• The Ultimate Video,SEO & Content Marketing Strategies to Help Grow your Business
    Using video in your business is a smart move. It helps to position you as the authority and to build trust in your brand. If you are using video, are you doing it strategically or just hoping for the best? If the latter, this meetup is for you. Introducing our two speakers, Zuraya Hamilton and Jenny Godfrey. Zuraya will be up first to discuss why video is important and cover some technical things you need to consider when creating videos. Zuraya is an experienced digital content producer with a demonstrated history of working in the health, mining , aviation and educational industries. Strong media and communication professional with a Bachelor's Degree focused in Cinematography and Film/Video Production from Griffith University. Jenny from Concept Designs & Marketing will cover what to do with your videos from an SEO point of view and how to use them within an overall content marketing strategy for your website, social media and your brand. With over 16 years experience Jenny knows how to merge the worlds of design and marketing to successfully reach your target market. Identifying your target market is at the very heart of what we do as a business; in Jenny's experience, more businesses fail in their marketing because of this simple neglect. Jenny specialises in digital marketing and has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to creating online strategies that convert more business for you. Check out some of Zuraya's videos -> https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAMZX8iDRVShyjSXWnGZmHA Learn more about Jenny's business -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFXoudy6JFY Meeting Format: 6:00 - 6:30pm: Arrival and Networking 6:30pm: Welcome and Introduction / Overview of Meeting 6:35pm: What's New In WordPress 7:00pm: Main Topic - The Ultimate Video, SEO & Content Marketing Strategies to Help Grow your Business // Zuraya and Jenny 7:45pm: Q&A 7:50pm: Raffle Draw & Conclusion 8:00pm - 8:30pm: Finish and further Networking for those who would like to stay behind.Stay tuned for updates to this event. These Meetups are FREE to attend with special thanks to our sponsors who kindly cover the room and food costs: • Conetix (https://www.conetix.com.au/) • Plesk (https://www.plesk.com/) • WPEngine (https://wpengine.com) If you know someone who would benefit from this meetup, please let them know by sharing this with them. Looking forward to seeing you there. Best Regards Paul & Nik

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  • 10 Mistakes Beginners Make When Setting Up Their Websites
    We are pleased to introduce Michael Viller who will be presenting this months Meetup topic. We are in for a treat as Michael is presenting this same topic at WordCamp Brisbane. Michael will be covering common mistakes that spark questions such as How do I speed up my website?, My images are slowing down my website, how do i fix that?, How do I SEO?, How do I get google to visit my website? and many many more. But are these really questions that should be asked afterwards? Not having these things done at the time of creating your website can make it harder and more costly to do later on. This talk will lightly cover the above topics, and focus on the questions that can be asked ahead of time to reduce the pain later on, such as how to choose quality hosting, themes and page builders, WordPress settings and image compression plugins, and implementing SEO the right way from the start. Meet Michael ------------------ Michael has been the “Mick” of many things over the past 36 years of his life however one thing that he’s always been passionate about is building websites, He started teaching himself to build websites back in ’99 with HTML, then moved to mambo, then was an avid Joomla user for over 10 years and a very anti-WordPress person up till a few years ago, but hasn’t touched Joomla since. Check out Michaels Website: https://mickthewpmentor.com.au Meeting Format: ---------------------- 6:00 - 6:30pm: Arrival and Networking 6:30pm: Welcome and Introduction / Overview of Meeting 6:35pm: What's Up WordPress 7:00pm: Main Topic - 10 Mistakes Beginners Make When Setting Up Their Websites 7:30pm: Q&A 7:45pm: Conclusion and Raffle Draw 8:00pm - 8:30pm: Finish and further Networking for those who would like to stay behind.Stay tuned for updates to this event. These Meetups are FREE to attend with special thanks to our sponsors who kindly cover the room and food costs: • Conetix (https://www.conetix.com.au/) • Plesk (https://www.plesk.com/) • WPEngine (https://wpengine.com) If you know someone who would benefit from this meetup, please let them know by sharing this with them. Looking forward to seeing you there. Best Regards Paul & Nik

