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Plymouth Business Show is a major event in the annual B2B calendar for local businesses.  In just two years, the show, which is organised and marketed by the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, has become well established and is very well attended. dv8media had a great time when we exhibited at the first event last year, so we jumped at the opportunity to support the Chamber this year by producing the design for the brochure as an official show sponsor. plymouth-business-show-brochure-design-by-dv8media At the core of the brief for the design was the need to communicate the show’s atmosphere.  Based on our own experience, this meant ditching the usual ‘corporate handshake’ image and bringing in colour and an altogether more friendly and approachable feel, whilst still conveying the fact that much business is done on the day against a backdrop of the huge ‘buzz’ around the whole event. We achieved this using one of the warmer blues within the Plymouth Chamber logo (also helping retain connection to the Chamber’s brand identity) as the leading colour, softening the look with the use of circles as a vehicle to display information and some of the best imagery from last years’ event. Georgia did a cracking job on the initial concepts and tight deadlines meant a real race to the finish as she pulled all the page layout information together. We hope you’ll agree that it was worth the extra effort! design-plymouth-business-show-brochure We’d like to say a big thank you to Lorraine and Alexa of the fabulous Owens Coffee who treated our exhibition guests to the best coffee in the South West ;) , as well as everyone who visited us on the stand to make it a productive and enjoyable day for the whole team! plymouth-business-show-2014-dv8media plymouth-business-show-dv8media-stand

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dv8media client, Realistic have been working hard to develop their ethical home improvements business. Realistic are a locally based conservatory and double glazing specialist with showrooms across Devon and Cornwall and a reputation for being reliable and helpful with fantastic project outcomes. We were originally approached to work on an SEO campaign for the old Realistic website and following this work Ryan Barrett, the business founder decided to up their game with a new website that has all the trimmings.

We designed and created a website and blog for Realistic on the familiar and easy to use content management system, WordPress. From here, Ryan and the team have direct access to the content on their website allowing them to keep their consistently growing product catalogue, brochure downloads and list of new accreditations, certifications and achievements as up to date as possible. As the only approved Ultraframe Installer in the Southwest, Realistic substantiate their growing reputation by promoting customer case studies and reviews on the new Realistic blog.

The dv8media team have given advice on digital marketing strategy throughout the project.  Guidelines on social media integration have been implemented, ensuring that the website benefits from its social connections.  Direction on clear call to actions has also been executed, including the addition of easy to use contact and enquiry forms. The website features a detailed quote enquiry form and a simple google maps tool allowing visitors to the site to easily choose to find their nearest showroom.

To further improve search engine optimisation on the new website, we’re planning online marketing campaigns including geographically targeted Adwords campaigns with dynamic landing pages that feature the contact details of either the Exeter, Plymouth or Saltash showrooms.


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Web Developer Vacancy

As with our clients, dv8media is continuing to grow! As part of this growth, we have a vacancy for another Web Developer.

Over the last 10 years, dv8media has built up a reputation within the creative and marketing industry in the South West as a leading expert in the field of online marketing.  Our client profile is testament to this and we have an excellent balance of happy customers – from small to medium sized businesses, right up to high value, national online retailers, many of whom have returned to us time and time again.

As we move into our next 10 years of business, our plans for expansion include the immediate recruitment of a Web Developer with proven success in eCommerce and business systems.

One of our specialities is online trading coupled to integrated business systems and our clients are from a variety of sectors, so you’ll get to work with businesses with multimillion pound online turnovers. As a result, a commercial mind-set, with experience and understanding of eCommerce/transactional systems is essential.

Purpose of the role

You’ll be building web based software, web apps and mobile solutions so experience building secure apps on a LAMP stack and front-end skills (HTML/HTML5/CSS/JavaScript) are a must.

We’re offering a competitive annual salary, a great working environment and the opportunity to work on interesting projects without the bureaucracy of working for a big company.

For more information, view the full Web Developer job description here.

Apply with CV to:

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International shark conservation team, the Shark Trust, launched its ‘No Limits? No Future‘ campaign earlier this month with the important mission of protecting species of shark open to unchecked exploitation and unrestricted trade. The cause highlights the need to impose limits on landing sharks, currently caught and landed in unlimited quantities, with the aim of encouraging action by asking supporters to sign up to a global petition. dv8media were commissioned to produce the new website for this important campaign, we developed what is effectively a single-page website and yet it conveys a significant amount of information.

