March 2016 - Natalie Crowe Designs | Web Design Company Australia

Monthly Archives: March 2016

Karma Rocks Australia is Back – Handstamped Jewellery

Karma Rocks is dedicated to bringing you beautiful gemstone jewellery and gifts, customised to your style.

Whether you are after a bracelet, pendant or something
unique, Karma Rocks can help! We source the best gemstones from all over
the world, making sure they are the best quality before turning them
into a gift just for you.

Using the hand-stamping technique, your pieces can then be personalised with charms, pendants or unique pieces.

Karma Rocks Australia will happily design a piece specific to your style, please contact Karma Rocks via info@karmarocks.com.au to let us know your specific criteria.

Please have a look at the FAQ page for more information about Karma Rocks!

http://www.karmarocks.com.au or https://www.facebook.com/KarmaRocksAustralia/

Emarketing – Aweber VS Mailchimp

Thought this may interest some of our readers.

Comparing email marketing providers – Aweber and  MailChimp  – both are great companies however which one is better for a business owner just starting out??  This post primary touches on costing and value for money.

So just looking at the two account aweber and mailchimp…. they appear much of a “muchness” …  they both offer a free account for users just starting, they have a great range of tools and analytics and require paid account for these type of things including autoresponder or automation in workflows so to speak..

Mailchimp increase your monthly cost as you climb their milestones… the major difference I am noticing is that they have  smaller milestones than  aweber, but this is essentially good because you only pay for what you’ll use… 

In all cases, you have to cross their  quota before they will up your package…

Note these  figures are taken straight of their websites and are correct at the time of posting however these will vary depending on when you are reading this post.  Check back with the original source pricing pages for most relevant information.


Aweber charge you  in intervals of:
COST IN USD    $19/mo    $29/mo     $49/mo         $69/mo          $149/mo
SUBSCRIBERS:   0–500       501–2,500  2,501–5,000  5,001–10,000   10,001–25,000

Where as MailChimp creep in smaller intervals but you pay only when you go over the previous smaller intervals. Or more specifically for what you’re using


There’s an online “calculator” you can key in how many subscriber you anticipate as to what you’d use on a monthly basis.

Found here:  http://mailchimp.com/pricing/growing-business/

But just quickly  a few notes:

Subscribers / Cost per month
1,001 – 1,500   -$20.00
1,501 – 2,000  -$25.00
2,001 – 2,500 -$30.00
2,501 – 2,600  -$35.00

2,601 – 2,700 -$40.00
2,701 – 2,800 -$45.00
2,801 – 5,000 -$50.00
5,001 – 5,200 -$55.00
5,201 – 5,400 -$60.00

5,401 – 5,600  – $65.00
5,601 – 5,800  – $70.00
5,801 – 10,000 – $75.00
10,001 – 10,200 – $80.00
10,201 – 10,400 – $85.00

Skip a head a few.
12,601 – 12,800 – $145.00
12,801 – 25,000- $150.00 <— $1 more than Aweber but much of a muchness

Long term the minimal pricing difference is something to consider, whilst you can pay in smaller increments for MailChimp it really depends on your familiarity with the system and what you prefer in terms of the interface to manage your account.

I personally like MailChimp, however Aweber is equally as popular..

Starting out on the first milestone…
Aweber charges $19USD/M for up to 500 subscribers
MailChimp charge $20USD/M for up to 1501 Subscribers

When you look at it like that MailChimp has the upper hand..  For 1 extra USD you get another 1000 subscribers!

In any case, both accounts offer a FREE account.. Why not trial both, setup a free about and have a look around, review their how to videos and see what feels right for you. It doesn’t have to be a major ordeal to get this underway..

The biggest thing is to take some sort of positive step forward.

If it’s worth researching it’s worth doing something about!

Website Launch: Holford Welding & Engineering

Early this month we launched  www.holfordwelding.com.au a local hunter valley business  offering Welding, Fabrication, Vehicle Modification & Vehicle Repair – Hunter Valley and Australia Wide.

HOLFORD Engineering & Welding can provide all your Welding
Supervision & Inspection services complying with Australian &
International Standards in the Hunter Valley.

We also do Automotive Modifications like Engine Conversions, Hat Rod
Chassis Fabrication, Minor to Major repairs & Modification to Cars
& Light Commercial Vehicles

With 35 years experience in welding and fabrications and 35 years
experience in vehicle modification and repairs.  Your local team at
Holford Engineering & Welding look forward to assisting your

       ♦ 35 years experience in Welding and Fabrication
       ♦ 35 years experience in Vehicle Modification and Repair
       ♦ Certified Structural & Pressure Welding Supervisor
       ♦ CERTIFIED PRESSURE WELDER – Mig, Tig, Stick
       ♦ Qualified Motor Mechanic.

February – Flying Fast!

February seemed to fly by so fast..  The first 3 weeks were packed with  client work and getting things in order for my trip to Canberra for a business retreat, the last was the week that was my personal retreat and really stepping into another level of business knowledge and understanding:

The goals this month were to:

* Take on 3 new website clients, [ SUCCESS ]
* Schedule in around 100 hours of work within first 3 weeks of Feb  [ SUCCESS ]
* Implement Maintenance Top Up Service  [ SUCCESS ]
* Read first 3 Chapters of E-Myth Revisited  [ SUCCESS ]
* Prepare for Solo Trip to Canberra for Leonie Dawson’s Shining Business Retreat – Canberra [ SUCCESS ]
* Be the sponge…. soak up everything I could at the Shining Business Retreat! [ SUCCESS ]

I want to do a whole other blog post on the retreat as it was truly magical… and something that I am so grateful to have been a part of. The people I met, the knowledge I gained and the overall stepping out of my comfort zone in order to drive 4 1/2 hours out to Canberra one way – on my own  adventure, away from my family  and really soak up 4 days  of amazing experiences  2 days of  business retreat with the wonderful LEONIE DAWSON AND GRANT ANDREW, to take a solid focus on ME and MY BUSINESS.

I came back with a new prospective, with new inspiration and new focus on what I wanted to achieve..  

I came back with new amazing friends, Jennifer, Cheralyn to name a few!

I am so grateful for this entire month! It’s been wonderful!
To many more great things!!!