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Jun 1 2017

GDPR, Privacy by Design and Consent Management

will 0 Comments General

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in just under a year, but if you are feeling confused or anxious about what you need to do to ensure compliance, don't worry - you are not alone. In fact, only 54% of businesses surveyed by the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) expect to be compliant come May 2018 (Marketing Week, 25th May 2017).

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Jan 27 2017

Zoocha are now on the Digital Outcomes & Specialists 2 Framework

will 0 Comments News
Gov.uk Digital Marketplace

In addition to our G-Cloud 8 services and Digital Outcomes & Specialists services, Zoocha's application for Digital Outcomes and Specialist 2 has been successfully awarded. Services will be available from mid February 2017.

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Aug 24 2016

Nesting with CSS: the Good the Bad and the BEM

paul 0 Comments Web Development

Here at Zoocha we use preprocessor for almost all our frontend work. Predominantly we use SASS although some projects are on LESS, partly for historical reasons. No-one can deny that it’s a really powerful way of writing CSS, giving you access to variables, mixin functions, and the apparent Holy Grail: nesting. The thing about all of the above though, and I think something that often gets forgotten is these are all tools to make the developer’s life easier. The result is still compiled down to CSS. 

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Mar 7 2016

Setting up Drupal Code Sniffer

titi 2 Comments Drupal, Web Development

A few weeks ago I had to go through the process of setting up php code sniffer on my new computer, and realised how confusing most of the blog posts out there are and how many loops and posts you have to jump through to get it set up.

I decided to write a quick post with all the commands in one place and small descriptions for most of the commands:

Installing Drupal Coding Sniffer

1. Download php code sniffer (source code: https://github.com/squizlabs/PHP_CodeSniffer)

curl -OL https://squizlabs.github.io/PHP_CodeSniffer/phpcs.phar

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Jan 12 2016

Christmas in Pieces

paul 0 Comments

Each year at Zoocha, we try to do something for Christmas for our clients, even if it's just a Christmas card (see below for our effort from a couple of years ago). This year we wanted to do something interactive, and webby, as that's our business really.

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Dec 22 2015

Zoocha Presents A Piece of Christmas

will 0 Comments Design

A Piece of Christmas

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Sep 4 2015

Still on Drupal 6? Here are your options!

dave 0 Comments Drupal, Hosting, Platform Development

With the imminent release of a Drupal 8 Release Candidate, which could potentially be announced as soon as the end of September at Drupalcon Barcelona, the clock has just started ticking a lot louder for those sites still on Drupal 6 with the looming Drupal.org support transition policy about to kick in:

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Sep 1 2015

Local .htaccess environment conditionals, HTTPS example

denise 0 Comments Platform Development, Web Development

Adapted from a post by the Nerdary  that basically deals with the problem of having .htaccess files that are different on your local and other environments.

This example deals with the headache of https and not wanting your local environment to automatically redirect to HTTPS. I am only posting the relevant code that sets up the environment variable.

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Jul 14 2015

OS Open Data Masterclass

wendy 0 Comments General, Web Development

I am a bit mad about maps. Especially the online, interactive ones. When I heard about the OS (Ordnance Survey, rather than operating system!) open data Masterclass, I signed up for it immediately, very curious to see how OS data could fit in with online mapping applications.

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Jul 8 2015

Testing in Internet Explorer without Windows!

paul 2 Comments UX & Web Design, Web Development

Screenshot of a Windows Desktop with the Internet Explorer icon(Image Credit: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/microsoft/11480692/RIP-Internet-Explorer-Twitter-mourns-and-mocks-death-of-Microsofts-browser.html)

Internet Explorer. The bane of most web developers' lives. How often have we built a site and looked back content with our efforts, only to have that satisfaction whipped away when opening Internet Explorer?

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Jun 26 2015

Theming in Drupal 7 just got easier!

Will Richards 0 Comments Drupal, UX & Web Design

Theming in Drupal 7 has always been a bit fiddly at the best of times. Unbeknown to me a small feature crept into a Drupal 7 release without me realising - the backport of theme debug settings from the much anticipated Drupal 8. This feature allows you to view debug information directly in the mark-up and not have to go chasing template suggestion names from within the Drupal admin screens.

