Some of the services offered by Cooked Media

Striking Website Design

At Cooked Media we proud ourselves on customized, eye-catching and effective designs with customized functionality that speak to your targeted customer about your brand.

Customised Website Development

Having experience programming in several languages and natural curiosity and keenness to further develop our skills allows us to easily  customize projects for our clients.

Affordable Website Hosting

We offer affordable website hosting to our clients - several packages are available from as little as R99 per month (Unlimited Bandwidth, 5 SQL Databases, 1GB Hard Disk Space & up to 100 Email Accounts included!).

Speedy Domain Registration

Cooked Media responds rapidly to requests to register domain names so you won't miss out on that clever web address idea you just had!

Logo and Brand Design

At Cooked Media we will assist you in conceptualising your new business from the logo up.  Get you business cards, email stationery, social media, web and newsletter templates branded consistently throughout your business.

Branded WordPress Themes

Cooked Media can create a WordPress theme for your brand that is unique to your installation and marries seamlessly with your existing branding and style ethos.

Recent Projects

  • Sky Safaris

    We recently completed this development for our client Sky Safaris.  The development included logo design, the website featuring e-Commerce functionality, and other branding projects.

  • EM-Between Communications

    EM-Between Communictaions

    We recently completed the design and development of the EM-Between Communications website. This WordPress and customised WooTheme development featured a Booking Module as well as Client Gallery Module.

  • Sikuyo Impumelelo Co-operative

    Sikuyo Impumelelo Co-operative

    We recently completed the website for Sikuyo Impumelelo Co-operative. This was a WordPress development featuring a booking feature for courses.

  • Roxi Wardman

    Roxi Wardman

    We recently completed the design and development of Roxi Wardman’s (Masterchef SA Contestant) website. It was a WordPress Website with customised WooTheme with additional Recipe and Upcoming Event info.

  • Chef

    Chef

    We recently designed and developed Chef – Stainless Steel Braais website. The website was a WordPress WooCommerce Development with Theme Customisation. Recipes and Store Locator functionality was also added.

  • The Gourmet Bushie

    The Gourmet Bushie

    We recently designed and developed The Gourmet Bushie website for Ultimate Braai Master 2014 contestant Sherwyn Weaich. This was a WordPress development using WooTheme with customisation. It also featured Recipe and Event Listing functionality.

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Do you need a website done or re-vamped?
Do you need branding?  Business cards?  Email Stationery?

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Testimonials

What people think of Cooked Media

Building a website can be quite an ordeal for clients. The process is a mystery to them and a lot of the work happens in the background. They often feel they are being let down, and that the web developer is just doing what they want, not what the client wants.

The day Chantal came into our professional lives is one I will remember for ever, because the web development process all of a sudden became fun again. My clients love her, and more importantly, they trust her. She is fast, efficient, knowledgeable and fun to work with. All of these skills and advantages mean that she is my web developer of choice.

Mel Gard

Chantal was an absolute pleasure to deal with!
From start to finish I felt at ease knowing that my new, revamped website would be fabulous.
Chantal listened to my requirements and offered perfect solutions and designs to accommodate these requests. Nothing was too much trouble and I was given regular updates throughout the development process.
I LOVE my new website and highly recommend Chantal and her team!

Emma Dunk

I have so enjoyed working with Chantal.  She is articulate, fun, creative, a great designer, and has a nothing-is-too-much-trouble attitude.

When we decided to revamp Westville B&B’s website, I approached Chantal who I had met through the KZN Women in Business network.  We are delighted with the result and have had numerous compliments on it.  Our MailChimp Newsletter Template looks amazing – professional, trendy and on point.

We highly recommend Chantal for any of your web-based and design needs.

Wow ! Chantal you really did get us cooking!  Your creativity in designing our website was awesome!  Thank you for all your inspiration and hard work.  We will definitely refer you and hope to use you for all our future projects.

From The Blog

Hashtags – what are they and why should you use them

Hashtags - essential to your #socialmedia campaign!

Hashtags – essential to your #socialmedia campaign!

Hashtags are essential in any social media campaign if you actually want to grow your following or make your content easily accessible to people who aren’t already fans/followers of you or your brand.

