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
Ryan Lassiter has had only four jobs in his life. The first, and undoubtedly the most glamorous, was working as a guard at a skating rink.
"The rink guard was a coveted position," he said. "Everyone was afraid of you because you could put them in rink time out, which unfortunately fed my power complex. When the owner died, the rink was taken over by a competitor and I quit. Teenage me wouldn't compromise my integrity by working for the competition." » Read Full Article
Our website and app team members are proud supporters of local businesses, so it only makes sense that Levant Technologies is an active supporter of local Chambers as well. Our local business owners benefit greatly from the combined efforts of great chambers such as the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Norman Chamber of Commerce. » Read Full Article