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In an ongoing effort to make the internet more secure, Google, Firefox and many other vendors have recently updated their browsers and search results to warn consumers of sites not using SSL. Browsers in particular have started to warn users...

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Top 10 Web design Companies Summer 2016

The Top 10 Web Design Companies list for summer 2016 has been compiled after comparing a selection of the most popular web design companies in the UK. Various parameters such as quality, customer support, cost, design skills of the website itself...

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Happy Clients = Happy Popcorn!

Here at Popcorn our aim is to make sure we provide websites that our clients can be proud of. So when we get some positive feedback, it makes for a very happy office! One of our recent clients, Insured Life, left us the following message: "Hi...

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Twitter takeover hoax: How did it happen?

ww.cnbc.com/bloomberg-twitter-hoax-share-price-how-it-happened The hoax which saw Twitter's shares spike on Tuesday might have looked convincing to some, but web experts told CNBC that such a ploy is actually fairly simple to pull...

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We’re hiring bright sparks, talented types and all round...

In the midst of an exciting period of growth Popcorn are looking for talented new people to join our creative and development teams. With a number of new positions available we are interested in hearing from people across a broad mix of...

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Exciting designer job role opportunity

We are currently expanding our design team and looking for an experienced Creative Web/Graphic Designer with 3 years+ experience and superb design skills. If you can design cutting edge responsive websites and print materials then you may be that...

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Do you judge a candidate by their choice of typeface?

After reading an article last night on www.entrepreneur.com about the impact of typography on conversions, it reminded me of a piece I wrote a couple of years ago - with the title: "Everything can be judged by it's typeface, even a candidate"...

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Never Underestimate Social Media’s Power

When I woke up this morning I was shocked by the News of yesterday’s horrific snowstorm in Atlanta; leaving thousands stranded. Thousands of residents were unable to get home last night (Wednesday 29th January) so had to take overnight refuge in...

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Design is not just what it looks like and feels like...

If you choose to work with our designers, you are in for a treat. Part of what sets Popcorn’s design team aside from other designers is that they generally live for design. You know the saying ‘live, drink, eat’ that’s what they do for design...

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"Whatever you do you have to keep moving forward"...

The digital marketing scene is always on the change Whether that be through tools, or platforms, there is quite a range And at the start of every year new predictions are made Of what marketers should be doing so that the client is...

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Hershey's Printed Chocolate

Did you ever think that a printer would be able to print out chocolate? I certainly didn't think so. Although it looks like The Hershey Co. and 3D Systems are set to achieve just this. The two companies, working collaboratively, are hoping to...

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Can you use Bitcoins in a submarine*?

Can you use Bitcoins in a submarine*? As many of you will know already, Bitcoin is an innovative peer-to-peer payment network and digital currency- it is a new kind of money. As the BBC declares, it is ‘an online version of cash’. Bitcoin...

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Pop Art

"The pop artists did images that anybody walking down Broadway could recognize in a split second — comics, picnic tables, men's trousers, celebrities, shower curtains, refrigerators, Coke bottles. " (Andy Warhol) The best way to start the...

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#TBT Meets Robotic Popcorn Maker Powered By Twitter

Who remembers, back in 2010, when two men created 'Popcorn Tweets' as their entry for a Fireworks Popcorn 'Creative Pop 2010' competition? In case you haven't seen it, Justin Goeres and David Britt built a Twitter powered robot that was able to...

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Twix Caramel Popcorn Recipe

Here is a yummy 'Twix Caramel Popcorn Recipe' I found on www.yummly.com that I thought I'd share with you on this fine Popcorn Wednesday! Ingredients: 5 quarts/10 pints of plain air popped popcorn 1 cup butter 2 cups light brown sugar 1/2...

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Popcorn Facts

Did you Know? Popping popcorn is one of the most popular uses for microwaves. Many microwaves have a specific ‘popcorn’ setting On average, Americans eat 17.3 billion quarts of popcorn every year Popability is a term used to describe the...

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Happy Belated Popcorn Day!

To all of our clients, colleagues, friends and families Happy Popcorn Day for yesterday! As we were a day late for posting you a message, we have decided to have our very own Popcorn Week! Check back here tomorrow for your daily dose of...

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The iPad says hello to Poetry!

"Apple has created a new commercial for the iPad, A rather unique and inspiring, nature of tech ad, It emphasises the endless possibilities it can achieve, It can capture photos, write copy, whatever you perceive. Another vibrant focus is...

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New Year, New Leaf

We understand how difficult it can be to come up with New Year's resolutions, (and they are even harder to keep!) so we thought we'd help by coming up with one we can help you with... give your company's marketing strategy a makeover! Say...

