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  • ‘Dirty Cow’ Linux OS Vulnerability

    If you have a web site hosted with us, you may have noticed a little pop-up message when you log into the back-end of your website. This pop up may look like this:

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  • 6 Critical errors of SEO

    Are you making any of these critical SEO errors on your e-commerce site?

    A lot of people believe that when you create an e-commerce website and upload hundreds or even thousands of products, the search engine traffic will just start rolling in.

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  • How Long Does SEO Take To Work?

    This is one of the most common questions within the digital marketing world and the hardest to answer. Hopefully this blog post will give you a better understanding of today’s SEO practices.

    Old SEO used to purely focus on a small amount of ‘golden keywords’. These were the sole focus for SEO at one point, where everyone was fixated on if your business was ranking #1 for your most popular key phrase. Don’t get us wrong, this is important but with SEO changing at the speed it is, it’s not the only factor to focus on. If you are only focusing on a small group of generic keywords, the chances are that isn’t what people are searching for, therefore you’re not being found for what really matters. The emphasis should be on a much larger number of natural language search terms, especially with the use of Siri and Google Now becoming so popular.

    If by asking ‘How long does SEO take to work?’ you mean ‘How long will it be before I get top rankings?’ then you’re mistaking outputs for outcomes. Selling ‘top rankings’ is easy because it’s what every business wants to hear, but what good is a number #1 ranking in Google when your business doesn’t generate any sales or leads? SEO is focussed on optimising your website to ensure that people find your products/services and they convert.

    There are so many other factors to think about when trying to give someone an answer to ‘How long will the SEO take to work’ including

    • how long the site has been around for.
    • how much (if any) SEO you’ve had done on it previously.
    • what shape the website is in.
    • how much content is on it.
    • its link profile and a number of other SEO factors.

    No two websites are the same and that’s why it’s so important to get a unique review and audit of your site before starting any SEO service.

    Many experts, including ourselves, will tell you that it takes 4-6 months minimum to start seeing results from a good SEO practice. This is generally the case, however, like stated previously, every website is different and this figure can be more or less depending on the initial audit and review of your website.

    Many people expect to see all of their dreams come true within a week. With SEO, this isn’t the case. Studies have also shown that most companies underestimate the time and money that goes into good SEO services and unfortunately, a lot of them drop off after just a few short months or less as they weren’t getting the results they thought they would. If we could just ask you to take into consideration everything we’ve said here and give SEO a very bare minimum of 6 months before you expect to see good results.

    SEO, when properly invested in and done correctly is one of the best ROI’s (return on investments) out there. Just make sure you get all the information you need before making your decision.

    If you’d like to take a look around our SEO services, please visit www.seo365.eu and contact us today for your website review.

  • Responsive Web Design... Reasons to upgrade!

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    Is your website in danger of dropping off the search engine results pages?

    Google launched an update last year stating that they were going to start to favour websites which were mobile friendly. According to Moz.com, the number of mobile-friendly web pages in mobile search results increased by two percentage points (from 70% to 72%) after the original update rolled out.

    Responsive Web Design can also improve SEO (search engine optimisation) and increase conversion rates. Local search is becoming increasingly popular (on mobile phones) so having a responsive website will increase the ability of your website to be found by local users.

    Responsive Web Design (RWD) is simply an approach of laying-out and coding a website so that the website provides an optimal viewing experience, ease of reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling across a wide range of devices (including desktop computer monitors, tablets and mobile phones).

    Having a responsive site can benefit you in a few ways:

    Google Factor:

    Google recommends a responsive approach for SEO. Managing the SEO for multiple mobile and desktop sites can be difficult and has been proven to be less effective compared to a responsive site. Responsive sites avoid duplicate content. Webmasters who create mobile versions of their website usually just duplicate the content from the main website. By doing so, this immediately removes all the credibility of the mobile site from an SEO perspective.

    Note from MD: There are also whisperings from Google that they will be creating a mobile only search engine for mobile devices which will have a massive effect on non-mobile friendly businesses.

