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Pixel Kicks Nominated for Four Awards

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Sep 2017

Pixel Kicks Nominated for Four Awards

As summer draws to a close (summer, what summer?), and the dark mornings start to emerge, we’re delighted to announce we’ve been nominated for four different awards. It goes without saying that we’re over the moon, as well as being very humble and highly appreciate about the fact. The most important things for any company are their staff and their clients, and we’re lucky in both respects to be surrounded by talented & friendly people. The awards we have been nominated for are: Digital Agency Of The Year – Digital Entrepreneur Awards Best Digital Agency – The Talk of Manchester Awards Best Search Engine Visibility – The Talk of Manchester Awards […]

Job Vacancy: SEO Manager

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Aug 2017

Job Vacancy: SEO Manager

  Due to company expansion, we’re on the look-out for a SEO & Digital Marketing Manager to join our team SEO Manager – Ancoats, Manchester We’re looking for someone to work closely with our existing online marketing department, taking the lead for onboarding new clients, assessing campaign requirements, and then planning out a strategy & set of tasks. This is a fantastic opportunity for the right person to join a successful and growing Manchester based digital agency. We are a client-focused company and strive to provide the best service possible, so you’ll need excellent customer-facing skills and small team management. The successful applicant must be extremely comfortable with planning & […]

Dangers of Social Media in Business: Five Key Points

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Aug 2017

Dangers of Social Media in Business: Five Key Points

A self-employed freelancer, a young digital marketing upstart, a small-business owner and a head honcho of a corporation: what have they all got in common? The chances are that they have all considered both the glorious advantages and cautious dangers of social media for business. Now let’s set one thing in stone from the start, the benefits of social media marketing are plentiful. The advantages have been well-championed across the internet, and quite rightly so, as it has proven to be an altogether cost-effective marketing tool that should be utilised by whomever, wherever possible; yet similarly to the offline world there are dangers to be considered when branding and marketing […]

The 15 most important Google Adwords PPC tips for 2017

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May 2017

The 15 most important Google Adwords PPC tips for 2017

Pay per click (PPC) advertising is becoming an increasingly popular way to drive traffic to your website and boost sales. The main idea behind PPC is to pay for every click to your website which is generated by the advert – and this can be as little or as much as you want. A successful PPC campaign can generate a substantial ROI, providing that the clicks are achieving conversions. The service is offered by many providers in different ways, including Facebook, Twitter, Bing, Yahoo and the most popular of all – Google AdWords. Their platform runs across Google’s search engine, and a whole host of other Google properties and websites […]

Job Vacancy: Junior Front-end Web Developer

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Apr 2017

Job Vacancy: Junior Front-end Web Developer

We’re on the hunt for a talented junior front-end web developer to come and work for us. Due to a growing portfolio and subsequent company expansion, we need a junior web developer to join the team. Working from our Ancoats based office, you’ll be joining an existing group of tight-knit designers and developers. We’re looking for a person with talent, a passion to learn and continually improve, and someone who wants to fit into our agency way of life. You’ll need to have an excellent appreciation of modern responsive websites and though the job description says web developer, you’ll stand out from the crowd if you possess a good eye for design. Join […]

SEO Tips: 15 things to include on a webpage to improve your rankings

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Mar 2017

SEO Tips: 15 things to include on a webpage to improve your rankings

As a follow up to our “20 Simple SEO Tips For 2017“, which gave an overview of things you should do to your website to get a head start on your SEO, we’ve decided to put together a new post, focusing on the on-page techniques you can use to make your blog posts a success. High Google rankings. Every website owner wants them, but not every website owner can get them. Some don’t try and some don’t know how to try, but there’s a select few who do everything right, and in turn get to the top of search results, generating traffic, leads and sales. So how do you do […]

20 Simple SEO Tips For 2017

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Dec 2016

20 Simple SEO Tips For 2017

Most of our SEO tips below are fairly straight-forward. They’re not new, they won’t make all the headlines, and they’re certainly not rocket-science. That indeed is the beauty of them all. We think SEO is pretty simple, so don’t waste your time trying out the latest killer SEO tactic in the hope it will catapult your website from ranking on the lower pages of Google to the top half of page one. One of the things we like to say is that Google isn’t trying to make things complicated for you, instead it wants to base its search engine results on good old-fashioned common sense. Ask yourself the question – “Why would […]

We’re moving! Ancoats, get ready for Pixel Kicks!

