1. Can you tell us a bit about CTI Digital and what you do?
We’re one of the UK’s leading full service digital agencies with offices in Manchester and London. In addition to our unrivalled reputation for providing bespoke web solutions using open source technologies such as Drupal, Magento, iOS and Android, we also have a dedicated marketing team offering a full range of services to drive customer engagement and retention, and increase sales. We have grown rapidly since we were established in 2003, now with a team of over 60 staff servicing a client roster which includes the British Council, London Gatwick and the Greater London Authority.
2. What made you sign up as an exhibitor at ProlificNorthLive?
We’re incredibly excited about ProlificNorthLive. We’re always keen to get involved with any new events and the prospect of an exhibition to support the booming digital sector in the north is something that we wholeheartedly support. We’re sure that the event will be a great opportunity to network and learn, as well as to discuss the range of innovative web and marketing solutions that we can provide.
3. What are you looking forward to bringing to the event?
Over the past 12 months we have worked on some incredible projects, such as launching a global ecommerce store for McGraw-Hill Education, delivering a groundbreaking new site to serve the Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority, as well as providing numerous solutions to dramatically improve the British Council’s online presence. We’re really keen to show how we can develop innovative solutions to deliver great results for all types of businesses.
4. What excites you most about the North’s media and creative sectors?
As an agency that was born in Manchester back in 2003, we have witnessed the remarkable growth of the digital sector in the region, with CTI a perfect example of one of the many success stories. Manchester in particular now has a digital sector to rival that of London and the exciting thing is that it shows no signs of slowing any time soon. Although we have now expanded to London and beyond, being based in the creative hub that is Manchester’s Northern Quarter means we are surrounded by other innovative and forward thinking companies that just helps to keep driving us forward.
5. Where do you see CTI Digital in five years’ time?
We’ve grown so much over the past decade and following our recent acquisition by the Paperhat Group, we’re set to grow even further in the next few years. We’ve got an ambitious expansion plan to open offices in America and Australia to service our existing clients and attract new business, whilst we’re also in the process of expanding our reach in the UK too, but I can’t say too much more about that just now! Being part of a global group means there are so many opportunities for us to grow – it’s just a case of doing it at a pace that is sustainable so that we are able to ensure we continue to provide the exceptional solutions that we are so well known for.
6. If CTI Digital could have a dinner party with three people, dead or alive, who would they be?
What more do we need to say? As the father of computer science and inventor of the computer, we’d be honoured to spend time with someone who played such a key role in shaping the industry in which we work today.
Not only does he own his own island, he also seems a genuinely nice guy still and willing to share his knowledge. It would be great to meet him and understand how he manages to continually re-motivate himself to take risks and successfully disrupt industries.
As an agency that uses Google’s products on a daily basis, meeting Larry, co-founder of the internet giant that is Google would give us the perfect opportunity to find out about their latest product launches – and (try to) get the inside information on their ever-changing algorithm!