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#OurAmazingBodies Portsmouth Mums spread the body positivity message

#OurAmazingBodies Portsmouth Mums spread the body positivity message

#OurAmazingBodies Mums celebrate their post-pregnancy body for #OurAmazingBodies campaign

The lovely Charlotte Griffiths, one of our morph alumni and a photographer and Portsmouth based mum of three has captured some wonderful post pregnancy bodies. The mum of three daughters aged 2,5, and 9, was saddened by hearing new mums who were coming in to have their babies photographed talking about how low they felt because of their lack of so-called ‘perfect figures’ after giving birthCharlotte decided she needed to take action now for mums today and for her daughters in the future. Chatting to Rachel about a campaign name they came up with #OurAmazingBodies and Rachel built a website for Charlotte to showcase her work and the campaign was born.

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New website for unloc

New website for unloc

We just created new branding and a website for our friends at Unloc in Portsmouth. Unloc is a great not for profit organisation based in Portsmouth set up by Hayden Taylor and Ben Dowling when they were just 19 years old. They have gone on to create some amazing opportunities for schools and colleges students in Portsmouth but also expanding as far as Cambridge, London and Essex. An inspiring organisation that we think will continue to grow and thrive whilst developing leadership skills and creating fantastic opportunities for young people across the world.

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Web design for Hampshire Travel Clinic

Web design for Hampshire Travel Clinic

We recently created a new Travel Clinic website for Hampshire Travel Clinic based in Emsworth, replacing the one we built for them in 2013. OUr websites are clearly built to last.  The Hampshire Travel clinic team wanted a modern website which showcased some of their amazing travel pictures as their team embers often travel themselves and come back with some wonderful travel images. The site also has a shop where you can buy travel products before you go away and offers a range of travel services including vaccinations and travel advice. The website makes use of their vivid colour pallet which reminds of us bright sunny skies and rich golden beaches and features icons to display the kinds of services on offer.

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New Recruitment website design for Cogs Recruitment

New Recruitment website design for Cogs Recruitment

We have just completed a new recruitment website design and build for COGS recruitment. 

Tom Carson, Director at Cogs Recruitment wanted to create long term sustainable growth in the recruitment sector and wanted a website to reflect his brand values. Tom is a great guy to work with with a clear vision about what he wants Cogs Recruitment to achieve going forward. The recruitment website design has a clean fresh look and showcases the many career opportunities Cogs have on offer for their candidates.

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Web Design and build for MJL Cleaning

Web Design and build for MJL Cleaning

We just completed a web design and build for MJL Cleaning. Matt who owns the business is a great guy and has recently set up the business. Based in Waterlooville MJL Cleaning are able to work across most of Hampshire and even into West Sussex. matt wanted a web design and build which communicated his brand and values that looked clean and fresh. 

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New website for Portsmouth Distillery

New website for Portsmouth Distillery

We recently completed a new website for Portsmouth Distillery which we are so excited about! The website is beautiful and has a great showcase video of Portsmouth on the homepage. They guys behind the company are great fun to work with and are importing beautiful distilling vats to Portsmouth to make Portsmouth Rum and Portsmouth Gin! 

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Web design for Nesbits Auctions, Southsea

Web design for Nesbits Auctions, Southsea

Our web design for Nesbits Auctions, Southsea incorporates the yellow and grey colour combination of their branding. In web design the use of colour is really important. Yellow is a no-no for text in web design as the contrast is not strong enough for people to be able to read it clearly but we love the splashes of yellow throughout the website to pull together their brand and keep the look consistent.

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New branding and website for Advanced Injury Management

New branding and website for Advanced Injury Management

We recently designed new branding and website concepts for Advanced Injury Managment. Advanced Injury Management are a full-service Physiotherapy and Injury Treatment Centre. With clinics located across the South Coast, the team wanted a modern looking website that would enable their customers to find the relevant contact details quickly and easily.

