Tybee Island Mini Conference

Tybee Island Mini Conference

ICND hit the road to join Red Sky Insurance and Barefoot Technologies for a Vacation Rental Managers Mini Conference in Tybee Island Georgia. The mini conference was held at Tybee Island Social Club, and was a great success! Local vacation rental managers came to learn about Travel Insurance, Property Management Software, and Internet Marketing.

Tybee Island is a unique island off the coast of Savannah, Georgia. The drive down from Ocean Isle Beach wasn’t too bad, about 4.5 hours. When we arrived we were greeted with salty air and 75 degree weather. Tybee Island Social Club is a very charming venue. Decorated coastal shabby chic, it is the perfect place to hang out when in Tybee.  Our attendees were local vacation rental managers who are eager to learn how to help their business grow.

Laird with Red Sky Insurance spoke about how travel insurance can help YOU make revenue. Not only is it good to help protect your guests, but in selling travel insurance to renters, YOU make a portion of the commission. Ask Red Sky Insurance how!

Mike Mueller spoke on niche marketing. From weddings to pet friendly homes, know your niche, know your renters, and get a marketing plan in place to promote it the best you can!

Brandon and Dave with ICND spoke on How To Leverage Social Media Like a Pro— This popular presentation was originally given at the VRMA conference in Nashville and showed guests how important social media and other online marketing tools are.

After all of the presentations, we were treated to cocktails and appetizers provided by the Social Club. If you ever make it out to Tybee I highly recommend checking out this local hot spot!

ICND would love to give a big thanks to Red Sky Insurance for hosting this event, Barefoot Technologies for speaking, Tybee Island Social Club for being so hospitable, and all of our attendees for coming out!

 

Snow, Ice, and Destruction: Southeast Power Storm Rolls Through

The powerful winter storm that paralyzed our region yesterday, created some logistical nightmares. From Georgia to Nova Scotia, this strong weather pattern is leaving a frozen maelstrom in its wake causing damage throughout. Millions of residents lost power and reports in numerous cities of motorists abandoning their vehicles dominated our local news circle. 

Downed power lines throughout the Southeast

 

Even here on the coast in Ocean Isle Beach, NC, residents were certainly jarred. Reports of downed limbs and power outages had local road crews scrambling throughout the day. Rain mixed with freezing temperatures affected the entire coast with our staff's commutes interrupted by nature's fury. 

Thankfully today the temperature will remain above freezing but picking up the pieces are just beginning. North Carolina reports that Duke Energy is working around the clock to restore power. Several of InterCoastal Net Designs staff lost power in their own homes while others shared photos of snow falling throughout Apex, NC.

ICND staff reports snow falling in Apex, NC

 

In South Carolina, tree limbs submitted to the heavy weight of the ice, as large branches were the main focus of SCDOT. Power lines and branches continue to weigh the community down. Horry County residents were advised to drive cautiously. Schools remain closed for the past 2 days and officials are waiting for the outage reports to make a decision for tomorrow. 

Branch breaks from weight of ice

The national news is reporting that this is just the beginning. Dubbed Winter Storm Pax, the Northeast is hunkering down for what is turning out to be one of the snowiest years on record. How has this winter storm affected you? Weigh-in with your comments below as well as your location.

ICND Joins Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce

InterCoastal Net Designs is very excited to announce that we have recently joined the Charleston Chamber of Commerce. ICND started in Charleston in 1999 and has since continued to have a strong presence in the website development and internet marketing world of the growing metropolis. As ICND grows, we want to continue our growth in the city we were born in! While our headquarters may currently be in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, we are less than a 3 hour drive from the thriving southern city. Our South East Coast account executive, Nicole Michaels, makes frequent trips to the area. As of December 2013, we are now a member of the local Chamber. The Charleston Chamber is growing, and we are very excited to be a part of it this upcoming year. If you’re a member, be on the look out for Nicole at upcoming events. If you have any questions at all about website design, development, or internet marketing, do not hesitate to ask! With out 15 year anniversary coming up this year, we are proud to say we are not only experts in our industry, but we also have come to know your area very well. Not only did we first open shop in Charleston, our Charleston Rep Nicole, lived there for over a year. We are looking forward to meeting you soon!

Taking a Break to be Thankful

Throughout the year we find ourselves in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, just trying to keep up!  This time of year our team at ICND likes to put the day to day aside and focus on what we are thankful for in our business life as well as our everyday life!   

