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27 Jan 17. A chat with Airbnb founder, Joe Gebbia

Have you ever wondered what made some people or brands so successful? I do, all the time and it’s become

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17 Jan 17. Effective Brand Design

The benefits of effective brand design are plentiful and surprising. From brand recognition and building customer loyalty, adding credibility with

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09 Jan 17. It’s 2017 and you need an SSL certificate

It’s indisputable: 2017 is the year of the more secure web. If you’ve ever been on online, there’s no doubt

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17 Dec 16. Pillars of modern website design

The web space hardly stands still. Each year we see new trends emerging and others fizzling out (which isn’t always a

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07 Dec 16. ‘Second Best Tomorrow’ approach to web design

As a creative agency, we often find ourselves in a headlock searching for perfection. But I recently learned a new

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01 Dec 16. How video content helps your website

Video content can help your website and boost your marketing efforts tremendously. We’re going to explore the facts, figures and

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08 Nov 16. When is a good time to rebrand?

Your brand is the identity of your business, it tells the world what your brand values and characteristics are in

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20 Sep 16. Packaging Design : The obstacles on the way to a perfect product

Packaging Design is all about strategy. Getting the consumer to understand what a company stands for at a glance isn’t

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19 Aug 16. Brand Guidelines, what are they and why do you need them?

We’ve helped many clients over the years rebrand or build a new brand from ground roots. Part and parcel of

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21 Jun 16. Three smart brand strategies to implement now

Three smart brand strategies that you can implement in your business right now and drive your brand forward. With no

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23 May 16. Rebranding? How to get team buy-in

Team buy-in will contribute to the success of your rebranding project, here’s why and how to achieve that. Building a

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12 May 16. Why you should always have a ‘coming soon page’

Coming soon page, holding page, temporary page. What ever you call it, there’s some debate within the web design community on

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05 May 16. Quick things to do when your new website launches

A website project is a big investment in terms of cash and time resources. It can also be quite overwhelming

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13 Apr 16. How do we design a logo?

We recently had a show and tell with a client, proudly the logo concepts presented were spot on and they

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31 Mar 16. Holy pixels, we’ve got a new website!

We just love that new website smell! It’s been a while in the making but we’re so excited to share

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14 Mar 16. A rebrand and new website for A&C Contracts

We were delighted when A&C selected Sixth Story to rebrand their business and create a new, modern website. A&C are

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29 Jan 16. Do your brand promises stack up?

Brand promises, what do they matter? Growing up there was a lot I learned from my dad, there’s something that

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18 Jan 16. Designing effective web forms

With many varying web design projects on the go, we’ve been discussing contact pages in depth and more specifically web

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05 Jan 16. Building your business in 2016

I’m a bit of a sucker when it comes to personal development, learning and anything that suggests it can get

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30 Dec 15. Top 10 blogs of 2015

From logo design to creative website design and everything in between… I always enjoy the ‘quiet time’ between Christmas and

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30 Oct 15. A new found love of branding

I’m a self-professed brand geek and love all things branding but whilst I’m sitting in a perfectly air-conditioned Starbucks sipping

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05 Oct 15. #Hashtag ho down

So you’re online and tweeting what are all these #hashtags about? Should you be using them for your business social

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17 Sep 15. Productivity and working hours

It’s not how productive you are, it’s how productive you want to be. I was reading an article from The Guardian

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07 Sep 15. Does a logo design rationale need to be obvious?

I was recently presenting logo concepts to a lovely new client, as they are an established company we’ve explored two

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20 Aug 15. SEO and your new websites search visibility

If you’ve looked into getting a website in the last 10 years, chances are you’ll have seen the acronym SEO

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19 Aug 15. How do we value design?

If I cast my mind way, way, way back to Economics lectures at University, I vaguely remember the Karl Marx

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11 Aug 15. Do you have a sales process? 

The lifeblood of any business is sales. Any business has a product or service that people want or need to

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03 Aug 15. Content Pizza

Planning content for your website, it’s like making a pizza. I’m hungry and craving pizza so I’m going to use

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22 Jul 15. McDonald’s emoji ads. We’re lovin’ it

You can’t miss the billboard and outdoor advertising campaign that McDonald’s is running using the emojis and strap line ‘good

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20 Jul 15. Why I hate crowdsourcing and specifically, 99designs

Recently an old family friend, knowing that I run a branding agency, told me about their cousin setting up a

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09 Jul 15. Where is the world going?

Where is the world going? What we predict for the future of marketing.  Once upon a time a man named

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29 Jun 15. Digital Designer Vacancy

Want to work at Sixth Story? We’re looking for a digital designer with a strategic approach to design to join our happy, hardworking, and handsome team. Click through to read more details about the job, we’d love to hear from you!

