Sean 'the unicorn' Cloudsdale

Elevating the Digital Presence of a Growing Multi-Site Operator

Client: Loci Pubs

Success Story: Professionalizing the Online Identity of Loci Pubs’ Venues

Background

Loci Pubs, a thriving multi-site operator, has rapidly expanded to include four distinct venues – The Clifton, The William, The Alliance, and The Duke. Initially using a DIY website builder like Wix, Loci Pubs quickly outgrew this basic solution. The existing websites were simple and lacked the unique branding and professional polish that the pubs had invested in. With significant growth and a need to unify their digital presence, Loci Pubs brought in Sean Cloudsdale, a professional web developer, to deliver a sophisticated, cohesive, and user-friendly website experience that truly reflected their brand identity.


The Solution

Sean Cloudsdale, founder of Cloudsdale, was brought in to tackle this challenge. Understanding the aesthetic needs and branding complexities, Sean proposed a comprehensive redesign strategy that involved close collaboration with Loci Pubs’ branding agency. The key components of this strategy included:

#1 Collaborative Design Process

The project began with a series of consultations with the branding agency. Sean created initial mock-ups for the websites, which were then refined based on feedback from the branding team. This iterative process ensured that the final design was polished and aligned with the brand’s vision.


“What I enjoyed most about working with Sean was the creativity and professionalism. His ability to understand our vision and translate it into a beautiful, very functional website was impressive.”

Ben Robson, Co-Owner, Loci Pubs

#2 Enhanced Menu Pages

One of the major improvements was the overhaul of the menu pages. Previously relying on PDFs, which were not mobile-friendly and poor for SEO, the new website featured an “Eat and Drink” section. This section allowed for easy navigation through menu items, optimized for both desktop and mobile. The custom-built menu area on WordPress made it simple for the client to add and update menus, ensuring information was always current and accessible.

#3 Integrated Booking and Newsletter Systems

The booking forms were redesigned to appear as modals, keeping users on the site rather than redirecting them. This provided a seamless booking experience. Additionally, newsletter sign-ups were integrated with MailChimp, with each venue having its own dedicated list, making it easier to manage and target communications.

#4 Custom WordPress Multi-Site Setup

To handle the diverse branding requirements, a WordPress multi-site setup was implemented. This allowed each pub to maintain its unique identity while enabling centralized management. Custom post types were created for different content areas, such as menus and events, streamlining backend operations and making the content management system user-friendly.


“I would recommend Cloudsdale for their excellent understanding of client needs, creative solutions, and ability to deliver highly functional websites that even someone with limited website experience can navigate. Sean’s work speaks for itself, making it easy to persuade anyone to choose Cloudsdale for their web design projects.”

Ben Robson, Co-Owner, Loci Pubs

Results

Improved User Experience: The new websites now fully embody the distinctive branding of each venue, creating a cohesive and professional online presence. The integration of custom textures and a clean design ensured that each pub’s personality shone through.

Increased Operational Efficiency: The multi-site setup and custom backend design simplified content updates and management. By stripping away unnecessary WordPress features and focusing on what mattered most, the team could efficiently manage their digital content.

Positive Client Feedback: The feedback from Loci Pubs has been overwhelmingly positive. Michael Saxon, Operations Director, noted, “Event enquiries have exploded. We are getting three times as many enquiries and four times as many confirmed bookings.” The ease of updating menus and events has also been a significant improvement.


“We recently had the pleasure of working with Sean Cloudsdale on updating and redesigning our 5 websites, and the experience was fantastic. Sean demonstrated exceptional creativity and professionalism, perfectly capturing our vision and translating it into a stunning, user-friendly website. The entire process was smooth, and his communication was top-notch. We’re thrilled with the final product and highly recommend Sean for any web design needs. Looking forward to future projects together!”

Ben Robson, Co-Owner, Loci Pubs

Future Plans

Building on this success, Cloudsdale continues to partner with Loci Pubs to enhance their digital presence. Upcoming initiatives include:

  • SEO and Digital Marketing: Focusing on improving search engine rankings and launching pay-per-click campaigns to drive more traffic and bookings.
  • Expanding Marketing Efforts: Reaching a broader audience with targeted marketing strategies and new event packages.

Conclusion

By collaborating closely with the branding agency and leveraging the power of WordPress, Cloudsdale successfully transformed Loci Pubs’ online presence. The project underscores the importance of a tailored approach to web design, especially in the hospitality industry, where aesthetics and functionality play crucial roles. The new websites not only reflect the unique branding of each venue but also provide a seamless and user-friendly experience for both the client and their customers.

  • It has been great working with Sean, he has a great eye for design and a wide range of technical ability. We will definitely be working with Sean in the future.

    Rob Ingram

  • Sean was fantastic to work with. He produced original artwok, photography and animations and brought our brand to life with the website he built. Sean worked within our budget and met every deadline in the tight schedule. We will work with Sean again and again.

    Peter Clucas, Owner
  • I have worked with Sean for over 3 years now and it is always an absolute pleasure to work with someone who exhibits such great passion, enthusiasm and vision for their client. His interpretation of my needs are always spot on and he never fails to (over) deliver on the look, theme and quality of my brands with his shots.

    Marketing Manager, ETM Group

  • Working with Sean is a dream! Always incredibly easy to work with and flexible where needed.

    Jaime Keeble, Head of Brand, Tonkotsu
  • Experience was fantastic, exceptional creativity and professionalism, perfectly capturing our vision and translating it into a stunning, user-friendly website. We’re thrilled with the final product and highly recommend Sean for any web design needs. Looking forward to future projects together!

    Ben Robson, Operations Director
  • Sean is simply wonderful to work with. We have worked with him for a number of years and the work he produces is fantastic.

    Colleen Monaghan, Communications Director

  • Sean is a total Legend. I needed my website turned around in a matter of days and Sean did this with zero fuss to a great standard. Professional, affordable and a really cool guy. I highly recommend Sean Cloudsdale for anybody looking for a polished, slick and professional website site and great ongoing service. Thank you!

    Harry Crowther, Owner

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