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Merry Christmas!

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All of us here at DBS Internet Marketing would like to wish all of our clients, friends and people that we have worked with over the year a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Our offices will be closed from 5pm on Friday 22nd December and will re-open on Tuesday 2nd January at 9am.

We hope your Christmas plans go as smoothly as this ....

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DBS team join Christmas Jumper Day!

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Happy Christmas Jumper Day! Millions of people around the country are wearing their Christmas jumpers to work to raise money for Save the Children, and we’re enjoying joining them! Hope you enjoy our festive effort!

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DBS develops new online order tool for client

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DBS have recently launched a new online skip hire tool for one of our longstanding clients, LSPS Skip Hire in Leicestershire.

The new online tool is very simple to use – users simply go to the online booking tab on the website, enter their postcode, select the size skip they want, the type of waste it is to hold, whether it is for domestic or commercial use, the location, and the delivery date and time, and click submit, making the whole process extremely simple, quick and easy for the customer.

LSPS provide commercial and domestic skip hire in Leicester and the surrounding towns, as well as waste disposal services and recycling, scrap metal recycling and machine moving. For more information about LSPS, please visit their website.

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Second successful year for Christmas in Navenby

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We were very pleased to take part in the second annual Christmas in Navenby event on Friday 1st December on Navenby High Street.

The event was hosted by the Navenby & Cliff Villages Business Network, and included the big switch on of the Christmas tree by special guests RAF Red 2 and Typhoon Display Pilot from the world famous Red Arrows.

The evening included a charity collection for Navenby Primary School and the Jon Egging Trust, and local businesses remained open until late to welcome guests. 

The switch on was filmed by our very own Dan Atkinson who captured some excellent footage of the event which you can see below.

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DBS team attends AGM of leading UK franchise

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The DBS team were once again delighted to attend the Annual General Meeting of their longstanding client Time For You Domestic Cleaning in Northampton on Saturday 25th November. 

DBS is proud to have supported Time For You since 2008 with web and online marketing services. This was a very special AGM, with Time For You celebrating their 20th anniversary.

Six of the DBS team attended the AGM where they conducted 1-2-1 meetings with franchisees as well as open workshops for delegates on Pay-Per-Click advertising, Facebook advertising and Retargeting

Earlier this year we launched a brand-new website for Time For You, and during the first seven months of the year James Hopkins and David Clarke from DBS attended seven different events organised across the country by Time For You to provide online marketing training sessions.

Time For You is one of the UK’s largest domestic cleaning franchises, providing domestic cleaners to private households around the UK and now internationally in Ireland, Norway and Australia.

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New website launched for long-standing client Kingdom

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We are very pleased to have launched a new website for one of our long-standing clients, Kingdom Services Group. Kingdom is one of the largest independent and privately-owned companies specialising in security, facilities management, environmental protection and recruitment in the UK, Ireland and South Asia.

DBS originally built Kingdom’s previous site when the focus of their business was on providing security. Since then their business has grown, evolved and expanded, and now consists of four key services - Environmental Protection, Facilities Management, Recruitment and Security Solutions. The new website better reflects and showcases these services, as well as new branding for each service.

We have given the site a much more modern look and feel than the previous version, including making use of the entire width of the screen and making good use of images, videos and brochures throughout. This includes video bios of all of Kingdom’s leadership team.

We have also made the site more user friendly, with a new “mega menu” for easier navigation, and new sector pages, so that clients can search by the industries they’re in as well as the service they’re looking for. The website will now also display better on a range of different mobile devices, making it easier to view and to navigate.

Commenting on the launch of the new website, Kingdom’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) Mark Wallace said: “It is wonderful to see all the hard work that has gone into this finally reach its conclusion.

“I am absolutely delighted with the new website and feel that is far better reflects the service that Kingdom offers to clients today, and hope that our clients and other users also like the new site and enjoy visiting it as much as I do.”

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Twitter doubles tweet length to mixed response

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We reported back in September that Twitter was trialling longer Tweets for a select number of users on their social media platform.

