29/04/2021

Benefits of email marketing

Some people think email marketing is dying out, but how many times do you check your emails? How many times have you clicked on an email that offered a promotion? Or opened an email because it contained some useful information about new store policies due to COVID-19?

With an abundance of devices at our disposal - smartphones, tablets, laptops - we’re checking our emails daily. 

A major benefit of email marketing is that it’s an incredibly cost-effective method of marketing. It really is still one of the most valuable and powerful marketing tools a company can have. 

bag and man looking at his emails on his iphone

So, what are the benefits of email marketing: 

  • Create targeted content

The content you put in your emails can be very specific and relate to the targeted audience. For example, if you have a promotion for UK Mother’s Day that would not apply to your US customers as their Mother’s Day date is another month.

  • Nurturing leads

Email marketing allows you to build up a relationship and share information with the customers that are sitting on the fence. By keeping in touch with them you’ll hopefully, one day, turn them into your loyal customers.

  • Sharing company news 

Keep your audience up to date through email marketing or share a new marketing campaign to build interest. Do you have new opening times? Or are you going to be sponsoring a charity that means a lot to your business? Let your audience know. 

  • Build your brand

Email marketing allows you to build your brand image as you’re sharing content. While you share relevant and valuable information, trust increases amongst your audience. This trust is so important for turning them from leads to customers.

  • Increase traffic to your website

Lead customers from your email marketing to your website by CTAs, this increases traffic and improves SEO. Maybe you ended up reading this blog because you opened one of our emails!

  • Reaching people at the right time

Your email marketing allows you to reach people at the right time. You’ll be able to learn a lot about your audience through your email marketing, including the optimum time they will open and click on their emails. This is great to know for specific marketing campaigns, like a new product launch.

22 employee drawing our lead nurture journey for email marketing on a whiteboard
  • Provide valuable content 

By providing valuable content to your audience, you’ll keep them coming back. Even those who aren’t actively your customer will see the value and pay attention to you. 

Hopefully, you found the above benefits of email marketing useful and understand why it’s important to utilise it as part of your marketing. 

If you need help or simply don’t have the time, 22Group can help. We’d love to have a chat with you. We’re a Manchester based web design company that also offers branding and marketing all under one roof. 

Get in touch and discuss a project!

15/04/2021

Top brands on social media

Social media doesn't just keep us connected with friends and family, but it also keeps us connected to all walks of businesses and brands. 

The top brands on social media have a powerful impact, authentic engagement from their followers and clearly showcase their brand identity.

Going onto a brand’s social media, whether that’s Instagram, Facebook or the other platforms, has become part of the shopping experience. People look for validation through pictures, posts, videos and even comments from other customers. 

With social media being a necessity for any business these days, getting some strategy inspiration from the brands that are doing it right is always a good place to start. 

Let’s take a look at the top brands on social media

screenshot of GoPro instagram
  • GoPro

Making the world’s most versatile cameras, GoPro not only showcases their products and how great their cameras are, but they also interact a lot with their followers. They use user-generated content to show the quality of their cameras, it acts as a review for potential customers.

screenshot of Nike's twitter
  • Nike 

Nike focuses a lot on people and athletes on their social media channels. They have attracted the audience’s attention by showing the people who make the brand rather than constantly plugging their products. Nike is also very good at jumping on current affairs and sharing their thoughts, from Black Lives Matter to recognising frontline healthcare workers during the pandemic.

Screenshot of Starbuck's Facebook account
  • Starbucks

Starbucks has managed to grab the attention of its audience by using engaging and colourful visual imagery. Another great brand for voicing and creating campaigns around current topics, they create a lot of relevant content and create products in line with trends.

Screenshot of Greggs twitter post with a girl running on a treadmill.
  • Greggs

Greggs is a well-established brand and often uses humour through its social media. Whether retweeting with a witty comment or using a punny one-liner, Greggs has managed to maintain their image and actively engage with their audience.

