Goodness: Green Ink Marketing – Interfanatic Customer Spotlight

Green Ink Marketing - for our Customer Spotlight on Goodness, an Interfanatic Quality

The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all directions.”

Chanakya

Chanakya, an early Indian philosopher and statesman, knew good from bad. He saw both sides of humanity throughout his life. He celebrated the proliferation of goodness.

It’s a beautiful sentiment. But I think, if there’s no wind, the fragrance of the flower permeates its surroundings in all directions. When there is wind against a person, what becomes of their goodness? Does it go with the wind, or against it?

Regardless, we appreciate the goodness of people. And we celebrate it. We try to share our goodness, and let it permeate all the work we do.

Goodness: An Interfanatic Quality

We love working with good people. In fact, we won’t work with people we don’t consider to have good hearts. Life is too short, and we need to apply our talents in a way that will improve the world.

Everyone has bad moments. But if they’re good at their core, the law of averages will right the situation and bring things back to a positive balance.

This is when work is worth doing. It’s easier to work hard for good people.

Green Ink Marketing – The Good Idea of Good People

Many years ago, Green Ink Marketing came to us for website consultation. They had the idea to do printing on recycled paper, with eco-friendly and sustainable inks that also were brilliant and lasting. All decisions are based around using the least environmentally impactful method whenever possible. It was a good idea, and we’re pleased to have helped.

It’s wonderful to work with new, small businesses who feel they can make the world better – if just a tiny bit. It’s encouraging and inspiring.

That’s the kind of goodness we love to work with. When doing good permeates your every move, as it does for Green Ink Marketing, it ripples outward, attracting like-minded individuals and their businesses.

Green Ink Marketing: a small, local company, doing good for their community and the businesses that surround them. It was our pleasure to work with them, even if just for a little bit.

When doing good permeates your every move, as it does for Green Ink Marketing, it ripples outward, attracting like-minded individuals and their businesses.”

We’re always looking to assist other businesses like Green Ink. If you have a good idea and you need help getting started, reach out to us. Let’s see what we can do together. We work with customers of all types and budget sizes.

What’s Good: Interfanatic The Works HackSecure Dedicated Business Hosting with SSL

For serious business websites, we have our The Works series of products. A great example of a business that could use our The Works HackSecure Dedicated Business Hosting is a high-traffic eCommerce site. It’s got all the bells and whistles you need to run a safe, secure website that’s not limited by resource.

All of our management and hosting plans come with use-it-or-lose-it labor included to keep things running even when problems arise. Because, let’s be honest, no matter what you do, stuff happens. The labor is designed to ensure the websites run safely, and to take care of any little changes you have for your site. If you have more changes or labor required (including The Works Advanced or Rush labor), you have to pay for it, but at least you start every month with some in the bank.

We keep the lights on for ya, so you can go about your business.

Interfanatic and Goodness

Chanakya is one of history’s interesting characters. He put himself in positions that gave him a fascinating collective experience to draw on. And his observations, I find, are often keen. (Of course, they should be taken in context.)

But this one – about the flowers and the goodness of people… It’s universal. Our goal, every day we go to work, is to spread a little goodness and hope a little comes back. The endeavor is to spread goodness whether the wind is with us, or against us.


This week’s image:
Interfanatic‘s founder, Ryan Delane, takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.

Goodness, an Interfanatic Quality. Interfanatic Digital Marketing founder Ryan Delane takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.
Goodness, an Interfanatic Quality. Interfanatic Digital Marketing founder Ryan Delane takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.

Ah, a lovely and intricate succulent. The water’s surface tension interacts with the cuticle in repulsion, giving the water a gem-like, glassy quality. Sometimes it’s the little things, you know? Succulents are beautiful in California, a way to see greenery in a State plagued by drought. And, in line with the green theme of this week’s customer spotlight. And, our The Works hosting is like a succulent, in that it rarely runs dry on resources and it’s spiny to keep the baddies out.

