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GDPR ready? You’ve got a month from today to sort it!

Get compliant – GDPR launches 25th May 2018 The countdown starts here… Sort it The deadline’s fast approaching and if you haven’t already updated your privacy policy and made sure you’re fully compliant with the new regs, now’s the time to sort it. The easy bit Just send us your updated privacy policy, we’ll pop a link to it on your website so it’s easy for customers to find.  It’s got to be crystal clear to visitors what their data’s being used for, so easy to find ‘opt-in’ boxes for collecting data are a must! We just add a tick box, so they can acknowledge acceptance of your privacy policy before they even get to your contact form. The legal bit is for legal experts Here at Freestyle we don’t hold third party data and we don’t write privacy policies, … Continue reading

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Weight loss, website style.

Do you have a slow loading website? One of the main culprits we come up against, time and time again, are big image files causing a bit of a weight problem. The ‘heavier’ the page is, the longer it takes to load, the more likely it is people will get bored and go elsewhere, particularly when you’re not connected to wifi. Here are our 3 rules to avoiding a bad case of image bloat: Resize Compress Keep trim Resize If there’s one thing you should do, it’s this. Resize photos down from their original size when you use them on the web. We recommend no bigger than 2000px wide, which is still pretty huge, but with some smartphone’s nowadays sporting cameras big enough to produce pictures the size of a  bus, let’s not get carried away. Easiest way to do … Continue reading

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Spartina Design become part of Freestyle

We’re delighted to announce that Spartina Design has become part of Freestyle. With a healthy variety of business types, we’re looking forward to meeting the needs of Spartina Design’s customer-base over the coming years. We’re slowly (but surely) migrating across Spartina’s websites across to our servers, which should be getting a nice speed boost in the process, with daily backups and high tech antivirus in place as standard too. Have any questions? Just give us a call on 02380 000 212!

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We’ve moved. To a castle!

We’ve taken up residence in Castle Malwood, just outside Lyndhurst.  No knighthoods, just better location and bigger premises, with plenty of room for our ambitious team to grow and we’re in good company with a bunch of different software and IT companies as our new neighbours. We now have three times the space we had in Lyndhurst, with access to meeting rooms and plenty of parking for Clients, and as we’re only a stone’s throw from the A31 it’s easier to find us too. With views across Minstead’s rolling hills and the stunning New Forest, in between creating great websites and client meetings, you might find us occasionally making the most of the great outdoors!  Not without its place in the history books, apparently King William II (William Rufus) stayed at Castle Malwood in 1100, the night before he was … Continue reading

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World leading animal rescue training

We were thrilled when BARTA (the British Animal Trauma Care Association) asked us to sort their website.  These guys lead the way in training fire service, vets and all emergency services where large animals need safe rescue from a huge range of common incidents.  The BARTA team are so pleased with our work creating a modern, informative and striking website that they’re looking to filter down our cost-effective ideas across other areas of the business. “Amazing work by Freestyle. Their great development team supported us throughout the build process and beyond. We had a poor web presence and needed modernisation when Jack and his team came on board. We look at what we have now, the feedback we’re getting and we’re so proud of our website. We’re now looking to modernise our communications, shop and media libraries based on the … Continue reading

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Could your Adwords campaign cost as little as £10 per enquiry?

Google have recognised that, as Google badged partners, our Adwords Management Service consistently get great results for our customers, with some paying as little as £10 per enquiry, at times generating more than a 720% return on investment. We’re delivering on average around 10,000 enquiries per month to our customers as of January 2018, so make sure you’re getting your fair slice of the action! If you’d like to find out how we can boost your quality scores for better ad rankings, cheaper bids and better positions just give us a call on 02380 000 212.

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Google awards us badged partner and search advertising specialist status

Google has named us as a badged partner and search advertising specialist. These marks of distinction were given because of our consistently high-level account performance and proven knowledge of best practice, demonstrated by a number of yearly exams we have to pass. As a result, when you come to us for your Google Adwords campaign you can be sure you’ve come to the right people, and we can generate you a great level of return on your investment. Having this double Google-accredited status gives our customers the confidence to know we’re here to act competently and in their best interests. Discover more about our Google Adwords Management service.

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Luke joins Freestyle

We are delighted to welcome Luke to our growing team. Luke, who has a strong customer service background, now runs our front of house effort, helping customers keep their websites up to date. Luke can make most changes  to your website live on the phone, help you get your Google rankings up, and advise you on where you might be able to get some more enquiries. As a fully qualified Google Adwords Specialist, Luke is up to speed with the latest changes in the digital marketing world, and works on all of our client’s Google Adwords campaigns, making sure our customers are always getting the best bang for their buck. Have a tweak to make to your website, or need some advice? Just give Luke a call on 02380 000 212.

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Lymington Italia 2016

The Lymington Italia Festival which we help organise and promote attracted over 10,000 visitors and raised £1,200 for Oakhaven Hospice. The one day event on July 3rd began at 10am when 50 classic Ferrari owners met with their beloved vehicles at Lymington’s Yacht Haven for a bacon roll, and then made their way in convoy to the centre of Lymington, where they were parked up for people to admire, get in to, and enjoy. Meanwhile, on the other side of the road, an Italian food market offered visitors an authentic taste of Italy, with gelato, pasta, olives and all the goodies you might expect, with a Pub in a converted Routemaster Bus for good measure! The sun was out (this took a lot of planning), thousands of people flooded into the area and were spending money with small independent local … Continue reading

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New Forest Business Expo 2016

Business people from across our region flocked to Brockenhurst College recently for the 2016 New Forest Business Expo event. And as you can imagine, we were there to meet new people and explain how we can help businesses to get better results online. It was great to see a common place for businesses in the local area to get together, show off what they can do and work together – we saw plenty of partnerships forming, which is always great to see! Finally, congratulations to Steve from Barclays UK who won a bottle of Veuve Clicquot in our prize draw on the day.

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