Screenshot of etsy instagram account
  • Etsy

Selling a variety of handmade and unique items, Etsy uses its social media to display the work by independent, creative designers. The pandemic increased the message to support small businesses and local independent shops, Etsy’s platform allows customers to do exactly this. The visuals and content posted shows off Etsy’s very warm, welcoming and authentic branding.

screenshot of Farrow & Ball Facebook post
  • Farrow & Ball

A brand inspiring people to use eco-friendly water based paint and handcrafted wallpaper, Farrow & Ball have become well-known. They create a lot of content that is useful, inspiring and gives their individual paint colours personality. 

Did having a look at these top brands help inspire some new and unique content for yourself?

Adding value is very important through social media, don’t just push products and promotions. Give them information that is useful and relevant - connect with your audience, relate to them and create relationships. You want to create a lasting impression.

Are you using your social media to showcase and build up your brand image? 

man on phone browsing through a business' instagram


22Group can help if you’re looking for branding, marketing or web design services. Make a splash! Get in touch, we’d love to help.

30/03/2021

10 myths about web design

We’re busting those myths about web design. Don't work in the web design industry? We get that coming from a different industry your perspective and understanding of web design probably doesn't go beyond the basics, that’s why we’re going to set these myths straight. 

1. The look of your website is the most important 

There’s no doubt that the look and appearance of your website are important, but it’s not the only aspect. Web design isn’t only graphics, imagery and visuals, it also incorporates designing the functional elements and content of your website.

2. I just need a collection of nice photos for imagery

Just gathering a bunch of images you think look great for your website isn’t the best strategy, a visual strategy will bring more benefits. Align it to your brand - if a picture speaks a thousand words then that’s what the visuals on your website need to be doing about your business. 

3. Social media buttons aren’t necessary 

Apart from the advantage of increasing followers on your social media channels, having the buttons on your website can improve your search engine rankings. Sharing content through your social buttons, like a blog, will give SEO a nudge in the right direction. 

4. The copy on my website isn’t that important

The copy on your website should portray your brand, having the right tone of voice and the right information. Don’t forget the length of your copy is key too, this affects the design and the overall look of your website.

5. I don’t need to update my website 

You’ve invested and spent good money on your website, why would you need to update it? Trends change and are ever-evolving so if you want your website to remain current then updates will be needed every so often. 

6. The more features I have on my website the better 

Thinking about your customers and solving all their problems through your website? Unfortunately, having lots of features can make the website complex, it’s best to map out the features you would like and be smart with them. 

7. The homepage is the most important

This is a common one, but we’re bursting that bubble because it’s not always true. Many customers end up visiting your website by landing straight on your product or service page - it’s what they’re usually searching for. 

8. It doesn’t matter if my website isn’t mobile-friendly

Thinking that most of the traffic coming to your website is through desktop is not only outdated but detrimental. The responsiveness of a website improves the user experience and actually counts towards Google indexing websites. 

9. The more content I have on my website the better 

Having lots of content can make your website hard to navigate. If you are struggling to keep the content succinct, a web designer will be able to provide a smart solution.

10. Once the website is live, I don’t need to touch it

It’s great when a website you’ve been waiting for is finished and finally goes live, however, it doesn’t mean you don’t have to touch it. Strengthen your website by conducting A/B tests, create landing pages, change your lead generating forms, keep your blog or news section up to date and don’t forget to keep your content current. This includes team members changing, product prices, services offered and more. 

sketch of a web design plan - the sitemap

Did you think that any of these myths were true? Some may have been once upon a time but as time changes so do the web design ideas and best practices. Hopefully, we’ve cleared them up for you and even enlightened you too.

We’re a Manchester based web design company that also offers branding and marketing all under one roof. If you’re looking to update your website or have one designed, get in touch

18/03/2021

Spring clean your website, branding and marketing

Time to give your online presence a fresh look?

With the thought of spring cleaning right around the corner, it might not just be your home that needs freshening up. 

Is your website outdated? Branding old fashioned? Do you struggle with planning and creating regular campaigns that suit the season and cyclical trends within your industry? 22Group can help. 

Seasonal changes can often bring changes in general. We’ve put together a list of points to think about when you are going for a business change (all applicable whether it’s for a website, brand or your marketing):

  • Business goals and vision

Any changes made to your business should align with your business goals and visions. It should be part of the process not hinder it.  

