Introducing Ellen

Adhere's Marketing Intern EllenAdhere would like to extend a warm welcome to Ellen Fisher who has joined the Adhere team on a part-time placement while she completes her final year of studying at Birmingham University. Ellen is currently studying Business Management and decided to undertake a placement at Adhere as she wanted to gain some concrete marketing experience. Ellen chose Adhere as she thought it seemed like a nice place to work and being an SME, it wasn’t ‘too big and scary.’

Ellen will be Adhere’s Marketing Intern and will mainly be assisting Clara on the promotion of PriceDropDonkey through social media channels and content creation.

Last year, Ellen took a break from studying to work for Solihull Council where she did Internal Audit. After her studies, she would like to go travelling for a bit before settling down for a career in marketing.

When not in the office or at univeristy, Ellen is a keen triathlete and likes to keep her fitness up. She has also done her fair share of travelling and has visited Italy three times, purely because she loves lasagne.

Ellen isn’t workshy and says that if she were to win the lottery, she would still work three days a week and spend the other four days going on mini breaks. She would also hire a personal chef to cook her lasagnes whenever she wanted. Dream big Ellen.


Price Drop Donkey Confirms Partnership with Mobilephones.com

Price Drop Donkey has formed a partnership to help show daily mobile phone deal price drops from a wide range of online and high street mobile phone retailers, thanks to UK based smartphone comparison website, Mobilephones.com.

Price Drops will be displayed thanks to Mobilephone.com’s smartphone feed, which consists of UK retailers including E2Save, Mobile.co.uk, The Smartphone Company and more.

Price Drop Donkey Continues to Grow

Since its launch in 2015 by Adhere, Price Drop Donkey has saved customers thousands of pounds, and is now set to increase this saving with yet another shopping category listed on the site.

Contracts include some of the latest smartphone bargains, with iPhone tariffs and Samsung Galaxy plans all on offer at brilliant prices, shown on Price Drop Donkey when their prices drop by a significant amount, saving the customers’ money.

You can take a look at the new mobile phone deals section of the site here.

“I found the Mobilephones.com deal feeds to be really easy to work with” said Abbid Meghjee, software developer at Adhere.

“I particularly like how they deep link into basket pages on the retailers’ website, which should really help Price Drop Donkey users”.

About Mobilephones.com

Launched in 2012, Mobilephones.com is a leading mobile phone comparison website, displaying thousands of deals from the UK’s most popular networks and smartphone retailers.

Allowing customers to compare smartphone deals on one dedicated site, Mobilephones.com uses one of the most intelligent mobile feeds in the UK. It offers online shoppers a huge array of tariffs and contracts to choose from, as well as helping secure smartphone contracts for customers with poor credit ratings.

On top of this, Mobilephones.com also caters for customers in need of SIM-only deals and shoppers who wish to secure free gifts with their next smartphone contract.


Microsoft Ditch Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10

As of yesterday, 12th January 2016, Microsoft stopped supporting Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10. What does this mean? It basically means that Microsoft will no longer release any further updates for the three browsers (including security updates) and that they have withdrawn technical support for them.

The news was greeted with joy by web developers as it should mean that users move away from these browsers that can be quite restrictive and onto more modern browsers that support a much wider range of web technologies such as HTML5 and CSS3.

Although Internet Explorer is not as popular as it once was, IE8, 9 and 10 accounted for almost 20% of desktop usage in December 2015 according to NetMarketShare.com. However, in the fast paced world of the internet where if you miss a week you feel like you have been away for a year, these three browsers are more like three old ladies nowadays.

Microsoft hope that current Internet Explorer users will upgrade to either IE 11 or their latest browser Edge, and warn that if you do keep using older versions that you will be more susceptible to malware and viruses.

If you want to check whether your site is making the most out of the latest web technologies that have become more usable now why not give us a call on 0121 704 5604 where the team will be happy to assist you.


