Category: Marketing

Fie Quality Motor Oil Logo

Hardcore Oil

12 October 2016, 16:12

Overused but effective, a draft “Hardcore” logo!

Liqorice Allsorts 4.5

Android 4.5 to be named Liquorice Allsorts

4 September 2013, 10:50

BREAKING: After Google and KitKat announced their tie up to release the next version of Android 4.4 as “KitKat”, my (imaginary) sources reveal that 4.5 is to be named “Liquorice Allsorts”. {SPOOF}

Web Design Tips

Website Design Tips for Non Designers

19 July 2012, 11:53

As the tools and systems we use on the internet are getting increasingly powerful. Seen in many sectors, such as Google’s increasingly powerful online browser based office tools; Google Docs (about to become fully integrated into Google Drive). These tools allow you to open and edit Word files in your browser on any computer, tablet or smartphone, anywhere.


The Anatomy of a Google Search Engine Results Page (SERP)

9 July 2012, 22:34

I often have fairly long chats with clients, breaking down the information they see on a search engine results page (SERP) on Google. helping them to understand what they see when they submit a search to Google.

I take it for granted these days that I understand what I see, but that’s because I’m in deep. It’s easy for me to start saying things like “you’re position 3 in the natural results” and spouting gibberish about keywords and Google places.

KH Union Flag

A Jubilee (of sorts)!

1 June 2012, 10:56

So that lovely lady, the Queen. The one with the posh hats who has been understated, wise and, well, regal for 60 years. As such we’re all going to have a bit of fun at some point this weekend and probably have long ones (unless you work in a shop, where you’ll be working & expecting customers to celebrate by buying stuff).

But this weekend also marks my own little Jubilee of sorts. I guess anniversary is more accurate, but I feel a celebration is in order!

Derby Council Logo - Non Jobs at DCC

About as much use as a German Council Promotion Co-ordinator

16 May 2012, 09:24

This job title got me thinking about websites.

Mainly how cross you’d be a a business if your website was as wasteful as these non jobs seem.


Website Trust Signifiers

4 May 2012, 08:01

If you’re in the UK, you can’t avoid “The Bard” at the minute, that is if you read, listen to the radio or watch telly.

He’s dead of course, but were he not, he’d be 448 and I guess he would be some kind of medical guinea pig to see why he lasted so long!

Mobile Web

Your Website on a Phone

27 April 2012, 15:33

Before I point the finger, hands up, I’ve done it too.

Yep, along with the hoards of a new generation of mobile phone users, whilst walking down the street, I too have almost bumped into the bloke coming the other way because I’ve had my head down starring at my smart-phone.

Cherry Blossom

The Cult of Too Much

6 April 2012, 08:45

I really like Easter, it beats Christmas hands down in my books.

It moves for a start, keeping folks on their toes and making it a bit of a cheeky celebration. When it’s really early it makes the last throes of Winter most pleasant.

But Christmas you see is a big supporter of the Cult of Too Much.

Printing Brochures

3 Great Reasons to Send Brochures to Customers

27 March 2012, 12:11

I love it when stuff jumps from the web into the real world. It’s great when I receive an email from my website with an inquiry, but it’s even better when someone picks up the phone and calls me.

I means I have persuaded visitors to call using just the text and pictures on my site.

I love to Print

The 3 P's of Printing

23 February 2012, 10:48

Since going solo I’ve picked up work from all sorts of places from Southampton to Tyneside via Canary Wharf, and in all sorts of disciplines; web design & search engine marketing to various print projects.

Much of my work has been on the web side of things, which is great as I LOVE designing websites and I’m not surprised that digital work makes up the bulk of my jobs.

Wayne Stock Badge

Build it and they will come...?

14 February 2012, 10:04

It’s a shame but websites aren’t like WayneStock.

WayneStock was the fictional music festival of one of my favorite 90’s films, Wanyes World 2 (childish I know). At one point during the festival setup, Wayne gets disheartened that no artists will attend, the spirit of Jim Morrison arrives to reassure him saying “If you book them, they will come.” It’s a homage to the film Field of Dreams “If you build it, he will come” (not one of my favorite films).


Description and Title Meta Tags

8 February 2012, 12:35

What to expect of your newly designed web site, it’s a subject I continually find myself coming back to. It’s also a subject I have to regularly visit with clients who’s shiny new site I’ve just created.

I put a great deal of effort into ensuring that sites I design are “Google Friendly” in other words, created from the ground up to be easily index and read by search engine algorithms especially for some early identified appropriate terms and words.


Small Business at Hotmail dot com

18 January 2012, 14:48

Do you manage your small business email using services such as hotmail, yahoo or gmail? I’ve spotted plenty of local business in my area who advertise an email address which is something like “”.


Keyword Research - DIY Pest Control

4 January 2012, 11:26

Michael from DIY Pest Control contacted me looking to improve the sales on the site. Michael had already identified a drop off from the summer where sales of insecticides we’re high, to the winter where the range of rodent control products were selling but not a the quantity desired.

