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When a good web design is not good enough

Written by Maria Lenzy on October 6th, 2015.      0 comments

The look and feel of your web design are integral to your website's street credibility.  In fact, according to Stanford Web Credibility Research, 75% of users judge the trustworthiness of the company based on the website design, while a whopping 94% of first impressions are design related. Based on these statistics, there should be no question about how important good web design is!

However, people won't just judge your website by aesthetics alone. No matter how superb your design is, it will never be enough to achieve your desired results when you are missing the valuable features of what every web design should have.

Here are some of the factors you need to consider when creating your website’s design:

Your web design is appealing, but you aren't relevant to your audience.

The details are not the details. They make the design. - Charles Eames

It can be challenging to move beyond what just looks good. The most important details are the ones that lead your website visitor to your desired outcome. Your end-goal should be the whole focus of the design. Even if your website has the best graphics, images, colours and typography, it won't matter unless you get a result.

Your web design looks good, but you are too pushy.

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources - Albert Einstein

When you decided to build your website, you had the goal in mind to expand your business. Whether you admit it or not, your goal is to encourage people buy your products or services. But, there is a fine line between having a good persuasive website and driving away potential customers.

The secret to being persuasive without being pushy is to think about what your customer needs and how your product or service can solve their problem.

Your web design is fresh, but you lack functionality!

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. - Steve Jobs

Web functionality is one of the crucial aspects of a good and efficient web design. But why is it so important? The answer is simple.

We determine web functionality by the way your audience interacts with your site. In other words, it would be difficult for you to build a strong relationship with your potential customers when they find it awkward to use your website. It would be easier just to leave your site when it does not work. That may sound harsh, but it’s the reality. Think about the missed sales opportunities if your add to cart button doesn't work!

Your web design is awesome, but you need valuable content!

Content is king - Bill Gates

According to Emerald Insight, 75% of web queries are expressing informational intent. So most of your visitors are visiting your website to find content that would help them solve a problem.

You can offer your customers multiple resources to answer their questions, and hopefully solve their problem through your product or service. Content can be in the following format: blog articles, videos, infographics, images, pdf reports, and other media that balances information and entertainment.

Aside from SEO purposes, providing valuable content will brand you as an expert in your industry and will mark a real and lasting relationship between you and your audience.

Your web design feels trendy, but you are not mobile-friendly!

Intuitive design is how we give the user new superpowers. - Jared Spool

Your web design should be flexible to adapt changes and to cope with the needs and lifestyle of your audience.

According to Nature World News, Smartphone use means “more brain power at your fingertips”. New technology empowers users by allowing them to stay connected to the internet and have access to online tools they need to remain active online even when they are not in front of a computer. This is made possible through the continuous development and growing usage of smartphones and tablets.

This trend challenges all website owners to extend their reach to mobile users and improve their web designs to be mobile friendly. Both Zeald, and Google, recommend using responsive design for making your website mobile friendly.

These are just some of the factors you need to consider in creating a good web design. If you want to provide a great user experience for your audience, you need to look at your website holistically.  

Hopefully, you find this article helpful in building a better and result-driven web design for your business! If you have any trouble with crafting the best design for your website, Zeald is here to help you.

Topics: Design, Persuasion

Google Partners Digital Bites

Written by Emily Hall on September 30th, 2015.      0 comments

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As Google Partners, Zeald were  delighted to host 'Googlers' Laura Retsos & John Ball from Google Australia at an exclusive event in September 2015. The presentations were informative about how you can use Google tools to promote your website and then persuade your visitors to become customers once they hit your landing page/ website. 

John Ball,  Google AU/NZ Country Director - SMB, spoke about The NZ Digital Landscape. He covered some interesting statistics including how much mobile has changed the way we interact with businesses online. Google call these interactions micro-moments. 

Google Agency Development Manager AU/NZ, Laura Retsos, went on to talk about Your Business on Google. Laura covered the basics of Google AdWords and how Google online marketing tools can be effective for small businesses. 

Finally, Brent Kelly, Zeald Sales and Marketing Director, talked about Smart Results Online with Google. The biggest takeaway here is that you can spend time and money using all the tools Google can offer you, but still not get any results if your website doesn't convince your visitors to become customers. 

