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26

October

9 Questions For Finding The Perfect Web Designer

Here at Oxygen, we want to help you know the right questions for finding the perfect web designer. Ensuring you know exactly what to look for in a web design agency.

Whether you’re looking for, from a simple static WordPress page or e-commerce site. You need to make sure you are asking the right questions. These questions will help you look and find the right information.

Recently we had a customer come to us to ‘Fix’ his brand new site. This is the last thing we want to see. Someone promised the earth and didn’t have the skills or capacity to deliver. The last thing we want is seeing people stitched up, quality and service are so important.

 

We believe your success is our success.

Now its time to do your homework, make sure you know what to ask when you want a new website or an old site rebuild.

 

9 Questions For Finding The Perfect Web Designer
1/ Firstly make sure they know what your goals are from your website!

Brand awareness, Online sales, Generating sales enquires, Driving traffic to landing pages, Encouraging more CTA calling the business

2/ What approach do you have for site usability?

Think of what you want from a site. Remembering usability and navigation is key to the user experience. How do they ensure it will be user-friendly?

3/ Do you have examples of clients with similar goals?

They say the proof is in the pudding, which is exactly what you want to see. Don’t just their word, see the examples and speak to them

The Rugby Floor Company Homepage

12

October

The Rugby Floor Company New Website Launch

Bespoke New Website Design

A Rugby flooring specialist wanted a newly redesigned website, showcasing their luxury products and services.

Having recently opened a beautiful showroom, Jane contacted Oxygen Graphics about redesigning her current website. Feeling her current site, to be being dated. She felt it wasn’t doing the business justice.

Jane from The Rugby Floor Company knew exactly how they wanted the website to look, how it would navigate and what functionalities were required. They also had a clear target audience and knew what sort of budget they wanted to keep within.

This was a perfect place to start, with a such a clear brief.

Tom our Web Designer on the project loved the challenge and worked closely with Jane to achieve the perfect site.

Requirement feature of the website;

Redesign with a more modern luxurious site to appeal to her target audience.
Custom designed, not based on templates.
Easy to use Content Management System – Allowing them to edit, update and maintain the site.
Useful articles blog section for tips on floor maintenance and design advice.
Product browsing with links to third-party suppliers.
Brochure downloads.
Web Enquiry form.
Social media integration (links in header and footer).
Standard responsive design to work on all devices.
Proofread all copy provided.

 

The Result

The Rugby Floor Company now have a modern, responsive, bespoke website. Already with a lot of positive feedback from our client and their customers too.

We wish them every success in the future and hope to work with them again on other projects.

 

Are you looking for a new website?
Contact us today and book a FREE 1 HOUR consultation to find the best solution for

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06

October

GDPR Will Effect Us All – It’s Coming Soon

 We like to keep things like-hearted here at Oxygen but we need to get serious.
The Law is changing!

It not only effects our business it will affect your business too! It’s not a Law that is just for those big corporations either we’re afraid.

We’ll try and do our best to make this clear to understand, it certainly gave us a sore head working it all out.

GDPR – Whats the Fuss All About?

If you use email marketing, send direct mail or make sales calls this will affect you! The law is changing what you can and cant do.

This all comes into play 25th May 2018 General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

It may be easy to say “I’ll worry about it next year”  The new GDPR law is a complex and extensive law. Heres some advice we’ve been able to put together that will help you comply with the new changes.

It’s easy to think you don’t collect data but if you’re using any tracking tools like Google Analytics on your website you are. This can include anything from individuals IP addresses or a simple contact form.

People have a right to know what personal information you’re storing about them and what data you might have.

Privacy Policy

If your site doesn’t have one it needs one to comply. It needs to tell people what you’re going to do with the data. We can provide templates for you to edit for your business and remove the parts that aren’t applicable.  We can add a Privacy Policy page,

Coventry Experience the City

08

September

New website for Coventry BID is now live!

This months featured project is the new Coventry BID Website.

The new site which we’ve built and developed has now launched for Coventry Business Improvement District (BID)

The fully responsive website designed to promote the ever developing City Centre of Coventry. With the continuous help and work done by Coventry Business Improvement District.

This includes all the Cities latest news, events and information. Plus a directory of all the businesses within the city centres ring road.

One main concepts for the website is to be the top directory for visitors and businesses alike coming to Coventry. As a result we’ve created an in depth dynamic search functionality. Featuring all the information you will ever require for any visit into the City Centre.

The search features includes all information for the following;

Shopping
Dining
Experiences
Events
Professional Services
Associated Members

For example each category provides detailed information on places and types of shopping, to current sales and discounts they are offering. Each business featured includes maps of the locations. While also recommending the best places for parking and prices!

 

Visit the Coventry BID site today to find all the information you’ll need for your next trip to the City Centre.

 

This site was designed by Jade Studio, with the website developed and build by Oxygen Graphics. All business information was kindly provided by East Village PR. Our businesses came together to create this perfect user friendly concept.

Coventry BID website is partnered with local businesses to promote, support and develop the local area by boosting the city centres potential. Helping to make Coventry an ideal place to visit and work within.

 

 

Projects by Coventry BID vary vastly from promoting large events to cleanliness of

Benefits of mobile responsive websites

29

August

Top Benefits Of A Mobile Responsive Website

Here’s how being mobile responsive WILL benefit your business.

The benefits of being mobile responsive.

Why mobile responsive sites work.

 

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27

June

Standing out in a crowded market place – Zoom Recruitment

Zoom Recruitment is a recruitment agency based in Kent who had approached the team at Oxygen to help them develop a way to stand out from the crowd within the recruitment industry.