In your Drupal 7 installation simply add this line to your settings.php:

$conf['theme_debug'] = TRUE;

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Jun 24 2015

A review of Responsive Day Out - The Final Breakpoint

Will Richards 0 Comments Design, Digital Marketing, Drupal, General, News, UX & Web Design
Responsive Day Out - The Final Breakpoint - First slide of the conference

Last Friday saw another Responsive Conference take place at the Dome in Brighton. I had previously heard a lot about the conference, this being the third and (I believe) final outing I was thrilled that we managed to secure some tickets for myself and a selection of the Zoocha team members. From seeing the impressive list of speakers I was sure it would be a great conference, but I had no idea how much information, insight and motivation I would be taking home.

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Jun 24 2015

We are recruiting - we are looking for a Graduate Account Manager to join our team

hannah 0 Comments General, News

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a graduate to join the Zoocha team.

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Jun 10 2015

The Front End of FCA

george 0 Comments Drupal, Web Development

As part of the front end team, I was quite excited to be introduced into the project on the sites for FCA. We knew the sites would all be running on the same Drupal pre base using several modules to ensure smooth operation with different domains.

What we needed to focus on was dealing with five independent themes including a theme folder which was to be the basis for three separate sites. These three sites have very similar structures and the difference in the appearance between them is minimal. So just to get stuck into the project here are the sites:

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May 14 2015

DrupalCon Los Angeles 2015

denise 0 Comments Drupal, News

This Los Angeles native has gone home to do some learnin' about Drupal. Note: this is a heavily dev-based view of the conference. Apologies to frontenders, designers, wombats, etc, but there is only one me and about 10 sessions per slot. For a full list of everything check out https://www.youtube.com/user/DrupalAssociation/videos and https://events.drupal.org/losangeles2015/sessions/accepted.

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Apr 30 2015

5 Things I've Learned As a Grad Working In Web Development

hannah 0 Comments General

As a History graduate, freshly released into the world of employment, I entered the tech sphere as an account manager with a sense of trepidation. Not only had I never had a ‘proper’ job (I’m not sure weekend employment at Hobbycraft counts), I had never heard of Drupal before.

Though I was assured that this didn’t matter, I was right in thinking that my first few months working at Zoocha were going to provide a whole host of insights - tekkers and non-tekkers alike.

Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way:

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Mar 16 2015

Zoocha selected to design and develop sites for the FCA

hannah 0 Comments News
FCA
This year has so far proven to be a busy one - and it’s only March! One of the many projects that have been keeping the Zoocha team occupied in 2015 is a recent collaboration with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
 
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Feb 27 2015

Zoocha selected as the website design and development partner by VisitBritain

hannah 0 Comments News

Zoocha are proud to announce that at the end of last year we received the brilliant news that we had been chosen by VisitBritain as their website design and development partner.

VisitBritain is the national tourism agency, a non-departmental public body, funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, responsible for promoting Britain worldwide and developing its visitor economy. Their mission is to grow the value of inbound tourism to Britain, working with a wide range of partners in both the UK and overseas.

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Dec 24 2014

Inbox Zero - Turn productivity into a game!

will 0 Comments General

For a while now, Dave and I have been playing "inbox zero" and I have to admit, it has changed my life! Ever the evangelist, I want to try and inspire everyone else to play too!

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Oct 31 2014

Implementing Google Certified Shops code in Drupal

titi 1 Comments Digital Marketing, Drupal, Ecommerce

Introduction

Google have made available their Google Certified Shops feature in the UK. Any online shop who applies to become a Google Certified Shop and implements the code on their site, will go through a ‘verification period’ which lasts from 30 days to 3 months (depends on the amount of orders you get per month); and at the end of the period you will become an official Google Certified shop.

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Oct 24 2014

Handling the Gruntwork of Frontend DevOps

paul 0 Comments Drupal, Web Development

Introduction

With frontend development getting more and more complex every day, there are more and more steps we as frontend devs need to go through in order to get the job done. Of course there is still something to be said for crafting your HTML / CSS, but this isn't always required / possible.

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Aug 28 2014

Drupal Multilingual - Where do I start? What to think about?

denise 0 Comments Drupal
Drupal Multilingual - Where do I start? What to think about?

So you’re using Drupal and you want to make your site multilingual. If you already have experience doing this, chances are you are aware of the relative pains you must go through to make this happen. If this is your first time, well, hopefully I can make your first time less painful. 

