EV charging for the greener clients

HyperVolt EV Charging

For the greener of our clients COG media now offers EV charging

Over the weekend we had our electrics updated and an EV charging point installed. Ahead of us getting our own electric vehicle COG media has taken advantage of the electric car charger grant before it runs out at the end of March 2022  and had an EV charging point installed. Having done our research and taking advice from our client Critten Electrical we went with the HyperVolt charging unit. Nothing to do with the fact it has massive lightning bolt on the front and lighting modes you can play about with… honest. With the cost of petrol and diesel going through the roof and lemmings panic buying at the drop of a hat we felt it was time to upgrade.

With a couple of our clients already running electric cars and looking to upgrade in the near future it made sense for us to add a charging point.

Clients will have access to our charger free of charge with members of the public able to request a slot the the  ZAP map app.

 

Norwich Design Studio Workspace open after Covid

Design Studio Workstation

Our Norwich design studio workspace is now open for clients to visit after the relaxing of all the covid restrictions. 

We’re looking forward to having clients sit in with again in our newly updated work space. Taking advantage of the restrictions during the Covid lockdown our design studio was overhauled to with in an inch of it life. Networking, coms, hardware and software was all upgraded to allow us to bring you the best of design results.

Stripped back 

Taking advantage of other work going on in the building it was the perfect time to run all the cables (and a few spear for good measure) Data cables were run throughout allow hardware to be deployed wherever needed. More plug sockets were installed than the average house. A massive thank you goes out to Critten Electrical for advising and wiring up. All the surround sound wires were hidden away and sockets installed for easy installation. 

Covid stopped play

Covid hitting hard in early 2020 put the kibosh on wall building work going ahead… time to learn a new trade. Jumping online and tracking down sound barrier plasterboard and all the bits to put it up with I turned my had to labouring… and I enjoyed it. The plasterboard went up quickly and as most of the sockets were going into hollow walls cutting them in was a breeze. The special tool (or bread knife as everyone else calls it) made short work of the cleaning up of the edges. Nigel’s labelling of the cables made it an easy job to get all the wires going to the right places ready for his second fix as we call it in the trade. I even learnt to keep a pencil behind me ear, although I drew the line at drinking tea.

COG media Studio Ready for Plastering

Time to get plastered

The only I… I mean Teresa wasn’t happy with me doing was the plastering. So with a referral from a good friend Aaron was booked up to get me plastered. Drying time seemed to take ages but soon the walls were ready to a few coats of paint. Painting done and business starting to pick up we got Callum back from another building project to put the floor down in the studio and entrance.

Upgrade time

Whilst all this was going on the studio hardware was overdue an upgrade. New design and editing suite was spec’ed and built. A 32 processor Intel i9 stacked with ram and more video ports you could throw a stick at with two new 4K monitors, a preview HD screen and a spear port I’m sure we’ll find something to plug into it. We did the usual loading up old scenes and do re renders. Frames that took hours to render were now down to seconds… 

Not normally a fan of light up cases but configured this one to a COG media teal that got brighter the harder the system is running, all adds to the look, that’s what I’m telling myself. 

COG media Studio i9 Design System

Ready for business

New desks and drawers where all in place, time to make this a pleasant work environment. Extending our use of Philips Hue and Google Assistant the studio is completely voice controlled. Lighting settings depending on time of day screens, external devices and smart plugs all set with a couple of commands.

COG media Studio Open for business

Its behind you!

With us all used to video chats and Zoom meeting these days its becoming more important to consider what’s going on behind you, Lets face it it we’ve all seen shots on the news of with embarrassing items in the background or found ourselves studying at the book titles on  interviewees libraries. Some goes for our studio. Really must get round to replacing the door to the data cupboard! Fingers crossed the PowerPoint slides running on, yes you guessed it another screen will take your gaze away from it.

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The pièce de résistance 

The finishing touch to the user / client experience was to get the preview screen as part of the design system so looking over shoulders at 4K screens to preview designs and websites. Mark from Relax Mobility was the first to get the full impact of seeing his new website coming to life… on the big screen.  

Design Studio Workstation

Web site update for Vanta Staffing

Vanta Staffing Website Design

Recruitment company Vanta Staffing after four years of trading were in the market for a web site update. With content being changed and amended internally and via external agencies the site had become disjointed. 

