For as long as Levant has been in business, a long-standing goal of ours has been to give back to our community and help it develop into something even bigger and better. We’ve grown our business thanks to the support and aid of our community, which is why we love to help local nonprofit organizations in a variety of ways, from discounts on our services to acting as a mouthpiece for their cause.
This month, Levant has partnered with Luggage with Love (LWL), a Norman-based nonprofit that works to support foster children as they transition to a placement family by providing necessary supplies like clothing and personal hygiene items. We’ve asked our colleagues, clients, and fellow community members to aid us in raising money for LWL, as well as providing donations of (new) children’s clothing.» Read Full Article
If you’re like most business owners, then you’re likely concerned with the growth and development of your business. After all, it’s your livelihood and you want to make sure you’re doing what you can to stay relevant, provide great services/products, and keep growing.
According to business guru Keith Cunningham, nine out of ten businesses shut their doors within their first decade. Many business owners think it won’t happen to them, but the statistics indicate that without the right planning and preparation, it’s only a matter of time until some difficult choices must be made.
However, the good news is that this can all be avoided with the right tools. In his book, The Ultimate Blueprint for an Insanely Successful Business, Cunningham lays out some solid strategies to help keep business owners on track and bolster the growth and development of their organizations. Here are five tips to help you grow your business in 2017:» Read Full Article
In the business world, effective leadership is something that gets talked about a lot. Whether at business conferences, networking events, or inner-office meetings, it’s a topic that interests a clear majority of business owners and managers. At Levant, we work to foster a sense of leadership throughout the organization to empower our team and help them make the most of their work with our clients. One of the most effective ways to boost leadership skills is by leading through your weaknesses. In his book Don’t Lead Half-Dressed, Dr. Stephen Graves offers some advice to would-be leaders about their weaknesses, how to work through them, and how to use them to maximize effectiveness.» Read Full Article
Since Levant’s owner recruited his fellow laid-off employees to work for his new company after the dot-com bust, this company has been focused on helping others grow. We inform our customers up-front about the web-design process, and we teach them everything we can to take ownership of their “online storefront.” Lately, SEO has been getting a lot of buzz, and we want to keep our customers up-to-date on everything they can do to make the most of their website.
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I found this video to be really helpful in keeping business owners focused. There’s a lot to learn in the World of Web, but this video breaks down some simple tips business owners can use when updating their website or considering a re-design.
As the CEO of an Oklahoma web design and app company—where I manage 14 full time employees and over 550 customers' personal satisfaction—slowing down isn’t an option; I truly believe you can never stop learning.
Whether it's learning from your own mistakes or by reaching outside your sphere of comfort, working toward self-improvement is a must. Albert Einstein is credited with the idea that if you stop learning, you stop growing. And logically, if you're not growing, you’re dying. It's certainly true for a budding tree and it can apply to your career, as well. » Read Full Article
Sometimes when we’re in the thick of a workweek, we aren’t always thinking about the best ways to work on our business. We end up working in the business, where the day-to-day can easily become a series of fires to put out or items to check off a to-do list. Much of our time is co-opted by emails or text messages or meetings and by the end of the day, a lot has been done without any corresponding sense of accomplishment. Fellow Normanite and marketing guru, Korey McMahon, touches on several of these topics in his excellent book, Bottom Line Marketing: Concepts to Advance Your Brand and Profits, in which he gives some important advice on maintaining productivity and eliminating time theft.» Read Full Article
Our staff always makes an effort to stay informed (or, at least we try to). Whether that’s specifically in the field of web design or in broader areas of interest, the Levant team values learning and helping others reach their goals, both colleagues and clients alike. Achieving a goal is rarely accomplished alone—most people receive some help or encouragement from others along the way. And one of the best ways to encourage another person is by earnestly advocating for them and their interests. Bob Burg and John David Mann cover these topics in their book The Go-Giver, in which the authors’ primary argument is: “Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other peoples’ interests first.”» Read Full Article
At Levant, we’re not above a little self-education now and then. After all, exploring unique ideas on how to be a better web design company is never a bad thing. Throughout our thirteen-year history, we’ve made it a point to be as service-oriented as possible by really digging into the needs of our clients and providing fresh ideas for design, programming, and content. And though we’re proud of our accomplishments, there is always room for improvement. One of the most important aspects of customer service is actually hearing what the customer has to say, which is why Service Where it Counts by David E. Reed is an important read for advice on how to get the most out of what your clientele has to say. » Read Full Article
Chandler Neal is a self-proclaimed dork. And in the world of web design, a penchant for dorkiness is almost required, given that our industry teems with the biggest advocates for nerd culture around.
