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More than three years of growth for SMG Web Design in Southeast Minnesota


Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Preston Features

SMG Web Design started out in 2009, the idea of Jason Sethre, the owner of the Fillmore County Journal. He saw there were people and businesses in the community that needed an online presence at a reasonable price.

Michelle Haugerud was originally hired in 2010 to oversee the company and coordinate communicating with clients. Over time, her position has changed, and she is now designing websites. She had gone to school for website development, but had no practical experience.

Tyler Grundman found out from a friend of his about the job, and he was hired as a web designer. He also does computer repair for SMG Computer Solutions.

“Jason felt the area was in dire need of tech repair, and he felt it would work,” said Tyler.

Working with Tyler’s guidance, Michelle was able to put her knowledge to practical use, and now the two work together well as a team.

Tyler’s interest in technology started at a very early age. When he was about six years old, he liked to play video games, but he wanted to do certain things in the games that were not allowed. He figured out a way to hack the game so that he could change things to make them however he wanted. He still does this when playing video games.

SMG Web Design has created more than 100 websites over the last three years, but they have much more than just websites. Their two-year contract package includes building the website itself, but also regular updates, online advertising credit, Google analytics, social media accounts, and more. According to Michelle, the relationship with the customer does not stop when the website is done.

“We have relationships with the customers,” she explained. “There’s a lot of ongoing communication.”

Michelle advises businesses on their marketing, which goes beyond just having a website. She counsels people on social media and other marketing tools, and gives them ideas on what they could be doing to improve their business.

Tyler spends a lot of his time doing computer repair, something that he loves doing. He also enjoys helping the customers with their problems

Both Tyler and Michelle work on each website. Tyler said he does the initial work to get the information in, and then Michelle “makes it look pretty.”

Right now they are actively working on 15 websites, which is the norm according to Michelle.

One of the things they offer that is growing more popular is e-commerce, or purchasing online. Tyler said it is much easier to do than many people think, and they are more than willing to help people offer that on their websites.

Over the past three years, SMG Web Design has increased their services greatly, and those will continue to evolve as the business grows. The websites themselves have become more complicated and more involved than they were when the team started out three years ago. And technology itself is constantly changing, offering people more and more options.

“There is always a constant shift in what we are offering,” Michelle said.

Check out some of the work they have done at smgwebdesign.com. For more information on what SMG Web Design can do to help you, call Tyler or Michelle at 507-765-2704.

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