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Join us at our free website development and website design workshops held several times each month at Northwoods Software. We cover useful, relevant and current web topics.  Our free workshops have been attended by thousands in the Milwaukee area, businesses across Wisconsin, and throughout the Midwest.

Social Media - Doing It Right - Oct 23

 

What works for one business may not work for another. Learn how to focus your time and resources on the media choices that will support your business goals at this learn workshop.   

Dates

   Thursday, October 23, 2104
 

Schedule       

             8:15 - 8:30  Check-in and Coffee Selection

             8:30 to 10:30  Session Presentation, Q&A 

Location

              Northwoods
              1572 E Capitol Drive
              Shorewood, WI  53211

Cost

Free

Presenter

              Patrick Bieser

Patrick is the founder of Northwoods and a recognized local expert in the strategic use of websites, ecommerce, and usability.  He will couple his technical expertise with high energy and humor in what will be an enjoyable and provocative presentation.

Under Patrick's leadership, Northwoods has developed hundreds of corporate websites for clients such as Briggs & Stratton, Ellsworth Adhesives, Mercola.com, Children's Hospital, Snap-On Tool, Ziegler Co, City of Milwaukee, and American International Group (AIG).

Or register by phone by calling Mary at 414-914-9115.

Back to Sessions

Coming Soon: Overview of Titan CMS - Oct 28

 

Titan CMS is a full featured yet flexible and intuitive content management system widely used by a wide range of clients including - City of Milwaukee, Briggs & Stratton Corporation, Medical College of Wisconsin, United Way of Milwaukee, Jefferson Wells, and hundreds of other large and small organizations.

For those of you not familiar with the term, "content management" refers to features that allow all of the information on a web site to be dynamically maintained by non-technical users, and to be viewed and published based on the user's password/login.

We will show you how Titan CMS will help you:

  • Dramatically improve accuracy and timeliness of web-based information while reducing the time required to maintain such quality.
  • Support the sharing of specific content across multiple sites, resulting in "one version of the truth" - maintain in one place.
  • Greatly simplify the process of updating web site content, and allow content editors to preview their changes in real-time.
  • Allow a large number of non-technical staff members to easily become authors/editors and "own" their own content instead of submitting change-requests to the webmaster.
  • Allow the webmaster and other managers to delegate day-to-day content management tasks while maintaining approve/publish duties.
  • Quickly add pages, interactive forms, event calendars and many other new features to your website without the assistance of programmers.

You can also ask us about our related work in:

  • Extranets (secure web sites for key business partners)
  • Intranets (secure web sites for employees and internal business partners)
  • Web site development and interactive design
  • Database development

Date

            Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Schedule           

              11:30 to 12:00 Check-in and Lunch Selection

              12:00 to 1:00 Session Presentation, Q&A

lunch option             

A variety of Jimmy John's subs, chips, and beverages for just $5 at the door. Or, bring your own lunch and learn for free.

location

Northwoods
1572 E Capitol Drive
Shorewood, WI  53211

 

Presenter

    Doug Lantz

Or email or phone Mary at 414-914-9115.

Coming Soon: Writing For The Web-Oct 30

Guidelines for copy, layout and usability
 

Reading computer screens is slower and harder than reading from paper.  If you want users to "get" your message, you need to write less text, write to be scanned and avoid marketing speak.  Research shows that users don't like to scroll -- however, there are a few important exceptions.  These are just a few of the topics covered in our free 'Writing For The Web' workshop.

The workshop will present insights into web user psychology, how to think about and write for the web, how to identify common content mistakes and how writing for the web will improve your search engine rankings.  This two hour free workshop is targeted at anyone who owns or works on a website.  It has been attended by thousands from the Milwaukee area.  Companies such as Baird, Snap-on, Johnson Controls, and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee have sent entire marketing teams.  (Why not?  It's free, and it's NOT a hidden sales pitch.)  Everyone will enjoy the "live looks" at web sites submitted from those in attendance.

Patrick Bieser, Founder of Northwoods, presents his common sense and sometimes humorous approach to creating a usable and content intelligent web site.  Patrick couples his 15 years of web experience with his research on the most successful sites on the Internet today into a high energy and provocative presentation.

We'll Cover:

  • Good Content vs. Bad Content.  How to Tell the Difference.
  • Selected Screen Shots Illustrating Key Points
  • Different Content for Different Page Types
  • 10 ways to Increase Traffic
  • Common Content Myths
  • SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
  • User Psychology Behaviors
  • Flash vs JQuery.  The Good and the Bad.
  • Navigation and Findability


Date

Thursday, October 30, 2014


Schedule

 8:15 to 8:30 Check-in and coffee selection
 8:30 to 11:00 Session Presentation, Q&A


Cost

 Free

 

location

Northwoods
1572 E Capitol Drive
Shorewood, WI  53211

REGISTER
 

Email or call 414-914-9100, press 0 and ask for Mary.


