Youtalk Insurance website screenshot

youTalk Insurance is a free information resource for insurance brokers, general insurance and risk professionals. This site aggregates industry news, serves up video shorts from leading insurance industry experts and provides access to a one-click directory of insurance information.

Our Involvement

youTalk Insurance selected Zodiac Media to provide long term support and development services for their Drupal 7 website and also to run a series of SEO reviews. We provided strategic consultancy on a variety of methods to grow their online presence including SEO, PPC, and social marketing. We audited the site's existing analytics data and sought out a range of opportunities to better promote their existing content and ensure that key pages remained at the forefront of search engine rankings.

End of Line Golf Screenshot

End of Line Golf are one of the UK’s leading suppliers of quality discounted golf equipment. Selling equipment from some of the top brands in the golfing industry, they are a one stop shop for all golfing needs.

The Brief

End of Line Golf wanted a website that would:

  • Demonstrate their offerings clearly, using a naming convention that would generate, intrigue and also enhance their customer engagement with the products on offer
  • Be fully responsive and function across multiple devices
  • Ensure that the user journey was simple and easy to traverse

The Result

We worked with the End of Line Golf team to create a site that would truly engage. We decided to build this site using OpenCart, due to it being a powerful open-source eCommerce system that is designed to be feature rich and user-friendly, and was suitable for the client budget. We went about creating the website and ensured that it had high usability and that the customer journey to purchase goods was as simple as possible. The end result was a new website design that is pleasing to the eye, consistent, and relevant to what the company stands for.

Voneus Site Screenshot

Voneus is a British technology company with a difference.  Their primary service is to supply high-speed broadband to difficult-to-reach and rural customers. They also design and manufacture a number of VoIP telephony products.

The Brief

  • Deliver a single management web portal that was to be called Voneus Manage
  • Allow Voneus customers to manage all of their product and services
  • Allow for scalability and future expansion

The Result

Zodiac Media worked closely with Voneus, adopting their lean and agile approach in the establishing and refining of their requirements, building a prototype and then a full solution. We built the system in Symfony 2, which allowed us to provide Voneus with a completely bespoke and tailored-to-fit product management application.

Grown in Seconds Site

The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) is the leading international trade association for the U.S. hardwood industry, representing American hardwood exporters and the major American hardwood product trade associations. The American Hardwood Export Council promotes a greater understanding of the true environmental benefits of American hardwoods in design and manufacturing.

The Brief

  • Create a bespoke site from a pre-existing design provided by Nick Watts Design Ltd. 
  • Provide an immersive and engaging experience that brings to the forefront the highly sustainable credentials of American hardwood
  • Ensure that the site has low processing overheads and a small server footprint

The Result

We built this site on AngularJS in order to meet the small server footprint requirement, allowing for a large number of visitors without issue. The end result required multiple widgets to interact with each other, with a variety of web elements altering their display status in time with each other and negligible delay. The site is supported by online advertising placed within design and architectural publications, driving visitors from across Europe to the Grown in Seconds site.

The platform that we created uses statistics gathered by the US Forest Service, tracking the yearly growth and harvest rates of hardwood species and then calculating how quickly the wood used in these projects can be regrown. The final result is a memorable and slick website, offering an innovative information source to businesses and individuals across the world.

Worldfirst Blog

WorldFirst is a UK-based foreign exchange brokerage. It offers currency exchange services and international payments transfers to private, corporate, and e-Commerce clients in the UK and a number of other countries. It is one the fastest growing Fintech companies in Europe and has offices in the UK, Asia, Australia, and the US. 

Our involvement

We have been working with WorldFirst for the last couple of years and have built up a fantastic relationship that we are very proud of. We have so far undertaken the following projects for them:

  • A microsite for a partnership between WorldFirst and the Times newspaper
  • A bespoke Symfony 2 based business intelligence tool
  • WordPress country specific blog rollouts with multi-lingual functionality and a clean and elegant design aesthetic
  • Provided a number of newsletter templates that showcase WorldFirst’s business activities and are easy for them to update
Voice Squad Website

Voice Squad represents some of the best voice-over artists in the UK, both in English and foreign languages. They have an extensive portfolio of high-calibre artists from all over the world who are UK-based. They provide voices for TV and radio commercials, corporate films, animation, audio-books, and many other forms of media.

The Brief

Zodiac Media were tasked with implementing a complete redesign of the site, including:

  • Adding shortlisting and filter-by-artist functionality
  • Implementing voice clip downloads and streaming
  • Migrating the contents of one of Voice Squad's sister sites
  • Mobile compatibility
  • Optimising the site to increase search engine rankings

The Result

In order to migrate the new content, we had to synchronise the new sitemaps, add appropriate redirects and avoid any duplicate contents. The site was developed in WordPress to allow instant updates from the Voice Squad team, allowing them to change content and images as and when required.

The website was also built using a "mobile first" approach and was optimised for multiple device resolutions, with a clean and elegant look that is simultaneously modern and enterprising.

CTI Website

The Confederation of Timber Industries (CTI) is an umbrella organisation, representing the UK's Timber supply chain from forest to end-of-life recycling. The CTI represents producers, manufacturers, and distributors of timber across all the supply chain. Its membership includes large multinational companies as well as key trade associations, NGOs and research institutes.

The Brief

We were tasked with:

  • Creating a mobile optimized website built on a Content Management System of our choosing
  • Creating a clear, intuitive user interface based on a pre-existing design provided by Nick Watts Design Ltd.
  • A solid and simple backend that enabled CTI to easily upload all the latest industry news, information, achievements, and work

The Result

The designs that had been devised were very ambitious, which lead to a number of challenges for our developers. Most of these challenges occurred when trying to transform the static design concept into a fully interactive experience. Planning the site with mobile first in mind allowed us to create a streamlined experience based on its potential users' most common goals.

We delivered a clean, modern web interface incorporating the easy to use Drupal 7 CMS, which gave the client full control over their content, from any device. It also made provisions for adding further functionality if needed, giving it a degree of future-proofing. The client was extremely happy with the build and usability of the interactive supply chain.

Zodiac Booking Website

Zodiac Media designed and built Zodiac Booking to take some of the industry standard features available to large tour operators and makes them accessible to smaller companies that otherwise would not be able to afford bespoke development.

The Brief

  • Provide cottage suppliers a platform for their customers to search, reserve, book, amend, and cancel their cottage and holiday bookings.
  • Provide a fully transactional booking engine integrating the Carlton TABS API
  • Optimised for mobile platforms

The Result

We implemented a feature-rich search engine and geo-location map search that could provide up-to-date availability and booking. A fully customisable content management system that allows even the least technical of people to manage their site with ease was designed from scratch using Symfony 2. The site is fully responsive and built from the ground up to look its best on every device.

Berkshire Billtong Website

Berkshire Biltong is a unique manufacturer, founded on a passion for high quality Biltong. They use high quality ingredients and do not rush the production process, resulting in the tastiest Biltong that the Zodiac Media team has ever had.

The Brief

  • Create a brand new bespoke website that accurately reflects their brand
  • Provide an eCommerce outlet for all their products
  • Keep their user experience as simple as possible and make the content easy to browse

The Result

With the client’s needs in mind, we decided that Magento would be the best solution. This allowed for greater control in merchandising, promotion, and sales of the products that are available on the site. This also made browsing the site and managing the product catalogue a triviality. The site includes attractive product images and an intuitive navigation system, enabling the consumer to have all the information at their fingertips regardless of the browser used. Responsive templates and a simple Magento CMS meant that the website was ready to go in record time and sell tasty Biltong to the masses.

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