The Red Olive Blog

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January 13, 2011

Hello Utah Realtor Friends, we need an MLS posting…

Hello Utah Realtor Friends, we are trying to purchase a larger studio but we must first sell the building we are in. Anyone interested in putting up a listing for us on the MLS for a flat fee? Catch: We will pay 3% total commission to whomever sells it, if that’s you great, if it’s […]

December 30, 2010

Adwords Phrase Match vs Broad Match

The difference between ‘phrase match’ and ‘broad match’ often confuses clients and new Adwords users. So I thought I would explain the differences. And test it, to make sure. Adwords Test: I added two phrases to an Adwords campaign (set to run ‘in’ Utah only). "Hunting Property" Set as Phrase Match in Adwords Hunting Property […]

November 15, 2010

Twitter and Facebook – profile and brand searching

Twitter and Facebook, profile and brand search volume numbers. I was curious to know if more people search for Twitter profiles versus Facebook profiles. For example, do more people search Google for "Lebron James Twitter" or "Lebron James Facebook?" I have attached the charts and data below. I pulled the numbers using Google’s search tools. […]

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November 4, 2010

Excellent example of error 502 design, go twitter.

Someday I would love to take the time to make well designed error screens for our servers, checkout the brilliantly designed 502 error page on :

November 4, 2010

Not web design related… but still good stuff.

October 29, 2010

Our branding efforts, legitimized in the motorsports industry

One of our clients, TSA Motorsports, just dropped off the 1/12th scale r/c model of their Baja trophy truck.  Couple months back we signed a release so they could use our logo as a sponsor on the truck and have been waiting patiently to see / drive the finished product.  Pretty cool seeing your design […]

October 22, 2010

Local Search and Keyword Order

Do more people search [“Location” + Keyword], [Keyword + “Location”], or [Keyword + “in Location”]? The answer based on the data I am looking at today suggests [“Location” + keyword] almost always wins. Sometimes the difference is minimal, sometimes the difference is huge. The takeaway message is to try and rank for as many keyword […]

October 18, 2010

How to fix UTF-8 charset problem with IIS 7.5 and PHP FastCGI

The performance gains from using the FastCGI version of PHP 5 are obvious and the preferred method.  If you build apps that require encoding the page in UTF-8 character set you may have noticed that IIS7.5 overrides your settings. You may have tried explicitly stating  it in your php/IIS config or even on the page […]

August 31, 2010

Last day in Seattle

Last day at the SEO Conference in Seattle. Learning some great landing page, twitter, seo, and traffic conversion tips! I’ll share a few quick tips from @tim_ash, lose the address field on your form and gain potentially 17% more conversions. Also get those trust logos above the fold!

August 25, 2010

The New Tuscany Restaurant Website Launches

The Tuscany restaurant is a  high end italian restaurant located in the Holladay Cottonwood area near the base of the canyon. The restaurant is owned and generally managed by Mark Eaton, formally of the Utah Jazz. It’s not everyday you get the opportunity work on a web project for one of your favorite restaurants, we […]

August 3, 2010

Youtube mobile development team acts on your feedback, sweet!

YouTube has been building an HTML 5  mobile version of their site which offers videos in native H.264 format, which if you have paid any recent attention to Apple are both technologies that will render Adobe Flash obsolete. Not a chance mister Jobs, but it is a cool and very clean technology, and very useful […]

July 30, 2010

Carebears… No.. Popples… No… SIDEKIX!!!!

We recently completed a new logo for Sidekix! A toy company that makes little stuffed animals that zip into a ball, and can be clipped together or onto a backpack. WAY FUN! Next up – Business cards and website. Which stuffed animals would you think would be cool for them to develop?

July 28, 2010

Red Olive was invited to be part of the Art Institute of Salt Lake City Professional Advisory Committee (PAC).

Red Olive was invited to be part of the Art Institute of Salt Lake City Professional Advisory Committee (PAC). This committee meets twice a year and reviews the schools facilities, curriculum, and student work to determine how well they are meeting professional needs and trends within the Graphic Design community and/or what they can improve […]

July 14, 2010

Logo Lounge chooses four of Red Olive’s logos to be included in their upcoming 2011 Master Library Collection.

Logo Lounge ” a prestigious compilation of logos from around the world ” chose four of Red Olive’s logos to be included in their upcoming 2011 Master Library Collection. We are both honored and stoked to say the least. The award and recognition is for our logo & brand identity for The Mini Brochure, Rock […]

May 24, 2010

Coming to a restaraunt near you, meet the Chork! Red Olive brands the biggest utensil since the spork.

What do you get when you combine chopsticks with a fork? The Chork.  Red Olive had the opportunity to work on this cool project from the get go, it’s great when we can start with a clean slate and design a strong foundation from the start. Our creatives finished up the logo, print collateral, packaging, […]