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  • How to Make Money From Your Target Market - A Case Study
    We all know that having a website is important Having a website that makes you money is more important and something that all business owners dream of. At this months Meetup, you will meet and hear from Dr Drion Klein on how he is using WordPress powered websites and other online tools to generate an income by selling digital products to a specific niche market. The 3 key takeaways Dr Dion will cover are: 1. Getting inside your target markets head. 2. Various tools to sell your digital products (incl WordPress of course). 3. Integrated Marketing Methods. Meet Dr Dion Klein -------------------------- With over 30 years international experience as an educator and entrepreneur, Dion has taught thousands of people in the areas of business, sports administration, fitness and health. Using this experience, he has written training and assessment materials for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) mainly in the areas of sport, fitness, recreation and health qualifications. Check out www.fitnesseducationmaterials.com. Additionally, Dr Dion has assisted business owners, companies and not-for-profits in many ways including developing their business via marketing and sales, analyzing market research, shifting mindset and culture, executing strategy, increasing productivity, securing fundraising, and increasing workplace well-being. In 2007 he founded The WISE Academy, an Australian Registered Training Organization (www.wiseacademy.edu.au), where he trains people how to start their business. He also trains people to become fitness instructors and personal trainers. Visit Dion's website: http://drdion.com/ Meeting Format: ----------------------- 6:00 - 6:30pm: Arrival and Networking 6:30pm: Welcome and Introduction / Overview of Meeting 6:35pm: What's Up WordPress 6:45pm: Intro to ITForum Gold Coast - Darren Chapman 7:00pm: Main Topic - How to Make Money From Your Target Market - Dr Dion Klein. 7:30pm: Q&A 7:45pm: Conclusion and Raffle Draw 8:00pm - 8:30pm: Finish and further Networking for those who would like to stay behind. These Meetups are FREE to attend with special thanks to our sponsors who generously cover the room and food costs: • Conetix (https://www.conetix.com.au/) • Plesk (https://www.plesk.com/) • WPEngine (https://wpengine.com) If you know someone who would benefit from this meetup, please let them know by sharing this with them. Looking forward to seeing you there. Best Regards Paul & Nik

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  • Winning with Digital Marketing & Facebook Ads
    Navigating the Digital Landscape these days is becoming challenging. With so many distractions now more than ever, how do you stand out from the crowd? It is our pleasure to introduce Marlie Van Doorn, our August guest speaker. Marlie will share some amazing insights into making it easier to understand and to help you to navigate your way through the digital maze. She will cover the following topics. - Digital Strategy - Understanding the Digital Market Landscape - Ten key steps to Digital Success - Why Facebook advertising (and what mistakes NOT to make) - How to save $$ on Digital Marketing and Facebook advertising MEET MARLIE Marlie kick-started her career at BMW Group in 2009 and was promoted twice in 1.5 years to the first Social Media Manager of BMW Group worldwide before she turned 25 years old. Marlie was born in The Netherlands, lived in 4 different countries, travelled to 29 countries and speaks 5 languages. She immigrated to Australia in 2012, completed her Master in Business on the Gold Coast and through Sponsorships in the Change Management and Franchise Industry achieved the Milestone of Permanent Residency in May 2015. For the past decade she worked with big Corporates such as BMW Group and Griffith University. Her passion now is helping Ambitious Business Owners with BETTER Results, FASTER - such as increasing their sales by >400% in less than 2 years through proven Business Strategies and Digital Marketing. In October 2016 she took the entrepreneurial leap with launching her own company and started helping business owners with Projects, Trainings and Coaching in Strategic (Digital Marketing) Advice such as Facebook Ads Campaigns aligning with Facebook Ads Expert Marlon Marescia of SalesDriven. Together they help clients to learn how to build their own FB Ads Campaign via the program Facebook Ads Roadmap. She also works as a VET Marketing Trainer teaching (International) Students at Imagine Education and presents Workshops for Government projects like NEIS and NORTEC. She joined forces with TEWAY on a Mission to ‘Change The World, One Business At A Time’ to bring down the shocking statistic of 60% of small businesses not making it to their 3rd year – we can change that! As a High Performance Mentor she helps Ambitious Business Owners with building the Business to work without them, so they can Design the Life they Love. Her Energy and Passion allows the people she works with to get into the #yeswecan mindset and achieve results they have never had before. Marlie only collaborates with trusted and proven Experts & Mentors in their respective industries. She loves helping people find out whether they are doing something ‘the best they can’ or ‘the best way it can be done.’ Visit Marlies Website: www.expertiseondemand.com.au Connect with Marlie on LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/LinkedInMarlie ---- MEETING FORMAT 6:00 - 6:30pm: Arrival and Networking 6:30pm: Welcome and Introduction / Overview of Meeting 6:35pm: What's New In WordPress 7:00pm: Main Topic: Winning with Digital Marketing & Facebook Ads - Marlie Van Doorn 7:30pm: Q&A 7:45pm: Conclusion and Raffle Draw 8:00pm - 8:30pm: Finish and further Networking for those who would like to stay behind.Stay tuned for updates to this event. These Meetups are FREE to attend with special thanks to our sponsors who kindly cover the room and food costs: • Conetix (https://www.conetix.com.au/) • Plesk (https://www.plesk.com/) • WPEngine (https://wpengine.com) If you know someone who would benefit from this meetup, please let them know by sharing this with them. Looking forward to seeing you there. Best Regards Paul & Nik

