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2019 Marketing Dates and Your Downloadable Calendar

With a new year comes a whole new set of marketing dates and opportunities to promote your business.

Each year there are 11 public holidays and four seasons in which you can plan sales around. But you’re missing out if you’re not engaging with the many more holidays, events and observances that happen throughout the year.

The United Nations has a number of days, weeks, years, and even decades to acknowledge, along with national and local events, shopping days, sporting tournaments and more!

We’ve put together as many notable dates as our calendar could handle to help you plan your marketing for 2019.

These include monthly events such as:

  • Fizz Free Whanau in January – Challenge to Cut Out Sugary Drinks
  • NZ Music Month in May
  • Health Literacy Month in October

We’ve also included events that have not had their dates publicly announced but which the month is estimated, including:

  • Samoan Language Week, expected in May
  • Red Puppy Bikkie Day for the Blind Foundation Guide Dogs in July
  • Loud Shirt Day in September

Some of the more unusual observances include:

  • Darwin Day – Celebrating “Intellectual Bravery, Perpetual Curiosity, Scientific Thinking, Hunger for Truth”.
  • Pi Day – Celebrating math and eating pie.
  • First kindergarten in NZ Anniversary – Did you know in 2019 it will be 130 years since the very first kindergarten opened?
  • Hobbit Day – The birthday of fictional characters Bilbo and Frodo Baggins from The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings, celebrating by Tolkien fans around the world.

To receive 2019’s calendar free, send a quick email to hello@storbie,com to request your downloadable calendar.

Youthful Simplicity Wins Storbie Award

Scrunchies, playing cards, and drink bottles were part of a winning combination for Young Enterprise Companies finding success with Storbie.

Five companies have taken out honours at the 2018 Storbie Awards, with four awards being decided by judges, and a fifth award based on online sales. (more…)

The Best of the YES: Storbie Award Finalists Announced

Nine student companies have been announced as finalists for the Storbie Awards, acknowledging the hard work that has been put into creating a great-looking website by Young Enterprise (YES) participants.

The judges were impressed with the professionalism across all of the Storbie websites linked to the YES Market, and found selecting three finalists in each category too much of a challenge, with four finalists being named for Best Home Page and Best Overall Website.

The finalists are: (more…)

Storbie Awards are back for Young Enterprise participants

Storbie is incredibly proud to be associated with the Young Enterprise Trust, and provides a free website and ecommerce platform for participating YES companies, in order to help students promote and sell their products online.

This year we are bringing back the Storbie Awards to encourage participants to get their website looking their best which in turn can help with sales.

All YES companies using the Storbie platform are automatically eligible for the awards, provided they are live by October 18, when judging begins. (more…)

New Social and Email Share Icons

At Storbie, we’re constantly tinkering away in the background and making improvements for both you and your customers.

One of our latest projects has been to create a new option for customers to share a link to your your web page or products to friends and family.

The new Share Icons replace AddThis and provide:

  • New designs to choose from
  • Multiple placement options for Share Icons
  • Faster loading
  • Better privacy
  • Share events created in Google Analytics

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How to set up a free Storbie Shop with the Young Enterprise Scheme NZ

Storbie has been a proud supporter and sponsor of the Young Enterprise Scheme in New Zealand, also known as YES, since 2015.

Young Enterprise works with secondary school students and teachers across New Zealand, mentoring them through the process of launching a new business. Participants gain business management experience and a better understanding of entrepreneurship.

For students taking part in Young Enterprise, Storbie offers a free ecommerce website to help market and sell products online, enabling friends, family, and the general public to discover and buy directly from students. Everyone is encouraged to join the YES Market, an online marketplace that showcases products and businesses from participants.

The YES Market provides increased exposure and is actively promoted by the Young Enterprise Trust.

For YES students setting up an online store with Storbie, here are 9 steps to help you out: (more…)

What’s New in Storbie: Increased SEO through HTTPS across all pages

2018 is fast becoming the year for online privacy. It’s not just about hiding Facebook posts from family members, but also for data privacy and secure internet browsing.

Storbie has always employed technologies called SSL and HTTPS to encrypt and protect your checkout, login information, and shop management.

In an effort to encourage a more secure internet, Google has started applying a small search boost to all encrypted pages, including those that don’t capture sensitive user information. (more…)

Connect with the Storbie Pharmacy Supplier Network

Storbie is the website and e-commerce platform recommended for pharmacies by the Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand.

We know through our work with the Guild, and the hundreds of pharmacy owners we deal with throughout New Zealand, that one of the biggest challenges pharmacy owners face in managing a website is time.

That’s why we’ve created the Storbie Pharmacy Supplier Network, which allows pharmacies to load products to their Storbie website faster than ever with compliant descriptions and quality images direct from suppliers. (more…)

Invercargill City Rebrand a Success

The Storbie team are proud to have been part of Invercargill’s popular rebrand. Storbie’s Creative Director and Co-Founder Tim Christie developed the new brand which is already providing a big boost for the city. Local retailers are selling out of merchandise and the council has been besieged by requests from local businesses, organisations and community groups wishing to adopt the branding.

Storbie are now looking forward to working with Invercargill retailers on boosting their digital presence via the new online directory and marketplace, which will be launched at the end of October.

View the new Invercargill brand website on Storbie here.

Read the full story in Idealog by Elly Strang about the rebrand here.

Storbie’s Vision for a Pain-free Pharmacy Online Store Product Catalogue Management System

Updated 19 Dec 2017

Over the last 12 months Storbie has quickly grown to be the biggest supplier of ecommerce-capable websites to independent pharmacies in New Zealand. During that time, we have spoken to hundreds of pharmacies, come to admire the important work that they do and appreciate the way that they manage a complex and challenging business.

Pharmacies are not only delivering an important health service – that many of us take for granted and takes years of training, focus and attention to detail – they are also managing a complex retail business, bringing together products from hundreds of suppliers into a busy store. It’s no wonder that pharmacies often struggle to find the time to get their pharmacy and product catalogue online even if they appreciate the importance of doing so.

Identifying the challenges of online product catalogue management for pharmacies

At Storbie, we are a practical bunch. We are always striving to identify and solve our customers’ real challenges. We have also always been the champion of the independent retailer. While working with pharmacies, we have come to learn that the biggest challenge facing the independent pharmacy in New Zealand regarding setting up and managing a digital channel is the product catalogue.
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