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StudioRav appear in BPP Media Edition 46

It’s turning out to be a very busy Summer here at StudioRav and to take hold of that momentum I’ve decided to take an ad out in the latest edition of BPP Media magazine. It’s a free glossy magazine distributed throughout the UK and I’m combining it with the recent Grow your business campaign with StudioRav.

The ad appears on page 29 supporting TradeMagic and wishing them well for the future! This proves StudioRavs commitment to supporting its clients through various media as well as the ambition to keep growing and developing as a business! It is hoped the new ad will grab the attention of key decision makers across the UK who want to develop their companies image online and give them a headstart over their competitors.

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My favourite plugin for moving WordPress installations

Note: This post is actually an update to my previous post about moving and restoring WordPress installations.

I often develop WordPress-based websites on my own servers but if you decide to go with your own hosting then be aware that the entire website needs to be moved over. This is a little more complicated that moving static html pages mainly because WordPress uses a MySQL database which needs to be copied and updated in accordance with new server details.

So, after a few trial runs I can say that Duplicator is my favourite plugin for doing this. It’s VERY easy to use and very effective too – you can clone WordPress sites, archive them, and re-install them somewhere else.

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StudioRav offering 5% discount over Euro NetStart quotes!

If you’re looking around for the best website deal around Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield, Wolverhampton and Worcester area then remember that StudioRav are offering a 5% discount against any like for like website design quote from Euro NetStart.

Whether it’s a website for your restaurant or takeaway, your dentistry, or your local business then let StudioRav help save you money and time. We are committed to providing a better service than our competitors and this 5% webdesign discount is available to anyone who has a quote from Euro Netstart.

When you work with StudioRav we can offer you a service which is tailored to suit you:

  • Custom payment terms to help you
  • A working demo before you spend any money
  • We can meet you at your home / office to discuss
  • FREE lifetime technical support
  • You can contact us any time of day
  • FREE honest, impartial feedback and website guidance
  • Custom payment terms including monthly and annual plans

So if you’ve got a quote from Euro Netstart and want to shop around then speak to us too on 07807 997 010! We agree to beat their quote by at least 5% and we’re confident you’ll be saving more than just money.

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Grow your business

If you’re interested in growing your business then StudioRav are an affordable, intelligent solution. We are flexible, easy to work with and look to work together on your terms.

It’s your job to develop your business: grow market share, increase the company profile and get more sales. As the economy becomes stronger the opportunity is there so it’s not time to take it!

Get in touch with StudioRav and we’ll work with you to develop your company profile online – a modern website at a fantastic price.

Some of the things we provide:

  • Modern websites which look great on mobiles and tablets
  • Flyers, posters, invoices, banners, ads
  • SEO and advice on how to get your site noticed
  • eCommerce and selling online
  • Emails, domains, hosting
  • Lifetime tech support

Get in touch to discuss your requirements and how we can help grow your business.

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Easter at StudioRav!

Just a quick update to anyone looking for cheap website design in Birmingham or the Black Country! I’m working hard on a few projects, hoping to complete them soon so if you are interested in getting a website for your business or personal project then get in touch today! I’m happy to discuss the project with you and offer my free, impartial advice. I’m also happy to go over things like what sort of pages you need, aim and direction of the website, SEO advice and functionality.

Sometimes making the transition online can be difficult but if you are serious about getting a website designed for your business then all you need to do is pick up the phone and talk to me. I like to think that I can help you out in simple, non-technical English and at the same time offer good advice concerning your website. Some other things I can help you out with are:

  • Artwork and designs for flyers, invoices, brochures
  • Other graphics such as logos, banners and ads
  • Setting up Analytics and Webmaster accounts for SEO/SEM purposes
  • Help with webhosting and emails
  • Hardware / tech support
  • Video, promotional items, email marketing and Adwords

So if you want website design with the bells and whistles OR just no-nonsense website design then get in touch with me and let’s see how I can help you!

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StudioRav Go’s Cardless!

After listening to feedback from some clients StudioRav now offer direct debits as a new way to take payments. It’s fast, easy and saves time for the client and developer.

I know how busy you are, and I am the same. So after careful consideration I’ve finally taken the plunge and signed up with GoCardless who are a London based company offering easy set up of direct debits. It means that I can now set up either monthly or annual payment cycles with clients and the rest is automatic.

So why do I want to use direct debits?

  • No more time wasted chasing outstanding payments
  • You don’t have to listen to me constantly asking for money owed
  • Payment is automatic so you don’t have to waste time transferring money into my account
  • You can now spread the cost of your website through the year

What can you pay for using direct debit?

I’m primarily focusing on hosting and domains for the direct debits as it’s quite common to have a monthly or annual fee for this service. However, I will also be rolling out website design on monthly contracts and marketing and newsletter services.

If you’d like to discuss your options and whether paying by direct debit is suitable for you then please give me a call on 07807 997 010 or send me an email.

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Open your online shop in 2014!

Internet shopping continues to grow in strength each year. Christmas has proven that people are just as likely to order presents for their loved ones from Amazon, eBay and Firebox as from Marks and Spencers and John Lewis. Even the big supermarket brands are fighting for dominance in the online world. So how do you get onto the online stage and starting selling?

