Important News from Wiregrass Advertising!

Over the past 11 years, we have worked to offer you the best in marketing, hosting, and website design.  In January, we are continuing our services under a new name: Ignite Creative Marketing Agency.

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Please be advised that there will be no change that affects you negatively. By the name change, we hope to expand the company as well as keep up the good reputation we have built. We will continue providing the same services as well as offering new cloud-based and hands-on marketing services.

For any inquiries, feel free to contact us at (334) 513-8705 or at

I want to personally thank you for being our client and let you know how much I value your business.  I wish you a wonder-filled Christmas season and an amazing new year!

Christian Helvin
Wiregrass Advertising (soon to be) Ignite Creative Marketing Agency

Domains and the Power of .com

In a world full of domains and .whatevers :), .com is still the most powerful and standard domain extension you can get.  It has grown over to the years to greater than 110 million registered domains!

Take the next step in growing your business. Join the millions of businesses that have found success on a .com.

.com means business. .com is the standard for doing business online. Give your business the recognition that comes along with a .com to help connect with new customers and partners.

.com means credibility. Your name says a lot about your business so why associate it with a less credible domain? Customers know .com, and that’s why every Fortune 500 company and the world’s 100 fastest-growing companies have a .com. Align yourself with the domain more businesses rely on to grow online.

.com means confidence. Every business can benefit from an online identity customers know and trust. Thanks to over 15 years of reliability, security and availability, .com enables you and your customers to confidently connect online.

Get started registering yoru domain today!

Vine: Your 6 Seconds in the Spotlight? Social NetworkIn today’s world of social media, there are so many ways to connect with your audience.  Everything from Facebook and Google+ to Intragram and Flickr, choosing the best ones for your business can be difficult.

I’m going to review yet another social network: Vine. Owned by Twitter, Vine uses the same concept as the popular microblogging service: six second videos.  Being always short and to the point, this could be one reason this network has gained so much attention.  Let’s cover some the features that could make this a must for your business.

First, let us cover the fact – that yes! – every video is 6 seconds long, no more, no less!  This should not inhibit your creativity but instead blossom many ideas to fit your brand and message within that period.

The next item to keep in mind is your business on Vine might not promote to the right audience for your niche. Contrary to many of the most popular social networks, Vine is less of a complete social network in its traditional form and more of a mobile app.  As of now, unless you embed specific videos on your website, you are not able to view a single video or interact with other users on their website: only when using their app on your mobile device.

If your products or services speak to this type of audience, then get started!  Make videos to promote your new product lines, show customers little hints or ticks or announce your company news. The options, though might seem few with only six seconds, are pretty much endless. Below are some examples of what we found to be good advertising to help spark your imagination.

So if you believe Vine can help your business grow, sign up today to get started.  Here at Wiregrass Advertising, we are here to serve your business with any social media marketing need you have.  Feel free to contact us anytime.

BangSlush! – The Revolutionary Way to Clean Your Water Heater

We are very pleased to present our new website, BangSlush! We worked closely with a remarkable gentleman who invented a product to absolutely save you money while promoting your family’s health!


The BangSlush! Invention

Did you know that within a couple years time, your water heater’s bottom element will be surrounded by slushy deposits? Instead of heating nice, clean water in the tank, it begins to heat up those deposits!

With the BangSlush! Hot Water Heater Cleaning Apparatus, you can simply and easily clean the muck, slush and mineral buildup out of your water heater, extending the life of both the heater as well as the heating elements.

In addition to his amazing cleaning product, he also innovated a common water heater product: the element socket. Usually element sockets allow you to unscrew the heating element, however they provide no stability or support to remove it from the actual tank. The BangSlush! Element Socket not only unscrews the device and provides stability to remove the element, but also attaches to any regular drill for easy removal!

Originally coming to us for a simple marketing consultation, we had the pleasure of working with the complete branding, video shoot/design and website design.

