Wednesday, 12 October 2016

TRICK OR TREAT. Great things to do in and around Exeter this Halloween.

Here at VisionICT we have to admit Halloween is one of our favourite times of the year. We're fortunate enough to be based in a great city that has so much offer all you Ghouls and Ghosts out there. Here are just a few of the frighteningly good events going on in and around Exeter this year.

Witches and Wizards Tour
Exeter Underground Tunnels

22nd Oct - 30th Oct
9.30am - 17.30pm

Little Monsters and big are invited to explore under the city's streets on special guided tours and discover ingredients for magic spells. Using the ingredients found, the young adventurers are challenged to concoct their own magic spell and enter it into a competition with the opportunity to win one of many fantastic prizes!

Gory Stories

28th Oct - 29th Oct
18.30pm - 22.00pm

Also at Exeter's Underground Tunnels brave adults and children aged 14 years and over will have the opportunity to experience an evening 'Gory Stories' tours. These chilling tours explore the darker side of Exeter's history, and take place with the lights off! Not for the faint hearted!

It is advisable to book in advance: 01392 665887

Snakes and Lanterns

Powderham Castle
23rd Oct - 31st Oct
11.00am - 16.30pm

If you're feeling brave you and your little ones can follow the Pumpkin Trail to win your own pumpkin to carve in the Potting Shed. The braver ones can have a close encounter with Dartmoor Reptiles!

Halloween Party

Thelma Hulbert Gallery
29th Oct
17.00pm - 21.00pm

Get dressed up for a Halloween Party and enjoy an evening of great activities including :
•Creating your own silhouette shadow puppet with artist Willem Montagne
•Handling live creepy creatures (lizards and snakes)
•Making a bat box for your garden
•Scary face painting
There will be delicious wood-fired pizzas, crêpes, DJ and a bar all on site too.

All of us at VisionICT hope you have a terrifyingly terrific time!! BOO!

Friday, 19 August 2016

Here comes the sun! Top 5 things to do in Devon this summer

Devon is wonderful all year round, but there is no denying that the county has a little extra sparkle during the summer. Sometimes the Vision Responsive team pinch ourselves as a reminder that we live in such a beautiful place.

Whether you are a local or just visiting for a summer break, take a look at our top tips for enjoying the best of Devon this summer.

1. Gone surfin’

North Devon has some of the best surfing beaches in the South West. Now considered a rival to Cornwall’s surfing scene at Fistral Beach, North Devon boasts quieter beaches with world-class experiences. Beginners should head to Saunton Sands for calm and cruising waves with a slower break. With its growing reputation, Croyde is sure to impress the more advanced surfer. The best waves occur at low tide, but be aware of the shallow waters.

2. These boots are made for walking

If you would rather keep your feet firmly on the ground, Dartmoor Walking Festival is new for 2016 and will run from 27 August - 4 September. The Dartmoor National Park are organising Ranger-led walks, archaeological visits and fundraising events such as the British Heart Foundation’s 25th annual moor walk. Whether you want easy strolls or a challenging hike, you are sure to be dazzled by Dartmoor’s stunning scenery. A full programme of events is available at

3. Out of this world

For fun no matter what the weather, head to the award-winning Milky Way Adventure Park near Higher Clovelly. It is great for the whole family with attractions such as the Droid Destroyer dodgems, the Time Warp play area, assault courses, the Cosmic Typhoon rollercoaster, bouncing pillows, huge slides, as well as the Little Stars Play Centre for younger thrill seekers. There is even a railway line and a Bird of Prey Centre.

4. Food glorious food

Devon is admired for its fantastic local food, award-winning restaurants and links to renowned chefs. With the Queen St Dining quarter set to open in Exeter’s Guildhall this summer, there is even more to look forward to. Sample some of the region’s best produce at one of the many Devon markets or food festivals. Our favourites include the Totnes Good Food Market held on the third Sunday of each month, Exeter Street Food markets held at four locations across the summer, and Crediton Farmers Market on the first and third Saturday of each month.

5. Go wild!

Get outdoors into Devon’s world of wildlife. The Devon Wildlife Trust website is brimming with information, helping you to discover magical places on your doorstep. Visit the site for a full summer programme of organised events or be inspired by their walking guides, species lists, secret places, and suggestions of “what to see this season”. The Devon Wildlife Trust is the only charity that exists to protect all wildlife in Devon and to safeguard Devon’s unique natural environment.

Friday, 1 July 2016

Vision Values

You may have noticed Vision ICT has been invaded by animals! Don’t worry, there hasn’t been a breakout at Paignton Zoo. This marvellous menagerie is helping us to shout loud and proud about our business, our team and the wonderful ways we work with councils.

