KENT: KDA17 Finalists Announced

The finalists of the Kent Digital Awards 2017 have been announced and tickets for the Presentation Evening are now available.

The remaining entrants in each category are now in with a chance of clinching Gold, Silver and Bronze awards at the third KDA dinner ceremony on June 1, at Ashford International Hotel, Ashford.

Tickets are on sale now and are expected to go quickly, following last year’s sell-out event.

The KDA team claim the event will be a “an amazing celebration”, with networking and entertainment lined up alongside the awards presentation.

Presenting awards at the Presentation Evening will be Headline Sponsor Cripps alongside a number of influential organisations across the county.

KDA17 is also supported by Kent County Council, West Kent Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Kent Connects, The Kent Foundation, Sleeping Giant Media, Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council and Clare Reeves Voiceovers.

The Kent Digital Awards 2017 Presentation Evening will include an arrival drink, two-course meal and a complimentary third of a bottle of wine person.

The event will be hosted by the former BBC presenter Robin Bailey.

Tickets are priced at £62.50+VAT with a special 10% discount on tables for ten click

The KDAs is the first and only scheme within the county dedicated to celebrating the online achievements of businesses, schools and charities.


Kent Digital Awards 2017 Finalists

BLOG
Infinity Group
Inside Martyn’s Thoughts
ionCube
Muddy Stilettos Kent
Talk Stagey To Me
The Hideout
THP Accountants by Whitefish Marketing

MOBILE APP
50 50 – The Addictive Slicing Game by App Design Dot Company
My Fitness Times by ChilliApple
PLA Tidal Thames by mso
Punditto by Ether Creative
Whympr by Ether Creative

ONLINE RETAILER
Airberg by Larrytech
Cocoapod by ifour
Compare and Recycle
Maidenhead Aquatics by Ether Creative
Questor Insurance
The Essex Group by The Creation Lab
Titan Grass by Brave Little Tank

RESPONSIVE WEBSITE
Cancer Research Winter Run Series by Red Bullet
ChilliApple
Get in the Mood by Ether Creative
Lounge Hair Boutique by YmeriHart
Supersonic Playground
Team Bridle Racing by Signature Image Consultants
The Funeral Planning Authority by The Hideout

USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA FOR BUSINESS
Diggerland UK
EVision Supercars
ifour
Questor Insurance
Swale Young People
Tru-Lawn by Brave Little Tank
Visit Thanet by Thanet District Council

USE OF VIDEO FOR BUSINESS
ASG Designs
Ashford Borough Council by Pillory Barn
Curve Interactive
HOPS360° by Digitom
Hospitality Finder
Ruxley by The Creation Lab
The Drummer Agency

WEBSITE
Falcon
Jones Britain by ifour
Kent Sport by Red Bullet
Maidstone Museum by The Hideout
Northfleet School For Girls by Open Water
Project 64
Sunways Leisure Travel by mso

WEBSITE: B2B
Bizbutterflies
CC Studio Architects by Brave Little Tank
ITL Group by Pillory Barn
Itris by ifour
Kent and Medway Growth Hub by Pillory Barn
McBrides by Larrytech
Testudo by Interactive Red

WEBSITE: LIFESTYLE & CULTURE
Chord Electronics by 6-2 Design
Jordan Acoustics by Ether Creative
Kent Connected by Red Bullet
Radiance by Helena
RetroLab by ecce.
Urban Truffle by Squiders
V-Tex by ifour

WEBSITE: MARKETING & CREATIVE
Brave Little Tank
Falcon
Larrytech
Maxim
Project 64
Röff & Co.
Supersonic Playground

WEBSITE: SCHOOL, EDUCATION OR CHARITY
Christ’s Hospital by mso
Fosse Bank School by The Hideout
Heritage Watch (Kent) by Ether Creative
Lola’s Journey by YmeriHart
Northfleet School For Girls by Open Water
PassPilot by Falcon
Rugby School by mso
Swale Young People

