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New Website for Photobooth Select

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new website for local business Photobooth Select. This new website offers quick and easy access to essential information and features that offers a more comprehensive understanding of Photobooth Select’s products and services.

Photobooth Select booths automated touch screen computer system utilises the latest state of the art photographic technology, which along with a very clever printer produces a touch dry top quality photograph in just a few seconds. They specialise in the hire of fun Photo booths for all occasions, including weddings, corporate events, charity dinners, private functions, promotional events, school proms or simply just a fun party, the possibilities are endless.

The new website has a clean uncluttered design, highlighting the fun aspect of a Photobooth and as you would expect it is fully responsive so it can work in all devices – a must for a new website development – you can find the website here www.photoboothselect.co.uk.

We have recently had our Photo Booth Entertainment Website done by Gleave Media and were very impressed by the level of professionalism and attention to detail. Nothing was too much trouble for Alistair and his team of designers and we wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them. Many thanks Gleave Media” Mandy and Paul  Photo Booth Select

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Why your website needs to be mobile friendly

With the continual change of advanced phone technology, websites are in effect continually going from desktop browsers to tablets and mobile phones. This means that your website needs to change to suit the distinctive screen sizes and be cross browser perfect with the plethora of mobile gadgets now available in the business sector. The experience that a mobile client receives is so critical in your business and if you’re in any doubt then this article clarifies why you ought to make your site responsive / mobile friendly.

Higher Ranking in Google Search
Beginning April 2015, Google began offering giving preference to sites that are mobile friendly or have a mobile friendly version of their site, according to Google’s Webmaster Blog:

“When it comes to search on mobile devices, users should get the most relevant and timely results, no matter if the information lives on mobile-friendly web pages or apps. As more people use mobile devices to access the internet, our algorithms have to adapt to these usage patterns. In the past, we’ve made updates to ensure a site is configured properly and viewable on modern devices.”

Other internet search engines share a similar view with the inclination to favour mobile friendly websites. Yahoo and Bing for example have followed a similar path to Google requiring that you offer a mobile friendly / responsive website and if any any doubt then Google offer a free tool in which you can test your website mobile friendliness here https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/.

Various Screen Sizes
The primary reason for any website ought to be to serve up what the user needs and how the user wishes to view your website on a device of their choice.  The massive development of smart phones and tablet devices means that websites need to adjust to a variety of screen sizes accordingly. This is called Responsive Design and is utilized to get the website information used on any portable device by removing the irrelevant parts of the site and just concentrating on the essential viewpoints. Advanced website design must make conformities for various sorts of screens including mobile telephones, tablets, portable workstations, desktops, projectors and even window display and each screen needs the special components taking into account their use and in view of their usefulness to your business.

W3CSchools says that “RWD remains for Responsive Web Design; RWD can convey site pages in variable sizes; RWD is an absolute necessity for tablets and cell phones.”

Concentrate on essential features
Bigger buttons, bigger text dimension and a configuration upgraded for a portable screen are perfect in giving the best site experience to a mobile friendly client. Different components which are given need is component dispersing, particularly for things such as connections, popups, catches and even drop down records. The general purpose of this is to guarantee that the end client concentrates on precisely what they need and not the extravagant components of your site which are displayed to desktop clients.

Whatever your website need we can help identify and then help your business reach its customers on any device so that you can concentrate on managing and growing your business, to find out more please contact the team either through the website here or call us on 01392 241653.

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We believe in responsive web design, is your site responsive?

As a company we believe in responsive web design and were pleased that as from 21st April following changes to their search algorithm Google have said they will prioritise mobile-friendly websites. So if your website is not fully responsive to screen size, this will lead to a drop in rankings, visits etc – this means it needs to work in smart phones, tablets etc all with differing screen dimensions.

