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Ewan & Ryan

Aqueous grows again with the addition of two new superstars

Due to a number of significant customer wins at the start of 2017 Aqueous have grown again!

We stepped into the January transfer window looking for exciting talent and are very fortunate to have found two future superstars.

Ryan Jackson

First to join was Ryan Jackson, who is a specialist in social media and PPC campaigns. Ryan has already demonstrated his abilities by not only passing his Google Adwords exam in his first week but also impressing us with the speed at which he has taken on the social media side of things.

Next to join us was our new Business Development Manager, Ewan Drake.

Ewan Drake

Ewan joins us with a background in media sales, particularly digital media over the past five years. Never one to be left out Ewan too sat and passed his Google Adwords exam in his first week and is now itching to get out on the road seeing customers.

We are excited to welcome these two to the Aqueous team and please feel free to wish them a warm welcome in the comments below.


The Aqueous team go mad in Go Carts

Rather than sit and stuff our faces full of Turkey dinner this year the team voted to do a spot of go carting instead.

We visited Team Sport in Warrington and the team tried sneaking in with no one noticing. Fat chance 🙂

Aqueous Go Karting at Team Sport Warrington

Once inside we all suited up and went fo our safety briefing. Given the way that some of them drive this was probably the most important ten minutes of the day!

After that is was off trackside and being allocated to our cars and after a fuss getting the helmets on it was on with the racing. There are no action shots sadly as all of us were on the track at the same time but we did manage to get just one team line up and here is the motley crew;

Aqueous Go Karting at Team Sport Warrington

The winner overall was Jamie who was somehow a good two seconds faster than all of us, consistently. Surprise package of the day was Jonathan who, despite not having a full driving licence yet, managed a very creditable third fastest overall.

We had four 15 minute sessions and at the end of it everyone was exhausted and aching. But everyone agreed that it was great fun and something they’d like to do again in the future.

So watch out Jamie, we suspect that some of the others might get a bit of practice in before then and give you a good run for your money!


Birthday cake

Aqueous Digital shortlisted for two categories at the Halton Business Awards

The team at Aqueous are buzzing with the news that they have been shortlisted for the second year running at the upcoming Halton Business Awards.

The awards, due to be held this Friday 22nd April 2016 at The Holiday Inn, Runcorn, mark that time of year where Halton based businesses are recognised for their efforts.

This year Aqueous are shortlisted in two categories; Marketing Excellence and Excellent Customer Service.

Naturally the team are all excited and looking forward to finding out if we have won anything, as it is always nice to get public recognition of a job well done.

We will keep you posted with tweets on the night and celebrating the success of business from all over Halton. Whoever wins, we will all be able to celebrate that businesses in Halton can grow, thrive and survive and become world class businesses.

You can find out more about all the finalists on the Halton Chamber website and if you want to wish us luck please like and share this on social!

Birthday cake

Whoops….we missed our birthday!

I suppose it was inevitable. We were busy, we’d just acquired a couple of new clients and had been working hard to make sure that we covered off the set up correctly and we decided to rearrange to office as well. With all that was going on we completely missed the fact that we turned four.

When Aqueous first started we had big ambitions and plans to match but we soon discovered that even the bast laid plans need to change. And given that the industry we were working in was in a period of turmoil then we spent all day every day helping customers keep their bushinesses buoyant in a difficult digital environment.

Within weeks of us starting up Google started its changes, expanding on Google Suggest to launch Google Instant which started displaying search results as a query was being typed. SEO’s the world over nearly spontaneously combusted, only to realise that the impact was ultimately fairly small. What none of us knew at that time was the scale of changes about to hit the industry.

Over the past four years I’ve written tens of thousands of words about all that happened but with Panda dominating 2011 and Penguin dominating 2012 all our plans to expand got shelved in favour of helping existing customers stay afloat. And it worked; without exception they are all still here today.

The good news is that having seen these customers thought the ‘thin’ times they are sticking with us in the ‘thick’ times. Google updates are fewer and farther apart these days (although a new Panda update is due any day now) and the things that are important to getting a website to rank have refocused on what they once were; great content and good promotion. And we are growing again with more customers joining in the last two months.

So whilst we missed our birthday we’re not bothered that much. The warm feeling that we get from helping someone succeed online beats the warm feeling from cake every time.

Halton Business Awards

Aqueous Digital shortlisted for top Business Award

The entire team at Aqueous are delighted and thrilled to have been shortlisted for an award at the Halton Business Awards 2015.

Following a gruelling selection process the panel at the Halton Business Awards narrowed down all the entries to a shortlist of just four firms in each category. Aqueous are honoured to have been shortlisted in the Marketing Excellence category sponsored by SSE.

We know it’s going to be tough as we are up against some formidable businesses including Riverside College, Media and Digital and Freight First so we are happy to have been included on this shortlist.

The nomination comes at the end of a year where we doubled turnover for the second year running and moved twice to bigger and bigger offices, in the process doubling the numbers of staff in the business. The nomination centres on our Marketing plan which we have executed over the past nine months and unusually for a digital business includes using print to communicate with our potential clients.

