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Internet Marketing workshop

New Zealand DMA workshop — Auckland, NZ

October 7th, 2003

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Join us for a hands-on, one-day workshop on Internet marketing tactics, including search engine optimisation, copywriting, conversion, and web project management. Each module will be jammed packed with practical advice, online resources, tools, tips, case studies – including the “inside scoop” on what worked and what didn’t – and interactive critiques of attendees’ websites and online marketing efforts. With a live Internet connection, we will examine in-depth:

Search engine optimisation
You want to get to the top of the search engines? Ah… but which search engines should you target? What keywords are your prospects searching for? And how do you get your site to the top for those keywords and then stay there?

Learn the tactics that will make your site ‘scream’ in the search engines – ethically and sustainably – without costing you a fortune ongoing.

  • Hands-on keyword research
  • Fine tuning your content, HTML, design, and site architecture for optimal rankings
  • Workarounds for poor search engine practices (such as frames, question marks in URLs, Flash, pop-up windows, links that say “click here,” page titles like “Welcome to ABC.com”, pull-down navigation menus)
  • Making your e-commerce or database-driven site “search engine friendly”
  • Building links (directories, niche sites, etc.)
  • Google’s secrets revealed (PageRank, hyperlink text, etc.)
  • Pay-per-click search engines (Overture, etc.)
  • Benchmarking & competitive intelligence
  • Measuring the return on your search engine marketing investment

Improving conversion rate
So you’ve got visitors on your website, but will they “convert” to customers? Improving conversion on your site is an art and a science that involves a mix of clever copywriting, compelling offers, a follow-up strategy, meaningful metrics for measuring success, and more.
  • Developing a unique voice / personality
  • Active vs. passive tense
  • Verbs vs. adjectives
  • “You” vs. “we”
  • Toning down the marketingspeak
  • Fine tuning your offer
  • The call-to-action
  • Segmenting
  • Personalizing the content and the message
  • Marketing metrics: cost per click, cost per conversion, customer lifetime value, churn rate, etc.
  • “Blogging”

Working with your web developer
What are the ingredients for sucess when launching a redesign or a new site? What processes are helpful in keeping the project and the vendor on track? What are reasonable expectations of the client and the vendor? What goes into (and what doesn’t go into) an effective brief or specification? How do you manage the legal risk?
  • Writing a strategic brief, creative brief, functional spec, content plan, etc.
  • Budgeting and resource allocation
  • Vendor selection
  • The art and science of estimating time and costs
  • The web development process
  • Change management
  • The project extranet
  • Web development contracts
  • Liability and disclaimers
  • Ownership of source code
  • Terms & Conditions for your website users

We guarantee that after this intensive workshop you’ll walk away with loads of practical, actionable tactics and tips. So what are you waiting for? Register today.

BIOGRAPHY
Stephan Spencer, M.Sc., is the founder and president of Netconcepts, a full-service interactive agency with specialization in search engine optimisation, e-commerce, email marketing, and Web site auditing. They count amongst their U.S. clients: Birds Eye, Wella, Midwest Express Airlines, InfoSpace, Homestead.com, The Sharper Image, Cabela’s, and MP3.com; local clients include Westpac (NZ), The Fletcher Trust, nzgirl, SmokeCDs.com, TrustPower, and Business in the Community.

Stephan is a columnist for Unlimited. He has also written for Marketing Magazine, Management Magazine, Catalog Age, and Building Online Business. He has been featured on the cover of In Business magazine in the U.S. Stephan is a frequent speaker at Internet conferences around the globe – Berlin, London, Toronto, Santiago, Boston, New York, Chicago, San Francisco. He currently serves as a director of Sales & Marketing Executives International.

Google Change Good News for Marketers

October 2nd, 2003

Originally published in Catalog Age

The news that Google is continuously reindexing the Web is a gift for online marketers says Brian Klais, Vice President of EBusiness at Netconcepts in an interview with MultiChannelMerchant.

