The rise of TikTok – 2019

With new apps being added to the market every-day, one may ask how TikTok has become so popular so quickly? What has led to the rapid rise of this platform?  First things first, what actually is this big craze ‘TikTok’?  TikTok is a social media app which allows users to create and share short lip-synced, […]

Why SEO is just as important this holiday season!

As the countdown to Christmas has begun, it’s time to start thinking about your SEO! What does SEO have to do with Christmas? Well, in this blog, we will give you tips and tricks for the festive season.   Create Holiday Season ‘Gift’ Pages  If you’re an e-commerce store setting up gift pages is essential. For […]

Reasons your website could have a high bounce rate.  

Reasons your website could have a high bounce rate.  Firstly, what is Bounce Rate?  Bounce rate refers to the percentage of visitors that leave your website after only viewing one page.  So why is your site’s bounce rate so high? There are many factors that could be affecting your website’s bounce rate:  Slow page load […]

How to promote a post on Instagram.

With more than 1 billion active users, Instagram is a leading social media platform. Even if you’re not an avid Instagram user, I’m sure you will have come across a Sponsored Post. But how & why do people promote their posts?  Before we go further into this blog, the first thing you need to do […]

What is UI/UX Design? 

Always wondered what UI/UX Design is? What’s the difference between both? Then this blog is for you…  Let’s start with UI Design.   UI stands for ‘User Interface’. User interface is the graphical layout of an application. It consists of the buttons users click on, the text they read, images, sliders, text entry fields and […]

Why your brand needs social media management.

The buzz around social media is ever-growing. 2.41 billion monthly Facebook users, 1 billion monthly Instagram users and 69 million Twitter users, wouldn’t you want to get your brand out there?     Firstly, what is social media management? Social Media Management is the process of creating, scheduling, analysing and engaging with content on social […]

Does Website Speed Matter? – The importance of website speed in 2019.

How long would you wait for a website to load? Well, according to studies, 53% of us will abandon a site if it takes longer than 3 seconds to load! This statistic could prove the argument that website speed does matter, but why else is it important?   First impressions count.  When someone visits your […]

Why mobile-first? – Designing for mobile-first.

We all know mobile is the way forward, so why are we designing websites for desktops first? Mobile-first is the way forward in 2019!  But: What is mobile-first? Mobile First is a design strategy. The idea that when you create a website/app, you should start sketching and prototyping the smallest screens first, working your way […]

What is CRO & why is it important?

CRO- Conversion Rate Optimisation. Still no idea what CRO is? Here we will take you through the ins and outs of CRO and why it is essential for businesses.   Firstly ‘conversion’ does not only mean purchases, but this can include more simple things such as an email sign up, account creation, completion of surveys etc. […]

Want to grow your Instagram account organically?

Always dreamt of being the next big Instagram influencer? Or just want to up your follower count? Look no further because this is for you!  Instagram – with over 1 billion monthly users Instagram has become a large source of income worldwide, from more awareness of your brand, more views on your blog or actually […]

What is ‘SEO’?

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimisation, this definition may still spring many questions to mind – ‘What is Search Engine Optimisation?’ This blog post will provide the answers to this frequently asked question. Search Engine Optimisation is the practice of increasing the quantity and quality of visitors to websites, this is done through improving rankings […]

We’re hiring an SEO Specialist

We’re looking for an SEO & PPC specialist to help our clients connect, communicate & convert clicks into customers. You’ll be working alongside a passionate bunch of designers, developers and digital marketers. You will have experience working within an SEO focused role and strong knowledge of all things technical. Previous agency experience is ideal! Skils […]

PHP 5.6 Is No Longer Supported. Now Is The Time To Update.

PHP is used in some way by almost 80% of dynamic websites so there’s a pretty good chance your website uses PHP too. Version 5.6 of the popular programming language is the most widely used version with 60% of the world’s websites using it. However, as of 31st December 2018, it is no longer being […]

SSL certificate required to take PayPal payments

Do you use PayPal on your online store? If you have an ecommerce website that’s using PayPal, you will shortly need to have an SSL Certificate (https) installed otherwise paypal payments will not be received. The majority of ecommerce platforms (Magento, Woocommerce, Opencart all use PayPal’s IPN). To carry on using PayPal’s instant payment method […]

Hull Designer Meetup launches in March

We’re very pleased to announce the launch of the Hull Designer Meetups, founded by our Creative Director Thomas Hurt. First Meetup: 6pm 07.03.17 Location: C4DI Subject: City of Culture 2017 Register: here Ben Marshall from Jaywing will tell the story of the project, how it was framed, shaped and creatively wrestled with. This event is […]

We’ve Moved!