On one hand, you wonder what gives Google the right to specify what type of website you must have? However, the reality is that if you don’t have a responsive website, you’re not offering a smooth user experience and this is what they’re optimising for – they want to prioritise websites that offer the best experience. We have for some time strongly recommended all websites are built for responsive web design and as we’ve already said this means that pages adjust or “respond” according to screen size. This means that for customers on a mobile device, accessing a responsive website is a pleasure – they are more likely to visit more pages, and therefore conversions are likely yo increase. Take our site for example, the image above is taken from a smart phone, but open the site on a tablet or for that matter any internet connected device and the site will resize accordingly giving the user a seamless experience.

Google do have an online tool that you can check your website https://www.google.co.uk/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/ and see if its compatible, if not they also offer some helpful tips and advice so you can go about making it compatible, so their really is no excuse.

If you need help or advice in getting your site compliant, please get in touch through the website here.

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Extraordinary Customer Service

Is your business delivering extraordinary customer service?

Extraordinary Customer ServiceCreating a customer service experience that your buyers love is one of THE most important actions for successful selling online – be that a hotel room or a product it doesn’t matter.  We have seen customer expectations increase and standards online rise and this means that extraordinary customer service should be #1 priority for any business.

So what should your business look at changing to make your buyers want to buy again and again from you?

1.Customer want to be confident that they’ll get what they ordered and that they will receive the item quickly – if that is not a physical product then take that to be confirmation of the purchase.

2.What is your returns policy, it is clear and simple and easy for a customer to change their mind – something has come up can the customer amend or cancel whatever they ordered?

3.For anything you do online make sure you use high quality pictures and a really clear and simple description.

4.Listen to all feedback from customers both positive and negative, this can/should give you a gold mine of information as to how your business is performing.

So here you have it some great tips to help your business deliver an extraordinary customer experience . And here is our the sales pitch if you need help for your business Digital Marketing or even just a no obligation chat then why not contact us through the website here – we’d love to show you how the team at Gleave Media can help your business proposer on Social Media.

Customer Surveys for Tourist Attractions

SurveyFinding out what your visitors really think surely has to be a good think doesn’t it?

Here at GleaveMedia we have considerable experience in doing just that having just completed a major survey project for a National Market business.  They wanted to find out more about the customer base and those customers who just don’t use them but may or may not have even heard of them.  This project involved on site surveys in this South West Tourist attraction as well as surveying at local towns nearby the attraction to ensure we got a really diverse customer selection, this ensures statistically correct and valid results from real people at the location and in the surrounding area.

The surveying of your customer base (and potential customer base) can provide a direct insight into how happy your products and services make your customers and on where you should focus your future efforts.

Common goals of many surveys include:

  • Measuring how loyal your customers are
  • New product launchesHelping human resources departments train staff or execute new staff initiatives
  • How good your customer service actually is
  • Staff training and new ideas or plans

GleaveMedia we can help with your customer surveys needs and requirements and help your business achieve it s targets, just get in touch here.

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GleaveMedia becomes a limited company

GleaveMedia  announces that it will be becoming a limited company from the April 2013 as part of its future development and growth strategy.

Alistair Gleave, the entrepreneur founder of GleaveMedia will become the Company Director, responsible for overseeing the company through this business transition phase and then leading the expansion of the company thereafter.

Becoming a Limited Company is a natural next step for GleaveMedia, which in a relatively short period of time has courted an impressive client base and achieved outstanding successes. Recently GleaveMedia collaborated with Exeter City Council on their ‘Exeter Together’ campaign and as a direct result of GleaveMedia’s involvement in this campaign online engagement increased by over 6000%.

In just 2 years GleaveMedia has established itself within the current marketplace as a reputable, results driven, forward thinking company with huge scope for growth in today’s digital age.  Alistair Gleave said: “This is such an exciting time for GleaveMedia.  Being a digital marketing company with ambition and innovative ideas, the market place offers considerable growth opportunities. Becoming a Limited Company serves as a base for more effective expansion in enabling us to impact and enrich the growth of more businesses through our targeted digital marketing services. Our decision to become a Limited Company is cause for optimism that GleaveMedia will continue to grow at a fast pace and adapt and capitalise in the era of rapid media change. Rest assured however, whilst our company goes through some changes in the coming weeks, GleaveMedia will continue to deliver a comprehensive and professional digital marketing service to our clients as we always have   . . . this will not change

Alistair also co-founded the organisation ‘GrowMyCharity.com’, in which he utlises his digital marketing expertise to provide ideas, tools and resources to help charities and non-profitable organisations grow and operate more effectively. ‘Grow my Charity’ collaborates with national organisations such as the NSPCC and locally based charities like the St Loye’s Foundation.

