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Fantastic testimonials from our social media and SEO workshops

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    social media management  in sheffieldSince holding our very first search engine optimisation and social media workshops last week, we’ve been thrilled to receive some fantastic testimonials from those who attended.

    “Thanks very much for the information I gathered at the social media review last week, I must say I came along with the usual reservations that you have about whether the whole thing might be very ‘techy and geekified’ and not relevant to our market, but it was brilliant.

    Excellent practical advice that was superbly delivered and will be a benefit to me in my day to day work. I really got a great amount out of the day. The training was excellent; I would highly recommend Seven Creative to others.

    The SEO and social media review was informative and most importantly relevant, with plenty of information given. Any business that did not take you up on this fantastic social media review is really missing a trick, now all I have to do is get off my backside and put your wonderful advice into action!”

    Brain Drury, Blue Funk Hypnosis

    “Thankyou for inviting me along to one your internet marketing seminars, it was very enjoyable and informative, and done in  such an informal way that I’m sure put everyone who attended at ease, whether computer literate or not.

    After listening to your team it soon became apparent, not only how much opportunity social media can offer companies in gaining new business, but also how well Seven Creative understands these markets and how to use them to your clients’ advantage.

    I would recommend anyone to take advantage of your future workshops, as it won’t cost them anything to do so and will surely help them understand where social media fits into business and how it can help them drive more traffic towards their business.”

    Simon Platt, Utility Warehouse Authorised Distributer

    Don’t forget, we’ll keep you posted on future social media and search engine optimisation workshops in Sheffield – watch this space! If you would like to find out more about our social media management packages or our SEO packages, please call the Seven Creative team in the office on 0114 383 0711 or contact us via our website.

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      SEO and Social Media workshop success for Seven Creative!

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        Thursday 7th February marked an important date in the Seven Creative calendar. We held our very first search engine optimisation and social media workshops at The Workstation in Sheffield!

        SEO workshop at the showroom sheffieldIt was a pleasure to help lots of new people and some familiar faces get to grips with Search Engine Optimisation and Social Media. With a full day of 30 minute slots, we certainly had our work cut out for us!

        The staff at Seven Creative spent the day helping local business people learn more about using the internet to boost their businesses. We are proud to say that the event was a huge success and we’ve received some very positive feedback.

        Simon Platt, a utility broker from Sheffield, said “It’s not often you get any kind of advise nowadays without having to delve deep! I really liked their approach.”

        Karen Bird of Kurly Bird Event Management attended the workshop with her sister Sarah Green from Fable, the Sheffield based Epilepsy charity. Karen said, “Both Sarah and I came away with lots of ideas and found the time really productive.”

        Among the many visitors that dropped in throughout the day was Daryl Williams, founder of GlassBox Photography.  Daryl said, “It was a really helpful session. I’ve come away with plenty to think about and the skills to be able to make changes to my website to win the war against Google!”

        We were really kept on our toes as a wide variety of different businesses came through the door. Joy Harrison of Murphy’s, a company specialising in natural products made from essential oils and herbs for horses and riders, filled our last slot of the day. Joy said “It was so nice to be pointed in the right direction. I love working on my website and teaching myself marketing, but it sometimes feel like it’s an awful lot to do. I really appreciate Seven Creative’s help!”

        We will be holding regular workshops throughout the year on a variety of topics including search engine optimisation, social media and blogging, and will keep you posted regarding dates and times here on the blog, our Facebook page and via our email newsletters. We also offer social media management packages and SEO packages, which are perfect for those who don’t have the time to do it themselves.

        For more information, contact Chris or Clair at the Seven Creative office on 0114 383 0711 or contact us via our website.

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          ‘Social media is vital for business’, says Harvard

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            If you’re wondering whether dedicating time and effort to social media is really worth it, this new research may just make your mind up!

            The Harvard Business Review recently published a great article about social media that we think all Chief Executives and Managing Directors NEED to read! The latest report from CEO.com and business intelligence firm DOMO has confirmed our view that social media is more pervasive than ever among consumers. In fact, a whopping 50% of the population currently uses Facebook and more than 37% use Twitter.

            The report found that among Fortune 500 CEOs, only 7.6% are present on Facebook, only 4% use Twitter, and less than 1% use Google Plus. However, there is evidence that this may be changing.

            A recent survey conducted by IBM found that out of 1,709 CEOs, only16% used social media. The study predicts this figure may grow to 57% within 5 years and that social media will become one of the two most important forms of engagement with employees and customers, second only to face to face interactions.

            Thankfully, Managing Directors and Executives are finally recognising what the team here at Seven Creative already know – using social media to communicate and engage with customers, suppliers and their own employees, means their company will be more adaptive, agile and of course, more successful.

            As experts in social media, we value the many advantages of using social media very highly.  And we receive ongoing confirmation from our customers that our management of their social media channels generates more business, provides access to potential customers, and provides effective  communication channels for existing customers.

