Creating a Web Site for Small Business

Create an Online Presence workshop at Linn Benton Community College

1-day workshop for artists, musicians, and small businesses

February 20, 2010
9:00am to 4:00pm
Room BC-246
, Benton Center, Corvallis, Oregon
$105

To reserve a seat, dial 541-917-4929 for LBCC’s Small Business Development Center.

Corvallis artist, businesswoman, and educator, Pam Van Londen, will assist small business owners in setting up a freely hosted web site in just a few hours.

Agenda

  • Overview: what is a web presence and how can you have a successful one?
  • Demonstration: how to plan ahead.
  • Demonstration: how to keep inventory to streamline the process.
  • 15 minute break
  • 1 hour lunch break (on your own)
  • Build a site: Create a web site and add your biography and photos, documents, or movie links (using a free online service).
  • 15 minute break
  • Demonstration: 10 free options for promoting your new web site

Follow-up

  • One free consultation via email (must happen within 2 weeks of the workshop).
  • If enough students are interested, I’ll schedule a half-day catch up class for $30.

Student requirements

  1. Comfort with basic computer skills. Please review this list to help assess your comfort level.
  2. Access to web mail (bring username, password, and link to your online mail site).
  3. Comfort with using a USB stick drive (also known as a thumb drive).
  4. Bring in at least 4 digital photos, music files, and/or documents on a USB stick drive.

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Create an Online Presence ~ Workshop

Create an Online Presence workshop at Linn Benton Community College
Create an Online Presence workshop at Linn Benton Community College

1-day workshop for artists, musicians, and small businesses

April 4, 2009
9:00am to 4:00pm
Room BC-204, Benton Center
, Corvallis, Oregon
$95

To reserve a seat, dial 541-917-4929 for LBCC’s Small Business Development Center.

Corvallis artist and businesswoman, Pam Van Londen, will assist small business owners in setting up a freely hosted web site in just a few hours.

Agenda

  • Overview: what is a web presence and how can you have a successful one?
  • Demonstration: how to plan ahead.
  • Demonstration: how to keep inventory to streamline the process.
  • 15 minute break
  • 1 hour lunch break (on your own)
  • Build a site: Create a web site and add your biography and a gallery (or other documents) (using a free online service).
  • 15 minute break
  • Demonstration: 10 free options for promoting your new web site

Follow-up

Student requirements

  1. Comfort with basic computer skills. Please review this list to help assess your comfort level.
  2. Access to web mail (bring username, password, and link to your online mail site).
  3. Comfort with using a USB stick drive (also known as a thumb drive).
  4. Bring in at least 4 digital photos, music files, and/or documents on a USB stick drive.

Building an Online Presence workshop for Artists and others

Create an Online Presence workshop at Linn Benton Community College
Create an Online Presence workshop at Linn Benton Community College

After a successful first run of my Building an Online Presence for Artists workshop at LBCC’s Benton Center this spring, I’ll be teaching it again this summer and fall. Instead of teaching it hands-on computer-lab style, I’ll present it seminar style so those artists and others with lower computer skills can spend more time asking questions and less time fiddling with an unfamiliar computer.

Building an Online Presence workshop for Artists and othersFor more information, call me at 541-760-1449. To reserve your seat, call (541) 917-4929.

3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Thursdays
July 3- August 14, 2008

BC-244, Corvallis LBCC Benton Center, 757 NW Polk Ave.
$245

I will present the many low-cost or free options available to artists and provide at-home exercises to help you create a web site, gallery, and shopping cart ready for patrons around the world. Discover the online presentation and sales methods that work best for your style, schedule, and budget. Incorporate an online
presence in your art marketing plan to help sell your work online, make residual income, and
stay in touch with your collectors while keeping the process simple. Here’s a rough schedule:

DAY 1: Overview and how to optimize images
DAY 2: Explore inventory systems and try a database or spreadsheet
DAY 3: Explore Google tools and try Google Docs and iGoogle
DAY 4: Review blogs and set up one account
DAY 5: Review of galleries and set up one account
DAY 6: Review of affiliations and stores and set up one account
DAY 7: Present attendee web sites and discuss promotional options

“I’ve enjoyed your workshop and hope to incorporate lots of the ideas into my blog/website as soon as I have more time and develop more computer skills. I did learn quite a bit despite this being a difficult subject for me and I appreciate your knowledge and enthusiasm.”

Spring workshop attendee/artist

Building an Online Presence for Artists

Create an Online Presence workshop at Linn Benton Community College
Create an Online Presence workshop at Linn Benton Community College

Learn to Sell Your Art Online

A 7-week Hands-on Workshop or Artists

Description

Incorporate an online presence in your art marketing plan to help sell your work online, make residual income, and stay in touch with your collectors while keeping the process simple.

Artist and business women, Pam Van Londen, will present the many low-cost or free options available to artists and provide hands-on computer instruction to help you decide which methods meet your goals.

Register

Call (541) 917-4929 to reserve your space.
April 10 to May 29
3:00pm to 5:00pm
LBCC Benton Center Computer Lab
One 2-hour session each week for 7 weeks (No Class April 17)
$245

Goals and outcomes

Prepare your work for online viewing.

  • Students will optimize a set of digital photos of their artwork.

Keep track of your inventory and sales.

  • Students will experiment with and choose from a database, spreadsheet, or web site service to maintain a written and visual inventory of their work.
  • Students will add a set of works to their new inventory system.

Choose and implement the presentation and sales method that works best for your style, schedule, and budget.

  • Students will experiment with and choose between various web services to create a web site. Options include blogs, galleries, auctions, affiliation stores, and on-demand printing stores.
  • Students will incorporate sales options into their new web site to promote and sell their work online as well as make residual income.

Track the success of your online efforts.

  • Students will use Google Analytics to see how many people are visiting their site(s).
  • Students will use store/blog/gallery site statistics to see how many people are visiting their site(s).

Present your work to peers and professionals.

  • Students will show and discuss their online efforts.
  • Students will evaluate the choices they’ve made.
  • Students will submit their site(s) to important online sources such as Google, MSN, Yahoo, guild sites, and other associations.

Required reading and materials

Students should bring a USB jump drive to class each week to save work to.

Recommended readings will be listed in each day’s lecture notes.

Schedule

Day 1 Overview and how to optimize images

Day 2 Review of inventory systems and try a database or spreadsheet

Day 3 Review Google tools and try Google Docs and iGoogle.

Day 4 Review of blogs and set up one account.

Day 5 Review of galleries and set up one account

Day 6 Review of affiliations and stores and set up one account.

Day 7 Review statistics and set up Google Analytics