We’re proud to announce that on Monday 24th October our team will be based inside Hull’s Centre for Digital Innovation (C4DI), the heart of the city’s digital future. C4DI is located at the Fruit Market, the vibrant developing creative quarter of the city. Our team will be surrounded by creative thinking, the latest technology, amazing […]

What to expect with Apple’s iPhone 7

It’s that time of the year again folks. It’s time for Apple’s iPhone 7 Launch. After months of rumours flying about, in just under four hours we will be given a complete insight into Apple’s latest model of the pioneering iPhone. If like us you can’t wait to

Google’s Art and Culture App

When was the last time you went to a museum? For most, it was a time when iPhone’s didn’t exist and you had to step outside of the house for some entertainment.

iOS 10: What to expect

Apple recently confirmed major changes for its iOS 10 updates, but not many people know exactly what to expect. So we thought we’d try and fill you in all the details.

Instagram changes iconic logo

In the modern day, companies are constantly updating their identities to represent the ever changing communities around the world. The latest to do so is Instagram, the photo sharing social platform finally evolving it’s logo design

Turning Selfies into Art

Selfie’s are generally boring. Yes we’ve wrote about how dangerous they can be sometimes, but 99% of selfies are boring.

Snapchat roll out latest update

Snapchat just seems to keep getting better and better. As time goes by, the app goes from strength to strength, and the latest update keeps that trend rolling on.

Twitter roll out ‘Best Tweets’ feature

Ever find yourself constantly scrolling through the same old rubbish on Twitter every five minutes. Silly question, we all do it.

Facebook launch the Facebook Sports Stadium

Sports. You either love ‘em or you hate ‘em. If like us you love them, then the latest news from Facebook is sure to excite you. Midway through this week, Facebook launched their new real-time sports platform, the Facebook Sports Stadium.

Amazon Launchpad rolls out to the UK

Amazon just can’t stop getting it right at the moment. First they release their Dash buttons, a revolutionary method of home deliveries that not only makes the process of buying your favourite products quicker, but a whole lot easier too. And now they’ve begun to roll out the Launchpad to the UK

Facebook search has just got a whole lot more powerful

Facebook has over 1.4 billion monthly users. No, that’s not a typo. A billion users. Every month. As if that isn’t enough to completely blow your mind, think about this. How many posts have 1.4 billion monthly users made?

When Selfies Go Wrong

Selfies. Everyone loves a selfie. And those who claim to despise them are dirty little liars.

Facebook unveil video profile pictures

Forget selfies, selvids are the future, as Facebook launch video profile pictures. The social media website home to over 1 billion people around the globe, has slowly started rolling out the service to a small number of iPhone users in the UK and California, and will roll them out to more people soon.

Amazon release highly anticipated Dash Button

Have you ever reached for the toilet roll and being struck by the devastating news that you’re all out and you’re about to go toe to toe with a wet cloth? Well them days are gone, with Amazon providing the solution.

Instagram changes iconic square photo format

Sick of those awkward moments where Instagram crops one of your friends out of your group photo? Or having to take ten steps back to fit the full scene into your camera view? 

Yahoo & Microsoft revise 6-year-old search deal

Microsoft and Yahoo have announced that they have amended their search partnership in a way that improves the search experience, creates value for advertisers and establishes ongoing stability for partners. Over the past five years, the search advertising market and both companies have changed dramatically.

New ad format for Facebook

Many businesses sell more than one product. But if your business has many products to advertise, all that variety can present some challenges. How do you highlight more of your products? How do you advertise the right products to the right people? 

Boost your business via LinkedIn

There is no doubt that LinkedIn is the world’s number one online business networking platform with over 300 million users and a new one signing up every two seconds. When used correctly it can be an exceptional business tool. Here are a few tips that will make a big difference to your results.

Web design trends in 2015

Today’s competitive websites are designed for a mobile world, with emphasis on video content engagement and crisp content blocks designed to captivate visitors and convert visitors to customers. We take a look at popular web design trends that clients are currently requesting and ones that we think will be popular in 2015.

