Social Media

Are you still on Facebook?

Posted by | Services, Social Media | No Comments
So it's International Quit Facebook Day. I'll be interested to read tomorrow how many people actually quit; I'm sure it'll be in the news somewhere. Or someone will tweet it. Here's the news so far. There's been a lot of panic in the media over here this month - see this article and this one for examples. Facebook's privacy policy is an overlong nightmare, but let's be realistic for a moment. Key advice: be sensible what you put on Facebook. Carefully look at your settings to see how much information you're giving out. For example, don't be daft and display your full date of birth and the town you were born in. Identity thieves may love you for it, but do you really want their love? (And if you're worried that the folk at Facebook themselves might do something nasty with your identity, cross your fingers behind your back and type in a different date of birth to your actual one. Not nice, I know, but we all have a ton of information out there in the ether these days; protect it as you can.) If in doubt, click the options which give out the least information to the world, and keep your wider profile visible only to your friends (and even then, do think about just how much info you want to give out). As with LinkedIn, it's a good idea to only allow people you actually know to befriend you, or possibly friends of people you trust, if you are concerned about your privacy and identity. Yes, that might mean you don't have 567 friends - you might only have 80 - but they are people you actually know. If you're a business person and you're using your personal Facebook account for business, be sensible about what images you load up. Nobody wants to see you drunk and disorderly at a party. It might have been fun at the time, but it could influence the way future clients think about you. You have less control about the tags other people put on their photos, but you can control your own account as you like. Realistically, if you're going to use Facebook for business, start a business page. Keep it businesslike. Attract fans. Direct your clients to it. Make it a separate identity to your own Facebook personal page. Facebook is growing in popularity as a business tool. I don't, at this point, use it for my own company but I do maintain a business page for one of my clients. It's another way to advertise your products and services for free using viral marketing. Oh, and think about this: Facebook has received a ton of publicity this month. Even if it wasn't all good, it's the name that's on everyone's lips, or fingertips.

Mini websites $499 including hosting

Posted by | Services, Social Media, Websites | No Comments
Do you only need a little website? Up to three pages and a blog? We can build you one for $499 inc GST and one year's hosting. You'll be able to make your own changes so maintenance costs could be zero. We know there are lots of options out there for business owners and people who want a personal site to download a free or low cost Content Management System (CMS) template for their website and then tailor it to their own needs. If you're a business owner, and customising website templates isn't your specialty, it's probably costing you more time than it's worth to try. What do you charge an hour? And how many hours might you be spending tweaking a template and getting frustrated when it doesn't work like it should? And lots of hosting companies also offer free website templates, but when you read the fine print you could be up for $80 or more a month in hosting costs. These are reasons why you should talk to us. We know what it's like being in small business, with a lean budget to work with. We can save you time and frustration, and most of all, money. If you're a small business or need a personal site and would like a website with up to four pages*, this deal is for you. Your site will have:
  • Content Management System which allows you to edit pages
  • A unique look and feel appropriate to your type of business, your branding and corporate colours, or your personal interests
  • A Home Page, About Page, Contact Page and
  • The option for a blog
  • Tailored Search Engine Optimisation on every page to increase your search engine rankings
  • Links to your social media pages, ie Twitter, LinkedIn, should you want them
  • RSS feeds so people can automatically get updates from your site
  • Site stats and analytics
  • One year's web hosting
  • Training on using your new site
  • Up to 3 email addresses for your domain name
If you want an e-commerce shopping cart, that's another story and will cost you more (price determined after we sit down and have a chat about what you need). The site will have a template customised to your needs and your preferences for colours. We'll throw in the hosting costs for the first year as part of the deal, but after that, hosting costs and domain name renewal should be the only costs you need to budget for with your new site. We arrange hosting with a reputable supplier and have not experienced any downtime with any of our clients' sites. Current cost for hosting is between $50 - $120/yr  with the two hosting providers we recommend but that fluctuates, so we'll keep you informed of changes. You'll be doing all the updating yourself using one of the simplest CMSs available - unless of course you'd like us to maintain it for you. We'll give you free support for the first month after your site is uploaded. After that, if you need our help, we do charge an hourly rate (with 15 minutes the shortest billing period). It's unlikely you'll need us though unless do you want a new look and feel for your site, or you've done something horribly wrong which you can't repair yourself (unlikely... but we've seen it happen). Contact us to talk more about this special offer. *The fine print. Registration of your domain name, if you don't already have one, is at your cost. Domain names are pretty cheap these days and we can arrange for registration through our hosting suppliers at from as little as $12/year (current as at May 2010). We supply you with three pages and a blog. If you'd like extra sections or pages added to your site we can arrange that for $25 for a basic page. We can also give you add-ons such as photo galleries starting at $25 per gallery setup.