We have a video of the event posted shortly, so stay tuned.  If you have any questions about how Zeald can help you with your online marketing or website, get in touch >>

Zeald Google Partners

App of the month: Storysphere

Written by Sarah East on June 30th, 2015.      0 comments

Storysphere-301-136Bring the experience full circle with StorySphere.   
The internet has changed they way people seek out information. People want to see and hear what they are going to experience before they get there. StorySphere allows you to showcase your surroundings in full 360° and add the audio detail of what they are seeing. Giving your viewer a full virtual experience of your business, and capturing the whole story.  
StorySphere is a unique way  narrative of your business.
This could be ideal for entertainment businesses, Art and theatre companies, even accommodation and travel. You could even show off more expensive products, including houses, in full panorama. A great way to sell your experience if you have a tourism business. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.
Topics: app

Email scam passing off as Zeald

Written by Emily Hall on May 27th, 2015.      2 comments

Email scams are designed to trick people into thinking they have come from legitimate senders. We were made aware of a current email scam that is trying to pass off as Zeald. We take this kind of trademark infringement pretty seriously because we've worked hard to build our brand to where it is today.

We just wanted to let you know that we are aware of this scam and don't be fooled into thinking this email is from Zeald or a Zeald associate. The Department of Internal Affairs is also aware of this particular scam. 

The email comes from a gmail account and uses the recipient's website address as the subject line.

The email content is as follows:

Hi, my name is Amelia and I am an online-strategist.

I would be more than happy to advise you on SEO and provide you with a detailed proposal outlining what I would be able to offer you and how I would achieve you with a first page listing for your desired keywords along with a FREE ranking report for your desired keywords.

Our pricing structure is heavily dependent on the keywords you wish to target for your website. If you can send me a list of your desired keywords I would be happy to analyse your website and determine where you are currently ranking and provide you with a detailed proposal outlining how I would achieve a first page ranking on Google for your desired keywords.

In the meantime, if you wish to have a look at our portfolio of clients please respond back to this email with your phone number and we will 
call-you back.

Look forward to your response.

Grace Hayden
Headquarters:  Level 4, 147 Parnell Road, Parnell 1052, Auckland.New Zealand 
 Other Offices: Northland | Christchurch | Wellington | Hamilton | Tauranga & Dunedin
 Global Presence: Hong Kong & China | USA | AUS | UAE | Singapore


Esther Shaves for a Cure

Written by Sarah Gleeson on April 20th, 2015.      0 comments

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Zeald client, Leukaemia & Blood Cancer NZ supports and raises funds for the 6 Kiwis a day who are diagnosed with blood cancer or a related condition. The foundation receives 75-80% of its revenue for research, support services, and information through their website. This means events they have to find creative ways for generating exposure for the cause, and fundraising. 

Shave for a Cure is their biggest campaign to generate funds each year, and this year Esther Shimmin from the Dedicated Super Support team raised her hand.  Esther was familiar with the Shave for a Cure campaign from Zeald developing the website and decided what better an opportunity to kick start her charitable year. 

For Esther, this is just the start of her year-long campaign to give back to her adopted country. To date, the Scottish native, has raised over $2400 for the cause, more than double of the Zeald participants last year, through a number of creative fundraising events, some of which included an in-office table tennis competition, and a silent auction. 

Zeald would like to thank local barber, Tara from Cut Loose for helping the cause by donating her time to shave Esther’s head. 

If you would like to donate to Leukaemia & Blood Cancer NZ, and support Esther, you can do so at


Simple and affordable shipping

Written by Emily Hall on March 20th, 2015.      0 comments

Zeald and GoSweetSpot integrate, making shipping your goods to your customers more simple and affordable. GoSweetSpot is a  courier and freight agent, they can provide you with attractive rates for services from their carefully selected domestic & international supplier partners.  The GoSweetSpot  system integrates with your Zeald website and  accesses and analyses your freight options, allowing you to optimise your order processing.

GoSweetSpot is all about introducing time and effort efficiencies, plus cost savings and visibility for you and your business.


New Zealand's Biggest  Freight Aggregator :  No other company in New Zealand integrates with as many freight companies as GoSweetSpot.

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Competitive rates for all volumes

Their software aggregates rates from numerous freight companies so you get the best rate regardless of size or destination.

