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Site Launch: Joseph P. Mangione, Inc.

WSG today launched JPMangione.com, a redesign of the digital home for Joseph P. Mangione, Inc.

Their owner and project lead, Gary Mangione, was a joy. He handled content creation duties on the project, somehow finding time to keep the business running and pump out pages and pages of new copy. We thank you Gary!

JP Mangione handles all manners of physical and electronic security, so, doors, closers, alarms, locksets, access controls, master key systems, for both residential and commercial clients alike.

The new site features:

Custom design
New information architecture
Light social integration
Content management
Multiple, simple calls to action

We thank everyone at JP Mangione for making WSG their firm of choice, and we look forward to continued growth, both for their site and business.

I loved Thor. Loved it.

The Thor movie is awesome. Go see it. That is all.

 

Hey – Look at what my new Windows Phone 7 can do!

The headline of the day comes to us from Tech Crunch, regarding popular applications on the new Windows 7 Mobile phone.

The Gas Has Been Passed From iPhone To Windows Phone 7: Fart App Tops The Charts

Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

Groupon Comes to Town

71973366_0c62102317_mI’m a fan of word mashups, especially the humorous sort.  Say, if someone named Jimmy Pardo started a podcast, I might call it a PardCast.  (That one is taken, and it’s a riot.)That kind of thing.

So what would you call a website where a GROUP or GROUPS of people visited to share and access COUPONS? Coup-Group.com or CoupGroup.com?  No.  CouponGroup.com?  No.

OH – I know – GROUPON.com!

Yeah, that’s it.  Oh, darn.  Someone already took that idea and foisted it upon the fine people of the Capital Region.

*Sigh*

WSG Clients Honored as Best of the Capital Region 2010

metroland best of cr 29-coverWe at WSG are proud to congratulate three of our valued clients who were honored by Metroland Newsweekly as Best of the Capital Region for 2010.

Grappa 72 was honored as the “Best New Restaurant.” (WSG was equally honored to create Grappa72.com.)

“Armand and Tia Lule have subtly transformed the old Carmine’s Restaurant in both ambiance and menu, combining the best qualities of traditional Italian and modern elegance. Fresh ingredients like house-cured salmon and crisp greens sparkle, and the wine list begs you to forego the usual California cab for an adventure in zestful Italians.” (Source)

Mark Thomas Men’s Apparel was honored as “Best Men’s Clothing” store. (WSG was equally honored to create MarkThomasMensApparel.com.)

“Mark Goldfarb and Tom Fagan know how to do men’s clothes right. From the minute you walk through the door you feel like your in a an old-world environment that harks back to days of the classic haberdasheries. They carry quality lines such as Pal Zileri, Corneliani and Jack Victor, as well as an amazing collection of sportier clothing, shoes and accessories. Whether you’re just starting your career, running a top law firm or coaching basketball, Mark Thomas will have you looking like a millionaire.” (Source)

Fred Dicker of Talk 1300 AM was honored for hosting the “Best Political Radio Show.” (WSG was equally honored to create Talk1300.com.)

“New York Post state political editor Fred Dicker’s show is a perennial winner. He breaks news, gets interesting (and powerful) guests, and lets the listener know where’s he’s coming from. And his “music Friday” segment, where he plays everything from 1940s pro-Stalinist ditties to 1910s anti-immigrant tunes, is a hoot.” (Source)

We are proud to work with these three clients, and we wish them nothing but continued success.

Gile Family Announces Shift of Focus to Growing Technology Properties, Finalizes Sale of Local Office Supply Business

Oldest, largest independent dealer in Albany sells to largest independent in the country

Albany, NY – Completing a transition which began in the late 90’s, the Gile family has today finalized the sale of its local office supply presence and will now focus solely on their technology offerings, which are headlined by WSG.net.  The R.J. Gile Co. Inc. office supply business was officially sold to W.B. Mason today.

The Giles will continue with the local operations of Web Services Group, Inc. (WSG.net), along with their other online retail entities.

Established in 1977 by Rick and Olga Gile as a typewriter repair and stationery shop in the back of their Troy, NY home, the R.J. Gile Company grew to be Albany’s oldest and largest independently owned office supply dealer.  W.B. Mason is the largest independently owned office supplier in the nation.

“We started with typewriters, rubber stamps, carbon paper and the like.  Today we service computers, networks and maintain dynamic web presences,” said Rick Gile.  “Keeping up with this shift and adapting to new technologies has helped us become the vibrant organization we are today.”

In the late 90’s, the Giles began diversifying their offerings, adding what is now WSG.net in 1996.  As the second generation of the family business, WSG is led by Rick and Olga’s two sons – Mike and Jim Gile.  WSG.net is a full-service provider of web solutions, IT consulting and network support, and web hosting.

“We identified a dual opportunity when our abilities as a design and technology firm began to flourish,” said Jim Gile, WSG’s Vice President  “We could offer world-class web and IT services to other businesses as well as being able to create and support our own internet stores to potentially compete in every market across the country and around the world.  It is clear that the present and the future of our company exist in the continued aggressive expansion of these offerings.”

Today, WSG serves numerous clients in the Capital Region and other markets in New York state and beyond, while Gile’s eCommerce properties, focusing outside the local area, now service customers in all 50 states, along with 22 countries.

“Our father’s mission statement at RJ Gile was always very simple:  Customer Retention.  He always taught us that what was in the client’s best interest was always in our best interest,” said Mike Gile.  “We operate WSG in this same manner, with an emphasis on our customers’ needs.”

Company Timeline

1977: Rick and Olga Gile open the R.J. Gile Co. Inc. office supply dealership in Troy, NY.

1989: R.J. Gile purchases Green’s Office Outfitters, Est. 1912.

1996: WSG is formed.  WSG began as an Internet Service Provider, but quickly transformed into a Web Development and IT Support firm with a strong focus on customer service.

1997: WSG and R.J. Gile move central operations to Colonie, NY.

2006: GileToys.com is launched, offering the sale of educational games and toys through its web site and various charity fundraisers.

2009: Local office supply business sold to W.B. Mason.

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