February 27, 2015
Websites naturally evolve over time and as such we always take the time with clients at the beginning of a project to scope out the current and future wish lists for their site before we start work. Invariably budget or time pressures or business administration changes stand in the way of completing a website which ticks every single box on the inevitably long list, so we work together to plan a staged completion of the project to suit the clients’ needs as their business evolves.
One such project is the website for The Furniture Helpline. We designed, built and launched their original website in March 2013 which has been working brilliantly to support the work they do, to process enquiries and to process bookings for their bulky waste collection service.
The next phase of development planned was an ecommerce function to sell their pre-loved furniture via their online shop. Integrating with their existing software and stock management system, enabling real time updates with the website’s database ensures the shop is always bang up to date. This was particularly important for Furniture Helpline as they only sell one-off pieces, so a transaction in their warehouse shop, or on the online shop, must update their stock levels instantaneously to ensure the item isn’t sold twice.
By building in this database integration, we were also able to streamline their administration, meaning product names, descriptions, photographs and dimensions only need to be entered once, not in both systems, saving them time and money.
We wish the charity continued success and look forward to supporting them in continuing to evolve their website. View the site here at www.furniturehelpline.co.uk
February 26, 2015
This new website is the first for CPMS Rail and is different in structure to traditional websites in that it employs a ‘bootstrap’ style structure in its home page. This means that it scrolls down, revealing new sections of content one after the other, however, it also has more traditional navigation for the content pages of the site to make moving around the site straightforward and simple.
As a responsive site the CPMS website has been designed to work effectively and efficiently on any device but also uses high quality photography to great effect, giving a simple design enormous visual impact whatever the screen size.
In addition to the development of the new CPMS website we were also asked to develop a new brand for the business. CPMS has experienced huge growth and change over the last two years and so felt a rebrand to represent this change and their newly developed business structure was appropriate. The design that we developed is stylised but simply presented and represents the support and partnership that CPMS offer their clients. The logo is flexible and can be used in colour as well as monochrome to suit the environment.
February 23, 2015
We were very excited to be asked to work with Apollo Event Consultants on the design of their new responsive website, particularly once we’d had a sneak peek at some of their absolutely stunning photography!
Our brief was to develop the existing website design into something sleek, modern, eye-catching and inspiring that would showcase the Apollo Events in the most visually impactful way. The photography of Apollo’s events really expresses their creativity, imagination and attention to detail and so was to be the focal point of the site. With that in mind we used Apollo’s dark brand colour to create an atmospheric setting and included large, full width areas for the photos which scrolled across each page. Each section was lead by a series of full screen images that displayed some of the best event images to greatest effect and the drop down menus employ a slight delay to ensure these key pages aren’t skipped over too quickly.
Each page has a call to action placed accessibly but unobtrusively and pages are hyperlinked via the content to ensure that the reader is only a click away from the content they want to read or look at next. Why not take a look at the website here?
February 20, 2015
Change is good and sometimes all it takes is a little rethink to get some great results!
Take the new Mountjoy website for example, we were asked to review the existing website and come up with some ideas to refresh it without redesigning entirely. The content site itself was to remain largely untouched (apart from some small additions and removals) but the client wanted to update and reinvigorate the look of the site as, although the initial site we built for them was a great success, they wanted to build on this and refresh the look and maintain an up-to-date feel.
We reviewed the design and came up with a series of alterations in layout, colour and format that, once rolled out across all the pages, made a remarkable difference. As the new site was being developed using the existing content and the same content management system (CMS) we also devised a way to enable the client to make changes in the Content Management System without affecting the live site, prior to the new site being launched.
The revised website is now live and looking great without the need for a complete redesign or rebuild, happy days!
February 18, 2015
One of the many things that we love about what we do at Mzuri is the opportunity to work with all kinds of businesses. Every now and then, we stumble across a gem that we can’t wait to share with the world! We’ve recently had the pleasure of working with some gorgeous handmade Florence & Boo products for a display at Oak Lodge Dental Practice. We love the products so wanted to share them with you.
Florence & Boo make beautifully sewn children’s gifts and keepsakes, all handmade and personalised to order. We were working with a gorgeous collection of tooth fairy pillows and personalised notebooks for girls and boys (pictured).
The pillows come in a wide variety of fabrics and have a patterned reverse and matching pocket on the front, for the departed teeth and, of course, whatever offerings the Tooth Fairy wishes to make upon her collection! Standard tooth fairy pillows are priced at £8 each, or £9 if you wish it to be personalised with a child’s name.
Visit the Florence & Boo Facebook page to see a showcase of the lovely products that are available.
February 16, 2015
It might be a distant memory to some, but Christmas lives on for us in many ways. After all, the naughty ones amongst us have only just put the decorations back in the loft!