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Jul 9 2014

How EU VAT changes affect UK eCommerce Websites

will 0 Comments Ecommerce, General
VOES

Back in 2008, an EU law changed affecting the calculation of Value Added Taxes (VAT) on broadcasting, telecommunications and e-services (collectively called ‘VAT on electronic services’ or VOES for short!).

These changes come into force on 1st January 2015 - the delay being due to resistance from EU member states (and I dare say lobbying from corporations) protecting their interests.

So, without getting too political, what is the main impact of the changes that EU member states (or corporations) would resist?

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Jun 9 2014

The Year of Mobile - A Case for Responsive Design

will 0 Comments UX & Web Design

I think the first time I heard someone predict it would be “the year of mobile” (with a straight face) was 2010. Even then, it was something of a fantasy, not only because smartphone technology and tablets were still in relative infancy, but also because few websites catered for a mobile customer experience.

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Jun 6 2014

Steps to a Successful Drupal Project

will 0 Comments Drupal, General

For anyone building a website or web application, Drupal promises loads. You will hear Drupal evangelists (like us) talk about the benefits of open source, zero licence fees, portability, scalability, flexibility and ease of integration with other systems. This is all true, so why do some organisations wrestle with Drupal, getting frustrated, confused and disillusioned?

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Apr 14 2014

Working Remotely

heidi 0 Comments General

Remote working is becoming more and more popular but not all businesses are convinced. Read Heidi's blog to find out what it takes to be self disciplined, and to ignore the call of the sofa when working from home.

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Mar 2 2014

Drupal Camp London 2014

denise 0 Comments Drupal, News
Drupal Camp London 2014

This weekend some of the Zoocha dev crew went to Drupal Camp London for a brush up on the latest Drupal developments. Not one to waste any time in introductions, let's get to the detail of what the team learned.

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Jan 6 2014

Zoocha announced as a supplier for G-Cloud IV

will 0 Comments News

Corks have been popping in Zoocha HQ – and not just to celebrate the new year… We have been celebrating the news that The Cabinet Office has recently announced that Zoocha had been successful in fulfilling the stringent criteria required for entry into the CloudStore as part of the G-Cloud scheme.

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Sep 16 2013

DrupalCon Prague 2013 – see you next week!

dave 0 Comments News

It will be a quiet week on the development front at Zoocha HQ, but fortunately our understanding clients appreciate that the annual pilgrimage to DrupalCon for a Drupal developer is something that cannot be denied! We will be leaving behind a (willing) skeleton team that will be able to deal with any support requests and keep things ticking over until the travellers return.

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Feb 4 2013

HotelSwaps – Innovative new startup implemented using Drupal

jenny 0 Comments Drupal, Ecommerce
HotelSwaps – Innovative new startup implemented using Drupal

We have been looking forward to making a blog post about HotelSwaps for quite some time now. HotelSwaps is one of our latest projects that we are particularly proud of as it showcases some of the things that Zoocha do best.

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Feb 3 2013

Facebook Notifications

will 0 Comments Digital Marketing, SEO
Facebook Notifications

We at Zoocha like to discover new technology; and as the generalized geeks we are the new Facebook notification functionality took a shine to us. Notifications on Facebook enable you to re-engage your audience after a period of dormancy or low activity, they are effective in giving a nudge or updating users into coming back.

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Feb 3 2013

Zoocha Office Update for 2013

zoocha-admin 0 Comments News
Zoocha Office Update for 2013

For a first in Zoocha history we are giving YOU, our devoted viewer, top Secret Access to the Zoocha HQ!! Ever wondered how your favourite agency seems so cool, calm and collected while being on top of their game? Needless to say, it's not just strong coffee that fuels us here… oh no it's much much more!

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Dec 25 2012

Happy Christmas from the Zoocha Team!

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Nov 16 2012

We're looking for an Office Manager / PA

dave 0 Comments News

NEWS FLASH: a fantastic opportunity has arisen for an Office Manager / PA to join Zoocha, a rapidly expanding web development agency.

Now that we’re approaching nearly 20 people, we would like to bring someone into our team who is dedicated to making sure that our day-to-day administrative tasks are taken care of efficiently, reliably, and properly.

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Nov 9 2012

What Is Drupal? – How to design an infographic

amy 0 Comments Design

After working here for just two months, I have been introduced to how effective Drupal is as an open source Content Management System. I decided to design an infographic for my first blog post, showing facts and figures about Drupal, proving why it is becoming so popular. I am going to take you through how I got to my final design, and some tips that I found useful!

