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Join Us in Welcoming Stanton Street’s Newest Addition – Amy O’Rourke!

Join Us in Welcoming Stanton Street’s Newest Addition – Amy O’Rourke!

Amy O'Rourke - President of Stanton StreetEvery once in a while a company welcomes a new employee or two but the announcement of a change in ownership is definitely big news. At the beginning of the year, Amy O’Rourke took over as owner and president of Stanton Street. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because her husband is Beto O’Rourke, former owner of the company.

So who is this new presence over at our office? Well, a little background on Amy. She lived the ranch life outside of Santa Fe prior to heading out east to pursue a B.A. from Williams College in Massachusetts. Amy majored in Psychology and received a certificate of concentration in Spanish before moving to Guatemala City for a year to teach kindergarten at the Colegio Americano de Guatemala. While she lived there she traveled extensively throughout Central America.

When Amy left Guatemala in August of 2004, she came to El Paso where her family was already residing. Shortly after her arrival, Amy met Beto and also began teaching first and second grade at El Paso Country Day School. In September of 2005, Amy and Beto married.

A few months before getting married, Amy began working with Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, a non-profit organization in South El Paso. Amy worked at La Fe for seven years and helped start and direct the La Fe Preparatory School, a dual language charter school in the Segundo Barrio. Amy’s background includes work with various civic and non-profit boards with positions as: Co-Chair of the Paso del Norte Education Committee, Co-Chair of PDN Connect, member of UTEP College of Education Advisory Board, board member of the University Medical Center Foundation of El Paso and more.

Amy and Beto have three children: Ulysses – 6, Molly – 4 and Henry – 2.

 

Stanton Street Staff
Stanton Street is a web design and website development firm in El Paso, Texas specializing in Websites, Intranets, Extranets, SEO/SEM, Website Analytics, Email Protection and Email Newsletters. Designing and developing websites since 1999.
The Law of Social Media

The Law of Social Media

This morning we received an update from one of our providers about possible service interruptions. After a little digging, we saw reports about a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on their system. This attack was the result of a SendGrid employee Twitter-shaming two PlayHaven employees.

Being in this biz we know it’s inevitable that things like this will happen. And when they do, companies like us get caught in the middle. Thankfully SendGrid was able to restore their services quickly enough and we weren’t seriously affected. Unfortunately for the companies and parties involved, they are now cleaning up a devastating blow to their businesses and professional lives.

This morning’s events have left us with a very important reminder that even on the Internet, Newton’s law applies:

“For every action, there is always an equal or opposite reaction.”

When the Internet attacks, the blows can be swift and brutal. Make sure you have policies and procedures in place whether you’re on social media or not… because more than likely your employees are.

 

Read more about Twitter-Shaming Incident:
A Dongle Joke That Spiraled Way Out of Control
SendGrid Fires Company Evangelist After Twitter Fracas
How “dongle” jokes got two people fired—and led to DDoS attacks

Social Media Policies & Procedures:
To Do: Update Company’s Social Media Policy ASAP
Avoid Social Media Disasters in 2013
When HR Decisions Become Social Media Scandals

Naomi Dhillon
Naomi Dhillon is an Account Executive at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company.

Contact Naomi Dhillon at (915) 351-8440.

Enter the Nerds…

Enter the Nerds…

Tony Casas, Web Designer at Stanton StreetHere at Stanton Street, we’ve never been shy about our technical aptitude. That’s why we’ll be featuring a few of our employees in our upcoming ad campaign. Keep your eyes peeled for incriminating awesomeness!

Naomi Dhillon
Naomi Dhillon is an Account Executive at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company.

Contact Naomi Dhillon at (915) 351-8440.

Holiday Hours

Holiday Hours

In honor of the Merry Holidays, we’re giving our employees time off to go home and snuggle with kittens, loved ones and possibly a turkey sammich. Our offices will be closed December 24th – 25th and January 1st.

If you have a web-related emergency on any of those days, feel free to use our ticketing system. If you’re not sure how to log in, give us a ring before the holidays and we’ll get you all set. Have a wonderful & safe break!

Naomi Dhillon
Naomi Dhillon is an Account Executive at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company.

Contact Naomi Dhillon at (915) 351-8440.

Advice for new grads seeking a career in web design

Advice for new grads seeking a career in web design

Spring is in the air and résumés are filling up inboxes across El Paso. We figured we’d take a moment to guide young padawans as they seek employment at web design agencies across this fair city. We’re gonna serve it up straight so hold on to your binkies!

The Résumé

Research the company and know what you’re applying for. Not all of the positions in a web design company are for developers or designers. Also, figure out if the place will be a good fit for you.

Tailor your résumé. Making copies of the same résumé for everyone says you didn’t care enough to get to know the company so why should a company spend time getting to know you? (And by the way, companies can totally tell when you do this.)

Don’t lie. If this dude got busted, so can you. What’s the point really?

Proofread your résumé. If you can’t communicate basics about yourself, that’s a red flag to a potential employer and a source for lots of LOLs behind your back. Have others read it to see if they understand what you are trying to convey.

The Interview

Don’t look like schlub. Most web design companies are laid back, but flip flops, shorts and a t-shirt? Pffft…

Be yourself. Potential employers already know you’re nervous so let your résumé and personality shine, not the sweat beading off your forehead.

The Offer

If you get an offer, remember that you’re entry-level so let’s be realistic here. A six-digit salary isn’t in the near future. Our advice: don’t make it all about the benjamins – especially in this economy. Many have graduated years ago and are still waiting for a job. Be humble and accept opportunities as they come. You got the smarts? Prove it.

The Job

Did you accept an offer? Way to go! Here’s some bonus career advice directly from Stantonites. Carry these words close to your heart.

“Be adaptable to different programming languages and techniques.”

