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HCTC Sponsoring Free Broadband Seminar
Wednesday, October 7, 2009 • Posted October 7, 2009

Hill Country Telecommunications and the Mason Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to present a Cronin Communications Event.

The “Growing Your Business With Broadband” The Role of Broadband in Rural Economic Development Seminar welcomes business, organizations and individuals to attend and learn how to take better advantage of the Internet and Broadband.

Topics to be covered are:

• Trends in e-commerce: customer demand and expectations.

• Building effective websites.

• Web-based advertising and promotions.

• On-line sales and service provisioning.

• Viral e-mail marketing.

• SMS (text message) marketing.

• Virtual customer service and tech support

• Web-based meetings.

• Telecommunting and operating a “green” business.

• E-newsletters and notifications.

• Customer relationship management

• Application Service providers (ASP’s)

• Data storage.

Ryan Dutton, Director of Research and Training program of Cronin Communications will inform participants about the latest trends in telecom, how small business can benefit from broadband, what customers are doing with broadband, and how broadband fuels economic development.

Demonstrations of gadgets and gizmos that customers are connecting to the broadband network and how they are changing the way they do business.

He will share case studies of other small businesses that are using broadband to sustain and grow their companies. Presentation of several examples of rural companies that are using broadband to grow thier business and operate more efficiently will be shown.

A list will be provided of resources to support on-line services.

We will have an extended question and answer period and direct attendees to the Hill Country Telephone Cooperative Internet team for follow-up.

The event will be held in Mason, Texas, at Willow Creek Cafe, located at 106 Fort Mckavitt St., on Tuesday, October 13, 2009, from 8:00a.m. -10:30 a.m. Drinks and snacks will be provided as well as live demonstrations. If you would like to attend this free of charge seminar please RSVP by calling Mason Chamber of Commerce at 325.347.5758.

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