We created the animated infographics which scroll along the bottom of the screen, to display lots of key facts and figures about sharks and shark landing. More detailed information is then available in the form of pop up windows from a ‘Quicklinks’ menu on the right hand side of the screen. Central to the website and its message is the all-important call to action; the ‘sign the petition’ form.


In addition to the website, dv8media were asked to add the form to the Shark Trust’s Facebook page as well as run a short session to give advice on the client’s use of social media. They were already successfully engaging a targeted audience using their social media channels, but we were able to pass on tips and ideas that were not already being used.  The Shark Trust’s team took the view that no matter how successful they were already finding their social media activities, it would be worthwhile getting an external opinion. We’re happy this has helped and social media links for the organisation are another important feature of the website design.


The dv8media team are also now working on the artwork for a range of printed materials being produced by the Shark Trust in support of the promotion for the ‘No Limits? No Future’ campaign. We had a very tight deadline on the website itself and it is a testament to the hard work by both the client and our own team here that since its launch just over 2 weeks ago over 1500 people have signed the petition already. It’s not very often as marketers that we get the chance to do something which can potentially have such an impact for an important cause like shark conservation, and so we’ve all enjoyed having our part to play in this project.

If you haven’t done so already, please visit the website and sign the petition too.

Thank you : )

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How DO you automatically post from the new Facebook pages to your Twitter account? Following Facebook’s latest (and significant) changes earlier in 2014 to Facebook pages,  both Abby and I were left searching this morning for a way to automatically link/unlink Facebook updates to Twitter via Facebook itself.

We found the answer! The good news is that it’s easy once you know where to look, so we thought we’d share and save you the time.  We’re nice like that ;)

-   Check you’re logged into your Facebook account and go to
-   This will take you to a list which includes your profile, as well as all the pages you’re an admin of
-   Click the ‘Link to Twitter’ button where you will be taken to Twitter to authorise the new connection
-   To unlink a Facebook page / Facebook profile from Twitter, click ‘Unlink from Twitter’ which is shown in blue just underneath your profile /pages you’ve already linked up

Note: you can also ‘Edit settings’ by clicking on the blue link under the relevant profile / pages you’ve already connected up.  This allows you to choose what to auto-post to Twitter from Status updates, photos, video, links, notes and/or events.

DONE! :)


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Adrian and I joined dv8media client, Pro Safety Systems at the opening of their new Plymouth-based premises this week.  dv8media were responsible for producing the brand identity for the company, so it was really great to see this used in signage, throughout the building and even on their celebratory cake(!), and looking as strong as it does.

The Pro Safety Systems showroom is the only fire & security showroom in the South West.  The building offers training rooms and facilities to individuals and businesses in the industry and importantly, is somewhere that potential buyers and specifiers can get hands-on with the demonstration equipment on display.


The equipment will soon also be available to purchase online as dv8media are in the process of working with the client to produce their eCommerce website. Thanks to all the team for showing us around!

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adam-nextopia-retail-expo-14I recently took a visit to this year’s Internet Retailing Expo at Birmingham NEC on behalf of dv8media and our eCommerce clients.

IRX is aimed at retailers offering a multichannel shopping experience. The show was an excellent industry insight, with an opportunity to hear from some of the biggest online retail brands in the UK. It was also a chance for me to chat direct with leading global experts in the business who are offering eCommerce solutions and tools, some of whom our clients will already be familiar with, such as Rackspace, Nextopia, SagePay, TrustPilot and Yodel.

Highlights from the show included talks from representatives of Mothercare and Waitrose, both of which I was fortunate enough to attend.

Mothercare’s Director of Logistics, Walter Blackwood presented his experiences of omni-channel retailing and how Mothercare has had to review operations, including the management of their supply chain, to allow for the development of their click & collect service for example. Meantime, Waitrose’s Peter Burns discussed the results of some very interesting research and information his organisation has been responding to regarding online marketing – email marketing in particular, looking at the management of the customer database and frequency of messages.

It was enlightening to hear what big brands like these are up to and the opportunities they are creating for themselves and their customers within an increasingly digital marketplace. I also enjoyed meeting with and having informative conversations with other industry experts, some of whom dv8media will be looking into developing potential partnerships on behalf of our own customers. We look forward to sharing these insights as our own wide eCommerce portfolio of clients continue to grow from success to success.


