OVG have had another great year this year. 2016 was filled with exciting new projects and events. We created a spoof website, were nominated for awards, hired new staff, attended events and threw a fabulous hen do. Really, we couldn’t have packed more into our year!
Let’s look back at 2016 and reminisce over a few of our most memorable highlights:
Our biggest success this year was the spoof website we created for Time Recruitment. A unique piece of shareable content, Westeros Recruitment offered up pretend jobs based on Game of Thrones characters who have recently… er… vacated their role. The site was incredibly popular and gained an estimated coverage of 1.16m views and 78,900 social shares. The site was even covered on news sites including Marie Claire, New York Daily News and Grazia (France).
2016 has seen an influx of new talent to the OVG office including: Sam one of our account managers, our videographer Joe, Tom (the llama) for links, Hannah has joined the content team, Mark, Lewis and Tom have joined the development team and Martin has joined as Development Director.
Sara Got Hitched
That’s right, our favourite Accounts Director, Sara, got married and so in true OVG style, we threw her a fabulous hen party. The night was filled with party games, a great buffet provided by the team at Troff, celebratory drinks and even masks of Sara’s face that certainly went down well. We certainly know how to throw a celebration.
That moment when @OV_Group crew create you your own hen do filter! #squadgoals pic.twitter.com/YvB6nu6ida
— Sara Morton (@sara_louise_b) July 22, 2016
World Book Day
If there’s an excuse to get dressed up and donate our favourite books then of course we are going to take it. This year, Red Riding Hood took the prize for best dressed – we’ll let the pictures in our blog do the talking…
#WorldBookDay! The team looks great!
And everyone brought a book in to donate to @oxfamgb 🌎📚
Who’s your favourite? pic.twitter.com/TL5aTDj6Vm
— OnlineVenturesGroup (@OV_Group) March 3, 2016
TDCMCR and TDCWMN
As we are all digeratis and techies, we were invited to Thinking Digital Manchester. This conference is home to innovative thinkers from all areas of the tech industry and we were certainly inspired. Hannah was so inspired that her blog earned her an invite to Thinking Digital Women in Newcastle on the Emerging Talent Fund. She had a great time learning about the ways that women are entering and changing the tech industry and that Newcastle is an impossible city to navigate.
Many Hands: Hire Help for Humphrey
The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital is close to our hearts at OVG and as Paul is an ambassador for the charity, we pulled out all the stops for their Many Hands appeal. Our big idea was to auction off our Directors to raise money for the charity and we were shortlisted as one of four finalists for the best fundraising idea.
Theo Paphitis himself was judging the competition and, though we lost out to Gary Chaplin who cycled the distance of Mount Everest (!!!) , we are very proud of our achievement. We can’t wait to find out what next year’s challenge will be!
Get bidding and donating to an amazing cause while having a laugh!
More: https://t.co/Hqtgh8P7Bq pic.twitter.com/BDCITUesOs
— OnlineVenturesGroup (@OV_Group) June 6, 2016
Manchester Business Predictions
20 of the most influential business leaders contributed to our business predictions report this year to look to the future of our favourite city – Manchester. The aim of the guide was to highlight and encourage business growth in Manchester and looking at the predictions we received, the future is certainly going to be bright.
The City Of Manchester Business Awards, or COMBAs, is an annual gala dinner hosted by Downtown in Business. We were proud to be nominated for Best Creative and Digital Business but we were over the moon when Accounts Director, Sara won Female Networker of the Year. We created a filter for the Game of Thrones themed occasion and spent a happy night taking selfies with our fellow nominees.
The Olympics this year were incredible and Team GB did an amazing job. But could our favourite cyclists and hockey players manage an Office Olympics? We know that chair rowing, rubbish shot put and the paper plane javelin are harder to perfect than they look. So we filmed a series of shorts to bring the Olympics to your office. Seriously, you should try these…
10 Ways to Win With Digital in 2017
In November, we held our own exclusive breakfast event at Sedulo, Manchester featuring our Technical Director, Neil Walker, and Google Search Expert, Simon Guest. Both speakers aimed to shed a little light on SEO and digital marketing trends for 2017. The event was a great success with guests enjoying bacon sandwiches with their teas and coffees. The room was packed and we had a second audience watching via our Facebook Live stream. We’ll have to start planning another one soon!
