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Our Top 5 SEO Myths 2016 Our Top 5 SEO Myths 2016
21/01/2016
With a brilliant and relaxing start to the year we decided to name our top 5 SEO myths to ditch in 2016. SEO is a very important aspect to us, it’s something we enjoy helping our clients with. Today we use SEO in many ways to help make your website perform and give your visitors a brilliant experience when it comes to quality of content when visiting sites. We are also familiar with linking a user’s site with keywords based on their mission aims for the business, this allows you to work out the kind of audience you want and how to...
Brands in 2016 - this time it's personal! Brands in 2016 - this time it's personal!
01/01/2016
Everyone at Creating Media wishes you a Happy New Year! And with a shiny new year, it means we are looking forward to exciting new trends in design and marketing for the coming year... It has been an ongoing trend for several years – brands have been becoming more and more personal. 2016 will be the year that all brands will be expected to be more focused on a personalised, friendly brand experience for all users. Some great examples of brand utilising great personalisation are the famous Coca Cola named bottles – it’s touching an individual out there and giving them a...
The Illustration Awakens - Star Wars the Force Awakens Illustrative Designs The Illustration Awakens - Star Wars the Force Awakens Illustrative Designs
11/12/2015
One of the things we love, just as much as the work we do, is Star Wars. Being fans since young and the inspiration and ideas it gave us, we especially love the illustrations shown on the Design Taxi blog counting down the release of the new Star Wars film which we are all looking forward to going to see. Except Michelle, she’s not a fan, but does enjoy the graphics! In our free time we enjoy some good old fashioned lightsabre battles, especially in the dark with our light up lightsabres. It makes for a wonderful light show! We do get the...
Google's Mobilegeddon - the 10 things you need to know Google's Mobilegeddon - the 10 things you need to know
27/04/2015
You might have heard a lot recently about changes to Google which affect how they rank sites which are not mobile-friendly. Many people are calling these recent updates ‘mobilegeddon’ and claiming that anyone without a mobile site is about to lose any traffic they may be receiving from Google search – sounds pretty scary right? Actually, there is a lot of scaremongering happening, and the affect to most people is probably much smaller than you might think. Here are 10 points to help you understand the recent Google changes. What is responsive web design? Responsive web design is fast becoming the new standard...
Top website design trends to look out for in 2015 Top website design trends to look out for in 2015
19/12/2014
We are drawing nearer to the end of the year and have started looking forward to 2015 – just to celebrate this forward thinking we have just found a gorgeous infographic detailing all the website trends that will be on the rise next year. Many of these we already recommend to our clients and have already provided many single-page websites, flat designs and clean layouts. Below are a few excepts from the infographic – or take a look at the full infographic over on our Pinterest. If you want any of these trends on your website then make sure you get in...
Have you met Monty yet? Our thoughts on the John Lewis Christmas Ad Have you met Monty yet? Our thoughts on the John Lewis Christmas Ad
07/11/2014
November has started, which means that even if you hate to admit it, the Christmas season is unavoidably upon us. Nothing heralds this better than the launch of the new John Lewis advert – which has become more of a harbinger of glad tidings and festive spirit than the notorious ‘Holidays are Coming’ Coca Cola ad that inevitably gets trotted out every year. I will put my cards on the table right now, and say that I love Christmas. However I don’t normally like the John Lewis Christmas advert that much as I find it all a bit contrived. The first...
How cool are we? Creating Media discuss the CoolBrands list How cool are we? Creating Media discuss the CoolBrands list
23/09/2014
As lovers of all things brand we were very excited to see the list of this year’s official ‘Cool Brands’. The brands in the list are decided by 2000 consumers, and a panel of 37 key influencers (which this year’s included models Sophie Dahl and Jodie Kidd and fashion designer Julien Macdonald). The brands are marked on their style, innovation, originality, authenticity, desirability and uniqueness. When looking at the list, you can definitely see the influence of desirability and style in the raft of high-end luxury lifestyle brands (Dom Perignon, Aston Martin, Bang & Olufson, Selfridges, Liberty, Chanel, Alexander McQueen and...
iPhone 6 - The First Look? iPhone 6 - The First Look?
08/09/2014
  We hate to get our hopes up but we think that we have just seen the first review of the new iPhone 6!  Still not sure if it is 100% real but it would be really cool if it is.  In our office I am the only iPhone person left, everyone else has gone to Android…but is it possible these new features could bring them back?   What do you think? (Video above – translation available here) Article by Michelle ...