Following the trial, Twitter last week announced that it is doubling the number of characters in a tweet from 140 to 280 in most languages.

Immediately there was an outpouring of concern on Twitter about people’s feeds being filled with long tweets, and many people tweeted that they would rather see an edit function. However, the trial showed that despite having the option to use 280 characters, only 5% of tweets exceeded 140 characters, and only 2% of tweets exceeded 190 characters.

Twitter’s product manager said that “during the first few days of the test, many people tweeted the full 280 limit because it was new and novel, but soon after behaviour normalised. We saw when people needed to use more than 140 characters, they tweeted more easily and more often. But importantly, people tweeted below 140 most of the time and the brevity of Twitter remained."

It was noted that those who did use longer tweets got more followers, more engagement and spent more time on the site than before. It is hoped that rather than people writing full length 280-character tweets, they will still tweet concisely, but have the space to write a bit more when needed, reducing the number of abandoned tweets when people can’t fit what they want into 140 characters. Under the 140-character limit, 9% of all tweets in English reached the full character limit.

The original constraints of 140 characters were a result of the confinements of mobile. As today's users Tweet via apps or on a desktop, there is no longer a technical need for the limit.

This latest change comes on the back of several updates from Twitter giving business and individual users more room to be creative. In 2016, Twitter made it so that GIF’s, photos, polls and other media no longer contributed towards the 140 character limit. It is also part of Twitter’s plan to attract more users and to grow. Twitter currently only has 330 million active users, compared to 2 billion users on Facebook.

Follow DBS’s updates on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/dbsInternetMktg.

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DBS helps Bank of England “take the pulse” of East Midlands businesses

IMG_2468DBS has been playing a role in influencing Bank of England policy concerning UK businesses.

Our director, David Clarke, attended a Bank of England / Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce business panel meeting in Gainsborough this week.

The meeting was chaired by Alastair Cunningham - a regional representative of the Bank of England (pictured with David).

Similar business panels have previously been run by the Bank, who find them “a valuable way of taking the pulses of the businesses that are represented on them.”

Only around 10-12 local businesses are invited to sit on the panels, which meet twice yearly to discuss the state of trade.

The meetings are of benefit to both the Bank of England and the businesses attending. The Bank benefits enormously from the opportunity to "road test" themes they've picked up from their bilateral meetings with business contacts before reporting back to the Monetary Policy Committee in London, whereas businesses value the opportunity to put their own experience into perspective by hearing of others' experiences.

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Happy Birthday Chris!

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Happy Birthday to our Internet Marketing Specialist Chris Coleshaw, who is celebrating his birthday today. Chris is also celebrating his four-year anniversary working for the company.

Chris is currently away for a long weekend, celebrating his birthday by taking a short holiday with some friends. He is visiting Barcelona, which he has enjoyed visiting before, at what is obviously a big moment in the city’s and the region’s history.

He had originally been flying with Monarch Airlines too, so his holiday has certainly been eventful! Chris was looking forward to visiting the Picaso Museum whilst in Barcelona.

Chris joined DBS in 2013 as an internet marketing specialist and helps our clients with content marketing and social media.

To find out more about Chris, please visit http://www.dbsinternetmarketing.co.uk/our-team/9/chris-coleshaw/

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DBS wins Community Business Award

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This category was to recognise “a company or sole-trader whose business initiatives and charitable, neighbourly contributions have made a difference to their local communities.”

It was one of eight different award categories, and we were one of a record 28 finalists who were chosen from a list of over 80 nominations. DBS was nominated for the award by Navenby Parish Councillor Keith Lamyman.

The awards were organised by North Kesteven District Council, who run them each year to recognise the efforts of unsung heroes who work quietly, tirelessly and voluntarily across a number of areas in the district. North Kesteven is one of seven districts in Lincolnshire.

DBS is proud of its corporate social responsibility programme (CSR), contributing locally and internationally to worthy causes.

Our director David Clarke founded the Navenby and Cliff Villages Business Network to bring together businesses and foster community links plus boost interest in the area. David helped the Business Network to organise the hugely popular “Christmas in Navenby” in 2016.