A friend of mine digs at me often about my liberal use of #’s – he appends everything with #GetALife – clearly he doesn’t understand what hashtags are and what their benefit is so I don’t begrudge him these digs. His digs certainly won’t stop me using hashtags anytime soon, because I’ve seen and know the effect of their use on the reach of my social campaigns. And why are we taking the time to post to these social networks after all if we don’t want as much reach as possible?

Okay – so first of all – for those who don’t know what hashtags are – here is a non technical explanation in layman’s terms:

What are hashtags?

Hashtags are any word or phrase (with no spaces between words) beginning with the symbol “#” for e.g. #FoodPorn (click on this link to see #FoofPorn in Twitter) or #100HappyDays (which is quite common at the moment and you may have seen recently … click here to see #100HappyDays in Facebook) or the latest big one #OscarPistorius (click here to see #OscarPistorius on Google +) which is being used extensively during the Oscar Pistorius murder trial currently on in Pretoria.

What do hashtags do?

Hashtags enable people (both followers and not) to find and see your posts or content. So if you have posted a photo of your food at a restaurant with the hashtag #FoodPorn anyone, anywhere in the world on that social network who clicks / searches on #FoodPorn will be able to see your post (of course there are some caveats here depending on your privacy settings in Facebook for example but we’re speaking generally here).

Why do you want people who you aren’t friends or who aren’t following you to find you?

Well, this is the whole point of networking! Both in the real world and online, we want new people to find us and use our services. Social media just allows you to cast a larger net and reach far more than you can face-to-face. And using hashtags allows you to target your market. So for e.g. If you are a legal eagle hoping to grow your network or extend your reach or become known as an industry expert you’d start tweeting on Twitter using #OscarPistorius about now – people will start seeing your profile and after a few tweets may start following you (step 1 – gain followers) – as your followers grow, you get more clout and as you continue to post good content with that hashtag the media houses start noticing you so suddenly you’re invited to comment on an article for a popular news website (step 2 – you’ve become an industry expert) – due to this comment you gain further clout and when the local TV station is preparing their slot for the news or a popular actuality program, their producer or researcher finds your hashtags, sees you’ve been quoted in popular media already and invites you to comment and be featured in their segment on Oscar Pistorius! This is a very real world example of how simply using hashtags can lead to your business being raised to the next level almost overnight. Suddenly people who aren’t even on social networks are watching you on TV or reading about you in the newspaper. Who doesn’t want that kind of exposure?

#UseHashtags #ThatIsAll

Our Team

Team members at Cooked Media

Chantal Edouard-Betsy

Owner of Cooked Media

Chantal's roots are in corporate Information Technology and Project Management, with experience across the board from Developer to Project Manager. Her creativity was given free reign whilst flipping numerous houses, building her personal design portfolio, brand and reputation. Chantal is probably best know for co-founding and co-owning The Bedroom, which is a successful high-end retail brand aimed at women, this was instrumental in further building her skills in the areas of retail, marketing, branding and franchising. Since selling The Bedroom, and being somewhat of a serial entrepreneur, Chantal married her diverse experience from IT, marketing, design, small business, franchising and networking and created Cooked Media - a design and development house specializing in online design of websites, newsletter templates, and other design projects as well as website hosting.

Chantal is known for her passion, dedication, commitment to projects, work ethic, authenticity and creativity. She gives 110% in all she does.

Specialties: Social Media, Social Networking, Brand Development, Marketing Strategy, Advertising, Web Design, Web Development, Entrepreneurship, Small Business Strategy, Management

Verna Lewis

Administrator & PA at Cooked Media

Verna Lewis comes from a long and successful career as a Personal Assistant to Directors & CEO's of various Durban companies, but her true passion is dancing. She has done everything from ballet to belly dance, performed as a  professional dancer for Napac, Sun International and various smaller dance companies and also done a stint overseas, in Cyprus, where she combined both her dancing and P.A. skills working for the Director of the Free Flight Dance Academy and Theatre School.

Verna brings her dance-based discipline and administrative experience to Cooked Media, as well as her attention to detail when filling websites with content.  She is thoroughly enjoying the many new challenges involved in the world of website design.

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