Website Development

Flaherty Realty Gets a Facelift

Flaherty Realty Gets a Facelift

 

A few months ago, we were contacted by Flaherty Realty our of Brunswick about an updated website. Owner David Flaherty was in the market to have a simple site that he could use to help guide prospective buyers and sellers through the ever-increasingly difficult task of buying and selling property.

His old site had been outdated for quite some time.  Many of the elements that were there simply didn’t work or were not build in a user-friendly way so that periodic updates could be done as needed.

The team at REACH first met with David and an associate via Zoom so that we could go over his thoughts about what he wanted to see on his new site, and what he needed it to do for his business.  Our designer was on hand taking notes and gathering David’s sense of style as we chatted. Then, she built a mockup of what she imagined for the Flaherty Realty home page.

After some adjustments, the client was satisfied that his site would be just what he had envisioned, and our team moved ahead to give them the site that Flaherty needed to help them grow.

This process is important when building custom websites for our clients.  Maine is a diverse state with many different small businesses with unique needs. With so many one size fits all options out there, REACH Maine strives to help the individual small business tell their story, their own way.

 Are you looking to give your business a stronger online presence with your website?  REACH Maine Marketing is here to help!  Call us today at (207) 667-2576 and talk to us about your busines’s future. 

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A Virtual Home for St Mary & St Jude

A Virtual Home for St Mary & St Jude

 

The past year has been hard on so many businesses and organizations.  Many of our clients, both old and new, have tried to make the best of things by using their time to update and upgrade their sites and the way they go about their daily business.

If you are a church during a pandemic, especially one on Mount Desert Island, the pressure is truly on to be able to council parishioners, offer support, and to minister across the miles to the usual summer congregation; all without being able to see them in person.  To many, their church family is an extension of themselves. Where much of the Island winters elsewhere, a lot of the usual church parishioners were unable to come back as they had done every year; some since childhood.

The Parish came to us looking for a unique website that highlighted both the history of the church and the beauty of the region, combined with modern flare. They wanted a website that would be soothing and informative to newcomers and veteran members.

REACH Maine started working with St Mary’s & St Jude right in the middle of a flurry of rapidly changing mandates to the Covid 19 Pandemic.  With that, design elements had to change on the fly; something that our team was happy to help with as the world in Downeast Maine began to normalize. 

We were thrilled to be able to help The Parish of Saint Mary and Saint Jude reach their goal this summer with a new site that has all of the information that their existing parishioners need, as well as to help visitors to the Island be able to find a beautiful peaceful place to worship while visiting Mount Desert Island.  

 Are you looking to give your business a stronger online presence with your website?  REACH Maine Marketing is here to help!  Call us today at (207) 667-2576 and talk to us about your busines’s future. 

 

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Let Them Eat Cake!

Let Them Eat Cake!

Switching gears from two businesses to one so you can focus more on the one that really has your heart can be difficult.  Chef Steve Watts of Sweet Sensations faced this particular challenge over the past year as they closed their very popular café in Rockland to concentrate on growing the pastry shop featuring custom wedding cakes, celebration cakes, desserts and so much more.

Previously, Steve’s café and pastry shop were housed next door to each other and sharing space on the same website. Customers looking for the café after finding it online would get confused and come looking for a café that was no longer there. Steve contacted REACH Maine Marketing to give the bakery site a fresh new look and focus.  He wanted to make it easier for Brides-to-be and anyone else with an upcoming celebration to find them and to see the care and creativity that goes into each of the cakes coming out of the Sweet Sensations kitchen. 

We created for them a new site with the new look that Steve was looking for. Sweet Sensations needed a site that would grow with them. This new site gives them plenty of space to expand into other avenues with their sweet treats down the road if they choose. REACH will be working closely with them to expand their offerings and increase their online presence.  And Steve, if you should need some taste testers; we are here for you for that as well!

If you have a special occasion coming up, adding Sweet Sensations can only make it that much more special. Check out the incredible work that Chef Steve and his talented crew do every day.

 Are you looking to give your business a stronger online presence with your website?  REACH Maine Marketing is here to help!  Call us today at (207) 667-2576 and talk to us about your busines’s future. 

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A New Site for a New Season

A New Site for a New Season

In 2020 the Boothbay Harbor Region decided that it was time to do a overhaul of their website.  Their old site, also designed by REACH Maine Marketing, was a nice site and did the job that it was meant to; but, just like an old store window, it was time to dress it up a bit.  They came back to REACH and worked with us and some local photographers and videographers to create a fun, visually stunning, interactive site that is sure to catch the eye of people wondering where they wanted their first vacation since the start of the pandemic to be.