With a second office being opened, new recruitment sectors being added and staffing updates the web site needed new fresh look. With a website development area in place we set about creating a new fresh look based on Vanta’s existing marketing materials. A new colour scheme had been introduced which gave us a great scope for jazzing up every pages look. Bold colourful imagery showcasing Vanta’s values, Commitment, Balance, Honesty, Development, Different and Fun  are all extremely important to the brand and we upheld those values in our approach to the look and feel of the webiste. 


Need a website update?

COG media can help you get your company web site designed and start selling to the world. Contact our web design team today and get our offer on website hosting! 


    Norwich Smokehouse Takeaway Brand

    Norwich Smokehouse

    Continuing our design services for the owner of Award Winning Take Thai we were pleased to be asked to come up with the branding for Andy’s new venture… A smokehouse takeaway called Norwich Smokehouse

    Its all about the brand

    Andy was after a strong and simple logo design which could developed to allow for expansion in the future. With no avatar or imagery and simple colour scheme of black, white and vibrant orange for the logo, clean text based concepts were designed trying a few font variations. With a couple of logo candidates in the bag, mock-ups of signage on the new premises proved the logo would stand out to passing traffic. While we were at it Andy had us try out different styles and colour schemes for the shop exterior. This proved that less is defiantly more allowing the sticking orange of the logo to do all the talking.

     

    Inside and Out Design

    With a clean canvas and a massive shop space for the new takeaway Andy had big plans to modify the interior to suit his needs better. So it was off to the shop to get a few photos and get an idea of what could be done to the space. With time against us instead of measuring up and creating a 3D environment Andy sat with us as we build up walls and themed up the shop area to reflect the nature of the food he’s be selling.

    Norwich Smokehouse Interior Before Norwich Smokehouse Interior Mockup
    Norwich Smokehouse Interior After

     

     

    Normal service had been resumed

    With a stop gap menu used for a soft launch we were back on the case producing the menu for Andy. With a lot more space to play with we had a bit of fun with the initial designs incorporating with wood theme used in the shop . This spread in the social media content. New menu animations were used to showcase new dishes and tweaks to the launch dishes.

     

     

    Off site support

     

    Expanding the services we supply to Andy we’ve now added EPOS programming. The system Norwich Smokehouse have gone for is powerful but not the easiest to populate so we stepped up to the plate (forgive the pun) and took on the editing and additions to the growing menu. When the restaurant was getting ready to open, doors were open and all the trades were in and out so it wasn’t the warmest work places. So harnessing the power of remote access through TeamViewer we could make all the changes we needed in the comfort and warmth of our studio. 

    Norwich Smokehouse EPOS

    Your website will need to work smarter to kickstart your recovery

    Your website will need to work smarter to kickstart your recovery

    Every website exists to generate downloads/views/sales/signups/etc and as businesses look to kickstart their recovery post Covid-19 your website needs to deliver more.

    To deliver more, your website needs to be attracting the right people in the right volume.

    Social media adverts, SEO and pay per click adverts can all be great ways of boosting the traffic going to your website, but they can also be an expensive way of amplifying the wrong audience.

    The trick to all forms of digital marketing is to continually refine your campaigns to increase the return on your investment.

    You need to use the data you gather through Google Analytics, Google AdWords and your social media channels to inform your decision making.

    Don’t work on what you think you know, make your decisions based on what the data is telling you.

    Dynamic campaigns that are continually improved and tweaked based on data are the ones which deliver the biggest return on your investment and could be the catalyst for strong growth post Covid-19.

    Analysing this data properly takes time and at COG media we focus on your campaigns while your focus on your business.

    Our team knows how to spot patterns in your campaign data and can refine content output and campaign audiences to deliver the best possible results.

    Not all data is born equal, our team knows which data can be used to add the most value and deliver the best possible return for our clients.

    We can help you today!

    Speak to our team today to see how a digital campaign can help your business attract new customers and grow.

    New Website Design for Norwich Design Company

    New Website Design for Norwich Design Company

    Time for a new website design

    Taking advantage of lockdown, not able to take my Grand Tour through Europe it was  new website design time for COG media. Firstly upgrading our WordPress Technology to include the same editor we’ve been using for our clients over the last year. Secondly to take advantage of all the new projects we’ve been working on. New services came online as well adding marketing to our products.