DBS also made a very significant contribution to our community being equipped with three defibrillator units, a life-saving and essential safety measure for rural locations. All residents in the community now live within 500 metres of a defibrillator, which could save someone’s life.

DBS provide website support to the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance. We also provide a website free of charge to local charity Star Trust.

DBS have worked closely with local schools Priory Academy LSST in Lincoln and the Sir William Robertson Academy in Welbourn for more than a decade to provide work experience opportunities.

DBS is also active in two mentoring schemes. For the last six years we have worked hard to initiate and continue a mentoring scheme for University of Lincoln students in their final year. This mentoring service involves CV advice, conducting practice interviews and giving careers guidance to students who may be unprepared for the demands of the world of work.

David also mentors for a Lincolnshire scheme called Mission Mentor, giving children in care in Lincolnshire a chance to gain valuable guidance on education and work as well as motivation.

In 2016 David embarked on a trip that was to take DBS’s CSR to another level. During his trip to hike the Everest Base Camp Trail in Nepal, he learned of a Sherpa who had just died in an avalanche. He had left behind a wife and four children, with the eldest daughter just about to start nursing college. David and the team felt they must do something to help, and so made the decision to fully fund her education.

The award was presented to DBS by Keith Philips from the sponsor for the award category, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers Duncan and Toplis. DBS Directors David Clarke and Julie Priestley, and DBS Online Marketing Manager James Hopkins accepted the award on behalf of the company.

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The ceremony was held on 19th October 2017 at The Venue in Navenby and was hosted by North Kesteven District Council Leader Cllr Richard Wright and Chairman Cllr Sally Tarry, and compered by BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Rod Whiting.

Short films were shown about each of the finalists before the winners were announced. The evening included live music, a complimentary buffet supper and a raffle and bar in support of the Council Chairman’s nominated charity, LIVES.

The event was attended by over 150 guests, including the finalists, their guests and nominators.

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DBS announces Web Developer Opportunity

AdobeStock_94636331-1Due to expansion DBS Internet Marketing have a vacancy for a web developer to join our eight strong team.

The main skill set you need to bring to the table is a working knowledge of C# / ASP.NET and preferably you will be familiar with…

  • HTML
  • CSS / SCSS
  • Front-end JavaScript / TypeScript
  • Source Control (Git in particular)

DBS is an award winning, employee owned company and has achieved the Investors in People standard. We offer medical insurance, a pension plan, profit sharing and a wide range of perks.

Please send a covering letter and CV to: admin@dbsinternetmarketing.co.uk

Application deadline: 10th November 2017

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Trio of anniversaries for DBS staff

IMG_7481editCongratulations to Julie Priestley, Matt Rayner and Chris Coleshaw who are all celebrating work anniversaries with us this month.

Julie Priestley has been with DBS 16 years, having first joined the company in 2001. Julie has seen DBS grow and develop from its early days as a Yellow Pages advertising company and this year was officially made a director of the company.

Matt Rayner also celebrates a work anniversary this month having been with DBS since 2008. Originally specialising in internet marketing, in particular pay-per-click, Matt has gone on to expand his skills to head up the web design team as Web Project Manager.

Joining Julie and Matt is Chris Coleshaw who has been with DBS for four 4 years. Chris joined DBS in 2013 as an internet marketing specialist and helps our clients with content marketing and social media.

Click here to read more about our team: http://www.dbsinternetmarketing.co.uk/our-team/.

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Boston Estate Agency Web Launch

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The upgraded Vendoors site has just been re-launched at:

http://www.vendoors.co.uk/

The new site is a full width design and is driven by a database. Vendoors customers can view full property details online along with multiple images.

Established in 2012 Vendoors is a leading estate agent providing a comprehensive service to its customers within Boston and the surrounding area.

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Day Nursery Web & Video Launch

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The Leicester city-centre nursery turned to DBS to update their existing website.

The new, full screen, image rich website includes a video shot entirely by DBS that shows Millstone's facilities in their best light.

The branding of the new website has also been carried reflected in glossy printed brochures.