PRESENTER 

Patrick Bieser, Founder of Northwoods and a recognized local expert in the strategic use of websites and the Internet, will present his proven take on creating content optimized for both users and search engines.  

Patrick couples his technical expertise with high energy and humor in what will be an enjoyable and provocative presentation.

The information in this seminar has been gathered from Northwoods' work with clients like Briggs & Stratton, Ellsworth Adhesives, Mercola.com, Childrens Hospital, Snap-On Tool, Ziegler Co, City of Milwaukee, American International Group (AIG) and a great variety of other small and medium sized organizations.

Northwoods is the developer of Titan Content Management System (CMS) which offers powerful yet user friendly web authoring and editing for non-technical users.  Our Titan CMS blends high functionality with superior usability and ease-of-use.

LOCATION

Finding Northwoods

Northwoods - specializing in web design and software - is located just west of Shorewood High School, on East Capitol Drive in Shorewood, WI. 


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About Northwoods Software and Web Design

Northwoods presents workshops free of sales pitches. You want to learn.  We want to earn your business. The best way to accomplish both is to offer useful information you will value. 

Like what we teach? Then call and ask us to introduce our products and services.

Still not sure? Ask any of the 3,000 people who have attended one of our workshops in the past five years.

Northwoods Software and Web Design is the developer of Titan Content Management System (CMS) which offers powerful, yet user friendly, web authoring and editing for non-technical users. Our Titan CMS blends high functionality with superior usability and ease-of-use.

Upcoming

Social Media - Doing It Right

Learn how to focus your time and resources on the media choices that will support your business goals at this learn workshop. Oct 23

Titan CMS Overview

Titan CMS is a full featured yet flexible and intuitive content management system. We will show you how Titan CMS can help you. Oct 28

Writing for the Web

Common sense approach to creating a usable and content rich website. Oct 30, Dec 18

The Return of the Microsite

Leverage your website investment by building microsites to help promote and market specific products and services. We will demonstrate the opportunities for search engine marketing and measuring the effectiveness of online and offline promotional efforts. Nov 4

Emerging Trends in Website Design

Fast-paced tour of 2014 website design trends. Nov 6

Responsive Web Design Strategies

Responsive design is the best way to ensure your website looks good on any screen size - smartphone to desktop. This fast-paced workshop covers key strategies for successful responsive design projects. Nov 18

Intranet Best Practices

Learn how to improve productivity, cut costs, and implement the features employees and partners need. Nov 20

ABC's of SEO

Learn about the ABC's of SEO at this learn workshop. Dec 2

Successful Websites & Online Catalogs for Manufacturers

Join us at this free learning event and find out how to maximize your online potential. Dec 4

Google Analytics - An Introduction

Google Analytics (GA) is a powerful website tracking tool that helps measure your online marketing and website effectiveness. Dec 9

Planning Your Website Redesign

Our strategy team will engage seminar attendees to discuss existing strategies, examine current web sites and provide high-level answers to common web site related questions. Dec 11

TESTIMONIALS

"Just a quick note of thanks for helping me increase my downloads by 25%!  I made changes to my landing page based on what I learned at your recent  workshop and my downloads improved from 7,000 a month to over 8,700 a month in less than 30 days.  Thanks!"

Charles Rathmann

B.Sc. l Marketing Communications Analyst l Marketing

"I’ve been extremely pleased with our selection of Northwoods to provide the software development and maintenance for our website!
We continue to get rave reviews about the website and numerous hits as well.  Entrepreneurs are using the site for assistance in growing their business."  

Daniel J. Steininger
BizStarts Milwaukee Board Member

 

Miss a Session?

See our list of past Northwoods Workshops and Seminars to download session materials or view selected videos.

CONTACT NORTHWOODS

Questions about a Learn @ Lunch or Workshop? Send an email or give us a call at 414.914.9115

Northwoods Software
1572 E Capitol Drive
Shorewood, WI 53211

 

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NORTHWOODS SOFTWARE provides web design and development, custom software development and the Titan CMS content management tool to companies in Milwaukee, the Midwest and nationwide. Visit the Northwoods corporate site or call Rick Fessenbecker at 414.914.9102 for more information. © 2014 Northwoods Software Development, Inc.