New Year – Time for a New Website?

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In today’s online world, for a lot of companies, a website is the first point of contact a customer will have of your business. First impressions count – especially as people click away from a website within seconds if they don’t like what they see. In fact, it is estimated that over 75% of people judge the credibility of a business based on it’s websites. Here is a list of the main reasons why it may be time for your business to have a new website….. Read more to find out if it is time for a new website…

Tradie Websites – The Essentials

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As people are using the more traditional forms of advertising less and less to find a local tradesman (think Leader Newspaper and Yellow Pages) it is becoming increasingly important for every tradie (from one man businesses to larger enterprises) to have a website. However not every website is designed well – which means a lot of money can be spent for very little return.. Read more about the essential requirements of tradie websites…

Online Shops – How to get more sales

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You know that lots of people are coming to your website but for some reason they are leaving before they make a purchase. This is actually a common problem as most businesses focus on getting people to their website. This is a good start – but unless you get them to buy it has been a wasted effort. Unfortunately, it is not as easy as getting people to your website and the sales will just flood in. Read more about getting more sales for your online shop…

5 ways to get more people to your website

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Quite often people think they only need to build a website for their business and customers will flock to it. Unfortunately it is not that easy. Take the example of a plumbing business – if you type in ‘plumbers melbourne’ you will get 2,390,000 results!  It is unreasonable to expect that a customer will be able to find your plumbing business website in over 2 million search results. So what can be done so that your website will be found easily? Read more about ways to get more people to your website..

5 ways to design a great home page for your website

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First impressions count

It is true that getting visitors to your website is hard work, but in many ways it is even harder to get them to stay. In fact, you only have a few seconds to engage a potential customer before they click away from your website.
So how do you create a great first impression to keep people on your website and ultimately buy your product or service? Read more about how to design a great home page…

5 Steps to Make Social Media Work for your Small Business

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It is commonly thought that social media, as it is a free means of advertising, is great for small businesses to use. It is also considered to be one of the best ways to engage with a broad audience. However, what is not commonly known, is that what you may be saving in money you will most likely be spending in time. Without an effective social media plan you could end up spending lots of time on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc but get very little back in resulting sales. Read more about how to make social media work for your business…

We Continue to be Google AdWords Certified

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Google AdWords is one of the most effective online marketing tools that your company can use. It is a method of advertising on the internet whereby you pay for a small text ad to appear when a person types in certain words (called keywords). It is rapidly replacing the more traditional form of print advertising in newspapers and magazines. In fact, it is now estimated that over 85% of people use the internet to search for a local business. Read more about Google Ads Certification…

Online Shops

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The Basics

Why limit yourself to customers who are willing and able to visit your shop to make a purchase? Expand your potential customer base by having an online shop.

With over 70% of people now using the internet to buy goods and services, even the smallest of businesses now need to have an online shop. In addition, over 1/3 of people are now using their mobile phone to make purchases so you need to be mobile friendly. Read more about online shops…

Google & Mobile Phones

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What you Need to Know

Google recently updated the way it ranks mobile friendly websites to make it easier for searchers on mobile phones to find them. It will now be easier to find high quality websites where text is easily readable, with minimal tapping, zooming or horizontal scrolling required. This means if your website is not mobile friendly it will be harder for people to find you on their mobile phones. Read more about Google and mobile phones…

Google Grants for Non-Profit Organisations

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A lot of people, one way or another, are connected to a non-profit organisation – whether as an employee, volunteer, consumer, or donor. But did you know that Google has a Grants programme that allows up to $10,000 of free Google AdWords each month? – that is over $1 million dollars per year! Is your non-profit organisation making use of this very generous Google grants offer? Read more about Google Grants for non-profit organisations…

We are Google AdWords Certified

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Google AdWords is one of the most effective marketing tools that your company can use. It is a method of advertising on the internet whereby you pay for a small text ad to appear when a person types in certain words (called keywords). It is rapidly replacing the more traditional form of print advertising in newspapers and magazines. In fact, it is now estimated that over 85% of people use the internet to search for a local business. Read more about Google Ads certification…

Turn your Mobile Phone into a Cash Register

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How you can do it

Are you a tradesman who spends lots of time chasing up payments from customers? Is it affecting your cash flow? Do you wish there was an easy way to receive payment from your customer as soon as the job is completed? If so, you should consider using your mobile phone to do exactly that.

