December, 2014

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Discover the LSA Serve Tall Comport from Occa-Home

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Just before Christmas a parcel arrived from Occa-Home, inside was a beautiful dish – the LSA Serve Tall Comport.

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The box alone told me this was a quality item but was the actual product just as good the images? Upon opening I wasn’t disappointed. The Tall Comport is part of the serve collection, Each piece has been individually handmade by skilled artisans. The glass feels thick and strong providing not only a stylish piece but also a very functional one.

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So what to create to decorate this delicious bowl for Christmas, I took inspiration from the box and decided to create a trifle.  Off to the internet I went, well as we all know Google knows everything, and searched for a trifle recipe where the image looked similar to that on the box.  Although I love having a go at baking when I get time, I must confess I have never made a trifle before, but how hard could it be?

Little did I know I must have picked one of the hardest recipes, no packet ingredients here, everything homemade as I discovered.  I looked at my bowl in anticipation, would my final creation do it justice or turn something so elegant into a sloppy mess – the pressure!  My recipe started by creating the jelly from a mixture of berries, as I stirred the fruit the smell and the colours dancing around the pan was enchanting.

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The first batch of custard I realised was far too runny, my mistake I followed the recipe so back to the drawing board and decided to follow the rule of ‘ignore the recipe’ and success the second batch was perfect.

It was time to start to putting the layers together.  Nervously I placed each layer into the Tall Comport, praying that each layer would hold fast and not start to mix with the layer below.  As the glass started to be filled, the colours of the trifle popped through the bowl enhancing its beauty.

Finally it was time to unveil the finished product.

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I looked in pride as the trifle looked as delicious as the bowl.  My family and friends descended into the kitchen and before I could move it from this place there was already a spoon in as people were desperate to taste the delights before them.

And so back to the LSA Serve Tall Comport, yes it’s great to look at but my concern was would it be durable?  The answer here is yes and to put it simply, I love it!

The LSA Serve Tall Comport is available from Occa-Home for only £38.00

Product of the Week – Sicily Champagne Bucket from KellyHoppen.com

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Christmas and New Year is a time for celebrating so for our Product of the Week we have chosen the Sicily Champagne Bucket from KellyHoppen.com.  Even more of a reason to celebrate is that it is part of KellyHoppen.com’s current Winter Sale, with up to 50% off!

The Festive period is full of family and friend celebrations, new traditions are being set with Christmas Eve Get-Togethers, Boxing Day Lunches and  New Years Eve Parties! Whether your guests like a glass of Champagne or are partial to a tipple of Prosecco, the Sicily Champagne Bucket is the perfect item to add a touch of glamour to any occasion.

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The champagne bucket is made from sofa lime glass in Poland which has a thicker base that gives a contrast to the fine glass funnel and will help keep chilled champagne at the perfect temperature. Like Kelly, we also believe that the quality of the Champagne Bucket should be as high as the Champagne that it holds!

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With luxurious homewares featuring decorative home jewellery, soft and beautiful cushions in Kelly’s signature colour schemes, to mood setting room sprays and fragrant candles, the collection offers a fabulous way to update your home. With an exclusive array of beautifully presented gifts you’ll find the perfect solution to your Christmas present dilemmas that will allow you to indulge your family and friends.

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Our Top 5 Reasons Why Blogs Convert into Sales

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At Citrus Content we pride ourselves on the blog service we give our clients.  Each blog post is written exclusively for the client and we ensure that their voice shines through.  Working with our clients we cover a multitude of issues, news and inspiration within the property and interior sector.

1. The Facts

We know why blog posts are powerful for your business and therefore we would like to share with you some facts.

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2. More Facts

It’s all in the name: Citrus Content

We are proud that our blog post service has won awards for our clients.  Recently one of our clients disclosed that using Citrus Content has provided increased traffic to their site by 400%.  In addition, our clients are part of the 62% of companies who outsource their marketing – the facts and figures speak for themselves.

