Amazing ideas with flawless execution: it’s what we do. Whatever you’re visualising, come to us with your concept and we’ll help you to explore the possibilities.
We love being given the opportunity to come up with fresh ideas. The early stages of any project give us the chance to explore new avenues, bounce ideas around and distil everything into a formidable creative proposal.
Each member of our team is actively encouraged to plumb the depths of their creativity and throw any and all ideas into the mix. The dv8media melting pot knows no bounds and it’s turned out some magical concoctions.
You give us the brief, we turn it into something extraordinary.
And whether that brief is a carefully planned list of boxes which must be ticked, or you’re more of the ‘We’re open to ideas…’ persuasion, we guarantee that it’ll be given all of our creative steam.
Once we’ve come up with the answer, we test it rigorously. Having great ideas is useless without knowing how to pull them off properly. Luckily, we’re experts in both and that’s what’s been putting smiles on our customers’ faces for many years.
Are you feeling a bit fed up with your branding? Perhaps your print graphic design needs a little tickling up to keep you at the cutting edge. Or maybe you’ve got a great idea for an app that’ll take your business to the next level.
Whatever you want to achieve, we are the secret to its success. We’ll take the time to get to know you so that we can confidently deliver ideas that get you fired up: ideas which are brimming with unique elements and creativity to help you hit your targets… and keep on going.
One of our longest-standing customers, we’ve been working with Roofing Superstore™ for more than seven years. From the company’s inception, they chose us as their trusted partner for brand development, email marketing, online marketing and eCommerce solutions.
Roofing Superstore™ is the largest UK-based online roofing merchant and is a trading style of Construction Materials Online Ltd. Back in 2007, the four people behind the concept of Roofing Superstore™ approached us with a vision of what they wanted to achieve.
Their experience in IT and web-based markets was limited, so recruiting our group of digital creatives to their team was an astute move. They wanted to become the biggest online roofing merchant and needed the right backing to make the dream become a reality.
This was a brand new entity so there were no existing materials from which to work (and actually, we love it when that happens). The crucial element was making sure that Roofing Superstore™ and all its marketing materials conveyed extremely high standards.
The client wanted to know: how could they leave new clients with no doubts as to the quality of their operation? And, how could they make sure that their investment would continue to pay off, no matter how much they grew?
We worked closely with the Roofing Superstore™ team throughout, explaining the benefits of the various tools we were selecting to build their brand. First of all, we created a parent brand: Construction Materials Online. As part of this branding exercise, we developed business packs which the client could confidently present to prospective suppliers.
We then moved on to creating the Roofing Superstore™ brand, building a highly sophisticated eCommerce platform which quickly became the keystone of the whole business model. This system provided an efficient approach to business activities: orders, quotes, purchase orders, inventory, management tools and reporting could all be managed within one streamlined system.
This system allowed the business to grow and thrive without the need for additional human resource. Outsourcing their digital requirements allowed them to keep their team to a minimum while the business gained momentum.
Well, that small team didn't last too long: Roofing Superstore™ is now made up by 18 people and is an undisputed market leader.
The systems we provide are intentionally built to be scalable, which is a good thing considering it’s dealt with tens of thousands of orders to date. The site receives significant traffic and each visitor can quickly find what they need among the 24,000-strong product inventory.
So it’s no wonder that Roofing Superstore™ keeps dv8media on speed dial for their ongoing search engine marketing, email campaigns and software/system development needs.
We did it for them, and we can do it for you. If you want to talk to us about brand development, email marketing or any of our tried-and-trusted services, please contact a member of our team who’ll be happy to help.
The name PANDORA™ is synonymous with high-end, luxury jewellery and has become one of the most recognised brands in the accessories industry. Naturally, their list of customers is extensive and keeping on top of effective email marketing is a huge part of their marketing activities.
We were approached in 2009 by the owner of seven PANDORA™ outlets within the UK. Each outlet was due to receive a makeover with the intention of reaching new and untapped markets. With no existing email marketing approaches in place, the client needed to find a way to communicate with new customers on a per-store basis.
Details about product launches, special events and key promotional activities needed to be presented regularly to foster that all-important customer loyalty.
Each store was quite happy to build up their subscriber lists through in-store activities and social media interaction. But when it came to actually communicating with these customers and carefully monitoring success and activity, where to start?
PANDORA™ asked us to help them with a number of elements, including:
Since they got us on board, we've helped PANDORA™ send more than 300 marketing emails and assisted them in building and maintaining a readership of more than 650,000.
The team particularly love their central, straightforward management system. Having this in place helps them to organise their data and provide detailed reports whenever necessary.
We’re still enjoying a great working relationship with the team at PANDORA™.
Have you got grand plans for your email marketing strategy but you’re not sure where to start? We can help you create the kind of success you've been dreaming of. Get in touch today.
Quickstore is a self-storage specialist offering affordable storage options across Devon and Cornwall. Established in 1989, Quickstore was one of the first self-storage operators in the UK and has since grown to four locations and more than 1,200 individual, secure units.
Quickstore were finding that their online search results were floundering and they didn’t know what to do. They didn’t want to increase their internal resources, so they needed to find a dependable, expert online marketing team to help them.
