4th Anniversary

 

33 Dimensions Newsletter
March 3, 2013

4 FingersThank You for Four Great Years!

I had a bit of an epiphany on the morning of March 3, 2009, when the date itself (3/3) sparked the idea for the title “33 Dimensions”, a name which seemed to fit with all the diverse projects on which I was working on at the time. I had known for a while that I would eventually tie everything together into one clean “organization” based on website design, music production, and other projects. But it wasn’t until that Tuesday morning four years ago when, as I was getting ready for work, I came up with this odd name which made so much sense to me that I immediately registered the .com, .org, .net, and .info domains and started building this business.

Working with small businesses, artists, and entrepreneurs has been extremely rewarding as this business has steadily grown over the past four years. In fact, this fourth year has seen the business nearly double in volume and scope.

Now, as we enter our fifth year as a business, I am proud to announce that 33 Dimensions is now offfering responsive design for new websites, which means our well-built, professional sites will now be optimized for all devices, especially mobile and tablet devices.

I look forward to many more great years of service for all of you who helped make this small business dream a reality.

Ric Albano
Owner and Creative Director
33 Dimensions LLC


Turnkey Restaurant for Sale

Biagio's Subs n SudsWe are working on a whole new website with a new design (note the new logo on top) in time for our 4th anniversary in March. The new 33 Dimensions website will include regular articles with valuable information for our customers as well as many more features on small businesses and news concerning the web design industry.


March Madness

March is going to be an extremely busy month for 33 Dimensions and our clients, with many exciting new projects in the works. We expect to have more than a couple of huge announcements in our next newsletter in early April. See you then!

 
33 Dimensions
P.O. Box 126
Highspire, PA 17034
info@33dimensions.com

 


A Nexus of Anniversaries

 

33 Dimensions Newsletter
July 13, 2012

NexusToday I celebrate a couple of anniversaries that are from different parts of my life, yet are strangely related. First, it was on this day 20 years ago that I quit smoking once and forever. It is an accomplishment that I am still very proud of, as I explain in greater detail in today’s blog at my personal website.

It is also a wedding anniversary of sorts for my wife Karyn and I. Now those of you who know us best may be confused right now, as you know our actually anniversary is in December. But we were married on a Friday the 13th (in December 1996) and have celebrated every Friday the 13th since as a quasi-anniversary and a nod to our bold decision to defy all convention and superstition (not only was it Friday the 13th, but we got married in Las Vegas). The irony here is that this second anniversary would not exist without the first, as Karyn (who I affectionately call an anti-smoking Nazi) has made it clear that it is highly unlikely we would have gotten together in the first place had I still been a smoker.

The bottom line is, in either of these case there was no guarantee of success. Still, I haven’t smoked in 20 years and will live out my days as a non-smoker, while Karyn and I have now spent 187 glorious months together and our bond is stronger than ever.

I guess there’s something to be said for making good choices.

Ric Albano
Creative Director
33 Dimensions LLC


Latest News

Business has been booming at 33 Dimensions as many new and exciting opportunities have been coming our way each week. This is due, in no small part, to some new affiliations with other fine businesses like Strella Social Media. An expert in all the latest methods of social marketing, Rachel Strella and her crew provide top notch service for businesses and deliver measurable results.

Olmsted Regional SoccerWe’re happy to welcome aboard a couple of new clients for whom we will be building websites for this summer. Olmsted Regional Soccer Association has been serving the communities of Highspire, Lower Swatara, Middletown, and Royalton since 1978 by providing kids an opportunity to be active through the game of soccer. The club started with 3 teams that first season and had grown to 26 teams with 316 children in 2011. The new site, OlmstedSoccer.org will be launched in mid-August in time for the Fall season.

 
Yoga 4 Healthful LivingWe’d also like to welcome Yoga 4 Healthful Living, whose mission is to offer a safe and supportive atmosphere for group classes, private sessions, and workshops. They do this for customers in the Harrisburg area by teaching the healing potential of yoga in a way that is appropriate to the age, condition, and life of the student. 33 Dimensions will be launching the site Yoga4HealthfulLiving.com in September.


