A sombre couple of hours here at CWDmedia as I design the memorial card for my late grandmother, who left us earlier this year. I’m always reflective on New Year’s Eve, thinking back on everything life gave to me and those closest to me over the past 12 months.
It’s generally been a year with more highs than lows personally, but has been tough on a couple of my nearest and dearest, and never was this more acutely felt than when my grandmother passed. I hope my design is worthy of her, for she truly was a magnificent human being.
On a more positive note – I wish all who read this a healthy, happy and successful 2018 and beyond. Focus on the positives, don’t let the negatives consume you and enjoy life to the fullest.
Happy New Year everyone!
I hope you’ve enjoyed a restful and fun-filled festive season. You may have noticed things look slightly different around here, and you’ve got my lovely wife (pictured above) to thank for that!
We were chatting over Christmas about how it’s been a while since I last used my camera and how I wanted to offer more freelance marketing services through CWDmedia. Keeping in mind the fact that I am just one guy and my work through CWDmedia is done alongside a full-time job (I’m the Marketing Manager for Develop Training), simply adding marketing services to the range of services available through CWDmedia didn’t seem sensible. It’s important to keep things manageable, after all!
So what I’ve done is replace Photography services with Marketing services. Now, that isn’t to say that I couldn’t assist with photography should you require it. But my focus in 2017 is to continue providing clients with high quality graphic & web design, excellent copywriting and to introduce a range of marketing options to those who want them.
These marketing services include, but are not limited to:
- Consultancy services
- Competitor benchmarking
- Marketing strategy and/or planning
- Market segmentation
- Design management
- Direct marketing
- Inbound marketing
- Sales promotion
- Media planning & publishing
- PR liaison/coordination
If you require any of these services, I’d be delighted to discuss these with you and devise a solution to fit your needs.
That’s it from me for now. I wish you a healthy and prosperous New Year.
I was daydreaming while eating my lunch today. It occurred to me that, traditionally, most of my commissions have been for graphic design work. Good old fashioned printed media, be it leaflets, posters, business cards, brochures or other stationery. But over the past couple of years I’ve definitely seen an increase in the number of enquiries I receive for copywriting, and an even larger increase in the number of requests for website design.
Now, while I promote both on this website, I’ve probably been too busy to update this site to truly reflect my capabilities when it comes to either – particularly website design. For instance, at the time of writing this, there is no portfolio page showcasing the sites I’ve designed. I’m definitely going to get on top of that. More and more clients are asking me to re-imagine their website or create their first one from scratch. It’s something I really enjoy, and because of my experience in marketing, I love being able to offer a consultative service to clients in these situations.
Your most important sales tool
Your website communicates to the outside world who you are, what you do and why you do it. It’s available 24/7, and many marketers consider it the single most important item in their marketing toolkit. When I build a website for a client, I spend time with them going through a needs analysis to really understand what the website needs to achieve, how it should look in terms of colour scheme and typeface, and what functionality is required.
Depending on whether you require me to write copy for the website or not, the whole process of building the site from start to finish can take just a couple of weeks. And remember, because I’m a freelancer working evenings and weekends, my overheads are low, which means so are my prices!
I’d love to discuss your future website design project with you. Here’s a handful of CWDmedia-designed websites to give you a flavour of what I can do:
I thought I’d bring you up to speed, what with it being a couple of months since my last update. Things have been a little quieter in CWDmedia Towers of late, but there’s a very good reason for this – I’ve been busying myself with the final preparations for my wedding, followed by the big day itself and a breathtaking (albeit over far too quickly) honeymoon in Abu Dhabi at the quite spectacular Dusit Thani hotel. My wife and I even managed a trip into Dubai to go to the top of the Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world, and quite an achievement for a guy who is NOT good with heights!
So with all that madness to look forward to, I eased off on chasing new work in the run-up to the main event, save for a couple of longer term projects I’ve been beavering away at before and after the wedding celebrations. One of these is a brand new website for an extremely talented London-based copywriter colleague of mine by the name of Ed Palmer, whose site Keep. This. Copy. will soon online and generating new business.
I’ve also been helping a newly-formed building inspectorate firm with their new website’s art direction and am looking forward to seeing this come to fruition in the New Year.
But the message is this: I’m here, I’m ready to work and waiting for your enquiry – I’ve designed everything from logos to van livery, annual reports to websites and exhibition stands, and there’s no job too big or small. As a freelancer, I don’t have the same overheads as many of my design agency counterparts, and thus can provide high quality work at prices that fit within your budget.
I’m looking forward to working with you in the New Year. In the meantime, have a CWDelightful Christmas!
Who doesn’t love the summer? Sunshine, barbecues, holidays… it’s definitely the feelgood season of the year! Here at CWDmedia, I’m no different – I love the summertime. But as much as I enjoy catching rays and showing off my pasty white legs in a pair of shorts, what I enjoy more than any of that is designing.
“Quelle surprise!” I hear you cry, and well you might… but it’s true! And to help keep me at my desk instead of basking in the warmth of a lazy afternoon with a beer in hand, I’m offering a 25% discount on all design work placed with CWDmedia between now and the end of July.
Sale of the century? That might be pushing it, but I love a bargain every bit as much as I love designing or the summer, and I’m hoping you do too!
Hit the Contact page to request a free estimate today!
I’m pleased to reveal the brand new CWDmedia website. Why the upgrade, you ask? It’s simple, really – the previous website was not mobile responsive, and following Google releasing their ‘mobile friendly ranking algorithm’ on April 21, it meant that my site was no longer likely to feature so highly in search results. In other words, not upgrading the site was bad for business!
So I took the opportunity to revamp the site a little – it’s fresher, cleaner and, well, I like it whole lot more than the previous version.
Does your website have a mobile friendly/responsive version? If not, maybe it’s time you revamped yours too? CWDmedia can help – get in touch for a quote today!
I’m delighted to announce that CWDmedia has been engaged to redesign the website of a popular music festival in Shropshire.
Farmer Phil’s Music Festival, held in Ratlinghope near Shrewsbury, is now in its 17th year and each year plays host to an eclectic mix of acts from jazz and folk to rock and everything in between. This year’s event (14-16 August) sees the legendary R&B quartet Dr Feelgood headline on the Friday night, with many more artists yet to be announced.
“We’ve been a fan of CWDmedia’s work for a while and when the opportunity presented itself to revamp our website getting in touch with Steve was the obvious choice,” said Farmer Phil (real name Philip Harding), “The Festival welcomes around 2,000 fans every year and the new website will provide them with the very latest news regarding line-ups, ticket information and much much more.”
The new website will appear over at www.farmerphilsfestival.com once complete.
Happy New Year everybody!
I’m running a promotion this month. If you require design services, but are finding that cashflow is tight this soon after Christmas, then this might be for you.
For the duration of January 2015, I will be offering a 25% on all new graphic design commissions.
Sound good? Get in touch!
Now the festive season is well underway I wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, not to mention a prosperous and happy New Year.
I’ve made a habit over the past few years of sending CWDmedia-branded Christmas cards to each of my clients. This year, however, I’ve elected to make a donation to a charity that is dear to me instead – the Depression Alliance.
The Depression Alliance brings people together to end the loneliness and isolation of depression. They also campaign to end the stigma of depression and to raise awareness of what it means to live with it. For some, Christmas can be a very lonely time of year and as somebody who has suffered with depression in the past, I’m glad to help in some small way.
If you’re interested, you can read more about the Depression Alliance here.
Have a fantastic Christmas and I look forward to catching up with you in 2015!