  • Budget

What you’ll be able to change may depend on your budget. If what you’re changing is beneficial to your business in the long run, it’s an investment to be taken seriously and the expected return on this should show. 

  • Current functionality

Does your current website, brand or marketing do what you want it to? Does the website have enough CTAs, is the brand able to be easily incorporated into marketing materials, are you able to produce the marketing materials you want? 

  • Current pain points

Are you finding it hard to solve your customers’ problems? Is it directly linked to either your website, branding or marketing? Then it’s about time to do something about that. You don’t want there to be a setback to providing the best service or product to your customers. 

  • Competitors

How are your competitors performing? If they’re better, why? If you’re on par with them, how can you stand out? Your competitors most likely influence your decisions and the way you operate, so you configure out how to differentiate yourself but maybe this can only be achieved with a refreshed approach. 

  • Inspirations

What inspires your business? Look and find those inspirations and explore what you like. Gathering up what appeals to you and what you aspire to be like will help come to a conclusion of what or how changes need to be made. 

laptop, phone and pen ready to make notes for making some business changes


Had a thought about all of the above? Ready to crack on with spring cleaning? Get in touch to see how we can help with websites, branding or marketing.

04/03/2021

Recognising International Women’s Day: Women who influenced branding, marketing and the web.

In recognition of International Women’s Day we’re exploring the women who have influenced and shaped the branding, marketing and web industry. 

There’s no doubt future generations will influence and change the way we market products and services, use the web or create brands. Here are only a handful of influential women who have made a major impact: 

  • Ada Lovelace

"Ada Lovelace, 1838" by Nefi is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Back in the middle of the 1800s Ada invented computer programming when she wrote the algorithm for the first computer machine. Her contribution has made the internet and today’s web possible, thanks Ada! 

  • Carolyn Davidson

What brand do you associate a tick with? Carolyn Davidson, graphic designer, created the all so famous Nike Swoosh logo and originally contracted it for just $35 back then. 

  • Ann Handley 
"Ann Handley - Keynote" by TopRankMarketing is licensed under CC BY 2.0

A digital marketing pioneer, she’s an inspiration to create better marketing that delivers results. ClickZ, her previous company, is one of the first sources of digital marketing information in the world and IBM named her as one of the 7 people shaping modern marketing with a mention by Forbes as being a top thought leader. 

  • Susan Kare

Susan Kare is a very influential computer iconographer, she has designed thousands of software icons which are recognisible to anyone who uses a computer. Her most notable icons are Apple, Microsoft and PayPal. 

  • Kim Krause Berg

In 1998 Kim founded Cre8siteForums.org which is a forum for SEO, UX and web design. It’s a great place for advice and talking with other SEOs on different topics. Kim, from the start of SEO, provided guidance on balancing usability with SEO. 

  • Carol H. Williams

Creator of many famous advertising campaigns, Carol has worked with several big companies and one of the most memorable is The Walt Disney Company where she created the groundbreaking “Imagination” campaign. 

Here at 22 Group, we’re really pleased to have welcomed a number of women to our team over the last 6 months, and we couldn’t be more proud to have a balanced, talented team.

But let’s be clear, when recruiting we of course search for the best person for the job, irrespective of gender. Running a small to medium-sized agency with a wide range of clients and industries, we find real value in having a balanced team to work on branding, design, web-build and marketing.  

25/02/2021

Benefits of blogging

Do you have a specific section on your website for blogs or articles? There’s definitely a need for them and it brings so many benefits - it’s a no brainer. No matter what industry you are in, it’s a must. 

Blogs should be kept up to date and informative. It’s a section of your website to show your knowledge, be informal and share topical, relevant and useful information. Whether it’s about your company or a specific industry topic, it’s a diverse space for educating your customers.

Having a blog isn’t enough, to reap the benefits there should be consistent posting and you should be regularly sharing content.

What benefits does having regular content bring to my company? 

  • Establish your brand

Blogs enable you to build up and create brand awareness. Writing about who you are, what your company does, what you stand for and who your company provides a service or product to really lets readers in. They are able to learn if they are the right customer and what it would be like to be yours.