Easy To Use Software

   Fast, user friendly interface takes the guesswork out of calculating freight costs
Ability to optimise the best use of these couriers and freight companies – beginning with the cheapest option appearing at the top of your screen.

Print it - Stick it - Book it

1.Pack yourself and print your despatch using your own printer OR 
2. Use a thermal printer for even faster despatching.


Stored consignment notes for quick tracking and reporting

You’ll have full visibility from the electronic reporting available, including full track and trace for all consignments, including “click of the button” POD’s with a scanned  image of the signature online.

No more buying pre-paid tickets

GoSweetSpot load linear rates for you, accessed via their system. No more paying for weight and space you’re not using. E.g. your 7 kg parcel heading inter Island would normally cost you a 10kg prepaid ticket. However, as a GoSweetSpot client you’ll only pay for 7kgs, because you pay incrementally by kilo or cubic equivalent resulting in  impressive savings.

Simplified billing process

At the end of the month you’ll receive one invoice from GoSweetSpot that covers all carriers utilised for that month. Within that invoice you’ll have full visibility of cost centre spend.


Topics: Integration

Responsive design news from Google

Written by Sarah Gleeson on March 19th, 2015.      0 comments

You may be aware that Google likes it when you have a website with responsive design. In fact, they like it so much, that they have decided to update their search algorithm on 21 April 2015, to rank websites with responsive design, higher than those who don’t have it, for searches using  a mobile device.  

EDIT 20/04/2015: The NZ Herald incorrectly reported today that websites without responsive design would be "cut" from  Google searches. They have since  amended this; "An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that websites which did not meet the requirements for mobile could be cut from Google's search engine."  If you do not have responsive design, your site will appear lower in Google searches that originate on a mobile device. 

What is responsive design?

Responsive design  enables your website to be viewed on many different size devices such as smart phones, tablets, and laptops. The benefits of this is that your content , products and services are able to be viewed just as clearly as if the customer was viewing your website  at their desktop computer.

Some of you may have received an email about this, that will look like the following:

Responsive Design news  Google Zeald

Where to go from here?

If you have received the above email, it is a good opportunity to talk to the team at Zeald about how to go about getting responsive design. You can do this by either calling Zeald on  0508 932 748 ext 1, or email

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App of the month: Visionare

Written by Emily Wilson on January 28th, 2015.      0 comments

visionare 1Visionare is a goal setting app and website which allows you to draw from the experience of people who have already achieved your dreams.

If when the clock struck midnight on December 31st and you decided that 2015 was the year you were going to become more cultured, or be a better boss; then this is an app you should definitely check out.

Zeald are all about goal setting for your website and business, but with the Visionare goal setting app you can extend your goals to your personal dreams too.

If you’ve always been meaning to learn how to kite surf, but just never got around to it or didn’t know where to start, then the app gives you the opportunity to follow templates as a “how-to guide” to achieving your desired goal. In a nutshell this is a checklist app for your goals.

This is a good looking app, with great flat animated design. It hasn’t been out of beta testing long, but is definitely one to watch.

Check it out on  iTunes   or  the Visionare website 


Best Web Developer four years running!

Written by Sarah Gleeson on December 3rd, 2014.      0 comments

Netguide 2014

The 2014 NetGuide Web Awards were held at the Hilton in Auckland last night. MC, Urzila Carlson from 7 Days entertained the crowd, showcasing how much web related humour she had learnt since MC'ing last year. 

Zeald won Best Web Developer, sponsored by Microsoft Azure, for the fourth year in a row.

"We would like to thank all our clients, supporters, and the wider Zeald team, who voted for us. Four years in a row, is not an easy feat, and we are stoked!"

- Evan Cooper, Zeald Marketing Manager.

