WordPress Hacking Spree – Is Your Site Safe?

February 20, 2017 / Technical, Web, Websites, Wordpress /

Running a website has a few certainties, one of these is your website will encounter hackers, but clients underestimate just how many hack attempts on their website will take place. A successful site can be defined by its hacking awareness, if your site is not safe then neither are your customers who entrust you with their details. Continue Reading →

Google Chrome – Important SSL Update

February 16, 2017 / Technical, Web /
Chrome SSL Issue

We have recently been informed that as of the latest version of Google Chrome, the world’s most popular web browser (75% of the market as of January 2017), all websites that don’t have an SSL certificate will be flagged up as ‘Not Secure’. This is starting immediately on all pages that request any form data (e.g. registration forms, login forms, checkouts) and will be rolling out shortly to all pages regardless of content.

This means that every website is affected not just websites that transact through the site. Please see the Google blog post on why this is happening: Continue Reading →

How Responsive Web Design Could Transform Your Business

September 12, 2016 / Design, Web, Websites /
Time To Go Mobile

We live in an age where technology is continually on the go. It seems that the best minds at such corporate giants as Apple are forever promoting their latest brain-child. From the release of the next iPhone model, to the revolutionising features of the most recent iOS software, we’re in constant anticipation of change. Surely it follows, then, that our approach to online business has to adapt too? Continue Reading →

Our New Website Is Coming Soon! | Web Design Staffs

August 2, 2016 / Design, Web, Websites /

… Kind of

SO Marketing are well known for our outstanding web design projects; we excel at ecommerce, make waves in WordPress and perform magic with Magento. Well now we’re pleased to announce that we’re turning our talents to our own web platform. That’s right; SO Marketing are getting a brand new website… we’re just not quite sure when it will be ready yet. Continue Reading →

Talking About SO: SmartBird | Web Design & Social Media

August 2, 2016 / Design, Social Media, Web, Websites /

SO who are SmartBird?

SmartBird® is a new range of Ayurvedic remedies, combining years of cultural learning with stringent 21st Century scientific research and testing, to create products with proven benefits.

Based in India, SmartBird brings decades of experience in the over-the-counter pharmaceuticals sector to the highly competitive Ayurvedic medicines market. With big ideas about changing people’s perceptions of Ayurveda and herbal remedies by working with leading European scientists, SmartBird needed more than just a website – they needed a digital platform on which to found a community. Continue Reading →

Web Design Trends of 2016

March 22, 2016 / Design, Web, Websites /
Web Trends 2016

The Next Big Things

The collective hangovers from Christmas have subsided, we’re already being bombarded with deals on Easter Eggs at the local ASDA, and we’ve stopped writing “2015” on everything by accident – it’s safe to say we’re now well into the New Year. With this, our eyes are firmly set forward (most of the time, sometimes they’re looking at the great deals on Easter chocolate) on the latest and greatest trends in web design, the concepts that are going to define 2016. Continue Reading →

New Year, New Website

January 25, 2016 / Web, Websites /
New Year, New Website

High Resolutions

Losing a bit of weight, moving a bit faster and generally just looking a bit better – these are all things we want from our ideal websites (what did you think we were talking about?), but always struggle to manage. Well what if SO Marketing told you that in 2016, you can have all of these things and more? Continue Reading →

Building Consumer Trust this Christmas

December 2, 2015 / Conversation, eCommerce, Web, Websites /
Consumer Trust

All I Want for Christmas is… Sales

It’s a common complaint voiced by many an ecommerce retailer that despite the seemingly optimal performance of their individual marketing channels, their website simply isn’t performing as expected. It’s unfortunately the case that even though you might be getting consumers to your site through a variety of marketing platforms including Google AdWords and social media advertising, getting them to actually hit the ‘Checkout’ button is a new challenge in itself. The question of the hour – or rather the festive period – is why consumers are so reluctant to convert through your site, and perhaps more importantly, how can you increase your ecommerce website’s performance? Continue Reading →

Flash Sales & Marketing: Preparing for Cyber Monday

November 25, 2015 / News, Technical, Web, Web, Websites /
Cyber Monday

Sales Are Coming

Of recent years, the American tradition of Black Friday has slowly crept further and further into UK consumer culture, with estimated sales last year sitting at approximately £810 million. Now, if you’re anything like us, you probably prefer doing your Christmas shopping (and selling) from the comfort of a cosy office, and Black Friday to you means little more than funny videos being posted on YouTube of two shoppers in Asda fighting over a half price blender. The stark rise in online shopping, however, has given birth to a new cultural phenomenon that grows with each passing festive period; Cyber Monday. Continue Reading →

Magento 2.0 Awakens

November 19, 2015 / eCommerce, Magento, Web, Websites /
Magento 2.0

The Marketing Force Is Strong in This One

Originally released for a beta period almost a year ago in December 2014, Magento’s latest ecommerce platform, Magento 2.0, is now available for general merchant use. The ecommerce platform’s first major update since its launch back in March 2008, the new software promises a more user friendly interface, a host of new options for customisation, and generally a more efficient means of getting your products to the burgeoning digital market. With all this is mind, should you be rushing to the shiny green download button? Check out our Magento 2.0 overview to find out. Continue Reading →

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