The Lowdown

26th July '17

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Source At The Shropshire Business Awards 2017

Suited and booted in our finest clothes, several members of the Source team recently headed over to the Telford International Centre to attend this year’s Shropshire Business Awards.

The awards ceremony is a firm favourite of ours and, as usual, a great night was had by all. We enjoyed a fun-filled evening to honour the numerous successful Shropshire-based businesses.

Many great local companies were nominated for a variety of categories and awards, including a few of our very own clients, namely Purition (nominated for ‘Best New Business’ and ‘Online Business of the Year’), Kadai (‘Online Business of the Year’), Qi Van Systems (‘Technology Enterprise & Innovation’ and ‘Manufacturing Transport & Logistics’) and Pave Aways Ltd (‘Business in the Community’).

A Fun Filled Evening For Everyone Involved

After the first half of winners were announced, we were treated to a delicious meal, followed by the second half of awards. After which we were treated to a talk about business by Steve Smith, the south Shropshire businessman who founded Poundland.

Once the ceremony and awards were finished, the night’s fun was just beginning. Tensions were high and the competition was fierce as several inter-company table football matches took place. We then tried our luck at the after-dinner casino. Whilst James did win a small fortune, his joy was short-lived after discovering he’d been awarded Monopoly money.

Finally, it was time to get our groove on as we took to the dance floor. Unfortunately, none of us are blessed with skills such as the likes of Michael Jackson or Darcey Bussell and so there were quite a few questionable dance moves. The less said about those the better!

We’d like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in planning the event. As well as our congratulations to all the evening’s worthy winners. Well done!

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14th June '17

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Look, We Promise Social Media Really Does Work: A Case Study

Regular readers and our social media followers will be aware that Source took part in Shrewsbury’s Race For Life this month. Not only did we run the entire 5K (with some of us beating our personal bests), but we also managed to raise a staggering amount of money.

At the time of writing, the total stands at a whopping £1,057.50. We are so grateful to everyone who sponsored us. Your support made all the blood, sweat and tears completely worth it!

We Use Social Media, And You Should Too!

It has to be said, a fair amount of that sum is down to spreading the word on social media. I know – we are banging on again about how social media is such a powerful tool – but we’re only saying it because it’s true. We know that people out there are still fairly dubious about the whole topic. But let’s take the Race For Life event as an example and have a deeper look…

Regular updates on Source’s internal “goings-on” are posted via our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels. In preparation for the race and to spread the word about our involvement, we published a post entitled ‘Source Raising Money For Cancer Research UK In Race For Life’. We used this as an opportunity to link to our respective fundraising pages and asked for people to donate to a worthy cause.

The post was shared on our social media channels with a picture of smiling, happy faces, courtesy of Sally, Kirsty and Paula. Direct mentions of the official Race For Life and Cancer Research UK social media accounts (to ensure they would receive notifications about our post) and relevant hashtags were used to reach a larger audience. The engagement we achieved from these posts was as follows:

Facebook

  • 14 likes
  • 1 share
  • 801 people reached

Twitter

  • 2 retweets
  • 3 likes
  • 683 impressions

Instagram

  • 14 likes
  • 1 comment

The post was published on our website and pushed out across social media on 18th May and, at the time of writing, it has generated a total of 68 pageviews, 51 of those being unique visits and 53 of them being from a social media channel. The average time spent on the page is over 5 minutes and the bounce rate is 82.98%. Whilst that may seem high at first, it is fairly respectable for a blog post, as people will often leave a website straight after they get the information they wanted from the post.

Following that success, and with a week to go before the big day, we decided to thank all our lovely clients that had already made a donation. So, on 7th June, we published a vibrant, eye-catching image, listing our clients together with a “Thank you” message. To accompany this, we tagged each of those clients accordingly, together with the official Race For Life and Cancer Research UK accounts. We also included relevant hashtags and a link back to our original blog post to make it easy for anyone still wishing to sponsor us. Once again, this post received a lot of engagement:

Facebook

  • 14 likes
  • 3 shares
  • 1,053 people reached

Twitter

  • 4 retweets
  • 7 likes
  • 1 comment
  • 801 impressions

Instagram

  • 14 likes

Finally, the big day was upon us. The race was great fun and we loved being part of such an important event that brought together women from all over the county. And, of course, we were sure to take photos of our efforts, posting these images, once again, to our social media accounts. Using many of the same techniques as before, our sweaty-but-happy post-run faces generated:

Facebook

  • 37 likes
  • 1 share
  • 4 comments
  • 1,604 people reached

Twitter

  • 4 retweets
  • 7 likes
  • 4 comments
  • 669 impressions

Instagram

  • 8 likes
  • 1 comment

Even now, a few days after posting, these numbers are still growing.

Incidentally, that one comment on our Instagram post was from the official Race for Life account saying “We love your pic! To be featured, please reply with #YESraceforlife to agree”. So, of course, we said yes!

In short, no, this activity is unlikely to lead to direct sales or conversions for us, but that was never our purpose. And to use social media successfully, it shouldn’t be yours either.

As well as our main goal of raising money for Cancer Research UK, we posted on social media to show the real, human faces of the people behind Source.

Whether your focus is on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or even more B2B-based platforms such as LinkedIn, the idea is to use social media as an additional marketing tool. It’s about awareness; getting your business out there and humanising your brand.

And hey, if you think you may need a little assistance getting yourself out there, we’re more than happy to help.

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10th May '17

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The Importance of Mobile-Friendly Design

Mobile optimisation sounds simple on paper. It is making your website, application, or digital advertising work properly on a smaller screen (like a smartphone) by altering its layout. Mobile optimisation is becoming a very important aspect of design and digital marketing. Here we have outlined a few points you need to consider. Responsive Design Is The Future Of Design When designing...

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28th February '17

opinion

UX: User Experience

How many times have you visited a website but you’ve been infuriated by how it works? Hard-to-find buttons, menus that don’t work properly, and information obscured by popups are all common complaints. It can be a very frustrating user experience. the importance of user experience online There are now more ways to browse the Internet than ever before. You can...

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Out with the Old

We hope 2017 is being kind to you so far. In (great) anticipation of next month’s start to Daylight Saving Time, Source is having a spring clean. Putting A Spring In Our Step Since moving to our current offices in 2014, we’ve seen an influx of new clients and exciting projects. Many of these include packaging and photography, and with...

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7th February '17

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Virtually Reality

2016 was the year virtual reality became, well, a reality. You might have seen people wearing these oversized headsets, a futuristic gateway to a digital world that leaves you looking like a muppet to onlookers. For the uninitiated, virtual reality headsets allow you to see a virtual world all around you, such as a completely immersive video game, or a...

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31st January '17

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Charity competition a winner at Source

A leading Shropshire design agency came up with a novel idea to celebrate 25 years in business with an interactive online competition, not only raising money for a county charity but also raising awareness of their clients’ products and services. An off the wall donation from Sally Tringham (left) of Source, to Sarah Johnson, of Hope House Source of Shrewsbury...

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21st September '16

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Shropshire creative agency celebrates 25 years in business

A Shropshire creative agency launched by a young woman with just one client – and now boasting an impressive list – is celebrating its 25th successful year in business. Managing director of Shrewsbury-based Source, Sally Tringham, who is a qualified graphic designer, took the decision to become self employed in 1991, with Classic Furniture of Newport as her only client....

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