Archive for the ‘Web Design’ Category

Great coverage for new Bah Humbugs website

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Intune built and launched a brand new online sweetshop for Bah Humbugs an old fashioned sweet shop in the North Yorkshire market town of Masham selling nostalgic sweets from yesteryear, and the business and its fantastic new website have already received great coverage in the press, including the Yorkshire Post.

Opened in May 2004 by sweet-toothed local entrepreneur Lucy Scott-Paul, Bah Humbugs has already gained fame for appearing on Emmerdale and for its amazing portrait of Elvis made entirely from Jelly Belly Jelly Beans that stood in its shop window, causing quite a stir.

Bah Humbugs is now set to gain a worldwide profile with the launch of its brand new website and online store – meaning people cross the world can now buy bags or hampers of Cherry Lips, Midget Gems, Pontefract Cakes, Sherbet Pips, Kola Cubes, Coconut Mushrooms, Aniseed Balls, Torpedoes, Sweet Peanuts, Lemon Sherbets, Rhubarb & Custards, Black Bullets, Wine Gums, Whirly Pop Lollipops, Hum Bugs and myriad other types of retro and traditional sweets that they won’t be able to get from their local store (unless they happen to live in the Yorkshire Dales and can visit the Bah Humbugs store themselves!).

Visitors to the website will be able to register and buy sweets securely online in any quantity, find out about featured products, special offers and best sellers, and read the always lively and entertaining Bah Humbugs blog. Lucy and the Bah Humbugs team are also very active on Facebook and Twitter, so fans can keep up with them that way, too – and they’re worth keeping up with because they’re always coming up with fantastic, whacky ideas for Bah Humbugs. Bah Humbugs owner Lucy Scott-Paul says:

“The new site website is the bee’s knees when it comes to buying sweets online, with loads of areas for customer interaction. Not only will people be able to order their favourite sweets and hampers online but they can join in with all the Bah Humbugs banter as well! There aren’t any other sweet websites out there like this one and we’re delighted to be the ones at the forefront of online sweetshops.”

The new website has been built and designed by burgeoning digital agency Intune Media, based in Knaresborough. Jessica Kemp, a director at Intune Media, said of the Bah Humbugs project: “How could we not have been excited by a project like this? We loved the concept of Bah Humbugs straight away: the idea of selling sweets that bring back nostalgic memories of childhood for adults as well as introducing today’s kids to traditional and retro sweets that they might not have come across before.”

“It’s always lovely to make a trip to Masham to buy sweets from the store, but it’s fantastic that people from around the world can now buy bags and hampers of these wonderful sweets online at any time.”

www.bahhumbugs.com

Is your website bringing you business? Well it should be!

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

According to Netcraft in November 2008 the total number of websites on the internet exceeded 182 million; However 88% of websites have no discernable traffic and only 10% of sites actually feature on search engines. What a complete waste of time, money and effort that was creating all those sites for no one to look at!

Do you know how much traffic comes through your site? Do you even know that you can check? The opportunity that the a well focused, well designed website presents to your business is phenomenal!

The good news is that it doesn’t have to cost hundreds of thousands of pounds either.

Of course you can get a template website produced for a thousand pounds, but does it reflect the calibre of your staff and the quality of your product or service? Does it put you ahead of your competition? Does it attract the right type of client for you? We have all had clients that we don’t want or need! In the sea of web design companies how can you sift through to ensure your web company is working for you?

Well you need to be asking them what they are doing for your business. Are they considering how your site can generate you new business? Do they even know what you do? Are they keeping a watchful eye on your competition to ensure you are not left behind? Are they regularly assessing your keywords and ensuring that you have a good page rank in Google? Are they constantly looking for ways in which you can drive new traffic to your site? Are they making sense of all the social media marketing business sites that are often free marketing tools to bring you new business? Can they teach you how to blog? Are they working with you to ensure you have an effective marketing calendar and a rock solid sales strategy going forward?

Is your website working as an extension of your sales team or actually being detrimental to your business? Does your web company care about your business? Does your web company thrive on your success as a business because your success is there success?

If they can’t answer these questions then why not give us a call and take part in our business surgery? We can offer you real business solutions that deliver results. It can take time but we set real time objectives for bringing business through short, medium and long term strategies…. Softly, softly catch a monkey!