New year, new business deal builder

As part of our ongoing support of our friends at Carphone Warehouse Business we have launched a great new deal builder tool this January. Replacing the old business mobile deal builder this one enables you to customise a handset and tariff combination that suits your usage requirements and add to your basket, giving you the option of discounted bolt ons and related services.

You can take a look at it here: https://business.carphonewarehouse.com/order/buy_single

It’s great for comparing business deals across the major mobile networks and the usage sliders allow you to tailor a deal for you. If all else fails give the guys at Carphone Warehouse Business a call and they will help build a bespoke deal for you. They’re nice folk, they really are.

There will be more innovations rolled out throughout the year.


Motoring deals added to Price Drop Donkey

We’re happy that we’ve finally added motoring deals to the Price Drop Donkey website (previously simply restricted by room on the main nav!). Now christmas has come and gone we’ve got a bit of free real estate on the site to get the deals on there. This covers a range of motoring categories including car parts, tools, motorcycling, servicing and so on.

Visit https://www.pricedropdonkey.com/cheap-motoring to have a gander.

A bit more about our crazy donkey…

The Price Drop Donkey is our independent service that hunts out big product discounts every day from thousands of products on the internet. Whenever the donkey finds a deal on a retailer online store that has had a large discount applied to it he can’t resist telling everyone about it and showing off. He’s really that kind of donkey, we may have created a self obsessed monster. But we love him.

The prices are looked at every day and updated daily comparing todays price against yesterday. Products are listed by category and the product with the largest discount, as a percentage, is shown first.

It’s becoming quite popular.

www.pricedropdonkey.com


Adhere goes easy on the Christmas cards to raise over £650 for charity

This year we have, alongside our sister company at JustSayPlease, embraced the Christmas spirit by donating over £650 to a range of good causes chosen by our team.

Instead of sending the traditional Christmas cards to one another, which, let’s be honest, will end up in the bin as soon as Christmas is over, they we’ve have decided to donate the money we would have spent on cards to charity, helping to spread the festivities throughout the Christmas holidays.

As a company, we’ve matched our employees’ donations, making Christmas doubly happy for their chosen charities.

One of the charities was Crisis at Christmas Birmingham, which provides homeless people in Birmingham with a Christmas Dinner, showers, haircuts and companionship on Christmas Day, which can be particularly hard time for homeless people.

Other local charities supported include Acorn Children’s Hospice, Warwickshire Search & Rescue, and SIFA Fireside.

What do you think? Perhaps you’d like to set up a similar scheme at your workplace next Christmas. Let us know how it works for you.

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas, from all of us at Adhere.

 


Role Available: Web Designer

1.0 Overview

This is a fantastic opportunity for web designer to join a forward thinking and dynamic design and development company to work at the forefront of cutting edge technology based projects. You will be responsible for design/development in a variety of websites and software projects as part of the web team, being able to put your own mark and ideas into your work with a view of improving simplicity and making user interfaces slicker.This role has been created due to the expansion and growth of the company and will require you to be involved in the development of interfaces for a number of in-house systems as well as client web design projects.

2.0 Job Description

The successful candidate will have a minimum of 1 years experience designing and developing websites. It is assumed you will have worked with HTML and CSS in previous design projects with experience of common CMS programs such as WordPress. Experience with E-commerce website development is also desirable.

It is important for you to have a good problem solving mentality, with a high level of initiative and great communication skills.

You will have a sound working knowledge of web application development and design along with a passion and flair for creating simple, slick and attractive User Interfaces and will be working on projects for blue chip clients such as Carphone Warehouse and MoneySupermarket.

