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January 2007 Newsletter

Hi . Welcome to January's edition of the Studio 2 newsletter. With so much to cram in let's dive straight in...

This month's features >

New account management structure

E-Commerce Club

Farewell to Lucy

Client Referral Scheme

Case Study: Grahame Gardner

Case Study: Window Wallpaper

Recruitment Drive

QlikView from Concentrix

New Safebuy Logo

New Clients

Case Study: Featherstone Education

 

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 New account management structure

As a direct result of feedback from our first client forum, Studio 2 online are streamlining their processes to make the management of your projects more efficient.

Account Managers are being introduced this year who will be responsible for your projects from start to finish; no more disjointed handovers or confusion about who to talk to. This new system will allow the account managers to be aware of the progress of individual projects and be a main point of contact throughout.

This is one of the many small changes that will benefit our clients; here’s to an exciting 2007!

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 Farewell to Lucy

It is with great sadness that we wave farewell to Lucy Jones, our Project Manager. Lucy has accepted a new position in the big smoke and her departure has left us all very envious of her new team!

Wishing you all the luck, Lucy, and I am sure that I can speak on behalf of everyone at Studio 2 and our clients – we will miss you and good luck!

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 Case Study: Grahame Gardner

Trusted uniform manufacturer, Grahame Gardner Ltd have recently launched a new uniform collection which takes its inspiration from the High Street. Vitality, The Designerwear Collection, has been enthusiastically received by health and beauty professionals due to its fashionable yet practical styles and its use of contemporary fabrics.

As well as full ecommerce capabilities, it was also a requirement that customers could create and preview their own 'made-to-order' garment designs as well as buying from a standard 'in-stock' range. In addition, there was a requirement for customers to be able to save several products (such as complete uniforms) into a personal 'portfolio'.

"www.vitalitywear.co.uk has recently been given a comprehensive make over. The new site incorporates several features which improve the functionality and the accessibility of the collection, including a full e-commerce shop. Customers can now purchase online from a range of stock garments, or use the Vitality Unique service to create their own colour schemes and personalise garments.

It was great to work with Studio 2 Online, they quickly grasped the concept we were working towards and pulled out all the stops to make sure the project was completed in good time and on budget."

Katy Brocklehurst, Marketing Manager

www.vitalityshop.grahamegardner.co.uk

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 Recruitment Drive

Due to the exciting changes afoot we are looking for four additions to our team. We require:

A Web Developer with two years commercial experience, with knowledge of PHP and a strong understanding of internet technologies, web accessibility and database design.

A Junior Web Developer with a good understanding and enthusiasm for building websites.

An Account Manager who will be responsible for a wide portfolio of clients and will manage the portfolio as though managing your own business. They will be the link between the client and Studio 2 Online’s studio, responsible for liaising with the team internally and helping to guide the client through the project. Strong problem solving capabilities and ability to work within the team are essential for all roles at Studio 2.

And an Administration Assistant with previous office experience, to help with the day-to-day running of the office including reception duties, handling post, banking, filing, correspondence and general administrative support.

For more information or to apply for any of these vacancies, please visit our website: www.studio2online.co.uk.

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 New Safebuy Logo

Safebuy Web Code of PractiseImportant notice to those of you that use Safebuy on your sites - Safebuy have changed their logo and it is imperative to all that use their service to update their sites to ensure consistency and customer confidence. Studio 2 Online are more than willing to give you a helping hand, so if you are having trouble or would like us to undertake this small but necessary task, please call Giles on 0116 2425811.

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 Case Study: Featherstone Education

Featherstone Education are providers of educational materials for children from birth up to the age of eight. Their aim is to provide high quality, practical, cost effective publications which support national and local initiatives. Their main focus is helping practitioners and others interpret and implement government strategies for young children (up to the end of Key Stage 1).

Featherstone have had a longstanding relationship with Studio 2, who designed their previous site. However, it was felt that it was time for an updated look, so we set to work on a brand new design.

The site incorporates a large online bookshop with full ecommerce facilities, as well as information about the organisation and its activities.

www.featherstone.uk.com

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Double Maze

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 E-Commerce Club

February sees the return of the E-Commerce Club. As ever, the club is held on the second Tuesday of the month and the topic to be covered this month is Pay Per Click Campaigns. This topic scored highly on the level of interest from our client forum and will uncover how to make your site available to thousands with a small investment.

Tea and biscuits will be served on arrival with an opportunity to meet and discuss opportunities and successes across industries with like-minded individuals.

To qualify for early bird rates before Feb 9th, call Mechelle on 0116 2425811.

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 Client Referral Scheme

2007 is looking like an exciting year for Studio 2 and we would like to give something back for those of you that are happy to recommend our services. We are offering an overnight stay for a couple - dinner, bed and breakfast - on us, for each signed project received. That's a break away from the stresses and strains in a luxury hideaway for two.

Don't delay, make a referral today! Call Mechelle Harcourt on 0116 2425811.

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 Case Study: Window Wallpaper

Window Wallpaper are an online retailer of frosted window films, an innovative, cost-effetcive and easy way to create an etched glass look for windows, door panels and any glass surface.

Their existing site needed a redesign to make it more attractive and user-friendly, which Studio 2 were able to acheive through the use of strong colours and a easy to use, effective user interface.

Since the launch of the redeveloped web site, Window Wallpaper has experienced a huge growth in sales.

"I was delighted with the new design and in its first month we have experienced a 25% increase in sales."
Patrick Green, Managing Director for Window Wallpaper

www.windowwallpaper.co.uk

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Sobics / Blocks

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 QlikView from Concentrix

Studio 2 Online have teamed up with Concentrix to offer QlikView, an incredibly powerful, yet flexible reporting tool. If you have inhouse systems and spend more than 10 minutes creating reports then QlikView is the product for you.

Concentrix offer a 1 hour challenge, where they visit your office, load your data and build a sample report. All this within 1 hour, and you keep the report and the software for a full 15 day evaluation period.

For a fun example, check out: http://thewinepress2.qliktech.com/en/Wine_Selector.asp.

For more information on how QlikView can help you, please call David or Peter on 01509 410500.

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 New Clients

This month, new clients include PowerSonic, a leading force in the global battery business for over 36 years, Activ4, a sports tour operator, and Earl Shilton Building Society (see below).

Earl Shilton Building Society has been established for 150 years. To coincide with their 150th birthday, they decided their current site, which has been operational for 4 years, needed an update and they chose Studio 2 Online to do this work for them.

"We looked at a number of designers who could meet the challenge to design and develop a site that would be user friendly and also at the same time be able to generate new business growth. Preferably, we wanted a local company with proven track record. Searching for local web design companies, we came across Studio 2 online and completed their online enquiry form.

Studio 2 was quick to respond and from our first meeting with Giles Button, we found that they were professional in their approach and able to scope what we required for a fixed price and with an achievable timetable. We approached an existing customer for a reference, which was favourable.

We look forward to a long-term relationship with Studio 2 Online and in developing our site with them over the coming weeks."

Alan Carvell - IT Manager, Earl Shilton Building Society

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Studio 2 Online Ltd
Cathedral Chambers
2 Peacock Lane
Leicester
LE1 5PX

Tel:
0116 2425811
Fax:
0870 837 0087
Web:
www.studio2online.co.uk