    Better, faster, smarter user experience:

    Putting your customer first is key and ensuring that their experience on your site is the best it can possibly be. Having a responsive and mobile friendly site means that the user can enjoy the site to its full potential regardless of what device they're using to view it on.

    Cost effective:

    Even though initially responsive sites take a little longer to put together, they survive a lot longer and future management, support and upgrades only need to be applied to one place which saves time and money.

    Improve conversion rates:

    An optimised and consistent site, no matter what platform it’s viewed on, provides a better experience for the user which is more likely to lead to them engaging with you.

    If you want to see some of our recently launched responsive sites please visit our portfolio

    If you think it's time you finally made the change to your website, please contact us!

  • What are the benefits of Social Media Marketing?

    Over the past few years, social media has grown enormously, and more and more people are using it to benefit their business. To show how quickly social media has grown; Facebook was founded back in 2004 and now has over 44 billion monthly active users and 936 million active daily users. Twitter was founded in 2006 and currently has over 270 million active monthly users. Instagram launched in 2010 and now has over 300 million active monthly users. It has grown over 50% in a year and is now bigger than Twitter!

     

    Here are some benefits of social media for your business: 

     

    - An easy way to learn about your audience

    The key to success in any business is knowing your audience. Using social media makes this possible and very easy to do, with the use of Twitter Analytics and Facebook Insights. You have access to useful information right at your fingertips. You can learn dominant languages spoken by your social media audience as well as their age, gender and popular interests. By knowing this information it allows you to cater your campaigns and product offers to your target audience which will provide you a better return on investment.

    - Higher conversion rates

    It’s a very common fact that people like doing business with other people, not with companies. Having various social media networks for your business and being active and engaging on them humanizes your brand. In addition, studies have shown that “Social media has a 100% higher lead-to-close rate than outbound marketing. (State of Inbound Marketing, 2012)”. Having a higher number of social media followers tends to improve trust and credibility in your brand, representing social proof.

    - Increases brand recognition

    Using social media for business has allowed companies to increase their brand awareness and the reach of their brand for a long time. Every tweet, post and image you send is just another opportunity for someone new to hear about your amazing brand and the products or service that you sell. Once your social followers grow and people start to share your content is when your brand awareness really grows. As soon as your post is seen by someone who does not currently follow you on the social network is when your post becomes ‘viral’… Cool hey!

    - Improved SEO

    SEO is the best way to capture relevant traffic from search engines, but the requirements for success are always changing. Social media helps you easily direct people to your site as well as acting as a “brand signal” to search engines that your brand is legitimate, credible, and trustworthy. Having a strong social media presence is almost mandatory as Google now takes your social media networks into consideration when calculation their rankings.

    - Customer service platform

    It’s a proven fact that the majority of customers will turn to social media when they’re had a really positive or a really negative experience with a company. Once a complaint is on their social media, you can’t delete it. The best thing you can do is respond to it in the best possible way and try to rectify the initial complaint. Whenever you receive positive feedback, we’d suggest that you try to engage with as many as you can, thank them for their positive feedback and possible suggest another similar product/service which you think they would also like!

    - Expand your audience

    Social networks allow you to engage with your current customers as well as seeking out potential customers. Twitter, for example, allows you to search or specific keywords and will pull up every single tweet with those keywords in. You can then choose to only see the tweets that were sent near to your location. Let’s say for instance that you’ve just opened a new coffee shop in a town centre, you could search in Twitter for people tweeting ‘I need a coffee’ and filter the results for your location. This allows you to then interact with all the people near you who are wanting what you sell – what more do you need?

    If you want more information or would like to jump on the Social Media band-wagon, Please contact us and we will see how we can help boost your enquiries and sales through the power of social media marketing!
  • Responsive Design… What’s It All About?

    Responsive Web Design is very important, mainly to reach a wider audience, improve SEO, increase conversion rates and to be in sync with the latest trends in web design.

    Responsive Web Design (RWD) is simply an approach of laying-out and coding a website so that the website provides an optimal viewing experience, ease of reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling across a wide range of devices (including desktop computer monitors, tablets and mobile phones).

