A year to be proud of at JohnHenry.net

So, here we are again. It’s the 31st of December and we’ve seen all the social media networks pull together their round-ups of the top moments of 2014. Trumping them all however was Google. It seemed very fitting that, in a year where the algorithms finally began to favour the user, their retrospective glance at 2014 was all about user search, the data behind it, and the power of great, contextualised story telling.

Google Trends 2014

A year in Search

 

 

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This year was a year of change for JohnHenry too. We thought we’d take our own look back at 2014…

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Afrasia Bank

Afrasia Bank: SEO


Our first Middle Eastern client this year, we focused on optimising their site for search engines so that they could hold their own against competition.

http://www.afrasiabank.com/en

Bright Blue Villas

Bright Blue Villas


A responsive website to show off this beautiful, modern, luxury villa portfolio throughout Greece.

http://www.brightbluevillas.com/

Cobblers Cove and Constellation Hospitality Group

Cobblers Cove


Two brand new websites catering for different needs: to breathe new life into Cobblers Cove’s online brand identity and to enable them reach out to a new client base, and to revamp the Constellation Hospitality site with a new set of copywriting.

http://www.cobblerscove.com/

http://www.constellationhospitality.com/

Data

This year was a big year when it came to data. As we continue to improve our reporting tools and to bring sense to the traffic coming in to our sites, it was another popular year for infographics and for exploiting the latest technology that Google has to offer in terms of data display. From the visual presentation of data, to using it to predict and analyse, this was (and will continue to be) fundamental to our work this year and next.

RAC Foundation data & Certainly Wood infographics


RAC Foundation uses Google charts to display key research on motoring topics for drivers across the UK.
Certainly Wood, a British sustainable firewood company, displays feedback from their annual customer survey in a custom built, dynamic infographic.

http://www.racfoundation.org/

https://www.certainlywood.co.uk/

ESPA life at Corinthia

ESPA at Corinthia


A new website for ESPA at The Corinthia Hotel, with its own bespoke booking system.

https://www.espalifeatcorinthia.com/

Farmers Club

The Farmers Club


We built a new website for The Farmers Club, advising and assisting with photography to accommodate the new site structure.

http://www.thefarmersclub.com/

Gore and Pelham Hotels

A new website for The Gore Hotel


New, responsive and dynamic looking websites for The Gore and The Pelham Hotels in South Kensington.

http://www.gorehotel.com/

http://www.pelhamhotel.co.uk/

Hakkasan

Hakkasan Dubai


Social media strategy for Hakkasan restaurant, Dubai.

http://hakkasan.com/

Inkaterra

Inkaterra blog


A new, responsive blog for Inkaterra, to do justice to their awe-inspiring imagery from around Peru.

http://blog.inkaterra.com/

JohnHenry events

No, we’re not going into event management. JH Events was a facility developed within our content management system, custom built to handle events bookings. You’ll have to watch this space to see it rolled out next year, but it will be a great service, and one we will be very proud to offer our clients in 2015. A sneak preview…

JH Events

Keeping it in the family

We welcomed a 3rd Romagnuolo to the JohnHenry team this year: Gianluca. He has joined us as Project Manager. One Romagnuolo brother left, and we’ll have the full set! Not only do we keep bumping up our Italian numbers, we were also delighted to bring Serkan, a new Front-end Developer, to the team. He has been a real asset in the last few months, so we asked his wife to join us too! Ezgi joins us full-time from January, and has created some beautiful site designs already.

Lanesborough Careers

Lanesborough Hotel Careers website


The Lanesborough Hotel, undergoing a massive refurbishment, are recruiting 300 staff prior to their re-opening in 2015. They needed a site that could handle their recruitment needs, and showcase the working culture they have come to be so proud of.

 

https://www.lanesboroughcareers.com/

Muriya

Secrets of Oman


A microsite for Muriya Tourism, to provide a platform from which they could showcase the many faces of Oman through beautifully written lifestyle content, and breathtaking video.

 

http://www.secretsofoman.com/

Navigation structure

Website navigation is constantly evolving, forever adapting to the needs of the user. This year’s take on minimal design included paring back the main menu and in some cases hiding the full navigation behind a ‘hamburger menu’ icon which only opens on interaction. It was a design technique first used for mobile but we are increasingly adapting this to full desktop sites for that extra clean look. We have also been using forms of navigation that allow people to flow from page to page more naturally, ‘ghost buttons’ being a good example. The thinly bordered and normally transparent ghost button is not designed to be distracting call-to-actions, but instead enrich the content encouraging the user to discover more if they so choose.

 

RAC Foundation ghost buttons


RAC Foundation’s new site is a good example of the use of ghost buttons and a clean, easy to use navigation structure.

The great Office Move!

In the spring of this year, we were elevated from the basement of 36 Grosvenor Gardens to the bright lights of the first floor. In an attempt to become ever more integrated with the PRCo Group, this was another step at bringing us closer together as a team. Why not drop in and see us?

JohnHenry office

Private Residences by SLH

Private Residences by SLH


As Small Luxury Hotels of the World ventured into the world of private residences, we helped them build a site to showcase their growing portfolio of villas and estates.

http://privateresidences.slh.com/

Quaffing specialist Somerset ales at the summer party.

Ok so Q is not an easy one to weave in… If truth be told, we took SQL queries to new levels this year, but, let’s face it, they don’t make so pretty a picture as the London skyline…

JohnHenry summer party, overlooking the London skyline

RAC My Club

RAC My Club


Our long relationship with the Royal Automobile Club continued this year with the soon to be launched bespoke member area, My Club. With a responsive design, members can login and update their personal Club details quickly at their desktop or on the move.

RAC My Club on mobile

Six Senses mobile

……..……..Six Senses new mobile site Six Senses mobile search

The Lowry Hotel

The Lowry Hotel


As The Lowry Hotel switched management companies, a new site was required to reflect the new branding.

https://www.thelowryhotel.com/

Urban Meadow Cafe

Urban Meadow Cafe


Urban Meadow Cafe approached us in the summer about building them a new site. The design was to remain largely the same with just a few tweaks here and there, but providing them with a flexible content management system. By building their site on our CMS, they can make as many updates as they want, whilst maintaining a tidy, polished front-end.

 

http://www.urbanmeadowcafe.com/

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We certainly had a busy year! As for 2015,

Here’s to veering ever closer to the PRCo Group…

…to bring a well rounded, integrated offering to all our clients in 2015.

This year, we spent our fist year exploring Dubai and the Middle East

…and take a lot away from living and working in the PRCo Dubai and London offices. From this and from the inspiration brought to us from the ever changing technology we work with, from our new colleagues, and from the exciting challenges brought to us by our clients, we intend to hit the ground running in January.

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Yes, 2014 was the year that John began tweeting…

John Fisher's foray into the world of Twitter

https://twitter.com/souniquejohn/

And, of course, our Z. Not forgetting… Z Hotels

A website for Z Hotels


A website for Z Hotels, bringing the hotels, all in disparate locations, to life and joining them under one name.

http://www.thezhotels.com/

Posted on December 31, 2014 in Case Studies, Web design, Website Launch

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