Creating Media work - Usk Show 2014 Creating Media work - Usk Show 2014
02/09/2014
Here at Creating Media we love building great ongoing relationships with our clients. This year we have been thrilled to be working with Usk Show again. Last year we designed their new logo and website, and this year we have built on that by designing the whole range of printed materials ready for this years show. We managed to upgrade their print to full-colour double sided throughout, and add a decent smattering of design flair to keep everything on-brand, for just a few pound more than they have paid in previous years for simple black-only one-sided print. Faye, the Usk Show secretary,...
Creating Media Kickstarter Favourites - Submarine Sandwich Creating Media Kickstarter Favourites - Submarine Sandwich
18/07/2014
Pes’s films are quirky and creative, taking normal every-day objects and showing them in a completely new way. My personal favourites are ‘Game Over’ which uses objects to recreate vintage 8-bit video games and ‘The Deep’ which recreates a creepy underwater scene using bits of scrap metal and old tools, but I also love his ‘cooking films’ where he shows meals being created from decidedly inedible ‘stuff’. He has already created two films in this style, ‘Western Spaghetti’ and ‘Fresh Guacamole’, which have both gone viral and even inspired a series of recent adverts by OXO (and probably the larger trend...
Google My Business - what exactly is it? Google My Business - what exactly is it?
19/06/2014
In the last few days you may have heard of a new Google service – ‘My Business’. But what is this new service that got ushered in overnight? How does it affect users that already have a Google+ or Google Places account?     Essentially, Google My Business is a new dashboard to manage all the Google Services your business already uses from one place. Places, Plus, YouTube, Analytics, Reviews, Insights and Hangouts are now all easily accessible from the google.com/business link. If you already have a Google+ page or Places/Maps listing you should already be subscribed for the services, and emails are...
We recommend widespread password changes following worldwide security bug We recommend widespread password changes following worldwide security bug
10/04/2014
Creating Media are advising all of our clients to change their passwords as soon as possible, following a huge security leak in one of the worlds most prominent password encryption services. The bug – known as ‘Heartbleed’ is suspected of harvesting passwords over the last 2 years from any site using OpenSSL (these include Yahoo, Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Facebook) – so be sure to go back through any service you may have used and change your passwords. Focus on banking, email and any sites containing sensitive data first, before moving on to social media and shopping sites. Also, security firms are...
Keep lots more secrets over at Pinterest boards Keep lots more secrets over at Pinterest boards
07/03/2014
We are BIG fans of Pinterest in the Creating Media office, and we regularly use the secret board feature for researching clients, leads and inspiration. That’s why we were absolutely thrilled to find out the Pinterest will now offer unlimited secret boards (there used to be a maximum of three – so we were forever deleting and recreating boards) We came up with our top 5 tips for using the secret boards on Pinterest: 1. Market research. We very often use secret Pinterest boards as part of our research process for new clients and leads – you can share the link if you want...
Fantastic Lego book scenes! Fantastic Lego book scenes!
12/02/2014
Here in the Creating Media office we are big fans of both lovely books (anyone who has visited us can vouch for the wall of books!) and fantastic Lego – design genius! That’s why we loved finding the little Lego scenes created by Waterstone’s this week – depicting famous scenes from literature! As a big fan of both the books and TV series, I particularly loved the spoilerific ‘Red Wedding’ scene from the Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones series. And the Pride and Prejudice scene is particularly clever for how it creates a semi-submerged Mr Darcy! That’s the fantastic thing about Lego...
New Year round up - A good 2013, a great 2014! New Year round up - A good 2013, a great 2014!
07/01/2014
2013 has been a fantastic year for Creating Media, with lots of new clients and connections to create lovely new work for! Our sister company Umami was also nominated for an Excellence in Marketing Monmouthshire Business Award, though lost out to worthy competitors Hicks Logistics – there’s always this year though! Our favourite projects are always the ones where we take a new startup, or an established company in need of a refresh, and work from the ground up to create a new brand. This can cover logo design, website design, and printed marketing materials such as business cards, signage, banner stands, stationery, flyers and...
Brilliant Business Show from Sterling Integrity in Cardiff next Friday! Brilliant Business Show from Sterling Integrity in Cardiff next Friday!
