Studio 2 Online
    January 2008

Happy New Year! No doubt by now the Christmas decorations have come (or fallen) down, you've made good use of your surprise Christmas present, 101 recipes for turkey, and broken at least one, if not all of your New Year resolutions! So, it's onwards into 2008 wondering what it may hold in store. Already, tumbling stock markets, an ongoing credit crunch, falling house prices and the rising price of oil seem to add to the stygian gloom of January, with only Valentine's Day as a possible fillip on the immediate horizon! But all is not doom and gloom, read on! - Giles


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Every cloud has a silver lining!
Despite the gloom on the high street, the outlook for online trading is rather brighter. The Studio 2 newshound has been on the scent of some very good news for online retailers recently taken from the press:
 
18/01/2008 - Metro
 
Shopping on the Web rockets 50% in a year
  • Online shopping soared 54% last year to a record £46.6 billion.
  • The surge came at the expense of high street stores. Interactive Media in Retail Group (IMRG) chief James Roper, said "Virtually all the growth in retail is now online."
  • 4 million people went on the internet on Christmas Day to take advantage of sales launched that day.
  • Sales of electronic goods increased 60% last month compared with December 2006.

18/01/2008 - BBC News

Christmas online sales rise 50%

  • Internet sales in the three months to Christmas hit £15.2 billion, up from £9.61 billion a year earlier, with electronics and clothing doing well.
  •  "There can be no doubt online is growing its share at the expense of bricks and motar retailers and we believe this trend will continue," said Anthoula Madden, vice president of Capgemini's consumer products and retail division.
  • For every pound on goods spent in 2007, 15 pence was spent online, up from 10 pence in 2006.
  • HMV, Waterstones, Argos, Tesco and even troubled Marks and Spencer all reported a surge in online sales.

17/01/2008 - Metro 

Internet beats Tesco as favourite place to shop

  • British consumers spent £46.6 billion online last year compared with about £40 billion at Tesco, Britain's biggest supermarket chain.
  • The growth came despite a sudden downturn in consumer confidence towards the end of the year.
  • By the end of 2007 there were 15.5 million homes with broadband and about 27 million internet shoppers.
Make hay while the sun shines!

Time then to gird up the online loins to make sure your business or organisation is in the best possible position to make sure 2008 is a successful year, and standing in the wings is Studio 2 Online to provide you with the online tools and expertise you need to achieve that success. But don't just take our word for it, visit us at www.studio2online.co.uk/our-portfolio.php to see the competitive edge a really good website can provide.

Client Forum 2008
We are delighted to announce the first Client Forum of 2008. This will enable us to obtain the essential feedback from our clients to ensure we are providing the right products and support needed to meet the demanding requirements of being online in the forthcoming year. In addition, it provides us with the opportunity of bringing our clients up to date with our important plans and developments for the coming year. 
 
The Forum is open to all Studio 2 clients and will be held on Tuesday 26th February, with the morning session between 9.00am and 12.30pm at the Belmont Hotel in Leicester, followed by a buffet and afternoon session until 3.30pm just a short walk away at our new offices on King Street Leicester. Each client will recive a formal invitation and agenda in the near future. However, if you wish to book your places now simply ring Andy Kinnard on 0116 249 5314.
 
We also invite clients to email us with suggestions of topics they would like included in the Forum. Simply email andrew.kinnard@studio2online.co.uk with your suggestions.
 
 
Now you have a great website from Studio 2 you need to make sure you are making the most of the opportunities it provides. As part of the comprehensive support we give our clients we run regular training sessions on various aspects of maximising the potential of your website.
 
Held in a relaxed but informative environment and in small groups of 8 people to ensure personal attention from our trainers, our comprehensive training sessions offer essential insights into increasing enquiries, clients and sales from your website.
 
SmarterStats - learn to understand and interpret the wealth of valuable information provided by your website reporting system, including SEO and PPC statistics, essential in making sure you're getting the best value for money from your website.
 
Online Store Builder (OSB) - find out how to make the most of the fantastic business opportunities of being able to use e-commerce as part of your website to drive up profitability. This includes adding and maintaining product details in your online store as well as how to set up special offers and sales.
 
Content Management System (CMS) - learn how to use the incredible flexibility of being able to change, amend or update the content of your website yourself, providing you with real time updates and significant savings on the cost of content management.
 
E-marketing - understand how to obtain repeat business and increase the profitability of your existing clients through the use of email and e-newsletters.
 
Incredible Value in February and March!
 
We are offering special client discounts of between 25% and 40% on every training session completed in February and March.
 
In addition, book more than one place for a training session and we are offering you even further discounts of between £25 and £75 per person.
 
For example during the special offer period:
Two people can attend our training for E-marketing or SmarterStats for just £112.50 per person, that's a saving of £75 in total.
 
Or, the price for two people to attend Content Management System training is just £150 per person, saving you £200 in total.
 
Or, the price the price for On Line Store Builder training for two people is just £210 per person, a saving of £280 in total.
 
NB. All prices are excluding VAT.
 
BOOK NOW!
 
With places limited to only 8 at each session, we expect these to be snapped up quickly, so look at the dates and times below and ring or email us now to avoid disappointment.
 
0845 6187342
 
 
NB. Your places will be confirmed when you have signed and returned the booking form which will be faxed or emailed to you.
 
