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Elaine Hutchison

By | Rossendale

Elaine recently joined the GrowTraffic team after stepping in to write some blogs and – to her delight – finding out she really enjoyed it, and that she had a bit of a flair for writing!

Although this didn’t surprise her (she has wanted to write since creating children’s books and poems for her brother at the age of 11) she never thought it would ever become a reality. During a somewhat varied career, which has predominantly been in sales and customer service roles, Elaine’s creative streak has mostly been kept hidden and under wraps…until now.

However, Elaine didn’t leave sales and simply start writing; she never does things the easy way. Instead, Elaine decided to go back to university as a mature student and has just gained a distinction in a Foundation Degree studying Community Leadership.

The course has definitely changed Elaine’s life for the better and having studied modules such as Youth Led Regeneration, Community Leadership, Mentoring and Volunteering in the EU, and having been to Italy to help with the refugee crisis and to the EU Parliament in Brussels, Elaine now feels that writing is definitely her way of making a positive difference to people’s lives.

“It’s an amazing twist of fate that I found Grow Traffic,” said Elaine, “a commercial company whose ethics and ideologies at heart are that of my own; social justice, fairness, honesty and integrity…oh, and a similar long-established ability to work hard and play harder!”

When Elaine is not writing for GrowTraffic, she does have a passion for the great outdoors. You will often find her in the garden with her chickens, rabbits and cats, walking with her dog, Alfie, or off to a festival with her daughter, Blythe.

And like the rest of the team, Elaine has a healthy interest in politics and music; “I’m a bit of a Six Music geek” she said (rhyming off all the presenters and their schedules) “so being able to write and have Six Music on in the background is pretty much Heaven!”.

And never one to miss a challenge, Elaine is going to finish her BA with a top-up year starting in September 2018. “I like to keep busy I guess…” she said with a smile and a shrug, putting on her wellies for the umpteenth time.

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4 Extra Bank Holidays? That Ain’t So Bad!

By | News, Rossendale, Thoughts | No Comments

I’ve got a rule that I don’t do party political when I’m blogging. So I’ll try my best to remain as objective as possible whilst speaking about the Labour Party’s 2017 manifesto pledge to increase the number of Bank Holiday’s to 12 if they are elected.

The reason I feel obliged to get into this debate is because I carried out some research on this last year as part of a campaign concept creation for a certain absence management software firm, so I’ve spent many hours getting a perspective on this.

The basic premise of the campaign was to educate business owners about the benefits of employees taking time off. I believed this would facilitate the creation of a campaign that wasn’t overly sales orientated, but which was well aligned to the core functionality of the product, and which was also contrary to the prevailing machismo of entrepreneurial literature – at least enough to make business owners sit up and take notice.  Read More

Should Rossendale Businesses Create More Engaging Workplaces?

By | Rossendale, Thoughts | No Comments

We’ve all heard about the offices of the world’s leading tech-brands. But have you ever wondered if you should be adapting your workplace to follow these trends? Based in Bacup in Rossendale in deepest darkest east Lancashire, we don’t see many businesses embracing that ethos around here – but on a day to day basis I see this spreading from outwards from the centre of Manchester. And Rossendale really isn’t that far from Manchester.

I’ve been fortunate enough to be involved in a comprehensive research program, working with leading business psychologists and workplace consultants, reviewing the emerging phenomenon of engaging workspaces. Despite having summarised this to some extent before, in this post I wanted to summarise some of the things we learned and apply some of those thoughts to Rossendale (where I live). Read More

Kidult and Co: Rossendale’s Creative Business 2016

By | News, Rossendale, Thoughts | No Comments

So last week, on 9th November, we had a rather exciting evening here at GrowTraffic. After much build up and a lot of difficult judging (some may call it arguing!), it was finally the awards dinner itself for the 2016 Rossendale Business Awards, where GT were sponsoring the Creative Business category.

Held at the impressively large and well-appointed Whitworth Riverside, the evening was the culmination of much hard work by the event’s organisers, the Valley at Work business networking group, and was the perfect opportunity for Rossendale businesses to come together, let their hair down and celebrate another year’s great work. And what a celebration it was!

But in amongst all the other impressive businesses there on the night was the one that shone out the most for us, the winner of our Creative Business award in fact, the fabulous Kidult and Co. I met up with the girls earlier this week to talk about the business, their success and what it meant to win this award. Read More

Finalists of the Creative Business category arrive on stage

Announcing the winner of the Creative Business category

By | News, Rossendale | One Comment

It’s been an exciting week at GrowTraffic, because this week was the week of the Rossendale Business Awards where we got to present the Creative Business category which we sponsored and helped to judge.

