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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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

Social network selection – what will work best for your business?

What's the secret to effective social network selection?

What’s the secret to effective social network selection?

Social network selection can be completely overwhelming for any small business.

Which social network do you choose?

There are so many after all, how do you choose between Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram, or any of the other networks out there.

This can lead to paralysis by analysis for any small business owner.

Where do you start in your social network selection decision-making?

  1. Who is your customer / client?

    The first question to ask is who is your typical customer or which clients do you wish to attract?  Once you have a “demographic” clear in your mind, the selection of social network becomes more obvious.

  2. What is your product / service?

    Do you sell products?  Are they visually appealing?  Or do you sell an intangible – like a service of some sort?

  3. Do you have time to post?

    How much time can you dedicate to generating content?  Do you have capacity to write articles or blogs?

  4. Do you have a budget to allocate to online marketing?

    What budget do you have to spend on you social network marketing?

Once the above questions have been answered the answer should become more obvious and make social network selection easier.  Some general guidelines follow:

  • Facebook

    This social network appeals to MOST users and therefore suits MOST businesses.  The reason being – any advertising you do on this network can be specifically targeted based on any demographic e.g. Age, Gender, Marital Status, Interests, etc.  Facebook can be used both for image intensive marketing and information intensive.  So really, every business should be on Facebook and if you are going to choose one to start with, this should certainly be the one.  Huffington Post published some very interesting stats in 2012 already that indicated that 80% of Facebook users prefer to interact with a brand on Facebook over any other medium – including the brand’s website!  And that was over 18 months ago!  That’s quite a statistic!  And a clear indicator that no business can afford not to be on Facebook.  Generally speaking posting only once a day on this network is ideal for most businesses or brands.

  • Twitter

    This social network does appeal to more technologically advanced users.  You need to be able to say what you need to say in limited characters as well.  So no long posts.  Since introducing images to the network – “tweets” with image links tend to be engaged with twice as much as those without.  As do tweets featuring hashtags (more about that in a future blog post).  And here’s a very interesting statistic – the fastest growing demographic on Twitter is 55-64 year olds!  So no longer is this social network only appealing to young and tech savvy users.  Twitter does need far more interaction with the followers.  Regular tweets and more devoted interaction is required here.    Read more surprising Twitter stats here …

  • Pinterest

    Women, women, women.  If you have a product or service that appeals to women, you should really be on Pinterest.  80% of Pinterest users are women.  50% of Pinterest users have children.  This social network is obviously also totally visual – so your product / service needs to have visual appeal.  If so, this social network could work even better for you than Facebook and needs to be considered.  You should post to this network several times a day ideally.

  • Instagram

    Instagram is a great easy to use tool which can feed easily and successfully into all your other social networks … it can post to your Facebook and Twitter profiles and has simple to use tools to make those quick photos you take on your phone look incredible.  You would obviously need to have a business where you have something to photograph.

  • LinkedIn

    LinkedIn is essential for any professional looking to connect with other professionals or corporates.  You can set your profile up to pull your Facebook posts, Twitter tweets, Google+ posts, etc. to your LinkedIn so once setup, LinkedIn can be left to generate leads and won’t be required to be logged in to too often.

  • Google+

    Google+ has rapidly grown into one of the top 3 social networks.  With more people becoming aware of the Google ranking benefits, any business who wants to get more visitors to it’s website or other pages from Google needs to consider a Google+ Page.

Understanding social network user behaviour

Its important to realize that many users choose only 1 or a couple of social networks to interact on.  So if you choose to only have a Facebook Page for example, you will not attract the many Twitter users who choose to not use Facebook at all and only use Twitter.  So whilst certain social networks may be more obviously geared towards your business or brand – don’t discount the value of having a more fully encompassing strategy.

Choose a network and get posting!

If your chose is clearer with respect to social network selection, make it and get posting!

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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