PRLog - Oct. 17, 2011 - COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Angie Meeker Designs, a local website design company, is offering the Eight Hour Business Makeover, a full-day hands-on website and social media workshop for small businesses and non-profits on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 9AM-5PM at SparkSpace, 300 Marconi Dr., Columbus, OH. The cost is $499 and includes lunch, one year of website hosting, plus a 3-hour personal consultation in addition to the workshop. More information can be found at http://www.eighthourbusinessmakeover.com or by calling 614.353.0633.
Despite the opportunities for increased sales which exist for small businesses who take advantage of social media and the internet, many businesses are still not participating.
Angie Meeker, owner of Angie Meeker designs, says many small business owners feel they are too far behind to even start building a presence online.
“97% of consumers look online for a product or service before shopping. Most business owners are aware of this and know they at least need a website. At the same time, many of them simply feel left behind by all of the changes on the internet. They hear marketing gurus insisting they must have a website and it must be optimized for search engines, they must be active using social media, they have to blog... It is not that businesses do not want to utilize these tactics to drive sales. They just do not know how. Many small business owners literally do not know how to login to Facebook and setup a business page, let alone begin to execute a strategy using Facebook.”
Before arriving to the Eight Hour Business Makeover, each guest will receive a free website setup, hosting for that website, and email for one year. At the workshop, they will learn step-by-step how to complete setup of that website, and how to begin using it. “Our guests receive WordPress websites. WordPress is the leading Content Management System, used by companies like Boing Boing, Fox News, Martha Stewart, and Anderson Cooper. Adding pages, images and video, forms, blogging, changing the navigation, even adding a store, these are all easily done using WordPress.”
After learning how to manage their new website, guests will learn how to setup an email marketing campaign, and business accounts on several of the most popular social networking platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
Angie says the value of the workshop far exceeds the $499 registration fee. “A quality website easily costs at least $1500 or more. The cost of having an agency set up social media accounts is almost the same. Most small businesses cannot afford the cost of an agency in this economy. However, the average small business owner really can do it themselves, with hands-on coaching and eight hours to learn!”
Register at http://www.eighthourbusinessmakeover.com or by contacting Angie Meeker at 614.353.0633, firstname.lastname@example.org. Angie Meeker Designs (www.angiemeekerdesigns.com)