Workshop: Optimise your online presence on a budget

Cash flow is a real thing! We hear you and we understand that often, especially if you’re running a small business, you simply don’t have the budget for elaborate marketing campaigns (even though you know it is very important).

That’s why we’re lending a helping hand in the form of an interactive workshop to share with you everything we know about optimising your web presence on a budget.

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Begin with brand

Brand/branding is a sexy term. All the cool kids (Apple, Google, Nike etc.) are seen as brands, rather than businesses per se. Brands are what teenagers covet and trendsetters worship. But ultimately branding is what sets the brilliant apart from the bla.

Considered more severely, good branding can elevate an average product into something awesome and, similarly, a lack of branding or inappropriate branding can significantly devalue or diminish an amazing product.

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Let’s talk content strategy

Strategy is a great word. It’s one of those mid-weight ones that can effortlessly be thrown into discussions to take it up just that notch or two.

But dig a little deeper and it soon becomes apparent that there is a lot of uncertainty around what strategy, and content strategy in particular, really means.

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Workshop: Content marketing for shop owners

Do you have an online shop but you’re somehow just not driving the sales you thought you would?

While a functional, user-friendly and beautiful e-commerce platform is an essential part of your online selling efforts, a shop in itself will not sell your product.

Content marketing can help your sales by creating brand awareness and nurturing a community of people interested and inspired by your offering, which ultimately creates brand recognition and loyalty to drive those sales.

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Tips for getting your work featured by a blogger

On Thursday, 14 April 2016, Shopstar hosted prolific blogger Lana Kenney of Lanalou Style at their monthly Echat, held at Truth Coffee at Prestwich Memorial in Cape Town.  

Lana’s been blogging since 2009, having grown her lifestyle blog into one of the biggest of its kind in South Africa. At this intimate event she shared tips with online shop owners for how to get their work noticed and featured by bloggers.

Here are some of the key takeouts she shared:

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Why a content calendar is a good plan

“Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential”, Winston Churchill once said.

These wise words are especially relevant to content calendars. The content calendar itself is not as important as it is to use it for guiding your content production and dissemination.

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Copy that

Some sources reckon we read 50 000 words a day. Others estimate that number to be closer to half a million. Whichever it is, we’re exposed to many words every day.

For anybody using words to grow their business this can be daunting. When it comes to online marketing there’s no time for mincing words. Your copy needs to be clear, concise and creative. It also needs to have a clear tone and style that distinguishes your offering and establishes your identity in some very crowded spaces.

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