4K technology in the creative industry

As a designer, motionographer, video editor, or in fact anyone in the creative industry, you’re going to be hearing a lot about 4K over the course of 2014. But what is it, and what does it mean for you? Well, if you’re a graphic designer or illustrator, it’s unlikely to be impacting your workflow in the […]

Responsive Web Design

What is responsive design? A responsive design simply means a website that has been constructed so that all of the content, images and structure of the site remains the same on any device. For example, when a user accesses a site on their desktop, they are getting the full view of the site. But when […]

Twitter updates profile pages to resemble Facebook

Twitter is rolling out an update to its profile pages that look very similar to Facebook, complete with tweet highlights and large pictures.

The update, visible through the web version of Twitter, allows users to customise their profile pages with their best tweets, a larger profile photo and wide cover-image, mirroring the design update Facebook made to its profile pages in 2013.

No Makeup Selfies Raise 1 million in 24 hours

The trend which started on Tuesday afternoon, #nomakeupselfie which involves people on Social Media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, posting pictures of themselves which no makeup and nominating overs to join in to try and raise awareness for Cancer Research. The hashtag began to trend on twitter and thousands got involved.

Kingston Campers Goes Live

We are pleased to have recently added Kingston Campers to our growing portfolio. With over 18 years combined experience of the campervan and motor home industry Kingston Campers started in 2010 creating innovative custom built campervans. Since then they have become the natural choice for bespoke campers.

Gym 24 Seven opening

We are pleased to announce the launch of and imminent opening of the facility.

Swing when you’re winning! Global recognition for local bridge

Hull’s Scale Lane swing bridge has beaten off worldwide competition to win its first major international award.

Twitter launches new website design

Twitter announced earlier today that it was launching a refreshed version of its website which “reflects the look and feel” of its mobile apps for iOS and Android.

Google joins forces with car manufacturers to bring Android to your dashboard

Google is teaming up with car manufacturers including Audi, Honda and Hyundai to integrate its Android operating system into their dashboards.

City of culture? It’s a Hull of a thought!

Congratulations to our very own city of Hull for last week been named UK City of Culture 2017. The bid gained the unanimous backing of the judging panel and saw off competition from Dundee, Leicester and Swansea Bay.

Google unveils major upgrade to search algorithm

Google has unveiled an upgrade to the way it interprets users’ search requests.

Google unveils its new logo

After a few weeks of confusion, with Google’s new logo (above) accidentally being released into the wild, the search giant has finally showed its cards, officially rolling it out on its homepage. In tandem with the trend for flat design, the shadows of the old logo have been flattened, which Google says makes it more […]

The wonders of TypeWonder

TypeWonder is a useful tool if you want to quickly see what a live site would look like in a different font. Just enter the URL of the target site, then select the font you want to use from the searchable list that pops up. TypeWonder also make it possible to obtain the necessary code […]

iOS 7 hands-on first impressions

Apple’s iOS 7 mobile operating system (OS) has divided opinions ahead of it’s launch next week. Some heralded Jony Ive’s user interface changes as much needed, while other Apple fans have threatened to switch to Android. iOS 7 is a departure from iOS 6 and previous versions of the mobile OS, as Apple has given […]

A taste of ifttt

A taste of ifttt Ifttt first arrived on the Internet in late 2010 in beta. The strange name, pronounced like “ift,” stands for “if this, then that,” the opening of a logic statement or command. It’s where you start when using ifttt to create “recipes” of automation in your digital life, no programming required. The […]

Instagram launches 15-second video sharing

Instagram launches 15-second video sharing with 13 filters and ‘Cinema’ stabilization Instagram has branched out from photographs and is now letting people record and share short videos. The photo-sharing app limits the duration to 15 seconds, and users can add effects similar to those already available for still pictures, such as improving contrast or changing […]

Hull business week 2013

Humber Business Week (Biz Week), is here! The world’s largest festival of business showcases the impressive industry talents this great region has to offer and, over the years, has seen hundreds of events inspire and educate tens of thousands of people within the Humber and beyond. A variety of event holders work together each year […]

Latest Google Algorithm update – Penguin 2.0

Officially launched on May 22, 2013 and termed the Webspam update, this Google algorithm is dedicated to targeting anything considered “blackhat” in terms of SEO. What does this mean? Well, good news; you don’t need tricks, you don’t need gimmicks, you just need good content and people discussing it. It might not sound all that […]

Why Take On Social Media?

