Yardpartners is a first class digital communications agency
(put simply...the way we like it)

We work across diverse organisations and industries delivering practical, pragmatic and results-oriented digital solutions from bespoke elearning to content managed websites.  We can make things look as pretty as any other digital communications agency. We have technical skills often drawn upon by other agencies.  What sets us apart is our collective expertise, experience and our ability to craft solutions that actually make a difference. 

Our Clients

Ben & Jerry's

Scope: Web Design, Build, Print and Promote
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Hidden Dragon

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AOL

Scope: Multimedia Disk Creation
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Unilever

Scope: Internal Comms, E-learning, LMS Reporting, Microsites and Photography ...

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Lemon Squeezy

Scope: Web Design, Build and Promote

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RBC

Scope: E-learning Portal Design and Build
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YogaChezMoi

Scope: Brand, Design, Develop, Promote & Print
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Newsweek

Scope: StrategyDesign, and Build
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Supporting Better Dairy

Scope: Website Design, Build and SEO
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Moncada Brewery

Scope: Brand, Design, Build, Print, Promote
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Services

FEATURED SERVICE: E-LEARNING

Take our expertise in digital communications, blend it with years of effective learning theory and with a little bit of design brilliance what pops out is fresh and exciting e-learning.  And it really gets results.

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Blueprint

  • Digital Strategy
    • Strategy Days

      We're not just a company full of finger-painting creatives! We only let them loose with their potatoes dipped in lead-free paint once we have formulated a strategy!

      Yardpartners can facilitate strategy days for decision-makers. We get to know the who, what, when, where and how.  

      Our aim is to create and define long-term goals before jumping feet first into the world of digital.

    • Digital Consultancy

      Solid strategic thinking from years of cross-industry experience backs up all that we do.

      Our digital consultancy service offers all you need to succeed in the digital economy. We've worked with small start-ups to big-brands alike and pride ourselves on finding clear strategies for all industries embarking on their digital journey. 

      We're not fans of using all the tools in the digital mix just for the sake of it - we like to use the perfect blend combination for your business. Whats more, we're totally jargon-free and don't expect you to know your Twitter from your Flickr, or your CMS to your DNS!

      After the Consultancy process, all digital projects are supported with Director level leadership on all accounts.  

  • Project Management
    • Communication Infrastructure

      Project management is so very important in every digital account we handle. Whether it be a full content managed website, emailer or - each task is embellished with our rigorous project management to run smoothly. 

      Organisation, concise timescales and communication are all key aspects of our service.

      Assessing Communications Infrastructure can be a vital part of the 'Blueprint' stage combined with Digital Consultancy. 

    • Approval Tools

      Yardpartners have designed their own super-efficient approval process to make the design, build and communication of each project as neat as possible for our clients. We like tidy!

      Our project managers are able to send new designs, files or options (complete with comments and questions) to clients through one tool - ensuring all correspondence can be accessed remotely and related documents are kept in the project hub forever...

  • Usability Testing
    • Audit

      Usability testing can be vital to getting a new digital offering spot on as it gives an insight into what the current market is looking for and expects. 

      We can arrange beta testing at our offices and facilitate to get the feedback required.

Foundation

  • Creative design
    • Web Design

      Web design embraces every element of Yardpartners and we like to get the whole team involved with the ideas process. 

      Our creative web design process begins with the initial discussions between the Directors, project manager and our clients. We cover colours, likes and dislikes right through to fonts (if yet to be branded). 

      From here we move into wireframing to establish the bones of the website and then to 'key design' to show the overarching look and feel for the web site, coupling it will a functional specification document that will detail exactly how each page of the site will work/interact with visitors. 

      Viola - creative web design...that works!

    • Print Design & Management

      Yardpartners can bring your brand to life across complimentary media and fully-manage the process. 

      Everything you do across print needs to follow clear guidelines to support your strategy and personality. Our designers are hot on the mark with print processes and work closely with printers to come up with the best solution to your requirements.

      Project print manager included!

  • Illustration
    • Graphic & Corporate Illustration

      Our in-house illustrator works across creative projects to ensure an original approach to all digital and offline design. Additional graphics, movement, or simple images can be the key to lifting your brand, e-learning piece or emphasising your offering. 

      We like to wear different hats in Yardpartners so our web designs are always circulated internally and usually end up being spruced up using illustration. We consistently try to steer away from those stock images seen so frequently on websites. 

