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The Restaurant Man with Russell Norman

Toast and The Restaurant Man

Back in October 2013, Toast was approached by Twenty Twenty Television who were filming a new BBC programme with restaurateur Russell Norman, the man behind Polpo, who we’re big fans of. The show that they were filming follows Russell helping and advising six different couples in realising their dream of setting up a restaurant and […]

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13 Tips to help Choose Between Graphic Design Agencies

13 Tips to Help Choose Between Graphic Design Agencies

Choosing the right graphic design agency is an important first step in creating an ongoing and profitable relationship.

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Re-engage your brand

Using a brand workshop to review and re-engage your brand

It has been said that working on your brand “as you go” is like trying to change the tyres on your car while you’re still driving it! Well, it might not be that bad but it certainly isn’t the best way of using a brand workshop to review and reinvent your brand or update your […]

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Clever use of Infographics in Annual Report Design

As the audience for Annual Reports broadens the use of bespoke infographics is now more popular than ever as a way of presenting information in a quick, clear and informative format.  The clever use of Infographics in annual reports is an ever-growing trend, as the audiences for annual reports grow. The need to make complex data […]

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Moving WordPress to a new theme

We quite often get asked to quote for moving WordPress to a new theme. Depending on how complicated your site build is, this can be an easy or complicated task! So you’ve been working on your website for 12 months, adding new content, optimising pages and promoting via social media. The site looks great, but […]

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WooCommerce websites that we have recently launched

Let us bring your WooCommerce website to life Here at Toast we build responsive WordPress and WooCommerce websites and have been doing so for the last 4 or 5 years. Using the flexibility that the powerful WordPress CMS offers, our experienced team of WordPress developers can deliver high-quality, bespoke e-commerce solutions for any business. We’re […]

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Oxfordshire Design Agency for Marketing Professionals

Marketing professionals have enough stresses and pressures on them without their design agency causing more. Toast is a full-service Oxfordshire design and marketing agency and we truly appreciate the various demands put on hard working marketing teams and we’ve evolved our offering to reflect this. We understand that busy marketers do not want (or have […]

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No more death by Powerpoint

So your Powerpoint presentation looks boring and amateurish, which is having a negative effect on your audience. End this misery by letting Toast design you a Powerpoint template that you can use, is on brand and elevates your marketing collateral design. There are some simple steps (and here comes the list) that we follow to help make the experience of your […]

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Making your website responsive

Making your website responsive will have a beneficial effect on how hard it works for you. If you use Google Analytics on your site, you’ll have probably seen an increase in the amount of mobile traffic coming to your site. If you’re a B2B business, visits from prospective customers don’t always arrive 9-5. Prospective new […]

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Toast is Twenty - BOO YA

Toast celebrates 20 years

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Toast design. Back in 1996, we cooked up the idea of setting up a design agency straight out of University. So in 1997, with no cash, no clients, no office and a weird company name, we decided to go for it – we figured we were skint anyhow, […]

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Happy Website

Website annual service

To keep your website in tip-top condition you need to make sure it’s up-to-date and fully optimised. To make sure your website performs at its best in 2017, we recommend an annual service in January. Safety & security Our ‘WordPress service’ will update your site to the most recent version of WordPress and update all […]

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Digital Marketing

Digital Marketing Banbury

Based in the centre of Banbury, Oxfordshire, we work with B2B companies to improve their digital marketing. Your website and digital marketing should be an ongoing process; it’s not something that you can ‘set and forget’. Marketing in the digital realm needs to be reviewed often and continually tweaked to increase performance and conversations. Before […]

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creative inbound marketing

How do I improve my marketing?

How do I improve my marketing? If you are asking this question then you are ahead of the game of those that think that their marketing can’t be improved. Convention suggests this is where we should sell in Toast but instead we will answer your question. To do this we keep things simple and focus on the most important (we don’t apologise if these seem obvious) questions, which are…

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Logo & Brand Design for Startup Businesses

Creating an effective logo and brand identity for a startup business is vital to it’s success.

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Creative ideas for promotional giveaways

If you go to any conference or trade show then you are more than likely to walk out with at least one branded carrier bag filled to the brim with promotional items. The different types of items available can be staggering, and to be honest a little bewildering – just because you can put your […]

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Brand-Audit

How do I audit my marketing?