The mighty beast that is social media, the question is… is it worth it? To be frank, yes. There’s lots more to it (and it has to be done well) but here’s why: • You can create a community of followers that are interested in your products. • Word of mouth marketing / online reviews will […]

5 SEO Tips For 2013

1. They’re watching you • Google is now incorporating broader social signals into its search algorithms. So getting people to like, share, repost etc is more important than ever. 2. It’s all about quality • To rank well your site has to have quality content, not the quantity of keywords or links or any of […]

Our 2013 marketing packages are live!

We’ve just launched our 2013 Marketing packages! We’ve combined three of the leading online marketing tools into one affordable monthly package. We’ll help you find new clients, engage with your current ones and make sure they know about the latest promotion or announcement. From tweeting relevant news to targeting key individuals on LinkedIn our marketing […]

Responsive web design – what is it?

Responsive Web Design (RWD) provides an optimal viewing experience — easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling—across a wide range of devices (from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones). So one single web site has the ability to dynamically reconfigure its layout, navigation, content and images based on the size […]

Job position – Social Media / Marketing Job

We are looking for a self-starting, motivated, and highly creative Marketing & Social Media graduate or intern. The team member should have experience using blogs, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. Primary role and responsibilities will be to generate connections, traffic, loyalty, and brand awareness. Duties include: • Social Media Engagement – Help manage the Facebook/Twitter/YouTube/Instagram […]

4G Is coming to Hull!

On our last post we talked about what 4G is and the benefits it has (read here), well the good news is that Hull is going to be one of the first city’s to get it! EE, which owns Orange and T-Mobile, will roll out the new service across Hull before Christmas. So what can […]

What is 4g and what difference will it make?

Very soon you will be able to browse the web, stream music and videos on your phone while your out on the go at the same speed as your current home broadband connection. This means slow loading mobile sites will soon be a thing of the past. So what’s the actual speed? True 4G is […]

Top 10 Facts about Google+

With more than 97 million users and a growing influence on search results, Google+ is making it’s mark as a key player in the online marketing world. Here are the top 10 facts about Google+ 1. Business pages can’t add people to their circles until the user has added them 2. All Business pages are […]

Should you be using Tumblr?

Tumblr is a microblogging platform and social networking website, that let’s you post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos from your browser, phone, desktop and email. Your business doesn’t have to be on every social network there is, but you may find Tumblr to be an untapped audience that you shouldn’t be ignoring. “We […]

Hull Business Tweet 2012

THE highlights of Business Week have been captured for the first time — in a Twitter video. Business Tweet 2012 is the story of the week-long celebration told in Tweets, set to a musical backdrop. The short video features some of the most inspirational, helpful and amusing tweets by speakers and attendees at the festival. […]

Humber Business Week 2012

The Humber Business Week kicks off this Monday 11th June and is thought to be the biggest Business Week to date. With over 50 different events taking place and 3,500 delegates currently registered, the Business Week will be a great opportunity to network with others and pick up plenty of ideas and inspiration along the […]

Mobile Optimised Website Design

Mobile browsing is changing the internet, how people use it and more specifically how owners and designers of websites have to think through this ever growing industry. Latest Statistics • Mobile now accounts for 16.59% of UK web traffic • Google has seen a 500% growth in mobile search from 2009 to 2011 and a […]

The web is changing, is your website keeping up?

The web is continually evolving, social media, e-commerce, blogs, search engine optimisation, analytics, apps and a whole generation of tech savvy, iPad / smart phone users have arrived en masse. For businesses that need to engage with their audiences online, the pace of change can be overwhelming. Even websites designed just two or three years […]

What is Pinterest and is it worth it?

Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes. So, is it worth it? Pinterest had an estimated 3.3 million unique visitors last month. Popular images (with links back to the original source) can […]

Web design Hull – What is Search Engine Optimisation?

