Web Basics – Mobile Friendly Design

Hi all, and welcome to the first post in our Web Basics series. Today we’re going to be talking about mobile friendly design – what it is and why it’s super important for your organization! Let’s get into it.

Have any of you ever gone to a website on your phone and had to zoom in to read the sentence, then scroll over to finish it, then zoom out to click a button, then pull your hair out and just quit? Me too. Those sites aren’t mobile friendly and tend not to be very easy to use. So what does it mean for a site to be mobile friendly? Well, there are two ends of the spectrum. First there’s adaptive … Read More

MTA On The Road Conference 2017

October was a busy month for the Shumaker Technology Group. We were pleased to attend every “MTA On The Road” event presented by the Michigan Townships Association during the month of October. We traveled all around the state of Michigan exhibiting at a total of 9 different areas: Grand Rapids, Ludington, Traverse City, Chelsea, Kalamazoo, West Branch, Petoskey, Alpena and Mt. Pleasant.

STG was accompanied by hundreds of municipal officials including clerks, supervisors, treasurers, and trustees. We met plenty of new people in many different areas that we had never been to before. It was great to experience the different demographic areas and help educate the locals about the importance of technology.

We started our adventure on October 10thRead More

MAMC Summer Conference 2017

STG was very pleased to attend the MAMC conference again in June of 2017. This year’s event was held at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo.

Three STG representatives were accompanied by hundreds of municipal officials, mainly clerks, and several additional vendors. It was great to meet many new people and catch up with the numerous familiar faces that we have met over the years.

We arrived at the MAMC conference on Tuesday, June 20. After we set up our booth, we joined the attendees and vendors at Bell’s Brewery for an entertaining networking event.

Wednesday the attendees began their classes. It was interesting to hear about what they learned throughout the day. Wednesday was also the start of the … Read More

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