New website for Raffles of Redhill launched

Raffles Redhill - Kitchen and Bathroom Design and InstallationDVisions has recently launched a new website for Raffles of Redhill. Raffles are a long established kitchen and bathroom design and installation company based in Redhill, Surrey. Raffles provides a full kitchen and bathroom design service, and can supply all leading brands. Raffles has its own team of installers and is renowned for its high quality and value for money service.

As well as the kitchen and bathroom design services, Raffles operate a wholesale plumbing division, and can provide a full range of plumbing supplies to both trade and retail customers from its showroom in the centre of Redhill.

A very simple "online brochure" style site, the aim of the new website is to increase awareness of Raffles and its core services in its local marketplace.

www.raffles-redhill.co.uk

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European Law Monitor launches new EU Legal Training service

European Law Monitor TrainingEuropean Law Monitor has launched a new specialised EU legal training service, providing training to legal professionals, businesses and NGOs on all aspects of European Community law and policy.

European Law Monitor has recently been accredited as an external CPD provider with the Solicitors Regulation Authority, and therefore Continuing Professional Development Hours or points may be claimed from The Solicitors Regulation Authority for their range of seminars and courses.

As part of the launch of the new training services, a new website has been launched specifically for the training side of the organisation's activities. The new design is very clean and simple so that potential clients aren't distracted from the content, and a design derived from this concept will shortly be rolled out for the main  European Law Monitor site.

www.europeanlawmonitor.org/training/

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New campsite and caravan park directory launched

Camping and Caravan Site FinderWe have just launched a new camp site and caravan park directory for the UK.

Camping and Caravan Site Finder is a directory of camp and caravan sites in the UK. The site core is built in Joomla, and the directory is powered by the SOBI2 directory component.

As well as a directory, the site also features affiliate and advertising management elements, and phase two of the site build will include both eCommerce and classified advertising components.

The SOBI2 directory provides the facilities for site visitors to add, rate and review directory listings, and each entry is linked via postcode to Google maps where visitors can see local maps and aerial photos, and get travelling directions.

Listings on the Camping and Caravan Site Finder site are currently free, although the SOBI2 system does allow the creation of paid listings, and the handling of "Featured Listings" where listing owners can pay extra for inclusion in featured listings displayed across the site.

www.campingandcaravansitefinder.com

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Microsoft announce new Bing search engine

Bing is to take over from Live, which has powered MSN search since 2006 and officially launches on 3rd June 2009. It's billed by Microsoft as "a decision engine" and not a search engine, although to all intents and purposes it is one - it works like one and behaves like one, so as in ducks, it is one, regardless of what the marketing people would have us believe.

But is it good enough to take on the mighty Google?

Probably not. As nice as it is to use, It would probably take a technology revolution to break Google's current domination of the web search arena, and Bing is most definitely not that. But it does have some nice added features that might win over some of those who are aware that there are other search engines than Google. In particular the way quick links to related search "topics" are shown on the left of your search results, and expanded snippets and page links are popped up on the right when you mouse over the icon on the right really do help refine your search quickly.

But these are mostly refinements of what has gone before, and Microsoft are so far behind in the race that Google will be able to cherry pick off the best features to keep their advantage long before Bing threatens too many inroads into their market share.

So, credit to Microsoft for what looks like a big step forward, but unfortunately I don't think its enough of a challenge - which is a shame, as Google's dominance of search, particularly in the UK is very unealthy indeed, and we as marketers would love to see the real competition in the marketplace that is currently lacking.

Why not give Bing a try for yourself: www.bing.co.uk www.bing.co.uk

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SEO reports can now be purchased online

To make it easier for you to keep track of how your web site is doing in the search engines, we have launched a new online ordering / subscription service for SEO visibility reports.

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You can either check positions on an ad-hoc basis, or sign up to an annual subscription to receive monthly reports. Prices are from £30 ex VAT for a one off report (additional follow up reports £17.35), and £180 for a 12 month subscription.

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