HERTS: New Category Sponsorship For Just £749+ VAT

A new package offering sponsorship of a category at the Hertfordshire Digital Awards 2017 for just £749+VAT is now available.

The breakthrough offer – which is marketed on a first-come-first-served basis – includes substantial advertising opportunities online and huge branding exposure at the HDA17 Presentation Evening at Knebworth House on September 21.

The categories on offer include:-

“Use of Social Media for Business”
“Mobile App”
“Use of Video for Business”
“Online Retailer”
“Website: B2B”
“Website: Small Business”
“Website: School, Education or Charity”

Also wrapped up within the package are five tickets to the event, the opportunity to be interviewed during a live social media broadcast on the night and the chance to present an award on stage.

The Hertfordshire Digital Awards launched in 2015 and has sold out in the past two years.

In 2016, it welcomed close to 450 entries from businesses, charities and schools across the county and entry closes this year on July 21.

The HDAs is open to businesses from every industry sector, not just web designers and agencies.

The Headline Sponsor of the Kent Digital Awards 2017 is Nimbus Hosting and it is also supported by Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, UK Government’s Department For International Trade, Hertfordshire Mercury, Welwyn & Hatfield Borough Council and Clare Reeves Voiceovers.

To find out more about the HDA Category Sponsorship Package Offer for £749+VAT, call the HDA team on 01277 356200 or email [email protected]

HERTFORDSHIRE: A Few Minutes With… Nimbus Hosting

At the HDAs it gave us great pleasure to announce recently, that we’d teamed up with Nimbus Hosting, true masters of their field.

But what exactly is”their field”?

We caught up with Matt Cooper, Account & Marketing Manager at our Headline Sponsor, to chat all things website hosting.

He told us why making the right decisions about where you host your website can transform your business.

A Few Minutes With…..Matt Cooper of Nimbus Hosting

Why is website hosting important?

As a digital agency, or even a website owner, exactly where you host the websites you’re developing is a big decision. Although hosting is something that is almost background noise in the creation of a website it can have a huge influence on the speed and security of your sites and therefore your clients.

How can hosting help with site Speed?

Speed can often be considered the most important factor for your websites as it is a factor that directly affects the users. Although hosting is only part of the equation when it comes to speed as the way a website is built will have a far greater effect on the way the site performs, a responsive server will definitely contribute to the speed of the site. In a shared hosting environment, sites can be sharing server resources with hundreds, sometimes thousands of other sites which can limit the level of control you get and when one of these sites becomes greedy it can cause reliability issues.

How is security maintained and monitored?

There are so many factors to consider in terms of security and your clients are relying on you to make sure their website and data is stored in a safe secure environment. It’s important to look at who has access to the server, whether back-ups are included and managed, where the data is physically stored and the level of security that the data centre has.

It’s also essential to know exactly who is responsible for which parts of maintaining security and who the maintenance of security patches and updates of the CMS that the sites run off.

What’s the depth of the support?

When it comes to your customers and the digital campaigns that you’ve created for them, you want to ensure everything is running smoothly infrastructure wise. Many will assume that going with a large hosting company will be safer, as there is a safety that comes with size and although this makes sense, it’s not always necessarily true. One of the challenges that the bigger providers struggle with is that every time you contact them; you’ll likely be dealing with a different person and have to explain everything every time, instead of someone who knows your business and projects already which can be much more effective and time saving, particularly when working on campaigns or to deadlines. Responsiveness is likely to be a huge factor when deciding who will host your client’s sites, make sure you to find out how different hosts compare in this respect by dropping their tech support a line to see how many rings before you get through, and check out their online reviews at multiple places such as Review Centre and Google Reviews.

Do I need to be thorough about the Service Level Agreement?