WEBSITE: SMALL BUSINESS
Beverly Landais by Larrytech
Falcon
Flying Fish Properties
GeoMedia
Loud Monkey by The Hideout
Reco Surfaces by Fly Marketing
The Piano Shop Kent by Larrytech

WEBSITE: SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Avenue Tennis by ifour
Cancer Research Winter Run Series by Red Bullet
Gravesham Borough Council – The Woodville by Seatlive
Kennington Cricket Club by YmeriHart
Kent Sport by Red Bullet
Miloco Studios by Ether Creative
Team Bridle Racing by Signature Image Consultants

WEBSITE: TOURISM & HOSPITALITY
Elite Pubs by Squiders
Kent Life by Red Bullet
Love it Here Holidays by The Hideout
Maidstone Museum by The Hideout
Root 1066 by ifour
Sunways Leisure Travel by mso
The Aspinall Foundation

KENT: KDA16 – Finalists Announced

The finalists of the Kent Digital Awards 2016 have been announced and the Presentation Evening tickets are now available.

The remaining contenders in each of the categories are now in with a chance of clinching Gold, Silver and Bronze prizes at the winners’ ceremony on June 23 at the Brands Hatch Motorsport Vision Centre, in Longfield.

Tickets are on sale now and are expected to shift quickly following last year, which was a sell-out.

KDA organisers claim this year’s event will be the “a night to remember”, with plenty of networking and organised fun lined up alongside the awards presentation.

Robin Bailey, chair of the KDA16 Judging Panel and host of the event said: “This year will break new ground in the Kent awards scene and we looking forward to meeting so many talented individuals and progressive organisations at the Presentation Evening.”

The Kent Digital Awards 2016 Presentation Evening will include an arrival drink, two-course meal and a complimentary third of a bottle of wine person.

The event will be hosted by the former BBC presenter Robin Bailey.

Tickets are priced at £59.95 + VAT with a special 10% discount on tables for ten. To purchase tickets click here.

The KDAs, which are being supported by Kent County Council, Kent & Sussex Courier, West Kent Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Sleeping Giant Media and Capricorn Media are the first and only scheme within the county to celebrate the online achievements of businesses, schools and charities.

KDA16 – The Finalists

BLOG: BUSINESS

Alice Down The Rabbit Hole by West Kent Mind
Breakthrough Funding
Fruitworks
ifour
My Tunbridge Wells
She Who Bakes
The Creation Lab

BLOG: ENTERTAINMENT

Cuttings by The Creation Lab
Edspire
H2Open Magazine by Ecce Media
Talk Stagey To Me
The Middle-Sized Garden
The Skint Dad Blog
Your Future Mixtape

MOBILE APP

Am I Legal by Bryter Digital
Country Eye by Ether Creative
Kent Rural Careers by Ether Creative
Trinity Theatre by Access Culture
UpayChilli by Open Water
UpayMint by Open Water
We Love Kent by We Love Group

ONLINE RETAILER

Bottle Bazaar
Childrensalon
Flackley Ash Hotel by Ecce Media
Jem+Bea by Remedy Creative
Tied Together
Tyrrell Katz by Boxed Rocket
Watchfinder&Co

RESPONSIVE WEBSITE

DS-Virgin Racing by Zest
Ether Creative
FGS Recruitment by ifour
Folkestone Works by Shepway District Council
Lane4 Management Group by Yoyo Design
RNLI Shannon Appeal by Yoyo Design
Tied Together

USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA FOR BUSINESS

Diggerland UK
Gravesham Borough Council – The Woodville by seatlive
Kent FA
Questor Insurance Services
The Ambrette Restaurant
The Tiger Inn by Innflair
UK College of English by Whitefish Marketing

USE OF VIDEO FOR BUSINESS

Bareska Creative Films
Breakthrough Funding
Neon Agency by Boom Solutions
Original Content Design
SpareRoom by Digitom
The Creation Lab
Visit Thanet by Thanet District Council