Each animal represents one of the four Vision Values that our business is built on: collaboration, longevity and support, honest pricing and social responsibility. Allow us to explain...


Swans naturally establish strong partnerships between one another and often form life-long relationships.

Our close-knit flock is based in the heart of Exeter, moments from our feathered friends on the Quay. Our in-house team includes a specialist web developer, graphic designer, copywriter and project manager who combine their skills to provide you with an outstanding service.

Longevity and Support

The oldest known elephant lived for 86 years. An elephant can hear another’s call up to five miles away.

Our herd has over 16 years experience. We are a robust team with exceptional talents, offering bespoke websites, a suite of online services and dedicated ongoing support.

Honest Pricing

Dogs instinctively want to bond with others and show loyalty to those who could be part of their pack.

Our pack is loyal, trustworthy and reliable. We want you to join us and for our partnership to flourish. We will always be at your side to offer expert advice. When it comes to pricing, we avoid confusing jargon and work with honesty and transparency.

Social Responsibility

Bees are incredibly industrious creatures. They pollinate a third of our food and have a vital role in sustaining the planet’s ecosystem.

Our hive is fuelled by a genuine passion for local communities. Ethics are at the heart of what we do, helping to pollinate good things in our area. We support charities and local initiatives and have been known to jump out of planes in the name of fundraising.
For more information visit our website at

Twitter Competition! Search #visionwebsites to see what our creatures have been getting up to. Post a photo of our furry friends to be in with the chance of winning a bottle of fizz!

Monday, 27 June 2016

Let’s get quizzical!

Weeeee are the champions, my friends! Well excuse us for boasting, but the Vision team were thrilled to win the Taurus Charity Quiz at the Barnfield Theatre in Exeter. The fun quiz, held on 7 June, raised much needed funds for the theatre’s Clifford Room, a hub for local groups, charities and creative societies.

We had a fantastic evening and were in great company with many of Exeter’s local businesses taking part. We tried our luck in the raffle and dined on tasty food from Feast Without Fuss. Our brainy bunch beat 9 other teams and went home with the top prize of 5 tickets to see a production at the Barnfield Theatre.

Charity quiz events are an excellent opportunity to support a worthy cause whilst publicising the work of your council and forming great relationships with your local community. Whether you choose to host an event or participate as a team, events such as these provide the chance to network with your parish, link up with local businesses and promote your services. At the same time, you are raising awareness about charities and showing your clients that you care about your community.

Putting a quiz team together also fosters better working relationships between colleagues, encouraging good communication and collaborative working, something we at Vision think is very important.

If you are unable to attend or organise a quiz, consider donating a prize to an event in your local area. Not only will you be helping charities, you will also be letting your customers know that their council has a strong commitment to social responsibility.

There are some great resources online. To get started, take a look at this helpful article from the Unicef blog:

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Eek We Did a Skydive!

We Jumped out of a plane!

We have recently just jumped 15'000ft out of an aircraft for a fantastic cause!

Company Director 'Daniel Hillier' and team member 'Lucy Naylor' where crazy enough to jump out of an aircraft to raise money for the charity
'Pete's Dragon's'

Pete's Dragons do a fantastic job at providing support for families that have been affected by suicide. They provide financial assistance and support for families during a very difficult time.

Dunkerswell Airfield!

We would like to thank everyone that has supported us donated to the fantastic charity. Daniel Hiller, director of the company said of the jump.

"It was a very exciting thing to do, although I whole heartedly believe in supporting a good cause, however I am not sure if I would do it again!.

The skydive was held at Dunkerswell airfield in Devon and was originally part of a world record attempt for the most skydives to be held in one day. Due to weather the original date of the skydive was postponed, so this was the new date.

Lucy getting ready for her skydive

Lucy said, "it was a fund day out and the weather was fantastic, many thanks to Pete's Dragon's for organising the day"

We would like to thank everyone that has donated to the cause and would like to thank you for your support and on-going custom.  

From the Team at Vision ICT



Tuesday, 7 July 2015

How to stay out of trouble when using images online

Yes,you can get sued for using copyrighted images on your site.
On websites, a picture really is worth a thousand words. You don’t want your site to look like the yellow pages, just a list of information with a few paragraphs and headings, so you need a few pictures to lighten things up a bit. While some of you are lucky enough to have a ready-made stash of local photos lying around, many people don’t; and their first choice is usually to look on the internet for images. Given that the internet seems to contain 150% of everything that ever existed, it’s a safe bet that you’ll find what you need- but you can’t just save the image and use it on your site.

