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December 18, 2014

Website Launch: Transport Times Events

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We are really proud to announce the launch of the new Transport Times Events website. The site is fully responsive and content managed and has been very well received by the client. We worked closely with the team at Transport Times Events to continue to utilise the content and events management database system which we have developed and evolved over several years of working together, and to tie this in to the new website. This has the advantage of continuity for the client in using existing (albeit improved!) systems, whilst updating the front end of the website to bring the company bang up to date. Additional functionality enables them to take and manage bookings for their three national awards and their major conferences with ease.

The aim of the site was to provide an engaging and easy to navigate site for their visitors, and to provide functionality and flexibility to the team, and the comprehensive content management system which enables the tailoring of the site across all pages achieves this. The addition of a news/blog page and tying in with social media via a twitter feed and appropriate social media links also increases the immediacy of the marketing messages for the business, enabling them to respond and comment on big changes in their industry effortlessly.

Site looks great, thanks for all your hard work. Much appreciated!
Grant Poulton, Managing Director of Transport Times

Visit the site: www.transporttimesevents.co.uk

December 17, 2014

Harrison’s Fund has a new website!

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New Website for Harrison's Fund
We are proud to have recently launched a brand new website for charity ‘Harrison’s Fund’.

The charity, founded and Managed by Alex and Donna Smith is dedicated to their son Harrison. Harrison has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Harrison’s Fund has just one goal which is to get as much money as possible into the hands of the world’s best researchers, who are working to find a cure for Duchenne.

Our brief was clear, to retain the youthful, fun feel of the charity’s existing website but make it easy to use both for visitors and the site administrators. The key issues for use to address centred around the back end of the website, giving the administrators straight forward and simple access to maintain and update the website on a daily basis. In addition, it was important to ensure that the core target to drive interest, donations and involvement in fundraising events was at the forefront of each element of the website and that the website brought together the different elements of Harrison’s Fund digital marketing.

Alex expressed his gratitude at the time of the website launch, commenting that “It’s rare to find an agency that can understand so fully a brief from a developed original website and make it quite so much better. The process of working with Mzuri has been seamless, with advice and suggestions that have taken our new site to a completely new level!”

We are delighted with the look and feel of the new website but are particularly proud of the efficiencies created by our content management system, making management of the website straightforward and time efficient.

December 16, 2014

New site for Snowbird Finance takes flight

Filed under: General,Websites — Tags: , , , — zoe @ 3:25 pm

Snowbird Finance

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new website for Snowbird Finance. The client brief was to design a clean sharp corporate site that would help to place Snowbird Finance Ltd is a leading position in their marketplace.

Designed specifically to appeal to the dental, optical, medical and veterinary markets the site is fully CMS controlled and has a number of functionalities that enable the client to maintain and add to the site quickly and efficiently.

Twitter and News feeds on the home page make the best use of live content and flexible quick links leading to stand alone pages give the facility to create timely and topical content as and when needed without clogging up the site with dated material. The site has also been designed to drive enquiries to the Snowbird team so that they can maximise lead conversion with excellent customer service, responsiveness and rates.

Sophie-Louise Cook, Marketing and Communications Manager at Snowbird Finance commented,

“We are delighted with our new website from Mzuri, which is both functional and easy to navigate for the user and the back end administrator. I am able to make changes in a matter of seconds such as adding pages, news items and images, which is essential in our fast moving and dynamic industry. The live twitter feed on the home page keeps users up to date and the contact us page with newsletter opt in has already brought new leads to the business. Thank you to Zoe and the team for all their hard work on this project”.Snowbird Finance Website

December 1, 2014

10 Nearly-New Year Resolutions from Mzuri

10 Nearly-New Year Resolutions from Mzuri

The time has come to open the first window on our advent calendars; it’s officially December. We’re steaming rapidly towards that magical time of year once again and before we know it Christmas will be upon us – with the New Year not far behind.

Christmas, of course, brings with it all manner of goodies, the down side is that it inevitably presents us with an exceedingly long ‘To Do’ list before we can set ‘Out of Office’, relax and get our paws on the fun stuff.

This year we’d like to help you get a few of these things crossed off early to make the run up to the festive season that bit more enjoyable. We’ve put together a list of Nearly New Year Resolutions to make sure that your business has all of the jingle bells and whistles but less of the hangover as we move into 2015.

If you have any Christmas wishes for your business, why not use this Christmas to make them come true?

Our 10 Nearly-New Year Resolutions:

1. Spread some joy with email marketing – and develop some effective routes of communication with your target audiences

2. Spread a little Christmas cheer – build relationships by sending some thoughtful cards or gifts to say ‘Thank you for 2014 and we look forward to working with you in 2015’

3. Spice up your corporate stationery – give the right ‘on brand’ impression every time

4. Give your social media some sparkle – drive traffic to your website, raise awareness of your business, build a brand personality and communicate with your audiences

5. Spruce up your flyers – are they sending the right message and addressing the relevant issues? Is the call to action clear? Make sure your sales tools work as hard as you do

6. Pick the perfect wrapping - create some superb product packaging – presentation is half the battle, particularly for retail businesses, so make yours shine

7. Give great cards – your business card is a mini reminder of you and your business, make sure yours does you proud

8. Giving is better than receiving – How can you keep your business at the front of your customer’s minds? Inspired promotional items can help

9. Don’t hide your light under a bushel – Make sure you are seen and let your signage do the talking

10. Make sure your website has all the trimmings – it’s the first bastion of your business in a digital age, so does your website have it all or is it letting you down? Does it reflect your corporate image and values or could it do with freshening up?