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New website for the Royal Navy, Royal Marines Widows’ Association

New website for the Royal Navy, Royal Marines Widows’ Association

We have just designed and built a new website for the Royal Navy, Royal Marines Widows’ Association. We designed their last website in 2012 and it lasted brilliantly but the organisation wanted a new look so we have developed this new website.

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Ten Top Tips for E-mail Marketing

Ten Top Tips for E-mail Marketing

E-mail marketing is a great way to communicate with your customers and leads and if you use the right tools for the job it can offer you an effective way to accurately measure and track engagement. Yay!
 
Measuring engagement helps you to understand how people interact with your e-mail marketing – how many and who opened it – the open rate, what made people click – the click-through rate (CTR) and what works – a.k.a split testing.

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New furniture website design for Spanish showroom.

New furniture website design for Spanish showroom.

We have just finished designing a new furniture website for Spanish furniture company Furniture@. The company based in Greenwich Marina in Altea, near Alicante, features a range of indoor and outdoor kitchen displays together with designs for an outdoor bar area and indoor media room.

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Web design for National Maths and Physics project

Web design for National Maths and Physics project

Web design was at the top of the agenda for the new National Maths and Physics SCITT in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. The coordinators came to us looking for a brand for the newly created SCITT and a website to help promote their project. The National Maths and Physics SCITT provides high-quality teacher training, led by Mathematics and Physics experts from the best schools in the country. 

The National Maths and Physics SCITT is at the forefront of a new DfE initiative to spearhead subject-specific teacher training on a national basis in shortage subject areas, which aims to buck the trend in declining applications for Teacher Training,

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Social media manager

Social media manager

We are delighted to welcome Charlotte Griffiths our new social media manager to the team.

Charlotte brings a wealth of social media management experience to the team. A professional photographer in her spare time at Charlotte Griffiths Photography, Charlotte is a truly multi-talented social media manager. Charlotte is looking after some of our outsourced marketing clients bringing extra capacity to our team.

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LinkedIn Tips

LinkedIn Tips

Got a LinkedIn profile but not sure where to start or how to use it properly? Here five are LinkedIn tips to get you started.

While many of us have a LinkedIn profile, we are often guilty of neglecting it. Whereas Facebook can be a fun place for a quick update LinkedIn can feel more daunting as we know we need to be professional and reflect our best work-selves rather than our relaxed off-duty selves.

Five LinkedIn tips to get you started:

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New website for The Lady Hamilton, Portsmouth

New website for The Lady Hamilton, Portsmouth

We have just designed and built a new website for the Lady Hamilton pub and bed and breakfast in Old Portsmouth. Opposite Gunwharf Quays and The Hard in Portsmouth, The Lady Hamilton is famous for it’s fantastic Roast Dinners.

The owners approached us to help them with a new look brand for the pub which is painted red and a bit of a landmark in Portsmouth.

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Facebook domain verification for social media automation

Facebook domain verification for social media automation

In a bid to protect the authenticity of content Facebook has introduced facebook domain verification. Here are some facebook domain verification tips to help you get started. Website owners can choose to verify their domains in Facebook Manager in order to have link editing access. Owners who do not verify their domains will not be able to edit the links for their website when sharing them on Facebook. Previously owners could edit images or overwrite the metadata pulled from their websites.

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Social Media Training in Portsmouth

Social Media Training in Portsmouth

Rachel recently delivered marketing and social media training in Portsmouth to 40 Yacht Brokers and Surveyors at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard. 

Invited to speak by the Yacht Brokers Designers & Surveyors Association, YBDSA as part of their Training Day and AGM the event comprised training sessions and a tour of Boat House Four, followed by a delicious lunch in the National Museum of the Royal Navy. The event fell on the day the Queen came to Portsmouth to visit the Dockyard so security was tight but there was a great atmosphere.

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GDPR  – How does it affect marketing?

GDPR  – How does it affect marketing?