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  • Local SEO
    It’s common for businesses in the same area to experience fierce competition when fighting for a page one spot with search engines like Google. This is especially true if you have limited resources or a capped marketing budget. Local SEO is perfect for your business if you’re not quite ready to manage a fully optimised website or SEO campaign but know you need to improve your online presence. With ‘Local SEO’ you can take advantage of the high volume search methods that your target audience is already using to find you. You can also still reap many of the benefits of traditional SEO, such as high exposure and more enquires, without the need for an A-grade website. Meet the speaker: Peter Curran Owner of Digital Surfer Pete started his Digital Marketing career in 2010 after 15 years in the legal profession. The journey began by purchasing Ecommerce websites based in America which provided a steep learning curve into the world of Search Engine Optimisation. With enough income to replace his day job it was only natural to learn to build websites for Australian businesses. Eight years later what started as an interest is now a Digital Marketing agency with six staff providing a range of Digital Marketing services. Dealing with people from all walks of life every single day while in the legal profession has ensured Pete has the ability to communicate and relate with everyone hence he is the front man of Digital Surfer. Visit website: https://www.digitalsurfer.com.au/ Meeting Format: 6:00 - 6:30pm: Arrival and Networking 6:30pm: Welcome and Introduction / Overview of Meeting 6:35pm: What's New In WordPress 7:00pm: Main Topic - Local SEO presented by Peter Curran 7:45pm: Q&A 7:55pm: Conclusion and Raffle Draw 8:00pm - 8:30pm: Finish and further Networking for those who would like to stay behind.Stay tuned for updates to this event. These Meetups are FREE to attend with special thanks to our awesome sponsors who kindly cover the room and food costs: • Conetix (https://www.conetix.com.au/) • Plesk (https://www.plesk.com/) • WPEngine (https://wpengine.com) If you know someone who would benefit from this meetup, please let them know by sharing this with them. Looking forward to seeing you there. Best Regards Paul & Nik