            Using social media is so effective in fact, that The BRANDFog 2012 CEO Survey found that more than 82% of respondents are likely or much more likely to trust a company who engage in social media. The study also reports that 77% of respondents are likely or much more willing to buy from a company whose mission and values are defined through their involvement in social media.

            Here at Seven Creative, we agree that social media is vital for business. It will give your business a strong potential competitive advantage, not only by providing communication channels, but by boosting traffic to your website and increasing sales. But what if you don’t have time? What if you’re busy running your business?

            We understand social media marketing, and we know that using it in this dynamic, complex and ever-evolving marketplace requires knowledge and experience. Seven Creative are experts in the field, and we can offer you a full spectrum of social media integration services. In other words, we can do it for you, and therefore remove the time and the hassle that social media can become if it’s not managed correctly. And to keep you in the loop, we’ll let you know exactly what we’ve done in regular reports,  proving to you that we’re getting results!

            For more information, contact us through our website  or visit our Facebook page!

             

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              Sheffield web design agency Seven Creative. All about us!

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                We often use the Seven Creative blog to promote the businesses of fellow BNI members. But today, we’ve decided to blow our own trumpet and let our readers know a bit more about us. We are Seven Creative, a Sheffield Web Design agency.  Formed in 2005, we now have over 100 current active customers,  GREAT customer feedback and high customer retention.

                Seven Creative’s core team consists of Managing Director Chris, Client Services Director Clair and Social Media Manager Ellie. Chris previously worked for a large web design agency, moving on to set up Seven Creative web design Sheffield. With qualifications in Graphic Design and an IT degree, Chris is an integral part of the Seven Creative team.

                Previously working as a Marketing Manager in automotive industry, Clair has 15 years marketing experience. With degrees in Business Administration and Business Management, Clair achieved numerous achievement awards and was crowned top of her academic year.

                Ellie joined Seven Creative last summer after completing a BA in English Language and Literature and Masters degree in Magazine Journalism at Sheffield University. Ellie has experience and training in article writing for magazines, newspapers, blogs, and the internet; great skills to have when it comes to copywriting, press releases and newsletters. Seven Creative also have an established network of associates, freelancers and staff available too.

                With extensive qualifications, experience and high levels of customer service, Seven Creative are set apart from a lot of web design companies in Sheffield. The fact is, we care about our customers and their businesses. Whatever their budget, we endeavour to do everything we can, AND go that extra mile. We provide everyone that we build a website for with a training manual including everything they need to know about their content management system, so they can keep the site up to date with the latest information.  And of course, the team at Seven Creative are always on the end of the phone for any ongoing technical support that may be needed.

                Seven Creative offer a full range of on and offline sales and marketing services, including website design and build, email marketing and social media management. Seven Creative’s  list of services are as follows:

                • Full website design and build (brochures, ecommerce, blogs, forums, etc. from 1 page to 500+ pages)
                • Tailor-made applications and software
                • Corporate design – branding and logos
                • Graphic design (adverts, print, business cards, leaflets, corporate stationery)
                • Printing
                • Search Engine Optimisation
                • Conversion rate optimisation
                • Online marketing
                • Email marketing
                • Social Media marketing strategy & fulfilment
                • Copy writing

                Clair Day says, “As we know all too well, building websites takes experience. Many of our customers had their original website built by their ‘neighbour’s friend’s cousin who did a course in Dreamweaver’ and it turned out to be a waste of time and money. Unless your site is planned and built correctly, you’re probably just throwing money away and your site will do nothing for your business in terms of finding customers – it will simply reflect badly on your company.”

                At Seven Creative, that’s exactly what we do. From idea to launch, your website will be planned extensively and built correctly. Once it’s live, we will remain your first port of call for anything you need in the future, whether it’s technical support or a problem as simple as a lost log in password. And with our ongoing work, such as social media management and email newsletters, you can be sure that your business will be in front of the right people at the right time.

                In case you’d like some proof, here are some testimonials from happy customers!

                “I consider my website to be a credit to my business & would have no hesitation recommending Seven Creative.”

                “We would definitely recommend Seven Creative for website creation and publicity”

                “They created exactly what we were looking for with very little input from us”

                “Seven Creative actually do go that extra mile – they professionally & personally encourage you & want your business to succeed.

                “Both Clair & Chris offered fantastic help & advice, going above & beyond what I would ever have expected.”

                “Ellie has looked after the social media side of our web presence. Since then, our web introduced business has grown tremendously! We work together on ideas and Ellie finalises and organises all of our blog posts. Our success is a testament to her skill and hard work.”

                “I would highly recommend Seven Creative without hesitation!”

                “Having my website designed by Seven Creative has to rank as one of the best decisions I’ve made this year.”