 

From 25 May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulations ( GDPR ) comes into force, replacing the Data Protection Directive 95/46/ec and changing the law on how we use data.

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Prevent new users registering themselves in Joomla

Prevent new users registering themselves in Joomla

Do you want to prevent new users registering themselves on your Joomla website?
 
If you are receiving spammy sign ups to your website then take these steps to lock it down and prevent new users registering themselves on your Joomla website.

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New branding for The Lady Hamilton, Portsmouth

New branding for The Lady Hamilton, Portsmouth

The Lady Hamilton in Portsmouth is famed for its fabulous roast dinners.

It is now under new ownership and the the new owners are bringing back their traditional roast that has been loved by so many. They approached us to design a new brand for the pub and Bed and Breakfast in keeping with their traditional colours of red and yellow.

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The importance of an SSL Certificate

The importance of an SSL Certificate

In the last few years Google has begun to favours secure sites so installing an SLL Certificate will help to increase your search engine ranking, too.

An SSL certificate gives your website the padlock or green browser bar, which reassuring visitors that their information is safe on your site.

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New website for BBO Maths Hub

New website for BBO Maths Hub

We have recently completed an event booking website for the BBO Maths Hub based in High Wycombe.
The Bucks, Berks and Oxon Maths Hub is one of 35 designated hubs and is based at Wycombe High School. The Maths Hub programme is supported by the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and funded by the DfE.

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New Property Listing website for Dack Estate Agents in Southsea

New Property Listing website for Dack Estate Agents in Southsea

We designed and a built a new property listing website for Dack Estate Agents in Southsea. The team at Dack have been a delight to work with with a really clear brief and with lots of happy customers who are happy to give reviews they make marketing them easy. The property listing website displays all the rental and properties for sale, as well as having a blog full of useful information for buyers, renters and sellers. As well as being a property listing website we have added contact forms for those customers who would like a free property valuation or to register for updates on new properties to the market.

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Add your company to Apple Maps

Add your company to Apple Maps

Want to add your business to Apple Maps? In mobile search it is increasingly important to be listed in Apple Maps Here is how to list your business in Apple maps in 5 easy steps . . .
  • 1. Go to https://mapsconnect.apple.com/ and login with your Apple ID
  • 2. Enter the business you want to list in the search box and click search
  • 3. Click on claim listing and ask for a phone call for a code. Making sure who ever answers the phone on your business number is ready to note the 4 digit code down for you.
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    Find a font from a PDF in Photoshop

    Find a font from a PDF in Photoshop

    How to find a font from a PDF in Photoshop Trying to find a font in a document is really simple if you know how but can drive you crazy if you don’t. The language used in Photoshops toolbars and menus is not always that intuitive. If you are trying to find a font in a PDF or other document and have photoshop available to you, the you can try the following steps to find your elusive font. To find your elusive font simply : 1. open your image in Photoshop 2. using the rectangle marquee tool in the toolbar highlight the area you want to identify the font in. 3. Click on Type in the menu and select match font and et voila! you have solved the mystery of the elusive font.

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    New website for Portsmouth Autism Support Network

    New website for Portsmouth Autism Support Network

    WE completed a new website for Portsmouth Autism Support Network a Portsmouth based charity who help support young people with Autism as well and their parents and carers. They already ha d a logo which contained bright strong colours so we wanted to create a web design that would be simple to use whilst bringing in the colours of the brand. We worked the blur, red and orange into the website using it on buttons and headings to tie in with the corporate colours. We also used lots of white space so that the website content was easily accessible for the readers.

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    New web design for Quantum Scholars

    New web design for Quantum Scholars

    We have been working on a new web design for Quantum Scholars a new partnership project recruiting 50 qualified Mathematics and Physics teachers, primarily from Australia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to teach in England.

    The new web design had a vacancies section where jobs can be advertised as well an e-newsletter sign up and forms for schools and teachers to register their interest. Each area in the South has it’s own information based web page highlighting the lifestyle and cultural opportunities in their areas.

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