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Are The High Street's Foundations On Stable Ground?

Due to a high upsurge of e-commerce sales, retailers with an online presence have really upped their game. They now aim to produce or obtain websites that are user-responsive, engaging and cater for their respective customer’s online purchasing...

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year from the team at Popcorn! Here is an acrostic poem to see in the new year, written and beautifully presented by Steph.

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On the eleventh day of Christmas

"On the eleventh day of Christmas, My true love sent to me, A Social Media lullaby, A charming voucher story, A story about a lost toy, The Oscars new look, WestJet's Christmas video, A range of homepage designs, 2014's web design...

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On the tenth day of Christmas

"On the tenth day of Christmas, My true love sent to me, A charming voucher story, A story about a lost toy, The Oscars new look, WestJet's Christmas video, A range of homepage designs, 2014's web design extinctions, 2013's most...

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On the ninth day of Christmas

"On the ninth day of Christmas, My true love sent to me, A story about a lost toy, The Oscars new look, WestJet's Christmas video, A range of homepage designs, 2014's web design extinctions, 2013's most talked about Facebook...

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On the eighth day of Christmas

"On the eighth day of Christmas, My true love sent to me, The Oscars new look, WestJet's Christmas video, A range of homepage designs, 2014's web design extinctions, 2013's most talked about Facebook Topics, An ode on Christmas...

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On the seventh day of Christmas

"On the seventh day of Christmas, My true love sent to me, WestJet's Christmas video, A range of homepage designs, 2014's web design extinctions, 2013's most talked about Facebook Topics, An ode on Christmas adverts, A cap on...

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On the sixth day of Christmas

"On the sixth day of Christmas, My true love sent to me, A range of homepage designs, 2014's web design extinctions, 2013's most talked about Facebook Topics, An ode on Christmas adverts, A cap on children's spending, And a Christmas...

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On the fifth day of Christmas

"On the fifth day of Christmas, My true love sent to me, 2014's web design extinctions, 2013's most talked about Facebook Topics, An ode on Christmas adverts, A cap on children's spending, And a Christmas card of a celebrity...

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On the fourth day of Christmas

"On the fourth day of Christmas, My true love sent to me, 2013's most talked about Facebook Topics, An ode on Christmas adverts, A cap on children's spending And a Christmas card of a celebrity family" Facebook is like chocolate. It is...

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On the third day of Christmas

"On the third day of Christmas, My true love sent to me, an ode on Christmas adverts, A cap on children's spending, And a Christmas card of a celebrity family." The 9th of November, What a day to remember, A marketing delight, On a...

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On the second day of Christmas

"On the second day of Christmas, My true love sent to me, A cap on children's spending, And a Christmas card of a celebrity family." Who knows Raymond Briggs' 1982 classic "The Snowman"? Ever since I was young, I watched this on the...

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On the first day of Christmas

"On the first day of Christmas, My true love sent to me, A Christmas card of a celebrity family." When you first think of a Christmas card do you think of the nativity, red robins, Father Christmas, reindeer and snowmen etc? I know I...

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Stick To The ‘Stats’ Quo

Did you know that Tweeters in the age group of 55-64 Are Twitter’s fastest growing demographic; the most hard-core 189 million Facebookers browse purely from their phone When they are out with their friends or on their own LinkedIn has 2...

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5 Social Media Stats a “Friday” will mean you never stay...

Did you know? Longer posts on social media marketing channels tend to be less successful – 100 to 119 characters seem to be the ideal length. I find this very interesting seeing as though Twitter allows 140 characters per tweet – which I’ve...

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Social Media — the Grinch that stole my social life!

Social Media may be something that makes your stomach churn, takes over yours or your children’s lives, causes arguments at the dinner table etc…but it’s not really so bad! Social Media can actually be a great benefit for your company. We know...

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The Bear and The Hare will Make Loose Change Rare

Wow! What an advert! A few weeks ago, when I was eating my (very healthy) granola and yoghurt breakfast, I noticed a friend on Facebook had shared the new John Lewis Christmas Advert for 2013. As soon as I saw this I instantly had to watch it, as...

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Job for PHP developer

We have a fantastic opportunity for a talented web developer to come and join our enthusiastic team working on a wide variety of projects. This is a very friendly environment where you will work alongside experienced web developers and...

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We Love Happy Customers

Thank you so much for all your hard work to get Churchill's website up and running in such a short amount of time & for doing such a fantastic job. We're really pleased with the end result & really appreciate all your efforts. Thank you...