“Be Passionate. Passion will trump experience/knowledge every time.”

“Be flexible. Your idea may not always be the right one. It takes many modifications to make a ‘perfect’ product.”

“Expect failure. You have to try what doesn’t work to find out what does.”

“Stay caffeinated.”

“Love what you do. If you don’t, it will show.”

“Brush up on your foosball skills, seriously!”

“Be a problem solver, not a problem causer.”

“Today, virtually every business has some online connection. If you want a gig in this industry, you’ll need to know a bit about how it works. You have to be hungry for the industry so one or two small bytes won’t do. A mega appetite is what you’ll need. Just remember, choosing this field as one of your potential career pixel definitely take you far.”

“Study, Study, Study, Read, Read, Read. Chances are you’re already way behind.”

“Don’t be jerky. Jerky gets you nowhere. No one will like you and you’ll be eating lunch alone in your cubicle… crying.”

 

Naomi Dhillon
Naomi Dhillon is an Account Executive at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company.

Contact Naomi Dhillon at (915) 351-8440.

Headline Round-Up!

Headline Round-Up!

Grab a cup ‘o joe and read along with us:

Google Could Face $10 Million Fine For Tracking Safari Users

Beyond Beastie: Adam “MCA” Yauch’s Creative Legacy

‘Seismic Shift’ In Europe After French And Greek Elections

Disney’s “The Avengers” a winner for Paramount too

FBI Wants Backdoors in Facebook, Skype and Instant Messaging

15 Ways Zynga’s Ad Platform Could Ruin The Fun For Draw Something

Why men are out-shopping women online

What’s America’s Most Engaging Social Network? You’ll Be Surprised

Twitter Users Employ WWII Hashtag to Skirt French Election Law [VIDEO]

Naomi Dhillon
Naomi Dhillon is an Account Executive at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company.

Contact Naomi Dhillon at (915) 351-8440.

Code Battle 2012: Programageddon!!

Code Battle 2012: Programageddon!!

Grr...Bring it on Gabe!

I recently made a commitment that is probably the single most important thing I could have done for myself as a professional, my status as a nerdette and the human race in general.

I committed to learn basic coding in a year. No joke.

If you’re wondering… as an Account Executive, I currently know enough about the process and code to be dangerous but by no means am I a code master. I actually stumbled upon this link so I assumed it was destiny. The way I see it, technology is a monster that is currently eating my life. It’s about time I tamed the beast by earning some zeroes and ones in the dev arena.

Not only have I made this public proclamation to learn how to code, but I’m dragging other non-programmer types at Stanton Street into the matrix with me. So on that note, I hereby throw down the gauntlet…

Gabriel Acuña, fellow Account-Executive-Cubicle-Neighbor-and-Master-of-all-things-kickball: I challenge you to a battle of interweb acumen and test of your Facebook keystroke skills. Crack them knuckles and let’s learn how to code starting NOW!

Naomi Dhillon
Naomi Dhillon is an Account Executive at Stanton Street, an El Paso, Texas area website development company.

Contact Naomi Dhillon at (915) 351-8440.

Why build a mobile version of your website?

Why build a mobile version of your website?

Why build a mobile version of your website?Well, it shouldn’t be surprising that the Internet is in the hands of almost every person these days, especially with new versions of internet enabled phones sprouting up like weeds. It’s stuck to us like glue, in our hands 24-7, and taking the place of several other gadgets we used to use daily.

The shift to mobile has happened pretty quickly at that. I’m not sure I even knew how to text, get my email, or had the ability to surf the Internet about 5 years ago. My phone was tiny and had the smallest screen. I was lucky if I had service.

If your site was built around then, I sincerely doubt it is very mobile friendly, either. They weren’t tailored to look nice on a mobile device back then or function well for that matter. Who knew how far we would come so fast?

What does this mobile stuff mean to you? A report by Nielsen Mobile shows that businesses that have added a mobile website have increased overall traffic to their website by 13%.
You have a choice – hang tight until browsers change (which probably won’t be soon, people are still using Internet Explorer 6.0) or you decide to make changes to your website so that it’s mobile friendly.

Committing to the latter, will most likely increase your importance to mobile users while keeping them engaged and coming back to your site.

A normal website has a lot of clutter and noise, too. By tailoring your site to be a good mobile solution, you can present the user with a clear path to information and become an invaluable resource in the palm of their hand.

Is your site mobile ready? Give us a call and find out – 915-351-8440 or visit us.

Stanton Street Staff
Stanton Street is a web design and website development firm in El Paso, Texas specializing in Websites, Intranets, Extranets, SEO/SEM, Website Analytics, Email Protection and Email Newsletters. Designing and developing websites since 1999.
Feeding Our Brains!

Feeding Our Brains!

Feeding Our BrainsWe’re not all shiny silver metal, software, and mouse pads here.

We’ve got brains, too.

Stanton Street has been reading up on the latest trends, analyzing movers and shakers, and doing some personal growth these past few months.

In a sense, I guess you could say we’ve started a book club for all things “intertron”.

Each week, we select a topic and discuss, trying to pull lessons learned and ideas from them and apply them to the way we do business.

Check out what we’ve been readying lately:

■ Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne
■ Creating Passion Driven Teams by Dan Bobinski
■ Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
■ Free by Chris Anderson
■ Googled by Ken Auletta
■ Micromarketing by Greg Verdino
■ The Facebook Effect by David Kirkpatrick
■ Failure to Communicate by Holly Weeks

Check them out and be smart like us 🙂

Stanton Street Staff
Stanton Street is a web design and website development firm in El Paso, Texas specializing in Websites, Intranets, Extranets, SEO/SEM, Website Analytics, Email Protection and Email Newsletters. Designing and developing websites since 1999.