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2013

Christmas Closing Dates

Xmas pic

Here at First Internet we’re winding down for the holidays and getting excited about spending time with our loved ones. As of 12pm today the Studio will be closed (after all there’s only one more sleep ‘till Christmas – fa-la-la) and will re-open on Thursday 2nd January 2014. If you have any emergency technical issues… more »

Christmas Tree Competition

David's Christmas Tree

All week we have been embracing the Christmas spirit with some competition in the office. Earlier in the week we asked you to vote for who had the best Christmas tree in the office by liking your favourite in the album on Facebook. Everyone at first internet wants to thank you for the votes but… more »

Bing’s four steps to SEO and usability success

Bing

While Google remain relatively tight-lipped when it comes to individual ranking factors, Bing’s senior product manager Duane Forrester has revealed his four steps to SEO and usability success in a new Bing Community blog post. First up is SEO – and perhaps surprisingly for some webmasters, he recommends completing meta description tags, along with well-written… more »

First Internet needs you!

First Internet needs you!

This week we’re embracing the Christmas spirit with a pinch of “healthy” competition.  Here at First Internet we love a bauble or two, and this year it seems Christmas tree decorating has sparked a bit of rivalry in the office. The problem is, we can’t seem to reach an agreement on which member of staff has… more »

Google give web developers an early Christmas present

What would web developers like from Google this Christmas? The option of adding your own images to Google Street View, perhaps? You’ve got it. Businesses have been able to create virtual tours for some time, but now Google have added the option of linking to custom photo spheres directly from Google Maps, it’s much easier… more »

Fresh is best

Tom Parson

Keeping your website fresh with current, relevant content can be a challenge. However, the benefits are numerous: New visitors will be more engaged and will perceive you as current and relevant It will give returning visitors a reason to come back to see new content Search engines will view your site as up-to-date and rank… more »

Five ways to embrace the season with web design

Christmas does strange things to webmasters – normally practically minded individuals with a passion for well-commented HTML or PHP code suddenly find themselves googling ‘Java snowflakes script’, and here are five of the easiest ways you can add some seasonal web design to your site. 1. Java snowflakes scripts We’ve already mentioned it, and it’s… more »

‘Tis the Season… to interact with your clients

Julaine

Last Christmas only seems like five minutes ago, but here we are again, December is upon already! Tom’s blog last week was all about Christmas client communications and there’s no need to stop there.  This year we’ve created an onsite Advent calendar for own website which has also been taken on by a few of… more »

Strengthening the link between social media and SEO

social media and SEO

There are various Webmaster Tools platforms to help you manage your SEO campaigns, but knowing how your social media activities interact with your main website can be difficult. Now, however, Bing has introduced Connected Pages, a way to associate social media accounts on third-party networks with your Bing Webmaster Tools account for your self-hosted websites…. more »

Rachel celebrates one year at First Internet!

Rachel cake

Today is Rachel‘s one year anniversary at First Internet and to celebrate we’re having cake for breakfast!  We’re not just celebrating her cake, Rachel is no longer an office junior as she is now a fully fledged account manager!  Here’s to many more First Internet anniversaries with Rachel!

Low cost delivery – delivering sales this Christmas

Richard Blamire

With the announcement that in the New Year retailer Morrison’s intends to offer home delivery from their new online store for just a pound (compared to Tesco and Sainsbury’s, minimum £3 and £2.99 respectively), it got me thinking just how important reduced postage and packing costs are to successful online sales. The retail world has… more »

Payments Council reveals huge growth in online festive spend

Few people would be surprised to hear that online festive spend – in particular, purchases made using debit and credit cards via the internet during December – has increased year by year in recent times. But figures from the Payments Council show the massive growth that has been recorded by online retailers, even in spite… more »

Send your clients some Christmas cheer!

Tom Pepper

Christmas is on its way… There are only five more weekends before the big day. Have you thought about how you’re going to celebrate the festive season with your clients? One way would be to send a Christmas card through the post, but if your customer base is over a few thousand, it can be… more »

M-commerce ‘is not about mobility’

Considering that most technologically minded households now contain a laptop and a smartphone, along with potentially a tablet as well, you might imagine that most m-commerce would take place outside of the home. For instance, if you have a desktop PC or a laptop that rarely leaves the house, you would arguably use that for… more »

Google Goes Gaga

Nat

Google’s mission statement from the start was “to organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”. Google has been very successful in its mission and now dominates the digital world in most areas including search, software, online advertising technologies to name a few. With its acquisition of video sharing website, YouTube, in… more »

How responsive web design can avoid an extinction-level event

Businesses that invest in responsive web design can escape a fate worse than death – the disaster of corporate extinction, according to a Bing blog post. Senior product manager Duane Forrester writes that, while the dinosaurs had no way to defend themselves against the meteor strike that wiped them out, today’s ecommerce operators are not… more »

Prioritise your revenue over Google’s

Kat Halsall

Google has made itself an awful lot of money in its fifteen year history, have been instrumental in the rise of the internet business and are pioneers of search engine advertising.  However, the ever growing complexity of their Adwords system, especially where the Display Network is concerned, has seen revenue opportunities for themselves take precedence… more »

Google urge publishers to compare mobile and desktop traffic

desktop-v-mobile

Google have urged their AdSense publishers to compare their traffic from desktop and mobile devices – and how the ratio between the two is changing. In a post on the Inside AdSense blog, mobile specialist Federico Gomez Kodela explains that it is likely most publishers will see a long-term shift towards mobile traffic. He writes:… more »

Redesigning Our Design

Tom Parson

We’re changing the way we do things around here. Chasing waterfalls A traditional model of the design process is known as the Waterfall Model. It is so named because there are several distinct stages to the process that each flows into the next, and the next stage in the process is not commenced until the… more »

Responsive web design a must as tablet retail searches double

Tablet design

A 100% year-on-year increase in searches for retail-related terms on tablet devices has hammered home the importance of responsive web design to a whole new extent. Tablets have been the fastest growing source of retail searches for several months, and the latest BRC-Google Online Retail Monitor report confirms that this was still the case in… more »