Web Site Design Spotlight: Live, On-the-spot Critique of Retailers’ Sites

Internet Retailer 2008 — Chicago, IL

June 11th, 2008

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A team of long time e-commerce experts will provide live reviews and makeovers for sites from the audience members. Retailers in the audience will be asked to bring search marketing, user experience, e-commerce strategy and other design questions to this session where experts will view the sites in question and provide answers to fix what ails their web sites. Audience members who volunteer their sites for critique will receive a $25 Starbucks gift card.

Panelists:
Lauren Freedman, President, the e-tailing group
Stephan Spencer, President, Netconcepts
Amy Africa, President, Eight by Eight

Natural Search Optimization and Website Development Clinic

eTail East 2005 — Philadelphia

August 2nd, 2005

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Another innovation at eTail. Set away from the hurly burly of the conference, we are providing you with the opportunity to get an in-depth diagnostic treatment for your site.

4 dedicated stations will help you optimize every element of your website, from Search, to Analytics to CRM and Visualization, there is a cure for every pain point! Make sure you sign up for your 30-minute session today.

Audience Development and the Internet

Circulation and the Internet: Co-hosted by American Business Media and National Trade Circulation Foundation, Inc. — New York City

February 8th, 2005

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  1. The benefit of the internet to your circulation/audience development efforts, and how important it is to your company
  2. How to use email to renew or acquire new subscribers
  3. E-mail tests – what’s working, what’s not working
  4. Search engine marketing – what are you using and how is it working
  5. Banner ads – are they working, what have you changed, where do you have them
  6. How has can spam effected your subscription efforts? How has it effected your list rental activities? How has it effected your use of outside lists for subscription promotion?
  7. Web agents – are they still working?
  8. Blogs – are they a source of names? How can we get subscription information onto a blog?
  9. Email files – do you have separate files for circulation, web casts, eNL, or a combined database for all? Advantages and disadvantages for each.

Gloria Adams, Pennwell – Moderator
Laura Wilson, NEJM – Panelist
Sean Fulton, GCN Publishing – Panelist
Brian Klais, Netconcepts – Panelist

Get Google to Love your Web site

MarketingProfs virtual seminar series — online (webcast)

April 27th, 2004

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The Internet’s next killer app for marketers has emerged: Google.

Google’s search algorithms power over half of all Web search queries, making high-ranking Google listings a marketer’s dream. While natural listings in Google deliver millions in sales to some of the Web’s savviest retailers, most websites are not properly designed to reach this market. How can you adjust or revamp your site so Google will love it?

Join Stephan Spencer, President of Netconcepts, during this rich presentation to learn the essential strategies of putting Google to work for your Web site.

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.

Evaluating and Auditing Your Website

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

June 17th, 2003

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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

Conversion Rate Marketing

Step-by-Step Web Marketing (produced by IIR, sponsored by Google, and endorsed by the American Marketing Association) — Atlanta, GA

November 6th, 2002

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How to Create Email Campaigns That Drive Action and Build Relationships
Learn how to develop objectives and strategies for implementing email communication campaigns that involve email newsletters and promotional emails.
Deliverable is a 2-3 month email campaign.

How to Decipher Your Web Trends to Maximize Results
Learn how to develop, track, maintain, analyze and utilize the large volumes of data available and turn that into useful information you can use to manage and optimize your business.
Deliverable is to develop historical data, current benchmarks and an understanding of what to measure, why to measure it and what it means.

Developing Strategic and Creative Methodologies For Increasing Results

Learn how to increase your conversion rate one step at a time. You goals are for prospects to make purchases, or subscribe, or register, or make referrals. Each of these goals is a “macro-action,” and you can measure its conversion rate. Every one of your macro-actions is composed of a series of smaller micro-actions.

Deliverable is to develop an efficient conversion system matching your selling process to your prospect’s buying decisions by dealing with real examples from your website.

Development Doesn’t Have to be Rocket Science
Learn how to communicate effectively with web developers about what your requirements are. Did you know that of all software development projects are failures? Did you know that 80% of development costs are incurred after the initial project is delivered?
Deliverable is to take your project from concept to wireframe, to storyboard to final prototype independent of what technology your company uses by effectively creating a prototype of an application you want to have developed.

Essential Ingredients for Web Site Redesign Success

Sales & Marketing Executives International - Wellington Chapter — Wellington, NZ

October 23rd, 2002

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So you’ve decided your web site needs an overhaul. Before you start work, you and your web developers need to do a bit of planning. Going off re-building a web site half-cocked is a sure fire recipe for disaster.

From this seminar you’ll get an understanding of what should go into a Request For Proposal, a strategic brief, a creative brief, a technical specification, a content plan, an Internet marketing plan, and more. You’ll also garner practical tips to keep your web redesign project on time, within the specs, and under budget. And you’ll learn what you need to ask from your web agency to keep them on the straight and narrow, even if you’re not a “techie” or a “creative” but a mere mortal like the rest of us.

If you catch yourself saying any of the following statements to yourself or colleagues, then run — don’t walk — to this seminar!

  • Web design is just an extension of our current marketing collateral – we can reuse the text and graphics from our print pieces.
  • If more people work on it, we’ll get it done faster.
  • The Web is a place where you just try things and see what works – I have a friend who designs web sites in his spare time.
  • Documentation is a waste of time and effort
  • We can design the site ourselves and save money. We just want a group that will make the web pages we sketch out.
  • We’ll send out a Request For Proposal and get lots of good ideas back for free.
  • Web sites don’t need much maintenance. We can do it ourselves. It’ll be fun!

Auditing Your Web Site: Minimize Risks, Maximize Potential

PAII 2002 (Professional Association of Innkeepers International) — Chicago, IL

April 14th, 2002

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Think your website is the best it could be? Step back and take an objective look
at your website and identify its weak points in the areas of branding, usability,
security, legal, search engine findability, design, content, and more. A magazine
columnist, international speaker, and founder of multinational web design firm
Netconcepts will provide insider information on “best practices” in online
marketing from corporate clients like Birds Eye, Gorton’s Seafood, Wella, and
Midwest Express.


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