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Yellow Pages Announce Final Print Cycle

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DBS have been anticipating it for many years but Yell have finally announced the demise of Yellow Pages as consumers increasingly turn to digital.

Yell will be delivering the final editions of Yellow Pages in a phase out programme that starts with the Kingston book in 2018 and ends with Brighton in 2019.

Many DBS clients have gradually phased themselves out of advertising in Yellow Pages but DBS sees an interesting opportunity here.

"The final editions of Yellow Pages are likely to be retained by households for years to come" said David Clarke, director of DBS "This means that any advertisers who go in the last edition of Yellow Pages will benefit from a greatly extended shelf life."

Yellow Pages has been around in the UK for over 50 years. The Yellow Pages sunset in 2019 will be a nostalgic moment for DBS who started life as a Yellow Pages advertising agency in the UK in 1996.

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Lincolnshire Day 2017

Sunday 1st October marks Lincolnshire Day, the annual celebration of our fabulous county. Whether you’re taking part in the Lincoln Half Marathon or enjoying free entry to our Castles and Museums, we hope you have a great weekend.

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Twitter to trial expanded character limit for Tweets

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Traditionally restricted to 140 characters in posts, a small group of users will get the opportunity to fit more into their messages.

In a company blog post on Tuesday, staff wrote that they were seeking to aid users whose chosen languages force them to “cram their thoughts into a Tweet”. According to research by the company, 9% of all Tweets in English hit the current 140 character limit, compared with only 0.4% of all Tweets in Japanese.

Biz Stone, entrepreneur and co-founder of Twitter Tweeted about the trial:
According to Stone, the original constraints of 140 characters were a result of the confinements of mobile. Early Twitter users could Tweet by text message but network bandwidth constraints meant messages had to be short. However, as today's users Tweet via apps or on a desktop, there is no longer a technical need for the limit.

This latest change comes on the back of several updates from Twitter giving business and individual users more room to be creative. In 2016, Twitter made it so GIF’s, photos, polls and other media no longer contributed towards the 140 character limit.

Follow DBS’s updates on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/dbsInternetMktg.




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Community Champion Finalists

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DBS have been announced as finalists in the North Kesteven District Council’s Community Champion Awards from a pool of 80 nominations.

Each year, North Kesteven District Council’s Community Champion Awards recognises those who have gone above and beyond for their community.

DBS were nominated for the "Community Business" category by local parish councillor Keith Lamyman for the neighbourly contributions that have made a difference to the local community.

Employee owned DBS operates a corporate social responsibility programme (CSR), contributing locally and internationally to worthy causes.

Locally, DBS director David Clarke founded the Navenby Business Network.

DBS also made a very significant contribution to the village being equipped with three defibrillator units, a life-saving and essential safety measure for rural locations.

DBS provide website support to the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance. They also provide a website free of charge to local charity Star Trust.

DBS have worked closely with local schools Priory LSST and William Robertson for more than a decade to provide work experience opportunities.

DBS is also active in two mentoring schemes. For the last 6 years David and his team have worked hard to initiate and continue a mentoring scheme for University of Lincoln students in their final year. This mentoring service involves CV advice, conducting practice interviews and giving careers guidance to students who may be unprepared for the demands of the world of work.

David also mentors for a Lincolnshire scheme called Mission Mentor, giving children in care in the county a chance to gain valuable guidance on education and work as well as motivation.

The award ceremony will take place on the evening of October 19th.

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DBS starts work with Lincolnshire’s newest boutique hotel and restaurant

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We’re very pleased to have started providing internet marketing services to The Masons Arms Hotel, a boutique hotel in Louth in the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds.

Recently renovated and only having re-opened its doors in July, it is a handsome 18th century grade II listed building combining 300-year-old features with modern style, comfort and connectivity.

As well as 10 en suite bedrooms, The Masons Arms also houses a restaurant, cocktail bar, ballroom and library. It is a timeless escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life, whether you’re looking for a delicious meal produced from predominantly locally sourced ingredients, a romantic retreat, a comfy stopover or a Lincolnshire wedding venue. 

