Design Posts

Gavin Hirst - Monday 11th October 2021

Is my digital marketing agency any good?

Picking a digital marketing agency is not a straightforward decision. There are so many factors to consider, not least of which is the amount of choice in the market.

And for digital marketing agencies themselves, like Digital Hothouse, our challenge is to ensure that we are delivering the best possible results for our clients, helping us to grow not only our clients’ businesses but also our own business and brand reputation.

But what do good results look like?

There are many ways to measure what good results look like when it comes to the work of your digital marketing agency and so it’s important to set clearly defined goals at the start of the relationship.

For example, if your business is recording the best quarter sales ever from digital, but your agency is hard to get hold of, is that a good result?

Or on the flip side, if your agency is delivering lots…


Paul Thornton - Friday 30th October 2020

The Real Impact Of UX On CRO: The “What” & “Why”

Whenever we discuss website performance, we tend to see a lot of parallels between conversion rate optimisation and user experience. It does seem like CRO and UX are interchangeable as they both seek to help users do things easily and use many of the same tools to achieve that goal. However, they are not one and the same as they also have many differences.

Despite these differences, CRO and UX complement each other very well. Before we find out how these two methodologies work together, let’s learn what UX and CRO are and what they are not.

The Basics Of UX and CRO

To understand how CRO and UX operate together, we need to define each term first. I’ll quickly do that below, so at least we can agree that we’re talking about the same things.


Conversion Rate Optimisation is the process of designing a site that increases the…


Paul Thornton - Friday 14th December 2018

AMP, PWAs and PWAMP – what do they mean for your SEO Strategy?

The web is changing, and we need to keep up. Acronyms are on the attack! But don’t worry, we’re here to help.

Google has stated that speed is of the essence – in 2016, Gary Illyes of Google stated: “Speed is the biggest factor driving engagement on the mobile web”. There are, what feels like, an infinite number of studies linking page speed with engagement and conversion metrics, many here on the Hubspot blog, so I won’t go into that now, but take it from me and the many industry professionals talking about it – it’s a big deal!

Google feels that it’s a big deal too. Starting earlier last month (July 2018), Google released the speed update which brings Page Speed as a ranking factor in mobile search. Currently, it only impacts a small number of queries and only affects the slowest pages, so unless your website…