Fairly recent technology now allows you to use your smart phone as a mobile credit card facility. Most of these applications do not require a card reader or card swipe machine. Read more about turning your mobile phone into a cash register…

Google AdWords – The Basics

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How to get started

We are often asked what Google AdWords are and how it can be used to increase business. Google AdWords is an method of advertising on the Internet whereby advertisers pay to have small ads appear when a person types in certain words (called keywords). The ads appear above organic listings and also along the right hand side of the screen.

Above is an example of what an ad might look like if a person types ‘Electrician Melbourne’. Read more about the basics of Google Ads….

Stock Photos

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What are they?

Stock photos is a term used for photos that are selected from a large catalogue of photos and used for a specific purpose. These purposes include photos for websites, newspaper advertisements and general advertising material. They are purchased as an alternative to using a professional photographer. Stock photos can suit those who are on a tight budget as they are less expensive than hiring a professional photographer. Read more about stock photos…

Can your Business Afford NOT to have a Website?

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NO, every business needs a website!

When you are a small business, especially if you are just starting out, it is extremely important to keep costs under control. However there are some things you need to spend money on if you want your business to be successful.

If you are a tradie you need to make sure you have good quality reliable tools that will get the job done quickly and to a high standard. If you are setting up a new cafe you definitely have to spend money on a good coffee machine and on decor that makes the cafe inviting. Another essential expense is a website. Read more about whether your small business can afford NOT to have a website…

Online Directory Listings and Tradies

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What you need to know

Have you heard of websites such as www.womo.com.au (“womo”). Well if you haven’t then you need to find out quickly as they are a great online marketing tool for small businesses especially tradesmen. Womo alone gets around 70,000 visitors every single day!

Listing your business on online directories provides a very effective way for customers to find you. Read more about online directory listings for tradies…

SEO Tips for Tradies & Plumbers

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One of the best ways to develop effective online marketing strategies is to put yourself in the shoes of the type of customer you are trying to attract. Using a plumber as an example we can illustrate simple steps to make a tradie website search engine (SEO) friendly – ie make your website easy to find on the internet.

More than 12,000 people use the internet to search for a plumber in Melbourne every single month. Read more about SEO tips for tradies and plumbers…

Does your small business need a website?

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Is a website really necessary?

We are often asked “I am a tradesman, do I really need a website?”, and the answer is a definite YES.

More than 85% of people now use the internet to find a local business. So if you are not on the internet you are missing out on lots of work. Despite this, less than 30% of small businesses (and even less for tradesmen) have a website. Read more about whether your small business needs a website…

What is a BLOG?

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About BLOGS

Blog is the abbreviation of the original term web log. It is an online version of a diary, and needs to be maintained with regular entries.

For a business a blog can be many things but it usually has topical matters that the business believes to be relevant and of interest to both it’s existing and potential customers. It includes such things as information on new products and services, special offers and in depth technical analysis of a particular topic. If used correctly it is a very powerful marketing tool. Read more about blogs…

SEO – the basics

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What is SEO?

SEO stands for ‘Search Engine Optimisation’. SEO is the use of various tools and strategies to get your website as high up on the Google search engine results pages as possible. Although there are other search engines, Google is really the only one you need to be bothered about as more than 90% of searches use it. SEO is often confused with the term ‘online marketing’. SEO is one of the many tools that can be used to increase your business’s profile on the internet. Read more about the basic elements of SEO…