  • Blogs can assist you with the effective promotion of a service or product. (Convertwithcontent)
  • Websites with Blogs have 434% more indexed pages (helps search engines & SEO efforts) and 97 % more inbound links. (U.addresstwo)
  • 84% of inbound marketers – compared to only 9% of outbound marketers – cite organic sources (blogging, SEO, social media) as rising in importance. (HubSpot State of Inbound, 2014)
  • Blogs can give you credibility and authority. (Convertwithcontent)
  • 46% of people read blogs more than once a day. (HubSpot Science of Blogging, 2010)
  • SEO is out. Blogging is in. (Convertwithcontent)

3. Show Your Expertise

Blogs are an effective way of showcasing your expertise.  As a leader within your organisation you have a wealth of knowledge that should be shared with your clients.  Clients like to do business with experts, they want to know they are in safe hands.  Telling your story is a way of connecting with them on another level.  We help you put your thoughts into words.

4. To Have a Voice

Every business has a voice, it encompasses your USP’s, your ethos and your personality.  Every piece of content you produce should speak in your voice as clients can connect with a voice rather than a corporate image.  We know how to find your voice and ensure it’s consistent in everything you produce.

5. To Engage with your Clients

Being engaging is about showing a piece of you and your personality.  Engaging content not only creates sharable content that will increase awareness of your company but it will also encourage loyalty.  We make sure you engage.

Why Blogs Convert into Sales

The facts speak for themselves and through your expertise, voice and engagement and instead of chasing sales, sales will come to you.

If you are thinking of outsourcing your blog and are interested in how we can benefit your company then get in touch today.

Product of the Week – Winter Woodland Collection from Sophie Allport

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We just love our new Product of the Week feature and it seems you do too.  One of the most fun parts of our job is looking at stunning interior finds to feature in the articles we write.  As our parents told us ‘it’s rude not to share’, we just have to share our wonderful finds with you!

As it’s almost Christmas, this week we decided to feature 1 product every day from the enchanting Winter Woodland Collection from Sophie Allport. The delightful collection boasts over 30 pieces all of which are beautifully designed and some are hand painted.

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This collection embodies a wonderfully festive Winter Woodland with falling snow around Christmas trees and plenty of Woodland creatures – foxes, hares, owls, deer and squirrels on a frosty and dusty blue background.

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We have love Sophie Allport’s work and often feature her collections, but who is she?  Whilst living in London Sophie spent her time as a freelance illustrator working on projects for many famous names ranging from wine bottle label design to book and magazine illustrations. In 1996 Sophie was invited to demonstrate her skills at the Country Living Fair in London and decided to have a few of her illustrations made up into cards and limited edition prints.  They proved a sell out and Sophie has become a stalwart of the Country Living Events since. Her products now range from Fabrics to Fine Bone Chine and Trays to Tinware!

# Sophie Allport Logo Grey High Res editedSophie has also designed three festive collections to date: ‘Robin’, ‘Stag’ and most recently ‘Winter Woodland’. The products make for great Christmas presents, stocking filler or to brighten up your Christmas entertaining!

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Product of the Week – Evans Lichfield Jack Russell with Scarf Cushion from Cotswold Trading

Welcome to the launch of our very first “Product of the Week”

It’s our business at Citrus Content to find, love and share great products! We feature many various products each week in our blogs and online articles. For our first week we have chosen the Evans Lichfield Jack Russell with Scarf Cushion from Cotswold Trading.

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The Evans Lichfield Jack Russell with Scarf Cushion is cheeky, fun and stylish and would make the perfect gift for countryside or dog lovers. The design features a proud Jack Russell in front of a snowy woodland scene, wrapped up warm with a red scarf. The cushion has a woven Belgian tapestry front with a cotton twill reverse and a polyester fire-retardant filling. The outer cushion is zipped to allow easy removal of the inner cushion.

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 Offer – 10% Off

To celebrate our Product of the Week Cotswold Trading have kindly offered  10% off  the Evans Lichfield Jack Russell with Scarf Cushion by using this code CUSHION10.  If purchased between Friday 5 until Friday 12 December.

 

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Cotswold Trading have a stunning range of interiors.  We asked Rachel from Cotswold Trading to tell us a little more about the company, “Cotswold Trading is a gift and housewares destination store, where you can buy something for everyone and loads for yourself. Our staff are friendly and knowledgeable, our merchandise is ‘musthaveable’ and we’re located in Broadway in the Cotswolds, one of the most scenic parts of the country.”

Cotswold Trading is perfect place to find something for your home this Christmas.