Client News

Sound Off for VetsVideos of performances from the 2012 Sound Off for Vets benefit show have been posted at the site. The high-def videos were captured by Tim Dyer of DyersWorld.com, who donated his talents to the event, and feature performances by Shift Seven, Michael Anthony Smith and the Dirty Thieving Gypsies, Chris Nelson, and Rhyne McCormick.

 
Harrisburg Suburban LeagueThe Harrisburg Suburban Little League recently wrapped up another successful regular season of competitive and instructive baseball with the Lower Swatara team taking the top division championship for 2012. We’re happy to have provided website support for HSLL for 4 years now and would like to congratulate to all involved on another great season.

 
Classic Rock ReviewAfter naming Neil Young’s Harvest Moon as album of the year for 1992, Classic Rock Review began its look at the classic year of 1967 with a 2400-word double review of The Doors’ first two albums, The Doors and Strange Days. The site will continue publishing album reviews from 1967 through the summer.

 
Big Blue BullfrogEditor-in-Chief J.D. Cook attended Coldplay’s concert in Philadelphia last week with his little brother, and decided to do a three part profile on the band at Big Blue Bullfrog. Along with a review of the show, this included a history and discography and a look at Coldplay’s latest album Mylo Xyloto.

We strive for the growth and success of all our customers!

 
33 Dimensions
P.O. Box 126
Highspire, PA 17034
info@33dimensions.com

 


Summer Sunshine

 

33 Dimensions Newsletter
June 20, 2012

SummerThe Most Sunshine of Any Day of the Year!

Happy summer everyone! I’d like to take this opportunity to re-introduce my web design business, 33 Dimensions, LLC. We provide Web Design, Website Management, and many other services for small businesses, individuals, entrepreneurs, and non-profit groups. Our specialty is helping our clients grow and we work hard to go above and beyond to help them realize their online promise. We can work with you at any stage of your online experience, whether you’re brand new and need a site from scratch, would like to upgrade an existing site, or just need some consultation on the latest trends and technologies.

Most of all, we provide service at the lowest practical cost and strive to reach 100% customer satisfaction. Please visit 33Dimensions.com for more information, our latest specials, and a portflio of our past work. Or please feel free to send me an email ric@33dimensions.com or call me on my cell at (717) 829-4221.

Ric Albano
Creative Director
33 Dimensions LLC


Why Do I Need a Website?

Simply put, a website along with a solid social media strategy is the most cost-effective means of advertising. The Internet is revolutionizing entire markets, allowing all businesses, large or small, the same opportunity to market their products and services in an effective and appealing manner.

Compared with attracting new customers through traditional advertising or conventional marketing, a Website is amazingly low cost and the possibilities are endless. Search engines, referrals and the vast linking mechanics of the worldwide web provide volumes of “foot traffic” unimaginable in a “brick and mortar” storefront setting.

What if my business sells products I don’t think can be sold online?

If you have a business, you should have a website. Period. Even if you deal with products and services that can’t be sold directly online, you must have a presence so that customers can find you. More than 20 million shoppers are now online, and when they are not purchasing many of them are “window shopping”. Don’t have the shutters closed when they come looking for you.

That said, it’s not enough that you just have a website. You must have a professional-looking site if you want to be taken seriously. Since many consumers now search for information online prior to making a purchase at a brick-and-mortar store, your site may be the first chance you have at making a good impression on a potential buyer.


Client News

Classic Rock ReviewLast week, Classic Rock Review published a special feature on the 50th anniversary of The Beatles First Abbey Road Session. The site is also currently featuring album reviews from the year 1992, with that year’s album of the year to be announced next week.

 
Keystone Rock ReviewOur newest site, Keystone Rock Review was launched last month as a successor to DAMES of PA. This site will focus on Pennsylvania music, artists, and events from both the present and past. The first big feature was a four-article profile on the legendary Philadelphia band The Hooters.

