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why your brand should be on instagram

Instagram - if you're active online then you've heard of it and most probably own an account yourself. Instagram is one of the biggest social media platforms right now in which …

colour psychology 101 – choosing the right colours

Did you look at the image below before reading this? …

using video as a social media marketing tool

The market is constantly changing and brands now need to find ways to maintain relevance. They need to be able to adapt and respond accordingly to emerging digital trends. Business…

The importance of meta title and h1 tags in modern websites

There’s no point investing in a highly engaging, responsive website, if no one is able to find it, right? This is why it’s vital that businesses of all shapes and sizes reco…

Choosing the right illustration or icon style – how it can impact perceptions of your brand

In todays over crowded digital world, it’s more important than ever before that brands set themselves apart from the endless sea of digital content. And this starts by thinkin…

Custom Design vs Website Templates

So you need a new website for your exciting business venture. You've decided DIY website builders are a no-go, so you’ve approached a few web design companies…

Eight ways to nail website navigation design

Your website navigation is essentially a map that guides the user around your website. In the simplest terms, it should clearly label information included in your website and prov…

Creating a Striking Website

When it comes to web design, it's all about making an impact for the right reasons. When you're thinking about creating a new website or refreshing your current one, a good web …

Using background video on your website

When it comes to creating a striking website one technique that's been gathering pace is background video.  The instant way to grab someone's attention is with a moving image and …

How to create great content

One of the first things we tell our clients when they come to us to build them a new website is “content is king”. We can build you the most amazing website but if the text …

Getting noticed online

Have you heard of digital marketing? Do you know what it means? Let us guide you through what is essentially signposting and guiding people to your website. It's all …

They’re Fired!

If you’ve watched BBC’s The Apprentice you’ll have seen those tasks where they need to design and launch a new product - be it a cosmetic, something you eat, an ‘experience…

Coffee With Sleeky – Fortis Accountancy

Where we sit down with one of our clients to find out a bit more about their business and what makes them tick. Meet our clients …

Is your website out of date?

However great your website is, there comes a time when it needs a refresh. Technology doesn't stand still, and the features that were once bang up to date it will inevitably bec…

Dear Designer… I don’t know what to name my brand!

We look at common questions we get asked and how we can help to resolve them. …

Meet the Team – Elyse

Get to know us better! Here is a look into the mind of Graphic Designer extraordinaire Elyse… …

Identifying Your Brand

Suffolk, 1731. Livestock farmer Darren Ox has had enough of his long running dispute with neighbouring farmer Billy Cow over who owns which animals. After a …

Meet the Team – David

Get to know us better! Here is a look into the mind of the founder of sleeky, David... …

Coffee with Sleeky – Andy Hudson Photography

Where we sit down with one of our clients to find out a bit more about their business and what makes them tick. This week it's …

Dear Designer…

Why is my website text in French?!? Where we take actual questions we've been asked and try to de-mystify the dark art of web design... …

The Right Type Of Impression

Branding your company may seem like a straightforward process to a non-designer - slap a word on a page in a font you saw on someone else’s logo, choose two or three colours and …

Meet our new recruits

Sleeky has expanded with the appointment of Graphic Designer Elyse Lawrence and Gaia Hudson as Account Manager. …

Using Facebook for Business

In our last blog post we told you how to get noticed on Twitter. This week, we're focusing on the social channel that has over 1.71 billion active monthly users – Facebook. Al…

Getting noticed on Twitter

With so many different ways to reach customers these days, it is becoming increasingly confusing as to how to target them. It used to be simple; identify your target market and …

Building a Strong Brand Presence

In today's ever-competitive marketplace it's becoming increasingly difficult to make your brand stand out from the crowd. The dictionary definition of a brand is “a …

How mobile-friendly is your site?

Internet usage has changed – a global study showed that as of 2014 more people view the internet via mobile device than desktop, and those number are constantly increasing. …

How to make Search Engine Marketing work for you

You've probably heard the term Search Engine Marketing. You probably know you should be doing it, but where do you start? You've got a fantastic business, you've created a great…

Don’t Miss These 17 Must Have WordPress Plugins

One of the key features that makes WordPress such a widely popular content management system is the wide range of extensions and add-ons that can be installed. If you use a self…

Meta Tagging Masterclass Part 2 : Social Networking

Like search, social media has become a gargantuan chunk of the internet. Social media sites have become some of the most visited spots on the web, with many services being consider…

Join Us for an OpenCart Masterclass

This week see's the launch of our very first streaming video series: the OpenCart Masterclass. OpenCart is a fantastic open-source shopping cart solution for your website. With …

Meta Tagging Masterclass Part 1 : The Basics

Search has become instrumental to the internet, with many search engines being considered the 'homepage' that many users navigate to when they go online. Search engines are powe…

Rebrands: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Rebranding an identity can be a revitalising experience for a company. Stagnating sales, falling market shares or a plain old lack of public interest can be re…

Time To Put Dreamweaver Away?