For more information and to purchase yours today, please visit

The Moving Truck

I recently rented a moving truck and car dolly from Budget Truck Rental; needed to move some stuff cross country quickly but wanted to spend as little as possible. Budget Truck stomped the competition by about $500 so I was pretty stoked.

Excitement quickly waned when I went to pick up the truck and discovered that the car dolly was in another city, about thirty miles away. The rental agent knew it was there, he had confirmed it by phone earlier in the day, but that was where his customer service ended. If I still wanted it I could drive the 60 miles round trip to get it. On the way to the next town I also discovered that the air conditioning did not work. I discussed the situation with the Budget Truck folks in their national call center only to be told that they “understood my concerns” but if I would keep the truck since another was not available they would make a considerable compensation at the end of my trip. That should have been a warning- they refused to say what the compensation would be.

Forced against the clock I opted to continue with Budget Truck. To make a long story short, two days later I arrived at my destination with second degree sunburn from having to leave the windows rolled down due to stifling heat and one instance of the truck breaking down enroute. After returning the truck I made the dutiful call to Budget truck to see what my “significant compensation” would be. Amazing! They were willing to drop a $1200 bill down by $25. Yes, $25 for sending me 60 miles out of my way and suffering in pain for two weeks as sun-caused blisters slowly healed.

I am always looking for a good deal; priding myself on being price-conscious. But over the years I’ve come to realize that good deals are not always good in the end. I’ve listened to hundreds of clients explain to me the woes of past “budget” website designers. How the designers failed to keep their promises, gave a song and a dance that drew them in only to send them on an unfulfilling distant journey that left them bitter and hurt.

I started Wiregrass Advertising with the mindset that I would be honest with people- fair and upright. I would design every website as if I was designing it for my own business and was dependent on that website for my livelihood (which in fact, I was). I knew the only way to become successful in my business was to make my clients successful, so I sat down with everyone of them and gave heart-felt advice, even when it was not asked for. Many of my clients took my advice and saw their businesses grow. Others scoffed or ignored and many of these folks are out of business now.

I’m not saying that I am perfect, or that I have not made mistakes. But when it comes to my business and my web design clients, I feel they deserve more than the “Budget Truck” business model. They are coming to me for a website that works, and that’s exactly what I intend to give them.

Website Malware and Where to Begin

Malware… the big, the bad and the ugly. It is never fun to deal with. In our experience, a small piece of malware on your computer can affect your entire website if you have your website’s passwords or FTP information saved to your computer.

Now choosing to not save your information on your computer and inputting your website’s credentials from memory or paper each time can be an impossible task, especially if you have a number of websites to work with.

Content management systems have helped to cut down on the amount of ability for a malicious script (malware) to insert its code into the site. However if a cms is not kept updated to protect from threats and intrusions, it can become a nightmare for you to clean both your filesystem and database.

Don’t let this scare you out of maintaining your website and going offline altogether! There are tools to help. We recommend having a preventative maintenance plan.

  1. Scan your computer regularily with your antivirus program. If you don’t have one, get one. We personally use Microsoft Security Essentials, but there are quite a few out there to choose from. The biggest tip for all of these programs is to keep them updated. Many malware scripts come out each day and these updates help to protect you from them.
  2. When you see that something strange on your computer, you can search a bit deeper by using a comprehensive scanner, such as Malwarebytes.

If you want to promote your security to your online customers and visitors, you can go a bit further and add on website scanning services, such as SiteLock. We do not always recommend going this far, but feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help you with it!

I know malware can be a scary compromise to your computer, but with a good plan, you can say protected. On our websites and servers, we work hard to keep your websites protected as well. If you ever have any ideas or concerns, please feel free to contact us anytime.


Merry Christmas!