  • Improved SEO

A major advantage of blogs is that they will help improve your SEO, your search engine ranking. Google is constantly updating and changing how it ranks websites and relevant and regularly updated content is a key measure.

This minefield of a task is definitely best for an SEO expert - something we have covered here at 22 Group. Keep in mind that just writing lots of blogs doesn’t instantly improve your SEO, there’s a lot more to it like researching and using keywords.

  • Content for social media

Your blogs are longer forms of writing which you wouldn’t post on social media. The discussion, in-depth views and more serious tone isn’t what social media is about. It’d be too long and the audience would most likely lose interest.

On the plus side, sharing links to your blog post via social media is a great addition to your on-going social media programme. It can be shared on your channels to generate shares and involvement from your audience or potential customers and helps to drive users to your website.

  • Engagement 

Everyone has an opinion and none of us thinks the same. When something happens or is going to happen, people seek what others think so this is great for you to portray your company’s voice and allow those in your industry or community to engage.

  • Organic leads

Having regular content really does make a difference. Leads that come to you through your blogs are bound to be suitable since they have read and got a feel of what your business is like. 

  • Educate your customers

Teach your customers and potential customers about what you offer, what you can do or if there are any major updates on what you provide. 

Customers like to be informed before committing, with so much competition out there this is your opportunity to show them what sets you apart. The more they understand, the more likely they will become the right customer or client for your business. It’s about building trust.

22 group employee typing away on their laptop, writing a blog post for a client

So how often should we post a blog? 

There isn’t one answer, this definitely depends on a few factors such as what’s best for your company, how big the company is, the resources you have and what your overall goal is from doing these blogs. 

This is something 22 Group can help discuss and plan accordingly. Our copywriters are skilled at making sure content is bespoke to you, using your tone of voice and brand values.

Interested in a chat or to see what we can deliver? Get in touch with us

11/02/2021

A heartfelt thank you

Love it or loath it, it’s time for some Valentine love. This year more than ever we need love all around but as the coronavirus pandemic has already resulted in a global outpouring of love, we hardly need reminding.

February has become a month synonymous with showing love and kindness and we felt it was timely so share some heartfelt words in this week’s blog.

Short and sweet, in two words - THANK YOU.

Thank you to our existing client.

For being supportive, encouraging and accepting of seeing our faces only over Zoom. We love face to face contact with clients and know this is really valuable for all parties, but have remained firmly devoted to the government’s recommendation to work from home since the first lock-down in March 2020. Many of us are Manchester based, so we’ve pretty much seen a continuous lockdown or strict covid tier systems in place throughout. 

Thank you for accepting the odd interruption of home-schooling, pets barking, delivery people at the door and DIY home-improvements happening in the background. Thank you for your patience and good sense of humour as, the thankfully rare, internet connections suffered hic-ups resulting in hilarious robotic, delayed voices and unflattering frozen screens.

With the exception these common home-working incidents, thankfully, our productivity and ability to deliver the highest levels of customer service that 22 Group clients should expect, has not suffered at all. Indeed our systems, platforms and processes were already fully integrated and digital making online-only and remote working a seamless transition.

22 group team member on Zoom speaking to clients on a laptop.

Thank you to our new clients.

We have reported previously that the whirlwind of 2020 and the beginning of 2021 has been one of the busiest periods for website design and website build, branding and design projects as well as digital marketing support since 22 Group was formed in 2012. One of the reasons for an increase in the number of website, branding and marketing projects we’re working on in Manchester, London and across the country, has been as a result of the need for businesses across all sectors to ensure their digital profile is optimum. 

Many businesses who had to close shop-fronts, branches and offices in line with lockdown guidelines realised over-night that the only way for customers and the general public to see and engage with them was online - and predominantly their website which is most often the first point of contact. 

This has resulted in welcoming a number of new clients to 22 Group - thank you for choosing to work with us. Our values at 22 Group include being friendly, committed, confident and straight-talking, and we are very lucky to work with people and companies who echo these. It makes working together so much easier, more productive and more fun and for this, we say thank you.

Thank you to our colleagues, suppliers and partners.