                      

We felt it was fitting to take a moment as a team and think about just a few things we are thankful for…

  • "My Clients 🙂 and My kids"  – Randy Johnson 
  • "My significant other and we don’t have family close by this year, so thankful for my friends family inviting us over for Thanksgiving :)" – Chris Johnson 
  • “I am thankful for screenshots, especially that Jing works on my computer. I am thankful for my family, but to give variation I will say I'm thankful for my friends, new friends, old friends, all friends.” – Gaby Legget
  • "With so many people struggling financially these days, I feel very fortunate to work at ICND and its fun to work with so many good people. Being a newlywed, I am thankful for my wife and step-kids that they are in my life now. I am  also very grateful for my entire family that God has given me." – Matt Crunch 
  • "I am thankful for our many wonderful Internet Marketing clients and I am thankful for how the real estate market has turned around is once again boosting our local economy here at the beach." – Adam Hankey
  • “I'm grateful for the new learning experiences working at ICND has provided me, living near family again and most importantly living on the coast!”- Lela Newell  
  • “I’m thankful for great clients who keep me on my toes. I’m thankful for the team that has the patience and ingenuity to meet the requests and ideas we come up with.  I’m thankful to be a part of an industry [online marketing and web development] that makes everyday different and exciting! I’m thankful for the Lord our God above.  I’m thankful that he gives me one more day on Earth to enjoy all the people he puts in my life – my husband, kids, family, friends, co-workers, and clients.” – Vanessa Humes 
  • "God, family, my work family and my health – We have so much to be thankful for and this is the perfect time to reflect on that.  It's easy to get caught up in the day to day and worry about money and bills but when you step back and look at what you're most thankful for, not a single one has a dollar value." – David Hutnik 
  • "Thankful for the great people I work with – and being able to live and work at the beach. So thankful for how fortunate I am to have such a great and loving family." – Drew Pearson 
  • "My Family, My girlfriend and Friends" – Andy Johnson 
  • "I'm grateful that at ICND we have a great team!!  I'm grateful that fishing has been off the freaking chain this year….. Ok OK.. I'm grateful for my Healthy Kids and Wife!  ha!" – Brandon Sauls 
  • "My peers at ICND – they continually help me to grow as a developer. My family, for always being so supportive". – Jeremiah Earney 
  • "I'm grateful for my position with ICND that has given me the opportunity to become even better at what I do.  I'm incredibly grateful for the opportunity to spend a month in coastal South Carolina close to my son and his wife.  And because counting isn't my strong suit, I'm also grateful for the two awesome adult children I have, their spouses, and my sweet 6 year old granddaughter, Briann." – Nancy Hankey 
  • "I'm thankful for: My faith & My family, Bonus:  warm weather in November!!!" – Jonathan Richey 
  • “I am thankful for: 1. Awesome ICND family! 2. All my friends, family, and being able to live in my dream location OIB!” – Liz Inman 
  • "I am thankful for our clients and opportunity to work with an incredibly smart and fun group of co-workers that truly understand the meaning of TEAM!  I am thankful for my family, their health and safety and our military protecting all of us, especially my brother!" – Stacy Pigott 
  • " My family & My Career" -David Priest  
  • “I am thankful for our growing team at ICND, our great clients, and my wonderful family and friends! Plus, living at the beach ain’t so bad”- Nicole Michaels  
  • "We are thankful we are able to give back!" – TEAM ICND

Team ICND is in the spirit of giving this holiday season. We have been donating to “Operation Christmas Child” through one of our team members church, and are also heading up a food drive. As a group we decided not to end it there! Our programming team is volunteering on there time off to create a website called “Help Brunswick” where we can help our neighbors year round! We would like to help bring awareness to volunteers in our local community. Stay tuned for more details and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

 

New Internet Marketing Assistant – Dan Sever

Dan Sever grew up in a small town in upstate New York. After high school he enrolled to San Diego State University where he earned his B.A. in Linguistics. After six  years in southern California, Dan decided to move back to the east coast to be closer with his family where he worked several years marketing for vacation rental companies and real estate firms. Dan spent time consulting for an SEO firm located in San Diego as well. 
 
In January 2013, Dan accepted the position of Internet Marketing Assistant for InterCoastal Net Designs. From Social Media Marketing to Search Engine Optimization, Dan has utilized his years within these respective fields to contribute, wherever needed, in our growing company. 
 
An avid lover of all things sports, Dan also enjoys spending time on the beach, listening to the latest music and breakfast at any time of the day. A well traveled individual, Dan's passion for soaking up world ideas led him to this career. Dan's unique knowledge of current trends across multiple interests helps propel he and his clients within this multi-faceted field of marketing.
 

Newest SEO Specialist – Josh Williams

InterCoastal Net Designs is excited to announce the newest member of our team, Josh Williams. Josh joined our growing SEO department as our newest SEO specialist. Although Josh comes to us all the way from Philly, he previously lived in the Myrtle Beach area for over 15 years.Josh graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a degree in business management.

Josh has over six years of experience in the internet marketing field, so we are excited to have a team member that can hit the ground running, helping us obtain significant results for our internet marketing client base.

Now for the fun stuff! Josh is married with three kids. When he's not working away at the computer in the office, he enjoys reading, watching movies, playing guitar and superheros. We are excited to watch our crew grow over here at ICND! Oh did we mention he's a corn hole natural?

Press Release – ICND Grows, Expands

CONTACT                                                                                                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Brandon Sauls                                                                                                   June 5 2013

Phone: (910) 575-6095

Cell:       (910) 443-1786

Email:    brandon@icnd.net

 

Local Web Development Company Experiences Rapid Growth

InterCoastal Net Designs of Ocean Isle Beach adds new employees, seeks professionals

 

Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.  — InterCoastal Net Designs (ICND), a prominent website design and online marketing company, is expanding to accommodate for new business and company growth. Since the start of 2013, five employees have joined the ICND team.

