As a social enterprise web design agency, we’re here to be the change we want to see in the world, not to make big dividends. We go further than any other agency to ensure you get more for your money. Our rates are the lowest around, our team some of the most experienced and yet our profits go back into the community to help others.
Based in Sturminster Newton, we have web design and app development customers all across Dorset and neighbouring counties. We’re proud to run the Dorset Science & Tech Centre, offering our unique Dorset Web Design drop-in clinics.
We are the superhero web design agency and we are here to save you!
Our web design superheroes share their thoughts on the latest website and app development trends. We’ll share tips on improving your website’s SEO and even how to improve your conversion rates.
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We're fortunate enough to have one of the most experienced teams in the county. Whether you just need your new Wordpress Website designed, or if you also need it built, we have you covered! We're based in Sturminster Newton, Dorset but have team members spread across the country. Our detailed website designs take into account mobile layouts and responsive grids, search engine optimisation, accessibility and even conversion rates! If you are also using our website development service (the coding of the site), then we can often do a project with just the homepage and certain elements mocked-up. This saves you both time and money!
A lot of people get confused between Web Design and Web Development. We have 2 web designers in the team and 11 web developers. A web designer will prepare the graphics for your site. They'll come up with the visual style for the site, decide where buttons go and make sure everything looks polished on all devices sizes. The website developer will build the site's functionality. He/She will write the code that makes your site. They'll integrate your systems, 3rd party APIs, social media feeds, etc. One of the great things about Wordpress, our most popular CMS (Content Management System), is that a lot of the features you request will be "possible" with a free/premium plugin. However, these plugins often need code amends, break over time, or at least need a designer (or front-end developer) to go in and style them to match the site.
You'll find no drag and drop wix-style builders here as we want to give you results that those services can never achieve. Our unique social enterprise status allows us to offer a much lower price than competitors (often less than 1/3 of the price!), but you won't miss out on quality. As I write this, I am coming up to my 16th Anniversary, another team member is approaching 18 years in the job and many are around the 10 year mark. To date the only people we've found that can come close on price are single freelancers specialising in a certain part of website building, where you will not get the varied skill-sets, support structure and efficiency that a true agency can offer. For the same price, would you rather someone fumble their way through installing 30 plugins to get the features you need, or a professional developer that creates plugins for a living? An easy choice!
While we are well known for our start-up and charity discounts, we also have the pleasure of working with some huge household names. You'll see a number of them advertising on TV right now. Due to NDA agreements, we can't talk about many of them, but on request can arrange for references and case studies. We don't just build websites either - we have made everything from integrated stock systems, live GPS tracking, prototypes and even several complete CRM systems.
While we have a primary goal to make custom development affordable, we recognise that your larger global brand will need additional time spent to tick boxes with senior management. Our team are experienced with large test-scripts, penetration testing and load-testing, providing increased piece of mind. We specialise in being a remote agency - it lowers your costs and substantially improves our efficiency and ability to react to changes - Chris, our MD is experienced at pitching at board level.
Well there are some obvious cost benefits as our ethos results in an average 60-70% cost saving compared with agencies of an equal size. Chris signs off on everything and has been a brand ambassador for several leading household names. Being a true full service agency (a rare sight these days), the whole process from design to completion is overseen by the same senior team members. Those huge cost savings allow more features to be added in the same budget, or a larger development team to allow for tighter deadlines. We're growing fast and actively increasing our development team to provide an even broader range of skillsets.
Search Engine Optimisation is what makes you appear higher in search engines such as Google. Good search engine optimisation means that when someone searches for you, you’re the first to appear. Bad search engine optimisation? You’re potentially losing out on customers. Here at Dorset Tech we don’t just develop brilliant websites. We also are search engine optimisation experts. We know what it takes to make your website maximise its potential.
