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2014
09.18

 New website design developed for Devon & Cornwall’s Quickstore, based on a WordPress platform with bespoke design templates and integrated booking system. 

Quickstore is a successful storage company based in Devon and Cornwall with facilities in Exeter, Torquay, Plymouth and Saltash. The company is one of the most established storage businesses in the UK and its owners are forward-thinking, regularly keeping on top of industry news and developments, which helps them to stay ahead in their marketplace.

As part of their online marketing strategy, Quickstore were looking to develop a long term partnership with a digital specialist.  There was a need to revisit the front end website design with a view to integrating new booking system software.

The team wanted to work with a Devon based website developer and liked that dv8media also offered a full range of marketing expertise as this would relieve the pressure on resources which were being stretched internally.  In addition, the team were looking for an agency to lead on project management in the execution of the company’s marketing plan.

dv8media created a new website design for Quickstore to include a simple QuickQuote form, and other strong calls to action on the home page.  The site highlights Quickstore’s unique selling points using imagery and messages on the banner and highlighted boxed areas. The design is responsive to allow a mobile-friendly experience which would best serve an increasingly mobile user.  We ported the existing booking system for stage one of the site, but this will be upgraded to allow integration with the internal software used to run the business.

The new website:

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The original site:

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If you’d like to discuss this project further give us a call on 08456 123 831.

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2014
08.26

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How often do you use your mobile to browse information about holiday destinations? According to Cornwall’s Bosinver Farm Cottages’ statistics, the figure for those people visiting their website was significant enough for them to have concerns about how mobile-friendly their main site was.

The award-winning team behind the self-catering holiday cottages are more than happy with their lovely desktop website which they’ve spent a long time developing and getting just right. We can’t take credit for this one, but we have worked with Bosinver for many years on a digital marketing consultancy basis and developed an excellent understanding of the company’s market and business goals.

On this basis, we were asked to quote for and to subsequently provide a mobile version of the site, with the aim of making it easier to navigate and find information when visitors are using their phone rather than their PC or tablet.  In order to deliver exactly what the client and its users would need, there was a significant amount of consultancy involved, particularly from a technical perspective.  There is much to consider, especially when you’re taking an existing website offer and looking at how best to replicate its key messages for a mobile audience.

bosinver-cottage-filtering-on-mobile-websiteThe design is fully in line with the company’s existing brand identity and we focused in on the most important areas of functionality.  We included information that we identified the customer would be looking for, which included full details of each of the cottages available.

The feature dv8media’s Chris is most proud of  is the filter we included for sorting the properties.  This was an important feature as Bosinver have 20 properties to choose from, so there is a lot of information to sift through without this. Properties can be sorted by the number of people they sleep, whether the property is classed as having additional ‘luxury’ features, whether it is dog friendly and whether it has disability access.  This feature is simple, intuitive and feels really slick.

The site is highly visual and navigation is clear and there is a link through to the booking system which is currently the same as the one you get on the desktop version of the system.

The client is thrilled with the results and we’re looking forward to seeing how this improves mobile conversions over the next few months.

In the meantime, Bosinver has been shortlisted in this year’s Cornwall Today Awards for the Best Small Accommodation category.  You can vote in these awards right here .

  

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2014
08.21

Although most of our work tends to involve digital marketing, we do (on occasion) get requests to design advertising for print too.

The South West Landlords Association (SWLA) is a recent example.  As an existing dv8media client, the SWLA approached us to produce an advert for a local magazine.   As you’ll see (below), the full page, A4 ad needed to communicate a significant amount of information.  This has to be achieved in a structured and easy to digest format. It was important to lead with the SWLA’s branding and a strong headline that would catch the eye, with a call to action sitting below the information.

SWLA Advert

If you’re placing advertisements on a regular basis, why not consider a set of designs in different sizes? We can even produce these so that you can make amendments to them yourself.  Give us a call for more information.