As I’m writing this newsletter, I am about 30,000 feet in the air traveling out west for a family Christmas. This has given me quality time to reflect upon this great year and the many good lessons learned. Our company has enjoyed it’s eighth year in serving you, and we are excited about some things coming this new year to you. We’ll cover those in a bit. First, I want to wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

When Tim Alexander first envisioned and began what is Wiregrass Advertising, he began it with a heart for excellent customer service and professional marketing strategies that enable your website to work successfully. When I resumed his role in January of this year, I quickly found how big his shoes really were to fill. I have truly learned much and have enjoyed this growing experience. I want to thank you for hanging in there with us and allowing us to continue to serve you.

We are excited about some things coming to you this next year. We have worked on many server upgrades and enhancements to allow your websites not only to stay up and running, but also enabling them to work faster!

Also, this past year we launched a new project entitled Low Cost Easy Websites. You can now receive a professionally designed website built onto a cloud based platform making it easy for you to make changes and add items, all for a very low price. Our next newsletter will further focus on the features and aspects of this project as we officially roll it out. In the meantime, check out

We also have been working really hard on a new webmail program that is much easier to use and is both mobile and tablet compatible.

Even though the economy may not be at its peak, we are still here for you in the long run. I have never been more excited about the opportunities we have been working on and also the ones in the works.

I know that my career completely comes from you. For that, I want to thank you for being part of the Wiregrass Advertising family! Anytime you have questions or just want to chat, feel free to contact us or come by if you’re in the area.

Sincerely Yours for Success,
Christian P. Helvin
Wiregrass Advertising, Inc.
“Websites That Work!”

Brimz USA Eyewear – Clip & Flip Sunglasses

Check out one of our newest sites: We were very excited to work with our client as we produced this amazing website. These sunglasses our specialty in the way that you can clip them to the brim of your hat and not have any slippage or aggravation that is commonly found with normal sunglasses. They are great for any kind of outdoor activity and are very inexpensive for the comfort these Brimz sunglasses provide!

Brimz USA Sunglasses

Brimz USA Eyewear

As we developed this site, we wanted to make sure that finding your perfect pair is very easy. Every Brimz product name features the activities they are best suited for. Also, these sunglasses come in both polarized and non-polarized for all types of users. While the actual sunglasses clip onto the brim of your hat, you can still flip them completely out of your view when needed. You do not have to remove the Brimz eyewear to see without the filtered view!

Whether you need one pair or many, provides expectional pricing and delivery even into Bulk Orders! Now you can completely enjoy all your activities under the sun without any worry about your view! Buy Yours Today!

Take Two Consignment Shop

By now we have all heard about consignment shops. It is the perfect place to pick up some new clothes at great prices. Well we have just completed a site for the hottest new consignment shop in the Wiregrass. Take Two Consignments in Dothan Alabama specializes in name brand clothes. From Liz Claiborne to Ann Taylor and Tommy Hilfiger, all of the popular names are there. Shoes, bags, dresses, blouses and skirts: they have it all.


Take Two Consignment Shop

On the other hand, if you have a full closet and are looking to make room for some new things just bring your like new articles of clothing down and they will make you some money. If you are interested in learning more about Take Two then just go on over to their website at

Exciting new Teen Social Site!

We take a lot of joy out of building all of our websites.  Every now and then we have one come around that is truly intriguing.

We had a couple out of Georgia come over and want us to build them a website built off a pin-board idea similar to Pinterest.  The interesting part of this site is they wanted to design an experience that is specifically intended for teens.  After speaking with them for a while we realized they were right about the fact that there are no teen specific social sites anymore.  We as adults have somewhat wrestled away the sites that were initially intended for young people so we set out on creating an exciting new site for teens. a Social Pinboard for Teens a Social Pinboard for Teens

At you can pin interesting things you find all over the internet to any number of different boards.  From fashion to humor to information, it is all there waiting to be discovered.  We have even incorporated a handy pin-it button that can be installed directly on your browser’s toolbar.


This is a teen friendly site that is watched closely by the admins to ensure it stays that way.  This amazing site is in its early stages so go on over and check it out so it can continue to grow and bring exciting new experiences in social networking for teens.