Naturally we are very excited to find we are on the shortlist and are looking forward to the Gala Dinner on Friday 24th April at the Holiday Inn Runcorn where the winners will be announced.

We wish everyone the very best of success; you all deserve it.

Aqueous Christmas

It’s Christmas!

It’s time to let the hair down after another busy year at the coal face. Here’s the team enjoying a well earned night out.

We wish all our clients and friends of the business a fabulous Christmas and New Year and we look forward to working with you all in 2015.

Aqueous Digital

Could you be one of the Aqueous team???

Are you enthusiastic, resourceful and keen to learn? We’re hiring!

We are looking for a SEO Specialist/developer to help us deliver SEO strategy for our clients. The right candidate will look to increase search engine visibility and drive organic search traffic and revenue for the brands we work with.

You will be responsible for keyword analytics, content development, technical audits, link building, internal linking and competitor analysis, in order to deliver the highest ROI from search engines.

Required Skills
• 2 years’ experience in Search Engine Marketing/Search Engine Optimisation
• Proficient in Excel, Powerpoint and Word
• Ability to string a sentence or two together to form a coherent blog, post or article
• Web Analysis: Google Analytics and Webmaster tools
• Experience working with CMS platforms and creating/administrating content
• Knowledge of HTML/CSS
• Excellent communication skills
• Passionate, creative and able to work under pressure

If you think you fit the bill then why not get in touch?

The successful candidate will be joining one of the fastest growing Digital Agencies in Cheshire and working from our salubrious surroundings on The Heath Business & Technical Park in Runcorn. The hours are generally 9-5 and it’s all indoor work with no heavy lifting.

There’s an on-site canteen and gym although if you’d prefer to stay in the office eating your own sandwiches and drinking the unlimited free tea and coffee then that’s fine.

The successful candidate can expect*;
• Competitive Salary
• 28 days holiday a year
• Cycle to work scheme
• Childcare vouchers
• Subsidised gym membership
• Healthcare cash plans

To apply send us an email along with your CV and a covering letter outlining exactly why you are worthy of an interview. Oh and as an extra test you also need to work out how to email us; it’s a small test but an important one.

*some benefits are available to staff after a qualifying period of employment.

Adam Mackay

It’s farewell to Adam as he moves on

It’s a long way from February 2011 when a young, fresh faced Adam joined Aqueous having spent the previous six months looking for a job.

When he joined he had no Agency experience, no SEO experience and no PPC experience. He’d never built a website, optimised a web page or written a great blog post. In fact the only reason he applied was because he wanted an office job but no one would give him a chance!

Two and a half years on today is a bittersweet day, as Adam leaves us to go and work for a major North West company as an in house SEO consultant.

Far from being sad about his leaving we are celebrating his success, as Adam has come a long long way from the early days and we see his departure as a positive step along his career path. During his time with the Agency he has learned to design and build websites, code, optimise websites, do excellent data analysis and he also is a fully qualified PPC professional. His personal development is testament to the culture in our business where everyone is afforded the chance to develop and grow into the person they have the potential to be.

Naturally we don’t want to see him go but equally this is such a great opportunity that we wouldn’t stand in his way.
Adam, we’re sad to see you go but we all wish you all the very best in the future.

Aqueous staff on holiday

The hills are alive with the sound of…..staff on holiday!

Well it is that time of year and with current UK legislation ensuring that all staff need to take time off, here’s Lilyan enjoying the French Alps.

Of course we are all missing him desperately but not as much as we’re sure he will be missing his Mac. The poor machine is sitting unloved in the office with no one creating, editing or generally caring for it.

So we are all working extra hard to cover his absence and delivering the customer websites he’s been working on. The good news is that the stunning designs he’s been creating are all looking great on the test bed and we will be launching these in the coming days. So hurry back Lilyan, we’re missing you and we’d love to show you the finished sites!

Then again, Runcorn versus The Alps….. He may be some time……

Aqueous new offices July 2014

We’re all safely moved in….almost!

It was an early start this morning as we were threatened with a phone engineer visit anytime from 8am but of course that didn’t materialise. He did however arrive pretty shortly after and so began the process of packing up and moving home.

We decided that we would leave at least one member of staff (Adam got the short straw here) in the old office with a full set up so if anyone did need anything urgently we could provide the service. The good news is that there were no last minute panics so he just had to sit there like ‘Billy no mates’ whilst we all packed up the PC’s and put everything into packing crates.

Aqueous old office photo july 2014

With the help of the wonderful team at The Heath we were soon rolling down two corridors to our new home in D block where we have a lot more space and room to expand.

As I write this we still have no phones but we do have email and internet and as most of our business is done that way then we are struggling through using mobile phones.

Aqueous New office settling in August 2014

So please bear with us as we unpack all our gubbins and Jamie refills his drawers with his stock of food! Normal service will be resumed shortly….