Novus WashroomsRealnet have helped to quickly put together a holding page with a useful brochure flipbook for Novus Washrooms, part of the long established Vetspeed group near Royston providing expert safety equipment, supplies and advice for cleanliness and waste product removal.

The idea was to quickly get an online presence and focal point in order to show the flipbook brochure and product range and to get them indexed onto Google and the other main search engine and directories. With the website holding page indexed, this now makes further indexing more straight forward and better established later for the next project phases.

The team at Novus Washrooms now have the peace of mind and breathing space required to finalise their website plan in full, online purchase system plan and create an attractive, intuitive and useful online store for their established and potential new blue chip business customers to order their essential and more specialist supplies easily and simply.

http://www.novus-washrooms.co.uk/

We would like to invite you to visit us at The Two Counties Business Exhibition on Wednesday 25 March, 11.00am-3.00pm, at Newmarket Racecourses.

The Two Counties Business Exhibition brings together businesses from across Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and beyond to build new connections, promote products and services and to learn and be inspired by guest speakers.

It’s free to visit, and you can save time on the day by pre-registering at twocounties.eventbrite.co.uk

For further information about The Two Counties Business Exhibition please click here.

Today I was doing a little research on top websites, when I ended up on the Play.com website. For a few years this has been a go to place for me along with Amazon, but I noticed two things today that didn’t seem very clever….

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LeanCMS display stand - http://www.leancms.co.uk/

LeanCMS display stand – http://www.leancms.co.uk/

Realnet are exhibiting the LeanCMS platform at the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Exhibition. The show is held at FIVE Farnborough from Tuesday 10th February through Thursday 12th, and is the must-attend event for industrial engineering and manufacturing professionals.

With over 800 leading suppliers, and a packed schedule of seminars, Southern Manufacturing is the UK’s biggest and most comprehensive industrial technology show. Visitor entry is free and can be booked at www.industrysouth.co.uk

This is our first year at Farnborough, so do come along to see us at stand P103 to get hands-on and experience the LeanCMS platform for yourself. And while you’re there, ask about our special, exhibition-only offer!

http://www.leancms.co.uk/

Around this time of year I usually put together a design article about up and coming trends for the year. However, this year I thought I’d do something a little different. Whilst researching, I got to thinking about how trends are actually created and develop in the first place, and what factors a designer should be taking into account when creating or building upon ‘the next big thing’. This led me to some interesting articles about how trends evolve through design, communication and the sharing experience. I’d like to share and expand on some of these ideas in this latest post.

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PenguinThe big news in search engine land this month has been Google’s roll out of the Penguin 3 algorithm update. You may have heard about it already, and there’s an awful lot of chatter and contrasting information on the web to get your head around. But don’t worry; we’ve read and digested the most trusted sources on your behalf to give you a concise summary. So read on to find out what Penguin means to you as a website owner.

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B&Qs multi-million pound website overhaul

B&Qs multi-million pound website overhaul

A couple of major retailers’ website launches have particularly caught our eye this October. First of all, came the news of Selfridges’ digital makeover. A reported budget of £40 million went towards the new responsive e-commerce platform, and the necessary systems integrations, to enable them to compete as a luxury multi-channel retailer.

However, this huge budget was soon trumped by B&Q, with the update of their diy.com platform. The total bill for their work came in at a staggering £60 million!

As is often the case with websites of this nature, a lot of the cost occurs behind the scenes. B&Q operate 350 retail sites across the UK and the new website has to interact with each, to enable the diy giant to offer a comprehensive ‘click and collect’ service. A concurrent upgrade to the company’s backend systems means that a shared product database now powers all their customer and staff-facing systems. This means that the website is instantly up to date with available stock levels at each store, and in turn can allocate products from shop stock to online purchase. The same site also offers a customised view for staff to use in-store.

To add further context, the site sees weekly traffic of 3.5 million visitors, compared to Selfridges’ none-too-shabby one million. In contrast, Realnet’s busiest site, Kickoff.com, achieves 1.5 million visitors per week.

That still sounds a lot of money to us though!

As a final note, both budgets are still minute in comparison to the former businesslink.gov.uk website (remember it?). A total budget of £105 million over three years still makes that the most expensive we know of.

As part of our commitment to improve service levels to you, three members of the Realnet team have recently been promoted.

Dan Orme has moved up to Business Development Manager, giving him responsibility for account management and customer satisfaction. As always he is happy to hear from both long-standing and newer clients, and will be in touch with you all over the next few weeks.

Chris Mellor moved to Production Manager earlier in the summer adding overall responsibility for the production team to his project management role to ensure we have all the tools needed to complete projects within budget and on schedule.

Marco Monteiro is now officially our Lead Developer. His responsibility is to ensure the development team continue to produce quality code to the highest standard.

We might be in Cambridge but with the pedigree of our websites and applications we are growing in demand from other areas in the Midlands and the South East.

We are exhibiting our skills, showing our experience in building complex websites and applications with attractive facades at Kent 20/20 Vision Marketing live in Maidstone.

If you are in the area please feel free to pop in and have a chat and a coffee with Dan at our stand today

For more information – http://www.kent2020marketing.co.uk/

Realnet Exhibition Stand

The Realnet Exhibition Stand at Kent 20/20 Vision Marketing Live