Can you really afford for your web company not to be on top of their game?

Live in York? Check out the new Sweeney Dog Pet Services website

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Intune Media are pleased to announce the new Sweeney Dog Pet Services York website has just gone live, providing a great user experience and one stop shop for all pet care needs in the York area, making you and your pets lives a whole lot more enjoyable.

The Background
Sweeney Dog Pet Services successfully launched in Yorkshire in 2008. It’s not difficult to see why they have an increasingly large and satisfied customer base.

“It’s a great alternative to using boarding kennels and catteries - and it’s right here in York!”

“Sweeney Dog can walk your dogs when you are away. Your dogs will love it and it means you don’t have the expense of putting them into kennels!”

Bernard Flynn came to Intune Media for advice about the Sweeney Dog Pet Services website, as he realized customers are increasingly looking online for products, services and reviews.

The Challenge
To provide a search engine friendly, easy to use website that allowed existing and potential customers to make an informed decision about their pet needs, ultimately to drive online enquiries and bookings.

The Solution
As part of the initial design process, we created a user journey specification. We sat down with the client to define the various types of customers that could potentially visit the website and the different tasks they might wish to complete.

These included finding out about dog walking, pet grooming, pet taxi, dog care, cat care, key holding services, nutritional advice and food and micro chipping services.

The website design was created, ensuring that all expected customer needs were fulfilled. Defining the user journey at the beginning of the project allows the website to be evaluated at different points to ensure the goals are still being met. This then forms the basis for the end-user testing scenarios.

The website itself is based on a wordpress content management system (CMS) allowing updates to the website to be made quickly and easily, with the added benefit of a business blog for company news, tip of the day and product reviews.

One of the most important tasks is to drive users to the contact details. A call-to-action has been placed on all pages of the site so no matter what the customer entry point, they can find this information easily.

The Results
The website was launched on time and within budget. The result is a clean, easy to use site that allows customers to view all of the services offered, signup to follow Sweeney Dog Pet Services on various social profiles and all important customer service functions to be carried out easily and efficiently.

The website is undergoing constant optimisation to ensure maximum visibility in the highly competitive world of dog walking, pet grooming, pet taxi, and dog care, and continues to grow in popularity.

Question and Answer session with Bernard from Sweeney Dog:

  • How much does it cost for a walk?
    The minimum 30 minute walk costs from just £6.50.
  • How long is the walk?
    Walks are tailor-made to suit you and your dog.
  • Where are you based?
    We are based in Haxby and Skelton.
  • Where do you walk my dog?
    Dogs are walked in a suitable location around the York area.
  • How do you collect the dog?
    We offer a FREE first meeting where we come to your house and meet you and your dog. We will collect a copy of your key at this point. Please use this visit to let us know about any specific services.
  • What areas do Sweeney Dog cover?
    We cover the all areas in and around York Please call for further information for outside the York area eg Sheriff Hutton Easingwold Rufforth etc.
  • What is Pet Feeding?
    Sweeney Dog Pet Feeding provides dedicated visits to your home, to look after your pet while you are away from home.
  • What is Pet Taxi?
    Our vehicles comply with UK standards for animal welfare and we are fully licenced to transport animals in safety to vets, relatives or airports. Please ask about our pet passport service.
  • What are your terms and conditions?
    Please click here for our terms and conditions before booking our services.
  • Are you police-checked?
    Yes! All dog walkers are police-checked if they are to visit your home.
  • What do you do with my key?
    Either Sweeney Dog can retain your house keys on file or you can have them returned, simply arrange with us when you arrive home. We take your security seriously. Keys are held in a secure locked box and are coded. Addresses and phone numbers are never attached to keys and the codes are kept separately. If you choose to leave your keys on file with us, we can be just a telephone call away in emergency situations, if you lose your keys, have them stolen or lock yourself out. If you are delayed getting home with heavy traffic or be unexpectedly called away on business, we can help you out by walking your dog.
  • How much is a house visit?
    A house visit to check on your pets while you are away is from £6.50.

Intune Media are experienced in providing websites that drive profit to business’. If you want more of the right kind of business, contact us and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation on your website’s  design, development, optimisation and online business development opportunities.

Do you need a simple to use, easy to manage website?