      Yardpartners has created some lovely infographics over the years too - we like to stay simple and find that being clever with the use of timelines, showing services differently or flash pieces can be much more powerful than text-heavy pages. 

  • Branding
    • Full Branding Guidelines

      As your business and online presence grows...your branding can get a little out of hand if not handled correctly.

      Yardpartners can whip up concise branding guidelines to ensure all partners whether online or offline are 'on brand'.

      ...of course working to branding guidelines is second nature to us for those bigger brands out there!  

      Or if you are just starting out and in need of some branding advice, we are well-equipped to develop a brand for you and supply the branding guidelines to work to. 

  • Video Production
    • Green Screen Technology

      Our in-house video production kit is top-of-the-range and perfect for presenter pieces to camera, CEO speeches and e-learning modules.

      It's also perfectly portable and we're always happy to come along and record your event or live stream for use digitally! In the past we've flown to Paris for a corporate presentation and been on location in Norwich Hospital for a piece of E-learning so don't think we won't have had a similar request before.

      We have a close team of video production experts and have capacity to undertake all post-production under YP rooftops.

  • Managed Hosting
    • Rackspace Hosting

      We are a Rackspace Partner which allows us to provide clients with a portfolio of hosting platforms. Ranging from traditional dedicated hosting, cloud hosting, managed exchange, Rackspace managed email and Microsoft® SharePoint® hosting to file sharing and back-up storage solutions.

      We believe they are best in class both for hosting and their incredible support.

Build

  • Website, Content Management Systems (CMS)
    • Content Managed Websites

      We build bespoke content management systems (systems that allows clients to add, amend and delete content at any time from anywhere without our intervention) as we don't believe in the need for clients to keep coming back to us for simple content changes. 

      From the earliest stages of development we host a 'stage' site so clients can view progress and very quickly start to add real content in ready for the go live date. 

      Although we choose to build projects based on open source web framework called Django, we have worked closely with Typo3, Sharepoint and many others. 

  • E-Commerce
    • Online Shop Services

      An e-commerce needs to tick all the boxes for an online user as one wrong move can lead to a lose of sale and a customer who won't return. 

      We've built ecommerce solutions to suit all budgets and of course compliment our creative web design. We analyze client needs to choose the right tool for the job - for bigger instalments we usually pick Satchmo framework (a Django based e-commerce system) and for smaller and more sophisticated needs we develop customised shopping experiences. 

      In the past we have integrated with Google checkout, Paypal and Sagepay. We have even designed and built custom workflows such as a unique pay-as-you-go credit system. 

  • Digital Internal Communications
    • Intranet Development

      The intranet is the hub of all internal communications and needs to reflect the business and senior management as well as engaging employees. Yardpartners develop an intranet infrastructure to suit just those purposes.

      We start the process with a focus group to engage and fire around ideas/wishes for an intranet, whether it's a place for news, blogging or storing browsing favourites, we ensure it is user-friendly and supports two-way communications.

      Sharepoint, Typo3 and Open Source web systems. 

  • E-Learning
    • Bespoke E-Learning

      Elearning is a fantastic tool to improve staff satisfaction, reduce training budgets and welcome new starters. 

      Yardpartners has been involved with bespoke elearning for a number of years and know exactly what is required to engage and succeed.

      Our process starts with a consultation phase whereby we pour over source documentation before scripting and storyboarding. Once agreed; the illustration, filming on green screen using 'Reflect Media' and then post-production editing can take place before compiling on our bespoke elearning editing system.

      The system tracks user progress and lays out specific learning path for users depending on their department or job role. 

      As well as the video content, we can develop an elearning guide, marketing material and promotion leading up to the launch of the new tool. Internal advertisements and email campaigns drive employees to use e-learning. An entirely bespoke service...

      All elearning is SCORM compliant. 

  • Mobile Development
    • Mobile Platforms

      Mobile is the next big thing and we're seeing more and more traffic for our clients coming from these platforms.

      We're equipped to support traffic from mobiles and tablets and at the briefing stages will discuss whether the design needs to be built upon a grid-scale to cater for all. 

      If its an app you're after - we can discuss this too! 

  • Content & Copywriting
    • Copywriting for Websites

      A great design means nothing without copy.