But there are countless agencies in Plymouth, so how could they be sure they were choosing the right one?
Quickstore approached us for some ideas on what we could do for them and an estimate of costs. We suggested some long- and short-term SEO fixes, Adwords campaigns, blogging activities and social media strategy. The client was pleased with our ideas and the budget, so off we went.
We worked with the team at Quickstore to organise their year-long promotional calendar, implemented our suggested fixes and built a carefully researched Adwords campaign.
Since they teamed up with dv8media, visits to Quickstore’s website have grown by 40% compared to the same period a year before. The quality of their traffic has improved, too. People stick around for longer, visit more pages and the overall bounce rate has dropped significantly. It’s testament to the importance of targeted, intelligent online marketing.
We continue to work with the Quickstore with their blog, email marketing, social media, and print and promotional campaigns.
If your traffic is dwindling or your bounce rate is soaring, get in touch with our team today. We will help you with both the quality and the quantity of your traffic.
PCH Manufacturing Services is a department of Plymouth Homes, one of the largest social enterprises in the South West. PCH Manufacturing Services is split into four sections including a sign shop, joinery services, metalwork and a windows and doors shop.
Plymouth Community Homes had decided that it was time to give each of the five (including the overall PCH Manufacturing Services) separate websites.
The question was, how could they streamline this development with minimal disruption to services?
They approached us to help them make this step confidently and efficiently. We built holding sites which were not simply static holding pages: we created interactive sites with sliding sales banners and pop-up sales enquiry forms.
Once the holding pages went live, the company performed a slight reshuffle of internal management and their overall sales strategy. They wanted to focus on the fact that these valuable services are all available from one company. Their teams wanted to be able to cross sell these services effectively.
We created a brochure site for the sales team which made it clear that they offered the separate services but from one central point. Each ‘shop’ needed its own entity on the web, so sections were created for each department.
Because of the size of the operation, there are naturally plenty of stakeholders involved so we had to make sure that each stage of the project was clear to (and agreed to by) everyone involved using a strict approval process.
We followed brand guidelines to keep the project holistic, while being flexible regarding feedback. The deadlines were tight but we met them all, dealing with various team members to complete the website. It’s not easy keeping everyone on track, but we pulled it off!
As part of the project, we bolted on a content management system (CMS) with clear navigation and straightforward processes. We did this because the client needed full control going forward: at the point of launch, there was limited information available. In providing a CMS, the client could launch to deadline and add in more information when it became available.
PCH Manufacturing Services are thrilled with the project, and were impressed with the quality of our project management services.
If you’re working on a digital project with tight deadlines, complicated briefs and lots of people to consider, get in touch today. We’d be glad to help.
This project was performed on behalf of Albany Associates, a company offering communications and strategic solutions to organisations working within challenging and transitional environments across the globe.
Because of the nature of the business, sometimes Albany needs a little backup in delivering complex information to a wide audience, often to extremely tight deadlines and specific budgets. Careful planning and exact delivery are essential.
Working jointly with UNESCO, Albany needed a website to be developed which showcased a collection of information regarding the electoral process in Jordan. It was to be called The Jordan Election Road Map.
The information needed to be delivered in various dynamic formats including videos, PDF books, images and statistical data. The data was to be delivered raw and needed careful preparation before it was suitable for public consumption. It needed editing for quality, brevity and content.
So the question was: how could this all be delivered on time, on budget and to a level of quality befitting the importance of the project?
We started by designing a single-page website template using up-to-date, compliant HTML5 coding. This template needed to intelligently showcase and streamline the various data formats.
Statistical data was gathered by our team and turned into attractive, easily digested infographics. We took the time to bring these to life, adding dynamic elements through the use of HTML5.
We performed extensive video editing to refine the footage and produce a polished finish.
We then used high-quality ebook publishing software to convert the PDFs into a dynamic format which could be embedded into our website template. We also added functional quick links to the side of the PDF documents for ease of navigation.
As a finishing touch, we integrated social media options to the page.
Both Albany Associates and UNESCO were hugely grateful for the work and careful consideration we put into this project, and the fact that all deadlines were firmly stuck to. They were particularly pleased with the dynamic and easy-to-understand format of the finalised data, and the quality of the website design.
The finished site has been visited by audiences throughout Jordan’s 12 main provinces as well as international visitors from UNESCO and other global organisations including OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe).
Tight deadlines? Budget considerations? Try us. We can streamline your project, hit your deadlines and help you to keep it cost effective.
Taskman is a simple, unique and highly effective task-request system that helps organisations keep on top of their request and feedback requirements. It’s affordable, adaptable and has been described as a ‘godsend’ by its users.
So naturally, the design and development box had already been ticked!
What they needed was a way to convey the system’s features and benefits in a way that would deliver maximum leads and conversions from their website and through other channels. Using text just wasn't snappy enough and imagery didn't suffice for getting across the USPs of this product.
How could Taskman present and pitch their software effectively without losing the client’s attention?