It’s actually not as difficult as you may think. The most important thing is having a desire to do well and being realistic about what you have to do. eCommerce is the name commonly given to selling goods online. The great thing about the internet is you can sell anything from physical goods, music, files and even information.

What are you selling?

Ok first question is to be sure about what you’re selling. Once you know this you can do some research and look at who else is selling it and how (trust me, there will always be someone else doing it). Try to look at what they are doing and their strengths/weaknesses. Next think about who you are selling to and what they would want from your shop and products.

Think about your brand

Shoppers prefer to buy online from a trusted brand. So think of a strong brand which people will be able to identify and tell their friends and family about. Think about who it will appeal to (young / old, men / women etc).

How will you sell?

The simple example is people will find your goods on your website, add them to a shopping cart, pay for it and then you ship out. If you sell other things such as music or files then obviously they will download them instead of post. You could also ask people to collect from your shop if the items are bulky.

How will your customers pay?

Your customers can pay cash on delivery such as in the case of a food business. The most popular way is by debit / credit card – in which case you will need an account with a payment provider such as SagePay or PaymentSense. There are usually fees involved with this. Another popular method is via PayPal so you’ll need to set this up, but be aware there may still be some fees to pay.

Any additional charges for your customers?

It’s important to remember things like postage and packaging, VAT, shipping costs or anything else which you will need to pass on to your customer. If you fail to take these into account then you may end up paying for them in the long term.

Dealing with orders

An important aspect of selling online is you can get an order at any time of day. So you need to have a plan as to how you deal with incoming orders. For example, it is most likely you will get an email when someone orders. What then? If you’re selling a physical item you will need to get it, package it, prepare it for posting and then actually post it. This takes time and money. Think about if you had to do this every hour.

What about faulty goods / returns?

It’s very important to consider how you deal with faulty goods and returns. Many people feel comfortable buying from sites where there are money back guarantees and free returns available. This helps build trust with your customer. Making the whole process easy for them (and you) is always a good idea. Buying goods online automatically gives your customers protection under distance selling regulations.

Show great customer service

Selling online is all about building trust with the customer without having a chance to talk to them or sit with them. So show them – customer feedback, reviews, money back guarantees and promises all give your customers more reason to trust your site and brand.

Join the information age!

Finally, if you haven’t already – get a smartphone with access to email! If you have email wherever you go, then you can view your orders, and also customer queries quickly and easily. Reacting quickly to orders and emails shows great customer service and will keep people coming back for more.

Have a great looking website!

Finally, if you’re going to sell online then obviously you need a great website to do it from. At StudioRav we can set up your site for you including things like making it responsive (so it can be viewed on tablets and mobile phones) and having all kinds of functionality such as sorting, galleries, feedback forms, shopping carts etc. All you need to do is have good images and product descriptions which can add on. These last two things are very important so if you do have any problems with this then let us know right from the start!

So if you are serious about selling online and want to take a share of the online shopping pie then contact StudioRav.

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StudioRav 5% cheaper than NC Design & Print!

If you’re looking around for the best website deal around West Bromwich and Birmingham area then bear in mind that StudioRav are offering a 5% discount against any like for like webdesign quote from NC Design & Print. We believe we offer a webdesign service which rivals them in terms of quality, price and longevity.

When you work with StudioRav we can offer you a service which is tailored to suit you:

  • Custom payment terms to help you
  • A working demo before you spend any money
  • We can meet you at your home / office to discuss
  • FREE lifetime technical support
  • You can contact us any time of day
  • FREE honest, impartial feedback and website guidance

So if you’ve got a quote from NC Design and Print and want to shop around then speak to us too on 07807 997 010! We agree to beat their quote by at least 5% and we’re confident you’ll be saving more than just money.

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15% Discounts for Referrals

If you’re looking to work with StudioRav we’re now offering discounts for referrals. A great way to get an even bigger saving on your new website!

Please note this offer is open to all new customers: we are now offering a 15% discount off your website if you can provide a referral at the time of your order. Simply refer a friend or someone you know who is also looking for a website and if they work with StudioRav too you will receive a 15% discount off your quote! Just get in touch to take advantage of this offer.

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Non-payment of your invoice

If you’ve just tried to access a website and been redirected here then it’s because the client has decided not to pay. Otherwise if you’re just browsing on StudioRav don’t worry, it’s just a normal post :0)

At StudioRav we understand that there will sometimes be times when you find it hard to settle an invoice on time. That’s why we offer custom payment terms which are designed to help you and your business. Even then however there are some people who think that it’s ok not to pay what they owe or expect to get something for free.

If you’re someone who is having difficulty paying up then the best thing to do is get in touch with me. Speak to me and I am certain we can arrange something which will be beneficial to both of us. I am interested in maintaining long term business relations so I will do my utmost to keep your website live.

On the other hand, if you don’t get in touch or let me down too many times I will have no option other than to take your website down. Please be aware this is a last resort and I am always open to speaking with you and sorting things out. Ultimately it will be your customers who suffer if they visit your website only to be hit by a message like this. The choice is yours.

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