September 06 Newsletter

Hi , welcome to our September summary of the latest industry news and recent website launches.

This month's features >

October FREE Seminar

Case Study - B&H Midland

Case Study: Activ4

Christmas e-cards Reminder

Industry News - Online Spending

Industry News - Distance Selling

E-commerce Club

New Projects

B2B Exhibition


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  October FREE Seminar

We will be rerunning our popular free seminar from the summer on the 18th October at the new Marriott Hotel, just off Junction 21 of the M1.

In association with two other successful Leicester companies RDC Communications and Aurora Technologies, below is a run down of the topics:

Giles Button of Studio 2 Online Ltd will address:
  • How to choose the right website design partner
    & write a website brief
  • What do you really need from your website
  • What you should be getting from your website

David Challen of Aurora Technologies Ltd will address:
  • Remote Working, the business benefits
  • Virtual Private Networks
  • Internet Security considerations

Roger Collings of RDC Communications Ltd will address:
  • Voice Over IP and Homeworking
  • Computer Technology Integration
  • CCTV Security over IP

Spaces are filling up fast, so to ensure you have a seat please contact Mechelle Harcourt on 0116 242 5811 to register.
The seminar will be held three times during the day – 10am, 2pm and 6pm. Please let us know which session you would like to attend.

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  Case Study: Activ 4 – Boarderweek

Activ 4 approached Studio 2 to rework their existing Boarderweek website - Europe's biggest winter sports and music festival running from 16th-23rd December 2006.

The homepage of the website was redesigned in Flash for maximum impact, and a secure booking system was integrated for online ticket sales of their accommodation packages.

"The Studio 2 Online team have been extremely professional in their approach to the Boarderweek website. They have managed to capture the essence of the product and understood how to approach our target market. A job well done! "
Steve Scott, Managing Director

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Test for Dementia

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  Industry News – Online spend to double by 2010

By 2010, one in five purchases that would have happened in a high street shop will take place on the internet, helping online spend to double by the end of the decade, according to PayPal.

In a study to coincide with the launch of its new guidance for e-businesses, the global payment system predicts that online consumer spend will reach £39bn by 2010.

The staggering increase, it says, will be driven by 24.9m new shoppers by the end of the decade, a 71% in rise last year's total. These shoppers will also account for 49% of the adult population.

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  E-commerce Club - Latest Information

To help you build your e-commerce business profitably, Studio 2 Online are launching the UKs first E-Commerce Club.

The Club (launching at 6pm on October 17th at the Paramount Hinckley Island Hotel) will be hosted & facilitated by Studio 2 Online, Leicester’s leading experts in E-commerce.

With over 60 years combined experience in developing e-commerce websites and having ran our own e-commerce business for 3 years, we are determined to help grow yours. The club will feature guest speakers and carefully selected suppliers willing to share their experience and crafted knowledge to help you increase profit and grow as an online retailer.

If you have not already received your invite to become a member, contact Mechelle Harcourt on 0116 2425811.

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  B2B Exhibition

Studio 2 will be exhibiting on the 10th and 11th of October at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

This is an exhibition run specifically for owners, directors, and entrepreneurs of small to medium sized businesses, and offering a central point of information, advice and inspiration for growing businesses. Approximately 250 companies are currently signed up as exhibitors during the two day show.

The exhibition offers free seminars and workshops covering:
  • Marketing / Sales
  • Finance
  • IT
  • HR

It promises to offer some great opportunities for businesses in the area with a great line-up of speakers including Bob Geldof, Richard Duvall (Founder of Egg) and Doug Richard (of BBC's Dragons' Den)

so please drop by – and come visit us at Stand 275.

More information can be found at:

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Name the 50 Horror Films!

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  Case Study: B&H Midland

Established in 1971, B&H Midland have been operating from their shop in Market Harborough providing a wide range of services and products including bowls and darts equipment, trophies, personalised goods and more.

B&H had a functional website previously, but wanted to make the important step of selling their products online.

"When we made the decision to investigate the possibilities of an upgrade of our ‘information only’ website to a ‘full online shopping facility’ it was a step into the unknown for us. We had obviously seen websites up and running on the net but didn’t really understand what went on behind the scenes.

Once we had spoken with Studio 2 Online we decided this was the way forward and the decision to go ahead was taken. Once the work got underway we quickly realised we had made a good decision in working with Studio 2 Online as we were guided every step of the way by a helpful team, who listened to our comments whilst steering us in the right direction.

When the site went ‘live’ we had great feedback from our customers and I think everyone who contributed to the project should be very pleased with the end result."

Stuart Hall, Managing Director

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  Christmas e-cards Reminder

Another quick plug for our Christmas e-card service - We know how difficult it is to think about these things just after the summer, but unfortunately it seems to catch most businesses by surprise come December when nothing has been sorted!

Take a look at our own previous e-cards to get a flavour of what can be possible for your company!

Typical Cost of Postal Campaign

2,000 custom design and printed cards - £750
Time to label 2,000 cards - £450
2,000 2nd class stamps - £460

Minimum cost = £1,660

With the recent changes in how Royal Mail's pricing structure works, the size of your card will now also have an effect on your costings.
With our campaigns starting from just £475, just think of the savings!

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  Industry News - Distance Selling Guidelines Tweaked

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) have issued a new set of guidelines on distance selling, which includes sales of goods to consumers over the internet and by phone.

The regulations are created to protect consumers from some of the pitfalls particular to shopping from a distance. One of the main differences is the introduction of a mandatory return and refund right. Because goods have to be bought sight unseen, unlike in a shop, consumer's have an automatic right to return goods for any reason, and receive a full refund.

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King's Call Adventure Game

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  New Projects

Real-time motion capture and analysis specialists Charnwood Dynamics have commisioned us to redesign their corporate website.

We will be working with quantity surveying and project management consultancy LMP Consultants, in designing and creating a new website.

"We chose Studio 2 Online to create our website as we were very impressed by their professional and clear approach. The facility to be able to completely update the site ourselves at any time in the future was something that we found very appealing and convenient"

Fiona Stewart, LMP Consultants

Catering Partnership provide high quality staff and catering services to a range of industrial, commercial and educational clients Their current website will be completely overhauled with a new design and format.

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Studio 2 Online Ltd
Cathedral Chambers
2 Peacock Lane

0116 242 5811
0116 293 8090

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