May 29 2012

Experiments in Web Based Crowdsourcing and Open-Source for Urban Planning

May 29th, 2012Posted by 

What is crowdsourcing? For those uninitiated, the term essentially means problems or queries are broadcast publicly and everyone is invited to respond with solutions or ideas. Crowdsourcing itself is not a new concept. Municipalities and cities often looked to “focus groups” or town hall meetings to garner public opinion about city projects. However with the […]

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May 08 2012

Municipal Bankruptcy: How Mammoth Lakes, CA is Struggling to Provide Essential Services During Default

May 8th, 2012Posted by 

Chapter 9 is the section of the National Bankruptcy Code that provides for the reorganization of debt incurred by municipalities such as cities, towns, counties, and villages. The very first municipal bankruptcy was filed in the United States in 1934 during the Great Depression. While the provision has been around for 60 years, there have […]

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May 03 2012

The Importance of Keyword and Keyphrases in Search Engine Optimization

May 3rd, 2012Posted by 

Search engine optimization (SEO) is crucial for the success of many websites. No matter how often you may tune your site for a better ranking with major search engines, it may still not be enough if the right keywords or keyphrases are not being selected. This is because search engines decide how relevant a site […]

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April 24 2012

Yesilist: The Greenopia of Turkey

April 24th, 2012Posted by 

An internet search for “green living” in Turkey does not yield very many results. While environmental problems have been developing throughout history, the emergence of an environmental consciousness doesn’t happen overnight. In Turkey, the concept is still young, boasting both a developing field in environmentalism and a growing green industry. The National Environmental Action Plan […]

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April 09 2012

How Much Should Website Maintenance Cost?

April 9th, 2012Posted by 

Creating and maintaining a website is a complex task that involves making decisions regarding design, branding, marketing, and content. How much should website maintenance cost? The answer is that the price is variable and dependent on a number of factors. Mostly, this depends on what maintenance of your website will cover, the total number of […]

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April 05 2012

How to Use E-mail Marketing for Your Urban Planning Business

April 5th, 2012Posted by 

Setting up an e-mail marketing campaign won’t take years or many board meetings. It’s simple to do, especially if you receive direction from a professional web marketing company to provide insight on e-mail campaign designs and e-mail marketing campaign packages. For example, one company Global Site Plans gains expertise from is MailChimp, which is a […]

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March 27 2012

The How-To’s of Building Your Email Marketing Contact List

March 27th, 2012Posted by 

Email marketing campaigns allow small-to-medium sized architecture, engineering, and urban planning firms reach larger audiences for a fraction of what traditional direct mail marketing cost. Imagine informing thousands of individuals about upcoming events, new products and services, publications, and news with the click of a mouse. With a Global Site Plans email marketing campaign package, an […]

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March 27 2012

You Get What You Pay For: Pricing Among Custom Static and Interactive Banner Advertisements

March 27th, 2012Posted by 

According to the Webby Awards, “It’s never easy to stand out in a crowd, but successful Interactive Advertising does just that.” Utilizing fully engaging, rich media experiences instead of static banners is what will make your environmental non-profit or small to medium sized company successful. Global Site Plans specializes in branding and content services for […]

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March 08 2012

Examples of Website Maintenance Requests

March 8th, 2012Posted by 

Blogs are today’s “black.” Nowadays, many companies are incorporating personalized websites as part of the businesses’ Public Relations strategy to reach out to new and potential clientele, or the general public. So it is important, more so within the field of architecture, engineering, environmental non-profit, landscape architecture and urban planning, to maintain your website in […]

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February 28 2012

Is the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Doing Anything to Get People Back to Work?

February 28th, 2012Posted by 

Times are hard. There are very few places in the world unaffected by the economic downturn. And nowhere has this impact been felt more harshly than the construction industry, which has left a generation of architecture graduates trapped in limbo, struggling to get a foothold in the industry. In the United Kingdom the Royal Institute […]

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February 23 2012

Sustainable Graphic Design: What to do with Ink and Other Printer Cartridges

February 23rd, 2012Posted by 

Being environmentally cognizant has become the new way of thinking in terms of developing a profitable business. In the contemporary eco-conscious world, businesses are working toward incorporating environmentally friendly procedures into their production. Even practicing eco-friendly techniques or associating an eco-friendly logo design to your company may make the difference between financial profit and loss. […]

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February 15 2012

Steps and Tools to Promote Urban Planning Firms Online

February 15th, 2012Posted by 

A few weeks ago, I explored three avenues for social media marketing for urban planners and urban planning firms. The social media marketing steps discussed in that blog are just a handful of steps for an urban planning firm to promote themselves online. There are many different avenues a firm can take to promote itself […]

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January 25 2012

Exceptional Landscape Architecture Business Card Designs

January 25th, 2012Posted by 

Who wouldn’t want a landscape architect to give them a business card full of seeds? Lush gives their clients free seeds with every business card! In this way, the card serves multiple purposes. One is branding, and another is of a much more practical purpose. The seeds are able to produce a landscape, a task […]

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January 18 2012

What is Social Media Marketing?: A Guide for Urban Planners

January 18th, 2012Posted by 

Social media marketing has become a buzzword this decade. Every business seems to be hiring social media marketers now. Which social media network would be the most appropriate for a certain organization? This mini guide is meant to be a starting point for planners’ and architects’ research into social media marketing. Planning professionals should always […]

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January 11 2012

Unique Engineering Business Cards that Wow

January 11th, 2012Posted by 

All businesses aim to make a lasting impression. Engineering firms are no exception, although a creative business card is rare in this field. This is a business card for the Canadian firm, Helix. As you can see, it seems very strange at first glance. For one, it is transparent blue. In addition, though, there seems […]

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January 02 2012

The Impact of Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) on New York City Downtown Revitalization

January 2nd, 2012Posted by 

Each year, New York City’s network of Business Improvements Districts (BIDs) invests approximately $100 million worth of programs and services across the five boroughs. This network of 64 BIDs constitutes the largest network of its kind nationwide.  Business owners, property owners, local merchant associations, elected officials, and urban planners have come to acknowledge the importance […]

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November 10 2011

5 Unique Urban Planning Business Card Designs

November 10th, 2011Posted by 

It never hurts to have a good business card design. While they seem like a basic staple (and often times overlooked) of any firm, a good business card can make a break a sale for a company. Having a flashy business card could be the difference of a potential client picking up the phone and […]

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October 18 2011

Best Uses of Social Media for Urban Planning

October 18th, 2011Posted by 

From the beginning of its practice, planning has always been a discipline of engagement.  Without engaging and interacting with city residents and constituents, planners would be lost with regards to making effective decisions and city plans.  Now, with technology virtually omnipresent and more of these residents having access to data and city information, it’s imperative […]

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September 10 2011

Fall 2011 Internship: Business and Marketing Blogger

September 10th, 2011Posted by 

Global Site Plans is offering a 6-month to 1-year internship opportunity for contributing bloggers for topics related to business, marketing, design (website, graphic, and print), internet marketing, and content strategy. If you are a student with a passion and talent for writing about any of the aforementioned topics, then Global Site Plans wants you as a contributing blogger. We […]

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September 09 2011

How Cities are Getting “Smart”

September 9th, 2011Posted by 

“Smart” is a Cyber Buzz Word Hawking & Einstein would have trouble keeping up with this term’s branding umbrella. “Smart” is a swirling universe of interlocking cyberstrings: system, network, knowledge, power, self-regulation, transparency, efficiency, sustainability, individuality, comprehensiveness, inclusivity. Smart cities draw on all of these. “Smart” is Open The cat is out of the bag […]

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