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June 13, 2013 UPDATE – Hard to believe 2 years have passed since our website went live.  We are as happy with it today as we were then.

Thanks to the website and it’s features, we have sold local talent items to places near and far.  From Port Huron, Michgan to Brazil, Hong Kong and Germany to name a few.  With the ‘Want To Stay In The Know’ link,  our subscription list for our weekly e-newsletter has grown to double it’s number again reaching countries around the world.  Then there is the EVENTS calender.  We pride ourselves on having one of the areas largest listings of fun things to do in Sarnia-Lambton.  Blogging is not something I ever thought Roland & I would enjoy, but we do.  Our topics range from audition information to local surveys that help make our community even more amazing to reviews of places and things we’ve done, sometimes with store mascot Cheeky Charlie along.   Having NEW RELEASE information on the website, and set up in a way we could manage it easily was of paramount importance to us since new releases are constantly arriving in the store.

Kone Marketing made sure we had clear instructions on how to add new information to all the pages of our site, but with their patient help, we also learnt to load videos, streaming music tracks, graphics and so much more. We’d considered many otm reviews before trying to select the right web designer, and had almost gone for them, hadn’t it been for those technical inconveniences we’d encountered.

Along with the website, Kone also designed us a new snazzy styled e-newsletter that we send out every week for your reading pleasure.

I have to say, going from being a person who was “computer intimated” to being able to do all the things we do with the website and newsletter is all thanks to Dan and Ray of Kone Marketing. They also suggested the next step can be app development. We have found a great web development company (go to their website for details) and plan to start our cooperation asap.
We sincerely hope you enjoy both the website and newsletter.  If there are features you would like to see changed on either one, we are open to your suggestions.  Also please feel free to make use of the interactive features like COMMENTS and star ratings as well as submit your public event for publication and signing up for the newsletter – if you haven’t already.

JUNE 17, 2011 – Several weeks ago we asked you to nominate us for a generous marketing services prize being offered by Kone Marketing, a relatively new marketing company in the area that is run by a couple of young but experienced entrepreneurs Ray Curran & Dan Egan. To our surprise and delight we were selected from over 35 worthy nominees and this web site is our first, but not our last, collaboration with the guys at Kone.

We immediately liked Ray & Dan when we first met.  Their passion and drive for their business was immediately evident.  They were willing to listen to our needs and ideas before presenting any of their suggestions to us. Working with Kone has been a wonderful process, not only are they capable, but their patience and attention to detail has allowed us to be involved in the development of the site to the point where we are 100%  comfortable enough to administration and maintain it.

When we worked on the design for this web site we wanted it to be interactive and a place where you, our customer, could not only go for information, but also leave your thoughts  and opinions and share your ideas with other music and movie fans as well as ourselves. When you click on any post, you will be able to give it a thumbs up or down, give it a star rating or leave comments, and we really do want your honest input.

We wanted a site that could benefit our local musicians and filmmakers. We can sell locally produced CD’s & DVD’s through our site to a worldwide audience, complete with samples – check out the items in our Music Bazaar for hometown talent. If you have an independent disc, bring it to us, we’d love to add it to our inventory and this web site.

We have always promoted local entertainment events in our store & our newsletter and with this web site you will now have an easy to read comprehensive local entertainment guide just a click away. Click EVENTS on the top of this page to go to our calender and look for something interesting? Click on any item for more details. For some shows you can even buy your tickets on-line directly from this site. Are you involved with an upcoming show? Come see us with the details and have it added to our calender or click on the orangutan orange tickets for a submission form.

Thank-you’s go to Ray Curran & Dan Egan of Kone Marketing – with your help we are now a 21st century business with a 21st century web site. Thank you to all of our friends that nominated Cheeky Monkey for the award.  Without your kind words about us, this site would not exist. Thank you to everyone that has supported us over the years.  Ours is a labour of love and your support allows us to keep doing it. We hope to be here for many years to come.

Now leave a comment or vote, and go off and explore the rest of the site. It may be a little light on content to start but come back often and watch your web site grow.


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