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Sep 2016

We’re moving! Ancoats, get ready for Pixel Kicks!

Since June 2012 we’ve been based at The Sharp Project, home to many of Manchester’s great digital startups as well as some of the more experienced companies around. We’ve had some great times, no, we’ve had some amazing times, and we’ve grown 5-fold in size. The only problem with reaching double figures in staff numbers is outgrowing our space, and that’s the problem we started looking to rectify earlier this year. We searched high and low, scouring all corners of Manchester city centre to find our ideal home, and eventually we arrived in Ancoats. Suffice to say we quickly fell in love. From Oldham, to Newton Heath, and now Ancoats […]

Web Design Trends in 2017 – What Can We Expect?

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Aug 2016

Web Design Trends in 2017 – What Can We Expect?

With the world quickly moving into the second half of 2016, our thoughts are starting to drift towards the next set of emerging web design trends in 2017. The last few years have seen an abundance of new technologies and ideas, and with all major browsers strongly supporting HTML5 and CCS3 standards, as well as sporting super-fast JavaScript engines, web designers have never had so many options at their creative disposal. When tasked with designing a new site for our clients, we have a clear approach on how to plan & create their website, and our five core aims consist of: build a mobile-friendly site that impresses equally on all devices create a clean […]

Pokémon Go – the fitness app disguised as an augmented reality game

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Jul 2016

Pokémon Go – the fitness app disguised as an augmented reality game

Update 14/07/2016 1PM: Niantic has now made the game available on both the iOS and Google Play app stores.   Unless you’ve had your heads buried in the sand for the last week or so, you might have noticed a strange new phenomenon that slowly seems to be capturing the attention of children, teenagers and adults too. Perhaps slowly wasn’t the right choice of word there. A “light speed” comparison might be a better fit. I’m talking about a “little known” smartphone game called Pokémon Go, which only launched in Australia and New Zealand a week ago, and most recently in the USA. It’s not even officially out in the UK, but that […]

Working for a top Manchester digital agency – 5 key takeaways

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Jun 2016

Working for a top Manchester digital agency – 5 key takeaways

I’ve always thought there was a hint of mystery about how a digital agency operates and what it’s like to work at one. More importantly, what it really takes to become a top agency grade developer or designer. Having left my agency job in UAE after 5 years and joining the Pixel Kicks team has given me a unique perspective into the agency culture in an entirely different country. Some of them new, some not.  Getting the job has been roughly the same as getting any other job really. However, what matters is who you get interviewed by, and whether they can relate to the expertise required to do the job. I was lucky in that regard […]

How to optimise and speed up WordPress like a pro

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May 2016

How to optimise and speed up WordPress like a pro

Being in the business of making the best possible WordPress websites, the loading speed of a website is an integral part of web design and development. Now more than ever actually, given how much Google cares about page speed and optimisation. Although WordPress is by far and away the most versatile CMS I know of, it’s not the most optimised one one by today’s standard. But there are a few key things that can be done to speed things up.   1. Minify CSS and JS This is probably the easiest and least technical of the processes on the list. Usually when developing a WordPress website or theme, it becomes essential […]

Beginners Guide to WordPress SEO (using the Yoast SEO plugin)

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Feb 2016

Beginners Guide to WordPress SEO (using the Yoast SEO plugin)

We’re often asked by our clients on how best to optimise their new WordPress website. As such, we’ve put together a beginners guide to getting the most out of WordPress SEO, in particular using the common Yoast SEO plugin. Introduction The following are the most important parts of every web pages’ search engine optimisation: URL Page Title (SEO Title) Meta Description Content Focus Keyword Links to internal web pages URL The URL of a page is the address in the browser, as such http://www.harleysthearing.co.uk/lyric-hearing-aid/. In this example, we have the URL for a web page that specifically talks about the “Lyric hearing aid”, and you can see that the last section (the […]

Pixel Kicks vacancy: Front-end Web Designer required

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Nov 2015

Pixel Kicks vacancy: Front-end Web Designer required

  Are you a talented web designer looking for a full-time role in a top Manchester agency? Well it’s your lucky day! We need an experience Front-end Web Designer with development experience to join our growing team located at The Sharp Project. Ideally with over 2/3 years experience, we need someone highly-skilled, enthusiastic, and with an excellent appreciation of modern responsive web design. You will also need a great knowledge of HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery, an excellent understanding of WordPress (being able to create a theme from scratch), and naturally know your way around PHP & MySQL. Experience of the latest design & development tools is great, and the successful person will be working […]