It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were busy at GT HQ with our judging hats on busy working our way through the nominations for the incredibly strong category, that was full of exceptional local businesses. This was round one of the judging process and it was a tough call! Read More

Affordable SEO Web Design

By | Rossendale, Search Engines, SEO, Web Design | One Comment

There is no getting around it, every business needs a website. It helps prospective customers find you, like you, and contact you. And by using GrowTraffic for your web build, your business is more likely to be found on search engines.

Whether it is a one page business card website, or a complex eCommerce site, we can help get you online with our affordable SEO web design services.

Why Choose GrowTraffic For Your New Website?

Based in Rossendale, in the beautiful East Lancashire, we specialise in all things SEO and have a web design service that can really add value to your website build. We only work with exceptional designers whose work we can guarantee and, as we collaborate from the start of a project, we can ensure that all the websites we build are eye catching yet functional.

Our intention in everything we do is to make sure that your new website attracts traffic and then converts it. From simple, no-nonsense websites to large e-commerce sites, GrowTraffic has helped design and build them all. We make websites that make you money.

Beautiful Design

Perfectly designed websites get your message across to your current and future clients. Your new web build will match your business type, whether fun and creative, or professional and neat. When designing your website, we make sure it will stand the test of time, and not have elements that will look old fashioned in a couple of years.

We often use WordPress to build websites because they give you most control over your SEO and content, but we can build on any platform you like.

GrowTraffic will work with you to make your website everything you want it to be to perfectly represent your business.

User Friendly

User friendly web design gets your visitor to the right pages. Having a website with loads of traffic is great but it is pointless if they aren't converting into sales or enquiries. This can happen if the website is not designed with a user in mind. Most web designers only pay attention to the design and functionality of the website, but we make sure people can actually use it too!

We use our expert tactics to make sure your web visitors end up where you want them, whether that is the contact form or the check out page.

Well Written Content

Anyone can write content for a website, but how do you know the content is going to be read, understood, and acted upon? How can you be sure the keywords you put into the copy are words that are actually being searched for, rather than what you think are being searched for.

As content experts, we will write your website's copy around well research keywords, in a tone of voice that is suitable for your target audience. Getting people to read through a website is harder than you might think, and content that is overly formal, or sloppy, will put potential customers off.

Using GrowTraffic for your web build means you will be confident your content will get you noticed.

SEO Optimised

Getting a website to rank means making sure all the search-engine friendly boxes are ticked and the content on the website is plentiful, well written, and totally unique. Usually, new websites struggle to rank, but having them properly optimised and transferred at the beginning means your investment has a better chance of giving you a return more quickly.

But most web design agencies just put your website live without thinking how it is going to rank or properly managing the transfer. And why would they, it isnt their filed of expertise.

Here at GrowTraffic, we make sure your website will rank by optimising it before it goes live. Not only that, but we will sort out all the little fiddly bits that get your website ranking and manage the migration from the old to the new website.

We can work with your existing developer, or design your website from scratch.

Flexible Payment Packages

We understand that a website is a huge investment, especially if your business is a start up with little or no cash. it is a Catch 22; you need the website to make some money, but you need the money to make the website.

That is why we offer low prices for small websites that you can add to as you become more established. Our packages are fully tailorable to suit any budget and objective.

Plus, you can spread the cost of your web build across 3 or 6 months, making it the perfect solution for any business.

Seen enough? Get in touch!

Some Of Our Previous Web Builds

The British Sri Lankan Association (BRISLA) had a new website designed and created from scratch.

North West Digital wanted a sleek and contemporary new website.
Guy Wakeling Jewellery requested an eCommerce site that was easy to add new products to.
Sheffield Dry Cleaners wanted their existing website given a fresh new look without changing the content.

There’s absolutely no way of getting around this; in this modern age of technology, it’s essential that all businesses have a web presence of one form or another. We can’t stress that enough and most of you will be well aware of this already, but for those of you who are trying to fight against the tide, now is the time to concede defeat gracefully and jump on the bandwagon.

Whatever shape or size your business comes in and whoever your target audience is, having a successful website is crucial if you want your customer base to grow and your revenue to thrive. Building a website that works for your company and your customers is a huge undertaking though and can be a daunting task, especially as websites now need to be exceptional and regularly maintained in order to rank time and again.

Whilst almost anyone can design and build a website (there are loads of companies out there that will help you build a ‘bog standard’ website quickly and cheaply), very few people are dedicated SEO Consultants who can ensure that your website is search engine optimised from the very beginning.