 

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2014
08.14

Adrian - Ride London - Surrey 100Last weekend Adrian took part in the Prudential Ride London – Surrey 100 to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. This involved a 100 mile cycle starting at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London heading past Canary Wharf and through the city heading out across the Surrey countryside and eventually back in, past Trafalgar Square and finishing at The Mall.

Although the ride was cut short a few miles because of the horrendous weather conditions thanks to Hurricane Bertha (torrential rain and flooding reaching above the bike pedals in places!) the dv8media team and Adrian are proud of his accomplishment and the money that he has raised for Macmillan.

Adrian completed the ride in 4 hours 29 minutes averaging a speed of 19.3 mph! He has raised a total of £1270.69 so far with donations still coming in, so please do your bit and donate here.

After the ride he attended the Macmillan riders event in the BAFTA building at Piccadilly Circus where all of the cyclists riding for Macmillan were congratulated and thanked for their donations.

Macmillan Riders Event for Prudential Ride London - Surrey 100

Although not a race, in the big scheme of things Adrian finished within the first 4000 men – not bad for a race with 24,000 cyclists of which 4000 entrants didn’t complete the ride.

 

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2014
08.13

mortgages-4-plymouth-mobile-website-homeOur mobile website for a Plymouth-based mortgage broker makes it easy for its existing and potential customers to find their way home to one of the most friendly, experienced teams in the area. 

Mortgages4Plymouth is one of the longest-established mortgage and life assurance experts in the City and surrounding towns and villages throughout Devon. A lovely, friendly and multi-award-winning team, who are passionate about delivering the very best range of products to its customers.

We developed a website for the company using a WordPress Content Management System, earlier in the year. When we discussed the recommended site, it was agreed that the mobile user for this type of financial services information would be seeking different information to those using a desktop version of the website. We needed to deliver a clear, mobile-friendly user experience specifically developed for this visitor.

We worked with the client to define the priorities its customer would be looking for from a mobile website, keeping content to a minimum. The design itself was based on the look and feel of the original desktop version, with a focus on finding information quickly and easily.

The site is visually bold and heavily branded using the client’s blue and green colours.  Content is concise so the site is simple to move around. The most important calls to action remain static on the site at all times so that there are always to hand and we included a nice speedy one-click call us button to encourage calls and enquiries.

If you aren’t delivering a smooth, simple, mobile-friendly website experience to your mobile audiences, give our team a call to talk about how we can help in more detail on 08456 123831.  Even if you’re happy with the desktop version of your site, we can produce an entirely separate mobile website, like the one we’ve done here.

 

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2014
07.31

We’re pleased to announce that dv8media has been granted funding from Creative England for the further growth and promotion of our own eCommerce platform, roxora.

Creative England is an organisation that is dedicated to supporting creative industries across the country. Having initially heard about the funding opportunity through our landlords, Plymouth Science Park, dv8media went through a 2-stage application process to successfully be awarded this grant.

dv8media has worked with eCommerce websites for many years and has built bespoke systems and created online sales strategies for nationally acclaimed brands. roxora is dv8media’s bespoke shopping platform and eCommerce consultancy package.

Our team has wide experience advising £multi-million turnover internet retailers who we’ve helped grow to their current size, in some cases even from start-up positions. We were thrilled that Creative England recognised the potential in this product and we’re looking forward to seeing it reach its market potential with the help of this new cash injection from Creative England.

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The Vouchers for Business Strategy and Innovation Programme is a fund that provides support for Creative SMEs to develop and launch new digital products or to support their businesses strategic objectives. It forms part of the Creative Industries iNet (Innovation Network), a £3.2 million programme of support designed to help creative businesses thrive and advance the area’s growing reputation as a global creative centre of excellence. The iNet is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and led by Creative England.

 

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2014
07.08

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.

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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!

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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!

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2014
06.25

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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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2014
06.23

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: careers@dv8media.co.uk

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2014
06.16

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.

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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.

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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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