Search Engine Optimisation or SEO is the simple task of ensuring a website can be found in search engines for words and phrases relevant to what the website is offering. Search engines like Google show sites in search results they believe to be authoritative and relevant. Search Engine Optimisation is all about ensuring your site […]

A range of tools to help you with Social Media

There’s a wide range of tools to make your Social Media campaigns easier to manage. Today we’re looking at the top three. TweetDeck TweetDeck is a popular web app and desktop app (It’s what we use). It provides you with customizable columns to view what’s most important to you, and filters to see the exact […]

What is Cloud Technology / Cloud Hosting?

A website hosted on “the cloud” exists on multiple servers that are all connected which means the processing power can virtually be unlimited. If one of the servers fails, another server will take over and your website will stay online. Although the idea of cloud hosting has been around for some time, only with recent […]

Video animation Hull – can video content improve SEO?

With video results now appearing in google, today we’re looking at how video can boost your SEO. Video content seems to be leap-frogging standard listings which gives the opportunity to rank well and at a fast speed. Does video work? Quite simply yes, video is 41% more likely to achieve a click through compared to […]

SEO Hull – beginner tips to get higher on google

We often get asked for a few SEO hints and tips when speaking to our clients, so this week we thought we’d add a few to our blog. Firstly (if you’re unaware what SEO is or stands for), Search Engine Optimisation is a term used to describe the science involved in increasing the quantity and […]

Web design Hull – Starting a new business

If you’re thinking of, or just started a new business then we can work together to help your business grow. From tailoring your brand to suit the correct target audience to creating an engaging website that will get results, we will be there to give advice and support when you need it most. We provide […]

Social Media Hull – Twitter branded business pages

Earlier this month, Twitter announced that they will be launching Facebook-esque branded business pages. Twitter has so far only released the new style of custom pages to a few big businesses: Coca Cola, Disney, McDonald’s, American Express, Nike, Best Buy, General Electric and Paramount Pictures, to name a few. Benefits of the new design 1. […]

Design agency Hull – How to get Facebook likes

Our last post was about google +1, today we’re looking at a range of ways to get more Facebook likes. Making a standard FaceBook business page and thinking the world will instantly start sharing it unfortunately won’t work anymore. The page needs to be consistent with your brand, engaging to the user and also give […]

Web design Hull – What is Google +1?

Google has released a new social feature called +1. It enables you to share recommendations with the world right in Google’s search results. To recommend something, all you have to do is click +1 on a webpage or ad you find useful. Rivaling Facebook’s ‘Like’ button Google aim that the +1 button will be used […]

Web Design Hull – Social networking followup

Last week we looked into the statistics of Facebook and how it can help you find more business. This week we’re going to look into three other fantastic social networking sites. The three of which I’ll introduce you to today are StumbleUpon, Google Places and Twitter. Twitter Twitter is an online social networking and “microblogging” […]

Website design blog – Facebook statistics

Facebook is a fantastic method of marketing your business, we can help you by creating a custom business page that engages your audience. Here’s why Facebook is such a powerful tool: People on Facebook • More than 800 million active users • More than 50% of our active users log on to Facebook in any […]

Microsoft commits to H.264 video in IE9

With the H.264 vs WebM fight raging between Apple and Google, Microsoft have charged in battle supporting the fruitier option. In a blog post titled “HTML5 and Web Video: Questions for the Industry from the Community” Microsoft have promised to place H.264 video at the core of its web experiences in IE9. This comes weeks […]

Website design – goodbye ie6

For the past few years IE6 has been a living nightmare for website designers. When IE6 was first released back in 2001 it soon became known as one of the most insecure browsers and famed for it’s lack of support compared to the more modern browsers. In January 2007 IE6 had a 61% market share […]

Web design blogs you should be reading

If you’re interested in web design here’s a range of web design blogs worth checking out! Smashing Magazine is an online magazine for professional designers and Web developers. They present most valuable techniques, ideas and resources for Web designers. Nettuts+ is a blog and community for Web Development tutorials. Learn php, JavaScript, WordPress, HTML5, CSS, […]

Fan Frames win ‘Taming the Dragon: A Mock Investment Forum’

Post taken from Streets Chartered Accountants and Yorkshire Association of Business Angels (YABA) teamed up to deliver an exciting event for start up, early years and established business ventures in the Hull and Humber region. The event included a presentation from, Andrew Burton, Chairman of Yorkshire Association, networking and an exclusive opportunity to pitch […]

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