Let’s say you google “Cafes in Dorset” in search of somewhere to have a cup of tea and a bite to eat. It’s not likely you’re going to be spending ages scrolling through Google. You’re more likely to click the first thing you see. Search Engine Optimisation is a method whereby you adapt what you write on your website in order to appear higher on searches. In effect, make it Search Engine friendly. For example- a website featuring the phrase “cafes in Dorset” frequently is likely to appear higher than one where it only appears once. The same in this example could go for optimising where your place features on the list of cafes featured on Google Maps. It literally makes the difference between potential success and failure. There’s a range of methods and tools to use to get this right- and here at Dorset Tech, we’re armed to the teeth with the tools and skills to deliver great search engine optimisation results.
Two reasons above all else. Firstly we know the magic ingredients that will propel you to pole position in search engine rankings, and have the software and skills to match. Search Engine Optimisation is very much our bread and butter- our team is armed to the teeth with search engine optimisation experts. Secondly- we can deliver terrific results that won’t leave a shock at invoice time. That’s because unlike most agencies, we are a social enterprise. We exist to do good. We offer a significant amount of support to non profit organisations and start-ups. The money we make doesn’t go into paying for a CEO’s third holiday; it goes into local causes where we are. Everything from a village magazine to coding clubs for the next generation. Once more- we charge less for a service we believe is better than the rest.
App Development has never been more important- after all, who hasn’t got a smartphone these days? More and more people use their phones for their day to day life. Banking? Shopping? Networking? Sharing Photos? If you do it on your phone as many do, there’s an app for that. With Dorset Tech, App Development doesn’t need to cost a fortune or be complex. Right from the design to implementation and publishing on Google and Apple, we’ve got you covered.
App Development quite simply is the process where your business has its very own bespoke app that your customers and audience can download and use. Yes, there’s websites out there that for a fee can create an app for you from a selection of templates. But is that really good enough? After all, your business is a special, unique brand. A generic app not only sticks out like a sore thumb, it is often full of bugs and faults, that could potentially cost you custom. Dorset Tech’s approach to app development is different. Within our team we’ve got specialists in this area building customers bespoke apps that do everything they want- at a great price too.
You won’t find DIY or generic app development with Dorset Tech. We build your app from scratch with no copy and pasting from other apps. It’s totally unique to you- everything from the branding to the layout and design. Our app development team have years of experience designing apps for different platforms- where the trends of mobile platforms change, we follow, keeping up to date and innovative. Sometimes when you look at quotes for app development you might feel like running a mile, but with Dorset Tech you can run to us. That’s because we’re not in business to make astronomical profits- we’re a social enterprise. We exist to benefit others. So not only do we have the ability to pass on the savings from our business model onto you, the profits we do make are reinvested into a range of good causes including coding clubs to encourage the app developers of the future.
Having a great idea or business is fantastic- but if your branding lets you down, you’re potentially losing out on custom. When you think of the most successful businesses in the world- whether it’s Apple, McDonalds, Google or Asda; they’ve all got a distinctive brand. Your branding should be no different. While the major companies might call on the services of expensive agencies to design the branding, they’ve become synonymous with; it doesn’t have to be expensive with Dorset Tech. You’ve already seen our branding as you’ve looked on our website- it’s like no other. We can do the same for you.
Branding is everything that reflects your business. For example- McDonalds. When you think of them, you think of the large M. You think of their colours- red and yellow. You know your business and you know how great you are. But if your logo or the way you brand anything from the packaging to the letterheads isn’t up to scratch, what impression does that give to your customers? Ultimately, the branding of your business should reflect you and your business. Let’s say you’re a health spa. People associate health spas with relaxation. You’re hardly likely to see a brown coloured logo because that’s not a colour people associate with relaxation. It’s likely to be blue or purple. The logo text itself- Comic Sans MS isn’t quite the right fit (nor is it for almost anything, ironically). You want a font for your branding that gives the impression of relaxing- some people prefer an elegant, joined up writing style of font. Once you’ve established your branding- you should then use that across the board. So, from letterheads to business cards, your branding should be central to your company identity.
