2017 MTA Educational Conference & Expo

MTAMonday April 10th through Wednesday April 13th Michigan Townships Association held their annual conference and expo at the Lansing Center.

Thousands of township officials attended to learn about new policies from speakers and different ways they can improve their townships from vendors like STG.

Four of our representatives attended the MTA Expo this year to ensure we could assist officials with any of their website development or document management needs.

mapThere were township members that drove several hours across the state to attend this event. We met township members from the top of the Upper Peninsula all the way to very bottom of the mitten.

We felt honored to talk to and give township officials goodies like technology … Read More

STG at CES 2017

IMG_0682For the fifth consecutive year, a group of us from STG escaped the Michigan winter and headed to Las Vegas for CES, the Consumer Electronics Show. This year’s show was impressive as usual, and it was particularly interesting to explore with previous years in mind and watch how old trends have faded and new exciting ones have emerged.

In 2014, for example, virtual reality and other “immersive” innovations were some of the most exciting but least developed technologies around the floor at CES. Getting into one of the few actual demonstrations came with hours of waiting in line. This year, it seemed like every other booth was running a virtual reality demo just to show off their product that may … Read More

MTA On the Road 2016

img_8461For the past several years, we have been regulars at the yearly MTA On the Road events. MTA On the Road is a series of events presented by the Michigan Townships Association and hosted in various communities across Michigan. At these events, representatives from townships come to learn about the latest happenings in township legislation, see what new resources are available to townships, and enjoy the company of other township officials and vendors.

Our role at these events is to inform townships of our website development, document management, mobile app development, and graphic design services that could be useful to them, and connect with townships who are looking for these services. It’s a great feeling to meet a township official … Read More

Search Engine Optimization

iStock_000005855737_SmallIf you’re among the many people that feel pop-up ads are obnoxious and irritating, you’ll be happy to hear that Google agrees! The search engine giant recently announced that the use of pop-up ads will negatively affect a website’s search result ranking. Search engine optimization, or SEO for short, is the process of ensuring a webpage will appear near the top of a list of search results when relevant keywords are entered. This is especially important for small businesses whose websites can easily be buried in the rankings.

Here are a few SEO tips specifically for small businesses:
• Maintain a strong social media presence. Staying active on social media outlets is a simple and effective way to improve your … Read More

Gladwin County Council Meeting

IMG_1290We were very excited to attend a Gladwin County Council Meeting last month. We are very thankful to Colin Combs of Secord Township and the rest of the Gladwin County Officials for letting us come and speak at the event. We are currently working with Clement Township on a new website, so we thought it would be a great idea to attend this meeting and speak with more township officials in the Gladwin area. We spoke at the meeting about what we could do to help make townships more accessible to residents and more efficient for board members. The Council was very open and welcoming towards us, and we met a lot of great people who are very passionate about … Read More