WEBSITE

Ashford Borough Council by Pillory Barn
DS-Virgin Racing by Zest
Flackley Ash Hotel by Ecce Media
Fourex by ifour
Kensington Scott by Squiders
MontaRosa by Yoyo Design
mso

WEBSITE: SCHOOL, EDUCATION OR CHARITY

Bedes Summer School by mso
CXK
Demelza Hospice Care for Children
Kent College Pembury
Manor House Forest School by Feature Design
Parenta
RNLI Shannon Appeal by Yoyo Design

WEBSITE: TOURISM & HOSPITALITY

Diggerland UK
Flackley Ash Hotel by Ecce Media
KentVenues.co.uk
My Tunbridge Wells
Sunways Business Travel by mso
The Hop Farm by Ether Creative
Visit Thanet by Thanet District Council

WEBSITE: B2B

Ashford Borough Council by Pillory Barn
DMP by ifour
Folkestone Works by Shepway District Council
Lane4 Management Group by Yoyo Design
Lumina Energy by ifour
Pantechnik International by YmeriHart
Uniware Systems by Open Water

WEBSITE: LIFESTYLE & CULTURE

Food Talk by Breakthrough Funding
insideKENT Magazine by Sideways Media
My Fussy Eater
She Who Bakes
Skinners of Tunbridge Wells by MC+Co Marketing
The Woodville by seatlive
Tunbridge Wells Local Life

WEBSITE: MARKETING & CREATIVE

Bareska Creative Films by Long Story Short
Ether Creative
FALCON
mso
Open Water
Squiders
TEDx Royal Tunbridge Wells by ifour

WEBSITE: SMALL BUSINESS

Bryter Digital
Cellier by Hogtronix
Falcon
Flying Fish Properties
Jem+Bea by Remedy Creative
Matthew Page Photography by Dan Gorham Creative Design
YmeriHart

WEBSITE: SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT

BritPong by Breakthrough Funding
DS-Virgin Racing by Zest
H2Open Magazine by Ecce Media
Kent FA
Limitless Pursuits by YmeriHart
Tan’gun Taekwondo by The Creation Lab
The Woodville by seatlive

KENT: Sleeping Giant Spill The Beans On Social Media

We’re now just 24 hours away from announcing the finalists of the Kent Digital Awards 2016.

So, to mark the fact, we thought we’d share some free wisdom from one of our KDA judges and sponsors, Lee Hutton of Sleeping Giant Media.

Based in Folkestone, Sleeping Giant Media offers an impressive range of online marketing services from PPC, social, SEO and video production to training packages for your team.

We spoke to expert Lee about getting the most out of social media, here’s what he had to say.

The Do’s and Dont’s of Social Media with Lee Hutton of Sleeping Giant Media.

Social media can be simple in some aspects, but managing a business page can be difficult. Here are our top 10 do’s and don’ts of managing a business profile to give you a helping hand.

The do’s:

1) Complete your profile

First impressions are key, so whether it’s Twitter, Facebook, Google + or LinkedIn it is important to make sure you have the following:

  • A profile picture
  • A cover photo
  • A descriptive About Me section
  • Company details, including a link to your site
  • A username that is easily identifiable and links to your brand


2) Follow the right people

Twitter is a good way to build relationships by following the people and companies that are related to your business. This can help boost your follower numbers as well as increase engagement on your profile. Followerwonk is a useful tool to search for relevant profiles to follow.

3) Keep it short

Nobody likes reading an essay on social media. Creating a short post that includes the relevant information needed will allow your audience to absorb it quickly, and will help make the post more memorable. Also, shortening links by using tools such as Bitly can make the post look tidier, and can help save those much-needed characters on Twitter!