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Oct 4 2012

Moving Time – New Offices!

zoocha-admin 0 Comments News

A little over 5 weeks ago we moved into our new office – The Seed Warehouse based in Hertford. And some things never change…moving is never easy.

Running Out Of Space

At around September 2011 it was becoming very apparent that we were going to be outgrowing our rooftop dwelling at Fore Street. The number of Zoochee’s were growing, so were the amount of desks but the size of the office was not. We hit the streets of Hertford in search of new dwellings and there was quite a choice to choose from.

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Aug 21 2012

Zoocha at DrupalCon Munich 2012

zoocha-admin 0 Comments Drupal

As I’m sure everyone is aware it is DrupalCon Munich (August 20-24th). This year, the whole of Zoocha (all 14 of us!) are making are way over to Germany by every form of transport imaginable. Once there our team of developers will be honing their Drupal skills by attending the wide variety of sessions available and taking in the sights and sounds of Munich.

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May 24 2012

Zoocha are off to DrupalCamp Scotland

zoocha-admin 0 Comments Drupal

On Friday we will be packing our bags and heading north of the border to attend DrupalCamp Scotland. This year it is being held at the Informatics Forum at the University of Edinburgh’s George Square campus. The conference runs for two days and has a broad selection of sessions and training events that will offer something for everyone, from business decisions makers to Drupal developers.

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Jan 13 2012

Drupal Commerce – Countryside Implementation

zoocha-admin 0 Comments Drupal, Ecommerce

Here at Zoocha we have been getting very excited about the latest e-commerce developments happening for the Drupal CMS platform. Ubercart has been the mainstay of e-commerce development on Drupal for a number of years, and still continues to serve a huge number of sites, but there is a new kid on the block in the shape of Drupal Commerce.

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Nov 29 2011

Drupal Case Study for Property Place

zoocha-admin 0 Comments Drupal

We've just written up a case study for Drupal.org that explains some of the technical challenges that had to be overcome on a recent project of ours called Property Place. This project posed particular technical challenges due to the volume of data that we were having to deal with (350GB of images and 2GB of CSV data!) – essentially what amounts to every property for sale or rent within the UK.

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Sep 8 2011

Which E-commerce Platform?

matt 0 Comments Ecommerce

E-commerce and multi channel retailing are sectors that rely on technology to provide the route to market and mechanics of merchandising and selling products. Selecting the right technology platform for your business is therefore of paramount importance, much the same way as selecting the right retail premises is of paramount importance in 'bricks and mortar' retailing. Unfortunately, identifying the best technology involves navigating a crowded market with options ranging from free software as a service (SaaS) platforms, through to multi million pound bespoke builds.

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Sep 3 2011

Zoocha help Games Workshop create a Storm on Facebook

will 0 Comments Digital Marketing, News

In July 2011, Games Workshop, the global leader in tabletop fantasy game play, launched a new rule book for their flagship Warhammer game called ‘Storm of Magic’.

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Aug 26 2011

Zoocha at DrupalCon London 2011

dave 0 Comments Drupal

We enjoyed some particularly impressive sessions at DrupalCon London this week – some of the highlights for us were (videos now available online):
Living Breathing Drupal: The Biology of a request – Kenny Silanskas gave some valuable insight into what happens underneath the hood when a page loads in Drupal.

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Apr 21 2011

PHP and Tea

zoocha-admin 0 Comments News

We’ve noticed recently that the valuable Zoocha tea supply has been running out quicker than usual. Here in the office we’ve been debating why this is the case and numerous theories have been floated around.

The April Sun

The theory goes that drinking a hot drink will cool you down. As we’ve been enjoying an early summer lots of refreshing hot cups of tea have been needed to keep everyone at a comfortable temperature in Zoocha HQ.

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Apr 7 2011

My Marriage With Firefox 4

zoocha-admin 0 Comments News

The Nuptials

As a long time user of Firefox (as are most of the tech chaps in the Zoocha office) I’ve seen it graduate through its various incarnations. I started out back in the day with version 0.9(b?) with the excellent web developer plug-in and progressed to version 3.6 – all as my default browser of choice; regardless of OS.

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Jan 27 2011

Why Use HTML5?

zoocha-admin 0 Comments Web Development

Update 27/01/11: HTML5 is now really just HTML. But for those who like buzz words we'll call it HTML5. So read on about why you can use the evolving version of HTML, I mean HTML5.