And one more… after all it’s (nearly) Christmas…

11. Start the New Year with a bigger bang this year! Why not go all out by taking a step back and working out your marketing strategy ahead of 2015? You could save time, money and see improved results.

Our gift to you – ‘Tis almost the season to be jolly so we’d like to offer a free of charge initial consultation to review your current marketing, come up with some preliminary ideas and sketch out a plan of action for you.

To book your free consultation please call us on 01428 722990 or email zoe@mzuridesign.co.uk.

 

November 27, 2014

November 26, 2014

Time to add personality to your LinkedIn profile

Filed under: General,Marketing,Social Media,Websites — Tags: , , , , — Katherine @ 2:55 pm

Time to add personality to your LinkedIn profile

LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn have now introduced the option to add a custom background to profiles.

In our increasingly visual world, this is a welcomed addition to the social network that will no doubt bring professional pages to life.

Why not give it a go and add some personality to your profile? The recommended size is at least 1400 x 425 pixels, and we’re working on ours now!

What will yours be?

November 19, 2014

Support the NSPCC at the Haslemere Christmas Fair

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NSPCC Haslemere Christmas Fair
Be sure to pop down to Grayswood Village Hall on Saturday 29th November to stock up on gifts, decorations and homewares at the Haslemere Christmas Fair. The event takes place from 10am to 4pm, and is in support of the NSPCC.

Stallholders will be selling artwork, collectable felt animals, bespoke cushions, cashmere and silk clothing, Christmas decorations, furniture, home accessories, antique porcelain and crockery, Christmas bulb arrangements, kitchen tools, makeup, fragrance, skin care, jewellery, boutique wines, Spanish chocolates, French and African baskets, cakes and much more!

As if these offerings wouldn’t be enough to tempt you, there will be a delicious curry lunch provided by Sulu Hardy, offering both a veggie and chicken curry with saffron rice. Sulu will also be serving pav bhajis, which are Indian-style sandwiches served on a roll and topped with onion, coriander and a squeeze of lime. Yum! The lunch is available to eat in or for take-away – something tasty to bring back and eat in front of Strictly! Coffee, tea and delectable cakes and biscuits will also be sold and served.

The fair will also feature a raffle with some fabulous prizes to be won, as well as an onsite charity shop; great for children to buy smaller gifts in addition to the range of specialist stalls.

The NSPCC campaigns to change the law, provides ChildLine and NSPCC helpline services, offers advice for adults, brings ChildLine School Services to children in schools all over the UK, and much more. Every child is worth fighting for, and your support makes it happen, so why not welcome the holiday season, get into the Christmas spirit and support this fantastic cause! Read about the event here.

Haslemere Christmas Fair

 

Looking forward to… Lecture by Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE

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Lecture by Ranulph Fiennes

Ranulph Fiennes

We’re really excited to be attending the annual Huxley Lecture at Prior’s Field School next Thursday 27th November, presented by the phenomenal British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE.

Some of his outstanding achievements include climbing to the summit of Mount Everest at the age of 65 and being the first explorer to cross the Antarctic on foot. He has led 22 major exhibitions to all corners of the Earth, including the first polar circumnavigation of Earth, the discovery of the lost Arabian city of Ubar and the first hovercraft ascent of the longest river in the world. Phew!

We can’t wait to hear about his amazing adventures and experiences.

Fancy joining us?

Tickets cost £14 and are available here.

October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween from the Mzuri Team!

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , , — Katherine @ 11:26 am

Happy Halloween
We have been getting into the spirit of things this week, embracing all things orange! We’ve been munching on some delicious spooky cupcakes from Cater and Celebrate, and we now even have our very own Mzuri-branded pumpkins courtesy of Hannah Miles, who joined us this week for some work experience. You can read about what Hannah got up to and see some of her photographs of the Mzuri pumpkins here.

We hope that whatever you are up to this Halloween, you have a spooctacular weekend!

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October 30, 2014

Hannah Miles: Work Experience

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Guest Blogger: Hannah Miles
This blog comes from our guest blogger Hannah Miles who has been here for work experience this week. Hannah has not only shown off her creative skills whilst at Mzuri, she has also been a big help with several projects during the week. It’s been great having Hannah in the office to help out, and we think she did a fantastic job. We wish her every success in the future. Thank you Hannah! Read her story here:

27th-29th October 2014 - My 3 active days of work experience at Mzuri Design:
To kick off my half term, I have been spending three days in the lovely company of Mzuri Design in Liphook. I hope to take the creative route in life so therefore, going to a graphic design company for work experience is a good starting point. In the past few days, I have been introduced to both the marketing and design side of life. I didn’t really know much about Graphic Design, so when I was asked what I wanted to see within the company, I decided to go with anything they needed doing.

The first day started off with research for artwork for their company Facebook page (image backgrounds for special days of the year with worldwide activities and matching quotes), helping sort out photos for a client’s website and buying 5 massive monster pumpkins for, as you may have guessed, Halloween!

The second day I was involved with designing a possible gift package for the coming Christmas and New Year up ahead and then I was set the task of painting the pumpkins to put outside Mzuri Design. We decided to paint each letter of the company name on each pumpkin in white paint, to match the brand colours.

Today, the third and final day, I helped design a little more of the gift package, was given an insight into what the team does in the design agency and also finished painting the pumpkins and arranged them out across the windowsill (have a look if you can as they are pretty cool).

Overall, in my time here, I have met some very nice people who have helped me understand the varied jobs in Mzuri Design and I hope to come into the world of Graphic Design in my future.

Hannah

Hannah Miles

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