Justice: Ace Process Service – Interfanatic Customer Spotlight

Ace Process Service, Customer Spotlight on Justice, an Interfanatic Quality

Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.”

Cornell West

Public love. That’s a beautiful sentiment for justice.

But, as West knows better than I may ever know (if I’m lucky), justice is only truly love when it is true and pure. When justice is tainted, justice isn’t love; it’s hate.

But I digress. Justice is fairness to all and it is the quality we celebrate, this week’s virtue at Interfanatic.

Justice: An Interfanatic Quality

A critical component of society – and of business; justice. Businesses must treat their customers with justice or they will be spurned. This has never been so apparent as in the Age of Social Media.

It began with Yelp. Businesses had to suddenly become accustomed to passive-aggressive behavior from customers, and only after there was nothing the business could do about it.

It’s been an uncomfortable transition for some. “The customer is always right”, well, yes – but what if the customer is unhappy and doesn’t bother to speak up until after they have left the building? How is that fair to a business? How is it fair to criticize anybody in public without first giving them the personal opportunity to fix the situation. There is no honor in slinking around, bad-mouthing others when you don’t have the guts to tell them to their face, first.

But Social Media has been the great equalizer. Some have adapted, some have not. In the end, it makes everything work a little better – so long as it’s true justice.

Manipulated reviews: that’s how society’s customers and their interaction with the businesses that serve them can become unjust.

(Which is why we work very hard to keep an open dialogue with our customers.)

Ace Process Service: Administering Justice

Which brings us to Ace Process Service. Their job is to administer justice – to sometimes unsuspecting individuals, unaware they had treated others unjustly.

Jeff Levine of Ace Process Service works, well, all over California, but mostly in Southern California. Ace Process Service is based near El Segundo’s LAX, which means Levine has gotten to work with some interesting people.

You wouldn’t know it if you talked to Levine but briefly. But once you get to know him, you know he has stories. Stories of famous, fortunate people. Stories, of course, he cannot share, but still – it’s clear his experience is immense.

Which means he’s the perfect person to handle this business. His deft hand, honed through years of dancing through sticky situations, means he’s great and handling himself. And your business.

Levine’s deft hand, honed through years of dancing through sticky situations, is great at handling … your business

So next time you need to service papers, know you should work with Ace Process Service.

Interfanatic Basic SEO Situation Report: A Website Performance Check

A few months ago, we worked with Levine to do an SEO Check up. We’re now calling this service the SEO Situation Report. A lot of work goes into understanding your site’s performance in search. It’s an extremely valuable asset we provide to small businesses with websites.

If you’ve ever wondered why your website isn’t getting much traffic or why your customers aren’t finding your business easily online, we give you the answers.

From there, we can craft a strategy to cost efficiently improve your sites ranking for the keywords and keyphrases you care about. There are plenty of ways to help a website, and we work through all of them to give you results.

One of the pieces in our arsenal to improve search results is the Interfanatic Power SEO Business Site Preparation. We go through your entire site and bring it up to speed on SEO, focusing on keywords and keyphrases that matter to your business. The SitRep and Site Prep are a pretty incredible combination for either older sites, or sites not done right.

But the focus here is Ace Process Service. We really have enjoyed working with Levine. He and Ace Process Service provide a valuable service to the people of Southern California, and if we ever need that kind of service, it’s great to know where to find him and his team.

Interfanatic & Justice

We work hard to treat our customers fairly. Our goal is excellent value for their money. We work hard to give them results: justice for money well spent and time invested.

We work hard to do what’s right.


This week’s image:
Interfanatic‘s founder, Ryan Delane, takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.

I remember being struck by this Olympic moment a few years ago. There is no justice like the stopwatch. And they had done it! Ultimate justice in payment for years of training. It was an inspiring moment. So inspired, I took a picture of the TV! (So yes, not one of my greatest photographic accomplishments.) And, when I selected this picture, it had just come out that the Olympics were to be postponed… Not exactly justice, but a reminder that Mother Nature is in charge, and we’d best do our part to keep her happy. Mother Nature administers her own justice.