    Having a responsive site can benefit you in a few ways:

    • Better, faster, smarter user experience

    Putting your customer first is key and ensuring that their experience on your site is the best it can possibly be. Having a responsive and mobile friendly site means that the user can enjoy the site to its full potential no regardless of what device their using to view it on.

    • Cost effective

    Even though initially, responsive sites take a little longer to put together, they survive a lot longer and management, support and upgrades only need to be applied to one place which saves time and money.

    • SEO optimised

    Google recommends a responsive approach for SEO. Managing the SEO for multiple mobile and desktop sites can be difficult and has been proven to be less effective compared to a responsive site.

    • Improve conversion rates

    An optimised and consistent site, no matter what platform it’s viewed on, provides a better experience for the user which is more likely to lead to them engaging with you.

     

    If you want to talk to us a little bit more about responsive web design or maybe you have a site that you’re wanting to make responsive, please contact us

     

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  • Just Juels - New Site!

    Another site that we’ve recently launched after making it fully responsive and mobile friendly was this one for Just Juels.

    “This is a family run business trading for over 2 years with friendly, helpful staff and modern, classy 'chic' surroundings, selling affordable designer jewellery ranges to suit all ages and all pockets. We work very hard to give you the best experience in store and online and are adding designer brands on an ongoing basis to ensure we have plenty choice of the hottest on trend brands. We stock many big names and everyone should find that special piece to reflect their personality.”

    Please take a look at the full site here and tell us what you think - http://www.justjuelsjewellery.co.uk/

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  • The Power of Social Media

