Website Development

A New Look for the Town of Lamoine

Local government, including our small towns, are the keepers of an enormous amount of information that they store in case citizens need to access it. It is there to have a record of anything related to their town whether it’s historic, town business, or just registrations for the family car, you can likely find anything you are looking for on their website.

The Town of Lamoine is no exception.  You need to know what happened at the last Selectmen’s meeting? The information is there. Want to know what is coming up for meetings and how you can see them?  Check the website. Need a tax map or to know what you need to do to get a burn permit?  They’ve got that too.

In fact, the town had everything they needed on their site. So, why a new one?  The town office and the tech committee had always housed the towns website right there on their own server.  Not a bad thing but could be problematic in the future as more and more information was saved and put up on the site. And, swiftly changing security was bound to eventually leave the site vulnerable. 

The original site was also really the original site. Well maintained, but it would not have been long until the software was not only just out of date, but obsolete.  It was time to build something new.

After meeting with the town administrator and getting town approval, our team took all of that information and reorganized it into something that was ADA compliant, and user friendly.  The new site shows off a friendly little town to curious visitors while giving residents the tools they need to take care of business.

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Updates to the Town of Franklin

The Town of Franklin, already a client of REACH Maine Marketing, let us know that their site needed a bit of an update.  Their theme was aging and no real changes except for town business had been made in quite some time.  The old theme was not mobile friendly and had run out of updates so the REACH team immediately set out to give Franklin a brand new space with the same small-town feel that the town if famous for.

Now, residents of Franklin can easily find everything they need to take care of the business side of living in a small town.  From registering their vehicle to getting their dogs’ license renewed, they can find out about it and in most cases, do it right from the comfort of their home.  They can also easily check out the town news and read some of the history that makes Franklin such a wonderful place to call home.

Franklin is just one of the municipalities that REACH Maine works with. We think it’s our attention to detail that makes us such a good fit for local agencies.  If you would like to learn more about how REACH Maine can help you or your organization have a unique presence online, give us a call at 667-2576.

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New Business Venture

The RS Design website was a fun site to work on for our team! Not only is it a pleasure to work with small businesses, it is a real joy to be able to watch a new product come to life on the page.  Russ Stoll, the owner and creator of RS Design spend his 2020 quarantine time coming up with ways to bring his passion for all things snow, to life. Thus, the Periodic Table of Snow was born. 

Russ contacted REACH Maine Marketing while staying at his house on one of the local Islands. He had a good handle on what it was going to take to market his new poster but he needed a commerce site that people from all over the world could order one for the avid skier in their lives. 

Right now, the site is all about the poster of Periodic Table of Snow, but shortly he will be addling t-shirts and a few other fun options for Periodic Tables.  Make sure you check out his site.  The Periodic Table of Snow would make a great gift for any time of the year.

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Meals on Wheels goes mobile

 

Meals on Wheels goes mobile

 

 

Making Community Happen is a wonderful organization out of York County right here in Maine that provides folks on fixed incomes with affordable housing, support, and Meals on Wheels.  All designed to help keep people as independent as they choose to be for as long as possible. 

It was our pleasure here at REACH Maine Marketing to help bring this organization’s vision to life as they designed a site that suited their mission and their needs. 

As a non-profit, Making Community Happen relies heavily on public support.  For that reason, they needed to make sure that their Donate pages were clear and easy to find and that it would come with the ability to let their contributors choose to do a onetime donation, or even recurring gifts monthly or annually.

Making Community Happen also wanted to be able to be a user-friendly space for clients to search for services they need or to talk to future volunteers about opportunities to be a part of something so worthwhile.  

We were delighted here at REACH Maine to be able to help them build a dynamic site that told their story the way they wanted it told while giving them the technology they needed to grow their organization and continue to help the community that they live in.

If your small business or non-profit is ready to built a new site with a trusted local company please give us a call at 667-2576

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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

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