Still, she’s not all nerd. Chandler, who grew up in Lawton, Oklahoma, spent her youth riding horses and still does when she visits her family. She’s also been heavily involved in CrossFit since high school and previously worked in a CrossFit gym.» Read Full Article
The web is tumultuous and dynamic. It’s an ever-evolving means of communication and sometimes, it can be difficult to keep up with the changes. On a daily basis, most of us are inundated with the web, from social media to online articles to the app we use to check our bank statement. Is it overwhelming? Sometimes. Can it seem so daunting that the anxiety of making necessary changes paralyzes you when you ponder your web presence? Absolutely! But facing the anxiety is a necessary step to putting your brand out there and doing it right, and nowadays it’s almost impossible to do so effectively without a website that responds to multiple devices. What is responsive design and why is it important? Let’s get into it!» Read Full Article
Levant is perpetually filled with the Givers Gain spirit! Now, we're aware it's only September and Christmas is still over 100 days away (to everyone's chagrin). But luckily, we're not talking about gift giving or the Christmas spirit—we haven't even had the opportunity to publicly showcase what dorks we are by dressing up like Harry Potter or Spock for Halloween yet. We aren't encouraging you to fast forward through Fall altogether; we are, however, encouraging you to fall in love with one of our favorite books: Giver's Gain, by Dr. Ivan Misner. » Read Full Article
More than anyone on the Levant team, Tonya Sharp understands education. She’s a former college Director of Education, she taught Taekwondo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and American-style Boxing, and she remains dedicated to the education of her children, as well as her own self-education. » Read Full Article
Levant Technologies is hiring! Click here to learn more. We'll only reveal the secret location of the Levant Batcave to someone who can build relationships with clients and isn't afraid to put themselves out there. » Read Full Article
This week, our very own CEO extraordinaire, Stacy Eads, is a guest on the Hello Tech Pros podcast (Episode 51). The podcast, hosted by Chad Bostick, showcases tech professionals as they talk about leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship, and a ton of other fascinating topics. » Read Full Article
Ryan Bryant loves words. As a (very nerdy) child, he was always interested in stories and how they develop and unfold, which led to many hours spent reading books and writing stories.
“Underneath everything, everyone has a story to tell,” Ryan said. “I think it’s really interesting how these narratives work in every aspect of our lives, and I try to bring that out in my work with Levant.”
Stacy Eads has always had a knack for helping people be the best version of themselves. Even as a kid, she focused on how to make life easier and better for others.
This penchant toward selflessness shaped the trajectory of her professional life and put her on the path to becoming the CEO of the number one ranked web design company in Oklahoma three years running: Levant Technologies.
“I’m just genetically energetic,” Stacy said. “Initially, I worked for nonprofits because I’ve always been big on helping people. But a generous mentor helped me realize you can sometimes help even more people by working with the nonprofit industry through donations, volunteering, and service --- without necessarily working within the four walls of a specific nonprofit agency.”» Read Full Article
Growing up in Lebanon, Tarek Dina was a shy kid. He spent most of his free time alone, reading comic books or putting puzzles together, unsure of his true interests and uncertain on what to do with his life. But when he first got his hands on a computer, everything clicked for him.“I got interested in computers in the mid-1980s,” he said. “After that, they were always a huge part of my life. I was hooked.” » Read Full Article
For years, Kara King wanted to be an opera singer. It wasn't something she initially saw herself doing professionally. But a scholarship opportunity at Southeastern Oklahoma State University presented itself and she was confronted with the possibility of pursuing her passion. It was something she had to try, even if she ended up hating it. She reveled in the performative aspect and in the ability to lose herself in the arias she sang. Yet, at the end of two years, her voice was strained and she found herself longing for a new opportunity. She then transferred to the University of Oklahoma, where she studied public relations and sociology. » Read Full Article
The concept of the creative eccentric has become a cliche on TV ever since Cosmo Kramer burst into Seinfeld's apartment and into our hearts. These made-for-the-tube eccentrics are born out of a universal truth though, where a kernel of reality right here in Norman, Oklahoma clicks with so many people, it finds mythical status. Enter scene: Levant's "B. Atman."
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When Victor Moyer became interested in art, graphic design wasn't a consideration. He was a fine arts guy until an academic advisor at the University of Oklahoma made him aware of the available possibilities.
"I was interested in architecture, as well, but it would have been a longer process," he said. "Back then, it was all about print design, but we still covered the basics: color theory, typography, that kind of thing. Initially, our teachers didn't know how to approach web content." » Read Full Article