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We are hiring – Social Media Executive

Currently Seeking: Social Media/SEO Executive

Get paid to be on Facebook all day!  Well not quite so simple as that…

We have great relationships with our existing clients and have retained a very solid client base. We pride ourselves on retaining loyalty from our clients and are looking to expand upon this.

Due to expansion we are looking for an ambitious self-motivated person to join our team as a Social Media Executive.

Working closely with our existing team of SEO and web designers and building up solid relationships with our clients.

The role will include:

  • Looking after existing clients
  • Working closely with our design team and SEO team
  • Marketing via social media, mailing campaigns and other on-line outlets
  • Being able and willing to learn all aspects of SEO
  • Learn how websites work: design, content and SEO value to clients
  • Learn how our web servers work and set up and maintain client’s accounts on the servers
  • Liaise with clients via email and telephone
  • Work with senior staff memebrs visiting clients and attending meetings
  • Managing social media channels on behalf of clients
  • Managing SEO campaigns
  • Managing clients citations (online directory listings)
  • Managing e-mail marketing campaigns
  • Writing content for websites
  • Running reports and metrics for existing client’s SEO campaigns
  • Keeping up to date with Social Media changes, learning what impact changes will have to clients
  • Taking photos and videos for use on websites/social media (training given)
  • Attend external training courses – specifically for social media/SEO
  • Implement what you have learned and come up with new ideas yourself
  • Help Footprint staff with day to day problem solving

You would need to be:

  • Confident on the telephone
  • Enthusiastic, happy and eager to learn
  • We are looking for you to grow and flourish within the company so must be a fast learner and easy/comfortable to adapt to a changing industry
  • Minimum GCSE in English, Maths and a Computer/Digital Course
  • Clean driving licence and car

You will need to have experience and an understanding of social media, web design and SEO.  Training will also be given.

Excellent package inc very good salary and benefits.

This position is a full time position.  You will have the option to work remotely too.
Will consider self-employed individuals or possibly an apprentice position for exceptional people.

If you are interested and can demonstrate the above please contact us or send your CV to: ant@footprint.co.uk

 

By | May 15th, 2018|recruitment|Comments Off on We are hiring – Social Media Executive

What is the Microsoft Exchange & How Does it Work?

A Microsoft Exchange account is a work or school email account. The organisation that gave you the Exchange email account has an IT department that is running a program named Microsoft Exchange Server. This server provides your email service.

How do Exchange Accounts Work?

When you use an Exchange account, your email messages are delivered to and saved in your mailbox on the business’s Exchange server. Your contacts and calendar are saved there, too.

When your business or school sets up their Exchange Server, they choose what method your Exchange account uses to access email on the server. This will determine how your email works. Here are the possibilities:

  • Exchange ActiveSync; MAPI/HTTP are methods for accessing your Exchange email, usually from a laptop, phone, or tablet. When you access or read your email, you aren’t actually downloading or storing email on your mobile device; instead you’re reading it from the Exchange Server. It allows you to access your email even when you’re not connected to the Internet.
  • IMAP, like Exchange ActiveSync, is a method for accessing your email wherever you are, from any device. When you read an email message using IMAP, you aren’t actually downloading or storing it on your computer; instead, you’re reading it from the Exchange Server.With IMAP, email in your Inbox, Deleted Items, Sent Items folders are synchronized between your device and the server. IMAP allows for limited calendar storage but does not support collaborating on a calendar with other users.
  • POP email is downloaded from the Exchange Server onto your computer. Once email is downloaded to your computer, it’s deleted from the server. To access the email after it’s downloaded, you have to use the same computer. If you access your email from different computer or device, it will look like some of your previously downloaded messages have been deleted.

What types of e-mail accounts does your Outlook profile have?

You can check the Account Settings dialog box in Outlook for the types of e-mail accounts in your Outlook profile.

  • On the Tools menu, click Account Settings.
  • On the E-mail tab, the Type column lists the type of account for each entry.

Further Information

If you’d like to speak to us regarding any of our services, please give us a call on 01883 372488 or contact us via Facebook and we’ll be happy to talk you through your options.

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By | June 12th, 2018|E-Mails|Comments Off on What is the Microsoft Exchange & How Does it Work?

DIY Is Not Always The Right Idea – Leave Web Design To The Professionals

We live in a world where being a DIY expert can be hugely beneficial. Being able to repair your car or do repairs around the house can be time saving and perhaps even more importantly, money saving!