It is illegal to use any copyrighted images without a licence or the owner’s permission. This rule is enforced- not every time, but more often than you’d think. Sometimes the action is brought by large agencies or companies who have brought the rights to the images; other times a photographer may see their image online and ask for it to be taken down, or may sue for compensation; or they may do both. In a majority of cases, the amount of compensation awarded runs into the thousands of pounds- a lot of money for what could have been a £10 stock photo.
In these occasions, the website owners often claim that

1-      They didn't know the picture was copyrighted
2-      They haven’t made any money from the picture, or
3-      They thought they were covered because they wrote a disclaimer on the site, or mentioned the author’s name beneath the photo.

None of these make any difference. If you’re not sure if an image is copyrighted, it’s safest to assume that it is. You don’t need to be using the image or your site for financial purposes, and no disclaimer or copyright notice has any legal effect.
So what can you do? There are a few options.

1-      Don’t use photos. Leave your site a selection of text pages, charmingly reminiscent of a set of low-tech information posters. Maybe not the best option.

2-      Use only copyright-free images. You can find this on Google by searching entering your search term into Google images, selecting Search Tools, then Usage rights, and selecting ‘Labelled for reuse / with modification’. If you won’t be making any money from them, you can search ‘Labelled for non-commercial reuse’- that will include all the other categories too. See the picture below for more information.

1-      Get snapping! If you've got access to a decent camera (and a sunny day!), why not spend the day taking photos around the town? You can get the exact shots you want, without having to worry about copyright. If you don’t have the time- a common obstacle- see if you can enlist the help of a local photographer, amateur enthusiast, or helpful volunteer.

2-      If you want your website to look the best that it can, you’ll need professional, high quality images. Have a look for skilled photographers in your local community and see how much they charge. If it helps to portray your local area in a positive light, you may make some of the money back in tourism!
So go for it- get searching, snapping or shopping, and liven up your site with a bit of flair that won’t bring you a court warrant.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

The Importance of Link Building for SEO

Having a fantastic website is one thing but to help build your SEO and please the big search engines, you need to be seen to be popular and to do this, you need to rank well. Links are a powerful signal that shows search engines how popular your site is and they use links as a key indicator in determining rankings. With a high-quality number of links pointing to your website you can significantly improve your position in the top search engines and be found easily by potential clients. 

What is Link Building?

Link building is the process of acquiring links from other websites to your own. Links are the most common way for users to navigate between pages on the internet and search engines use links to crawl the web and this is how they help to determine your website’s ranking and positioning in their results.

Link building is a process that many SEO professionals find the most complex and difficult and mastering the art of building high quality links is a real skill.

Why is Link Building important for SEO?

Once search engines have crawled a website they are able to extract content for that website and add it to their indexes for ranking. From the index they are able to decide whether a page is of high enough quality to be ranked for relevant keywords and the determiners for ranking are not just the content, though it is of high importance that the content you’re putting out is of high, engaging quality, they also look at the number of links pointing to a page from other sources and the quality of those sources linking to your page. The general rule of thumb with Google and the other search engines is that links from higher quality websites give you a better chance of ranking well in search results.

Strategies for Link Building

There are many strategies for link building which may have varying degrees of success dependent upon, as mentioned, the quality of the websites who link to you. Here are five different strategies you could consider.

Customer Links

If you have partners or businesses you work with on a regular basis or even loyal clients and customers who would be willing to champion your brand than capitalise on this. You could put together partnership badges which link back to your site, or brand ambassador badges for loyal clients. It is very similar to giving away a branded t-shirt or mug, you are getting links back to your site from people who really do want to promote your brand.

Company Blog

Your company blog is a powerful tool for link building and it is actually recommended by Google’s engineers. Blogs allow you to constantly put out fresh and engaging material and if you’re on the pulse then you’re going to be more engaging and you are naturally going to get more people linking to your website and content, as a means of sharing it or commenting upon it or simply highlighting it as a valuable source of information. A blog may also earn you a position on other websites blogrolls and directories, creating more links.

Inspire Viral Sharing for Natural Linking

This kind of content is very clever and takes some skill to put together. Known in the SEO world as linkbait, content which manages to bridge the gap between usefulness and humour or usefulness and truly informational can break the viral barrier. Users see this kind of content and want to share and technically minded users will do the same but through posting links on their own sites rather than simply directing people to your site. High quality, editorially earned links are highly lauded and Google and the other search engines respect them greatly as they help to build trust, authority and rankings potential in your website.

Keep it relevant

The more relevant, newsworthy and up to date content you can offer, the better. Earning the attention of the press, other bloggers and news media can spell real success and earn some high value links with ease. It could be as simple as offering a freebie, an exciting new product or speaking out controversially. The latter of these should be done with care as there can be repercussions and it should only be done in line with your core brand values.

Website visibility is key to ensuring you get the hits you need and then are able to convert these clicks and hits into customers.

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