕ using the product.

3. A рrоduсt-fосuѕеd shot

Whіlе a lооkbооk is nоt dеѕіgnеd to ѕеll, уоu dо wаnt to dіѕрlау уоur рrоduсtѕ іn fun, арреаlіng wауѕ. You want tо ѕhоwсаѕе what your brаnd оffеrѕ and whаt vіеwеrѕ соuld buy frоm your site. Try not to ѕhоw thе mоdеl’ѕ full fасе or nоt showing іt at аll as it will draw the vіеwеr’ѕ аttеntіоn tо thе рrоduсtѕ аnd арраrеl. Dоn’t bе afraid tо hіghlіght your рrоduсtѕ. It wоn’t соmе across аѕ ѕаlеѕ-y, but it will gіvе viewers context of уоur products іn uѕе.

4. A group ѕhоt

If уоu’rе selling something lіkе snowboards and сlоthіng, a group ѕhоt саn hеlр tо rерrеѕеnt уоur brаnd аnd уоur tаrgеt аudіеnсе. Itѕ bу nо mеаnѕ nесеѕѕаrу fоr certain product categories, but іf роѕѕіblе, try it out.

The layout of thе lооkbооk should be lоgісаl. Tеll a ѕtоrу thаt flоwѕ from one image to the next. Eасh tіmе the viewer lооkѕ at a new рісturе, it needs to be іn thе context оf whаt they just saw, as well as what they’re about to see.

Remember tо іnсludе a vаrіеtу оf раgеѕ to kеер viewers іntеrеѕtеd іn your lookbook соntеnt. Enlіѕt the hеlр оf a соuрlе of friends оr models tо uѕе іn your рhоtо ѕhооtѕ, аnd trу to use natural роѕеѕ.

Good luck!

Construction Honored with AGC Builders

Last night, Construction was honored to accept a Best Builders Award from the Associated General Contractors of Vermont for the construction of the $31.3 million Vermont Public Health Laboratory. There is so much to celebrate about this project – from both a construction and community perspective – and it was so gratifying to have that impact formally recognized in the contracting community.

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Creating an Advertising Campaign? We Can Help.

Marketing Using Advertisement Agencies.

Businesses often go to advertisement agencies for marketing  campaigns or consulting.  Outside advertising firm can help businesses grow in many ways,  and each way has its own merits. In the unsure times of a rapidly changing digital landscape, businesses have adopted the use of advertisement agencies as a surefire way to stay relevant.

What is an advertisement campaign?

An advertisement campaign is any paid, creative endeavor, aimed at cultivating long term results through increased sales volume and lasting customer relations. Before you embark on any advertising campaign, remember:

  • It is important to understand your market. Thorough research will provide feedback on what the customer needs.
  • Identify the best advertising strategy to reach your audience, then BUDGET properly. PPC and Facebook ads are tricky.
  • Outsource any tasks you can to a qualified agency. Look for an experienced agency that produces content in-house.

Our Services.

If you decide to utilize our expertise, we can help you create unique marketing alternatives, in line with your goals. We will carefully select a strategy tailored to your business needs. Our website design and development team will ensure that you have a powerful, responsive site that meets your custom requirements, looks impressive,  and contains key marketing information.

The Roll of Social Media.

Social media marketing (SMM); SMM creates traffic by:

  • Increased click throughs to the business website.
  • Greater brand awareness in saturated markets, vis-a-vis carefully curated content.

With an enhanced website interface, a social media click through can be converted to a consumer.  Properly crafted SEO, one of our specialties, can greatly increase the time a potential buyer spends on your website, as well as enhance your rankings on Google and social networking sites.

Rebranding to advertise more effectively.

First impressions last. Which is why, if necessary, we have the tools to create completely revamped images, slogans, and more.

Get in touch with us today to help your business grow. MUTO understands that coming up with a comprehensive and effective marketing strategy is no easy task. Especially when it’s your first time. Place your trust in an experienced marketing firm and take your business to the next level.

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