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Madison firm helps e-tailers get Googled

October 2nd, 2003

Originally published in Capital Times

How do online retailers reel in the customers? In an interview with The Capital Times, Communications Director of Madison-based arts and crafts retailer Guild.com said companies need to be investing time and resources into getting it right. His company called on the expertise of Netconcepts and received a 45% improvement in traffic to their website.

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Orders increasing, search engine rankings soaring, science company takes off

“Above everything else, I am most pleased with the people behind Netconcepts. Throughout the entire project, promises were kept and expectations were exceeded.”

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Internet Marketing workshop

Marketing Today (New Zealand DMA annual conference) — Auckland, NZ

June 16th, 2003

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Presented by Stephan Spencer, Managing Director of Netconcepts:

  • Search engine optimization
    You want to get to the top of the search engines? Ah… but which search engines should you target? What keywords are your prospects searching for? And how do you actually get your site to the top for those keywords and then to stay there? Learn the tactics that will make your site ‘scream’ in the search engines – ethically and sustainably – without costing you a fortune ongoing.
  • Improving conversion rate
    So you’ve got visitors to your site, but will they purchase? Improving conversion on your site is an art and a science that involves a mix of clever copywriting, compelling offers, a follow-up strategy, meaningful metrics for measuring success, and more.
  • Email marketing
    Email can get you in front of your customers and prospects without relying on them to remember to come back and visit your site. But pitfalls abound. Get it wrong just once and you’ll significantly trim your list and burn your relationships. Learn what it takes to make great campaigns and newsletters, get the permission you need from your intended audience, and then test your assumptions scientifically.
  • Working with your web developer
    What are the ingredients for sucess when launching a redesign or a new site? What processes are helpful in keeping the project and the vendor on track? What are reasonable expectations of the client and the vendor? What goes into (and what doesn’t go into) an effective brief or specification? How do you manage the legal risk?

Presented by Kelly Goto, Principal, gotomedia, Inc.:

  • Usability
  • Information design
  • Workflow
  • Metrics for ROI from a user experience perspective

Create pages for customers, not search engines, experts urge retailers

June 5th, 2003

Originally published in Internet Retailer

Online retailers must be careful not to fall into the trap of creating pages for search engines, rather than customers, warn experts. In a panel presentation at the Annual Catalog Conference, panelist Stephan Spencer, President of Netconcepts said online retailers need to make their content sing to the search engines.

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Search Engine Marketing: Top Ideas That Guarantee Results

Annual Catalog Conference 2003 — San Francisco, CA

June 2nd, 2003

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Discover ways you can leverage your catalog content, gain motivated online customers, and win with search engine marketing! This fun, fast-paced panel discussion focuses on search marketing strategies catalogers can implement right now.

Taught by leading SEO experts and search engine representatives, from site design to search engine writing, pay-per-click marketing to campaign development, you’ll discover the exact search marketing techniques you need to skyrocket your online sales.

Heather Lloyd Martin, President, SuccessWorks
Alan Rimm-Kaufman, Marketing Director, Crutchfield
Stephan Spencer, Founder and President, Netconcepts
David Fisher, US Manager – AdWords, Google

Leveraging Search Engines to Market and Advertise (panel)

Internet World Essentials — San Jose, CA

April 14th, 2003

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Research shows that up to 85% of Internet users find what they need on the Web using search engines and directories. As marketing and advertising budgets have been in decline, return-on-investment (ROI) has become an increasingly important metric in evaluating a campaign’s effectiveness. Learn how to use search to effectively to market your product and service and gain the highest ROI.

Moderator: Stephan Spencer, President, Netconcepts
Panelists:
Paul Schulz, Senior Vice President, Marketing and General Manager, Online Business, Overture Services, Inc.,
Christine Churchill, Founder, Key Relevance
York Bauer, Executive Vice President, Wireline, Infospace
David Fischer, U.S. Manager, AdWords, Google Inc.

King Hit

April 1st, 2003

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Originally published in Unlimited

Why does Montana Wines appear on the first page of Google’s search results for “New Zealand wines,” while Matua can’t be found until page two? And why does Trelawn Place come up number one in a Google search for “Queenstown bed and breakfast”, whereas competitor White Shadows Country Inn is number 11?

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