Most marketing teams have a whole range of marketing materials; some of it new but most of it will be historic. In some cases pieces will have been created purely to address a short term tactical need but doesn’t necessarily support the overall brand strategy. Different creative teams may have created some with different expectations on brand or corporate styling. However you have got there, there is a feeling of needing to get to grips with what you have but where do you start? Can you be objective?

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WordPress website design and build from Toast

WordPress for small businesses

WordPress for small businesses makes good sense.  While the platform is perfectly at home as a CMS for many enterprise-level businesses, it’s also a perfect starting point for any small business site – it provides a rock-solid platform, allows you to manage your own content and can be scaled up as your online marketing grows. Below […]

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Different formats for brochures

Different formats for brochures

Using different formats for brochures can really make them stand out. Just because it’s a brochure, it doesn’t mean that it has to be A4. We’ve designed 100s of brochures – below are a few of the non-standard brochure designs we’ve produced.

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Branding designers

Hachacha Curry Branding and Packaging made by Toast

Bursting on to the Asian food scene soon, Hachacha brings an innovative answer to cooking a traditional Indian dish – in half the time. With tasty branding and packaging created at Toast.

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Brand Auditing

Give your brand, design and marketing a full service

Give your brand, design and marketing a full service: Are you happy with your brand & marketing performance? Are you hitting your targets and achieving your goals? Would you appreciate an impartial opinion and help to Identify & resolve any issues?

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Marketing collateral

Creating brand consistency in Marketing Materials

How to create brand consistency in marketing materials Due to the high level of integration that is now demanded by modern marketing campaigns, it is now obvious that brand consistency is important in your marketing collateral. Brand consistency should be achieved across not only the campaigns but the underlying strategy.     So why is […]

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How designers and marketers can work better together.

It’s no secret that design and marketing go hand in hand. Marketers understand that their business clients need a design agency to help with their campaign. However, it’s often the case that marketers see design in the wrong way. They see it as something they need to buy as quickly and as cheaply as possible.

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Do’s and don’ts for annual report design

What you should be doing, and avoiding when creating your next annual report. The do’s Plan – Creating annual reports take longer than you think. You should set a date of when you need the printed report on your desk and work backwards, allowing for collating of the data, writing of the report, design and […]

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Why design-led businesses benefit from using a full-service design agency.

Design-led businesses are becoming more and more popular every day. Companies realise how important design can be to business. It can bring lots of benefits and lead to more sustainable success. A design-led business puts an emphasis on design and makes it the main focus of everything they do.

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Ten things Marketers should look for from a full-service design agency.

There are loads of marketers that buy designs from various design agencies, big or small. But, how can a marketer know that they’re getting the best service possible? We’ve used our experience to come up with ten things that marketers should look for in a design agency:

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Report design

Formats and finishes for annual reports

Selecting the correct format and finish to your annual report will add that extra finesse, making it stand out and communicate more than just the facts. There are a huge variety of formats and finishes to choose from for your annual report design. Here we take a look at what you could do to help add that extra wow factor. Paper […]

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The benefits of a long-term relationship with a design agency

All businesses rely on other companies for various products and services. Firms have to pay energy companies for gas and electricity supplies. They also need the expertise of IT providers to ensure their computers are operational. And logistics service providers make sure customers gets their orders shipped on time.

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Inbound Marketing

We solve marketing problems with design

I am quite regularly asked what Toast Design does and the simple answer is: we solve marketing problems with design. This does throw some people as they were expecting a menu of different design services. We do have a list of services, but that’s not what we do, we use these services to solve problems. […]

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How to engage your target audience with effective marketing design

What is your target market and how do you engage with them? Knowing how to engage your target audience with effective marketing collateral design is a perennial challenge.  Toast is the perfect partner to help you identify who the target audience is, what profile or persona they reflect and then how best to use this […]

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Looking to create marketing materials that are integrated and on brand?

Consistent and coordinated marketing materials project a clear and uniform message Do you want to integrate your marketing materials with your branding? Toast create a broad range of well-designed materials that support your marketing collateral needs, these include newsletters, posters, exhibition stands through to a range of online advert formats. The following topics look into more detail on […]

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2022 - Celebrating 25 years of Toast ★
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