To find out more about them, visit their website http://the-masons-arms.com/, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter

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Birthday celebrations for Dan

DBS would like to wish a very happy birthday to Dan Ransom who celebrated his birthday on clip_image002Saturday 16th September. Dan enjoyed his birthday relaxing with family during the day and celebrating over drinks with close friends in the evening.

Web Designer Dan is the latest recruit to DBS having been with us for just over four months. He brings with him over 8 years experience working as a creative graphic and web designer. Click here to read more about him.

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New Website For Leading UK Franchise

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DBS has launched a new website for the UK’s leading domestic cleaning franchise.

Time For You covers the UK, Ireland, Australia and Norway. The new website allows its customers to arrange online booking and payment for domestic cleaning services.

“We’ve had great feedback so far from our franchisees and are really pleased with the new site,” said Sam Stawarz, Operations Director of Time For You.

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DBS Launch Legal Website for Staffordshire Law Firm

Cooks Solicitors in Newcastle Under Lyme have just been handed over their new website by DBS: http://www.cooks-solicitors.co.uk/

The site has a very modern feel to it and automatically resizes itself to fit any screen it's being viewed on.

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Facebook Cover Videos Are Here!

Most businesses have a Facebook page that includes an image in the top banner.

You can now use video instead of a static image.

A good looking Facebook video cover will grab the attention of your audience, lure them to find out more about your company and make you stand out amongst your competitors.

Click on the image below to visit the DBS Facebook page and check out the streaming video.

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Lincolnshire Company with Friends in High Places

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The Lincolnshire based company specialise in providing durable and high quality markings to runways, taxiways and aprons, which are essential for the smooth and safe operation of any airfield.

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Happy Birthday to James!

James Birthday 2017A very happy birthday to DBS’s James Hopkins who celebrated his birthday on Saturday.

James spent his birthday making good use of his National Trust membership, visiting the beautiful and historic Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire with his wife and three year old son Alex. Luckily the weather stayed nice for them allowing them to explore the house and grounds, have a picnic and then take Alex to a park to play afterwards. They met some friends in Matlock Bath for chips afterwards before heading home.

James joined DBS in January 2011 and now heads up our online marketing team. Click here to read more about James.

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GDPR Comes Into Effect May 2018

blue-1283011_640The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be enforced from 25th May 2018 and seeks to better protect EU citizens from privacy and data breaches.

GDPR has been described as the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years and replaces the 1998 Data Protection Act. The GDPR was regarded as necessary because the world has become significantly more data-driven in the 20 years since the Data Protection Act was introduced.

GDPR needs to be taken very seriously as organisations that don’t comply may be fined up to 4 per cent of their global turnover or €20m for more serious transgressions.

There is time to prepare your business but our strong recommendation is to start planning now for 25th May 2018.

Your business may also be impacted by The Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR) that is going to be updated to align with the GDPR. PECR sets out extra rules for electronic communications.

DBS is not in a position to give you legal advice but from a practical standpoint, now is the time to begin your research into how GDPR will affect your organisation.

Your own legal adviser may be able to help you but there are also GDPR compliance specialists such as Griffin House Consultancy who offer training and advice.

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21st Work Anniversary For David

David Social Media ProfileDavid Clarke is celebrating his 21st year anniversary at DBS. David is the founding director of DBS having started the business in California in 1996. Originally a Yellow Pages Advertising Agency David has overseen profound changes in the business over the years adapting to changes in web design, internet marketing and the birth of social media along the way.

This year DBS became an employee owned business with all of its employees becoming certified shareholders in the company and Julie Priestley also promoted to Director alongside David.

“I’m delighted for DBS to have reached 21 years this year” said David. “2017 will be looked back on as a landmark year for DBS”.

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On The Road with DBS

James Hopkins and David Clarke of DBS have just completed a UK tour where they held online marketing training sessions.

Time For You has over 130 franchisees and, starting in January 2017, their head office organised a series of Success Track events in:

  • Glasgow
  • Manchester
  • Maidstone
  • Bournemouth
  • Belfast
  • Northampton
  • Birmingham

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DBS Client Scoops Speaking Award

craigCongratulations to our client Craig Collinson of Totem Training.

