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Support Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of Stephen Alexander, 1950 – 2019

Stephen Alexander

We were extremely sad to announce, on Monday 15th April, that our founder, and friend, Stephen Alexander had passed away the previous evening following a battle with cancer.  We have therefore set up a donation page in his memory, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, a cause close to his heart and an organisation that… more »

We’re Celebrating 20 Years of Digital


As a Hale-based digital marketing agency we’ve started our 20th anniversary year in 2018 with four new recruits and two more to come – and a budding romance between the office dogs! Highlights: · 3 new marketing recruits, 1 lead designer and 2 development roles in the pipeline. · 4 major new clients. · 2 very… more »

Twitter DM changes make social media marketing easier


Many businesses and sole traders use Twitter as a key component in their social media marketing mix, but recent changes have made it increasingly easy to do this. If you have never investigated Twitter as a way of reaching out to potential buyers, it is perhaps a better time than ever before to consider putting… more »

Twitter glitch notifies users of own activity


Several Twitter users have been bemused this week after receiving notification emails to tell them they have just favourited a tweet. Twitter routinely informs users if a tweet in which they are mentioned is favourited by another user; however, it seems an update has removed its ability to filter out when that user is the… more »

Google embrace EU cookie law


It might be a case of ‘better late than never’, but Google seem to finally be embracing the EU cookie law that requires website visitors to be notified if a site is going to store cookies on their system. Several Google services appear to have ‘switched on’ to the recently introduced rules all at the… more »

Chocolate and Politics!


Easter weekend – 4 days filled with chocolate, hot cross buns, walks in the sunshine and of course – love it or hate it – the election campaign! How many of us watched the election TV debate and afterwards took to our keyboards to voice our reactions to what we had seen? It seems widely… more »

Hi There! Please allow me to introduce myself…

Brodie Mackenzie

I’m Brodie Mackenzie and I’m thrilled to be joining the First Internet team as a Digital Marketing Account Manager. My background mainly lies in Pay Per Click as I worked over the past year as a PPC account manager, managing over 130 PPC accounts. I LOVE geeking out about AdWords and SEO because I have… more »

Shell Shock Bug Alert

You may have heard about the “Shellshock” bug that’s affecting Linux and Mac Systems and if you’re worried about it affecting you then let us put your minds at ease. There’s no getting away from the fact that it was a pretty serious bug that could be leveraged on a large number of servers worldwide… more »

A workplace inspired by Sir Richard Branson, or Kara?


Last week I read a very interesting and thought provoking article about Sir Richard Branson and his staff across the Virgin group of companies. The article was about Sir Richard allowing his staff to pretty much come and go as they please, providing all work, projects, targets and revenues were hit/completed properly. I think the… more »

Hold on to your hats, Dot UK is coming!

Rachel Cunnane

From June 10th, the new .uk domain will be available to register, offering another piece of digital space to build your business on with a clear connection to the UK. One of the benefits of investing in the new, shorter URL is that the visitor’s attention is shifted away from all the w’s and dots… more »

In need of a new playlist?


Hello there. I’m the newest member of the First Internet team, so be kind! I hail from North Wales with a background in digital marketing and promotions, largely working in the music and arts industries. Music is a huge passion of mine as a performer and as a gig-goer, Manchester’s rich culture and history steeped… more »

Understanding, creating and meeting client expectations


For my début First Internet blog I thought I’d dive straight in with a potentially taboo topic.   That topic is getting it “wrong” or “not delivering” to clients.  This is something we (digital agencies) are potentially faced with every time we begin a new client project or relationship. I speak with numerous business owners on… more »

Pizza and perfect projects

Rachel Cunnane

You may have noticed that there’s been quite a lot of change going on at First Internet recently: the development team have started working on an exciting new codebase, we have some new team members and even the busy bees in the client services team have been working on ways we can improve our processes. Last… more »

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 »

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 »

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!

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 »

Brand new responsive website for FSYTA

FSYTA logo

The Fire Services Youth Training Association has a brand new responsive website thanks to First Internet. The site, launched yesterday, uses responsive technology, meaning that the content adapts depending on the device you are viewing the site with, whether that’s a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer.

Google’s 15th birthday was last month – First Internet celebrate 15 years on top

Tom Pepper

Google’s 15th birthday was last month – First Internet celebrate 15 years on top Last month may have been Google’s 15th birthday, but this month it’s First Internet’s own 15th anniversary, marking a decade and a half at the forefront of the online marketing industry in the north-west. So what has changed in the 15… more »