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Google Doodle Celebrates Thomas Chippendale’s 295th Birthday

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    Here at Seven Creative web agency and Sheffield SEO company, we’re big fans of the Google doodles. You’ll often hear a little yelp and the words ‘Google doodle!’ from behind a computer whenever we come across one.

    google-doodle-chippendale-furnitureToday, we are treated to a Google doodle commemorating Thomas Chippendale, the English 18th Century cabinet maker and furniture designer.

    He would have celebrated his 295th birthday today and holds the record for the most expensive piece of furniture ever sold – The Harrington Commode, a chest of drawers that sold at auction for £3.8 million.

     

    It’s a very elegant doodle too, with the Google letters delicately surrounding 2 chairs, a dressing table and an ornate mirror. The ‘G’ sits on one of the chairs, and appears to be applying make up in the mirror!

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      Success for Sheffield networking group

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        Members of a Sheffield based networking group have passed over a quarter of a million pounds worth of business between them in the last 6 months.

        BNI-Fusion-networking-group-sheffieldThe Fusion group of BNI currently has 24 members, and the growth and success of their group has even prompted them to move to a new venue. The group now meet on Wednesday mornings at the Kenwood Hall, a Victorian style Sheffield hotel, for a weekly breakfast meeting of networking and referral passing.

        John Parkin of Equate Mortgages, the group’s mortgage advisor, is taking over the position of Chapter Director from April.  John says, “I’m really pleased to have the privilege of running the group. Our group is effectively a business itself where every member or shareholder is looking for business for each other. You can see from the figures that it really works!”

        BNI is the most successful business referral organisation in the world and as an organisation they pass £304 million worth of business per year in the UK and Ireland alone. The Fusion group of BNI are topping the charts in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire as the most successful group in the region.

        BNI meetings provide a structured business environment for local business owners to network, learn new marketing skills and develop relationships. “Word of mouth is the most cost effective way to get new business,” says John. “We’ve passed almost £300,000 of business between us in the last few months, and we’re looking to increase that.”

        BNI member and director of Seven Creative web agency Clair Day said, “We’re incredibly proud of the amount of business we’ve passed between our members. And as our group continues to grow, the figures are set to rise. The success of my business is a testament to the power of word of mouth marketing and the commitment of the members.”

        As the flagship group for South Yorkshire, John is confident about the future growth and success of Fusion.  “If you would like more business, come down and meet us and see what we do” says John. “We’re always looking for quality businesses to pass work to!”

        The Fusion Group of BNI meet at The Kenwood Hall Hotel at 7am every Wednesday morning. The Kenwood Hall Hotel is located on Kenwood Road, Sheffield, NS7 1NQ.

         

         

         

         

         

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          5 things you must do to have a successful website!

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            As a Sheffield based marketing agency, we are aware that there are lots of small to medium sized businesses out there that don’t have much of a web presence. We’ve put together 5 simple but very important things you need to do to have a successful website.

            Make your website mobile-compatible

            Sadly, lots of small to medium sized businesses websites are not compatible with mobile devices. People are moving away from their desktops at a rapid pace, preferring to browse the internet on the go on tablets and smart phones. If your website isn’t suitable for these devices, for example, not optimised for smaller screens, you and your business are missing out on a huge audience.

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            Be active on social media

            As we know, social media marketing is powerful tool to market your business. By not embracing social media, you are not only falling behind your competitors, but also missing out on a huge captive audience. Your social media accounts also need to be connected to your website!

            Have an email link and contact number on your homepage

            It is absolutely necessary to have an email link on the home page of your website for consumers to contact your business. Email is a really convenient way of getting in touch, and without a visible email address, you may be missing out on inquiries,  questions from potential customers and even sales.

            It is also incredibly important to have a phone number listed on your homepage. Some questions are better answered by phone, and some people prefer to speak to an actual person as opposed to emailing.

            Generating phone calls via your homepage makes customers feel comfortable, while not listing a phone number may make people question your legitimacy.

            Have an inquiry form built into your website

            A form-fill option on your website is a great way to allow consumers to request information. Information inquiry forms should be built into your site, connected to a CRM, an email system, and an ecommerce system. That way, the lead is not just being collected, it’s also being prepared for the business owner to communicate with and generate business via that lead.

            Make sure your website is search engine optimised

            What’s the point of having a website if no one can actually find it? When people visit a website, a lot of them will have found it through search engines (hopefully!) Key words are essential for being discovered on search engines. This includes keyword research and creation, on-site search engine optimisation and off-site link building. These are all important elements for driving traffic to your website; they will make your site search engine friendly, improve your website’s rankings and allow your business to gain exposure.

            As a web marketing agency based in Sheffield, we know how important it is to have these points in place. If you are worried that your website isn’t working for you as well as it could do, or you are missing any of the above, don’t panic – we can help.

            Contact us by telephone on 0114 383 0711, email chris@sevencreative.co.uk, or click here to fill out the contact form on 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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