10 Ways to #WinWithDigital in 2017: OVG team up with Google https://t.co/Q4KlH6GMeu
⚡️ https://t.co/k1pcS0TX0w pic.twitter.com/YZJ7DyL6K2
— OnlineVenturesGroup (@OV_Group) November 29, 2016
With 2016 being such a successful year for everyone at Online Ventures Group, we can’t wait to see what 2017 will bring. Next year we will be up to all sorts of new things.
Here’s a sneak peak at a couple of our upcoming projects…
Liverpool Predictions Report
To kick off the New Year, we will be producing our definitive guide to the future of Liverpool and highlighting the very best and brightest businesses the city has to offer.
A Brand New Website
A new look for the new year, we will be going all out to design and present an innovative user experience to reflect the evolution of our brand.
Have you ever wondered why everyone is so attached to their smartphones or why your Facebook ads don’t seem to be working very well? We have all the answers and we will be sharing our tips and insights with you in our white papers.
After a productive and fulfilled 2016, the team at OVG are really excited for what 2017 will bring so stay tuned!
Our Twitter Highlights
It’s a groovy day for @LeahBrad_ as she celebrates completing her #apprenticeship & her 2 yr OVG anniversary! 🎉🙌 pic.twitter.com/z9EL9ae5HP
— OnlineVenturesGroup (@OV_Group) February 11, 2016
#HumbleBrag… @DIBManc have named us March’s Business Of The Month!
Thanks guys 😀https://t.co/PZgLBMpb48 pic.twitter.com/iW63lIj349
— OnlineVenturesGroup (@OV_Group) March 10, 2016
Feeling very proud to announce @paulryates as @RMCHcharity‘s new business ambassador! https://t.co/lSjFOHjTnD pic.twitter.com/gahZzjF9nI
— OnlineVenturesGroup (@OV_Group) April 25, 2016
.@TheBotanistMCR have just rolled on in and surprised the team… Thanks guys! #wheelbarrowwednesday 🌸🍸 pic.twitter.com/4akk7ysYmn
— OnlineVenturesGroup (@OV_Group) May 4, 2016
Teams that quiz together….. pic.twitter.com/5aIhlzMtze
— OnlineVenturesGroup (@OV_Group) May 10, 2016
It was really lovely to see everyone today at the #BigCharityDrive launch! pic.twitter.com/XckrJdzQVl
— OnlineVenturesGroup (@OV_Group) May 27, 2016
On Wednesday’s we wear pink! #YouCantSitWithUs pic.twitter.com/3W5Dj4LAyY
— OnlineVenturesGroup (@OV_Group) June 8, 2016
Look at this spread! We’re ready for the dinner time rush!!!🐻🍩🍰🍪 @RMCHcharity https://t.co/6B53daVr1w pic.twitter.com/pTuBbc0JR7
— OnlineVenturesGroup (@OV_Group) June 17, 2016
#OVGgirls meeting @TheoPaphitis! Excited to see everyone’s pitch tonight🐻 #ManyHands
cc: @RMCHcharity pic.twitter.com/pQ2wYcCaPW
— OnlineVenturesGroup (@OV_Group) July 12, 2016
This is what getting tickets to #CursedChild looks like… ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/V0rSIh1PdC
— OnlineVenturesGroup (@OV_Group) August 4, 2016
.@OV_Group by gum we think she’s got it! pic.twitter.com/xZoYBLqE7F
— OnlineVenturesGroup (@OV_Group) August 19, 2016
#RoaldDahlDay Celebrate Roald Dahl Day with our fun quiz!https://t.co/n0Vriwb2iZ
Do you remember this famous scene? pic.twitter.com/li4qv3PLp0
— OnlineVenturesGroup (@OV_Group) September 13, 2016
There’s been some spooky goings on in the OVG office…#HappyHalloween👻 👻 👻 pic.twitter.com/Wt2uWzLeYd
— OnlineVenturesGroup (@OV_Group) October 31, 2016
How can he hold that pose for so long?! OVG do the #MannequinChallenge pic.twitter.com/XRo8fMrifp
— OnlineVenturesGroup (@OV_Group) November 23, 2016
The OVG team is out in force starting at @TheOastHouseMcr! Let the night begin! #MadFriday 🍸🎄 pic.twitter.com/q7tZa9qby0— OnlineVenturesGroup (@OV_Group) December 16, 2016
Try and finish this video without laughing pic.twitter.com/iN71V92r7V
— OnlineVenturesGroup (@OV_Group) December 13, 2016
And finally, because we can’t all be perfect all the time…