We are a team of thinkers, digital experts and trusted designers

Browndog is a fully-integrated agency with insight, brand strategy, design, creative and photography, digital, PR and social media under one roof. We deal in effective, multi-channel communications between you and your customers, all the while with a smile on our faces.

We help businesses just like yours understand their customers better, develop compelling ways of communicating with them, and build effective communications with a focus on measurable results.

We love design. But even the most glorious words and magnificent pictures need a foundation. We make your brand talk through a seamless combination of strategy, marketing and design, both online and offline.

We know that in the end, it’s about results. Browndog have been creating great work, reaching new audiences and raising value for our clients for over 20 years. And before you ask, yes, we were literally named after a brown dog…

So, give us a call and see how we can work together.

Our Team

Alexis Bradbury

Director

Alexis has over 20 years PR and marketing experience across a broad range of blue chip and SME clients, so is the pro when it comes to understanding and communicating with customers. Managing our client relationships and overseeing our web development team, are also part of his everyday role.

Alexis works closely with our clients to put a clear and effective strategy in place to help them reach their goals and runs workshops to help businesses get the best results from their marketing.

Andrew Myford

Creative Director

Having founded Browndog in 1999, Andrew has 30 years experience in design and branding. He has worked extensively with local and national organisations and continues to come up with new, beautiful and creative ideas. He claims he draws rectangles for a living, but really Andrew is responsible for managing our design studio and ensuring that our best practice and quality assurance standards are met on everything that leaves our studio.

His eye for detail is second to none and he works alongside clients to ensure they are nothing less than delighted with the work created.

Andrew Parker

Senior Graphic Designer

Joining us nearly 17 years ago, Andrew works on a broad range of projects for our largest clients and is adept at both on and offline design. He is the first port of call for designing brilliant brand identities, beautiful packaging and accurate artworking.

Never short of creativity, Andrew can produce superb brochure layouts, large scale graphics, exhibition stands, Point of Sale items and online assets for any business.

Chris Haigh

Senior Web Developer

With 14 years of web development behind him, Chris is our go-to for building your perfect website. His websites deliver robust solutions for large numbers of sales transactions as well as high visitor numbers for any business or purpose (plus they look wonderful).

Working on platforms such as WooCommerce and WordPress, Chris has a wealth of knowledge to ensure your website works for your business. He also manages our dedicated server systems in conjunction with our server partners WP Engine making sure any issues you may have, are solved quickly.

Kirsty Humphries

Graphic Designer

After joining us from university 7 years ago, Kirsty provides imaginative on and offline graphic design services across our client portfolio.

She produces a range of different work; from large scale wall graphics to digital assets to detailed print, she will find the solution to any clients vision. Kirsty also runs our Instagram account, showcasing our best work so our clients can always see what we’ve been up to!

Joshua Barr

Digital Marketing Manager

Josh is our very own Google expert and has over 10 years experience in website optimization, managing our clients’ Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and paid search campaigns. As a Google Certified Specialist, he provides the insight to take clients’ objectives and apply them to the scary world of Google, working with the web developers to deliver a total online solution.

Josh is your guy when it comes to online ads and tracking traffic, making sure you can see how successful your online presence is.

Eleanor Firth

Digital Client Services Manager

Trained at Browndog as a Digital Marketing Apprentice, Eleanor really knows her stuff. Working alongside the web development team, she helps clients achieve their dream website, as well as executing marketing strategies that establish an online presence.

Day to day, Eleanor works to keep website content current and relevant, manages a range of our clients’ social media and helps with account management, keeping the studio running smoothly.

Sam Childerson

Web Designer

Sam makes building and designing websites look effortless, as he understands the perfect way to make your business look its best.

With 6 years experience, he is responsible for front-end design as well as site maps and content placement, providing the whole package for a range of our clients. Form and function are equally as important for any website, something that makes Sam’s websites not only engaging, but effective.

Heather Swinfen

Graphic Designer & Animator

Having spent her placement year with us 5 years ago, she has experienced all areas of the design process, from new concept ideas to artworking for both print and digital. She is also our in house animator, bringing to life client promotional videos, logo idents and lifestyle videography. Full of enthusiasm and always on the lookout for inspiration, Heather is passionate not only about beautiful work, but working with clients to ensure their happiness.