Our very own SuprTickets.com has been nominated in The Talk of Manchester Awards #theTOMs

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Oct 2015

Our very own SuprTickets.com has been nominated in The Talk of Manchester Awards #theTOMs

  We’re delighted to announce that one of our own projects, SuprTickets.com, has been nominated for two “The Talk of Manchester” awards. Known at #theTOMs, voting is now open and closes next Friday 6th November at 5pm, and we’re up for two categories – “Best Newcomer” and “Best Technology / Innovation“. As you can imagine we’re delighted to have been nominated and would love it if you could cast a vote 🙂 To vote, please go here, and select us in either (or both) of the above categories. If you recognise any of the other great companies in different categories then please choose your favourite there too. Manchester is chock full of […]

The Pixel Kicks Experience

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Aug 2015

The Pixel Kicks Experience

  Do you fancy having a chat with someone about getting your business online but don’t know where to start? Pixel Kicks are here to help. We’re friendly, straight talking people who won’t baffle you with techno jargon. We take pride in our work and are very transparent with our clients, and we don’t believe in pushy sales tactics. Indeed, none of us consider ourselves ‘salespeople’ in the classic sense of the word. Our small but experienced team here have over 30 years of web design and development experience combined. Chris and Matt will be your friendly point of contact and discussion. Our Digital Account Executives  Emma and Jamie will […]

We’re hiring: Sales & Account Manager wanted (No recruitment agencies)

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Jul 2015

We’re hiring: Sales & Account Manager wanted (No recruitment agencies)

  Are you looking for a sales & account management role in Manchester? Due to increased business and subsequent company expansion, we are looking to recruit an experienced sales & account manager. We’re ideally looking for someone with experience in the digital industry, with direct experience in dealing with incoming sales enquiries, producing quotations to a high standard, and managing existing customer relationships. The skills you’ll need to be successful include: Developing and maintaining relationships with existing clients. Excellent communication & written skills An outgoing personality with an eagerness to achieve Experience in the digital/creative sector Ability to think for yourself and drive new ideas and strategies forward, as well as […]

22 WordPress Plugins to manage your website easier, faster and more efficiently in 2015

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May 2015

22 WordPress Plugins to manage your website easier, faster and more efficiently in 2015

We’ve been using WordPress as a blogging platform and content management system since prehistoric times, and have worked on hundreds and hundreds of installs. This experience of creating and configuring many different websites has led us to rely on a series of time-saving and management-enhancing plugins. So we thought we’d share some of our favourite WordPress plugins with you! We don’t use all of these plugins on each and every site we create, but hopefully you’ll like them as much as we do and greatly improve your WordPress experience. Whether you’re creating a single website for yourself, or are another web design company like us, there should be a plugin below to […]

We’re hiring. Experienced Front-end Web Designer wanted in Manchester

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Feb 2015

We’re hiring. Experienced Front-end Web Designer wanted in Manchester

Attention all experienced, talented and passionate web designers in Manchester! We’re now firmly on the hunt for a Front-end Web Designer to join our team at The Sharp Project. Due to company expansion and an ever-growing list of clients, we need an enthusiastic and highly-skilled person, preferably someone with 2+ years experience. The right candidate will have an excellent appreciation of responsive web design, great knowledge of HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery, and needs to have an excellent understanding of WordPress – being able to create a theme from scratch. PHP & MySQL skills are also high on our wish-list. Experience of modern design & development tools is great, and the successful person will be […]

A week in the life of a Pixel Kicks Digital Content Creator

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Jan 2015

A week in the life of a Pixel Kicks Digital Content Creator

A typical week at Pixel Kicks can see anything thrown at you. Writing tasks on subjects we don’t know anything about, slightly obsessive Twitter stalkers… One time even a mars bar went hurtling across the office, only to land in a glass of water. When you’re at a family party of some kind and you have some distant relative asking you what your job is, answering “Digital Content Creator” inevitably leads to more questions. “A digital what now?” is usually cried, with a few obligatory splashes of second-hand Strongbow hitting your face. It’s usually easier to say you’re a journalist, although last time I said that, I was accused of […]