We suggested developing a series of videos and the team at Taskman were all for it. By using moving images and carefully scripted commentary, we could highlight the multi-faceted benefits of the software and potential customers could see it in action. We suggested creating two videos so that we could focus on the product as a whole, then zoom in on one of its key features.
The first video was filmed in a high-end private school. This was the perfect setting as it allowed us to highlight the versatility of the software and its various elements within one organisation. We blended portrayal of the software in action with testimonials from those who use it every day. The client is thrilled with this video and it remains an extremely effective marketing tool.
The second video focused on Auto Enrolment, a key function of the system. The purpose of the video was to teach members how to use elements of Taskman, so we used a two-camera shoot and HD screen recording, with all cameras functioning simultaneously to give us the pick of the shots when editing. The client says this video is invaluable when highlighting just how easy this system is to use, so it’s proved useful as a marketing tool as well as a tutorial.
The videos are still in use by Taskman through various channels. Our finished films continue to play a crucial part in their overall marketing strategy.
If you need some help producing high-quality videos that convey sharp, effective messages, get in touch today to start the ball rolling.
The team at Owens Coffee were so pleased with the responsive website we’d built, they asked us to lend a hand with their social media activity, too.
The company prides itself on approachability, friendliness and hospitality. As such, communicating effectively with their customers - old and new - was a must.
But, being extremely busy all day, how could they use social media to its fullest without it taking up too much of their time?
We worked on creating a strategy that would be both effective and efficient. No successful business owner wants to be chained to a Twitter account for several hours a day.
We spent some time asking Owens Coffee about its customers and what they find interesting on social media. We also looked at their overall brand ethos to get a handle on what kind of social media activity would suit the company’s personality.
We decided that a regular blog on the website coupled with external social media activity would help keep their customers up to date (as well as helping with their search marketing) so we arranged to contact them weekly, see what was happening in their industry and help them to think of ways they could push their success stories and brand messages further using social media activity.
This suited the client as they wanted to be in control but they needed that regular reminder and inspiration to share the right information at the right time.
Since we got involved, Owens Coffee has gathered more than 1,300 followers on Twitter and more than 200 ‘likes’ on Facebook. We have subsequently set up Google+ and Pinterest accounts and linked the whole lot so that posts would go out across the board at the click of a button.
Their referrals and visits from Facebook, Facebook Mobile and Twitter have increased by a massive 900%. And the most important part is that they engage in daily interaction with their audiences, resulting in repeat orders and impressive customer loyalty.
Owens Coffee’s products have to be tasted to be believed! This multi-award-winning, artisan roaster based in Modbury, Devon, has droves of loyal local customers and big plans for growth over the coming years.
A great believer in getting to grips with its customer base, the team at Owens Coffee had a fairly clear idea of what they wanted to achieve with their new website. The manager of the company did her research and found that the majority of their customers worked in kitchens or as front-of-house staff. And, given the on-the-go nature of hospitality, she realised that Owens Coffee was highly likely to be visited by those browsing on their mobiles.
But, with a non-mobile-friendly current site and no digital expertise in house, how could Owens successfully make the leap to having a responsive site?
We got a great brief from the client and, with our creative and digital expertise, we created early designs which hit the spot. We created a softer and more contemporary feel to replace the existing designs which were a bit dark and old fashioned. The team at Owens agreed that our new designs really encapsulated the company’s ethos and character.
Using tried-and-tested responsive design coding and techniques, along with best-practice SEO approaches, we created a responsive website which smoothly adjusts itself to suit the screen on which it’s being viewed.
We’re pleased to report that traffic to the Owens Coffee has grown on average 50% per year since we launched their new site. When it comes to catering to modern audiences, Owens Coffee certainly made the right move.
If you’re ready to bring your website up to date and keep your modern, mobile visitors happy, get in touch today and we can have a chat about your options.
Bosinver Farm Cottages are notorious in Devon and Cornwall for providing luxury self-catering accommodation. Year after year, they've consistently won awards for the standard of their carefree escapes in one of Cornwall’s finest beauty spots.
The company had recently redesigned their website and were thrilled with the design and their new branding. The problem was that the design didn't translate to mobile phones. The menus in particular were struggling so mobile users found it almost impossible to find their way around the website.
With mobile browsing becoming increasingly critical to any business’s success, they knew that something had to be done, especially if they wanted to continue winning those awards!
But, having just put a lot of money and time into their redesign, how could they create a mobile site that would be delivered on time and on budget?
Mobile website design is one of our busiest areas and we’ve worked with countless companies in Plymouth and beyond to turn non-responsive websites into a mobile customer’s dream.
We were already working with Bosinver on their social media strategy so they asked us if we could help.
We suggested trimming back the client’s extensive website content on the mobile version and just supplying the pertinent information in a clean, fresh manner. The information needed to be helpful to the customer and also convey powerful sales messages to secure conversions.
Website visits have stayed around the same (with a small rise of 6%) but, since we launched the responsive website, mobile phone sales are up by more than 250% when compared to the same period the previous year. Naturally, the client is thrilled with the results and the return on their investment.
Is your site struggling on mobile devices? Talk to us. We’ll work with you to create a plan, budget and timescale that suits you down to the ground.