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Stansted Crowned a Leading UK e-Commerce Town

Stansted has been crowned one of the UK's top eTowns in e-commerce, Google announced today. The Google eTown Awards are designed to recognise those towns whose businesses are most actively embracing the web, and at a time when the internet is...

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The Hidden Costs of E-Commerce Platforms

This is an article written on the Industry - News Feed - "Website Magazine" The article shows research that companies using corporate level software to run their online shop usually pay a lot more than they orginally budgeted. This would...

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EU Directive Cookie Compliance Service £295 +VAT

We would like to draw your attention to the EU Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2011 and its potential to impact your business' online web presence. This directive applies to all websites with operations resident...

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What's in a blog?

A blog is a great way to add fresh content to your website on a regular basis so that the search engines come back regularly. It also means there's plenty of content around your key words so you're more likely to be found more often in...

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A jar full of cookies!

There was a time when a cookie was a type of biscuit - but now it's a piece of code that automatically downloads from a website onto your computer so that the website recognises you when you return. Cookies are a convenience to save...

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What is eBusiness?

Ask 10 people - What is eBusiness? and you'll get 10 different answers. Put simply, eBusiness is any way you use the Internet to manage your business or serve your customers. This then could be anything from finding and dealing with suppliers,...

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The WWW Celebrates it's 21st Birthday

It was 21 years ago today that Sir Tim Berners-Lee, then a humble scientist at CERN, made the first page on the World Wide Web publicly available. It's hard now to imagine a world without the web, and it's hardly fathomable that just over two...

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Client case study - Foster Group

Foster Group - www.fostergroup.co.uk Client profile: The company already had a website focused on stitching and embroidery services for promotional and corporate clothing. The site design was poor and it wasn't generating leads. Foster...

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The holy trinity of search marketing

You are probably aware of the increasingly dominant role the Internet plays in today's business environment. If you've looked where your website ranks in major search engines recently, you're probably also aware that being visible on the...

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WebWorks builds your web presence

Many websites we review as part of the competitive studies we carry out for our clients suffer from the same problem. They have fallen foul of the 'build and they will come' syndrome, a misconception that some website owners have; that once their...

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What your web designer wants to know

If you're planning to give your website a makeover or are about to launch a new business and want to get a really effective website working for you, then do your homework before you meet a potential web designer. What you need to have thought...

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Bishops Stortford Business Exhibition 2011

Popcorn will be exhibiting at this year's Bishops Stortford Means Business Exhibition on the 19 October from 10:00 to 5:00 at the Rhodes Centre. We will be offering FREE Website Audits (usability and search engine friendliness reports) and will...

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Writing for the web guide

In recent months we've provided our in-house writing guide to more and more customers to help them develop their own content. This is becoming increasingly important to the success of websites as content is such a key component to Search Engine...

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Introduction to search engines

How search engines work Search engines have a short list of critical operations that allows them to provide relevant web results when searchers use their system to find information: Crawling the Web - Search engines run automated programs...

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Talking to your target market

How do people find your website? Where do they come from and how do you get them to come back? These may seem like tough questions, but there are straightforward answers that anyone can apply. The first step is to install analytics on...

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Facebook as a marketing tool

But it's a social network for kids!? - or is it? Today the biggest organisations have a Facebook page where they interact with their customers; e.g. Argos, Mars and Virgin. A Facebook page can be a mini-website. If you want to know what...

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Developing a linking strategy

Ensuring there are a number of high quality links to your website is an important factor in maximising the potential of your site. Links to your website improve your visibility in search engines and provide routes which users will follow. ...

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Taking your brand online

Developing a strong online brand needn't be a black art, but it does have its pitfalls. We take a look at branding to understand a little of what's involved in creating an online brand. What is a brand? A brand isn't a logo, it's not a...

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Client case study - Capital Shopping Centres

Capital Shopping Centres Client profile: Capital Shopping Centres (CSC) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of FTSE 100 company, Liberty International PLC. CSC is the UK's leading company specialising in the ownership, management and...

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Client case study - VIO

Vio - www.vio.com Client profile: For around a decade, Vio has supplied ad agencies, production companies, and media owners with advertising workflow tools and services to help them to reduce costs and become more productive. In...

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Client case study - Rimstyle

Rimstyle - www.rimstyle.com Client profile: Rimstyle sells performance-enhancing car parts online and is one of the UK's leading suppliers of alloy wheels and tuned exhaust systems. The company already had a website, but it...

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Client case study - Sport Beans

Sport Beans - www.sportbeans.co.uk Client profile: The UK importer of world-famous Jelly Belly jelly beans already had a Popcorn-created website. Following a successful launch in the USA, the importer was looking to test market a...

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