    Bruce Says... Social Media is a vital tool for any business, proving to be a powerful way to not only get your name out and about but to essentially engage and interact with current and potential customers. Social Media marketing is an excellent way of gaining website traffic and attention, and as long as your site is sharp, effective and scattered with calls to action, there is a great chance potential clients will pick up the phone and contact you. It is also an easy way of connecting and networking with other businesses, and we all know the benefits of establishing new referral partners whom may also fall into the customer category. Like all forms of web marketing, social media marketing differs from offline marketing as its progress can be easily measured. The success of social media channels can be measured by likes, followers, connections etc. Therefore, you’re getting a solid figure at the end of every month of how many people you have reached and interacted with. Social media can be easily accessed through numerous media including PCs, Apple devices, smartphones and tablets. This literally leaves the power of online marketing at your fingertips, taking just seconds to write and post a tweet which can then reach hundreds of viewers, driving them towards your website. Here is everything we can do for you and your business through the power of social media... Facebook Facebook is growingly popular and more and more businesses are setting up profiles and pages to gain likes and spread brand awareness. Facebook also offers an advertising scheme where you can advertise specifically to your target market using a pay per click system. We can engage your clients and potential customers through conversational posts, photos, polls and much more. Facebook is very much suited for B2C brands but can also work for B2B purposes too. Facebook can easily link up to Instagram and Twitter so you can continuously provoke interaction through multiple media. Twitter Twitter is currently very much the up and coming social media channel amongst companies. We can spread the word of your business through tweets, replying to tweets, retweeting and favouriting. A Twitter feed can be anything from personal to specifically business orientated, but once you have a good following from other businesses it is a great networking method. Hashtagging is a main feature of Twitter, as placing the # symbol in front of key words and phrases (e.g. #busydayattheoffice or #nefollowers) will get your tweets (and therefore your profile) into search results. This often triggers retweets. Twitter doesn’t just have to be limited to you or your business. It has proven effective having a company ‘mascot’, complete with their own quirky personality, to have their own Twitter feed, posting interesting facts and industry-related quotes and jokes. We can run numerous Twitter accounts for you, which can really increase the engagement with followers and if they are replying/retweeting tweets, it is directing more and more traffic to your website. Pinterest Pinterest is ideal for businesses within the ecommerce industry. We can manage pin boards which can showcase your products, divide them into categories, emphasize sale items, tag your photos and much more. Re-pinning is an important aspect of Pinterest, because if users don’t see your pins through searches, they will see your profile when we have re-pinned their pins. We can link Pinterest with your other social media channels so that as soon as your profile pins a new picture, it will appear on your Facebook or Twitter page immediately. What was that phrase again… Hitting two birds with one stone? Instagram Instagram is an online photo sharing and social networking service which works well alongside numerous other social media channels. It’s an effective way of sharing pictures of your produce, your team or just general shenanigans taking place in your day-to-day business happenings. This application adds a digital filter to your photos, creating a unique and attractive image. It’s a great way to demonstrate the personality behind your company which is always well received because people like companies who come across as personable and friendly. This method can work particularly well for companies running ecommerce websites as when new stock comes in, taking a quick snap and uploading it to Instagram can instantly interest hundreds if not thousands of people, and drive them to your website to take a closer look. Instagram also uses hashtagging which will enter your picture into searches seen by millions of other people. Pictures can gain ‘likes’ and be instantly shared through other social media channels including Facebook and Twitter. Linkedin This is a professional network where your company can have its own profile, as can all of your employees. It has been designed for B2B brands and so is better suited for networking and exhibiting purposes. Your company profile can gain likes as more and more people gain knowledge of it and employees can connect with clients, contacts, suppliers and other business acquaintances. Employees can also regularly write updates on their profile about your company and their connections can like and share these posts. These connections drive traffic towards your company profile and then onto your website. Google+ Google+ is a social networking and identity service which forms just one social layer, covering many of Google’s online properties. It integrates social services such as Google Profiles, Circles, Hangouts and Sparks. It is another social media channel that allows you to regularly post comments, photos and events to engage and interact with other businesses and potential clients. YouTube YouTube is an excellent video sharing network which suits both B2C and B2B brands. A recent way of grabbing attention and spreading brand awareness has been through viral videos and video channels. Creating your own advertisement is quick and easy to do and, if executed well, can be an extremely effective way of rapidly spreading brand awareness. YouTube is a great way for supporting campaigns for B2B purposes. After all, videos have proved far more attention-grabbing and engaging compared with just words. Flickr Flickr is another image sharing site great for both B2B and B2C markets as it is a great way to spread awareness of business campaigns. It is also ideal for companies in the ecommerce market as posting pictures of new stock will stir up interest and encourage customer engagement, driving traffic towards your online shop. We can also ensure photos are tagged to increase SEO and viewers can like, comment and share your images. Like Pinterest, we can share other users’ photos, nudging them to share yours. Blogs Social media doesn’t stop at the channels that are proving more and more beneficial to your business. Blogging is also a brilliant way to gain excellent SEO and swiftly boost your Google rank. As you can blog about virtually anything you fancy, it is a great method to broaden the amount of search results your website can pop up in. Too busy to blog? Don’t have the time to tweet? Well, this is a minor problem which we can easily resolve. We will do it for you! We will schedule weekly or monthly updates so that we can find out what you want your business to be talking about and we ensure everything is done and dusted. Wordpress will tell you how many people your blog has reached and how many people have responded to it. This is part and parcel of the beauty of online marketing. The numbers do the speaking, so you can see in black and white what works and what doesn’t. So, if you’re interested in:

    •       Enhancing relationships with your customers
    •       Continuing to build and improve your company brand
    •       Providing excellent customer service through a multitude of media

    Call Design365 on 01325 311 909 or email us at sales@design365.co.uk to embrace social media and give your online activity a real boost!

  • new site for splat's print factory!

    New e-commerce website! Splat's Print Factory provides an affordable and efficient way to buy quality full colour print. Design365 have created a bright, modern and stylish e-commerce website to sell printed business cards, leaflets and stationary online. The website includes a Twitter feed integration, links to social media and a newsletter feature.

  • Fundraising for Charity!

    Life Changing Challenges

    Life Changing Challenges offers safe, environmentally responsible affordable challenges to the charity sector that inspire people to make a real life changing difference - for themselves, for local communities and for the charities that they support.

    Design365 have designed the branding / e-commerce website to promote the company. See their website for more information about their Life Changing Challenges!

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