3.0 Terms

Role: Web Designer (HTML, CSS, Php and Javascript)

Salary: 20-26k (depending on experience)

Location: Birmingham/Solihull

Required Experience: WordPress, Photoshop, CSS, PHP, HTML

Desirable experience: Drupal, Magento, Codeigniter, Mobile Development (i.e. IOS)

4.0 How to apply

Please respond with your CV with examples of your work to[email protected]


Important Web Design Terms

I had originally planned to publish this blog, but I was unsure of how helpful it would actually be. Then I read this article from the LA times. To people like me, that article is absolutely hilarious. However, the gap in understanding of industry terms is something that clearly needs to be addressed to both the general public and our clients. Though we try to avoid over use of these industry terms, sometimes there is no way around it. To help you out, I have put together a list of important words and definitions that will make your life a lot easier during the redesign process. Here is part one of our series on Important Web Design Terms – Basic Web Design Knowledge.

Basic Webpage Elements

  • Content – When we say content, we are generally referring to anything that can live on a page. This includes, but is not limited to, copy, images, graphics, videos, PDFs, Word documents, Excel spread sheets, etc.
  • Header – The top section of the website that contains the main logo and navigation links.
  • Icon – A picture or symbol that appears on a page that is used to represent a specific section, call to action, command, or page of a website. For example, an envelope can be used to represent sending an email. We custom create icons for a lot of our projects so they fit the design perfectly.
  • Footer – The content at the bottom of the page that usually remains universal throughout the entire site. This section usually contains important links, social media, and legal information.
  • Navigation – The links at the top of the website that lead you to the other pages of the website.
  • Parallax Scroll – This is a design technique that allows us to show depth and movement while scrolling. See our design for Specless Media for an example.
  • Section Headers – Not to be confused with THE HEADER, Headers are a block of text on a page that generally signifies a separate section of the site or a call to action. These are usually more prominently displayed that normal copy and are used draw the users attention. We always recommend making these informative and legible.
  • Slider – This is the rotating set of images, messages, and calls to action that generally sit at the top of the page.

Content Creation Guidelines

This document is intended to serve as a guide to aid in the redesign and development of all new websites, with the end goal of helping your organization create informative and compelling content. This guide will focus on creating copy, producing quality images, developing a successful SEO plan, and learning how to use Gather Content.

We are confident that our recommendations will result in a fully defined and unified brand that will help educate users and promote your organization.

Basic Guidelines for Creating Content

While the following points will guide you in the proper direction, it is important to note a few general principles that are key to making a successful website:

  • Content must be compelling, easily skimable, and to the point.
  • If users do not find what they want, they will leave.
  • While off-page SEO is important, content creation is equally important to SEO. Google now “crawls” your whole site and keeps track of all the relevant content. Sites that have the best content will show up higher in the search results.

PHP/Software Developer

1.0 Overview

This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced developer to join a forward thinking and dynamic development company to work at the forefront of cutting edge technology based projects. You will be responsible for the development of a variety of projects, being able to put your own mark and ideas into your work with a view of improving simplicity and making user interfaces slicker. You will be part of a dynamic and engaging development team involved in full software development lifecycles. This role has been created due to the expansion and growth of the company and will require you to be involved in the development of interfaces for a number of in-house systems.

2.0 Job Description

The successful candidate will have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a similar role and will have an excellent understanding of PHP, Javascript and JQuery. It is assumed you will have worked with XHTML, HTML5, DHTML, CSS in previous development projects with experience of web services. Experience with E-commerce website development is also required and experience with development frameworks such as Codeigniter and/or CakePHP is desirable.

In this role you will be heavily involved in the full project lifestyles from initial concept and analysis through to design, implementation and testing and as such it is important for you to have a good problem solving mentality, with a high level of initiative and great communication skills.

You will have a sound working knowledge of web application development and design along with a passion and flair for creating simple, slick and attractive User Interfaces and will be working on projects for blue chip clients such as Carphone Warehouse and MoneySupermarket.

3.0 Terms

Role: Web Developer (Php and Javascript)

Salary: 30-38k (depending on experience)

Location: Birmingham/Solihull

Required Experience: PHP, CSS, OOP

Desirable Experience: Codeigniter, Photoshop, Mobile Development (iOS/Xcode)

4.0 How to apply

Please respond with your CV with examples of your work to [email protected]