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Columbia HOME & Lifestyle
December 2010 Issue

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"To pay for a professional Web designer, Graznak diverted funds from newspaper advertising. “I couldn’t fathom that having a website was a big deal. I’m a real convert though. I can’t ignore the customer feedback since we’ve hired a professional.”

That professional is Amy Hess of Desktop Studio, a former graphic designer who began designing and maintaining websites based on her customer demand.

“My clientele hasn’t really changed; their needs have,” Hess says. “In the beginning, websites were static informational sites. Today, they are very dynamic and interactive.” . . . . .

Although local retailers are boosting their Internet presence and social marketing efforts to find shoppers, they still rely on personal contact to make sales.

Hess emphasizes that successful websites and social marketing require both good design and ongoing maintenance. According to Hess, good design involves the visuals, the content and the proper coding and functionality. She says, “Ongoing Internet marketing, including social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube
and e-mail newsletters keep your clients informed and coming back.”

About Desktop Studio

Desktop Studio opened its doors in June 1995. Amy Hess has owned and operated Desktop Studio since it's inception. She has worked in the field of graphic design since 1987 in the Mid-Missouri area. Amy holds a bachelors degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia, with a minor in art and graphic design.

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