Seasonal greetings!

With a great year nearly behind us, it is time to wish everyone a happy Christmas break & a prosperous new year. I am available right through the holiday period on cell & email for all your questions. Regards, James Cameron

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HTML5 is still in progress

A short post to update on the progress of html5. This development is being touted as the next big shift in the web, its certainly exciting and will allow for much more interactive webpages. Iv’e been having a play around at this cool site, which can demo some of the HTML5 functions, have a look here.

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Google+ Launches Business Pages

Officially launched 2 days ago, it is now possible to tie your Google Places into the new Google+ social network. This functionality has been a while coming for Google+, and will add a welcome boost to those who wish to trial its effectiveness for marketing purposes. Ive had a play around with creating some pages on Google+, and it seems very straight forward. I still think theres a long way to go before its really useful, and im certainly keen to see how you can attract and use an audience base on the new pages. It looks overall, a little harder than Facebook perhaps is, because of the circles aspect …

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Social Media Heats Up

The options for social media for your business are beginning to heat up. With Google+ announcing in the last few days that business pages will be available for brands soon ‘not in days, but soon’ it adds another string in the bow for social media management companies such as us. We are keeping a close watch on what Google+ can offer for a business, and like Facebook did, the opportunities are sure to rise as Google battles to keep the business dollar in its coffers via engagement with small businesses. Early indicators are that Google+ will be offering business profiles to current Google Apps users, which provides a sound way …

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RIP Steve Jobs – Technology visionary

A personal message for the passing today of Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder and the man responsible for bringing so much advancement into the lives of people all over the world. Without people like Jobs, we could not reach the heights of technology we enjoy today. I know many designers and techies around the world will be saddened for Job’s passing. The world has lost a true leader, an unrivalled business star and an all round gentleman who was respected by peers and competitors alike. RIP Steve Jobs.

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Google’s new educational site

Google has just uncovered a new educational website it has designed for small businesses. It’s to help businesses and their advisers better understand all Google’s offerings/products and services. In their own words, they say: …we hope that this collection of short videos, handouts, and resources will arm you with best practices and tips that you can use right away. The site has cool nice videos and articles, although there’s an awfully strong focus on Adwords as opposed to local search – great to make money for Google but not always as effective for small companies. This is probably a good move for Google – one of the questions I commonly get is …

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Rugby World Cup + Italians in Nelson

Well, this post is off the usual web design topic, but I thought it would be fun to make a post about the RWC and how well its going for NZ and my hometown of Nelson! It was great to go to a game the other night, and see the crowd get behind the Italian team and the Russian team. Speaking of the Italian team, its probably good to mention here that I have just finished and donated a brand new website to the Nelson Italian Club, at www.clubitalia.co.nz Its been a fun project for me, and its great to be able to give something back to the Club thats …

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Google Hotel Finder

It seems that Google is jumping on the bandwagon with local based Hotel search, introducing its new HotelFinder service. It could mean a big shakeup for traditional Hotel and accommodation search partners, that offer booking services. Google has the market share and influence to introduce this service to a vast audience, by incorporating it with its places local listings, and of course in its search results. Currently, Hotel Finder is limited to the USA but pending a successful introduction there, it would be safe to assume that it wont be to far in the future until its released here in New Zealand. It could mean big things for local motels and accommodation …

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Do you need a website? Here’s proof you do

An article in the NZ Herald today, outlined the pressing need for kiwi business’s to get online and amongst it! Some of the key findings include: 9% of businesses with a website saw revenue growth in the last year 66% of customers research a business online, before making a purchase decision Less than 33% of businesses have a website Less than 9% sell goods or services online – through ecommerce So what does all this mean for you? It means its time to get yourself a website! And if you do have one, perhaps its time to think about selling your products or services online. The research on NZ Herald’s …

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Prestashop – exciting new ecommerce platform

Recently, we have worked with Prestashop, which is a reasonably new, open source, e-commerce platform that has come along way since its birth 18 months ago. Taking on the established ecommerce software engines, such as Zencart and osCommerce, Prestashop has big shoes to follow. I have been very impressed with a few features of Prestashop. Firstly, its a very lightweight platform, meaning its easy on hosting requirements and best of all, loads fast for your customers. Next, its got a great admin backend that is flexible and powerful. It makes running your shop a breeze for your staff. The admin area is attractive and there is hundreds of functional plugin …

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