It’s that time of year again and along with spring cleaning your house and garden, we suggest taking some time out to tidy up your website. This is easy to do and in this spring newsletter we’ve included some tips on how best to achieve this.

We also look at inexpensive, easy ways to promote your website and we provide tips on email newsletters and how to use them to grow your business. And there's information on ways to jazz up your website as well as our regular features. Don't forget, if you have any suggestions or ideas about what you'd like to see in our newsletter, send us an email!

Anna Hamilton

In this edition we feature

• Spring cleaning
• 12 ways to promote your website
• Email newsletters
• Visual bits and pieces
• Sites of interest
• Some random facts!



Spring cleaning
Don’t we all cringe at the thought! However, when it comes to your website it’s a lot easier. It’s a good idea at least once a year to check that your website has the most up to date product details and information. This includes your contact details, phone numbers, address, email and so on.

Make sure that prices listed on your website are current and any competitions or special offers you ran during the year have not expired.

Also check your images are relevant. New images are a very easy way to freshen your website. Finally, look to see that all links on the website are still working correctly.

If you need help spring cleaning your website, do get in touch with us. We're offering you a "spring clean consultation" for $245.00 plus GST between now and the end of November 2008. Email us or give us a call on 04 976 6982.



12 Ways to Promote your Website
Your website is a powerful marketing tool, so it’s important to get people to visit your site. There are a number of simple ways you can get people to your site and hopefully increase business.

One of the easiest and least expensive ways to get your website noticed is to submit it to the major search engines, in particular Google and Yahoo. This is a relatively straightforward process and submission is free although to make sure you achieve a good position, optimisation is a key.

Never miss an opportunity to promote your site. Remember to include your website address on all your business correspondence including letters and emails, business cards, brochures and bumper stickers, the list is endless.

View the full article on 12 ways to promote your website here >>

If you need help with getting your website noticed do get in touch with us>



Email newsletters
In today’s economic climate, keeping in touch with your existing customers is vital. It takes a lot less resource to build loyalty and keep customers than to attract new ones!

One very cost-effective way of keeping in touch with your customers is by email newsletter. As well as being inexpensive, it’s also a quick and effective marketing tool.

Of course, you need to make sure your newsletter is full of information which is useful and interesting for your customers, otherwise they just won’t read it. It’s also a great idea to use the newsletter for promotions and giveaways.

For assistance in getting an email newsletter started for your clients to help build loyalty, do contact us by email or call us on 04 976 6982 >>

Read more here about email newsletters >>


Interesting bits and pieces for your website
Here are two suggestions for jazzing up your website and helping to promote your products and services.

A visual feast for customers!

Some eye catching galleries - a great way to manage the images on your website.

A perfect way to expand the number of products and services on display. Great for businesses with different ranges, seasonal goods and services or just about anything which is visually eye catching!

Check out the following as two different examples.

Limited Editions

Crispin Korschen

Slide shows - When you want to showcase your business.

A great idea for accommodation, tourist and outdoor recreation websites. Or if you are an artist, manufacturer or retailer........the list of possible uses is endless!

Check out the slide shows below.

Karori Garden Centre

Claremont Country Estate

We're offering clients a 10% discount on each of these if you would like one installed before Christmas. The overall price depends on the number of images of course!

Give us a call if you’d like to talk about these or add one to your site.


This month's websites

A fashion shoe business website providing an easy way to see the latest season’s range of shoe styles. Design and search engine optimisation.

Beauty Zone
A beauty salon highlighting the range of services and products offered, while creating a feeling reflecting its tranquil oasis. Design and search engine optimisation.



Some brain work and interesting bits and pieces
Brain work while helping end world hunger?
For every answer you get right, Free Rice donates 20 grains of rice through the UN World Food Programme >>

Did you know?

  • Google and Chrome
    As you may know Google launched its new open source browser in September. This competes with Internet Explorer and Firefox, the world's most popular Web browsers and is meant to make the internet easier, safer and faster. For more information or to download it click here >>
  • Cloud computing service
    Microsoft has unveiled a cloud computing service, in which data and applications will not be stored on individuals' local computers. The new platform, Windows Azure, was announced at Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles. Read more here >>

Bits and pieces

  • Experience the Worldwide Telescope
    WorldWide Telescope (WWT) enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope, bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world. You can experience guided tours featuring interesting places in the sky. For more info read here >>
  • Inclined to green shopping and living?
    - The Daily Green offers hundreds of living ideas including green gifts for Christmas! More here >>
    - Green Maven is a search engine which focuses on green and sustainable websites. More here >>