And after all, what is the point of having a website if no one can find it?

Almost anyone can build a website these days, and there are some really good web design agencies out there who can build beautiful, high functioning websites. We should know, we work with a lot of them in Rossendale and Rotherham.

But not many web design agencies optimise your website before it goes live. And optimising a site once it has gone live is much more difficult (and therefore expensive).

By using GrowTraffic’s web design services for, or even during, your web build, we can make sure your key words are targeted to give you the best rate of return, that your copy is well written for your target audience, and that your site is Google friendly and will be ranked favourably.

A new website does not rank, and getting it to rank requires skill. It is a real shame that so many websites are launched with poor optimisation and never really bring in the customers to repay the cost of having the site built. By using GrowTraffic in the first instance, your future customers are much more likely to find your new website.

GrowTraffic can work with your existing web designer to make sure the website is search engine friendly, or can build the site ourselves.

Get in touch to find out more.

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SEO Lancashire

By | Rossendale, SEO

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If you’re a Lancashire based business it stands to reason you’d want to use a local supplier for your search engine optimisation (SEO) services.

I’m Simon Dalley and I’m been ideally placed to SEO Lancashire business. I’ve been involved in search engine optimisation for the past 8 years and we understand how important it is that I’m only a car journey away. This helps me get a better understanding of clients’ requirements and allows clients to have maximum input in how we optimise and what we optimise for.

For the most part I’ve worked and lived in Lancashire all my life. I was born in Preston, grew up in Euxton near Chorley, have worked on the Fylde Coast near Blackpool, Leyland and in the beautiful Ribble Valley.

Whilst these days, as a Lancashire SEO consultant I generally work from Greater Manchester (be fair, it’s still part of historic County Palatine of Lancashire). GrowTraffic moved to Bacup in East Lancashire in 2013 and is headed up by myself and Rachel – who writes awesome SEO orientated copy – and from where we provide digital marketing services to Rossendale, as well as businesses from further afield. And by that I mean the whole of the UK, not just Burnley!

I believe that digital marketing services are often best carried out by someone with local understanding who can jump in a car and meet up with a client face to face. If you’re looking for SEO Lancashire, Internet Marketing Lancashire and our other Lancashire-centric online services please contact us now or for more information check out search engine optimisation.

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About Us

By | Content Marketing, Inbound Marketing, Rossendale, SEO, Social Media Marketing, Web Design

Originally based in Chorley near Preston, we moved our digital marketing agency to Bacup in Rossendale in 2013. Whilst basing ourselves in Rossendale, we provide digital marketing services, specialising in SEO, content marketing, social media marketing and web design throughout Lancashire, Yorkshire, & UK as a whole.

GrowTraffic was founded by digital marketing specialist and SEO expert Simon Dalley in 2009, with content queen and grammar-expert Rachel Weinhold, coming on board more recently. Since then we have added more members to the team, with Hannah  joining in summer of 2017, and Elicia soon afterwards in the Sheffield office.

Although we’re an internet marketing agency and consultancy in one of the most beautiful parts of East Lancashire, we don’t work exclusively with businesses from Lancashire, and have clients from around the country.

GrowTraffic provides in-depth analysis of your web presence to clearly show how your site is performing, coming up with detailed plans to dominate the search engines through joined up copywriting-focussed, content marketing orientated SEO campaigns.

At GrowTraffic we don’t make promises we can’t deliver. We come up with a strategy, collaborating with business owners and based on our experience. We recognise you probably won’t be clients forever, but we would like to think that by working closely with businesses in an open and honest manner, we can create long-term relationships which benefit your business time and again.

We are always happy to have a chat, and will offer honest advice without agenda. And,unlike some companies,we don’t charge every time you pick up the phone to us-client or not!

We want make the SEO world a better place. We don’t charge astronomical prices, or have unreasonable contract terms, and we wont ever sell you something you don’t need.

Why don’t you give us a call and find out how we can help your business today?

Find out more about the digital marketing services we offer from our Bacup base, in the heart of the Forest of Rossendale.

Meet the Team

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Rachel Weinhold - GrowTraffic MD

Rachel Weinhold

Managing Director

Rachel is our head honcho and is the one you will hear from most.

Simon Dalley Founder & Director of GrowTraffic

Simon Dalley

Founder & Director

An SEO and marketing expert with a wealth of experience.

Hannah Weinhold-Commercial Director of GrowTraffic

Hannah Weinhold

Commercial Director

Hannah keeps our processes tight and our prices fair by making the rest of the team do as she says!

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