Craig has progressed to the semi-finals of the PSA UK Speaker Factor Competition 2017 taking place in Coventry this October.

Organised by the Professional Speaking Association judges mark speakers on their stage craft, script, delivery and bookability. Good luck Craig!

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Happy Birthday to David

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A very happy birthday to DBS Director David Clarke!

The team gathered around to wish David a happy birthday this morning and enjoy a slice of cake. David will continue his birthday celebrations this weekend with a BBQ for family and friends.

Find out more about David Clarke here.

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DBS celebrate Employee Ownership Day

As a newly created employee-owned business, DBS are pleased to be celebrating our first official Employee Ownership Day, along with many other businesses across the UK.
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DBS recently cemented its future by taking the decision to become an employee-owned business which means all of our employees are now certified shareholders in the company.
Click here to find out more about Employee Ownership: http://employeeownership.co.uk/.

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Innovation Award for DBS at Lincolnshire Show

19417426_10154864596113789_49985307025768179_oMembers of the DBS team spent two days at the Lincolnshire Show last week, where we had a stand in the Greater Lincolnshire & Peterborough Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) marquee.

Julie and James on Wednesday and Matt and Dan on Thursday spent the day networking with other Lincolnshire business owners.

The team was delighted on the first day to be awarded the Doug Balderson Agriculture Entrepreneur Award for Innovation by the FSB, who interviewed all the FSB businesses exhibiting at the event. The judges were particularly interested in hearing about how DBS recently became an employee owned company. Julie is pictured receiving the award at the show.

The Lincolnshire Show is one of the leading shows in the county, and this year was the 133rd show.

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DBS go back to school

Business Studies teachers at St George's Academy in Sleaford, Lincolnshire were posed with a problem when they were asked to deliver a module on digital marketing to their students.

"The academy teachers were very open with DBS when they contacted us to explain that it was going to be difficult for them to teach this module. They asked if DBS would step in as the experts. Of course we were happy to oblige." Said DBS's David Clarke

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DBS Cements Its Future

DBS LinkedIn Profile Picture 2016 JPEGDirector David Clarke has rolled out the way forward for the next 10 years by creating a "John Lewis" style employee-owned company at DBS.

"All of the DBS team members now own a part of this fantastic company." said David Clarke. "For me it makes great business sense to reward the very people that have helped to build DBS. Now that the whole team has equity we have a vested interest to grow the company even more."

Julie Priestley will join David as a director.

Nigel Mason and Garry Karch of RM2 helped DBS with the set up of the new employee-owned company.

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DBS get Cyber Essentials Certification

clip_image001Cyber Essentials is a government-backed cyber security certification scheme that sets out a good baseline of cyber security suitable for all organisations in all sectors.

The scheme addresses five key controls that, when implemented correctly, can prevent the majority of cyber attacks.

The certification process included an external vulnerability scan.

"The Cyber Essentials certification demonstrates to our clients and suppliers that we have taken the precautions necessary to reduce cyber risks. Many thanks to SJG Digital of Market Rasen for all their help" said Julie Priestley, DBS General Manager.

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Welcome Dan!

clip_image002DBS are pleased to welcome Dan Ransom to our team. Dan will be helping to create clean and functional websites for our clients. 

Originally from Cambridgeshire, Dan moved to Lincoln in 2004 to study Graphic Design at Lincoln University successfully completing his course in 2007. From there he went on to work as a Web and Graphic designer for two well respected creative agencies developing projects for clients such as the Football Association, The Premier League, the International Olympic Committee and the University of Hull.

Outside of work Dan lists his hobbies as cooking, travelling and photography. He is also self-confessed fitness fanatic and enjoys going running as “often as he possibly can”.

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DBS puts Nepalese student through nursing college

sherpa finalIn 2016 DBS’s director, David Clarke, hiked the Everest Base Camp Trail in Nepal to raise money for Cancer Research.