A full list of winners are as follows:

Best Real Estate Site:
Best Employment Site:
Best Blog:
Best News Site:
Best Lifestyle & Recreation Site:
Best Entertainment Site: TVNZ On Demand
Best Shopping Site:
Best site for Gamers:
Best Online Forum:
Best Web Developer: Zeald
Best Online Fundraising Initiative:
Best Travel Site:
Best Government Site:
Best Financial Site:
Best Site for Small Business:
Best Site for Students:
Best Site for Families: TVNZ On Demand
Best PC Manufacturer: Lenovo
Best ISP: Spark
Best Mobile Network: Spark
Best Mobile App: GrabOne
Best Homepage:
Overall Winner:

Topics: Zeald News

Formatting with Zeald CMS

Written by Sarah Gleeson on November 12th, 2014.      2 comments

After working hard on the design of your website, you want to ensure it is looking its best. An easy way to do this, is to make sure your text is formatted properly. Having had your website designed by Zeald, our designers will have worked hard to create a branding guide for your text. This means, that you have a text style in your website's CMS that is just right for your brand.

Benefits of formatting your text:

  • Zeald designers have created a look that is just right for your brand, and designed to look good on your website.
  • Formatting your text ensures your website looks clean.
  • You are able to manage how your text is positioned on the page, and where everything should sit.
  • The ability to keep all your text consistent across your website.

In this video, we show you how easy and quick it is to format your text. 

If you have any questions,  call our Support team on 0508 932 748 ext 1. Comment below if there is something you would like us to cover off in the next video!


New .nz domain names

Written by Sarah Gleeson on October 21st, 2014.      0 comments

As you might be aware, the domain commission released .nz domain extensions on the 30th of September. This is similar to the recent changes where .kiwi, .community, .cleaning, .builders, .ninja were released. Don't fret, these aren't replacing or any other domain version, but this may be a great opportunity to buy another domain name for your website.

What is the benefit of having multiple domain name versions?

Having multiple domain versions such as,, is beneficial because your target audience might have a preference of typing a particular version of your URL over another. For example, they might type instead of  

Over time, some versions become more popular than others, leading to a change in typing habits e.g. typing .nz  without a thought, instead of

So in the future, if most people type .nz instead of , you want to make sure you own the .nz version of your URL. If not, chances are a competitor has it, and that traffic will go to them instead of you.

However, it will take time to see if the domain version becomes popular, and worth the purchase. 

Another advantage of having multiple domain name versions, is that they can increase your search engine optimisation (SEO). Different versions of domain names are able to target different types of people. For example, .com is best for a website trying to attract international customers, compared to which is best for targetting New Zealand customers. Over time, there may be a chance that .nz ranks higher for local search, over 

At Zeald we recommend .com domain names and then, and then any other versions after that. 

Registering for the .nz domain 

If you are interested in purchasing the .nz domain name, preferential registration will be given to those who already own the, or version of the URL they want. 

For now you have several options:

  1. You can reserve your .nz domain for free for up to 2 years (you will need your UDAI code to do this.)
  2. You can preregister them through and point them to their Zeald website following instructions here. 
  3. You can choose to leave it for now, and continue with your current domain
From there, you will want to point your new domain name to your website. You can do this by following the Zeald support documentation. 

For more information, you can check out They have some great FAQ’s on what happens with conflicted names, what will happen when your domain expires, and how to go about this. For any other questions, contact our Support team on 0508 932 748 ext 1


App of the month: Hours Time Tracking by Tapity, Inc.

Written by Emily on October 16th, 2014.      0 comments

hoursApps are designed to make our lives simpler. No other app could boost our productivity more than Hours. Its aim is to take the pain out of time-tracking, and that it definitely does.

If you’ve ever had to use, often archaic methods of time tracking, you’ll know how much of a headache it can often be. Now, there are no more excuses for painful spreadsheets or guessing what projects have filled our day. With Hours, you’ll no only stay on track you’ll perform tasks better.

What you get with Hours is a visual timeline, displaying colour-coded projects you are working on. Setting up and using Hours is very easy. You can add a project name and assign it a colour; if you want to, you can further clarify clients or tasks depending on the level of detail you want.

Once your projects are created, you simply tap the clock icon to start. Once you are ready to move on to a different project, hit a different clock next to that project, automatically stopping the previous project.

You can set how you round your minutes, which is great if you bill in minimum time blocks.

Plus, you can edit your timeline if you forget to switch timers, or account for a break. If you are naturally forgetful, Hours can also be set to send you reminders, schedule regular working days and special rules, such as “remind me to track if I haven’t done so for an hour”.

At the end of each week you can see where you’ve spent your time, and send yourself a spreadsheet or pdf report, great for billing, exporting to your companies system, or so you know where to spend more or less time the week following.

