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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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Black card event at The Refectory, Plymouth GinWe’d like to say a big thank you today to Christos and the staff at Plymouth Gin’s The Refectory for the excellent Black Card Event attended by some of the team here last night.
It was a really lovely and entertaining way to spend an evening. We were all treated to a cocktail Masterclass demonstration and live jazz music, together with a sampling of five mixed drinks, all in great company!

Great to meet some new people and to try something a little bit different from the bar itself.

dv8media is working with the team at The Refectory on a new design for their website and expect to announce the launch of the new site quite soon!

Cocktails at The Refectory in Plymouthdv8media at The Refectory


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Owens new website

When our client took over Owens Coffee a few years ago, she inherited an existing website.  dv8media was asked to adapt this website initially, but it was important to the new owner to get a good feel for the business before making longer-term decisions about her online presence.

This wait has paid off.  Owens Coffee is now firmly established throughout the Westcountry food and drinks market as a forward-thinking, artisan coffee roaster of excellence.  Owen’s existing range of organic and Fairtrade coffees are all gold or silver award winners and are stocked in Devon, Cornwall and Dorset.  In addition, the company supplies some of the most highly respected restaurants and cafes in the area (including Peter Gorton, Masterchef of Great Britain), as well as being actively recommended through the local Chefs Forums groups whose members include a number of Michelin-starred chefs.

Owens Coffee's old website Before: Owens Coffee’s old website

The design of the new site was one of the most important considerations for this project.  The look and feel had to reflect Owens Coffee’s position within the market.  The new design is therefore more suited to the position of the brand, lighter and significantly more image-based to improve its visual appeal.  The use of white enables the product and strong imagery to stand out.  It also showcases the beautiful illustrations (produced by local artist Maggie Smith) that were commissioned by Owens Coffee, reinforcing the breezy, natural, Devon-based roots of the brand. This white is then balanced against the Owens’ green, together with a set of strong colours introduced in the form of navigation buttons.  The Owens Coffee logo is clean and clear, whilst its instantly recognisable ’roundel’ symbol is repeatedly used throughout the site as a design element.

More information is included on this site, particularly about the roastery’s trade services.  A two-tiered navigation system ensures that visitors can easily find the information they are looking for, whilst enabling us to highlight the priorities, thereby guiding the user through their website experience.

dv8media has worked for the last two years with Owens on the development of their social media strategy and the Owens team are implementing this with continued success.  For this reason, it was important to integrate social media tools into the site, starting with porting across Owens’ existing blog content to a blog on the new site with a one-click social broadcast option, including social share buttons and highlighting links to their social media accounts clearly within the header of the site.

We all love Owens Coffee (at the office here, we even have Owens’ Fridays, when we fire up the coffee machine) and we’re thrilled with the results.  In fact, we can’t see why any respectable cafe or restaurant in the South West wouldn’t want to be associated with this successful, award-winning ambassador for local food and drink! If you haven’t tried it yet, you can buy it in any of these listed stockists or look for the Owens’ boards and window stickers outside your local coffee shop.


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Bosinver Farm Cottages are a great example of how to harness Pinterest to benefit your business. Bosinver have come up with a selection of boards that appeal to each of their target markets including things that they feel are truly important issues that they cover on the website and across their social media.


The ‘Welcome to Cornwall’s Bosinver’ board is full of images of the gold award winning self catering holiday cottages inside and out as well as their surroundings. It truly is a beautiful place to stay with great views and luxurious cottages and this board really emphasises that.


Bosinver Farm Cottages are advocates of the Outdoor Play community so to have a board dedicated to this cause is a good display of their support and encourages others to get involved.


Discover more on Bosinver’s Pinterest boards and lose yourself in their fantastic imagery! Time for a relaxing break, anyone?! ;)


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This month we have some great discounts across printing! For a chat about your printing needs and how we can help email us at or call 08456 123 831



Half Price Luxury, Starmarque and Regular Business Cards

Luxury Business Cards (Full colour both sides) from £49 for 250

Starmarque Business Cards (Full colour both sides and spot UV on front)  from £67 for 500

Regular Business Cards (Full colour both sides)  from £40 for 250


33% off Recycled and Corporate Letterheads and Compliment Slips

100gsm Recycled A4 Letterheads  from £62 for 500 and £69 for 1000

120gsm Corporate A4 Letterheads from £73 for 500 and £83 for 1000


Half Price Gloss and Matt Laminated Flyers

A5 Gloss Laminated Flyers (Double Sided) from £80 for 250

A5 Matt Laminated Flyers (Double Sided) from £81 for 250


Get in touch for more information and prices.

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Lead Web Developer Vacancy


As with our clients, dv8media is continuing to grow! As part of this growth, we have a vacancy for a Lead 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 Lead Web Developer with proven success in eCommerce and business systems.

One of our specialties 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 strong 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, potential to work 1 day a week from home, a MacBook Pro (or PC equivalent) and the opportunity to work on interesting projects without the bureaucracy of working for a big company.

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

Apply with CV to:

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Tons of Tiles eCommerce WebsiteTons of Tiles is a long term client of dv8media. During the time we’ve worked together, we’ve also grown together and the Plymouth-based company is now one of the leading online tile retailers in the UK, selling a hugely diverse range of bathroom, kitchen, floor and wall tiles. Tons of Tiles offers popular products which include both classic tile designs alongside a frequently updated, exciting range of ‘on trend’ interior looks. Tiles are imported from leading European factories at huge savings to the customer.

Over the last four years, we’ve seen Tons of Tiles expand from just a handful of staff members to a team of 15, move into newer, bigger premises with generous warehouse space and even open an attractive in-house showroom. With growth comes increased demand, together with a need for highly efficient sales and operations processes.

Mark (Owner at Tons of Tiles) approached us with his ambition to upgrade the existing website we had previously managed, to a fully integrated eCommerce website. His requirements included a new friendly and easy to use online shop, a system to manage customer orders from a number of sources (both from the front end, as well as handling processing through to delivery and invoicing) and provide a full inventory management system. We have successfully delivered this using dv8media’s own eCommerce platform; roxora.

With an emphasis on improving conversion rates from the site, the team carried out research that allowed the Tons of Tiles website navigation and checkout process to be designed and created with the best user experience in mind.

Features of the new website include:

  • Live chat system
  • Integration with an existing customer review platform
  • A ‘sample’ ordering process
  • Attribute filtering and search
  • Multiple payment options
  • …and much more!

Tons of Tiles also now benefits from a system that processes all website, ebay, telephone, showroom and email orders without duplication. The full inventory management system is built into the platform and the system has the ability to link to Sage accounts.

This solution has significantly reduced administration costs, has streamlined the order processing system and has allowed Tons of Tiles to consider selling through additional channels in the future. With the consistent growth of its business at levels already demonstrated by the company, Tons of Tiles had to ensure that their website offers the flexibility to continue to grow with them, which is exactly what the roxora platform is designed to achieve. We are all very excited about what the future will hold!

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