21st May 2013
Everyday, you can read about the phenomenal explosion of the Internet. Not only are more individuals getting "connected" but many companies have progressed beyond informing Internet "surfers" about their product and are actually selling online! Around the world, Internet web pages are selling everything from banking services to groceries to pizza delivered hot to your door!
Here in Whitianga, our problem is not to inform the Aucklanders who arrive every Christmas. The problem is to inform the "off the shoulder" travellers what Whitianga has to offer.
Who are these "off the shoulder" travellers? A lot of research goes into determining who comes to New Zealand but their destinations are not generally known. Chances are, though, that they are international visitors. Savvy visitors, the ones who avoid the tour bus route, will research their intended destination. Since the Internet is current, it has replaced the libraries of the world as the ideal research tool. Unfortunately, Whitianga, Mercury Bay and the Coromandel Peninsula are barely represented online.
As Whitianga’s "Internet Specialist," I’m promoting Mercury Bay to the world. More importantly, Mercury Bay Online! members have received bookings from New Zealand and from around the world!
Mercury Bay Online! is an Internet site which presents Mercury Bay to the World! This site contains Mercury Bay information including maps, local events (the Information Centre's "What’s On — Mercury Bay") and about the "community" we have here in Mercury Bay.
The second goal of this site, however, is to present the local tourism operators with an inexpensive means to advertise to the world. Read on — and imagine what Mercury Bay Online! can do for you!
|Basic Services:||Extended Service:|
Web page creation: One web page with your logo, a colour photo or scan, basic information and a description of your business. There is a one-off cost of $75* for the web page and updates can be made at our low $50* hourly rate.
Web page hosting: Hosting the above web page at Mercury Bay Online! There is a pre-paid monthly fee of $10* or, if you prefer, a prepaid yearly rate of $100*.
More? If one page is not enough, take 2 or 3! Alternatively, if you need a full web site ...
Website Offer: Data Koncepts offers fixed-price website development and hosting packages.
Registration: "If you built it, they will come." A great line for a movie but the Internet is SO vast that it just doesn't work that way! You have to tell them what your site is about before they will come — and "search engines" are the means by which Internet users look for information. By matching their keywords combinations to your list, "search engines" help them to find your page.
I routinely register Mercury Bay Online! with search engines and directories. However, my keyword list has been forced to be short and generic. To bring people directly to YOUR web page, I will include YOUR list of keywords in your web page. I will also register it for you with search engines and directories for only $25*.
|* All prices include GST.|
|Name:||Mercury Bay Online!|
|Postal Address:||PO Box 180-048
|Hours:||10 AM to 6 PM, seven days a week.|