    Website Design First steps…

    Backup all existing content Drawing on the existing website we backed up all the blogs and pages ready to drop into the new framework. When we revamp existing WordPress websites doing this backup will keep the site structure. This is always good practise to keep Google and other search engines happy. Now we had the old site ready to start designing the new look.  

    Fresh New Website Look

    Go big or go home… Moving away from the boxed look of the old COG media website we wanted to use the full screen available where possible. Keeping the site responsive on all platforms templates where created for full width image based headers. Our latest development platform allows us to quickly add control on how the page will look on desktops, tablets and mobile devices. Website performance is very important part of page design. Posts like the one you’re reading now got a full width feature image which greets you when you get to the post.  

    New Marketing Services

    Expanding our product offerings With our new website comes new services. Ed Colman joins COG media as a marketing consultant. This now means we can offer your business copy writing, email marketing, Public Relations and Communications. Along with a fresh approach to Social Media Promotion. So if you just starting out in business COG media can support your from your initial idea to launch day.  

    Website Search Engine Optimisation

    Getting our website design pages found

    Keeping up with all the new innovations with SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) we reviewed all our pages and blog posts. Ensuring that the likes of Google and Bing could index our website. Adding to our blog posts with cleaning and informative content tells the world what your business is all about. So we have been back the the COG media vaults posts articles on past projects. So if you’re only just getting a business website blogs and posts can be back dated to keep a timeline of past work.

    So you want a web site designed

    COG media can help you get your company web site designed and start promoting to the world. Contact our web design team today and get our offer on website hosting! 


      We’re now Marketing… Another string to our bow

      Norwich Norfolk Marketing Services

      We are please to announce the COG media is now able to offer a plethora of marketing services.

      Content Marketing

      Cog Media can help you create web content that really works for your business. We look at what sort of content will perform well and what sort of content your target audience is consuming to create a robust content marketing plan.

      Our content marketing team have experience producing a wide range of content from newsletters to brochures, magazines to infographics and anything and everything in-between.
      We can also help you to create digital media assets to drive engagement and increase your brand awareness.

      Email Marketing

      Email marketing is a great way to get your content in front of your customers and COG media can help you build must-click emails and write brilliant content to maximise your return.
      We can bring your database of customers and leads to life by giving them well designed content that is worth reading straight into their inbox.
      COG media’s team are up to date on all things GDPR, so you can be confident that your and your customers’ data is in safe hands.

      Pay Per Click Marketing

      COGmedia can help you to understand what PPC campaigns are and how or if they can help your business. PCC campaigns can be a very cost-effective way of increasing your visibility for key search terms that your business wouldn’t otherwise rank highly for in organic searches.

      We will manage your campaign to ensure that your spend delivers qualified leads, i.e. people who we know are actively searching for your product or service.

      Marketing Analytics

      If you want to know more about how visitors are interacting with your website and your campaigns, Cog Media can help you to make the most of your Google and Social Media Analytics.

      You are already collecting a huge amount of data that you can do so much with. You can measure performance, track progress against key performance indicators (KPIs) and use your data to prove any assumptions you have.

      We can help you today!

      COGmedia can help you to understand, interpret and analyse your data and use it to refine your activity and increase the return on your investment.

      Covid19 support to clients during the pandemic

      Covid19 support to clients during the pandemic

      Covid19 information media

      Who could have guessed the impact  Covid19 was going to have when we started to hear about infections in China…  Within a few months the whole world was getting to terms with a new way of living and working.

      Very quickly a number of our clients were having designs for eshots, flyers and posters produced. One of our largest clients had a whole section added to their website offering advice,  guidance and links to their clients.  Daily we were adding to their Covid-19 blog, producing social media branded memes and positive messages for the whole group.

      Covid19 Prepare for Back to Business

      We’ve even designed a suite of “back to business” posts which hopefully will be put to good use very soon.

       

      COG media would like to take this opportunity to wish all our clients,  suppliers and friends all the best at this difficult time.

      COGmedia studio on the move again

      COGmedia studio on the move again

      After a rushed move from our studio at Avian Way in Norwich and a bit of a restructure COGmedia have moved to our new studio. Now comes the remodelling to get it exactly how we want it.

      Time to stop lining the pockets of landlords and create the ideal workspace at home. Cant help thinking home working will be a thing of the future. Lets face it I’ll never be late for work. Never miss a package for the other half… Think I’m going to like this.