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Monthly Archives: December 2011

  • Design365 donate a website...

    Design365, a web design company based in Newton Aycliffe, are supporting a new local charity by donating them a new web site. The charity, Take a day out was registered in late September this year. It aims to provide short break experiences for carers and families with children with additional needs in County Durham and the Tees Valley. The co-founders of Take a day out, Nathan Money and Peter Sheen both live in Sedgefield District. There are six million carers in the UK. Parents of children with additional needs often don't regard themselves as "carers". But, carers are ordinary people whose lives revolve around the needs of others who require a great deal of support that is of a type not provided by the authorities. That’s where Take a day out aims to make a difference. Nathan and Peter originally planned to support carers through the provision of guided walks. However, the needs and circumstances of carers are diverse and the charity now aims to provide short break experiences that parents and families with children with additional needs want rather than are thrust at them. Nathan and Peter always tell people that they have ambitious goals that require the formation of relationships with other people, groups, businesses and charities. They believe that people and groups working together on behalf of each other can achieve much more that working in isolation. They want Take a day out to be as ‘virtual’ as possible so that the greater part of the funds they generate can be focussed on services rather than buildings and infrastructure. “I was really pleased to help take a day out with a free website; we hope the impact the website creates will generate significant funds to help carers take some well-deserved respite.” Alan Foster, Director of Design365. Nathan and Peter really welcome the support of Design365. Nathan said, “Design365 is a growing company that we love working with because they are interested in the people whose projects they work on. Alan and his team really want to help us and we hope we can help them too by promoting their company to others.” Like Take a day out on Facebook.

  • Design365 2011 portfolio

    We have had a great end to the year at Design365. Take a look at our website portfolio to see our latest work....

  • social media for business...

    Tips when using Facebook for your business;

    • Photos generate the highest interaction rate as they are visual
    • Post onto your Facebook during off peak hours (2pm - 5am) these posts will recieve the highest interaction rates
    • Ask for 'Likes,' or 'Comments,' these calls for action show a boost in interaction rates on your page
    • Add posts daily on your site
    • Obtain a Facebook vanity URL so people can find you easily eg.http://www.facebook.com/design365
    • Add your Facebook URL to printed literature to increase your friends

    If you need any more advice please contact us...

  • Google alerts...

    Google alerts are emails sent to you when Google finds new results of a choosen search term. You ask Google to notify you if a specific search term is mentioned anywhere on the web, you can also add the URL of a website as the search term. If the search term is repeated online you will recieve email notification informing you if a post, article or link has been added to the site. This can be useful for website owners, to find out who is linking to your website. These results can be web pages, newpaper articles or blogs that match your search term. Use Google Alerts to monitor anything on the web, for example:

    1. Find out what is being said about the company or product
    2. Monitor a developing news story
    3. Keep up to date with a competitor or industry
    4. Get the latest news on a celebrity or sports team
  • Design365 sponsors Take a day out

    Take a day out is a new charity aiming to provide short break experiences for carers and their families in County Durham and the Tees Valley. Nathan Money and Peter Sheen are the co-founders of the charity which was registered in late September 2011. Take a day out have relationships with other local people, groups, businesses and charities to offer services and support to parents and carers in the North East. They came to see us at Design365 for a website consultation, they had a current website, but felt it needed updating. They wanted a site which was easy to use and would promote the charity and also sit along side their current branding. The new website includes photos, events, newsletter sign up facility and links to their current social media pages. After hearing about the good work the charity does in our local community, we decided to donate their website free of charge to help support the charity. As they are a non profit organisation they rely on volunteers and support where they can. View their new site, Take a day out. “I was really pleased to help take a day out with a free website; we hope the impact the website creates will generate significant funds to help carers take some well-deserved respite.” Alan Foster, Director of Design365. “Design365 is a growing company that we love working with because they are interested in the people whose projects they work on. Alan and his team really want to help us and we hope we can help them too by promoting their company to others.” Nathan Money, Take a day out.

  • Google plus social circles...

    Google plus is the newest social media since Facebook. It has many innovative features that set it apart from the others; it allows you to create multiple virtual social networks. One of Google plus’ first unique features is its amazing capability to sort through your contacts and manage them into circles – separate groups for different connections. This allows you to post photos, messages and add your status which is then only viewable to certain circles. This gives you control over your contacts and allows you to separate your family, friends and business contacts. It allows you to organise everyone into your real-life social connections and control what people see. You can also add links to your page and +1 on websites you like and would like to share with your circle. Certain individuals will overlap and can appear in two or three circles.

  • find out about Google Fresh...

    Google Fresh is the latest change to Google. Google Fresh will concentrate on ‘how fresh’ your site content is, an addition to the usual search engine optimisation (SEO). Updating your site to include industry news, updating your company blog and keeping products up to date is fundamental. Google Fresh will need regular posts to achieve visible results for your site. The constant battle for Google is making sure sites are rich with fresh news and products, sharpening up results. Google Fresh will affect 35% of searches, to improve your ranking follow these tips; 1. Keep blogs, news and information up to date and keep it updated as regularly as possible 2. Add reviews on to your site from your happy customers 3. Keep products up to date, add a new blog about product updates 4. Update deals and special offers, even better if you have a daily deals section

  • let us manage your site!

    Take the pressure off managing your own website and let us take over. You will receive the following as part of your subscription with us, 4 hours of Search Engine Optimisation per month A monthly newsletter to the client database A monthly submissions to the shopping sites Monthly consultation and advice on trends Help with off line marketing ideas to help drive traffic to the website Contact us for more details...

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