After 6 months of training David flew to Kathmandu and then on to Lukla in a light aircraft where he began his ascent to Everest Base Camp. The trek started at 2,840m/ 9,317ft and finished at an incredible 5,545m/ 18,188ft, with David raising £3,400 for charity.

Whilst on the trail, David learned of a Sherpa guide who sadly died in an avalanche while setting out ropes on a mountain trail for climbers, leaving behind a wife and four children.

The eldest of the guide’s daughters, Psang Lamu Sherpa, was just about to start nursing college when her father died and her dreams of a medical career looked shattered.

David was extremely moved by the family’s story, and when he returned from Nepal he spoke to the DBS team about it, who all agreed with him that DBS will now fund the entirety of Psang Lamu Sherpa’s college education to ensure she has a bright future.

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DBS take part in Lincolnshire Digital & Tech Awards

awardsDBS joined 250 businesses representatives last night at the Epic Centre at Lincolnshire Showground for the annual Lincolnshire Digital & Tech Awards.

Hosted by Lincolnshire Business, the event saw businesses from all around Lincolnshire coming together to recognise the achievements of the region’s digital sector.

With over 100 entries we were delighted to have been chosen as finalists in two categories – Small Business of the Year and Best Use of Multimedia and would like to congratulate the winners Paper Tiger & Visit Lincoln.

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DBS to take part in Lincolnshire Tech Week

17211875_1915870301980920_2679813030976336236_oLincolnshire Tech Week has officially begun and DBS are pleased to be taking part in the celebrations. Aimed at bringing together and celebrating the best tech business in the Lincolnshire area there are a number of exciting events taking place throughout the week.

Tomorrow the team will exhibit at the Lincolnshire Tech Expo where DBS Director David Clarke will deliver a workshop providing practical tips for beginners and SME’s on the do’s and don’ts of social media. Then on Thursday 18th the team will be attending the Lincolnshire Digital & Tech Awards where they will be in the running for two prestigious awards ‘Small Business of the Year’ and ‘Best Use of Multimedia’ voted on by a panel of independent judges.

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Birthday celebrations for Julie

CAKEA very happy birthday to DBS General Manager, Julie Priestley!

Julie began her birthday celebrations last night with a 6 course taster menu at Jews House Restaurant in Lincoln and is now gearing up for a week away in Las Vegas, USA!

“I’m looking forward to a helicopter trip over the Grand Canyon, seeing some shows and of course a bit of fun in the casinos” said Julie commenting on her trip.

Click here to find out more about Julie Priestley.

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David Clarke's Guest Lecture at University of Lincoln

DBS director David Clarke delivered a guest lecture to University of Lincoln Business & Marketing degree students on 27 April.

templateThe Principles of Marketing lecture took place in the University's Business School and drew on David's commercial experience on both sides of the Atlantic.

David is pictured here with Dr. Jialin (Penny) Hardwick, Senior Lecturer, University of Lincoln International Business School and Stephanie Schiaffonati, University of Lincoln Business School Employability Manager.

DBS has strong ties with the University of Lincoln after helping to initiate a mentoring programme for final year students.

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Happy Birthday to Dan!

dan birthday 2017 croppedHere’s wishing a very Happy Birthday to DBS’s Dan Atkinson!

The team enjoyed a birthday cake in the office to celebrate Dan’s 30th Birthday after he returned from a short break in the Canary Islands.

“I had a great break enjoying the sea and sunshine in Lanzarote. It was a last minute decision to go there but I definitely think we’ll be returning as we’d like to explore the north of the island” said Dan, who has been with DBS since March 2015.

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Small Business of The Year Finalists

WebDBS is delighted to have been chosen as finalists in two categories at this year's Lincolnshire Digital & Tech Awards:

· Small Business of the Year

· Best Use of Multimedia

The awards ceremony, which takes place on Thursday 18th May at The Epic Centre at Lincolnshire Showground, sees Lincolnshire businesses go head to head for awards in 12 categories voted on by a panel of independent judges.

DBS General Manager Julie Priestley said: “We’re very pleased to have been nominated for not just one but two different award categories and Team DBS are very much looking forward to attending the ceremony.”