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25 Jun 15. Do you own the intellectual property to your company’s creative assets? 

Confusing copyright laws and lack of well laid out contracts might leave some clients out in the cold when it

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17 Jun 15. Craft your marketing message

In our previous blog we talked about building your perfect client profile which is the first step in understanding strategic

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08 Jun 15. Understanding Strategic Marketing

Strategic Marketing If you’re currently looking at sitting down to write a marketing plan to generate leads and sales for

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05 May 15. Laravel 5 – PHP Framework for Web Artisan

Let’s be honest Laravel is the best thing happened to PHP developers since the release of PHP. Recently Taylor Otwell

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20 Apr 15. Google Says Yes to Responsive Websites.

Yep, that’s right, Google have announced the changes to their search algorithms which now take into account whether a site

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16 Apr 15. Why You Shouldn’t Use DIY Website Builders

So you’re setting up a business and as it’s 2015 you will naturally need a website. You have a distant

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02 Apr 15. Winning website awards for YourVets

We were very proud to launch a fresh, new website for YourVets over 12 months ago and have been working

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19 Feb 15. Creative partnership & new brand for Eclectic Security

When we set out to work with companies our initial conversations are always around the services we offer such as

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24 Oct 14. Creative Website Designs

Being a team of creative website designers we thought we’d share our thoughts, ideas and inspiration on just that, creative

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06 Sep 14. Creative Website Design & Footers

Web design should always be attractive and your company website could be the most powerful force in your marketing toolkit.

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30 Aug 14. How much does a website cost?

Website designers the world over get asked this question a lot. And the answer is, “well that really depends…” The

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07 Jul 14. What does your business card say about you?

The traditional business card…often an after thought logo at the top, name and contact details underneath. Whilst there is nothing

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26 Jun 14. Marketing in the Hospitality Industry

One of the longest-standing industries, the hospitality industry or hotel industry encompassing accommodation, food and beverages for holiday makers and

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02 May 14. Creating a Mood Board

Creating a mood board is a great way to start thinking creatively and visually about your business and brand. Follow

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22 Apr 14. The Dangers of Speculative Design

As an agency we often get the opportunity to pitch for work. This can be an exciting process that involves

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12 Mar 14. Simple tips & ideas for Exhibition Stands

Trade shows, exhibitions, show case events are all a great way to promote your business and put your brand in

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30 Jun 13. A rebrand for heritage Aluminium tube specialists

Sixth Story came upon the opportunity to work with a traditional British manufacturing company to give their brand a refresh.

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01 Mar 13. A new brand and website for high street gold exchange

Sixth Story were thrilled to be selected as the agency to create and develop a brand and website to take

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21 Dec 12. A new life and brand for St Barnabas

In September this year we were delighted to be chosen to rebrand the St Barnabas Church Centre in Erdington. Five

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12 Apr 12. 5 Common Marketing Mistakes

None of us are perfect and especially being a business owner there are lots of things on a daily basis

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05 Apr 12. 4 slants on the strap line

A strap line (or slogan to our friends across the pond) often accompanies a logo or marketing communications to help

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31 Mar 12. Recruitment agencies

Recruitment agencies please take note : We get it, you’re ambitious and want to sign with great companies like us.

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20 Feb 12. 5 Gruesome Sins of Website Design

Is your company website guilty of over-loading the home page and making your visitors think? Is that home page about

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24 Jan 12. Action Marketing & Online Marketing Blueprint

Are you interested in incorporating online to your marketing strategy? It doesn’t matter whether you’re a small business owner or

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18 Jan 12. 2012 is here, what logo trends are coming?

We’ve already looked at the defining trends in logo design for 2011, and now it’s time to move on to

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09 Jan 12. 5 must-do-things to kick start your marketing for 2012

1. Review of your copywriting What a great time to review your copy now that you’ve had a break and

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14 Nov 11. 2011 Logo trends

Every company needs to be represented by a recognizable logo that tells its story, that fits perfectly with who they

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11 Oct 11. 3 tips to make blogging (or any writing) effortless!

The other night, a friend-of-a-friend who is new to blogging told me she was struggling to write her posts. She

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23 Sep 11. 10 Seconds or less to impress – How to improve your web conversion rates

We spend hours worrying about increasing the amount of traffic reaching our web pages but in truth the real success

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07 Aug 11. 15 Highly Creative Facebook Pages

Social networks have become such an important factor in today’s online society and there’s no doubt about it that Facebook

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06 Jul 11. 3 tips to boost your digital marketing

There’s lots of noise out there in the world, especially online and we’ve talked about creating online advantage in a

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