Love: Laguna Seca Raceway – Interfanatic Customer Spotlight

Laguna Seca Raceway, Customer Spotlight on Love, an Interfanatic Quality

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.”

Aristotle

A single soul inhabiting two bodies. A beautiful thought… It reminds of marriage vows… and of racing a motor car.

You probably have a different thought when you think of racing a motor car than I do. But doing it well is especially reflective of a beautiful love affair.

When you’re racing a car, when you’re in the zone, you feel the cars tires as an extension of your own body. The two of you become one and glide fluidly through space, without drama. Everything else disappears and the lap times fall, relentlessly.

At first, it’s just you, and your car. Then, the car becomes you, and it’s just you. It all just happens.

So it is with Laguna Seca Raceway. I think they call it WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca these days. But when we designed and built an incredibly high-tech, forward thinking website for them fifteen years ago, it was Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

The track, at the time, was run by SCRAMP: love for motorsport and the cherished circuit inhabiting many bodies. Now, there will always be protagonists and antagonists, but the fact remains: everyone does it because they love racing.

Love: An Interfanatic Quality

We designed and built an incredible website for them. It was incredibly high-tech and advanced for its time. Some thought too advanced. Perhaps a little before its time. But we created Laguna Seca’s site with love.

Interfanatic created Laguna Seca’s site with love.”

If you don’t know Laguna Seca, let me try to explain it to you.

In the middle of an Army ordinance range, some crazy folks decided to create a racetrack. They ran a ribbon of gray asphalt around a small brown mountain. Then they hurled their bright red, blue, orange, yellow, and silver sporty cars around that ribbon of asphalt. And it became racing. And it was good.

Laguna Seca has a character all its own. If you know what I’m talking about, skip ahead. There are only so many descriptions of the corkscrew a real racer can take. But if you don’t…

After coaxing your beast up the back of the hill, it reaches the top, breathless. It’s time to dig your heel hard into the binders and dance your hands and feet into second gear. A hard left and the world disappears beneath you as you lift off the brakes and accelerate. Your steed searches for footing, you gently coax her right and catch third in the air. When she settles in, you’re heading to a fast left with all hell screaming behind you.

When Phil Hill first hit that fast left in the Chapparel 2J, everyone held their collective breaths. There was NO WAY he could make it through Turn 9 at that mach number. But he did. And Jim Hall was right, and ground effect in motorsport was borne.

It’s a track filled with history. Young James Dean passed on driving his Porsche to Laguna Seca. Mark Donahue hustled the mighty “if you can leave two black stripes from the exit of one corner to the braking zone of the next, you have enough horsepower” 917/30 there. And Alex Zanardi gadzooked Bryan Herta, turning his IndyCar into a rally machine to make a nutty pass stick for the win.

It’s a place I kinda grew up.

Laguna Seca Raceway: A Project We Cannot Forget

So when Laguna Seca approached Interfanatic (nee Web Site Maintenance & Design) after hearing Carroll Smith crow about our site, it was a thrilling moment.

We love doing cutting edge. We love doing what can’t be done. And we, like the people behind Laguna Seca, love racing.

This week’s image:
Interfanatic‘s founder, Ryan Delane, takes or creates every image you see in our social feed.

To make up for last week’s screenshot, this week we have a real photograph. An image of love. I took this slide with love; love for my father, love for motor racing, and love for photography. This, for me, has everything. I took this photograph at a dinky little throwback track called Moroso. It was phenomenal. I remember there wasn’t much in the way of safety back then. As I recall there were gators in a culvert at one of the turn exits. You didn’t want to get upside-down there (not that you would want to get shiny-side down anywhere). But apparently some guy got himself eaten after tipping over there the month before. But the lack of guardrails and corner-workers who gave a damned what I did allowed me to do this. To get the image I wanted. And, for me, it remains glorious.

