Thursday, June 24, 2010

New Massage Website...

I know this will surprise and amaze you, but I have officially redesigned my massage website... myself.

Crazy, right? I admit that I had some help from the Apple Geniuses but that was mostly coaching and telling me what all the little symbols mean. But other than that, I really did do this myself.

I have gone from computer illiterate to Apple Computer Geek in a matter of months.

But here's the dilemma. Just because I built a website, doesn't mean it looks good (or professional). So in an effort to get some constructive feedback, I am offering $10 off your next massage to anyone who compares the new website to the old website and gives me some constructive hints on how to improve the site. (Both aesthetically and functionally.) Is there too much information? Not enough? Did I leave out anything obvious? Is there anything I can do to make it look better?

I have forwarded my domain name to the new website. The address of the old site is . Thank you in advance for your help. Note: This offer expires on 7/31/10 so take a look soon.

My next project is the Photography Website! I am officially obsessed with digital photography, and am getting ready to add photography to my professional repertoire. I have shot a few dance concerts recently and I am hoping that the photography will help keep me in the Dance World, since my injury has forced me into retirement from being onstage.

I have also done quite a bit of Landscape Photography (while on my many hikes). And my studio lighting set just arrived yesterday so I will be experimenting with Portraits. That includes individuals (head shots), family portraits, kids, etc. Any volunteers for that?

If you or anyone you know needs a photo for a head shot, family portrait, dance concert, etc., I would be happy to do the photo shoot for free (in exchange for allowing me to use the good photos on my new photography website). This offer expires as soon as the new website goes live... so if you are interested, let me know soon!

One of my other goals with the photography, is to do what is called Destination Photography. That is when people go on vacation and bring a photographer with them to document their trip. The bonus is that they get quality photos and they get to be in the photos, too!

So if you know any rich people going on vacation (or a group of people who all want to chip in to share the cost), feel free to suggest that they bring me along.

As a funny side note-- I am thinking about sticking with the "Hit Man" theme in my marketing approach. If you haven't seen my car lately, then you haven't seen the sign in my back window. It reads, "Massage Hit Man-- I Rub Out The Pain In Your Neck", along with the phone number, website and my tag line, "Massaging the North Shore Since 1999..."

I was thinking I could use a similar approach with the photography. "Photography Hit Man-- I'll Shoot You and Your Whole Family" and then add the phone number, website and the different types of photography that I offer (landscape, portraits, family, kids, destination photography, etc.).

It may be corny but it's kind of clever at the same time. And with a name like Repoli... I think I could pull it off.

The last piece of information for this post is the new e-newsletter. I am thinking about sending out a monthly newsletter with tips on health, fitness and massage, so if you have any ideas that you would like to read about or learn more about, let me know and I will try to use that as a topic.

And if you have any suggestions on the best way to deliver that e-newsletter I would appreciate hearing about that too. Does anyone use Constant Contact or some other delivery system?

I hope all is well. And I hope your summer is off to a good start.

Peace and Love,