We desperately want to be working together again from our Manchester office and London office, we long to visit our website, branding and marketing clients across the country or meet partners and suppliers for seminars, training or strategy workshops.

With the growth we have experienced over the last 12 months, we have had the opportunity to expand our team too with several colleagues actually joining 22 Group remotely. We have cemented new relationships with suppliers and providers of relevant products and services linked to our website development work and long to meet our new-comers face to face as soon as we’re allowed. 

Thank you to everyone for being patient and for doing what we can to help make our new colleagues and partners to feel welcome to the team, over Zoom!

So from our home to yours, we offer a heartfelt thank you.

Let’s share the love and be kind this Valentine’s Day, throughout February and beyond. And don’t forget, random acts of kindness should never be overlooked. 

03/02/2021

Do I need a business website?

Wondering if you need a business website? Did you start your own business during the pandemic? Or have a business but never got round to creating a website? 

The answer to your questions about needing a website for your business is a straight up: yes. Not just any website that you think will just do the job, a good one that’s been professionally designed and developed to drive your business forward, generate leads and future-proof your online profile.

Does it generate sales? Does it organically attract customers? Is it user friendly and intuitive?

You also want the website to make a splash and look great!

COVID-19 has ensured that every industry needs to be digitally capable. It’s more important than ever to have a website. 

three drawings of a website design layout plan in blue, purple and green watercolour

Reasons why you need a website: 

1. Improves credibility

Having a website to a lot of customers proves to them that your business is legit. A lot of consumers tend to look for a website when they are thinking of buying from you and check that what you are offering is actually authentic. 

2. It’s advertising 

It’s a no brainer that having a website is 24/7 advertising. No employee will do that for you! New customers may find your business online while they’re shopping around and may not have come across you otherwise. 

3. One stop shop 

Having a website means you can collate and have all your business information in one place, whether it’s information on all the services you provide or products you sell. This helps to focus your business objectives and makes it a better experience for customers to know what you have available and they can see everything in one place. 

4. Customer connection

Your website can allow customers to connect with you. This can be via a booking or reservation system where your customers come to make an appointment. Or simply if a customer is trying to get in contact they can fill out a form or get your business details in order to do this. We are form-obsessed at 22 Group and our clients’ websites include the latest and best forms to capture leads.

5. Sells itself

If your website is made well with a professional look, it’ll sell itself and attract customers that are browsing online. You want the website to be a valuable asset to your business and it should be a tool to help you stand out from the crowd.

6. You shouldn’t rely on social media 

With the social media platform algorithms constantly changing, it has meant that reaching and engaging with your audience or potential customers has been getting harder and harder. So many other businesses are on all the platforms as well which may mean less people are seeing your posts. It’s frustrating for businesses who are trying to build themselves.

22 group team sitting discussing building a new website and the website design for clients.

We’re a leading, award-winning company based in Manchester for website design, website build, branding and marketing. Since we are a Manchester website design agency it means we have an understanding of young, booming businesses to already accomplished organisations. Manchester has been recognised as the ‘entrepreneur capital’ (Business Live, 2020) and is known to be a digital and tech hot-spot.

Now is the time to get your website designed and developed. We know this is an important investment into your business and can accommodate websites to suit a range of budgets.

If you know the time is right for a website or a design refresh to your existing site, we’d love to hear from you and show you what we do.

Get in touch here or give us a call on 0161 672 7822.

13/01/2021

Manchester web design and marketing services are growing.

We are growing our Manchester web design and marketing service. The digital world didn’t stop in 2020. In fact it grew and so did our team, specifically the marketing side of the business. And that’s not only with people, we’re working on something really exciting so keep your eyes peeled! 

Being a digital agency, we strongly believe that web design goes hand in hand with the branding and marketing. If you’re having a website created or refreshed, why leave the other aspects behind? 

Have a think about your current brand and marketing tactics, are they going to fit in with the new look you’re about to get? Is it up to your new standards or does it seem a bit out of place now? You should be thinking about your business as a whole so everything is on the same page.