4) Be visual

Having a visually engaging profile will help your page become recognized and memorable. Make sure that your page represents your brand by using brand colours and visual imagery that is relevant to you. Posts with multimedia attract the eye, so therefore receive more engagement than posts without.

5) Post regularly

Posting regularly will show that the business is consistent, and this will help keep your followers updated as much as possible. With Twitter it’s good to tweet more than once a day, however Facebook and LinkedIn won’t need as many. Experiment with different times of day and how many posts you schedule and see what works best for your company. Tools such as Hootsuite and Buffer can be useful for scheduling posts.

The don’ts:

1) #Don’t #use #too #many #hashtags

Using hashtags allows posts and tweets to be categorised with similar content. However, using too many will make your posts look spammy and possible even unreadable. Try to hashtag the specific keywords in your posts.

2) Multiple profiles

Having multiple profiles causes a lot of complication and makes life difficult for people who are trying to search for you. If you have more than one Twitter profile try and delete them all and keep the one that is most active.

3) Poor gramma’r and CAPITAL LETTERS

Poor grammar and capital letters will make your page look unprofessional and can give off the wrong impression. For example, if a post says “WATCH OUR VIDEO NOW!” this could come across as angry to your followers. Even if you only have 140 characters, it’s still important to use the correct punctuation.

4) Don’t ignore complaints

Nobody likes complaints, but instead of looking at it negatively try and think of it as an opportunity to improve on the affected areas in the future. It is crucial to respond to complaints as it shows that you have acknowledged them and that you are willing to face up to the issue. A complaint unanswered could be worse for your company than the complaint being posted in the first place.

5) Sales focus

Selling products is key in a business, however a personal element is needed. Having the best of both worlds is vital as it will help to build relationships without bombarding people with prices.

– See more at: http://www.sleepinggiantmedia.co.uk/posts/the-dos-and-donts-of-social-media/#sthash.ha11Abof.dpuf

 

KENT: Entry For KDA16 Now Open!

Entry has opened for the Kent Digital Awards 2016, celebrated by the launch of a brand new category.

KDA16 – the first and only scheme of its kind within the county – is now in its second year, following its staggering success since setting up in 2014.

And for the first time Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards will be presented for a “Website: B2B” category at the Winners’ Evening next June.

The new website classification – for companies thriving in the business-to-business sector – will take its place alongside 15 other categories in a new look line-up.

There are now a total of nine website categories as well as “Use of Video for Business”, “Use of Social Media for Business”, “Mobile App” and “Spirit of Kent”.

KDA16 will also see the return of the immensely popular “Blog” awards for “Entertainment” and “Business”.

The “Online Business” category has been renamed “Online Retailer” to offer greater clarity to entrants.

An independent judging panel, made up of digital experts, the media, sponsors and executives from a number of internationally recognised businesses including Sky Sports will decide the winners.

The Kent Digital Awards was set-up to promote and recognise the online achievements of businesses, charities and schools from across the county.

Andy Pritchard, from Premio64, the team behind the Awards, is looking to build on the “tremendous success” of the first year.

He added: “We received an extraordinary number of entries into the 2015 scheme and the Presentation Evening was a fantastic celebration of some very impressive digital work from across the ‘Garden of England’.

“It is proven, through the popularity of the Awards and our partnership with the Kent and Sussex Courier, that winning a Kent Digital Award is a sought after accolade and we urge everyone to find our website and make an entry.

“We expect 2016 to be even bigger and better and we cannot wait to show off some more of Kent’s great businesses, charities and schools.”

Kent and Sussex Courier, as media partner, will be giving rolling press coverage for the scheme.

West Kent Chamber of Commerce & Industry will be “Key Supporter” for the scheme once again.

Sponsors of the scheme include Sleeping Giant Media, Capricorn Media, Noise PR and designsixtyfour.com

Entry is free and takes less than two minutes to complete through www.kentdigitalawards.co.uk/enter

The presentation evening will take place in June 2016.

The closing date for entries is 15 April, 2016.