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  • How to Make Money or a Career with WordPress - Panel Discussion
    This month we are holding a Panel discussion on the topic of: How to Make Money or a Career with WordPress. The panel consists of an eclectic bunch of WP enthusiasts who make their living with WordPress, some in surprising ways: Dion Hulse - Working Remotely for Automattic Grant Hawkey - Working in an Agency Felicia Rusher - Successful Online Store Paul Luxford - Website Care Service David Baker - Theme and Plugin Development and working a family business from a caravan. Nik Cree will be moderating the discussion. Some Questions will be prepared prior, however we encourage questions from the audience throughout the session. Meeting Format: 6:00 - 6:30pm: Arrival and Networking 6:30pm: Welcome and Introduction / Overview of Meeting 6:35pm: What's New In WordPress 7:00pm: How to Make Money from WordPress - Panel Discussion 7:40pm: Q&A 7:50pm: Conclusion and Raffle Draw 8:00pm - 8:30pm: Finish and further Networking for those who would like to stay behind.Stay tuned for updates to this event. Meetup cost is only $5.00. Grab your name badge and raffle ticket when you enter. Finger food will be available, kindly provided by our sponsors Conetix (https://www.conetix.com.au/) and Plesk (https://www.plesk.com/). Special thanks also to WPEngine (https://wpengine.com) for covering the costs of the room hire. Meals and drinks can be purchased from the bar downstairs. If you know someone who would benefit from this meetup, please let them know by sharing this with them (or bring them along). Looking forward to seeing you there. Best Regards Paul & Nik

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  • Personalisation: Tiny Tweaks for Massive Results
    So, you have a successful ecommerce business or website. How can you increase conversions and make more money? By speaking directly to your customers. Personalisation allows you to quickly and effectively modify your content to target multiple audiences. By dynamically changing the copy as the page loads, you can replace headlines, case studies and images with content that exactly match the person viewing your site. In this presentation, I'll show you not only how you can make small tweaks for big wins today, but also how to save money while doing it! I'll also cover how you can use personalisation to optimise Google AdWords campaigns. Meet the speaker: Hayden Bech Hayden is a web developer by trade, and runs his own business building sites with Divi. He is also a singer! Having sung for most of his life, Hayden is now the Assistant Director for The Blenders choir who recently performed in the 2018 Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony. He also runs a business called Vocal Sensei, where he teaches singing to beginners. Vocal Sensei provides free singing courses and vocal coaching to singers all over the world, and is growing rapidly. Hayden's recent success with Google AdWords has allowed Vocal Sensei exposure to tens of thousands of impressions each month, a large share of the Indian search market, and hundreds of people receiving his free course monthly. Hayden's mission is to convince everyone that they have the power to become singers! Meeting Format: 6:00 - 6:30pm: Arrival and Networking 6:30pm: Welcome and Introduction / Overview of Meeting 6:35pm: What's Up WordPress 7:00pm: Main Topic 7:30pm: Q&A 7:45pm: Conclusion and Raffle Draw 8:00pm - 8:30pm: Finish and further Networking for those who would like to stay behind.Stay tuned for updates to this event. Meetup cost is only $5.00. Grab your name badge and raffle ticket when you enter. Finger food will be available, kindly provided by our sponsors Conetix (https://www.conetix.com.au/) and Plesk (https://www.plesk.com/). Meals and drinks can be purchased from the bar downstairs. If you know someone who would benefit from this meetup, please let them know by sharing this with them (or bring them along). Looking forward to seeing you there. Best Regards Paul & Nik

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  • WordPress Hosting Survival Guide
    WordPress Hosting Survival Guide Hosting is essential to every website in the world, and getting the right fit for your needs can be daunting with all the options available out there. In this presentation, Ricky will take you through how hosting has changed over time, what is available now to help with your WordPress site, and what you should be looking for in choosing the right provider. About our guest speaker Ricky is a self taught web professional who found and fell in love with WordPress, and the community behind it while looking for a CMS platform to build websites for clients. Ricky works for WP Engine, one of the worlds leading WordPress hosting specialist as a Pre Sales Engineer. He is a Co-Organizer for the Sunshine Coast & Brisbane WordPress Meetup Groups, as well as the Brisbane Web Design Meetup group, and was one of the amazing team who put together the Sunshine Coast WordCamp in 2016 and WordCamp Brisbane in 2017. Meeting Format: 6:00 - 6:30pm: Arrival and Networking 6:30pm: Welcome and Introduction / Overview of Meeting 6:35pm: What's New In WordPress 7:00pm: Main Topic - WordPress Hosting Survival Guide - Ricky Blacker 7:30pm: Q&A 7:45pm: Conclusion and Raffle Draw 8:00pm - 8:30pm: Finish and further Networking for those who would like to stay behind.Stay tuned for updates to this event. Bring your business cards to go into a raffle, drawn at the end. Finger food is available, kindly sponsored by our event sponsor WPGeni (http://wpgeni.com). If you know someone who would benefit from this meetup, please let them know by sharing this with them. Looking forward to seeing you there. Best Regards Paul & Nik