We helped zoom by rebranding their current logo and creating a new website for them with added functionality.

www.Zoomrecruitment.co.uk

The team at Oxygen helped develop and design a new mobile responsive website for Zoom with some unique features that give them a competitive edge in a crowded marketplace. Zoom needed something that would communicate and integrate with their existing systems and therefore communication was key to this process.

Zoom’s old site was unfortunately subject to a malicious hacking. As standard with the development of their new site, we provided them with additional security to ensure this doesn’t happen again. By installing software to run alongside the new site it added another level of security that helped to make the team at Zoom feel more protected against this level of exploitation in the future.

Job Boards:

The larger recruitment sites such as Reed and Monster are cluttered with recruitment agencies and employees pitching jobs to prospects.  This makes it difficult to stand out from the crowd as a recruitment agency due to the sheer amount of jobs being posted. Oxygen helped develop a job board that is personal to the jobs that zoom upload and provided this on their website.

The integrated job board means that clients trying to find a job using the Zoom Recruitment website will only be able to see the jobs that

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12

June

Turning over a new leaf – Redesigning Solicitors Website

Do I Need a New Website?

In this blog, we will be looking to save you money! Websites are almost a necessity in today’s society with upward growing trends of online shopping and browsing, demand for businesses to have a strong online presence has never been stronger!

What is deemed a good website is constantly changing as new web design trends develop so should your website alongside them! This ensures your website works effectively towards your desired outcome! This doesn’t mean having a new website every year which would be a costly experience. Instead, with the WordPress platform, we are able to redesign your site to keep it up to trend with a professional new look for a margin of the cost.

A new looking site need not cost you thousands!

New Leaf Solicitors

We were approached by New Leaf Solicitors to make some changes to their website which we created for them previously. They felt like it needed refreshing and tweaking to look up to date with the current industry trends!

Original Site:

Their previous site was working for them at the time. It met the industry standard having fixed width. Utilising the Revolution sliders at the top of the web page to create a carousel of images and text for the user to view or click through to the relevant section! It was a clear and concise site!

Issues highlighted with the old site:

Fresh stock photography – Moving away from images that you can tell are stock!

Update meta tags for

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02

June

Be A Big Fat Brand Strawberry – Get Picked!

It’s June 2017 (Already) and that means another new and exciting offer of the month! This month we are focusing on all things branding and helping you to develop as companies. It’s all about making the right first impressions and that’s where we come in!

 

Be a great big brand strawberry!

Why are strawberries red? And what the pip has that got to do with marketing? Bear with me on this!

Birds know that red berries are the ripest and tastiest. Strawberries have evolved to advertise their tastiness by changing colour to an intense red. What’s in it for them? Birds eat the fruit, can’t digest the seeds and scatter them around the area.

This made us think. We’re all in business to attract attention and get picked. Right? The trick is making sure it’s YOU that customers want to pick.

 

 

 

 

This is not the time to be shy!

Your logo is a visual shortcut which reminds people who you are!

We design corporate identities for businesses just like yours every day! Let’s think how many times your logo will be seen?Are you proud of it?

You should be proud of your logo. Liberally plaster it everywhere! You’ll definitely use it on your website, Business cards, Business stationary! What about your brochures, folders and price lists?

It may even be on your vehicles or your clothing and don’t forget your signage!

Just how many times will this logo be seen? How many people drive past your premises each hour? What hits are you getting on your site? Your logo could be

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30

May

7 Design Requests To Make Creatives Cringe!

Working in a design studio we sometimes get asked to produce something that makes our creative mojo die a little inside. The job of a Designer or Developer is to educate the client to ensure that what they are asking for is really going to help achieve the objectives they have in mind!

In this blog, we have pooled together some common misconceptions or errors that customers request that hinders their chances at marketing success.

To avoid facing these issues take note of the following to really get the best quality, whether it be a simple business card or a piece of sales literature with a clear focus on acquiring new customers!

1. Can I Have Music Playing On The landing page?

The issue with having music playing on the landing page is that this can be very distracting to a potential customer. The website viewer may already have music playing, this will instantly make them want to get off your web page as soon as possible! It’ll be a shock to certain users who are unsure of where the music is coming from and may have the volume turned up high! It’s unprofessional and doesn’t provide the right message to the target markets! If you need to display some sort of music on your home page the best method is to not have it ‘autoplay’ simply give the user the ability to control the music!

2. Providing The Right Product For The Purpose!

Sometimes people get their heads set on a certain media type. Whether it

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22

May

11 Top Marketing Ideas For Your Restaurant!

Are you running out of new marketing ideas? 
Do you want more reservations for your restaurant or cafe?

Do you feel you are losing business to other restaurants or struggling to think of new ways to promote your business? This week’s blog will be focusing on some of the top marketing ideas for your hospitality business! This blog is full of tricks and tips to best acquire new customers and retain existing ones!

1.Loyalty Programs!

Set up a loyalty programme within your business to keep customers wanting to come back! Loyalty schemes make customers feel valued for the custom. They also can be partnered with some data capture to be used in email marketing activities.

2. Start a blog (much like this one!)

Customers and foodies alike love to read blogs by their favourite restaurants to be kept up to date with the most recent news and changes within your restaurant! This is a great way to engage with your customers, generate more website visits and market your business!

3. Email Newsletters

Send out emails to your customers! Use your email newsletter as a chance to celebrate your success, discuss new menu items, or share special discounts.

4. INSTAGRAM

Instagram should be your best platform being a restaurant serving drinks and food! Everyone loves to take a snap of their fancy meals (Mainly avocado on toast).  Join them and be proud to post up the food & drink you serve and want everyone to see!

5. Trip Advisor

Maintain your Trip Advisor reviews! A bunch of good reviews will increase the likelyhood of someone visiting!