Venue: Studio 2 Online, The Crescent, King Street, Leicester LE1 6RX
 
February dates
 
Subject                                               Dates                             Times
Content Management System            6th February                10.00am - 1.00pm
Online Store Builder                        13th February               10.00am - 1.00pm
E-marketing                                      20th February               10.00am - 1.00pm
 
March dates
 
Content Management System             5th March                   10.00am - 1.00pm
E-marketing                                      19th March                  10.00am - 1.00pm
SmarterStats                                     26th March                 10.00am - 1.00pm
 
 

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Studio 2 Online achieve full Quality Assured Standard  
We are proud that Studio 2 has achieved the full Quality Assured Standard from the East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA). This means that we are well placed to assist businesses using EMDA or Business Link to develop and help fund their online business plans. We have already successfully helped three of our clients down this route and are keen to assist others in achieving the essential online presence that Studio 2 prides itself in providing. Visit www.embrokerage.co.uk to see our listing as an approved supplier. 
 
Exclusive Teleconference - the dark arts of SEO and PPC to be revealed!  
Have you been dying to ask a question to shed light on just how Search Engine Optimisation and Pay Per Click works and how it can help you bring in more business?
 
Then your wish is our command! We are organising an SEO / PPC teleconference on             12th February with two sessions, 8.30am - 9.30am and 5.30pm - 6.30pm.
 
Book your place now for the opportunity to pick the brains of our in-house SEO guru. Simply email us your question and your request to participate in either the morning or afternoon slot to andrew.kinnard@studio2online.co.uk . Previously submitted questions that are unanswered due to time constraints will be followed up by telephone or email. Please remember to include your:
 
 
Name / Company or Organisation / Address / Telephone number you will use during the teleconference. We will then email your confirmation and further details of how to join us for this special event.
 
 
As part of our commitment to understanding what our clients and others are looking for in developing business online, or what issues they believe to be important, we have just launched our own Blog, so take the opportunity to make a contribution and share your experiences, successes, frustrations and questions about being online. Simply go to http://blog.studio2online.co.uk or click on the blog link at the bottom of our home page.
 
Recently a young pup had the cheek to yap on and on that it is a waste of time even bothering to learn the new tricks of Search Engine Optimisation (SEO).
 
Well, give a dog a bone! I had great pleasure in calling the little mutt to heel and laying down some very good reasons why anyone online, young dog or old should bother with SEO.
 
Here are just a few:
  • Natural search results are viewed 98% more often than pay per click ads.
  • 41.1% of people click on the first result.
  • 11.2% of people click on the second result.
  • 72% of people only look on the first page.
  • Fewer than 8% of people go past the second page.

(Source: Guardian Unlimited - August 2006)

'Just imagine,' I said, 'how much business you would be losing to the competition if you weren't on the first page of Google, or even worse, not in the rankings at all.' That put his tail between his legs, but it was soon wagging again when I explained that choosing the right keywords and phrases would soon have his website optimised and moving up the rankings.

Just shows how even a old dog can learn new tricks. Just one other thing before I take Giles off for a walk - if you want your website to be in the real pedigree class when it comes to SEO, just give my friends at Studio 2 a ring to learn about the SEO packages they provide, including their special 'First Page of Google or your money back'* offer! Now where did I put Giles' lead?  (*Terms and conditions apply, go to www.studio2online.co.uk/increasemysales)

Free web tips - in answer to popular demand Sacha has put some of her web tips as free pdf downloads on our website. Just go to http://www.studio2online.co.uk/web-tips.php for your copy.

New website launches       

We'd like to welcome the following into the Studio 2 family. Go on, visit these sites and enjoy!

Grahame Gardner Ltd - not satisfied with one website, this long established and highly successful designer, manufacturer and supplier of quality uniforms asked Studio 2 to design and build three websites for them (one still under construction).

www.grahamegardner.co.uk

www.shop.grahamegardner.co.uk

 " When we started working with Studio 2 Online, it soon became apparent that this was a company that not only knew what it was doing, but was going to be one with which we hoped to have a long term relationship. We have never looked back. Sales on the websites have gone from strength to strength, showing increases in every subsequent month."

James Greenlees, Group Managing Director - Grahame Gardner & Gymphlex Ltd

Families in Focus - this is a new innovative partnership project, which works directly with local families living in Braunstone leicester. The project introduces family learning to the area and encourages families to try fun and exciting ways to learn together.

www.familiesinfocus.org.uk

 

Residential property Group Ltd - TIPS provides a 'one stop shop' for finding investment properties throughout the UK.

www.tipsinvestmentproperty.co.uk

Catering Partnership Ltd - A contract catering company that delivers tailor made catering solutions to a UK wide client base.

www.catering-partnership.co.uk

These sites represent just the latest website designs and builds that Studio 2 Online have completed. We pride ourselves in being able to apply our dedicated team to meet a variety of client online requirements. To see a more extensive range of client's websites we have successfully launched go to www.studio2online.co.uk/our-portfolio.php  

And finally ........ 

With the surprise return of Kevin Keegan to lead the Toon Army, I thought you might benefit from at least one of his famous pearls of wisdom.

"I know what is around the corner - I just don't know where the corner is. But the onus is on us to perform and we must control the bandwagon." - Priceless!

Oh, go on then, just one more:

"He's using his strength and that is his strength, his strength." - Magic! 

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