                “The creative and personal service that Seven Creative have provided us with has been second to none”

                “An old phrase but very true: NICE PEOPLE TO DO BUSINESS WITH”

                Find out more about how we can help you and your business by visiting the Seven Creative website, call 0114 383 0711, or email chris@sevencreative.co.uk

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                  BNI Notable Networker badge awarded to Clair Day of Seven Creative web design

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                    Our very own Clair Day of Seven Creative web design Sheffield has been awarded the Notable Networker blue badge in recognition of her achievements in the BNI group ‘Flyers’.

                    Clair was awarded the badge by BNI Director Consultant Nick Sievewright for her contribution to the Sheffield based BNI group. She is the Chapter Director of Sheffield ‘Flyers’ and joint 5th in the traffic light league table for the whole of the Yorkshire region. This position in the league table is an achievement in itself as it reflects Clair’s attendance, punctuality, visitors brought, and amount of testimonials and referrals given.

                    The Notable Networker blue badge is a great achievement for Clair and the ‘Flyers’ group. Understandably Clair is over the moon. “I’m very proud of my blue badge” says Clair.

                    “I don’t like doing things by halves,” she continues. “Getting referrals, bringing visitors; I put everything into it because that’s the best way to get the most out of BNI.”

                    BNI Director Consultant Nick Sievewright says, “I presented Clair Day of Seven Creative with a Blue BNI Badge in recognition of her outstanding contribution to her group BNI Flyers. The success of Sheffield ‘Flyers’ is a testament to Clair’s commitment and hard work. She lives up to every expectation that BNI has of its members.”

                    BNI groups comprise local business people with only one representative from each trade or profession in a group. These groups meet on a regular basis and the members pass business to each other.

                    Networking requires commitment and the most successful BNI groups are made up of people who are committed to helping one another through networking. And Clair’s blue badge recognises just that; her commitment to her group.

                    Sheffield ‘Flyers’ meetings are held at Beauchief Golf Course on Abbey Lane, Sheffield at 7am on a Tuesday morning.  If you are a small business and can handle more work, get in touch with Clair, and she’ll happily invite you as a visitor. To add your name to the guest list, please call Seven Creative on 0114 383 0711.

                    Picture courtesy of Rachel Sinclair Photography.

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                      Written by Chris

                      June 20th, 2012 at 1:08 pm

                      Seven Creative can manage your social networking and marketing

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                        At Seven Creative, we specialise in communicating. So if you don’t have the time to manage your own social networking and marketing, we can do it for you.

                        We are able to set up and write your blog, write articles, take care of your direct mailing, manage your social networking and your email marketing. In short, we make sure that your message is in front of the right people at the right time.

                        Our customers find the service a very cost-effective way to retain their current customer base, and find new customers at the same time. It can even give your website a huge boost in the organic listings on Google and the other major search engines.

                        Satisfied customers

                        “Seven Creative are our sales and marketing department”

                        “Seven Creative are such a great company to work with – friendly, knowledgeable and providing an amazing social network and marketing service.  We now have a large and very active online community who actively promote our business. Stunning value for money!”

                        “The social networking management and email marketing campaign that Seven Creative write and manage for me gives an amazing return. Suddenly we’re all over the internet and we’re becoming the name associated with wooden windows”

                        Let us manage your social networking and marketing, and you can keep doing what you do best – running your business.

                        Give us a call today and let us show you how digital marketing will work for you.

                        Call Chris or Clair on 0114 383 0711 or visit our contact page to send us a message.

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                          Seven Creative’s email marketing system

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                            Did you know that we can design, write and send your email newsletters?

                            Our email marketing system allows you to send branded and beautiful correspondence from as little as 1p per recipient.  Email marketing is a really cost-effective way of talking to customers and potential customers.

                            And, because the cost is so low, it means you can not just email once, but many, many times over the course of the year, helping you to develop your customer relationships.

                            You can include anything you like in your newsletter; lastest news from your business, special offers, or new products. Anything at all that you think your customers would find interesting or need to know!

                            Your email newsletter can include links to your website too. This enables your customers and potential customers to access your products and services at the click of a mouse.

                            We also have access to detailed reports enabling us to monitor how many people have opened the newsletter, where they are and whether or not they have clicked on the links. It’s a fantastic way of measuring the effects of your email marketing campaign!

                             

                             

                             

                             

                             

                             

                             

                             

                             

                             

                            We have recently sent out an email newsletter on behalf of Chesterfield based dog kennels Dunston Lodge. Not only is it branded, we’ve sent it to everyone on their mailing list. Richard Harrington, owner of Dunston Lodge said: “We’re really happy with the service. The newsletter looks fab, and people have even been clicking through to the online booking section of our website too.”

                            “It’s generated business for us, and has let our customers know that we’re keeping in touch. We’ve also had people click through to our Facebook page, and it’s nice to know everyone is getting our latest news delivered straight to their inbox,” says Richard.

                            For more information on Seven Creative’s email marketing system, visit our website at http://www.sevencreative.co.uk/, or call us on 0114 383 0711

                             

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