A Little Update From The Web Designer

I’ve had an especially busy time of late, designing a couple of websites for a customer and a potential customer, designing the new site for The Big Promo Gift Show (out very soon) and already working on the LSi site for next year (even though the current site’s only been there a month or two… I never stand still!).

Generally speaking, whenever I create a new website I try to do something I’ve never done before. It may not be obvious to the user but it helps me develop. From the four sites mentioned above I’ve created a new layout style, created a new way of filtering products, found a new way of manipulating CSS to make it specific web browsers do what I want and am heavily playing with mySQL and PHP. If you don’t learn you’ll never get better. I don’t get as much time as I used to for pure learning and development work as I used to so I’m applying things on the job a lot more and testing them rigorously before deployment.

Apparently, the site I’ve done for our new potential customer was better than one that another promotional merchandise distributor did, which is nice, and is helping bring in the deal. The one for the current customer could well lead onto another 3 or 4 as they want one per range rather than a single one for everything they do. It’s be far the most advanced ordering site I’ve created so far using the system we use. Hard work but it’s more to show potential clients when we go to show them what we can do, isn’t it?!

A bit of LSi site news for you: I’ve updated the Who Are We? page on the LSi site to show a few old photos – if you want to see how Lloyd looked in 1995, that’s the place to go! New content for Our Aims and some new products will be coming soon.

Don’t forget that you can follow me on twitter @scottthewebdes.

Ta for reading!


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Big Promo Gift Show 2010

Why did I agree to this again?? Only joking, love the variety and challenge that organising our show brings to my daily role. As well as trying to be an MD, accountant and a sales person, for the next 3 months I am also an event organiser – love it!!

Only problem is that the date we have picked falls quite conveniently 3 days after my 40th Birthday!! So I’ll either be majorly hungover or extremely pee’d off that I’ve hit the big 40!! Worryingly is that Cheryl (wife) has been a little quiet about the timing of the show – I think it may have disrupted her plans – don’t know what shes planning – maybe nothing knowing my luck.

Anyway – things are hotting up on the show – we cant give too much away at this point – but as it’s held 2 weeks before the World Cup  - it will be based on a football theme – not forgetting the reason we are doing the show, but we are pleased to announce that at least 1 England football legend will be appearing on the day – possibly 2 depending on work commitments. We have also secured the services of one of the leading seminar speakers from the States – who will be delivering seminars on Promotional Merchandise and how to get the best from it throughout the day.

As if that wasn’t enough, the floor plan has just been agreed and gives us 68 supplier stands this year – an increase of 24 on last year, giving us a greater variety of products from some of the leading suppliers to the UK Promotional Merchandise industry. Basically if they arent appearing at this show – I doubt they will be worth dealing with.

All in all, the feedback from last year’s show from both customers and suppliers has been phenomenal – so we had to do it again – but bigger and better – and it will be.

ill release more info as and when i get it confirmed – but please log onto www.promogiftshow.co.uk to keep up to date with all the latest information, or follow us on twitter @lsibigshow


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Offers, Website & The Big Promo Gift Show

Just thought I’d leave a quick message letting you know that we’ve got some great offers on at the moment on the LSi site.

You can get £100 off your next order, great prices on the senator super hit ballpen, limited time prices on our UK manufactured Pantone matched beanie hat and for every order over £1000 we’ll plant a tree in your region!

Check them out by following the links.

Just to let you know, our brand new website has got off to a great start, visitors are up 40% on last week and people are spending longer and viewing more pages on the site than ever before so thank you very much! I’m well chuffed about it!

I hope to give you more good news on the site in the future and I’m bound to bring you more special offers.

We had our first meeting to organise The 2010 Big Promo Gift Show yesterday where we threw a few ideas around to see what sticks. There are grand plans afoot and you’ll be the first to hear about them here so keep an eye out.

One last thing, if you’re on Twitter pop along and follow us on @promo_merch. We look forward to hearing from you. Also, The Big Promo Gift Show has it’s own page so check that out too, we’ll be updating that during the build up to the show.



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