Chris Layton

E-commerce Operations

Chris specialises in the operational side of drop shipping business models, with years of hands on experience overseeing our own e-commerce business. He’s the go to guy for all things related to third party e-fulfilment and supplier integrations.

Delivering drop shipping e-commerce projects can be a difficult task, especially when it comes to the smooth transition of data between parties - Chris’s insight is invaluable in implementing logical, customer centric processes to ensure those difficulties are alleviated.

So, if you’ve got a drop shipping project – Chris is the man to have a coffee and chat with first!

James White

Web Developer

James is our Junior Web Developer. After learning code in his free time, he joined a Kickstart scheme to expand his knowledge of website building and digital marketing. James is also passionate about anything digital including graphic design, video editing, E-books and social media.

Sam Bowers

Graphic Designer & Animator

Having spent his work experience week at Browndog during college, Sam has recently joined our team for his university placement year.

At university Sam is studying graphic design and animation. He is an enthusiastic designer, excited to take part in all aspects of design to expand his skill set. Sam especially looks forward to developing his skills in web design, and experience working closely with clients in a real design environment.

Laura Dean

Head of Marketing

Laura recently joined the team after eight years of being a Browndog client. She brings with her over ten years of experience as an in-house marketer and will be leading on the marketing of the design and digital services that we offer.

Laura has joined us to offer fresh insight, with the ability to give a client perspective and share best practice and expertise with the team. Working closely with our designers, copywriters and developers she’ll be shining a spotlight on the work that we do here at Browndog.

Alex Haswell

Content & Search Manager

Alex is one of the latest additions to our team, having joined BD Digital in September 2022. He helps our clients’ websites, social, print and brand come to life with engaging written copy.

With a background in eCommerce and bid writing, Alex always works with conversion and optimisation in mind; he doesn’t just write pretty words. Day-to-day, Alex is focusing on analysing and improving our clients’ existing content portfolios, in addition to implementing fresh content plans to enhance their visibility, engagement and sales.'

Luke Bradbury

Customer Service Executive>

Luke has over 6 years experience in customer service, including a five year stint at entertainment giant Sky, and now provides that same professional approach to our own e-commerce customers.

He is well versed in answering our customers’ enquiries, and helping them to select the correct product for their needs, whether that is on our live chat, email, or over the phone. Luke also liaises with our supply partners to ensure that customer orders are being processed efficiently and arrive on schedule.

Megan Bradbury

Content Writer

Megan strives to create high-quality content for our clients’ websites, and our own e-commerce website. She recently graduated from university with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing and is eager to use her knowledge to provide clients with content that is user-friendly and effective at increasing website traffic.

Megan is well versed in numerous writing styles, genres and disciplines, and is ready to create content that delivers your aims and portrays your company’s tone and personality.

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It’s important to consider where your website is hosted and if other websites are hosted on the same server. When you use our hosting service, your website is hosted on a dedicated server with 24/7 support, should anything go wrong. We know that understanding server security and website hosting can be complex, so our experts are here to talk you through it all and find the best plan that works for you.

To read a recent review of the WP Engine platform by Digital.com please click here.

We’re pleased to say that the majority of our clients choose to host their websites with us.

 

How much does a good website cost to build?

  • A brochure site (a place to share information about your products or services) will cost between £6,000-£12,000 depending on the volume of pages, functional elements and any bespoke design requests you may have.
  • An ecommerce website (a place where you can sell your products or services and visitors can complete their transaction online) will cost from £10,000.
  • If you’re looking for completely bespoke design or just a website refresh, we’ll be happy to chat with you and provide a quote for your requirements.

We’ve developed over 200 websites. You can look at our catalogue of work here and chat with our clients if you’d like to get a feel for what it’s like to work with our team before we become partners in your project.

When you work with us, you’ll get that perfect combination of great design and technical development from our whole team, not just one person.

How long does it take to build a website?

Before we start any work, we’ll share a project plan which will include deadlines for providing content, and we’ll keep you updated if the expected times change.

Writing keyword-rich copy will keep visitors on your website and encourage them to work with you. If writing isn’t for you or you just don’t have time, we can produce a content plan on your behalf.

Why you need a website

Most customers will expect you to have a website and may question your legitimacy as a business if they can’t find you online. When a potential customer does find you, what should their first impression be? You want them to be confident when buying from you and to have a good feeling about your brand.

