Pinehurst Websites Philosophy is Empowering Business Owners.
Many businesses have been frustrated by the technical obstacles of trying to sell online. The philosophy behind Pinehurst Websites is to help simplify the business of selling on the web. The goal is not to just setup a website, but to empower business owners with a strategy for using their website to take control of and build their customer base. The e-commerce platform behind our sites makes management of the site very straight forward. You can become an expert at adding product and syndicating that product on the web very quickly. Pinehurst Websites enable businesses to project a professional image to the world while engaging in e-commerce. In addition to setting up a secure site ready for e-commerce, Pinehurst Websites explains how to maximize your presence on the web using the tools included with the e-commerce site we build.
"This web thing is probably going to be around for a while and if you have not noticed it affecting your business, you will. The only question is will it affect your business negatively or positively".
Having a retail store, online e-commerce site, and wholesale business, I understand the challenges that small, medium and large businesses face. As with any venture, it does take effort to be successful. This web thing is probable going to be around for a while and if you have not noticed it affecting your business, you will. The only question is will it affect your business negatively or positively. The founder of Pinehurst Websites is Kevin King. He grew up working in his family retail business in Pinehurst, North Carolina. The family had four successful gift stores which sold products ranging from collectibles and jewelry to Waterford crystal and Christmas ornaments. Kevin continued to work in the family business while attending UNCG. Kevin was a member of the UNCG Men's golf team and earned a degree in Financial Management. After graduating, Kevin took a commission only position as an independent sales representative in the gift industry. He grew his territory immensely before leaving after eight years to play professional golf. While playing golf, Kevin started several businesses with his fiancé Terrie Moses including Teramasu Accessories, Teramasu retail store, and Teramasu.com. After breaking both feet, Kevin took time away from golf and committed more time to the businesses. Having request from Teramasu Accessories wholesale customers, for websites like teramasu.com, Kevin began designing e-commerce websites.
The Shopify Buy Button allows you to embed any item into a blog post. This can be a blog post on your own website or it can be a blog post on an external website. If you or an external blogger are doing a blog post, it helps to have buy button on the page where you or a blogger are blogging about one of your products because you have the ability to instantly convert the sales without having to leave the current page.
As part of Shopify Experts program, I get a fair amount of inquiries for website work and consultation. But one of my most recent inquiries, was just different enough to start raising tiny alarm bells in the back of my mind. The first inquiry was seemed innocent enough, an email about a site.
They use a legit site agroamerica.com as the site they want to use as a model.
Hi I'm Alex,
I would like to know if you can handle website design for my company? kindly get back to me so i can send you the job details,
I was a little skeptical because of the grammar, and I do websites of course, I can handle a project for you. but I replied because I have had seemingly less legitimate request that turned out to be real projects.
Here was the second email.
Thanks for your response,
here is the job details
i have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in LA and the company is based on importing and exporting of Agriculture products such as Kola Nut, Cacilia Nut and Cocoa so i need a best of the best layout design for it. Can you handle that for me ?.
So i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if its possible http://www.agroamerica.com.... the site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an estimate based on the site i gave you to check out, the estimate should include hosting and i want the same page as the site i gave you to check out and i have a private project consultant, he has the text content and the logos for the site.
- I want the same number of pages with the example site i gave you to check excluding videos and blogs.
- I want only English language
- I don't have a domain yet but i want the domain name as
@brevlyagro.com or @brevlyagro.net
- you will be updating the site for me.
- i will be proving the images, logos and content for the site.
- My budget is $5,000 to $6,000
Kindly get back to me with:
(1) an estimate
(2) your cell phone number with your location
(3) And will like to know if you are the business owner ??
The Switch - Scam Alert
I was still skeptical because of the grammar and now the odd question. I was able to contact this "Alex" and it was a very poor connection, and his English was labored. He wanted to pay with Credit Card and wanted to pay a higher amount so that I could pay his project manager who supposedly had all the content and logos. As soon as I heard this it confirmed my previous suspicions "SCAM".
He wanted to pay with Credit Card and wanted to pay a higher amount so that I could pay his project manager who supposedly had all the content and logos. As soon as I heard this it confirmed my previous suspicions "SCAM".
Scam Averted - Share With Your Colleagues
After getting off the phone, (scammers phone number (925) 318-1402 )I did a Google search for scams targeting website designers and found the exact second email I received in the comments for the article about the new scam.
So beware designers you are one of the newest targets. I was able to detect this threat in time but sooner would have been better. I am sure many of my fellow designers will also be targeted so I wanted to get the word out quickly. Please share this with your communities.
Hiring a Shopify Expert can help you significantly speed up your progress in your eCommerce venture. The right expert can show you where you need to target you efforts to be most productive. The correct expert can help you understand how to setup your products so they are optimized for search engines(SEO). Having they correct guidance can help you set up a solid foundation for a successful business.