1st Connect @ Lunch

February 13, 2012

The Chamber’s Small Business Committee’s first Connect @ Lunch was presented Wednesday, February 8th, from 12-1 pm.

The purpose of this series is to assist Chamber members and other area businesses in developing strategies to implement an online presence, provide insights that assist in connecting technology to their existing goals, give various ways the implementation’s success can be measured, and describe how to manage the time and staff needed for a successful online presence.

The first presentation focused on Website Basics for the Technologically Challenged, meaning the importance of a website and how to plan an effective website for those who might be hesitant in developing one because of their computer knowledge.

Members Services Coordinator Emily Duncan spoke on website usage and trends. Did you know 90% of Americans use internet search engines when searching for information on a brand or product; however, 46% of small businesses do not have websites, which could promote all their products and services 24/7.

Derek Brown of WideNet Consulting spoke on the planning of an effective website & elements one needs to consider when developing a website, including organization and basic web design.

Chris Williams of WideNet Consulting spoke on the technical side of website planning, including html and pixels.

Future topics for this series include:

March 14- The Importance of Social Media in Today’s Business World

April 11- Facebook for Business

May 9- Twitter & Blogs for Business

June 13- LinkedIn for Business

July 11-BrandBuilding with Youtube, Streaming Video, and Photos

August 8- Online Marketing

September 12-Mobile and Email Marketing

October 10- QR Codes, Living Social, Groupon, and Foursquare

November 14- Social Media Policy and Plan Development

 For more information or to RSVP, please contact Emily Duncan at 256-237-3536 or by email at emilyd@calhounchamber.com.

The charge to attend these workshop luncheons is $10 for Chamber Members, per workshop, and $20 for non-Chamber members, per workshop.

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