I found the Hours app a great way to help focus on a particular task, and not be distracted by incoming emails or social media feeds. It would be a valuable tool for any business, or student.

It does however, cost a little money, approximately $6.49 on the app store; but it is worth the small investment. Learn more about Hours here >

Topics: app

Q: What’s the number one question your website homepage should answer?

Written by Emily Wilson on October 15th, 2014.      1 comments

A: What is this? 

When a visitor arrives at your website, the first thing they will often ask themselves is “what does this business offer me?” or simply “what is this?”

You need to assure your website visitor within 3 seconds of them landing on your homepage that they have indeed landed in the right place.

We often refer to this as: a clear UVP (unique value proposition); or a USP (unique selling proposition). This lets your visitor know what sets you apart and what you can offer them.

Some examples of Zeald clients that have answered this question:


Mainland Driving School Limited

Mainland let the visitor know quickly that they are about heavy vehicle licensing, through use of images and text. They also are very specific about what location where they provide their service.


Excelso Coffee Roasters

Beyond just text, Excelso use a range of images to convey their message: they are about coffee.



Here the visitor can tell what sets Durafence apart from other fencing solutions. Perhaps they even solve a problem the visitor didn't realise they had. If they were looking for a fence, they might not have realised that they ordinarily come with unwanted maintenance. 



Finally a solution for that excavation issue. 


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Topics: Web Design

Why your small business needs landing pages

Written by Sarah Gleeson on September 10th, 2014.      0 comments

What is a landing page?

A landing page is a website page, which only has one function: to create leads via a form.

A home page that has a form on it is NOT a landing page, but a web page that’s only point is to have a form on it to gather visitors information IS a landing page.  

This is because a homepage has many more purposes than purely gathering information through a form.

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Why should you have landing pages?

Landing pages are specific; they only have a form, and one call to action. Because of this, visitors are unlikely to get distracted and click on something else. It is a sure-fire way to generate leads efficiently.

They are also a quick and easy way to direct potential leads to complete a call to action.

For example, a company who is advertising their products or services will have a call to action which asks people to enquire about their service, or buy their product. This call to action would then be linked so that if clicked on, it would take the visitor directly to a landing page whose only goal is to complete the conversion by taking their information. 

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Click here to see an example of Zeald's Audit landing page.


Your one-stop results resource

Written by Sarah Gleeson on August 13th, 2014.      0 comments

Improve your results Results Resource Zeald

At Zeald, we have a lot of customers asking what they can do to get better results for their business. This resource will cover off important topics which will help you to reach your website goals; SEO, PPC, directory listings and social media.

Search Engine Optimisation

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is how a website ranks organically in search engines, that is, how it ranks without paying any money to Google.

The easiest way to improve your SEO is to create fresh, user friendly content that your customers will want to share with all their friends. This means writing blog posts, creating videos, and resources which you then share on social media, on your website, and in email marketing. 

To read more on how to improve your SEO please consider the following articles:

Pay Per Click and Google AdWords

 Pay Per Click is a method where you pay Google to rank well. You will have seen this when you search in Google and ads come up the top of the listings. Using PPC is a fantastic way to rank well without putting a lot of effort into content creation (you do have to pay though). PPC means that you only pay Google when someone clicks on your listing, which means that you only pay when someone is interested in your business. At Zeald, we have a team of Google certified PPC specialists that can help you with your PPC goals. To get started, have a read of our resources regarding PPC and Google AdWords.

Directory listings 

Listing in directories is not only a fantastic way to improve your SEO, but it also lets potential customers know how to get in contact with you. It is important for local businesses to be listed in a directory that their target market uses. The best way to cover this, is to list in as many valuable directories as you can. It is also vital that your contact information is consistent on each of these listings.

To learn which directory listings might be good for your business, and how to go about making a listing, read the articles below.

Social Media

Social media is a great platform to share your content, and to create brand awareness. Here, you can get to know your customers, and see what they respond to. By having a community of your customers, you can get your information and offers out into a group of people who are already interested in you. For many businesses, social media should not be their only marketing platform, but it is a fantastic place to create a two-way relationship with your customers.

If you would like extra help with any of the topics covered, please get in contact with the team at Zeald. We have a team of specialists that can help your business generate the business results you are looking for.
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