29/11/2013
At the Creating Media office we are getting really excited about the Sterling Integrity show on 6thDecember in Cardiff. Sterling Integrity run a range of shows across South Wales and the South West, and next year are spreading up towards the Midlands. In the run-up to their packed and exciting 2014 show season we have collaborated with them on their design work for a small logo refresh and design of their brochures, business cards and show programmes. We started by brainstorming a new strapline for their logo with Neil and Tracey, and came up with a toss-up between ‘Brilliant Business Shows’ and ‘Business Shows the Work’...
Apples, Sustainability and local business on Radio 4! Apples, Sustainability and local business on Radio 4!
25/10/2013
Today we heard that a fantastic local farm & farm shop, Hanley Farm Shop, have been featured on Radio 4’s Farming Today programme. They are talking all about the organic label, and whether it does more harm than good. Listen to it on Radio 4’s iPlayer . It’s great to hear a local company get a national spotlight – especially one that is linked so closely with many things we’re passionate about at Creating Media, like great food, local issues and sustainability. Hanley Farm Shop is a fantastic local shop, selling beautiful products from a converted barn on Tidenham Chase (a great road with stunning...
Creating Media Work - Chantler Teas Creating Media Work - Chantler Teas
17/10/2013
Creating Media have recently created the new logo and packaging design for the fantastic Chantler Teas in Abergavenny. Chantler Teas and Creating Media were recommended to work together by Business Wales, when they felt that their quickly growing business was in need of a professional facelift to match its new market space and allow them to grow further. We began the process by going for a meeting (complete with a cup of lovely loose leaf tea) where we dicussed want Elizabeth and Barry at Chantler Teas wanted from the logo – something that would appeal to their wide range of drinkers but steer clear of...
Creating Media Work - Classic Ironworks Creating Media Work - Classic Ironworks
15/10/2013
Creating Media have been working on the website for Classic Ironworks for the last few months, and are very happy to announce that today the site has gone live at www.classicironworks.co.uk. Classic Ironworks are a fantastic specialised engineering company from Somerset, and have carried out work on staircases, verandas and balconies across Bristol, Bath and the South West. The website has a brushed metal style background, representing the metalwork carried out by the skilled team, and an eye-catching blue and orange colour theme. The blue was already present in the Classic Ironworks logo, and the orange was added as a contrasting highlight for the...
The divorce of Lloyds and TSB - who got custody of the pointy-nosed children? The divorce of Lloyds and TSB - who got custody of the pointy-nosed children?
02/10/2013
It’s now been a month since one of the biggest high-street banks, Lloyds TSB, was forced by an EU ruling to split into two companies – Lloyds and TSB. We have been watching this closely as a design agency, very interested to see what each branch does with their branding. None of us were really fans of the old branding – the bizarre pointy-nosed family felt a little patronising and childish, not particularly want you want from a bank. TSB have reclaimed their logo from before they were swallowed up by Lloyds in 1995, but with an updated edge. A sans-serif font...
Kraken Rum Tentacles Kraken Rum Tentacles
17/09/2013
Over the weekend, during the ‘Festival No. 6’ food festival at Portmeirion in North Wales (Nice little reference to The Prisoner there…) a 30 foot tentacle washed up on the beach. This mysterious occurrence was actually part of a (fantastic!) marketing stunt by Kraken Rum as part of the festival – where they served up pieces of ‘kraken tentacle’ which were actually rich fruit cake soaked in the rum. The staff at the event were dressed in old fashioned diving suits – as fully suited ‘kraken hunters’. The whole things just sounds like a really great idea carried out really well...
Apple iPhone - what's next? Apple iPhone - what's next?
11/09/2013
So I hope I’m not the only one finding the new Apple iPhones unveiled this morning a little… underwhelming. With the leaps and bounds forward in Android technology (for example, the Nokia Lumia’s nighttime camera, and unveiling of the new Android KitKat version to be coming soon) and the rumours flying around about potential Apple innovations in the run-up to the launch, a reskinned OS, pretty colours on the cases and a fingerprint sensor just aren’t enough to get anyone in the office excited. I think Apple have placed themselves in a strange position – they have released a ‘budget’ version...
