Babs’ style is very relaxed, friendly and in plain English – which works well for a variety of presentations, from brief overviews of:
- WordPress and how it can work as your website
- the basics of SEO (search engine optimisation)
- how Twitter can help with your online marketing
- working out your Internet marketing strategy
through to more thorough workshops that work with you to:
- create your own website with WordPress in a day
- brainstorm and create your Internet marketing strategy plan
- see social media and online marketing in action
If you want to join any of the above, email email@example.com for details of the next sessions, speaking engagements and workshops – held in Kent, Sussex and London.
Bio: Barbara Saul has been working with the Internet since before Google was a gleam in Sergey Brin’s and Larry Page’s eyes – making do with dial-up modems, shaky connections and Window’s 3.x (if we were lucky!). Sharing the Oogachaka dancing baby was painfully slow, but we managed somehow and were all impressed (or it weirded us out) that such things could be created and shared – we were easily impressed back then!
Having worked in London in a variety of IT support and Lotus Notes contracts, all before the year 2000 (remember THAT hype!?), she then set about building a web design agency in Kent, armed with Dreamweaver, Fireworks, a Dell computer and pretty little Sony Vaio! Back in the days when it was acceptable to create websites with tables (but not with frames!), and doing any kind of SEO was as simple as including your town and type of business (which some that should still don’t even bother with – go figure!). When people either loved the web or hated it – now we have to just get on with it because it really is not going away.
Following the rise and fall of her web design agency during the early noughties, Barbara now focuses on the strategy side of Internet marketing – being keen that people understand and work on the most useful aspects for them and their business, as well as ensuring that the best thing is focused upon for the business – whether a local SME wanting to attract more customers or a larger business that needs something working hard, pulling together a variety of online tools.
Recognising WordPress as a useful way for small business to create their websites, as well as being an excellent blogging solution (of course), Barbara has also set up The Blogmistress for exactly that – helping people and businesses to make the most of WordPress for websites.
And with a few more projects coming to fruition this autumn, Barbara is thoroughly enjoying all that the Internet allows, and as ever, insists on sharing it with anyone that wants to know…
Her experience of growing a small business, and networking, in Kent is something she’s happy to share, having become involved in a number of networking groups, from reviving the Women in Business group for west Kent, to a less than successful breakfast networking foray (sadly not with one of the hugely successful BNI groups in the county), to creating a portal providing information on business networking in Kent, to more lately a good deal of online networking via Twitter.
Barbara moved to Kent from the west country in the mid-90s and has settled here after producing two wonderful children, and now living in a 100-year-old lodge overlooking the Weald, just south of Maidstone.