Of course one thing about Christmas that’s nigh on impossible to forget it is the ubiquitous nature of marketing during the period. We were quite intrigued to hear recently that Mailchimp users, according to a recent report by the email marketing service provider, sent a staggering total of 14.1 billion emails in December 2014. That’s an awful lot of emails, and up 72% from the previous December.
So what’s behind the increase? Mailchimp think that the biggest contributing factor to these figures is the growing popularity of controversial American imports Cyber Monday and Black Friday. On Cyber Monday, 1st December, Mailchimp saw 33,000 Christmas campaigns go out, with 22,000 distributed on Black Friday. Mailchimp’s findings also indicate that the Christmas email marketing season begins as early as September, with the peak day Christmas campaigns being the 18th December, when approximately 55,000 emails were distributed.
Of course, these are just statistics from one email sending provider, however they do provide an intriguing insight into trends. It will be interesting to see the changes in email marketing generally in the context of the wider marketing mix, this coming year and whatever Christmas 2015 will have in store. What is clear is that even for small businesses, especially those in retail, planning your Christmas campaigns during the Summer or before really does make sense so as to make the most of the long run up to Christmas, when the time inevitably does come!
Source: Mailchimp 2015
February 12, 2015
February 9, 2015
This April, Prior’s Field School will again be hosting AppArt - one of the largest art exhibitions in the South of England – after it’s most successful exhibition yet in 2014. With last year’s show reaching new heights of sales, interest and attendance, AppArt’s 20th year promises to be even better.
AppArt’s first exhibition was held by Evelyn and Gwyn Phillips in a local Surrey school 19 years ago, their aim being to provide “Art for Everyone”. With the help of an Arts4Education grant, they set out to expose school pupils and members of the local community to art, so that they needn’t travel to large galleries in major cities to do so. This also presented a wonderful opportunity for local artists of all abilities and media to display their work and create more interest in the arts.
Prior’s Field provides a perfect location for the exhibition; with the expansive Gertrude Jekyll-inspired gardens being an ideal setting for the sculpture trail, where up to a hundred works of all sizes and styles are to be creatively placed so that visitors are able to follow several routes to discover sculpture in a natural setting.
Inside, the school’s spacious theatre will house up to four hundred original works in various media including: paint; batik; ceramic; glass; photography and smaller sculptures. In addition to these two dimensional works there will be a fine array of ceramics, glass and resin sculptures.
The Sculpture Trail will be open to visitors by appointment with Prior’s Field School, from 23rd March until 2nd April. Both the indoor exhibition and the sculpture trail will also be open daily from 10am to 4pm, 4-18 April – and is sure to be a great trip out for all the family!
Admission is Free. Visit the AppArt website and Facebook page to find out more.
A previous AppArt installation, image from AppArt’s Facebook page.
February 6, 2015
Code… the technological make-up of our modern world. Although some of us are seasoned coders, it remains a total mystery to many. Perhaps not for long however, thanks to an exciting new programme from Barclays.
With coding courses rising with rapidity (and their fees following suit) and coding now even being part of the national curriculum, we were thrilled to hear about Barclay’s new programme Code Playground. It focusses on teaching the basics of coding to children in a safe, fun and incredibly useful way.
Code Playground is an endearing and intelligent user-friendly website that has been created to help teach kids the basics of coding. The con-coders amongst us have had a quick go, and think it would be a really entertaining way to introduce the kids (or yourselves!) to the subject and help develop their digital skills for the future world of work.
Alongside the site, Barclays are inviting kids to come along to sessions in selected branches for coding tutorials with their Digital Eagles experts.
Simply go to the programme website to find your nearest session, open to children aged 7 to 17. Children are asked to bring an adult along, and a laptop.
Meanwhile, have a go on Code Playground here. We can’t think of a reason not to!
February 3, 2015
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We were all very excited at Mzuri to celebrate Christmas (better late than never!) recently at the Fork Handles Kitchen in Petersfield. After the team had kindly obliged in sending us a sample menu to salivate over in the run up to the meal, we thought we might be in for a treat – and our expectations were well and truly met on arrival.
The menu, explained to us by friendly and knowledgeable staff, is created from local ingredients all sourced within 30 miles of Petersfield. The food was impeccable; our favourites (near-impossible to choose) were the smoked cod Scotch egg (with a perfectly cooked quail’s egg in the centre –impressing and intriguing all of us!), the Solent bass with celeriac purée, and all desserts – including a 30 mile cheese board – which were practically inhaled due to deliciousness.
It was a great evening, and we award five shining stars to Fork Handles and the Head Chef Richard Gordon – who all ensured we had a great time, even if we were the last ones in there!
Visit Fork Handles Kitchen’s Facebook page to find out about all of the interesting events they host – including their already-renowned breakfasts & brunches, as well as movie nights with a three course dinner option, popcorn and M&Ms served during the screening. We like the sound of that!