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    Refreshingly Belligerent Marxist
  • Birthday 11/07/1975

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    Darkest rural Somersetshire
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    Conspiracies, controversies and cacophonies.
  1. Advice regarding one of my clients....

    If you're going to visit them and coach them, I'd seriously consider drawing up a schedule that makes it clear where you stand. Whether you're going to be there for an hour or 4, I would consider specifying a full day rate for on-site coaching only (as a coach who is not also their web designer), with 50% payable up front (before you leave the house). In the final paragraph of your schedule you could mention that the value of your work to date is £xxx and that you feel it may be better for all concerned if they simply continue with the original arrangement. You might also mention that if they're hiring you for your web design (i.e. agree to the original contract/ agreement), your on-site consultation fee reduces to a standard hourly rate billed according to time spent.
  2. Company name, is it any good?

    Trademark indeed. But I don't agree on the turtle front. Look at mailchimp - they've created a successful project that's named after an animal that's considered a bit of a joke culturally (despite its cuteness). I think it's more how you use it, and what qualities your brand or business projects to prospects than what it's actually called.
  3. Help me get past my USP

    You're so close yet so far Robby. Your copy sounds like someone trying to say all the right things in all the wrong ways. Glowbridge is mostly right - but I don't agree 100%. Here's the what I think. Don't put your hourly rate on your site. For a start your work is better than £15 per hour, and clients will probably leave your site asking themselves why you aren't charging what you're clearly worth. I recommend charging by the project, and not telling your clients what it breaks down to in hourly terms. It's likely to inspire more cofidence than telling them you charge only £15. Secondly, everyone's idea of affordable is different, but more importantly, you should be selling the benefits of your work, not the price. If your designs really do grab your clients' audiences and get them clicking on calls to action, then this should be what you're telling your prospects. Use testimonials: "Mr X of blah.com says ~ Robby turned my website from a steaming pile of pixellated turd into an irascible sales maniac that turns over £1000's daily." etc Your website is a kind of conversation, but not one you should start with "hi" (in my honest and correct opinion ). You need to speak to your clients, about their needs and expectations, and break down any barriers to the sale. Here's how I'd rewrite the third para: Ok - so I wrote that quickly, but hopefully you can see how it's structured to lead the prospect into action by building desire and removing objections. This last part is particularly important. You need to really understand what the common objections or concerns are when it comes to your prospects, and work hard to reassure the client with your copy. They need to feel confident that you're professional, accountable, recommended, a good communicator, and properly skilled in the work you're doing. I hope some of that helps
  4. SEO Copywriter needed for Car Insurance Sites

    Hey Sam What's your deadline for this project? I'm booked up for the next 6-8 weeks, but if it can wait I'm happy to draw up a quote for you. Give me a shout anthony [at] vividcopy.co.uk
  5. I don't think Renaissance can be accused of being 'asry'- he was just blunt and to the point. Put it another way. I'm a musician, and I've just finished the first 2 tracks of my upcoming album. I based on your website I definitely wouldn't sign to your label, for largely the same reasons given by Renaissance. And being a musician, I've spent quite a lot of time looking at record label websites. If you want to see how it's done properly, check out rough trade. Their site, and their artists, are very good indeed. http://www.roughtraderecords.com/
  6. About 1 in 15 of my quotes fails to materialise. As Root says, most of my clients come to me either because I've been recommended by a client or because they're already my client. Either way, price is not their primary deciding factor. Having said that, I'm not the most expensive out there (not the cheapest neither! )
  7. Jobs!

    So long as the graphics package you choose is up to the job, then it doesn't matter - it's how you use it and what results you get that are important. I mainly use GIMP (which is free) but occasionally I need to use another package to create a certain effect, particularly with text as GIMP is just rubbish at text. Most folks here tend to use photoshop, which is a good bit of software so long as you don't mind paying the very high price for it.
  8. Have a look at the default wordpress themes and you'll see how it's done. I can't remember the syntax off the top of my head, but the page.php (or is it sidebar.php?) file has some code in it which basically says: <?php if dynamic_sidebar() {sidebar code here} else {get_search_form()}; ?>
  9. Jobs!

    Personally I'd avoid college and employers at the moment, unless you really need to earn a salary on top of what your site earns you. Web design is a portfolio-driven career. Courses are generally out of date by the time they're taught because the industry moves so fast, and the net contains all the resources you will ever need to educate yourself to a professional standard. The best thing you can do is knuckle down to learning a bare minimum of html/css. Once you've got it nailed (it's not that hard) then back it up with either a strong foundation in the principles of design and a graphics software package, or get into coding. Recommended languages are PHP/MySQL and Javascript. Of course, you could do all of the above, so long as you have lots of time to spare! Have a browse through the forum - there are loads of great resources and links. Good luck with your career move
  10. Getting the Most out of Twitter

    I think the most important thing on twitter is to remember that it's a social medium. Definitely follow your customers, potentials, and industry-related accounts, but remember to talk to people. Accounts whose every tweet is a link or a business related thing quickly get very boring. In order to engage your audience, they need to get a sense of the human typing those tweets. Sure, that person represents the company, so shouldn't say anything damaging to the business or its competitors, but don't be afraid to let your hair down. If I asked you to think of 5 people on twitter that you follow, just off the top of your head, I'd be willing to bet that the 5 you pick all post in this way. Everyone else just gets buried in the noise. Also think about your noise to signal ratio. As a rule, post 4 'conversational' tweets for every promotional one. Twitter is not a direct sales medium, and if you treat it like one you'll be wasting your time. One of the best uses for twitter when it comes to larger companies is as a customer service tool. If you monitor mentions of your company and your competitors, you can step in a help people, or guide them to your products & services if appropriate. Hope some of that helps
  11. Website made up entirely of ASP files

    asp is a microsoft scripting language, and as such it runs natively on IIS servers. There's probably a plugin you can install on your apache server to get it going for development, but I think you're going to find this project a massive pain in the a$$ on your mac. Does the asp script run alongside a database? If not, it might be easier to pull the pages off the original server as html via http. A tool such as wget would be ideal for this (and I think macs are shipped with wget). Good luck. I HATE asp
  12. Rallport has it down straight. If your contract doesn't already specify this, make sure deposits are non-refundable, otherwise clients can really give you the run-around. Time to perfect your Alan Sugar impersonation I think....
  13. catching mice

    I'm sorry to make a scene here but I think it's a disgrace that you want to kill them. Can't you return them to the shop, advertise them in your local paper to find them a new home or contact an animal rescue centre? It's not their fault you impulsively decided to buy them without giving it proper thought. Having animals is a responsibility. They don't exist for your convenience or pleasure; they're sentient beings and deserve some respect.
  14. Legal Point of View

    You need 25 posts to post a URL afaik