Honor: Ace Small Claims Service – Interfanatic Customer Spotlight

Ace Small Claims Service: Interfanatic Customer Spotlight on Honor

“Life every man holds dear;
but the dear man
Holds honor far more precious-dear
than life.”

William Shakespeare

Going back thousands of years, it is almost an axiom of writing that the honorable hold honor more precious than life itself.

We at Interfanatic do not disagree. We love to work with people who do as they say they shall. Therefore, we model that behavior in all we do.

Honor: More Precious-Dear than Life

A great way to earn trust is to do what you say you will. The best way to lose trust is to not.

When people choose to work with Interfanatic, they do so because they want to take some burden away from themselves and let us take it on. We want our customers to know: we got you.

Ensuring Honor

Jeff Levine of Ace Small Claims Service ensures that businesses and individuals do as they say they will. Of course, the best way to do this is to model that behavior. Which is why we trust and enjoy working with Ace Small Claims Service. We did not create his website for him, but we aid him in understanding his site’s performance. We choose our customers carefully so that we don’t need to worry – but when things go wrong (and they do) it’s nice to know we have Jeff to trust.

Levine was curious how his website performed in Search. So we did an Interfanatic Basic Local SEO Check-up for him and he learned a lot. We also helped him understand what he needed to do to improve his site’s performance – how to make it work better for him.

And, if a customer ever decides to stiff us (it happens, but rarely), we can rely on Jeff Levine’s honor through Ace Small Claims Service to get things straightened out.

Value: Peters Realty Center – Interfanatic Customer Spotlight

Peters Realty - Customer Spotlight Interfanatic - Value

Price is what you pay; value is what you get.

– Warren Buffett

In this fascinating, terrifying and often delightful world, it’s difficult to know the price of a dollar. Nick Peters (now of Engel & Volkers) knows value.

We do on-going consultation with Nick. He’s one of the best Real Estate Agents in South Redondo Beach and Torrance, CA. All RE Agents claim to have superior customer service, and they all claim to really care about their clients, and they all say they really work hard for them. And many do.

But Nick takes it next level. Nick puts his money where his mouth is. He is constantly investing in his business to bring his customers value. And it works. And his customers know it. That’s why, in a flooded market, they stick with Nick and his team.

We at Interfanatic are attracted to Nick’s business because we do the same thing. We’re always brainstorming new ways to get value to our customers; to improve ROI; to help their business be better.

Nick and I sometimes just sit and chat and it’s amazing what comes out of our little sessions. It’s always valuable. And we’re happy to share what we learn from each other and pass it along.

Because to us, sharing what we learn… that’s value.

The Bitter Chef brings Food and Fun to Long Beach, California!

What are you looking at? Great food, that’s what the heck you’re looking at, buddy! Acclaimed Chef Andrew Lord – The Bitter Chef – has made another phenomenal hit in the heart of Long Beach, CA, offering beautiful food at a fantastic value.

The Bitter Chef, food and fun in long beach, California
The Bitter Chef brings food and fun to Long Beach, CA

Chef Lord has created more than a few successful restaurants, and his latest creation brings the right kind of American Classic infused with modern Italian to really give Long Beach something fresh to eat.  And it’s GOOD.  He could probably charge twice as much for the dishes he’s perfected here, but he chooses to make the prices friendly to the economy because he has a big heart.  Yeah, right.  He just wants you in there eating his food regularly!

Join his mailing list so you can be notified of deals especially for your birthday or because or for that rare moment when he’s in a good mood.  We know Andrew, so we can jest about his sarcastic sense of humor – and a sense of humor is required for dining at The Bitter Chef, not just because the food is ridiculously good.  The atmosphere is all about good fun, and Yelpers are already proclaiming their affection for this new Long Beach gem of a diner.