22 Group employee chatting about Manchester web design services while sitting at a desk.

That similar idea applied to us, we wanted to offer our clients more and encourage the expansion of 22 Group. This means we had to think about the valuable resources we wanted to update or have in the business. 

Diversifying what we can offer clients has always been something we wanted to tap into and with growing projects, it was a great opportunity to delve deeper into this. 

Here at 22 Group we gained a new valuable member in the second half of 2020: Pernilla Tweddle, our Marketing Director. She brings extensive knowledge and experience in brand strategy, marketing, copywriting and PR as well as an abundance of estate agency marketing experience, making her a great asset to our team. 

Alongside Pernilla, Monica Fong also joined 22 Group in December as the Marketing and Copywriting Executive. Working closely together with Pernilla, Monica is at hand to help and execute day to day tasks. Copywriting and social media management is part of Monica’s many talents and she brings great energy to the team.

With an increasing number of projects coming our way, we also invested in our project management with the addition of Paula Greenwood in 2020, Senior Project Manager. She’s here to keep us all on track and make sure projects run smoothly. Paula joined us with a wealth of digital project management behind her, having worked in many sectors on large digital deliverables. Communication and organisational skills are key, and that’s exactly what Paula has. 

Digital marketing services growth chart on a tablet

We don’t plan to stop there. 2021 is looking bright and we’re currently recruiting for two other roles: Digital Project Manager and a WordPress Developer

It’s really exciting for us and for our clients to be expanding. The benefits are reaped by all. Our ambition is to continue to grow and progress to always improve the work we produce for our clients  

If you want to have a chat about your website, branding, marketing or all three. We’d love to hear from you.

Get in touch.

12/01/2021

WordPress Developer Role at 22 Group

Job Description:

We are looking to hire a skilled WordPress Developer to design and implement attractive and functional websites for our clients. You will be responsible for both back-end and front-end development including the implementation of WordPress themes and plugins as well as site integration and security updates.

To ensure success as a WordPress Developer, you should have in-depth knowledge of front-end programming languages, a good eye for aesthetics, and strong content management skills. Ultimately, a top-class WordPress Developer can create attractive, user-friendly websites that perfectly meet the design and functionality specifications of the client.

Responsibilities:

  • Meeting with clients to discuss website design and function.
  • Designing and building the website front-end.
  • Creating the website architecture.
  • Designing and managing the website back-end including database and server integration.
  • Generating WordPress themes and plugins.
  • Conducting website performance tests.
  • Troubleshooting content issues.
  • Conducting WordPress training with the client.
  • Monitoring the performance of the live website.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or a similar field.
  • Proven work experience as a WordPress Developer.
  • Knowledge of front-end technologies including CSS3, JavaScript, HTML5, and jQuery.
  • Knowledge of code versioning tools including Git, Mercurial, and SVN.
  • Experience working with debugging tools such as Chrome Inspector and Firebug.
  • Good understanding of website architecture and aesthetics.
  • Ability to project manage.
  • Good communication skills.

Benefits:

  • Competitive salary to match your experience 
  • Performance-related annual bonus
  • Flexible working hours
  • 25 days annual leave

Sounds interesting? Please forward your CV and covering letter to robin@22group.co.uk

12/01/2021

Digital project manager role at 22 Group

Are you friendly, straight-talking, confident, and committed?

Due to growth, we are looking for a talented Digital Project Manager to join our team. You will have day-to-day responsibility for the smooth and effective running of digital projects with a focus on great delivery.

Responsibilities:

  • Supporting the team to deliver the client's needs across specific projects
  • Actively building strong relationships with the client
  • Liaising with clients and the agency personnel to ensure projects move on properly
  • Managing client expectations and taking responsibility for all deliverables produced for them
  • Managing all day to day operational aspects of your projects, including writing creative and technical briefs, drafting proposals, managing finances for the projects, scoping and sticking to project schedules, and checking standards, copy and amends
  • Using internal project management tools to plan, allocate resources and track issues and feedback from project stakeholders
  • Ensuring the company deliver projects commissioned by their clients on time and on budget
  • Managing the finances and ensuring that optimum profits are delivered on the job
  • Being the gatekeeper of the finer details of the projects; delivery expectations, key dates, latest presentation, production processes.
  • Proactively being a part of the studio scheduling process; ensuring work is planned before it is promised
  • Business development - organically growing the business by developing strong, professional relationships

