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!

Scott

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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.

Cheers,

Scott

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First Post

Its 11:30pm Sunday evening, my kids are all in bed, resting before another week of school, football and dancing. My wife’s just gone to feed Alfie (2 month old) and I’m still sat here putting the finishing touches to the new LSi website. Why is it, no matter how hard you try to be organised there is always something left while the eleventh hour! Literally!

So this is my first blog on our new Merchandise blog, created by Scott Brown our web designer, and i have to say he has done a fantastic job of our new website  - I’m really pleased with the look and feel, and believe it will keep improving as we add more content and features over the coming months.

Also would like to take this opportunity to mention, that we recently came runner up in the BPMA (British Promotional Merchandise Association) awards for Website of the year. Just getting nominated in the top 5 was a major achievement, so Scott should be proud of his effort for the past year, he really deserved the recognition.

So all is looking good for 2010, we finished January slightly down on the previous year in terms of sales, but after a record December I can’t really complain. But more importantly we have just had a fantastic week at LSi, on Tuesday we were informed we had been successful in wining a major tender from one of our largest customers. After weeks of work replying to the tender, and work on a presentation pitch, we have been rewarded with a 3 year contract (subject to signing) to supply clothing and merchandise Europe wide for a large worldwide organisation! The hard work starts now!  But this is a major coup for LSi and I believe could be the stepping stone we needed to move up a level and become stronger across Europe.

We have also mailed out 1500 merchandise packs and our first newsletter to active customers, which should hit on Monday, these consist of a highlighter pen, 5 x senator pens, sweets, post it notes, coaster and a mousemat and are all branded with our new logo “Make an impression”, so next week will hopefully be a busy one also.

Just found out we’ve been nominated at the forthcoming Promota awards for Distributor of the year (North of England) for the fifth year running, we have won this award in 2007 and 2008 so it would be great to win for anniversary year, but being nominated is good enough and testament to the fantastic staff I am fortunate to have working with me at LSi.

After visiting some industry trade shows, we have uncovered some fantastic new products which will be featured shortly on the website, so keep checking back and hope you have a good week.

Lloyd

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The Promotional Merchandise Blog

Hi and welcome to the new promotional merchandise blog!

This site will soon fill with articles written by us at LSi with different staff members concentrating on different things. Find out about the authors by clicking the link at the bottom of the right hand sidebar. There will be three main sections dedicated to company information (like this), merchandise and clothing. The links for these will appear next to the ‘Company’ link at the top once we’ve created our first posts on these topics.

We hope to give you an insight into what we do, why we do it, what we sell and, most importantly, how it can help you achieve what you want in your marketing program.

Our staff regularly go to trade shows around the country, Europe and the world and they’ll be reporting back on what they find. If there’s a new product you’ll hear about it here first even before it’s on our main website so make sure you subscribe to our RSS feed by clicking the white box in the header section of the page.

I designed this blog and would love to hear any feedback you have on it. Are there areas you think can be improved? Are there any things you’d like to see us writing about specifically in the future? Leave us a comment.

We’ve had a few ideas of ongoing post ideas for the future. One of these is the Top 5’s, outlining the top 5 budget pens, conference giveaways, most innovative products and so on. We’ll be passing on specialist knowledge from the manufacturers of products and finding out the new and innovative ways of using promotional products to their full potential.

We hope you come back and read what we’ve got to say. Along with our new website we hope that our updated offerings for 2010 will help you achieve more and get an edge over your competitors by using our knowledge.

Thanks for reading!

Scott

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