This is the boring bit but the most important parts to look for within a Service Level Agreement is the uptime guarantee, no hosting provider can absolutely guarantee 100% uptime, it’s just not realistic, but look for a hosting provider that has a near perfect uptime promise. Keep in mind that you can ask for proof of their uptime as all decent hosting providers will have a record of their monitoring.
Another thing to consider is the hardware and technology that the company invests in. In this respect you really do get what you pay for so make sure that whoever you choose to partner with is staying ahead of technological advancements and using the best hardware and redundancy options within their infrastructure. Most hosts will have a service status page, and most decent hosts will also have a history section on this so you can check out previous network/hardware incidents. Be wary of any which have no history despite reviews/their twitter account alerting to some.

How flexible can they be?

The nature of your business is improving your own or your client’s web presence which can often mean making changes, fixing issues and having to upgrade their hosting needs, sometimes at a moment’s notice so you need to have a web host that not only make this possible but liaise with you to make the process as seamless as possible. If you need short term solutions would this be possible or do they only offer annual billing cycles?

Where your sites are hosted is an important decision not just for the agency that is working on the site but for the sites owners. Cheap hosts may save you some money to begin with but they may not be reliable which can severely harm your business in the long term. Make sure you choose a host that you trust and can handle the needs of your business.

At Nimbus we specialise in hosting for digital agencies. By creating managed hosting solutions that allow you to get domains and websites up and running quickly and easily, scale packages to suit your immediate needs and provide accessible support and advice, we pride ourselves on building dependable hosting partnerships for agencies.

For more information about Nimbus Hosting and the services they offer, click here





HERTFORDSHIRE: 2 Weeks Left To Enter

There are just two weeks left to enter the Hertfordshire Digital Awards 2016.

Entries have flooded in for the 15 open categories, which include “Mobile App”, “Blog”, “Use of Video for Business” and “Website” since entry opened in March.

The last day entries for HDA16 can be received is JULY 22, at 5pm.

The scheme is open to businesses, from any industry, schools and charities from within the county border.

Designers based in Hertfordshire can submit work on behalf of a client outside of the county.

Entry is free and simple to complete.

Enter here.

The Headline Sponsor of HDA16 is Nimbus Hosting and Associate Sponsor is Distinctly

Media Partner for the scheme is Hertfordshire Mercury and the Key Supporters are Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and Hertfordshire LEP.

The Presentation Evening will take place on September 22 at he University of Hertfordshire, in Hatfield.


HERTFORDSHIRE: Why should you enter the HDAs?

The Hertfordshire Digital Awards is the first and only scheme solely to celebrate the online achievements of businesses, charities and schools from across the county.

With a range of categories covering different facets of digital media, the Awards has fast built a strong following among organisations from Royston to Ricksmansworth and everywhere in between.

HDA is open to ALL businesses, schools and charities that operate in the county and have a presence online.

If you haven’t yet made your FREE entry, here are ten reasons why you might want to “throw your hat in the ring”.

1. HDAs media partner is the county’s leading newspaper group, the Hertfordshire Mercury and finalists/winners are guaranteed to appear in there.
2. The opportunity to attend a glitzy Winners’ Evening on September 24.
3. The chance to walk away with either a Gold, Silver or Bronze award for your work.
4. You could get a winner’s interview, which will appear in the Hertfordshire Mercury.
5. Winning an HDA will give a massive morale boost to your team.
6. You can show it off to your customers and give them confidence that they are right to spend their money with you.
7. Shout about it online after we give you FREE finalists/winners banners for your website and social media.
8. Become famous on Twitter, if you’re a finalist/winner we’ll be giving you a good shout out on our busy account.
9. Join the Digital Awards Hall Of Fame, alongside an impressive and exclusive group of winners from other counties.
10. The possibility that you can pick up one of our chic award plaques that you can display with pride in your office, shop, home or wherever you do the business!

If you would like to enter the Hertfordshire Digital Awards there is still time, just.

You have until Friday, July 17, to make an entry and don’t forget, it’s free and takes less than two minutes to complete through www.hertsdigitalawards.co.uk/enter

The HDA is backed by a range of great organisations including SuitRecruit (Associate Sponsor), Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (Key Supporter), Hertfordshire Mercury, Capricorn Media, Noise PR and designsixtyfour.com.