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Brian, My Web Guy

Brian Currin is known to many of his friends and clients as “My Web Guy” and to a number of people all over the world as “a guy who knows a bit about music“.

These people say ... Brian is My Web Guy
These people say … Brian is My Web Guy

A few of his recent and current projects include:

Posted in Online Marketing, Tourism, Wordpress.com Website

Sharky Holiday Home

WordPress.com is perfect if you need to embed a Google Map.

It is also great for creating Contact Forms, where all the information you require is sent to you via email without revealing your email address.

Sharky Holiday Home
Sharky Holiday Home
Sharky Holiday Home
Sharky Holiday Home
Posted in Facebook, Fashion, Online Marketing, Social Media, Technology Made Easy, Tips and Hints, Tourism, Twitter

How to build a cost effective web presence, part 1

InternetThis is the first in a series of articles on how to build a cost effective web presence, or how to get your name out there without spending too much money, if any at all.

This series has been expanded from the talks that I present on this topic.

I focus on helping people in the South African music business establish a presence on the internet, and market and sell their music to the world, but a lot of what I discuss can apply to almost any business or organisation. I have clients in various industries including Fashion, Tourism, Travel, Leisure Boating, Event Staffing and more.

What you don’t need

Here is a list of things that are not required for building a web presence.

Remember you are trying to save money, so some of these things are nice-to-haves, that can be added later.

  • Web Developer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Domain Name
  • Web Hosting
  • Computer
  • Understanding of web coding

OK, I hope I have your attention now.

Part 2 to follow soon, but while you wait, please go and create a Facebook profile for yourself, if you don’t already have one. To have a Facebook profile you need to have an email address, so go to Gmail and create one there. If you already have Facebook, but don’t have a Gmail account, please set up a Gmail address any way.

Then we can talk.

Please subscribe to my blog (using the easy form on the right-hand sidebar) so you will know when I next update.

Posted in Facebook, Fashion, Online Marketing, Social Media, Technology Made Easy, Tips and Hints, Tourism, Twitter

How Small Businesses Can Improve Their Relations With Customers Through Social Media – Search Engine Watch (SEW)

The big question for small business owners five years ago was, “Should I use Google instead of yellow pages to attract new customers?” Now Google is commonly used by SMBs and that question gave way to a new one: “Do I need to be using social media?”

Social media is a much more complex issue than the Google versus yellow pages debate. With dozens of options, most small businesses can’t decide where to invest their limited time. Many become overwhelmed and end up doing nothing. So, what to do?

via How Small Businesses Can Improve Their Relations With Customers Through Social Media – Search Engine Watch (SEW).

Posted in Fashion, Online Marketing, Technology Made Easy, Tips and Hints, Tourism, Twitter

Workshop 28th April 2010: Creating a FREE Web Presence for your business

Join us for a Half Day Workshop on

Creating a FREE Web Presence for your business

TO BOOK CONTACT

sammi@webmarketer.co.za

limited space available

28th April 2010

10am – 2pm (refreshments and finger lunch included)

The Viper Lounge, Sea Breeze Centre, Table View

R500 per person – bring your own laptop, but not essential

http://webmarketer.co.za

Workshop Presenter:
Brian Currin, New Media Marketing Consultant
http://briancurrin.com

Embracing New Media Tools for maximum exposure.

Tips and Techniques for setting up:

  • WordPress Blog
  • Twitter Profile
  • Facebook Business Page
  • Gmail Account

Delegates will leave the workshop with the skills to start promoting themselves and their businesses online.

Feedback:

Thank you for the practical tips as well as the wonderful manner you engaged us as learners and all the questions we had got good clear answers. – Martin Myers Publicity

Your presentation was very professional but also in a way informal enough to make it comfortable. – Wim Dreyer, All-Aboard Tours

The workshop was very educational and I thoroughly enjoyed it. – Zoe B, Signature Style


Posted in Fashion, Online Marketing, Technology Made Easy, Tips and Hints, Tourism, Twitter

Web.Marketer

Brian Currin New Media Marketing Consultant - photo by Michael Currin
Brian Currin New Media Marketing Consultant - photo by Michael Currin

I am currently focusing on hands-on training and presenting half-day workshops on how to embrace social media tools and platforms to help grow your brand and business. Please see WebMarketer.co.za for more information.

Posted in SA Music

The best pub in the world!

Ponta Malongane
Ponta Malongane - The best pub in the world! (photo from Panoramio)

Ponta Malongane - view from the pub [photo from Panaramio]
Ponta Malongane - view from the pub (photo from Panoramio)
OK, I accept I haven’t been to every pub in the world, but I have been to quite a few, and this is my absolute favourite. And I will be spending a week (and lots of money) there very soon at the Fellowship Of Rock and Roll (or is that the Fellowship Of Rum and Raspberry, perhaps?)

Bar pricelist

Posted in Afrikaans Rock, Books, Brian's Best, Cape Town, Music Magazines, Resources, Rodriguez, SA Music, SA Nostalgia

Mabu Vinyl now in Rheede Street

Mabu Vinyl, the well-known music shop in Cape Town, will soon be celebrating its two-year anniversary in its more spacious new premises at 2 Rheede Street in Gardens. The shop is situated just off the corner of Kloof Street (next door to A&A Furnishers), and is just a “muffin’s throw away” from Vida e Caffé, the very popular nearby coffee shop in Kloof Street.

Mabu Vinyl carries a large selection of new and second hand items including LP records, 12” singles, 7” singles, 78’s, CD’s, DVD’s, cassette tapes, videos, books, T-shirts, comics, magazines, and even a selection of refurbished turntables and hi-fi’s. Mabu Vinyl buys, sells and trades in all and any of these items. The shop also carries a range of independent CD releases by a range of South African artists.

Mabu Vinyl grew out of the well-known Kloof Street bric-a-brac store, Kloofmart, which was run for many years by Johan Vosloo in the premises now occupied by Vida e Caffé. Jacques Vosloo, the owner’s son, started the record store in the back section of Kloofmart before the store moved to its next premises a few shops away, next to the other well-known Kloof Street music shop, High Five.

Then in October 2003, Mabu Vinyl again moved further down the road into its next premises in Buitenkloof Centre on the corner of Kloof and Buitensingel Streets. Soon after, Stephen Segerman joined Jacques in the store, adding a stock of CD’s, tapes, and DVD’s to the already huge selection of records that fills every corner of this eclectically decorated store.

The new Mabu Vinyl store has something for everyone with hundreds of 7″ singles, 12″ dance singles (for the many club DJ’s who frequent Mabu), and a broad range of rock, pop, jazz, soul, country, comedy, blues, soundtrack, South African and classical LP records. There is also a wide range of new and used CD’s, DVD’s, cassette tapes and books, mostly at reduced or sale prices, and the shop has many regular customers who love to take a few hours to browse through the many music items on display.

Parking for the new Mabu Vinyl store is available downstairs in the Rheede Centre parking garage, or at the nearby Kwikspar or Lifestyle centres in Kloof Street.

website: http://mabuvinyl.co.za