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Nov 22 2010

Zoocha Christmas Wallpapers

zoocha-admin 0 Comments Design
Zoocha Christmas Wallpapers

As the festive season approaches, nothing says “get me into the spirit” like a good old Christmas wallpaper. Therefore I have created a few wallpapers featuring our very own “Frosty the Snowman” to jolly up your desktop.

Hope you like them...

Frosty with Blue Background

Zoocha Snowman

Please choose a version below for your screen size:

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Sep 9 2010

Google Instant

will 0 Comments Digital Marketing, News, SEO
Google Instant

Unless you are in a media blackout zone, you will have heard today that Google have started to roll out 'instant search' – a new tool that delivers search results while you are typing the search term. Pause for 3 seconds “mid-keyword” and it will display results based on what you have typed so far. Even just in the last 12 hours, there have been a spectrum of opinions ranging from mild interest to panic.

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Sep 7 2010

Zoocha Builds Highlight Christmas Micro-Sites

zoocha-admin 0 Comments Digital Marketing, News

You may have seen our blog post around four months ago when we were chosen by iNTERTAIN to build a competition site for highlight comedy’s ‘Big Weekend’? Well, four months on and we’re proud to announce that we’re still working very closely with iNTERTAIN. This time we’ve developed and built two micro-sites for highlight, as part of their Christmas campaign.

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Jun 9 2010

Why does Zoocha love Drupal?

will 0 Comments Drupal

Zoocha has been operating for quite a while now, but still no Drupal post! Time to put that right I thought and it felt appropriate to kick of our first Drupal post with a plain and simple explanation of why we love it.

Simplicity:

Everything about Drupal is easy, from its modular structure and taxonomy framework, through to its intuitive user interface. Working with Drupal could not be simpler!

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Apr 21 2010

Online coverage for Zoocha

zoocha-admin 0 Comments News

Time for a bit of shameless self-promotion! Since the Zoocha website launched a little over 4 months ago, we have attracted a fair bit of attention from the web development & design community. This has come in the shape of being listed under some pretty impressive article headings, along with gaining entry to (and performing well) in some well known web design showcase gallery's. Here are some of Zoocha's notable mentions that we're proud of our inclusion in:

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Apr 13 2010

Zoocha Launches World Cup 2010 Microsite for Walkabout Bars

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Walkabout World Cup 2010 Campaign

This week, we launched the 2010 Fifa World Cup marketing campaign for Walkabout Bars. With the campaign microsite Walkaboutfootball.com as the focal point of the activity. The World Cup is this years major trade driving event for most consumer facing businesses, and the on-trade, who have had a difficult few years, stand to gain the most if they position themselves well enough. Walkabout are rising to the challenge and leading the way for the pub trade!

It’s official! When it comes to watching the World Cup – Aussie ‘Rules’ Football.

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Mar 17 2010

Customer Experience and Consumer Engagement

zoocha-admin 0 Comments Digital Marketing

Customer experience tends to focus on functional aspects of service deliver; ease of use, accessibility, speed and convenience. For consumer goods brands, product quality is central to the customer experience. Online, the rules are the same, though the nature of the consumer interface makes consumers less tolerant of failure. Why battle against a slow or poorly designed website, when there are countless other websites just a 'google' away?

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Feb 2 2010

Social Media Marketing – Where, what, why, how (and who)!

zoocha-admin 0 Comments Digital Marketing

So, everyone is talking about social networking. It seems that if you are a marketing professional, not having a strategy for social media is perceived as admitting failure. This has led to a rush of poorly conceived and often poorly executed attempts to develop brand presence in social networks. Some of the basic principles of marketing go out of the window, as if they no longer apply in this new media environment.

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Jan 20 2010

French and German government warn against the use of IE6

zoocha-admin 0 Comments News

There has been quite a lot of coverage recently in the mainstream media about IE6 for its part in the Operation Aurora cyber attacks that occurred in December.

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Jan 19 2010

Zoocha Celebrate One Year of Success

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Zoocha Celebrate One Year of Success

This month see’s the first birthday of Zoocha Ltd, and we’re celebrating one year of success. There’s a lot to be thankful for and as we enter into 2011 – a year we’re sure is set to see yet more new clients, new opportunities, and new experiences (even new staff as we’d like to welcome Owen to the Zoocha team!) – we reflect on the experiences of the past year and what 2010 bought to us.

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