At Web Design Digital Studio, I create high performing websites that bring you more business and buzz.
I always see the process as a co-creation – your passion and drive to get your new service or product out there to help your clients succeed and my know-how and experience of creating digital showcases and content, and the functionality and strategies for you to succeed. Where does Web Design Digital Studio fit in? Well, it was founded as the name of my business entity with the intention of creating a space for creative multimedia, online marketing strategies in design, publishing, and adding online video in the near future. I love working with my home-based, innovative entrepreneurial clients, mainly in the States, creating powerful online businesses and coaching in the strategic use of Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, online video, audio, content marketing and creative branding. My clients range from bestselling authors and coaches, to world-class public speakers to holistic doctors and Wellness leaders, musicians and non-profits. Some clients prefer to have their website and all their Social Media platforms set up for them and others (the DIY-ers) like to have the more advanced sections done for them and learn to do the daily tasks themselves. We adapt to suit our client’s needs, strengths and budget. Our specialty is:
In my neck of the woods, which is across the waters and many miles from the epicenter of Silicon Valley at a picturesque, fast-growing, coastal town called Ballito, in South Africa. I spent many, many … yes many.. late hours attending online programs and seminars through the night, virtually in the timezone of the US … in awe of all that was possible online. I came to be know as Tina Cook from South Africa and my new American friends credited me with representing the entire continent of Africa (which always made me smile). I’ve been fascinated by web design ever since 2000 when I left the Television Industry. After 20 years producing award-winning television programs, I left the dusty, rat-race of the African metropolis of the City of Gold, Johannesburg, and headed east to the green, sugar cane hills and sandy shores of the Indian Ocean to start a new chapter of my life in Ballito at the beginning of the new millennium.
It was a complete change of pace and so I dabbled in web design and explored creating an online business. It was a natural progression from writing and creating visuals for the small screen to the computer screen. It blew my mind that it was becoming possible to create from my keyboard what we needed millions of dollars of equipment and studios to create for Television. Then I took a left turn and needed to master online marketing very quickly for a facilitator of Louise Hay’s workshops and trainings. I was introduced to the work of great inspirational leaders of our time: Dr Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Dorienne Virtue, Debbie Ford, just to name a few.
This opened a whole new world for me of exploring living consciously, which is another story … but back to the online marketing.
Like most, I was totally overwhelmed. Which hosting company should I use? Which shopping cart would actually live up to its sales promises and work? There was so much to learn … yet it was so exciting! Then I came across a 12-week online program that promised to teach me how to create a product in 90 days. I was the new kid on the block and remember the absolute thrill I experienced when I first entered the online forum and saw all the resources and how-to info on all the aspects of online marketing I was determined to master! After that program, I never looked back and did course after course until I’d mastered all the skills I needed. Along the way I become certified as Guerrilla Marketing Coach (2008) by the master of online marketing and best-selling author Mitch Meyerson. Then as an early adopter of Facebook and Twitter, was one of the first to be certified by the totally fabulous, and now famous, Mari Smith as a Social Media Marketing Strategist (2009).
During 2010 I was fortunate to help best-selling authors and speakers embrace, the then, new marketing opportunities created by Facebook and Twitter. My love affair with WordPress blossomed, thanks to the wonderful workshops by Christina Hills.
At that time, most of my clients had established online businesses but needed my help with their Social Media. I saw that playing in the online marketing space was very different for those of us without large established mailing lists and started exploring how I could help newbies and entrepreneurs build their online businesses. The fascinating part is keeping ahead of the curve and working out which – of all the online marketing options available today – will play to my client’s strengths and how to keep their clients or customers coming back for more. We start and end with your website which is your most valuable online property and will outlast any of the trending technologies.
This is the most exhilarating time to be an online entrepreneur! You need to be passionate, dedicated and have a message, product or service you can monetize. The most amazing technology is at your finger tips and the whole world is within your reach! It’s an exciting, digital learning curve which can be very rewarding through consistent work … or is it play?
“The master of the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which; he simply pursues his vision of excellence in whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both.”
BA Degree (University of Cape Town) Certified Social Media Strategist Certified Guerrilla Marketing Coach