Requirements:

  • 2+ years' commercial experience, either agency or client-side
  • Demonstrable track record of successful, cutting edge, website delivery, with the ability to manage multiple concurrent projects and prioritise own workload and request resources accordingly
  • Enthusiasm for project management methodology and continuous improvement
  • Solid estimating and planning skills
  • Ability to capture and communicate technical requirements
  • Rounded knowledge of best practice in design, development, usability, social media and SEO
  • Knowledge of how website hosting, domains and servers work
  • Experience of using project management systems
  • Experience with WordPress
  • Good awareness of digital marketing tools and tactics
  • UK-based and a strong English speaker

About you:

  • Good presentation, relationship-building and networking skills
  • Proactive, confident and diplomatic
  • Persuasive contributor to new business pitches and proposals
  • Meticulous with excellent attention to detail
  • Able to flag up pinch points that the agency needs to be aware of
  • Easy to work with and thrive in a team environment: genuine and sincere
  • Interested in branding in terms of visual and strategic
  • Obsessed with delivery
  • Obsessed with making the clients happy but within what is reasonable for the project and our agency
  • Passionate about good work
  • Keen to learn, grow and succeed
  • Good written communication and social / interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organisational skills

Benefits:

  • Competitive salary to match your experience
  • Performance-related annual bonus
  • Flexible working hours
  • 25 days annual leave
  • An opportunity to work on some high profile projects for some fantastic organisations

Sounds interesting? Please forward your CV and covering letter to robin@22group.co.uk

21/12/2020

Merry Digital Christmas

Has your business managed to adapt in 2020?

With Christmas and the end of 2020 fast approaching it’s time to slow down and reflect. 

This was the year of Zoom quizzes, home workouts (or not!) and lots of online shopping. 

It’s been a year of change in so many ways. Suddenly, the need for excellent online profiling and fast, efficient tech platforms for businesses got pushed to the top of the priority list. The jobs and issues that previously sat idle on the ‘pending’ list.

We’ve seen so many products and services become online friendly, even just mobile friendly, and new businesses forming to meet new demands. 

We saw delivery services go through the roof with demand, due to lockdown, and more apps were discovered to help us keep in touch. Whether it be with your team or family and friends. 

Additionally, if you relied on traditional marketing, 2020 forced many businesses to take the necessary and right steps into online marketing.

Let’s not forget the HR side of a business. Myself and a few others were lucky to join 22 Group this year. The twist being that the whole process was digital.

Since the entire recruitment process was over Zoom, it was a new experience for sure. Definitely none of your traditional face-to-face interview with a handshake. 

From meeting the team to training, it’s all been done online. However, this is not to be seen as a negative. Having the right technology and software has made it as easy as learning in person. Arguably, there are several efficiency savings and many of us feel we are working even more productively from our homes.

From starting a new job, to leaving, here at 22 Group, we said farewell to our team member Jess, who is relocating to Holland with a leaving do over Zoom.

Who would have thought that saying good-bye over Zoom could become a thing, and most will agree that socially interacting in person is something we can’t wait for once again.

At 22 Group, more than ever we’ve seen a growth in website projects and the need for businesses to become digitally friendly, which resulted in an increased number of projects for ourselves. Anything from refreshing and updating a current site or brand to creating a new, more efficient and stand-out website.  The need to make your business seen and heard online has never been greater.

However, we understand this wasn’t the case for so many this year. 

There’s been loss and hardship for many organisations but with that came a sense of community. Everyone is chipping in and helping the best they can. There’s been an increase in shouting about favourite local eateries and independent shops. 

It’s going to be a very different Christmas this year, for the majority of us it’s going to be a digital one or a gathering that is a lot smaller than usual. Maybe you even had your  Christmas work do online this year? We did, and the festive outfits certainly brightened up our screens and made for a welcome change.

So, whether you’re celebrating over Zoom or in person, at a distance, we would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 


It can be hard, but change is good. Don’t get stuck and left behind. 

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