If growing your business is a goal, then having a website is a great place to gain leads. Using the right mix of keywords and a thorough digital marketing plan, you can become good friends with Google! Google will play a significant role in helping your customers find you online and giving you a positive return on investment for the cost of your website and online strategy.

Even the most basic of websites should serve as an informative tool to answer frequently asked customer questions and offer your first port of call for customer service. Your opening times, address and latest news or offers should be easy to find. Ultimately, the better your website is, the easier it will be to find, and a great website will help you to reach more customers.

Being online helps you to reach a much bigger pool of customers than a bricks and mortar store. Your website can be the key to extended success, with no limits on the scope of your customer geography other than your product/service capabilities.

Working with an agency like Browndog will give you a technically sound, fresh and functional website which is responsively designed, and provides consistent brand messaging for your customers. We’ll also take the guess work out of your online strategy and make sure your website is targeting the right customer segments to increase sales opportunities and raise brand awareness.

How much does it cost?

  • A marketing campaign animation or company/product introduction between 90-120 seconds in length will cost between £2,500 and £3,000. This will depend on the length of the video, the content, and any additional options such as a voice over or music. Don’t worry, we can guide you through best practice and find a plan that fits for you.
  • If you’d like us to produce a logo ident or gif animations for you to use on social media and in smaller campaigns, you can expect to pay between £250-£300. This will be a much smaller brief and will take less time than a campaign animation.
  • We’re more than happy to put together a bespoke package for you to include multiple campaign videos, logo idents, voice overs and photography or videography as needed. We do it all!

You can look at our catalogue of work here and chat with our clients if you’d like to get a feel for what it’s like to work with our team before we become partners in your project. 

How long does it take to produce an animation?

But here’s the kind of time you can expect your animation to take:

  • Marketing campaign animations – this will usually take us about three weeks to prepare. We like to allow a week for content and styling, followed by storyboarding and revisions. Finally, we’ll take another week to animate your work. These things are a work of art, you can’t rush them (and we won’t).
  • Logo idents, gifs and short animations – we estimate that this will take up to two weeks.

Are you ready to get started? Send us your brief today or give us a call to talk through your ideas. We’re a friendly bunch!*

*If you visit us, our office dogs may take part in your meeting.

What kind of animations can we help with?

Ideally, your marketing strategy will include a range of media content to achieve the greatest engagement and response from your audience.

We can help with animations and videos that include company and product introductions, as well as content for specific marketing campaigns. These types of animations can showcase who you are, and what you have to offer. Plus, they are an exciting way to launch a new product or service and get your customers on board.

When you work with us on your branding, why not include a logo ident to add that extra bit of personality to your business and content, setting you apart from your competitors.

Another growing area for animated content is social media and your website. We produce gifs, short video clips and motion graphics for use on web pages and in social posts. This is a great way to captivate the viewers’ attention, share your brand values and advertise your latest campaign or event.

Finally, when you work with us on your website, we highly recommend adding a range of graphics, animations and videos to keep visitors on your site and share your messaging in captivating ways. We’ve provided many website banners and short looping animations for our clients.

We will guide you through each of your animation journey, from assessing the content that will work best for you, to how long your animated content should be and where it should be placed.

Why is animation an important element of your content strategy?

Not only is it effective but using animation can be a cost-saving way to grab the attention of your audience and keep them looking at your content for longer. It’s considerably cheaper than producing recorded video footage because it can be easily edited and updated when needed.

Animation is the fastest growing type of content created by marketers for use on websites and social media, so if you’re not doing it yet, now is the time to start…

We understand that sometimes it can be difficult to explain complex ideas, products or services in text form or with images. That’s why many of our clients work with us to produce animations that take the information off the page and jump out at the audience.

Most importantly, animation has been proven to boost conversion rates on your website. Users are significantly more engaged and more likely to spend longer on your site or complete an action, such as filling in a contact form.

How will animation help my marketing strategy?

Animation is a powerful marketing tool and a great way to show some personality in your brand, making you more memorable (think: the Aldi carrot or the Netflix Tudum).

One of the great benefits of animation is that it can help you to share a lot of information in just a few seconds, because sometimes that’s all the time you have to attract a user’s attention.