When it comes to branding, our team of experts here at Dorset Tech know what works and what doesn’t. The first thing we do is talk to you. Find out what your business is, what your business values are and what your expectations are. From that information, we get to work designing mock ups of the branding your business deserves. Once that’s done, we show you what we’ve come up with and then adjust as per your requirements. Even better- such a quality service doesn’t have to blow a hole in your bank balance. That’s because we’re a Social Enterprise- which means our profits go into local community initiatives and good causes rather than a CEO’s pocket.
Social Media Marketing is the future of communications. Gone are the days where you can just rely on word of mouth, leaflets and posters to maximise your business reach. With more and more people using social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube among others to reach existing and new customers, it’s never been more important to be up to speed on social media marketing. Fortunately, Dorset Tech have you covered. Within our ranks of superheroes we have social media experts. The people who can turn media into magic. Maximum results that save you time and endless banging of heads against walls.
You’ve got something you want to say. It could be something you’re selling. It could be telling the world and their aunts what you’re up to. No doubt you’ve heard people and organisations tell you that because they know how to use social media, they’re a social media marketing expert. That in itself is questionable. Social Media Marketing is much more than just writing a status on a page. For example- you’ve got a new product you wish to tell your audience about. The target audience for your product is a young person under 25. The format you use for that all-important communication makes the difference between success and failure. In this example, a short, possibly humorous video is likely to be more effective than a paragraph of text. Things to consider in addition to the right format include utilising the various platforms sponsored and pay per click features- targeting your message to the right audience not only maximises success, but also gives you the maximum success to cost ratio- essentially saving you money on your social media marketing campaign. And who doesn’t love value for money?!
Here at Dorset Tech we’ve got two things that are important. A track record of success, and extensive knowledge of Social Media Marketing. In our team we’ve got vastly experienced social media marketing experts. We have the knowledge and skills to make your social media marketing work. Even better, it doesn’t have to cost that much that you get an angry phone call from your bank manager. That’s because we’re a Social Enterprise. In short- we exist to do good for others. Our profits go back into community organisations where we’re based, funding STEM projects that help the next generation and anything from that to producing a village magazine. So by choosing Dorset Tech for your social media marketing you’re saving money as we don’t charge as much as other agencies and contributing towards good causes.
We know how to stand out from the crowd- and can do the same with Business Card Design for you! The last thing you want to do is have a business card design that looks just the same as everyone else. Whether it’s something that appears on the noticeboard at a local shop or added to the piles given out at a networking meeting, to stand out it has to be distinctive. If you hadn’t already guessed, here at Dorset Tech we know exactly what makes your business card design look good. After all, you’ve already seen our website and we can assure you, our business cards match!
First things first, it’s not choosing places like Vista Print as some might suggest. Yes, some of their offers are attractive, but the end result is exactly what you pay for (not a lot). A good business card design has to do the following: be distinctive, reflect the branding of your business and convey the details needed without bombarding the person you’re giving it to with a ton of words. It also has to be clear to read. It’s all too often that when you see a business card design, it has so much on it that the key details are barely readable.
All the business card designs that we produce are bespoke. Or, to put it another way- we don’t use set templates or styles for everything we do. The first thing we do is get to know you, your business and understand your expectations. Once we’ve sorted that, we get to work on the brief given with a business card design produced from scratch. Once more, we’re firm believers that such a service doesn’t have to cost the earth. Our unique social enterprise status means that we can afford to offer quality at a reasonable price.
As a former owner of a print broking business, I can see the process through from start to finish. We know how different stocks will have different impacts on the design and how to benefit from that. Our team have produced brochures, magazines and programmes for household names and local charities alike.
We produce community magazines every month! Our low rates and honest billing approach enables the magazine to be growing rapidly and reducing advertising costs, while still returning a profit. In the case of a non-profit community magazine that can result in a grant fund that you can offer out to local groups. Our large discounts with several local and online printers allows us to provide colour glossy magazines for less than standard black and white printing.
We have a number of in house designers, content writers and proof-readers than can be assigned to your existing project. From layout planning through to complete management, our team can provide it all.