We've been heavily involved in website design and development since 2003, creating everything from single-page sites to ecommerce platforms with multi-million pound turnovers.
Website design is about more than a pretty online shop front. Really good web design blends good looks with technical dexterity to deliver an experience that’s a joy from the start to the finish of the user journey. Too much of one and not enough of the other can result in imbalance and a poor user experience.
Our creative website designers work with our technical developers from the off. It’s no good delivering finished designs to a developer if all the practicalities haven’t played a part from the start.
By balancing brains and beauty, this team comprising programmers, designers, marketing experts and UX architects has produced some exceptional websites that deliver amazing online experiences.
If it’s digital and you don’t know where to start, put us to task. Need a little inspiration? Take a look through our portfolio and case studies (including video examples) to see what we’ve achieved for others. It could provide that spark you need to get things off the ground.
Plus it’ll demonstrate that we’re as good as our word.
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.
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.
Clever Student Lets is one of Plymouth’s leading student accommodation services. They manage in excess of 1,000 rooms and 200 properties for students of Plymouth University, The University of St Mark & St John and Plymouth College of Art, including a lot of international students. They’re known for the high standard of their student accommodation.
Clever Student Lets needed a central accommodation-management system through their existing website. Because of the unique nature of their operation, off-the-shelf options just weren’t appropriate.
So, how could they create a bespoke, budget-friendly, straightforward system that ticked all the boxes for both them and their customer?
We’d had previous experience in this field so Clever Student Lets approached us, intrigued by our insider knowledge of their particular situation and its challenges.
We knew that the client needed to be able to make regular changes to their listings. They also needed a sophisticated search facility to display both current and future availability. Finally, they wanted a non-cluttered, easy-to-navigate display for each room and each property.
We created an incredibly straightforward, attractive website which belied the complex inner workings of the system. We gave them the option of including featured accommodation on the homepage, adding maps to show proximity to each educational facility and we also integrated Facebook buttons so that visitors could share links quickly and easily.
Each property has its own description and users can switch between current and future availability, view costs and hover over items to see detailed room descriptions.
We made sure that every element of the site was completely scalable. As a result, Clever Student Lets is still enjoying the benefits of the site and they know that, no matter how much growth their business enjoys, their new system will grow with them.
If your business could benefit from a sophisticated, easy-to-use digital management system, get in touch with our team today.