 

In order to better handle business generated from both new and existing clients, ICND has hired for the following positions: Project Facilitator, Lead Support Programmer, Web Engineer, Junior Front End Developer and Internet Marketing Assistant.

 

“Since the formation of InterCoastal Net Designs in 1999,” President Brandon Sauls said, “I’ve enjoyed watching the team grow as the business does. We’ve got an energetic and motivated group all working to achieve successful end products and results for our clientele.”

 

ICND is currently seeking to hire a new Project Facilitator, SEO Manager, as well as another Front End Web Developer. The company encourages applicants to send their resumes to resumes@icoastalnet.com.

 

ICND specializes in the vacation rental and real estate industry; however, the Ocean Isle based company serves a national client base involving various fields of work and specialties.  The Internet Marketing department has seen a particularly large amount of growth with more businesses interested in Search Engine Optimization, Social Media and Email Marketing.

 

“We couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to add three more employees,” said Sauls. “I look forward to the process of searching for the best talent our region has to offer in web development and online marketing.”

 

InterCoastal Net Designs offers a wide array of website services, including Web Design, ColdFusion Web Hosting, Search Engine Optimization, Database creation and maintenance, Internet Marketing, and targeted email marketing. At ICND we specialize in ingenuity, innovation and imagination.

 

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30 Million Dollars and One More Year of High School

When I was fifteen, my first job was working at an ice cream parlor one summer. It was for 5.75 an hour and sometimes I was paid under the table. The work was fine, and it was a great introduction to customer service; especially how people react when their ice cream cone isn't as full as their older brother's. Little did I know that I should have been in my room playing with computers.

This week, seventeen year old Nick D'Aloisio sold his mobile application, Summly, for 30 million dollars to Yahoo!. D'Aloisio, developed this application when he was fifteen from his parent's home in London. Summly is an app that aims in providing concise news taken from hundreds of sources to smartphones. This new algorithm allows news stories to be summarized in a succinct manner, giving readers the choice whether or not they want to expand the story or not. 

Nick D'Aloisio, creator of Summly

 

When asked in an interview about this development, a Yahoo source stated, "It started with an insight — that we live in a world of constant information and need new ways to simplify how we find the stories that are important to us, at a glance."

This ever-changing world of receiving news is rapidly evolving. In the last 5 years alone, we have witnessed a remarkable change in how we access information. The Internet, and its real-time updates, have challenged reporters to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information within seconds not days. This is also a good metaphor for entrepreneurs (remember that Harvard dropout and his little website?). Furthermore, this information that reporters are sharing must have enough of an appeal to make users want to read further.

Nick's youthful aspirations seen to fruition is just the latest example of how age is but a mere number. While all the talk (and rightfully so) will be on Nick these upcoming weeks, the next Nick D'Aloisio is already out there developing something we all will want. We just don't know it yet.

What is good to see is that Nick plans on finishing his final year of high school as to maintain some semblance of normalcy. Fortunately for him, he doesn't have to find a summer job.

ICND Spring 2013 Online Marketing Workshop Success!

If you didn’t go to our Spring 2013 Online Marketing Workshop in Myrtle Beach, SC, you missed out on a great time! The workshop was held at the ITT Technical Institute of Myrtle Beach where we found the space plentiful and staff very helpful. A big thanks to Courtney DePaul for her support of our workshop. We opened up the event with friendly registration by Summer Adams as she gave everyone an itinerary and USB key of all the presentations to take home.

Before entering the room, we invited our guests to participate in a fun photo booth prepared by our designer and photographer, Chris Campbell. Team ICND had fun with the photo booth as well. For more photos and fun check out our Facebook album and be sure to “Like Us”. As the sessions took place, we had great one-on-one interaction with our guests and speakers. It was a collaborative effort of presentations and Q&A. We hope to do more follow-up on the topics: SEO, PPC, Social Media, Email Marketing, and Responsive Web Design with additional whitepapers for download on our website. For more information, please visit our website www.icoastalnet.com or contact your Account Manager. by: Vanessa Humes

Super Support Team – Gaby Leggett

If you've called InterCoastal Net Designs or emailed Support over the past month or so, then chances are you've worked with one of our newest team members, Gabriela Leggett. Gaby jumped on board while Summer Adams has been out on maternity leave and the ICND crew is grateful for the work she does here!

Gaby was born in Bolivia, South America. Both of her parents are Bolivian, however, she grew up in Miami Beach, Fla. Gaby's lived all over the place, including Peru, Canada, Rome and D.C. Gaby's husband is from the Ocean Isle Beach area and her family moved here after he finished school at the University of North Carolina. Gaby has her Associates in Science from Brunswick Community College, and she finished this in just one year! When Gaby isn't assisting clients on the phone, you can find her doing Crossfit, traveling, baking or spending time with her two children. ICND is lucky to have a hardworker like Gaby on board, please welcome her to our team!