      Although as standard practice we use latin to design and build websites - we know how scary it can be to try to sum up your business, sell and persuade all at once. 

      Yardpartners are keen on top copy and have copywriters on hand to help (we even have a grammar specialist in the office!). 

      The copywriting service is great when combined with our search engine optimisation (SEO) services.

    • Ghostwriting

      We are all busy people so when we're in the know with a client's strategy; we're happy to help out with ghostwriting. We are after all, at our desks for crazy hours everyday...

      Whether it be blogging, Tweeting or sticking our noses in Forums - put our topic knowledge to the test! 

Welcoming Visitors

  • Social Media & Reputation Management
    • Social Media Monitoring

      We like to 'test the water' in new markets and we usually do so by starting to monitor key terms relating to your business in all forms of social media be it Podcasts, Blogs, Twitter or a Forum. It may not be your brand name if you're a startup but it could be a competitor or new market.

      This process gives us a heads up on what is happening in the social stratosphere before we present a strategy. 

    • Social Media Management

      We really do know our Twitter from our Flickr and can pass our wisdom onto you in terms of business reach. 

      Yardpartners handle Social Media in a full-service manner and after recommending the most suitable platform for your industry, move quickly to get your name out there and build a community. 

      We will customise the tools to coincide with your branding too. 

      As part of the social media management service we send monthly reports on progress, followers and comments on moving the social strategy forward. 

  • SEO & PPC
    • Search Engine Optimisation

      The key to great search engine optimisation lies with the key-word research and foundation. 

      Once these are on track (sounds easier than it is) - the hard work begins to integrate these into copy naturally as Google's intelligence grows with every update. 

      It is an ongoing process which takes frequent tweaks to fight off the competition for those top spots!

      As part of the service we create and send custom monthly reports to show clients exactly how we're improving their rankings, exposure and comment on future strategies.

    • Pay Per Click

      Par per click or PPC sits nicely with the foundation work undertaken for our search engine optimisation services. This is because success links directly back to the selection of the keywords. 

      We can fully-manage pay per click campaigns and tailor each ad group for budgets, seasonal offerings and always be on top of your competitors.  

      Improving your quality score which leads to a lesser ad-spend takes time and effort but can be achieved with our special mix of skills. 

    • Link Building

      Although directly linked (sorry) with search engine optimisation, link building has recently come into its own. 

      Link building needs to be a slow, natural process to work successfully with search engine algorithms. 

      We will take the pressure off by finding like-minded websites to recommend and link-back too - in the politest way possible. 

  • Email Marketing
    • HTML Email Design

      We use a number of tools to create successful email designs. 

      The main tool being our fabulous designers who have an eye for grabbing attention. 

      Supporting these are testing pieces to combat every email providers html likes and dislikes. 

    • Database and Email Campaign Management

      We use a high-tech tool to store and collect data which we're happy to share.

      Our tool enables you to greet your customers using firstnames and also see when they've opened, clicked-thru or unsubscribed from (eek) your email. 

      We'll also nudge you to make sure you're registered for data protection!

  • Online PR
    • Press Release Management

      There's a definite science in press release creation and you've probably guessed already...but we've got it covered!

      Our diverse backgrounds (combining offline PR with the digital know-how) have pulled together to produce a full-service online PR package.

      We use our own online social media press release template to make sure every editor is happy with a format. Everything from Tweeters, YouTubers, Flickrs, Bloggers and of course online magazines can capture your business news.

  • Photography
    • Photography Commissions

      There's no business that couldn't benefit from great photography for online use, after all a picture speaks a thousand words. 

      We have experience in corporate photography (for the stunning luxury chalet Hidden Dragon), packaging and location (Infusion GB) and product (Plymouth Gin) to name but a few. 

  • Print
    • Stationery

      Although we admit we prefer digital, fantastic corporate stationery cannot be replaced however great the email signature looks!

      We work closely with high-end printers in producing outstanding stationery sets and branded items. 

      Yardpartners can advise on anything from packaging, press packs and pint glasses (we've done that recently)!

  • Analytics
    • Evaluation and Review

      Google analytics comes as standard with our content-managed dashboards but as you may of guessed...we like to go a bit further and actually use the statistics. 

      Yes that's right, we will tweak content, review entrance and exit pages, monitor traffic sources - all to advise on the most user-friendly website.