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

Intune Media focus on providing cost effective business solutions in an increasingly competitive online market. We realise WordPress can be used for more than just blogging. By separating the ‘content and data’ from the ‘layout and style we can create unique themes that look like websites, with the powerful search engine ranking capability of a blog.

In a few words, WordPress is a handy CMS, that is easy to use (we can vouch for this having tried many other systems and even built bespoke solutions for clients) and once the system is setup, you can easily create, read, update and delete pages within your intune website.

It’s a great tool for helping with Search Engine Optimisation, which can otherwise be costly and time consuming. Search engines index blogs faster than general static websites and it’s a great way to get above the competition to that no.1 spot in Google’s first page for your keywords. Search engines understand that blog-sites are a gold mine of information and will commonly have their content updated more regularly.

Understanding these principles, we can leverage all that systems like WordPress have to offer when we build your site.

Carpe World Coaching International is an example of a wordpress powered site we recently launched that has been of huge success to the client; enabling them to hit the ground running with their marketing campaigns supported by a professional, search engine friendly, visually evocative and easy to use website.

Let us help you with a website that will benefit your business, amplify your business exposure, generate more business enquiries and increase your business profits. Contact us for a no-obligation consultation.

new intune media site launched

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

We’ve just launched the new site, hope you like it. We plan to put in lots of hard work over the next few months to add to the blog, including articles on web development, marketing, web design, social media and maybe even one or 2 exciting new site launches.

Our strategy is to build intune into a fast-growing multi-platform full service agency by seeking out new developing markets and creating new business models based on eye-catching design, high quality content and cutting edge development.

Like what you see? Interested in a strategic relationship with intune, feel free to contact us and we’d be happy to discuss your proposals.

site launch announcement. Carpe World Coaching International.

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

The Intune team is pleased to announce the launch of www.carpeworld.com. A new website dedicated to providing the most significant developments in business NLP.

Carpe Diem or seize the day, is about getting the very best from your business day in the most effective time-conscious way.

Possibly the most powerful coaching process ever devised, Carpe Diem is the culmination of over two decades of experience working with success-focused individuals in over twenty-two different countries.

We believe in always placing our client partners first and ensure that their experience with us is positive, purposeful and profitable.

Carpe World Coaching International offers a Signature Coaching Programme based on 7 and 16-minute telephone sessions with online support using audio , video and text rapide.

The original ‘Carpe Diem’ process not only supports workshops (we will work with other training and coaching providers), but also provides a complete coaching process for any kind of personal project or business development.

Intune Media. Helping our clients make a difference which is measurable. Contact Jessica@intune-media.co.uk to find out how we can help your business.

new harrogate nursery business website launched www.funcareltd.co.uk

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Intune Media are pleased to announce we’ve made another harrogate based business happy with the launch of their new website.

We’ve really enjoyed working with Ian and Josy on their new website and can thorough recommend funcare nurseries for anyone looking for child day care in harrogate. Check out their website at www.funcareltd.co.uk

Choosing the right childcare for your children can be a difficult choice for first time parents and as local working parents of 4 children ourselves, we know how hard it can be to juggle work and family life. Our Funcare aim is to make the initial choice easy for you and then keep your lives uncomplicated by being open, approachable and flexible in everything we do.

Josy & Ian Thompson

If you are a day care centre or nursery, get in touch with intune media to see how we can help you improve your online profile and generate more enquiries to your business. We’d love to hear from you.

Intune Media put new FD Training website live, for all your safety and diving needs

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Intune Media have helped another Yorkshire company online with their new website.

Freedom Divers have been teaching people to dive in Yorkshire and beyond since 1997. Our experience is unrivalled as is the warmth of the welcome our clients receive. We teach courses from complete beginner to Instructor, take party’s of divers diving in some of the worlds most enchanting dive destinations.

Our years of experience and dedication to the highest standards of training ensure our clients receive the very best in PADI Diving Courses and experience programmes. Our training locations in both Leeds and Harrogate allow our divers in both North Yorkshire and West Yorkshire to enjoy, relaxed, flexible training to suit their busy lifestyles. Our varied training programmes and trips will allow even the busiest diver to fit their diving around the other important parts of their lives.

The new FD training website, your one stop shop for all your diving, first aid, media, equipment and dive trip needs.

