Database Publishing System for Tourist Guides

"We worked with Ashley on a variety of projects for ten years. He has always delivered on-time, is highly responsive, and is a pleasure to work with"

THE CHALLENGE


To streamline the production of printed tourist guides by changing a paper-based process into a digital one.


THE SOLUTION


Following discussion with a publisher, we identified the need to replace a paper-based and manual-entry process to collect and publish information for tourist guides.

The guides list properties available for tourists for Hotels, Self Catering, Bed & Breakfast, Camping, Caravan & Holiday Parks, along with a separate Pets friendly directory. Before we got involved, the process for collecting information involved posting a letter to each property owner which contained a printed booking form and a torn-out page from the previous guide showing their entry.

We agreed with the publisher to develop an online system where the property owner took responsibility of editing their own entry and provided online tools to help their sales team in lead generation.

The delivered online system allowed property owners to purchase entries, make payments and submit / update information on their property such as pricing, facilities available and images.

After this was complete, the property owner viewed and signed off an online proof for their entry to complete the process.

We also developed an extensive admin backend to assist the publisher in managing the data for each property, track progress, helped them with imports and developed a reporting engine for management overview.

The system exported XML for consumption by a typesetting system to automatically generate the printed guides.

The online system saved the publisher thousands on postage alone in the first year.In the second year we developed an email marketing engine to assist them further in getting additional sales from the approx 30,000 registered users on the system.



 

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Our 100% on-time delivery record over the last 14 years, attention to detail and prompt service mean our clients choose us again and again and know their business is in safe hands. Read about our case studies

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We speak in plain english and work very closely with business owners to make sure our software and website solutions do exactly what they want in the way they want

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Meet Our Founder

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You will be working directly with the founder of our business - Dr Ashley T. Howes - who graduated from UEA with a Ph.D. in Computer Science. He analyses your specific needs and uses his 26 years of experience as a web developer and his 23 years of experience as a software engineer & consultant to advise on the best approach to create a solution to help you succeed


Photo of Dr. Ashley T. Howes

You will be working directly with the founder of our business - Dr Ashley T. Howes - who graduated from UEA with a Ph.D. in Computer Science. He analyses your specific needs and uses his 26 years of experience as a web developer and his 23 years of experience as a software engineer & consultant to advise on the best approach to create a solution to help you succeed


 
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