Adobe’s Dreamweaver is the most popular WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) HTML and CSS editor in the world. Its easy-to-use interface, handy publishing tools and seamless in…

What Does Virtual Reality Mean For The Web?

1991 should have been the year of Virtual Reality. The Lawnmower Man told a semi-true story about the father of m…

Web Design Case Study: 180 Training

Our client 180 Training offer flexible learning solutions for young adults. They offer a range of high quality training courses and qualifi…

These 6 websites aren’t afraid to have fun, are you?

How many websites have you visited today? how about this week? this year? The answer is probably, 'a heck of a lot'. Now, think again about these websites, how many of these do you…

The When, Why & How of Stock Photography

As humans, we use a vast range of methods to express ourselves: images, symbols, words and sound. In business, we can also communicate in a variety of ways. When marketing products…

Give your site the ‘wow’-factor with these 7 rockstar examples

When a visitor lands on your website, you have a brief window of time to grab their attention. If you don’t take full advantage of this window, you m…

Designing To Fit

We get a variety of clients through the doors here at Sleeky Towers. Some are just starting up - they come to us with a blank slate and we'll work with them on a new brand identity…

Free Money Anyone?

Things just got easier for North East businesses looking to get online - with the NBSL funding body offering up to £2,800 in web development costs.…

Internet 101: Refreshing Your Browser Cache

There's a common recurring email here at Sleeky Towers and that is when one of our clients writes to us to say that the updates we've made to their website haven't been done. We…

Free Icons: The New Google+ Logo

In case you missed it, Google changed it's logo yesterday. Here's a cute little GIF showing how they actually designed it: …

What on earth is your web designer talking about?

Getting your business online is a must, but it can be quite daunting when choosing a web designer who uses terms you've never heard of. So to help you out, we've summarised some of…

Being mobile friendly – does it really matter?

Early this year Google announced it would be ranking mobile friendly websites higher in their search res…

5 Adwords Tips TO ROCK YOUR WORLD!

Google Adwords is generally recognised as the best pound for pound online advertising known to man. Chances are you'v…

Should your business be more like Rita Ora?

Rita Ora is undoubtedly one of the stars of Instagram, the photo and video sharing website, with her 5.5 million followers maki…

Is web design…dead?

With 180,000,000 active websites currently online, is it now futile trying to stand out in an overpopulated world? First things first, you’re not competing with 179,999,999 ot…

Keeping Your Online Files Safe From Hackers

Chances are you’re not a world famous celebrity. But the fact remains hackers can and do target any and everybody, so if you store your photos, videos, music or documents onli…

Brand Identity Case Study: Advance Flow Pack

The client approached us to assist with their new corporate brand. Previously known as GSP (UK) Ltd, they required a new brand identity, both to differentiate them from their Itali…

Google just bumped non-mobile friendly sites

As of yesterday, if your website doesn't work on mobiles you've been bumped down the search rankings by Google. The search engine giant has finally implemented a long-expected chan…

Photography in Design

Acquiring photos for your website can be a mixed experience. Do you search the stock photos on offer through the internet or set out with a camera to encapsulate what you’re look…

Web Design Case Study: ITC Service

ITC Service Ltd, a Newcastle IT Support provider, needed to refresh their old website to reflect the new technologies and services they now offer. We approached the design of their…

Web Design Case Study: Prestwick Care

An easy-to-use website detailing the range of care homes offered by North East Care Home operator Prestwick Care. Combining concise, easily identifiable content with warm, inviting…

SEO vs Google Adwords

Search engines are the lifeblood to a website. Even with the rise of social media, search is usually still the primary source of traffic (as well as the most productive one). Bu…

Help, my domain has expired!

Some of our clients choose to buy and manage their own domains. Usually this is without incident, but every now and again they forget to renew a domain. Our handy guide explains…

The impact of sleek & minimal website design

Sometimes in web design, less is more. Volume 11, an umbrella company offering services to self-employed contractors, required an easy to read website with a modern feel to showcas…

10 Years & Counting! (and some celebrity best wishes)

We have now been trading for 10 years, well how time flies! Like many a design company, Sleeky (or Grape Media as it was originally called) was started in a bedroom and has grow…

Swishing.co.uk: new website coming soon!

One of the many projects we are working on at the moment is a revamp of www.swishing.co.uk. As well as expanding the current…

Top Ten Tips for Creating Good Website Content

How many times have you visited a beautifully designed website only to struggle to locate the information you need? A poorly written website is a disaster for businesses - the equi…

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