 
On April 21st, The Badlees released their first ever compilation album, spanning their first 22 years as a band. See Me As a Picture, The Best So Far, 1990-2012 contains 16 classic hits along with 2 new songs from the band. The CD can be purchased at the Badlees Online Store.

We strive for the growth and success of all our customers!

 
33 Dimensions
P.O. Box 126
Highspire, PA 17034
info@33dimensions.com

 


3rd Anniversary

 

33 Dimensions Newsletter
March 3, 2012

Leap of FaithThank You for 3 Great Years!

I remember how pleasantly surprised I was when I found that the domain name for “33Dimensions” was still available on the morning of March 3rd 2009. Partially due to the fact I was producing an album called Imaginary Lines 33, and partially due to the date itself, I had just thought up the name and thought it fit with all the diverse projects on which I was working. I had known for a while that I would eventually tie everything together into one clean “organization” based on website design, music production, and creative arts. But it wasn’t until that Tuesday morning three years ago when, as I was getting ready for work, I came up with this odd name which made so much sense to me that I immediately registered the .com, .org, ,net, and .info domains and started building this business.

However, starting a small business is no small task and finding that precise moment to take that “leap” from a full-time established job to a full-time brand new business owner is something that takes many calculations and re-calculations. When I started actively building this business in March 2009, I estimated that I could be ready to do it full time in about 6 months (in fact, my target date was 09/09/09). In reality, it took over two years of trial, error, and success, but that day did come last April.

One of the most rewarding things about running this business is being able to apply my experience to other small business owners who are getting started and are at the same place I was a short while ago. Working with small businesses, artists and entrepreneurs has been and will always be our primary mission at 33 Dimensions, even 30 years from today when we celebrate our 33rd anniversary.

Ric Albano
Creative Director
33 Dimensions LLC


Writers Wanted!

We have an immediate need for article writers on several of our sites. Most articles are >500 words but assignments can range from and simple blogs, posts, or tweets to multi-thousand word essays. Subjects include a wide variety, especially rock and pop music, but also current events and politics, sports, movie reviews, video game reviews, lifestyle, and philosophy.

Also, we will be holding a contest in which we’ll judge submitted reviews of Michael Jackson’s album Thriller. In addition to having their review published on multiple websites, the winner will receive a cash reward and publication in a future newsletter. Deadline for entry is March 31st.

If you or anyone you know is interested in any of these opportunities please email us at info@33dimensions.com and we will give you many more details.


Client News

 
Classic Rock ReviewAs we mentioned last time, Classic Rock Review has migrated to a new, permanent home at ClassicRockReview.com. Earlier this week, the site wrapped up its profile of the year of 1977 by featuring that year’s album of the year, The Stranger by Billy Joel and began its profile of the year 1982 with a review of Van Halen’s Diver Down yesterday (March 2nd).

 
Modern Rock ReviewYesterday was “Van Halen Day” on a couple of our sites as Modern Rock Review did a review of that band’s latest album, A Different Kind of Truth by author Blaise Greco III. The site is planning upcoming features on artists Harper and Foo Fighters.

 
Big Blue BullfrogBig Blue Bullfrog recently completed a countdown of The Top 10 Films of 2011 and will run a new four-part series called The Philosopher’s Stone starting next week. Also, the site’s editorial staff will officially endorse a candidate in the 2012 Presidential Election on Monday.

 
We will be making a lot of updates to The Badlees Website in preparation of what will be a very active 2012 for the band. Much more on this in the next newsletter.

 
DAMES of PAStarting Monday, DAMES of PA will count down their Top Five Albums of 2011 by Pennsylvania artists, with a new album revealed each day through Friday. During the following week of March 12th, the site will count down the Top Five Songs by Pennsylvania artists. These Top Five countdowns have been a March tradition for the site since its origin in 2009. However, this year’s countdown will be the last new material published on DAMES of PA, as its function of covering Pennsylvania-based music and events will be taken on by a brand new web site called Keystone Rock Review, which we plan on launching in April.

We strive for the growth and success of all our customers!