 

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Firefox now Europe’s chosen browser

Well it had to happen sooner rather than later – Internet Explorer is no longer the most used browser in mainland Europe, we have Firefox taking the lead for the first time.

According to figures from website stats firm Statcounter they show that the gap between the two browsers started really got closer in March ’10. The real winner in these figures has been the rise of Google’s browser Chrome which ended 2010 with 10% more market share having taken 7.32% off Internet Explorer, according to StatCounter’s figures.

As you may expect Internet Explorer is dominant in the US with 48.92% of the market and it has to be said probably the principle reason for its decline in Europe has a lot to do with the browser options Microsoft is forced to include in the European copies of Windows where a user has a choice of browser rather than default to Internet Explorer. Other stats recorders see a similar rise for Google’s Chrome so maybe other factors are at play here, for instance Google’s heavy offline promotion of Chrome – who remembers the adverts on Train Station billboards?

These figures can only be seen as a snapshot, a user may well have 2 or 3 browsers they use and no particular favourite, it does show the market is healthy and ever changing.

So which browser do you use and why?

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Contract Cleaning Exeter

New website for Exeter Contract Cleaning Company

We are delighted to have been chosen to develop the new website for Exeter Cleaning Company, Elite Cleaning Devon who have been cleaning offices, shops and business premises throughout Devon for over twenty years.

Elite Cleaning have a team of carefully trained cleaning staff and supervisors who understand the importance of clean premises for staff health, safety and morale and also to create excellent first impressions for your business or to help accelerate the sale or rental of a property.

We replaced the old website they had with a far more SEO focused solution, that is both easy to use and manage but also allows the customer to manage the site themselves.

You can view the website here http://www.elitecleaningdevon.co.uk

GleaveMedia don’t hide behind any geek speak when building and developing any web solution, all sites are delivered with full training and support so our customers know how to make best use of the site to gain relevant traffic.  If you want a new and fresh approach to website development that actually works for your business please contact us here.

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Shine Website

new website for Shine Charity Recruitment

We are delighted to announce another new website for a valued client Shine Charity Recruitment, this is coupled with ongoing SEO and Inbound Marketing support.

I chose Gleave Media as I had known Alistair for about seven years and knew he had the experience of working with small businesses, the ability to understand my target market and exceptional experience in online marketing,”

“….this has resulted in Shine being listed top in unsponsored Google results if you search on charity recruitment south west…”

Jackie Dawkins, Director, Shine Charity Recruitment.

We also have managed a number of Online PR Opportunities for Shine and this has seen them featured in the Industry ‘bible’ The Drum – The Latest in Creative Design and Media, you can read more here.

So if your business needs a professional look and feel that works in search engines drawing traffic and sales lead in, then please get in touch through our contact form here – or enter your details in the form below to be added to our enewsletter.

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Curwell Windows

New Website for Double Glazing Company in South Devon

GleaveMedia are delighted to announce a new website for Double Glazing specialist Curwell Windows of Teignmouth.

Curwell Windows have been manufacturing and fitting double-glazed windows, doors and conservatories in and around the Teignmouth area for more than 25 years. Their showroom is located at Station Business Park, Teignmouth, which is situated behind the train station.  Curwell Windows is a family-owned business that prides itself on the quality of our products, with a fitting and back-up service to match. Not to mention our 12 Year Unconditional Guarantee on all aspects and parts of our windows, doors, conservatories and facias, soffits and guttering.

We are delighted to have built Curwell Windows a full CMS website allowing them to control and manage every page themselves, with the site the Curwell team got full training and support to ensure the site doesn’t just look good but it works in generating sales leads!

If your business needs to supercharge its web presence and get supported in this exciting and fast developing world then please get in touch using our contact form here.

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