First, the Chamber brought us a couple of sites that they liked.  The team at REACH then explored them to see how the elements worked and decided which ones would be needed to be able to tick all the boxes on the Chamber’s wish list. Chambers of Commerce typically have very specific needs in a site so that they can appeal to both visitors coming to the region as well as to the businesses who count on the Chamber to help them attract new customers. This type of site has a lot of moving pieces and elements, it takes a bit longer than most single business sites, but in the end, it was worth it!

Seeing all that the Boothbay Harbor region has to offer; it isn’t any wonder that they proudly show off the beauty of this diverse working harbor every chance they get.  If you have not been to Boothbay Harbor or the surrounding region it is definitely worth your time to check their site out and see if it is the perfect spot for you to explore Maine, whether you were born here or not.

 

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What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name? 

When the team at REACH started talking with Railway Village Museum they were just the Boothbay Railway Village, but the folks at the museum thought that it was time that their branding really showed what they had to offer. After all, there is so much more than trains happening at this unique look at Maine’s history. After months of careful planning, they decided on new logos, a new name, and worked with REACH Maine Marketing to develop a new website that really told their story.

After a year like 2020 had been, it was nice to know that when the 2021 season rolled around that people from all over Maine and beyond from every walk of life would have something to look forward to and we were happy to help the Railway Village and Museum showcase what a special place it is.

After taking a look at al their new site has to offer from featured photos and events, to information on the village the transportation museum and of course, the trains that this dedicated team of volunteers has restored and maintained, we hope that you will find your way to Boothbay this summer and experience history. Tell them REACH Maine sent you.

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Hancock County Has a New Website!

Hancock County needed to have  a website that served the public’s need for information in a more  efficient way. They also wanted a site that was user-friendly for officials and staff to update as needed. 

Together we created a site that would appeal to visitors who want to know more about our area and the citizens who already live and work here.  Court News, Commissioner’s meeting notes and agendas, county budget information, bid notices and much more are only a few keystrokes away. 

REACH Maine Marketing often works with local municipalities creating appealing and efficient sites that give town officials more time to do what they they do best; running the town

A New Look for Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County

Working with local organizations who do so much good in our area is always a rewarding experience here at REACH Maine Marketing. One of our goals for Hospice Volunteers was to update their existing website and give them an easy to maintain, clean site where they could keep both clients and the public educated about the important work they do.

From patient care to grief support groups, Hospice offers our community an invaluable service at some of our darkest times. REACH Maine Marketing is happy that we could help them in some way make a difference.

Haven’s New Home Page!

Haven’s sweet new look!

Haven’s Candies has been making fine chocolates in Maine since 1915. Owner, Erin Collins, had a vision of a more modern look, but with warmth and consistency across the site. The team at REACH was happy make this vision a reality.

We were able to separate and define the menu options by color for easier navigation. The red bar (inspired by the red color of Haven’s chocolate boxes) displays the company menu, while the brown bar (inspired by dark chocolate) displays the product menu.

If you have a sweet tooth like we do, be sure to take a look!

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Crack the champagne! H&H Marine’s new website launched

H&H Marine gets a new look!

The REACH team has given H&H Marine’s website a fresh new look. The new site offers detailed specs and pricing for their commercial fishing boats in table form and now includes videos throughout. A home page video highlights several of their boats on the water on blue sky days, a video on the H&H Advantage page shows how one of their boats performs on a stormy day. We’ve even included a time lapse video showing some of the H&H Marine crew painting a boat that was being refurbished. Be sure to check out the Recent Launchings for additional boat videos.

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Emery’s Cottages Picks Up Speed

When Ashley and Chris visited us in August, Emery’s Cottages website was a bit incomplete and very slow. The REACH Team has made the site load three times faster!

The new site offers About Us, Contact and FAQ pages as well as a pleasing Our Cottages landing page. Users can now view cottages sorted by No Kitchen, Kitchenette and Full Kitchen categories which can determine the length of their stay.

We also trimmed the home page content to improve the scroll experience and ensure that the user was able to navigate easier. This meant eliminating content that was not essential to the promotion of the cottages.

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THE OLD SINGLE COTTAGE PAGE AT A GLANCE:

This website was a lot of fun to work on and we are pleased with the outcome. Be sure to check it out for yourself!

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THE NEW HOME PAGE AT A GLANCE:

The individual cottage pages have been improved as well. These pages now offer continuity when viewing interior images as well as a pop up map to show where that particular cottage is located on the property. Icons show amenities specific to that cottage at a glance.

The BOOK NOW button jumps you down to the bottom of the page where users can check the availability of the cottage for their specified dates. A new call to action prompts users to check all cottages if this particular cottage is not available for their preferred dates.

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