Monthly Archives: June 2018


Google Analytics and how it can help your business

Google Analytics should be on your website - and if it's not, sort it out please, so I can sleep easily. It's not a difficult process to set up and it's made even easier to track when you download the App from the App Store (or if you're poor, Google Play). The App is actually

By |2018-06-29T20:45:11+00:00June 29th, 2018|SEO|0 Comments

“Lorem Ipsum” be gone – use a proper copywriter

Ah Lorem Ipsum, or Lorem Ipsum Dolor (I think) if I'm feeling expansive - the beige text place filler that says put text here and a sight that many web designers and clients sigh over when they see it. Lorem Ipsum needs replacing you see. And that causes navel gazing and head scratching, because trust

By |2018-07-20T06:53:27+00:00June 27th, 2018|copywriter, web design|0 Comments

Bog off with your silly WordPress web design prices

I had a superb May as a newbie to this website design malarkey and you can see the 11 I built on my About page, and feedback has been universally good. June has maintained the momentum and I'm working now on North of Winter - a tattoo studio site for a leading Manchester tattoo artist, Sam

By |2018-06-26T17:42:14+00:00June 26th, 2018|web design|0 Comments

How much do I charge for web design in Norwich?

How much do you charge for web design in Norwich is a question sometimes posed to me by prospective clients and I used to estimate hours needed and charge accordingly. But I read an article today on LinkedIn that really resonated with me as someone is looking to climb ranks and make a name for web

By |2018-06-23T15:52:45+00:00June 23rd, 2018|web design|0 Comments

What does an ideal exam schedule look like?

The death of controlled assessments and GCSE grades led to increased pressure on schools, their leadership, departments and students to pull out all the stops in a terminal examination – in English, four of them! The days of dishing out past papers a few weeks before Year 11 leave or once in Year 10 at

By |2018-06-20T11:35:40+00:00June 20th, 2018|GCSE English marking|0 Comments

Who is best to sell your property?

Let me start with a truism – the best estate agent to sell your home is the one who achieves the highest price. Now who will achieve that largely depends on who you trust most - I've sold with hybrid, traditional and an online estate agent. So should you use an online estate agent? Depends.

By |2018-06-19T17:19:06+00:00June 19th, 2018|property writing|0 Comments

Move to Berlin if you want affordable city living

The suburbs of towns and cities used to be the desirable, in-demand places for families and young professionals. City centres were where you went to work or shop or pursue leisure but always to venture out of at night. Time have changed though and urban living is now in vogue and becoming an expensive lifestyle

By |2018-06-17T15:50:33+00:00June 17th, 2018|property writing|0 Comments

Where’s best to invest in property?

If anyone were asked to hazard a guess as to the U.K. city with the highest combined property values, few would offer any other place than London.   Fairly obvious, isn’t it? Astronomical property prices combined with a huge urban population and inward commuting, along with the paucity of building space, would make the capital

By |2018-06-17T15:39:52+00:00June 17th, 2018|property writing|0 Comments

18 reasons why your business needs a website

#1 We've come a long way from 1991. That's the year when the first website went live - 27 years ago. Things have moved on greatly since then. John Major was the UK Prime Minister and Bryan Adams broke all music records with 16 weeks at the top of the charts. Some things haven't changed

By |2019-10-27T21:35:57+00:00June 15th, 2018|web design|0 Comments

My war with bad broadband – or why you need Google WiFi

My war with bad broadband was beginning to irritate me. In a new build, with fibre optic cabling, speeds should be fast - they are now with Google WiFi. Watch more below.  

By |2018-06-15T19:10:04+00:00June 15th, 2018|web design|0 Comments

How a regular property blog can win you business

I've run Get Pro Copy Ltd since 2015, constantly adding blog posts, as I knew this would lead to success. It has. I then realised that much of the property industry is beginning to recognise that a regular property blog post increases web traffic and leads to sales, longer term, so this venture was born. Get

By |2018-06-15T15:32:35+00:00June 15th, 2018|property writing|0 Comments

Making money out of property development

20 years ago, we were all encouraged to become property developers on tv programmes by the likes of Sarah Beeny and Martin Roberts on "Property Ladder" and "Homes under the Hammer", which always seemed to be set in Stoke? Since then, I think the high yields of property developing have evaporated. As Farrell Walton estate

By |2018-06-15T15:26:59+00:00June 15th, 2018|property writing|0 Comments

The 5 things I’d like to see on new developments in 2018

The diesel engine may soon enter the footnotes of history as car manufacturers cease production, but will property follow suit? Brighton elected a Green MP, Caroline Lucas, and I'm pretty sure she won't be representing the party alone in future elections as the world wakes up to global warming and environmental damage. Don't get me

By |2018-06-15T15:22:31+00:00June 15th, 2018|property writing|0 Comments

Is a home office a worthwhile investment?

A garden home office appeals hugely to me. I think it harks back to caveman times when man could colonise rock fissures and perhaps now modern man needs a man shed, a man den or a pod. Not just males either - women too. There's been an inexorable rise in self-employment and freelance work and

By |2018-06-17T16:05:15+00:00June 15th, 2018|property writing|0 Comments

Why do developers insist on building garages?