 
33 Dimensions
P.O. Box 126
Highspire, PA 17034
info@33dimensions.com

 


Elvis Has Left the Building

 

33 Dimensions Newsletter
August 16, 2011

Elvis PresleyIt’s hard to believe that’s been 34 years since Elvis Presley, the King of Rock n Roll, passed away. Even though I was only eight years old at the time, I still remember that day in 1977 vividly. It was a hot summer day and I was riding my skateboard when a neighbor lady with curlers in her hair came running out of her apartment building shouting that Elvis had died. Soon a large group had gathered around, most of them skeptical, claiming that the news must have been part of some practical joke. Unfortunately, the news was true.

Beyond being the first real “rock star”, Elvis also played an important role in the evolution of American music. He came from Tupelo, Mississippi, right in the heart of the Delta blues scene as it proliferated through the 30s, 40s, and 50s. He took these influences and forged his own style, which sent ripples through America in the 1950s as well as Britain and the rest of the world a decade later. This opened the floodgates to some of the greatest music ever produced.

In honor of Elvis, 33 Dimensions dedicates this newsletter to the wonderful art form of music. Many of our clients are in the music industry and there will be much going on in the near future. So after a very brief business announcement, we’ll talk nothing but music.

Ric Albano
President and CEO
33 Dimensions LLC


33 Dimensions Summer Special

As we’ve been advertising since May, 33 Dimensions has been offering a 33% discount on all services through Labor Day. Response to this offer has been tremendous and we appreciate all of you who have given us your business. However, due to this tremendous response, starts to new projects may be delayed a month or two as we give existing clients their due time and effort.

We will still honor the 33% discount on any new business agreed to between now and Labor Day, with the understanding that our normally quick production time will be stretched out a bit longer.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding on this matter.

Now, back to the music…


Client News (Rock and Roll Edition)

Susquehanna EntertainmentOn August 6th we launched the new website for Susquehanna Entertainment, an artist management and independent record company founded and operated by Terry Selders. Terry is also working with The Perfect 5th Musical Arts Center in Mechanicsburg, PA, who will officially open their doors in late September in conjunction with a Master Class by guitar legend Steve Vai.

 
DAMES of PAToday (August 16th) is the official release date of The Invisible Man, the second solo album by Chris Nelson. A review of the album has been published on DAMES of PA, who brought reviewer Sigourney Soul out of retirement for the occasion. This follows a recent feature and review on the site of Hot Wing Jones and their latest album, Tanker A.

 
Modern Rock ReviewModern Rock Review recently published a profile on Mark Oliver Everett and Eels entitled The “E” Files. The site will celebrate its first birthday on October 10th with a bit of a “face lift” stylistically as well as an in-depth profile on one of Central Pennsylvania’s top musical talents, Darcie Miner.

 
Classic Rock ReviewAt the end of August, Classic Rock Review will complete its 20th anniversary look at the albums of 1991 and move on to the 45th anniversary look at 1966, a year that included Pet Sounds, em>Revolver, Blonde On Blonde, and many more true classics.

 
Imaginary LinesRumor has it that ideas are being tossed around concerning a new Imaginary Lines album in 2012. This, despite repeated pronouncements from the project’s leader that their 2009 comprehensive collection, Imaginary Lines 33, would be the final output by the band. Stay tuned.

 
Another band working on new material is The Badlees. Their website’s song of the month for August is “Four Leaf Clover” from their 2002 album Renew. Future updates to the Badlees site will include bios of each band member, a timeline of their long career, and, of course, any news about a new album or future shows.

 
Cygnus WaveA benefit concert called Sound Off for Veteran’s Day will take place on Friday, November 11th (11/11/11). Planning is in the initial stages and further information will be provided in the near future at: Vets.CygnusWave.com.

33 Dimensions is currently developing our biggest online musical initiative to date, called The River of Rock. This is still in the works but will be forthcoming sometime over the winter 2011-12. This initiative will work with many elements of the music industry to promote, document, and celebrate original music and art from Central Pennsylvania, past, present, and future. Stay tuned for much more on this in future newsletters.

 
33 Dimensions
P.O. Box 126
Highspire, PA 17034
info@33dimensions.com

 


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