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The Costs of Building a Sports Website

on Nov 9, 2016 3:58:09 PM | By Kevin MacCauley | 0 Comments
How Much Does It Cost to Build a Sports Website? When you are looking into building a sports website, there are a lot of factors to consider. After all, you want to be sure that it encompasses all of the features that you could possibly want, and that it will successfully represent and deliver your brand. This includes exploring design, functionality, and providing a quality user experience. Cost is a top consideration as well. What is it going to cost to build a new website? Will the return on your investment be high enough?
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7 Ways to Increase Efficiency for Parents

on Oct 5, 2016 9:12:41 AM | By Upper Hand | 0 Comments
Are you making it easy for parents to find your sports training and get their kids registered? You’ve set up a top-of-the-line athletic training academy, and the students you’ve brought in so far have had a great experience! But as word starts to spread and your sports academy starts to grow, are you ready to manage and communicate with a growing number of clients? While the athletes’ experiences are crucial to the success of your business, this is not the only factor to take into account. Ultimately, it is likely to be a parent who is registering, scheduling and paying for this training. So as you start to bring in new clients, ask yourself “Am I providing good customer support and making it easy for parents to purchase training?” To answer that question, make sure you’re aware of all of your client touch-points. How do parents find out about your events? Is it easy for them to visit your website and take action?
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10 Inspiring Sports Website Designs on WordPress

on Sep 20, 2016 10:49:12 AM | By Kevin MacCauley | 0 Comments
  Did you know that 38% of people will stop reading a website if the layout or design is unattractive? That's what Adobe found when it surveyed 2,000 consumers last year. People's expectations are higher than ever. They won't waste their time on websites that are slow or difficult to navigate. They're reluctant to do business with a company that looks out of date and unprofessional.   The good news is: Creating a website that's modern, responsive and sleek doesn't require a lot of coding skill or a huge investment of time or money. You can create great sports website designs using the platforms you're already familiar with, like Wordpress.
Topics: Websites & SEO
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SEO Tips to Increase Sports Website Traffic - Part Two

on Aug 31, 2016 1:52:40 PM | By Kevin MacCauley | 0 Comments
  Do you have a great sports website, but want to start driving more traffic? There are so many techniques of search engine optimization (SEO) that it can be overwhelming when you are getting started with a new WordPress website. In Part One: 10 SEO Tips to Increase Traffic to Your WordPpress Sports Website, I discussed some of the main opportunities to get started improving your SEO, including several Keyword optimization tactics, as well as how to best utilizie links within your pages. In Part Two, I'll share a few WordPress plugins that can help you better manage and track your SEO, as well as some additional tips to increase traffic!
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5 Reasons to Build a WordPress Sports Website

on Aug 11, 2016 4:06:54 PM | By Kevin MacCauley | 0 Comments
  WordPress is a versatile platform for building blogs and websites. It's free and open source, costing you nothing to use. It's the most popular website platform in the world, with millions of sites. Lots of themes and plugins are available for every industry needs — including sports and training! If you want to build a sports website, you have many options. You can let a sports-specific company host your site. You can hire a developer to create a custom site from scratch, but this will be a large expense, with the continued costs of fixing bugs. If you want control of your site at a reasonable cost, using a content management system (CMS) such as WordPress is likely your best option. 5 Reasons to Build a WordPress Sports Website
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7 Advantages of Mobile Responsive Sports Camp Registration

on Aug 4, 2016 7:00:00 AM | By Kevin MacCauley | 0 Comments
Why Mobile Apps might not be as advantageous to your sports business as you think! These days, everyone is mobile. That means that your website & sports camp registration need to be mobile responsive to make it as easy as possible for parents to register their kids, pay for camp and take care of filling out all those important forms. Sure, you can create a separate app to allow for camp registration and provide parents with tools, but there are several key advantages of creating a mobile responsive sports camp registration site and checkout process.
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10 SEO Tips to Increase Traffic to Your Wordpress Sports Website

on Jul 18, 2016 1:30:57 PM | By Kevin MacCauley | 0 Comments
  Do you have a great Wordpress sports website, but are having trouble getting the word out? Perhaps you are not familiar with the many techniques of search engine optimization (SEO), or perhaps you have waded through the myriad of advice pages on the web and found them overwhelming. In fact, according to GraphPaperPress.com, there are over 200 criteria coming into play every day that influence the searchability of your website. Let's narrow down some quick SEO tips to increase traffic!
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Introducing Stripe processing & On-demand payouts

on May 25, 2015 11:36:49 AM | By Kevin MacCauley | 0 Comments
Happy Memorial Day! While you are enjoying family, friends, BBQ and the holiday, the Upper Hand team is at work preparing for a major upgrade to our software this coming week. This week, we will be migrating (e.g. switching) payment processors from BalancedPayments to Stripe. This change brings several updates you won't see, along with a few you will. Here are the top four things you need to know: (1) Migrating from Balanced to Stripe (2) New on-demand direct deposit payouts (3) Several upcoming new features (4) List of fixes and improvements (1) Migrating from Balanced to Stripe The transition from Balanced to Stripe will take place this week. As part of the transition, we will begin processing payments for training (how clients pay you) and direct deposit payouts (how we get your money to you) through our new Stripe integration. Recall, that we do not store sensitive payment information on our platform, so the only information that is transferred includes basic details about our customers and your clients (e.g. name, tokenized payment, etc). Lastly, you will find updated Terms & Conditions along with the upgrade, as part of our ongoing commitment at Upper Hand to provide transparency. If you have questions about the migration - please email us at support@getupperhand.com. (2) New on-demand direct deposit payouts With "on-demand" payouts on Upper Hand, you will be able to request a direct deposit of your earnings anytime. The new feature will be connected to the financial section of your dashboard, where you will be able to request withdrawals from your Upper Hand account directly into the connected bank you have setup. (3) Several upcoming new features With the new processing, our team is excited to bring several upcoming new features. Upcoming features after migrating to Stripe include: academy memberships management, donation collections and automated payment splitting. We will be announcing these new features as they become available to you. (4) List of fixes and other improvements
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