I'll hold my hand up now and say I used to have an obsessive habit of wanting to put my cars to bed in garages. I think my mind was programmed to behave this way because I'd lived in Oldham in the late 80s and 90s when car theft or vandalism was a weekly event

By |2018-06-19T12:50:12+00:00June 15th, 2018|property writing|0 Comments

Design Access Statements – help for architects

Bestriding Thorpe Cloud in Derbyshire last year, fending off a nose bleed after hitting heights unheard of in coastal Norfolk, I took a call. Out of breath, I chatted social media and content with an architect. The long and short of it was that I was asked to optimise and improve the content of his

By |2018-06-15T15:09:59+00:00June 15th, 2018|Content Writing|0 Comments

Would you choose timber-framed or brick and block for new homes?

Brick and block or timber-framed? I pose this question as today, out walking, this very question was debated between myself and a neighbour. I'd not realised as we'd bought a home that had been first-fitted that ours (and the rest of Persimmon Phase One) was timber-framed and the new builds leaping from muddy foundations opposite

By |2018-06-15T15:04:04+00:00June 15th, 2018|property writing|0 Comments

Are micro-homes the answer to the housing crisis?

A micro-home is defined as having a living space of below 37 square metres - or the size of a tube carriage. To be honest, I could live in a home that size. I think the key with a micro-home, as with caravans, is design. Having been the proud owner of a touring caravan for

By |2018-06-18T09:01:48+00:00June 15th, 2018|property writing|0 Comments

Area guides for estate agents – prove you know your stuff

Area guides for estate agents - prove you know your stuff As leading Great Yarmouth estate agents, we know this part of east Norfolk well and what surprises many visitors in the spring and summer months is just how affordable the area is. The most expensive part of the borough lies 4 miles inland: Burgh

By |2018-06-15T14:52:30+00:00June 15th, 2018|content marketing|0 Comments

Will Alexa replace humans in the property industry?

I've switched gas and electricity suppliers in the past month in our new build from British Gas to EDF, mainly, sadly, to witness a Smart Home meter from Netatmo (supplied and fitted free) along with a free Amazon Echo. They're both impressive pieces of kit, and I think if I'd forked out £250 for them,

By |2018-06-15T14:46:57+00:00June 15th, 2018|copywriter|0 Comments

People sell property with people they like

I work alongside a fair few estate agents and having been in the industry myself for a couple of years, I totally understand the holy grail of trying to acquire listings. If you operate a no sale no fee model, you have to get vendors selling homes and then hoping that they pick you and

By |2018-06-15T14:41:31+00:00June 15th, 2018|Social Media Management|0 Comments

“Room” – not a Room with a View, except a skylight

Last night, I streamed the film "Room" on Amazon Prime. I'd intended to watch this at the cinema a few years ago but never got round to it. The basic premise is that Joy, the lead character was kidnapped at 17 and held captive in a "room" in a garden for 7 years, with her

By |2018-06-15T14:35:53+00:00June 15th, 2018|property listing|0 Comments

Local property expert – do you want to become one?

The term Local Property Expert or LPEs have become synonymous with online estate agencies in recent years, mainly due to the fact that they’re local and have some insights into the property market locally, we're all led to believe. It’s a curious term, because the traditional high street estate agents with MNAE and RICs behind their

By |2018-09-04T20:14:11+00:00June 15th, 2018|property writing, web design|0 Comments

From Poundworld to House of Fraser, retail is in meltdown

I'm not a business analyst and would never claim to be though I do read the news and follow events on social media, and so couldn't miss the announcements that Poundworld and House of Fraser are in financial trouble and are doing a Jessops / HMV / Game and going on a financial diet with

By |2018-06-12T20:03:14+00:00June 12th, 2018|freelance copywriter|0 Comments

This property copywriter can add zing to make listings sing!

Property copywriter, me, going back to basics. I've just started a new sideline: interviewing property vendors for two leading estate agencies and adding their stories to the property listing as a property copywriter. I could pretend this was my idea but I'd be lying - I was approached to do it by a leading independent

By |2018-06-12T17:53:37+00:00June 11th, 2018|property writing|0 Comments

Are you looking at page 14 for web design in Norwich?

We all want to be found on page one of Google, don't we, for our services and products? We all want that moment when someone searches for removal firms in Sheffield that you come up on page one. Assuming of course you're a removal company. And in Sheffield. Companies invest big money in SEO because

By |2018-06-07T15:39:21+00:00June 7th, 2018|web design|0 Comments

East Norfolk property prices are soaring – and it worries me

Many industry professionals see rising house prices as a good thing and to be honest equity has been a nice little earner for me over the years. £13,000 profit pocketed on moves in the 80s and much much more in recent years, but I do think property prices are now out of control and brinking

By |2018-06-05T09:26:46+00:00June 5th, 2018|web design|0 Comments

How Google WiFi is the pinnacle of functionality and design

My fibre optic broadband that we pay handsomely for each month has been getting me down. It won't allow rendering of images on various websites, takes an age to load LinkedIn (though that may be a good thing given the number of vainglorious egos on there) and is slow to update and back up websites

By |2018-06-03T09:43:42+00:00June 3rd, 2018|web design|0 Comments

15 topics I’d like property developers to write about

Many major property developers have embraced the art of blogging on their websites and produce articles that are interesting, informative and engaging. I’ve read a hefty amount of material that does this ever so well, but there’s a few glaring omissions from some major players. As a devotee of new-builds and a serial homebuyer, I

By |2018-06-12T10:08:59+00:00June 1st, 2018|property listing|0 Comments

To win property listings, focus on relationship marketing

Cards on the table: I worked in estate agency for a while and formed my own company in 2014 which was on the road to becoming a success with 13 property listings shortly after launch, but it lacked a long term financial commitment from myself and my business partner. It did get a key aspect

By |2018-06-01T12:55:49+00:00June 1st, 2018|property writing|0 Comments


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