eMarketing Concepts Ranked #6 Among National Online Marketing Firms by Independent Authority TopSEOS

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) January 29, 2015

Reflecting more than a decade of providing online marketing for small to midsize businesses nationwide, Google designated Managed Partner eMarketing Concepts has been ranked as #6 in the United States for search engine optimizations services by independent consultants at TopSEOS. This classification was awarded only after a rigorous analysis and comparison of results achieved by eMarketing Concepts with those of thousands of competing businesses for similar clients. Closely watched by marketing experts and consumers alike, this top ten online marketing company ranking means even more clients and attention for the firm.

Servicing over 2,000 clients, eMarketing Concepts draws on more than a decade of online marketing experience, using a state of the art, proprietary technology platform to deliver a variety of services for its customers, including PPC, SMO, Website Design, and Performance Hosting as well as Search Engine Optimization. With clients in a variety of industries small to large across the country, the company has also won accolades for an innovative, transparent reporting system which allows clients to access vital data on their marketing programs twenty four hours a day.

Furthermore, eMarketing Concepts has already been selected by Google as a managed partner. As only one of approximately 400 companies worldwide with this designation, this means eMarketing Concepts is also one recommended by Google itself for its customized services. Coupled with the TopSEOs rankings, this translates into a palpable atmosphere of energy and enthusiasm at the company.

Were really excited about this #6 overall ranking for our SEO services, says company strategist E. Loutsch. Its always great to be recognized for hard work that pays off for our clients. Weve always known we provide better service and get more results than the other guys. Having an independent authority like TopSEOS also acknowledge that is pretty powerful, he adds.

Based on the Google managed partnership and the TopSEOS rankings, many pundits say this is a company to watch in 2015. With a stated mission to bring more sales and more leads fast to their clients, this #6 ranking is a frank indication that theyre clearly succeeding in that goal.

For a complete list of nationally ranked SEO companies, please visit: http://www.topseos.com/rankings-of-best-seo-companies



Tinsley Ellis – Tough Love Album Release Party

Tinsley Ellis – Tough Love Album Release Party
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“Feral blues guitar…non-stop gigging has sharpened his six-string to a razor’s edge… his eloquence dazzles…he achieves pyrotechnics that rival Beck and Clapton.” — Rolling Stone

“Ellis unleashed a torrent of dazzling musicianship pitched somewhere between the exhilarating volatility of rock and roll and the melancholic passion of urban blues.” — Los Angeles Times

Southern blues-rocker Tinsley Ellis may speak no evil, but he sings and plays with the conviction of, as Billboard wrote, “…a man possessed.” Over the course of 11 albums and literally thousands of live performances, Ellis easily ranks as one of today’s most electrifying blues-rock guitarists and vocalists. He approaches his music with rock power and blues feeling, in the same tradition as his Deep South musical heroes Duane Allman and Freddie King and his old friends Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes. Atlanta Magazine declared Ellis “the most significant blues artist to emerge from Atlanta since Blind Willie McTell.”

Since first hitting the national scene with his Alligator Records debut Georgia Blue in 1988, Ellis has toured non-stop and continued to release one critically acclaimed album after another. Tinsley’s hometown paper, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, calls his music “a potent, amazing trip through electric blues-rock.” Rolling Stone says he plays “feral blues guitar…non-stop gigging has sharpened his six-string to a razor’s edge…his eloquence dazzles…he achieves pyrotechnics that rival early Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton.”

Tinsley Ellis wears his Southern roots proudly. Born in Atlanta in 1957, he grew up in southern Florida and first played guitar at age eight. He found the blues through the back door of British Invasion bands like The Yardbirds, The Animals, Cream, and The Rolling Stones. He especially loved the Kings — Freddie, B.B. and Albert — and spent hours immersing himself in their music. His love for the blues solidified when he was 14. At a B.B. King performance, Tinsley sat mesmerized in the front row. When B.B. broke a string on Lucille, he changed it without missing a beat, and handed the broken string to Ellis. After the show, B.B. came out and talked with fans, further impressing Tinsley with his warmth and down-to-earth attitude. By now Tinsley’s fate was sealed; he had to become a blues guitarist. And yes, he still has that string.

