News December 21, 2017
The Christmas holiday and year end is fast approaching. I think it is safe to say that this has been a very good and eventful year for us all at Dept. A lot has happened! To close the year off properly we wanted to take some time to reflect on all we achieved and learned in the past 12 months. It’s important to celebrate the various events that have occurred and the many projects that have successfully gone live as a result of the hard work, dedication and effort of all team members at Dept in Ireland.
This blog is a contribution by members of the Dept team in Dublin sharing their thoughts and reflections on 2017.
From the big to the small – work to celebrate!
We launched some major digital projects for new clients over the past 12 months. The first stage was to relaunch their digital presence to provide a better experience to their users and deliver on core business goals. We look forward to doing a lot more work for these brands in 2018. We also worked with existing clients to optimise and grow their online presence.
We don’t just work with large website projects. During 2017 we delivered over 100 smaller projects to enhance existing functionality; including accessibility updates, new website sections, deeper integration with social, integration with GIS and Google maps and other backend systems as well as many content, design and visibility enhancements.
Here’s an introduction to some of the work we delivered.
Gas Networks Ireland
Redevelopment of gasnetworks.ie. Our solution incorporated a full redesign, content strategy, integration of a robust CMS and multiple backend integrations. The focus was to deliver a portal to allow prospective GNI customers to apply for a gas connection online, something never previously available.
Sustainable Energy Authority Of Ireland
Complete overhaul and redesign of the SEAI website and digital strategy to produce a beautifully responsive website. Our approach put user requirements front and centre and allowed us to help re-establish their digital reputation and authority. SEAI now have a website that enhances their brand and is a platform that can be used to increase their digital reach.
Science Foundation Ireland
Dept was chosen to deliver a publishing platform for SFI which allows them to support STEM research, education, and awareness in Ireland. The project brought three standalone websites into one functionally rich platform. This will streamline SFI’s communications work and allow their users to interact with them.
Our Social Media work gets the thumbs up
Xbox Ireland’s Facebook and Twitter were among this year’s finalists at the 2017 Social Media Awards in two categories: the Best Use of Facebook by a Business/Brand (Agency Run) and the Best Twitter Large Biz/Org Account. Although we didn’t scoop the award this time, we were delighted to see our clients shortlisted in the good company of some of the best brands in the country. It was definitely a stamp of approval and the proof that we are on the right track!
Our News Round-Up
Here are some of our news highlights from the past year. Have you been following our blog posts? If not, you are missing out on quite a lot!
Webfactory joined forces with Dept
In July 2017 after 24 years as a leading independent digital agency Webfactory took the bold step in expanding its services abroad. They have joined Dept – an international network of leading digital agencies.
Exciting opportunities lie ahead and our new Irish colleagues are now officially known as Deptsters!
Webfactory met their new Dept colleagues in Amsterdam
September 2017, the Dept Festival! This trip didn’t disappoint. Colleagues from Dept across Europe and the US met up for the first time. It was a very productive event with team members returning highly motivated and excited regarding work prospects for the coming months ahead. Sinead, Head of Content, blogged about the trip to Amsterdam to check out the Dept Festival.
Our Code Ninja celebrated 20 years at Webfactory
Our very own Niall Colgan began his career as a code ninja with Webfactory two decades ago. His words of wisdom – “The knowing comes from getting it wrong, trying again, repeating it until you get it right!”. After all this time Niall is a treasured colleague and held in high regard by everyone within Dept.
That’s all folks!
We are looking forward to winding down for our annual Christmas break. We hope you have an opportunity to do the same.
Join us in 2018 for lots of really exciting digital ideas and solutions. We’re already buzzing about the huge opportunities to exploit AI, from the potential of chatbots and voice optimisation to creative and groundbreaking uses of Google’s Cloud Vision API to recognise and interpret data from images. Not to mention all new and innovative ideas and tools landing in the digital space.
Of course none of that is done without robust digital strategy and governance in place for our clients.
We’re back on the 2nd January 2018. If you are looking for digital solutions to drive your business talk to us then!