The Rise of Untrue Facts


3 January 2012, 15:43

There are few things that really get my goat, that rise anger or annoyance within me. I think of myself as calm and considered (too laid back as the good lady suggests). But sometimes, just now and then things get to me.

People dealing in spurious unproven, facts and figures with either little or no evidence, that annoys me, but not usually to do anything about it.

Tweeting Facebook Update

Reasons Not to Tweet your Facebook Business Updates Automatically

22 December 2011, 10:17

Many businesses who chose to utilise social media within their marketing strategy quickly focus in on Twitter and Facebook. Both provide communities to join and allow you to promote your products or service to a wider audience.

Determined social media marketeers will quickly discover that there are tools available to link accounts between both Facebook and Twitter. Initially this seems like a great time saver, pushing your content out to all your followers in one simple package.


Website SEO - 5 Simple things to check

22 November 2011, 14:56

I always describe web site SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) as a black art. There are plenty of ‘wizards’ out there offering magic to get your site to number 1, but there’s rarely any guarantee to success. In reality what you need to do is put in some time and effort into making your site super friendly to Google.

Here are my top tips of things you can check to make sure your web site is in tip top condition for Google.

Takeaway Menu

Stand out in Print

14 November 2011, 16:32

Takeaway menus and charity bags. The new scourge of my letterbox, besides bills. I’m assuming that our doormat isn’t the only one which has started to receive inordinate amounts of both charity clothing bags and flyers from local fast food outlets?

Both annoy, but in different ways, but I don’t really think I can pour much scorn on a charity bag, unless it’s one of those fake ones which is really a commercial venture who pass on a proportion of it’s profit (usually small) to a charity at the end of the year. Plus they do come in handy for storing plastic recycling (which isn’t doorstep yet round our way).


Look at my new web site!

10 November 2011, 15:43

One aspect of web design that I always encounter when discussing sites with customers is the tricky area of promoting their site. Often a client assumes that once they have employed a designer to create a site (or perhaps set one up themselves) then the internet will do the rest.

This can be a very dangerous beleif for any small business. It could mean that the company has as good as wasted a large chunk of the cost of the site.


Web Site Title Tags

8 November 2011, 10:03

Recently I’ve been trying to expand my Twitter network to include more local businesses, for a couple of reasons but mainly because if I’m going to move my contacts from online to offline, local businesses are the most likely candidates. I can visit their stores and take advantage of their offers as well as share local experiences and news.

As a result I’ve been visiting the web sites of some of these local businesses.


More Customers Please

24 October 2011, 17:28

It’s the top request from clients I speak to regarding their web site. Most of whom are small businesses who are confident that the internet is a place where they want to promote themselves, but often they find that their web site isn’t doing what they’d like it to.

As a little food for thought, here are 5 things you do to get more customers…


Honesty and QR

30 September 2011, 21:12

A couple of QR code based coincidences popped up this week and one challenged me as to the kind of business I want to run.

The pace and popularity of QR Codes has certainly increased since my first post on them, I’m seeing them about all over. Often they are nothing more than a link to a web site and not overly inspired, but see them around I do.

IS it Hi or Hello?

Update This, Tweet That

28 September 2011, 15:31

I’ve been considering my various audiences over the main social media outlets I use. As I’ve been expanding the blog and business I’ve taken stock a little better of what I do and why on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and Flickr.

Each of these outlets has a different audience for me and I’ve naturally adjusted what I do and how I promote the business on each. All receive the same update links to my blog…

Typing Kind Words

Why I no longer sell 'cheap' web sites

23 September 2011, 10:44

When I was rushing around getting everything set up for my business, one of my priorities was my web site. I’d had an idea in my head about how I imagined it would look and what I wanted to do on it.

I looked around at other sites offering design naturally and I’m afraid I succumbed to a bit of a trap that I think that lots of other small business owners also fall into. The trap was trying to compete with bottom of the market, with those offering web sites and logo’s for super cheap.

Email Spam, maybe not

Small Business Email Marketing

19 September 2011, 15:36

During the research phase of setting up my business just a few months back, I ran a survey asking small business owners where they spent money on marketing. One of the things I asked about was if business owners had thought about sending their customers regular emails. Email marketing was something I got into at the place I used to work and we were getting some real results from it.


Don't get Twitter? 5 great business reasons why you should!

16 September 2011, 16:32

Twitter, 140 characters of information. Celebrities trapped in lifts tweeting their anguish, TV nobodies telling you what they had for lunch, or Justin Beiber’s marketing team telling his hoards of adoring fans that the mighty pop star loves each and everyone of them.

That’s was the opinion of a guy I was talking to the other day, and if I’m honest my opinion a while back before I set up my business. And it’s true, the publicity arm of the celebrity world understand how to make most of the system and feed willing devotee’s with the latest diatribe of their clients.


Don't Fear Online Feedback

14 September 2011, 15:17

I mentioned in my post about Using Facebook Better that an objection I receive all the time and one that I believe is a misnomer goes like this…

Me: Have you thought about using Social Media to promote your business?

Client: Oh I have but I really don’t want anyone leaving me rude or bad feedback on Facebook,or cancel an appointment last minute via twitter.






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