Already an accomplished teenaged musician, Ellis left Florida and returned to Atlanta in 1975. He soon joined the Alley Cats, a gritty blues band that included Preston Hubbard (of Fabulous Thunderbirds fame). In 1981, along with veteran blues singer and harpist Chicago Bob Nelson, Tinsley formed The Heartfixers, a group that would become Atlanta’s top-drawing blues band. Upon hearing Live At The Moonshadow (Landslide), the band’s second release, The Washington Post declared, “Tinsley Ellis is a legitimate guitar hero.” After cutting two more Heartfixers albums for Landslide, Cool On It (featuring Tinsley’s vocal debut) and Tore Up (with vocals by blues shouter Nappy Brown), Ellis was ready to head out on his own. Ellis sent a copy of the master tape for his solo debut to Bruce Iglauer at Alligator Records. “I had heard Cool On It,” recalls Iglauer, “and I was amazed. I hadn’t heard Tinsley before, but he played like the guys with huge international reputations. It wasn’t just his raw power; it was his taste and maturity that got to me. It had the power of rock but felt like the blues. I knew I wanted to hear more of this guy.”

Georgia Blue, Tinsley’s first Alligator release, hit an unprepared public by surprise in 1988. Critics and fans quickly agreed that a new and original guitar hero had emerged. “It’s hard to overstate the raw power of his music,” raved The Chicago Sun-Times. Before long, Alligator arranged to reissue Cool On It and Tore Up, thus exposing Tinsley’s blistering earlier music to a growing fan base.

Tinsley’s subsequent releases — 1989’s Fanning The Flames, 1992’s Trouble Time, 1994’s Storm Warning, and 1997’s Fire It Up — further expanded the guitarist’s hero status. By now his talents as a songwriter equaled his guitar prowess. Guitar World said, “Ellis stands alongside Stevie Ray Vaughan and Johnny Winter, and that ain’t just hype.” Guests like Peter Buck (R.E.M.), guitarist Derek Trucks and keyboardist Chuck Leavell (The Rolling Stones) joined him in the studio. Producers Eddy Offord (John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Yes) and even the legendary Tom Dowd (The Allman Brothers, Ray Charles) helped Ellis hone his studio sound. Features and reviews ran in Rolling Stone, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, and in many other national and regional publications. His largest audience by far came when NBC Sports ran a feature on Atlanta’s best blues guitarist during their 1996 Summer Olympic coverage, viewed by millions of people all over the world.

A move to Capricorn Records in 2000 saw Ellis revisiting his Southern roots with Kingpin. Unfortunately, the label folded soon after the CD’s release. In 2002, he joined the Telarc label, producing two well-received albums of soul-drenched blues-rock, Hell Or High Water and The Hard Way. All the while, Ellis never stopped touring. “A musician never got famous staying home,” he’s quick to note.

Ellis’ 2005 return to Alligator, the searing guitar-fueled Live-Highwayman, was the live recording his fans had been demanding for years. Recorded at a packed club just outside Chicago, the CD took Ellis’ extended soloing and heartfelt vocals to staggering heights. The Chicago Tribune said, “incendiary live performances, inspired, original and funky.” His return to the studio in 2007 produced Moment Of Truth, an album The Chicago Tribune called “incendiary.”

Averaging over 150 live shows a year, Ellis has played in all 50 states, as well as Canada, Europe, Australia and South America. He has shared stages with almost every major blues star, including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Otis Rush, Willie Dixon, Son Seals, Koko Taylor, Albert Collins and many others. Whether he’s out with his own band or sharing stages with major artists like Buddy Guy, The Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule or Widespread Panic, he always digs deep and plays, as Guitar Player says, “…as if his life depended on it.” With Speak No Evil and continued non-stop touring, Ellis will bring his monumental guitar work and intensely powerful vocals to rock and blues fans all over the world, letting his songs and his guitar do the talking.