Whilst some tasks can comfortably be completed by people without huge amounts of experience, web design is not one of those tasks.

What Are The Characteristics of a Quality Website?

When it comes to web design, simplicity translates to efficiency. A simple website eliminates unnecessary elements in the code, design and content to promote easy navigation and faster loading times. However, it is rare that simplified usage has been achieved by simplified design.

Why Turn To A Professional?

Our team of professional web designers have the required skills set to plan, design and implement a site that meets your expectations. They ensure that it is compatible with multiple browsers, less glitchy and adaptable to different screen sizes. A good site also loads faster minimising inconvenience for visitors, thus enhancing user experience. Slow sites can lead to loss of business as prospective customers turn to other companies. It takes a few seconds for visitors to evaluate a site and decide to leave.

Why else should you turn to a professional?

  • Improved search engine rankings – Good website layout and overall design, which incorporates key search engine optimisation (SEO) elements boosts rankings. Professional web designers implement crawlable link structures, incorporate keywords in menu buttons and more. These techniques are a sure-fire way to boost visibility and traffic.
  • Saves time and boosts earnings – Hiring an experienced designer helps create beautiful, functional sites in addition to saving time and boosting income. Companies can focus on other business operational issues and let the designer handle development and site maintenance tasks. On the other hand, optimal site performance boosts the company’s bottom line by attracting new clients and improving customer service.
  • Easy navigation creates a positive user experience – A good site is easy to navigate and does not confuse visitors by overloading the pages with visual elements. Font size also plays a crucial role in this regard. Smaller fonts that are barely visible undermine navigation and ultimately user experience. Professional web designers ensure that navigation is consistent on all pages.

Creating Responsive Designs

A website design solution with simplified code makes it easier to identify bugs that cause glitches. Use of definitions and CSS properties has the capacity to shorten stylesheets. Responsive design is another key aspect that enables sites to adapt to varying screen sizes.

It comes with several benefits, including:

  • Easy maintenance
  • Improved search engine optimisation
  • Higher conversion rates
  • Seamless user experience on all devices, including smart-phone, tablets and desktop
  • Boosts sales on mobile devices

Footprint.co.uk offers professional web design services that can help you create a fully functional, custom website. Whether you want to maintain an existing site or create a new platform, we have the expertise to handle your project quickly and affordably.

Contact Us

We’d love to talk to you about your project and it’ll cost you nothing to have a chat. Why not give us a call on 01883 372488 or contact us via Facebook to see how we can help your business to create an online presence with our web design services that will help you leave your competition behind.

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By | June 5th, 2018|Web Design|Comments Off on DIY Is Not Always The Right Idea – Leave Web Design To The Professionals

How To Add An E-Mail Signature Using Outlook

One of our most commonly received questions relates to adding an e-mail signature to outgoing e-mails. Offering the ideal way to personalise your e-mails along with promote key information such as your website URL, your logo, your business address and your Social Media channels and many more, the addition of an e-mail signature can be hugely beneficial.

The good news is that despite the regular updates to Microsoft Outlook, the process is a quick and simple one. Even better, once you have put this in place, you won’t need to do it again!

Adding a Basic Signature

In Outlook, you can create one or more personalised signatures for your email messages. Your signature can include text, images, your electronic business card, a logo, or even an image of your handwritten signature. You can set up Outlook so that signatures are automatically added to all outgoing messages or create your signature and add it to messages on a case-by-case basis.

To add your very own signature to your e-mails, please follow the helpful guides from Microsoft which take you through the process step-by-step.

Adding Something A Little More Complex

The official guide from Microsoft can be accessed by clicking here and walks you through the process step-by-step in text form.

All of the details above are geared towards adding/updating your signature using a desktop or laptop, what happens if you need to make these changes using a mobile device. The good news is that it is no more complicated and can be done by following the steps below:

Adding An E-Mail Signature Using The Microsoft Web App

You can add your email signature automatically to all outgoing messages, or you can choose to add your signature only to specific messages.

If you use both Outlook Web App and Outlook, you need to create a signature in each.