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  • Introduction to Page Builders
    This meetup is all about Page Builders. The revolutionary plugins that help us build and manage websites faster. We will be covering the following: - Pros & Cons - Use Cases - Why you should not use a page builder Some of the page builders we will be live demonstrating: - Elementor - Beaver Builder - Divi - Site Origin - Visual Composer Nik and Paul will be running this topic. Meeting Format: 6:00 - 6:30pm: Arrival and Networking 6:30pm: Welcome and Introduction / Overview of Meeting 6:35pm: What's New In WordPress 7:00pm: Main Topic 7:30pm: Q&A 7:45pm: Conclusion and Raffle Draw 8:00pm - 8:30pm: Finish and further Networking for those who would like to stay behind.Stay tuned for updates to this event. Bring your business cards to go into a raffle, drawn at the end. Finger food is available. If you know someone who would benefit from this meetup, please let them know by sharing this with them. Looking forward to seeing you there. Best Regards Paul & Nik

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  • How You Can Double Your Website Conversions with 3 Simple Strategies
    Welcome to the first WordPress Gold Coast Meetup for 2018. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Come along and learn how any business can at least double their conversions from traffic to enquiry to sale by implementing 3 simple strategies. 1. Site Layout and Design - Having the best site layout for your business/industry/target market - Functional information and call to action - Utilizing the prime real estate on your site - Correct usage of sliders, videos, blogs 2. Trust and Social Proof - Security of site and information – SSL certification - Usage of security symbols, payment gateways - Social media proof and integration - Google reviews and other social proof - Testimonials 3. Engaging Customers & Live Chat - Why Live Chat is so effective? - Why is it so important to engage customers? - The real statistics - Time Saving vs Turnover/Profitability Meet the presenter - Aron Joseph Aron has been involved in the website and web marketing industry for over 15 years and has since had experience in virtually every sector of the industry. Originally involved with SEO and adwords campaigns whilst working with other businesses, Aron established his first online company 13 years ago, setting up affiliate marketing platforms and working closely with online accommodation booking companies like RoamFree. Over the past 12 years he branched out into design and development for websites for small to medium size businesses as well as consulting to larger organisations and developing various online and offline marketing strategies and training sales teams. From a startup company, within 8 years he had grown his company to have over 100 employees, with offices in 4 countries and managing over 2500 websites for over 1000 companies from all areas of the world. 3 years ago, he made the mammoth transition into the next evolution in website marketing, with 24-7 live chat. Converting his offices here in Australia as well as overseas into a 24-7 operation and with over a year of testing completed in 2015, the product was officially launched in 2016 and has continued to grow ever since. As the first and only Australian based provider of live chat services and only using live operators, Aron has demonstrated his pioneering mentality in the industry and leading the curve on the next stages of the web industry. Visit Aron's website 247chat.com (http://247chat.com.au/) Meeting Format: 6:00 - 6:30pm: Arrival and Networking 6:30pm: Welcome and Introduction / Overview of Meeting 6:35pm: What's Up WordPress 7:00pm: Main Topic - How You Can Double Your Website Conversions with 3 Simple Strategies - Aron Joseph. 7:45pm: Q&A 7:55pm: Conclusion and Raffle Draw 8:00pm - 8:30pm: Finish and further Networking for those who would like to stay behind.Stay tuned for updates to this event. Bring your business cards to go into a raffle, drawn at the end. Finger food is available, kindly sponsored by our event sponsor WPGeni (http://wpgeni.com). If you know someone who would benefit from this meetup, please let them know by sharing this with them. Looking forward to seeing you there. Best Regards Paul Luxford Gold Coast Business Websites[masked]

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