Creating Media in the South Wales Argus Creating Media in the South Wales Argus
10/09/2013
Following on from our recent appearances in the Chepstow Voice and sister company Umami’s appearance in Chepstow Beacon, Creating Media are hitting the headlines again. We are featured in todays South Wales Argus – so go out and grab your copy! Now who has a contact at one of the national papers? We need to get into a newspaper that is bigger again! ...
Sir Terry Matthews announces Celtic Manor Organic Brand Sir Terry Matthews announces Celtic Manor Organic Brand
05/09/2013
Sir Terry Matthews has announced that he will be beginning to turn the Celtic Manor and Usk Valley into a model organic paradise. The South Wales business giant already sources organic food for the Celtic Manor Resort’s catering operations, including over 3000 local organic turkeys over the Christmas period. According to Sir Terry the ‘natural progression’ was to move on to growing his own. As such a big local landowner and big-name influencer Sir Terry is probably uniquely placed to head a crusade for more organic food – the purchasing power and brand recognition of the Celtic Manor are unmatched within...
Lots of news in the smartphone world! Lots of news in the smartphone world!
04/09/2013
So yesterday we had the big news that Windows are finally buying out Nokia – I have to say it hardly came as a surprise since the only phones that Nokia now make are Windows-based, and Nokia are the only phone manufacturer that fully adopted the Windows OS (Other manufacturers, such as HTC and Samsung, still use Android on the majority of their phones). But what does the news mean? I thought initially that it would make it easier for Microsoft to finally make the jump from computers to phones – but then Apple have made that jump with no problem...
A slight rant on the new Nintendo design... A slight rant on the new Nintendo design...
29/08/2013
So yesterday gaming giant Nintendo announced the new ‘2DS’ – a budget version of the already popular 3DS, but without the 3D effects. Personally I was a bit confused by the entire concept – the only difference from the established DS is that a) it can play 3DS games (but without the 3D effects that many of them use as a gimmick) and b) it is utterly HIDEOUS. I’m sorry, but from a design point of view, how did this ever get past the army of committees in Nintendo HQ? Look at it. Go on, look at it. Would you pay...
Umami are Monmouthshire Business Award Finalists! Umami are Monmouthshire Business Award Finalists!
22/08/2013
We are EXTREMELY excited, as last night we found out that our sister brand Umami have been shortlisted for the Monmouthshire Business Award in Excellence in Marketing! We’re so excited to get through to the final of this well-respected award – dubbed the ‘Oscars of Welsh business’. Umami has been shortlisted for the marketing work we’ve been beavering away at, including our innovative high-quality targeted mailshot, and active social media approach. The next stage includes filming a short interview at a local landmark, then final judging before the winners are announced at a glitzy event at the St Pierre on October 11th – We’re already...
New Creating Media Mini preview New Creating Media Mini preview
20/08/2013
We’ll be posting little snippets of the design for the new Creating Media Mini across our social media for the next 2 days, all in preparation for the grand unveiling of the new signwriting! We’ll be running a competition on twitter when the new signwriting is unveiled – snap a picture of the newly branded mini with #creatingmediamini or @creatingmedia to be in with a chance of winning a lovely treat (we were debating in the office – think it’s probably going to be a lovely bottle of fizz!) So here’s your first snippet – make sure you check our G+, LinkedIn and brand new shiny Facebook...
Why are you with your bank? Would you switch because of brand? Why are you with your bank? Would you switch because of brand?
16/08/2013
We’ve been reading the news that from September 16th we’ll be able to change our bank account provider very easily in just 7 days. It looks like it will just be a case of going on the switching service website and choosing who you want to move to – your new bank will then pick up everything from there and even transfer your direct debits and standing orders. It seems like a great idea, especially as most people these days only change their bank account on average once in 26 years. There are probably a lot of people who have never changed in their life, and...
What's the fracking problem? What's the fracking problem?
02/08/2013
Here at the office we’ve been ogling this lovely website this morning – it’s like a huge, interactive infographic all about the dangers of fracking. It’s all done in a beautiful, contemporary graphic style, using blocks of simple colours and quite a limited palette. This keeps it fresh and engaging, despite being quite a technical and boring subject. As you scroll up and down the website little icons ‘stick’ to the top of your view, giving the main facts in little bitesize chunks, a great way to remind you of what you’ve read and cement the facts. The best part is that all this style...