Creating A Signature

  1. In a web browser, sign in to Outlook Web App using the URL provided by the person who manages email for your organization. Enter your user name and password, and then click Sign in.
  2. On the navigation bar, choose Settings Settings icon > Options.
  3. Under Options, choose Settings > Mail.
  4. Under Email signature, in the text box, type the signature you want to use. Use the formatting mini toolbar to change the appearance of the signature.
  5. If you want your signature to display at the bottom of all outgoing items, including replies and forwards, select Automatically include my signature on messages I send. If you don’t select this option, you can manually add your signature to any message.
  6. Choose Save.

Manually Add Your Signature To A New Message

If you’ve created a signature, but didn’t select the option to add your signature to all outgoing messages, you manually can add it to specific messages.

  1. In a web browser, sign in to Outlook Web App using the URL provided by the person who manages email for your organization. Enter your user name and password, and then click Sign in.
  2. Choose New mail above the folder list. A new message form opens in the reading pane.
  3. At the top of the message, choose insert Insert > Your signature.
  4. When your message is ready to go, choose send  Send.

Automatically Add Your Signature To All Messages You Send

If you’ve created a signature, you can specify if the signature is added to all outgoing messages, including replies and forwards.

  1. In a web browser, sign in to Outlook Web App using the URL provided by the person who manages email for your organization. Enter your user name and password, and then click Sign in.
  2. On the nav bar, choose Settings Settings icon > Options.
  3. Under Options, choose Settings > Mail.
  4. Under Email signature, do one of the following:
    • To include your signature at the bottom of all outgoing messages, select the Automatically include my signature on messages I send check box.
    • To exclude your signature from showing at the bottom of all outgoing messages, clear the Automatically include my signature on messages I send check box.
  5. Choose Save.

Contact Us

If you would like to speak to someone about personalising your e-mails, please contact Footprint Web Design on Tel. No. 01883 372488 today.

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By | May 17th, 2018|E-Mails|Comments Off on How To Add An E-Mail Signature Using Outlook

Avoid Copyright Image Hot Water With These 5 Tips

It’s never a good idea to use an image with a copyright on your website without permission. Even if this is not picked up immediately, at some point in the future, you may receive an e-mail telling you that you have made what may prove to be a costly mistake!

Whilst not always the case, the possibility exists that you may be on the wrong end of a lawsuit from the rightful owner of the image and without express permission, you have no right to use that particular image on your website.

It can be all too easy to try and justify things to yourself when ‘borrowing’ someone else’s image/photo but the truth is that it doesn’t matter if:

  • you have only used part of the image
  • you are not intended to make a profit from the image
  • you have made an innocent mistake
  • you are not claiming to have taken the picture yourself
  • you have only embedded the image onto your website (it is not actually stored on your server)
  • you have disclaimer on your website
  • you have provided a link to the source and list the photographer’s name

Even if you immediately take down the image, if someone sends you a DMCA notice (you do have to take it down) but this may not be enough to absolve you.

To help you avoid these pitfalls, we have drawn up 5 tips to help you along your way.

No. 1 – Avoid Using Google Images

The quickest and easiest way to source images is to dip into Google Images. The choice is often amazing and it is so easy to find what you are looking for. However, the chances are that the vast majority of these images are already under copyright and even if you credit the source, you can still find yourself in hot water without either paying for or getting permission to use it.

No. 2 – Beware Creative Commons

Flickr is another hugely popular website and actually lets you search for ‘Creative Commons’ images as one of its search options. However, what if after you have downloaded the image, the person who added it to Flickr decides to revoke the ‘Creative Commons’ status? For each photo you download, always check the small print under the “some rights reserved” link to see if any issues may potentially arise in the future.

No. 3 – Don’t Take Any Chances

If you are desperate to use an image that is being used by someone else, ask them if it’s ok! The worst they can do is say no and if you get e-mail conformation saying that they are the rightful owner and are happy for you to use it, you are good to go.

No . 4 – Use Your Own Photos

Whilst not everybody can claim to be David Bailey, your own images should be fine.

No. 5 – Only Use Trusted Sources

If you are prepared to pay, subscribing to a service such as iStock or 123rf can resolve all of these potential pitfalls right from the outset. There are other free sites such as Pixabay but always remember to make sure that you check the smallprint before publishing anything onto your website!

Contact Us

If you would like to speak to someone about using images on your website and the potential for trouble in the future, please contact Footprint Web Design on Tel. No. 01883 372488 today.

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By | May 15th, 2018|Images|Comments Off on Avoid Copyright Image Hot Water With These 5 Tips
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