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Northern Enterprise 2016 Conference

Northern Enterprise 2016 Conference
Posted on Tuesday 20th September 2016 by Steve Ingley
It's been a while since our last post, mainly because we've been so busy beavering away developing and testing our new app, Ticksi.  We've partnered up with the Founder of the Social Enterprise Network to host their Northern Enterprise 2016 Conference on the new platform. A conference set to lead devolution with social value... The inaugural Northern Enterprise 2016 Conference, Exhibition and Awards is to be held at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester, on October 13, 2016. The one-day event wi
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The Best CMS? We Think So!

The Best CMS? We Think So!
Posted on Thursday 17th March 2016 by Danny Vickers
The team have used a lot of different Content Management Systems over the years - some good, some downright awful. But who of us has ever said, "Wow, this is a great CMS"? Wordpress is like chalk and cheese for most people. If you are a web designer who is familiar with the lingo it probably suits you absolutely fine, but what happens when you hand over the reigns to the client? Our experience is that they log in once, maybe twice, get confused (or scared) and never touch it again. The clie
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We Are Going International

We Are Going International
Posted on Wednesday 6th January 2016 by Steve Ingley
We work with clients across the UK, but usually in and around the North West. Today we've taken a giant step; out of the country and across Europe to the Fatherland! German-based Mantzioς Architektur have commissioned us to create a unique web design to showcase their architectural achievements. The website will be available in three languages; English, German and Greek. So we've done our research, and planned out how best to create international, translatable content that is Se
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Should We Bomb IS or IE?

Should We Bomb IS or IE?
Posted on Wednesday 9th December 2015 by Steve Ingley
It’s nearly 2016, and the Web Design industry is still being held back by the seemingly unending use of almost 10 year old technology; Internet Explorer 7, which is currently only used by 0.1% of users worldwide.  The biggest culprits are public sector bodies that are either unwilling or unable to upgrade computers and software due to budget cuts or legacy software that simply doesn’t work on newer browsers. The government chose not to renew their support deal with Microsoft for
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Silly Season Savings!

Silly Season Savings!
Posted on Thursday 19th November 2015 by Steve Ingley
It may not always involve a small piece of chocolate every day but whether your products or services are seasonal or not, the countdown to Christmas is always an interesting time for businesses. As you, your staff and customers embrace the festivities, Black Friday and Giving Tuesday can also make for a frantic time when planning and fitting in a programme of promotions or sustained communications activities. Getting a plan together for now and the New Year can put you ahead of the game for digi
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Better Web Design - Forever

Better Web Design - Forever
Posted on Tuesday 20th October 2015 by Steve Ingley
Standing still in the web design industry, even for a moment, means you get left behind.  The same can be said for our clients, who tirelessly run their eCommerce websites to sell products, services and tickets online. To stay ahead of the game you need a website that can be quickly adapted and flexed to meet your needs today, tomorrow, and next week.  When we released our bespoke Content Management System about a year ago, we started on a journey that will never end; one where we
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The night we left modesty at home!

The night we left modesty at home!
Posted on Monday 12th October 2015 by Sue Ollerhead
Selling skills are vital to the success of any business and at Fire Pineapple, we are continuously looking for ways to improve. We don't often nominate ourselves for awards but earlier this month; we were lucky enough to go along to the fantastic Rum Warehouse for the glittering Merseyside Independent Business Awards, after being shortlisted for Best Independent Digital and Technology Business. Great big thanks must go to the organisers, Morecrofts Solicitors and all the sponsors. To b
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Digital & Technology Finalists!

Digital & Technology Finalists!
Posted on Monday 7th September 2015 by Steve Ingley
Here at Fire Pineapple, we don’t usually blow our own trumpet (we much prefer the ukulele actually)! Even so, we have only gone and been shortlisted for the Best Independent Digital & Technology Business in the Merseyside Independent Business Awards 2015! The event is headline sponsored by the Liverpool BID Company and organised by Morecrofts Solicitors. The awards are now in their third year and received a record number of nominations across all 11 categories, exceeding last year's to
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Do we ever leave the classroom?

Do we ever leave the classroom?
Posted on Thursday 3rd September 2015 by Duncan Reid
It seems to go so quickly, the children break up from school and before you blink, our Facebook timelines are flooded with first day and back to school photos of children proudly wearing their new school uniforms, shiny shoes and satchels (showing our age maybe there?) However, you could argue that the digital marketing industry is one big classroom. The area of digital marketing is relatively new and areas such as SEO are always evolving. Staying on top of developments requires on and off-the j
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