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Web launch for Lincoln Crankshaft

clip_image002DBS has launched a revamped website for the UK's leading industrial crankshaft manufacturer complete with a clean design, rich images, online forms and a video shot by DBS.

Lincolnshire Crankshaft and Machine LTD’s new website at http://www.lcandm.co.uk showcases their wide range of services including manufacturing of industrial crankshafts and rotor shafts.

The Queens Award for Enterprise winning company exports 80% of its output around the world.

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Happy Birthday to Thomas

clip_image002A very happy birthday to DBS Web Developer, Thomas Hounsell who turned 25 yesterday.

Thomas is looking forward to spending the week with friends and family after a busy run-up to Easter.

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Dan celebrates 2 years at DBS with exam success

clip_image002DBS Internet Marketing Specialist Dan Atkinson is celebrating 2 years at DBS, and has marked the occasion with a high score of 90% in his Google AdWords Fundamentals examination, allowing DBS to continue its status as Google Partners.

Dan, who joined DBS in 2015, helps to set up and manage high performing pay per click campaigns for a variety of online marketing clients. Implementing the latest techniques and practices, Dan closely monitors campaigns to drive qualified traffic to our clients’ websites, resulting in enquiries and sales.

Google’s AdWords Fundamentals exam is required in order to become AdWords certified and for agencies to hold ‘Google Partner’ status. An official qualification, AdWords certification is designed to demonstrate a specific level of expertise to customers looking for assistance with their pay per click advertising. With 120 minutes to answer 100 questions, the exam covers the best practices for managing and optimising AdWords campaigns and Dan was able to achieve a score of 90%. 

To find out more about what being a Google Adwords Certified Partner means and to read about our Pay Per Click Advertising and Management, click here or to speak to one of our team call us on 01522 811688.

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Look out for DBS at Gainsborough networking event

906983_538567266185468_1832240256_oDavid Clarke and Julie Priestley of DBS Internet Marketing will be exhibiting at the first ever Gainsborough Business-2-Business event. David and Julie will be at stand 8 from 12 noon until 2:30pm on Tuesday 28th March at Hemswell Court. The event, which is hosted by Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, will feature funding opportunities and practical presentations from marketing experts.

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Work experience at DBS Internet Marketing

alfie croppedDBS has proudly worked with local schools for over 10 years to arrange work experience placements for students, helping to better prepare them for the world of employment.

Alfie Cornish is the latest pupil from nearby school Sir William Robertson Academy to spend a week at DBS’s Navenby based office. Alfie has spent time shadowing staff, working on web design, pay-per-click and social media projects to give him an insight into the world of online marketing.

“We’ve been very pleased with Alfie’s performance and have enjoyed having him with us for the week.” commented DBS Director, David Clarke.

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DBS helping Lincolnshire Estate Agents

clip_image001[4]DBS are very pleased to be supporting respected Lincolnshire based Estate Agents Mount & Minster with their online marketing activities.

Mount & Minster are a multi-award winning Lincolnshire Estate Agents covering Lincoln, Grantham, Sleaford, Gainsborough, Market Rasen, Woodhall Spa, Newark, Retford and the surrounding areas and have been recognised nationally in the Real Estate & Property Awards in both 2015 and 2016.

Their Lincoln office is on Eastgate in Lincoln, and they provide a wide range of services including property sales and lettings and property management, and their farm agency staff and land agents rank as some of the top professionals in this specialist area.

DBS are overseeing a number of social media advertising and Google PPC campaigns for Mount & Minster, helping to drive more traffic and enquiries to their website.  So far, four out of six properties advertised on social media have sold subject to contract.

Ralph Wyrley-Birch, a partner at Mount & Minster, said: “DBS started work providing a number of services for us in January this year, including website improvement, Google Pay Per Click and social media, and already we are starting to see big improvements, with four of the six properties promoted on Facebook having sold, more people visiting our website, and increased brand awareness.”

To find out more about our range of web design and online marketing services please contact David Clarke of DBS on 0800 988 8366 for a free no obligation discussion.

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