In 2013 Ellis launched his own label, Heartfixer Music with the release of the all instrumental Get It! , and in 2014 Heartfixer Music released Midnight Blue. Plans are in the works for a 2015 release.

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Avatar New York Lists Top Web Design Mistakes Small Businesses Owners

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New Blackbaud Report Pulls Back the Curtain on Private School Web Navigation

Charleston, S.C. (PRWEB) January 29, 2015

Blackbaud, Inc., a leading global provider of software and services for the nonprofit, charitable giving and education communities, today announced the availability of a new complimentary report that reveals web navigation benchmarks from analyzing nearly 3,000 U.S. private schools websites.

Download the complimentary report, Private School Digital Insight: Enhancing Web Navigation and the Rise of Responsive Design

Our goal is to provide schools with data that has never been available before, said Travis Warren, president of Blackbauds K12 Private Schools Group. Web navigation is always changing, and this report provides a snapshot of the current state of private school websites. We want schools to take this information and assess their own approaches to web navigation.

The report, which gives private schools a reference point as they consider their web navigation strategy, reveals the most common features found on the homepages of private school websites, including phone number, address, dropdowns, event listings and a news feed. It also provides readers with SEO best practices, including the most popular keywords being used, so schools can compare their current strategies with the rest of the industry.

Key data from the report includes:

15 percent of private schools have .com in their domain name, with 73 percent using .org
78 percent have websites that do not utilize responsive design
40 percent of private school websites do not include a call to action
The primary call to action is Request Information
68 percent of private school websites link to a Facebook page

For more information about Blackbauds K12 Private Schools Group, visit http://www.blackbaud.com/k-12

About Blackbaud

Serving the nonprofit, charitable giving and education communities for more than 30 years, Blackbaud combines technology solutions and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. Blackbaud works in over 60 countries to support more than 30,000 customers, including nonprofits, K12 private and higher education institutions, healthcare organizations, foundations and other charitable giving entities, and corporations. The company offers a full spectrum of cloud and on-premise solutions, and related services for organizations of all sizes, including nonprofit fundraising and relationship management, eMarketing, advocacy, accounting, payment and analytics, as well as grant management, corporate social responsibility, education and other solutions. Using Blackbaud technology, these organizations raise, invest, manage and award more than $ 100 billion each year. Recognized as a top company, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Ireland and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit http://www.blackbaud.com.

Forward-looking Statements

Except for historical information, all of the statements, expectations, and assumptions contained in this news release are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Although Blackbaud attempts to be accurate in making these forward-looking statements, it is possible that future circumstances might differ from the assumptions on which such statements are based. In addition, other important factors that could cause results to differ materially include the following: general economic risks; uncertainty regarding increased business and renewals from existing customers; continued success in sales growth; management of integration of acquired companies and other risks associated with acquisitions; risks associated with successful implementation of multiple integrated software products; the ability to attract and retain key personnel; risks related to our dividend policy and share repurchase program, including potential limitations on our ability to grow and the possibility that we might discontinue payment of dividends; risks relating to restrictions imposed by the credit facility; risks associated with management of growth; lengthy sales and implementation cycles, particularly in larger organization; technological changes that make our products and services less competitive; and the other risk factors set forth from time to time in the SEC filings for Blackbaud, copies of which are available free of charge at the SECs website at http://www.sec.gov or upon request from Blackbaud’s investor relations department. All Blackbaud product names appearing herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of Blackbaud, Inc.

LEAP Reaches Partnership Agreement with Kentico

Louisville, KY (PRWEB) January 29, 2015

LEAP is proud to announce that theyve recently become a Bronze Partner with Kentico. Kentico CMS is an enterprise Web Content Management System and Customer Experience Management System that provides a complete set of features for building websites, intranets, community sites and e-commerce solutions on the Microsoft ASP .NET platform.

By developing a website with Kentico CMS, LEAP will be able to provide clients with a robust interface that allows site administration and greater flexibility for managing content. Kentico CMS supports mobile websites, SEO, document management, online marketing tools, multilingual websites, multisite management and more. LEAP has already begun implementing Kentico CMS for client, AddsUp.