Check out The Bitter Chef and his new Web Site, www.TheBitterChef.com today and head on down to LBC tonight for a breakfast, lunch, or dinner you won’t forget soon, but your pocketbook will.

Cook’s Doors & Windows Teams up with Milgard to Save You Up To $2250

“If you are considering installing energy efficient windows and doors in your home, there has never been a better time,” so reads the article on the Cook’s Web Site.  And I certainly won’t argue – the folks at Cook’s are the best in the business at making sure projects are done right, with the right product, at the right price.

Cooks Doors and Windows work with Milgard to save you up to $2250 on your next project
Cooks Doors and Windows work with Milgard to save you up to $2250 on your next project

Talk to the folks at Cook’s (Bob and Jim, the Cook brothers running the place) are both great, but all of their staff is fantastic to work with and extremely knowledgeable.

Check out CooksDoorsAndWindows.com today to find out more, and give them a call.  They love to help!

Also, you can have a look at Quietus.us to see how we helped on their project from start to finish.

Sunshine25Rentals.com Provides Quality Apartments

Hopefully, you’ve all experienced the joy of dealing with property management professionals you truly respect – and that’s what Sunshine 25 Rentals is all about.

Look to Sunshine 25 Rentals for a great place to live in Long Beach, CA.
Look to Sunshine 25 Rentals for a great place to live in Long Beach, CA.

Karen Greenberg and her Sunshine 25 Rentals properties in Long Beach California offer a quality place to find a home at a fair price.  No more calling umpteen times to get the plumbing fixed – it works.  And if something needs fixing, it gets fixed, period.  And they’re just good honest folks to deal with!

Which… tells you a little about who your neighbors might be.  Quality people attract quality people.  So if you’re looking for a place to live in Long Beach (and that area will be expanding soon!), please check out www.Sunshine25Rentals.com to see the latest availabilities.  At the time of this writing, there are none – but with the number of properties available, there’s always somebody changing their life situation (we hope for the even better).

To learn more about great property management in Long Beach, CA through Sunshine 25 Rentals, please visit http://www.Sunshine25Rentals.com for apartment and other single-family residence availability.

Waterman Supply Completes its Comprehensive Online Catalog

Waterman Supply Co., Inc. has been serving its customers around the world for over fifty years. The company has a large and complex catalog, which it wished to share with customers over the Internet, to educate their great customers and save the Waterman Staff some time in the process.

WatermanSupply.com Online Catalog
WatermanSupply.com Online Catalog

With over 120 categories representing tens of thousands of marine, shipping, and industrial products all having incredibly detailed technical specifications, it sometimes took a lot of time for a customer to identify exactly what they wanted to their Waterman representative.  Now it’s a lot easier for everyone involved, and the customer can get exactly what they want!

If you want to check out some heavy duty inventory, go to www.WatermanSupply.com!

The Greater Hope Foundation for Children Brings Foster Children to Good Homes Throughout California’s High Desert

The Greater Hope Foundation for Children is a phenomenal group of people that have come together for the good of children in need of love. GHF has offices in Victorville and Barstow serving the highest-need areas of California, putting children with loving homes.

Helena Smith came to WSmad with a need to take advantage of some great sponsorship from her friends at Google.  “I need to update my Web Site, it’s not bad but I know you can do much better.”  We’re pretty confident that we knocked it out of the park.  Not only is her new design engaging and gorgeous, but the site is much more functional,making the lives of the hard-working GHF staff easier amidst this difficult business.

The Greater Hope Foundation for Children, Inc.
The Greater Hope Foundation for Children, Inc.

“I need a way to engage the flood of users I’ll be getting from my sponsorship through Google – my current site won’t cut it.”  Message received, new site delivered.  We’re stoked to have been a part of their project – I think it’s fair to say that the whole team feels proud and gratified to have done something really good for this rapidly growing and intensely giving Foundation.

Have a look at their new Web Site at www.GreaterHopeFoundation.com, and become a part of the solution.