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This month we have a large range of discounts on printing including Business Cards, Showcards, Booklets, Leaflets and more.


Half Price Gloss Postcards

from £68 for 250 double sided A6.

Our gloss postcards are 300gsm with a coated front, gloss laminated and an uncoated reverse.



Half Price Luxury Showcards

from £70 for 250 double sided A6.

Our luxury showcards are matt laminated 400gsm thick silk artboard.

Half Price Luxury Showcards Shaped or Creased

from £90 for 250 double sided A6.

Our creased or shaped luxury showcards are matt laminated 400gsm silk artboard.



25% off Premium Silk Booklets

from £170 for 250 8 page A6 170gsm silk finish booklets

from £223 for 250 8 page 1/3rd A4 170gsm silk booklets

and from £264 for 250 8 page A5 170gsm silk booklets


We also have a selection of business cards and leaflets available at half price! For more information on this months offers click here.


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After the eCommerce website for Roofing Superstore was built and launched by dv8media in 2009, the Company rapidly progressed to become the UK’s largest online roofing merchant. Following Roofing Superstore’s success, the team from the Company’s parent organisation, Construction Materials Online Ltd, approached dv8media to launch Drainage Superstore, the equivalent drainage supplies merchant.


Creating a new brand identity

Excited by this opportunity, the dv8media team kicked off the project by developing a brand identity for Drainage Superstore, emulating its sister company to create a similar look and feel that could be carried across to the new store’s website design.


By keeping the design in line with the two existing identities, it not only strengthens the overall branding across the group, but it also means that the brand values and excellent levels of customer service on which Roofing Superstore has built its business are able to be instantly associated with the newest member of the group too.

The design of the Drainage Superstore site retains the corporate feel and connection to Roofing Superstore without the designs being identical.

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Responsive design techniques for a mobile-friendly experience

Drainage Superstore is a fully responsive eCommerce website, which means that it is optimised for its mobile audiences, with easy viewing and gesture navigation available on both mobile phones and tablets.



Online tools for improved customer experience

The new superstore is built on dv8media’s own tried and tested eCommerce platform and features all of the online tools that its sister site hosts, along with valuable extras from both the user’s experience and within the back office administrative area.

Drainage Superstore offers customers a tool that allows them to build an order online via the checkout, to save it and recall it at a later date. This is especially useful for the Company’s trade customers.

We also created a bespoke method of purchasing for lead which determines the weight of the lead needed according to the thickness, width and length requirements. The lead tool is valuable for both Roofing and Drainage Superstores as it prevents waste and helps its trade customers in particular to prepare an accurate quote for passing on to their own customers.

The full Drainage Superstore administration area allows the team behind the Company to manage quotes, invoices and purchase orders as well as the standard eCommerce website functionality, including the management of multiple shipping methods and a selection of marketing tools.


Management reporting for monitoring and maximising performance of the website

An invaluable tool for the team has been the range of management reporting dv8media has made available to them, through the admin area. Working collaboratively, the Construction Materials Online team liaise with dv8media regularly to discuss reports, planning and responding accordingly, ensuring that both superstores continue to gain a greater share of their own available target markets, increase sales conversions and deliver the best range of products and excellent customer service so that their customers return time and time again.

dv8media is thrilled to have launched this new site and would like to wish our client every success with their newest online retail venture.


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This month we are offering a number of great printing products at half price! You can now get a variety of half price folded business cards, half price perforated and folded leaflets and half price showcards.

Half Price Folded Business Cards

Luxury 2 Panel Folding Business Cards – 400gsm silk, matt laminated, shaped or creased with full colour print both sides from £77 for 500

StarMarque 2 Panel Folding Business Cards – 400gsm silk, matt laminated, spot gloss highlights, shaped with full colour print both sides from £92 for 500

Regular 3 Panel Folding Business Cards – 400gsm silk, shaped or creased with full colour print both sides from £94 for 500

Half Price Leaflets and Showcards

NEW! Premium Silk Perforated Leaflets – 170gsm silk, perforated with full colour print both sides from £80 for 250

NEW! Premium Silk Perforated & Folded Leaflets – 170gsm silk, folded, perforated for easy tear-off panel with full colour print both sides from £88 for 250

StarMarque Showcards – 400gsm silk, matt laminated, spot gloss highlights with full colour print both sides from £96 for 500


For more details, prices and even more printing discounts contact a member of the dv8media team.

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