Intune Media offer professional dedicated support and services that span the full life-cycle of your web project. We will guide you through the different stages of your website from scope definition to go live, search engine marketing and online business development. Contact us for all your online needs.

new QU-CHI acupressure band website goes live!

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Intune are pleased to announce our latest site for airtight international is now live!

What is it?

Qu-Chi is so simple that people have said they’re very surprised that it hasn’t been commercially available before. It is a natural and drug-free way to get almost instant relief from the symptoms of hay fever and allergic rhinitis.

The band is very easy to use. Once in place (just underneath the elbow joint as illustrated in the instructions that come with the band), you can wear the band day and night without noticing it’s there.

How does it work? It uses the “Qu-Chi” pressure point, a specific focus-point on the body, linked to the front of the face and the sinuses.

Qu-Chi can be used while taking other medication and can be worn day and night and is suitable for all ages.

What’s makes this product unique is that it does not cause drowsiness. Something that those who suffer will understand the importance of.

The band is machine washable. Simply put the band on either before your symptoms appear or as soon as you notice them. It really works!

One size fits all.

Intune Media offer professional services that span the full life-cycle of an Intune-Media project. We will guide you through the different stages of your project from scope definition to deployment. Contact us for all your online needs.

new luxury ethical cashmere ecommerce website launched

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Intune Media are pleased to showcase our latest website www.cocoonu.com

We recommend a visit to this unique website for purchase of the finest ethical cashmere from outer mongolia for your loved ones. CocoonU source from nomadic herders who inhabit the Steppes of Outer Mongolia - a far cry from mass produced items from China. The love affair starts with the first touch.

Special

Like all luxury goods, public and industry perceptions often assume that all is equal and that the best is the best. Cashmere is cashmere surely? Well only in the same way that wine is wine!

To ensure that your cashmere items are the absolute finest, there can only be one source - Outer Mongolia and CocoonU in particular.

CocoonU combines classic design with only the best raw materials and an ethical trading model. All of our products are made from 100% pure cashmere from Outer Mongolia. The severe winters in Outer Mongolia results in Cashmere fibres that are thinner and longer than that from other sources with fewer indents along the length of the fibre - this makes for super soft yet resilient yarns and the unmistakable ‘soapy’ feel. Cheaper cashmere often feels very soft due to the numerous machanical processes it has been through but it will not have the lifespan of finest cashmere such as ours.

The Cashmere goats which supply the raw material for CocoonU products are raised organically using centuries old nomadic herding methods and are combed rather than shorn. We don’t mix inferior hair and yarn with our cashmere and refuse to compromise on quality.

Story

“Having spent most of my life working abroad and travelling I experienced a wealth of cultures, beliefs and personalities. My experiences made me realise that to buy the best product once and gain a lifetime of use was an ethical and valuable approach to life.

The source of these products gives us all something to think about - the self-reliant and family oriented way of life of nomadic herders leaves a light footprint on the planet whilst supplying outstanding raw materials for your cashmere.

Our human resources policies are exceptional and rival the HR systems used in Western Europe. Our staff are paid more than the minimum wage, have the right to join a union, go on strike, and enjoy freedoms unheard of across the border in China - where most cashmere is currently sourced. Even cashmere ‘Made in Scotland’ is often manufactured using yarn from China.

In bringing this luxurious yet eco-friendly range to you I hope that in the coming years you will find that you can’t go wrong with a CocoonU purchase.” Vanessa Streeton, CocoonU Founder

Bespoke

Not only do CocoonU produce our own range of finest quality cashmere, but we can produce bespoke items for fashion labels, corporate clients and even individuals.

We can incorporate subtle design cues from your existing products and brands, even including basic images within the pattern. We use knits with high quality yarn in any colour and combinations of gauges for products ranging from scarves, shawls, socks, gloves, pullovers, travel sets, cardigans, jackets and blankets.

Whatever products you wish to give as a corportate gift, CocoonU can make them from an eco-friendly and ethically sourced exceptional material. To date we have been working closely with global luxury brands in sectors as diverse as yachting, fashion, professional sport, interiors, motoring and executive aviation.

For more information contact vanessa - enquiries@cocoonu.com or visit www.cocoonu.com to shop online

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