Wales True Taste Awards Scrapped Wales True Taste Awards Scrapped
19/07/2013
As a business based in Wales, and an office full of foodies, we were quite surprised this week to discover that the Wales True Taste Awards are being scrapped this year. The aim of the awards was to reward businesses which create delicious Welsh ingredients, or great dishes using those ingredients. Here in Monmouthshire we had our fair share of winners last year, from preserve makers to poultry farmers, and a thriving local food scene. I can’t quite understand the reason for the schemes demise – from reading the statement released by the Welsh Assembly Government they seem to be concentrating more on working...
Two Very Different Architecture Awards Two Very Different Architecture Awards
03/07/2013
Here at Creating Media we are passionate about all kinds of design – so we’ve been looking at the World Architecture Festival Architecture Awards, and its slightly less glamorous cousin the Carbuncle Cup. From looking at the Architecture Festival nominated pictures on the BBC website it’s obvious that not everything is everyone’s cup of tea, but I personally love the Vietnamese cafe and Danish aquarium – I love the way that they incorporate very organic feeling shapes and design elements. The wood in the cafe in particular is just gorgeous; it would be like having dinner in the middle of a jungle with those...
Hashtags on Facebook - Good idea or bandwagon? Hashtags on Facebook - Good idea or bandwagon?
13/06/2013
So I found out today that facebook has finally decided to join in with the rest of the social media behemoths and offer searchable hashtags. This will come as a welcome feature for many people – primarily those who already added hashtags on facebook despite the fact they didn’t do anything, and those who were annoyed by this pointless trend (since the hashtags will now work). However, it adds a whole new dimension to the ‘privacy’ argument as the hashtags will be searchable to the public by default. I know plenty of people who are a bit paranoid about their facebook...
Channel 4 Scrapbook Channel 4 Scrapbook
10/06/2013
We found out today that Channel 4 has launched an online Channel 4 scrapbook – where you can ‘cut out and keep’ the best of its lifestyle articles. After a quick poke around, it seems fairly obvious they are trying to cash in on the success of Pinterest (an office addiction here at Creating Media!), as the format is very similar. They have set up a few scrapbooks (similar to Pinterest’s boards) relating to various home, style and, most importantly, food programs that the channel broadcast. So think – a scrapbook relating to the various recipes used on Come Dine With Me, or craft ideas...
Free wifi Free wifi
31/05/2013
Here it is an opinion.  All mine, Free wifi – is that too much to ask for? I was introduced at an event to a senior board member of one of the major hotel chains, he asked me “how could we improve the service in our hotels”.  My answer was simple, not the price of coffee or food (although that could well be another blog now I think about it – hotel food prices are out of control!).  The answer was “free wifi”. If you know me from my corporate world then you will remember that I lived up and down the motorway...
Innocent's perfect International Women's Day post Innocent's perfect International Women's Day post
08/03/2016
Here at Creating Media we love the quirky, individual brand and marketing approach of innocent drinks. One of Michelle’s favourite books about business and marketing is ‘Our Story and Some Things We've Learned’ by the innocent founders. That’s why, when we saw this post on International Women’s Day it made total sense. An irreverent, sarcastic and silly response with a more serious message behind it – it perfectly reflects innocent’s strong ethical stance and fun, quirky communications.   (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src =...
Do I have your attention? If so which sort of attention is it? Do I have your attention? If so which sort of attention is it?
08/07/2016
Earlier today in the office, we were discussing this interesting article about how our attention spans are changing and the impact on marketing approaches.  Simply put our attention spans are divided into three styles, used at different stages throughout the day: 1.    Selective – when we choose one stimulus over another. 2.    Divided – when we divide our attention between various stimuli, i.e. talking on the phone and checking social media. 3.    Sustained – when we truly focus on a particular stimuli, such as reading a book. Undistracted. There are no great surprises that the main reason for our shortened attention span is attributed...
Why I love a great Cortado Why I love a great Cortado
31/05/2013
Was it a dream or was it REALLY that good? Picture the scene… I am in London on a day of meetings – nice pre-Christmas ones, over lunch and drinks with lovely people.  I arrive in London on a crisp, bright December morning, a heart full of love for this amazing City and a sparkle of Christmas in my step. And guess what – I am early, in London with time for me!  This makes me happy.  My first meeting was just round the corner from Covent Garden, which is one of my favourite places.  The over sized reindeer, Lego advent calendar...
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