LEAP is proud of the work they have done so far with Kentico and is excited to share their success. We are thrilled to become a Certified Bronze Partner with Kentico. We are confident that Kenticos CMS solutions and marketing software can give us the upper hand in developing effective and precise marketing methods for our clients, said Ryan Kolatalo, LEAP VP of Technology. By working with Kentico, we will be able to better meet our clients needs and look forward to being a part of their fantastic partnership program, Kolatalo states.

The Kentico Partner Program is intended for marketing and interactive agencies, Web design agencies, freelance developers and designers who create websites for their clients.

About LEAP

LEAP is a full-service digital agency that makes brands easy-to-find and hard-to-ignore. Believing that successful brands must market less and matter more, LEAP integrates brands not just across different platforms but into peoples lives. LEAP offers a full range of digital services including Research + Analytics, Strategy + Planning, Creative + UX, Search, Social Media, Technology, Digital Campaigns + Integrated Marketing, Digital Film + Motion Graphics, and Delivery Management.

For more information about LEAP visit http://www.LEAPagency.com.

MB Business Capital Announces a $5.8 Million Funding for Accord Industries

CHICAGO, IL (PRWEB) January 31, 2015

MB Business Capital, a division of MB Financial Bank, N.A., announced it recently provided a new $ 5.8 million senior credit facility to Winter Park, Florida, based Accord industries, LLC. Founded in 1972, Accord manufactures PVC piping for a variety of applications, including agriculture, residential and commercial plumbing and water reclamation. Accord is a portfolio company of Philadelphia-based Alliance Holdings, a lower-middle-market private equity firm focused on niche manufacturing and industrials, and one of the largest 100% employee-owned companies in the United States. The new MB Business Capital credit facility was provided to refinance existing debt and to fund working capital needs.

About MB Business Capital

MB Business Capital is the asset based lending division of MB Financial Bank, a commercial bank headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. MB Business Capital seeks asset based lending opportunities in the $ 5 million to $ 50 million range and is offering dedicated syndication opportunities of up to $ 100 million. The firm can also provide access to the full range of business banking products and services offered by MB Financial Bank.

About MB Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBFI)

MB Financial Inc. is the Chicago-based holding company for MB Financial Bank, which has approximately $ 15 billion in assets and a more than one hundred year history of building deep and lasting relationships with middle-market companies and individuals. MB offers a full range of powerful financial solutions and the expertise and experience of bankers who are focused on their clients success.

Learn more about MB Financial, Inc. at http://www.mbfinancial.com.

Idea Grove Publishes B2B Guide to Content Creation

(PRWEB) January 30, 2015

Idea Grove, an integrated PR and marketing firm specializing in enterprise technology clients, recently published the B2B Guide to Content Creation. This free eBook outlines how B2B marketing and communications teams can build a more effective content strategy.

Everyone is producing content, whether its blog posts, eBooks, whitepapers, videos or infographics, said Scott Baradell, Idea Grove president and founder. Finding a way to make content stand out is one of the biggest challenges B2B companies face.

Having a strong content plan is about so much more than updating a blog. In order to build a strategy that is truly effective, you must streamline your preparation phase. This includes:

Brainstorming content ideas that align with marketing goals
Having productive conversations with thought leaders/subject matter experts
Focusing on people and stories, not products
Choosing the right content for the right message

Consumers are surrounded by content, and theyre not going to settle for something subpar, Baradell said. If youre not making the effort to produce informative, engaging content, youre losing customers.

About Idea Grove

Idea Grove, a Dallas-based public relations and inbound marketing agency, helps enterprise technology companies reach media and buyers by combining proven PR strategies with a proprietary digital marketing system. The agency creates custom public relations and inbound marketing programs for its roster of national B2B technology clients, which range from Fortune 500 companies to high-growth, venture-backed startups. Idea Grove drives brand awareness, online engagement, and sales conversion by integrating public relations, social media, search marketing, content creation, web design, and conversion rate optimization in an efficient, scalable system.