Simunix unveils its ‘shop window’

19 May 2010, York

Simunix Ltd. – the York based directory services provider – has unveiled its new website.  The redesign was initiated by a survey taken of Simunix customers that revealed a massive 78% were unaware of the whole range of Simunix products available to them.

The idea behind the new design was to create a ‘shop window’ for all the products and services that make up the Simunix suite of directory solutions.  The new site exhibits a revamped user interface that aims to make navigation of the site simple, whilst displaying the range of services effectively.

James Bradley, the web developer behind the new website says, “After all the developments we have made to the Simunix range of services recently, we felt it was important to have a website that successfully demonstrated that we are a company at the cutting edge of the directory solutions industry.”

Products and services now have their own separate sections on the website to make it easier for the average site visitor to discern exactly which service best suits their needs.  The Products section lists all the brands developed by Simunix such as ukphonebook.com, TPS Manage, ZoneSearch etc.  The Services section lists the individual solutions Simunix can provide with links to the product best suited to these solutions.

A Bespoke Web Solutions page has also been developed for the new site.  This section details how directory solutions can be custom built to meet more specific requirements from individual organisations.

In reaction to the growing use of social networking by businesses, Simunix has also created a highly interactive press centre that includes Facebook and Twitter feeds, latest blog entries and a press release archive.

Laura Lewis, Marketing Manager at Simunix says, “We have really been pushing forward with our marketing activities.  Employees at Simunix are encouraged to set up their own Simunix Twitter pages so they can keep our customers up to date on the most recent developments.”

Laura continues, “The blog has also been a new addition to the Simunix marketing strategy and has so far proven to be a highly effective tool for interacting with our customers.”

Simunix plans to carry out further investigations to determine how customers are using the new website and if the redesign has effectively raised awareness of the range of Simunix directory solutions.

See what the new website looks like here www.simunix.com

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If you received a free 30 day trial email…

We recently sent out an email to all our registered users offering them a free 30 day trial of Corporate ukphonebook.com. This seems to have caused concern amongst our users of the public website that they will not be able to access the non-corporate version.

If you are just an individual user and do not need to use the service for business purposes, you are still able to access the public website at the usual address ( http://www.ukphonebook.com/ ). Here you have 5 free credits to use every day, plus the option to purchase more if needed.

If there are people who feel the corporate version would be appropriate for their needs, then please contact us to enquire further and we can set you up with a trial account.

Hope this clears up any confusion!

Welcome!

Hello. I’m Laura and I’m a member of the Simunix press and marketing team. I’ll be keeping you up to date with all the goings on at Simunix – our latest developments, upcoming events and general office life.

The unveiling of the new and improved Simunix website has brought with it a resounding sigh of relief around the Simunix offices. However, after weeks of planning and hard work (plus a few creative differences!) I’m pleased to report that we are all extremely happy with the finished product.

Our hope is that visitors to the new website can use it as a sort of ‘shop window’ for viewing all our different products and services. It has been designed to make choosing the product best suited to your needs as easy as possible.

So hopefully you’ll all be as pleased with it as we are. Don’t hesitate to let me know your thoughts and ideas or if there’s anything you would like to see on the site that isn’t already there.

ZoneSearch: where would you be without it?

18 March 2010

ZoneSearch is the innovative new mapping and information system to come out of York-based data supplier, Simunix.  The service promises to improve the efficiency with which response and recovery units initiate their operations.

The unique mapping interface of ZoneSearch makes it possible to identify target areas with the click of a button.  There are three ways in which the user can perform a search, each of which provides the highest level of precision possible.

By selecting the Polygon Search function, the user can draw a polygon of any shape or size around the required search area.  This can include non-addressable locations such as railway lines, fields and riverbanks.  The Radius Search involves simply clicking on the map and setting the size of the radius.

Once the search area is set, the user selects the information they wish to search for.  This includes people, businesses and points of interest.  Results are then displayed in a table that can be downloaded as a .CSV file.

Finally, the Map Search presents telephone, address and resident information in a small box as the user hovers their cursor over individual properties on the map.  Again, the user can select individual records that can be saved and downloaded.

Simunix has been working closely with Ordnance Survey during the development of ZoneSearch. This has had the effect of keeping costs down for many organisations as the service utilises data that is already available to them under the Mapping Services Agreement.

Apart from the increased precision with which searches can be performed and the cost saving element, ZoneSearch has displayed a number of additional benefits.  There are up to 40,000 revisions made to the information every 24 hours, meaning there is no data source that is more up to date.  ZoneSearch has also proven to be a highly effective time saving solution for a number of organisations.

Paul McAfee, Head of Business Development at Simunix, says, “One of our clients spent 4 hours trying to identify people and businesses in a semi-rural area after unexploded ordnance had been discovered in a field – it took ZoneSearch 4 minutes and found 10% more unique records”.

Zone Search is the key to ensuring that organisations are compliant with the required levels of good communication necessary for effective response and recovery at a time of crisis.

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i-phonebook: ‘Martini Media’ – any time, any place, anywhere

29 January 2009

ukphonebook.com has launched i-phonebook, the UK’s first comprehensive online telephone directory specifically designed for mobile phones, and including full residential and business listings.

The number of mobile phones used for web access in the UK reached 7.3 million in 2008. In response to this, ukphonebook.com decided to develop a version of their site that was geared towards the mobile user.

“People accessing the Internet from their phones generally have less time to browse around,” says John Lewis, Managing Director of Simunix Ltd., the company behind ukphonebook.com and other directory services, “therefore, we realised the need for a version of our service that had a mobile friendly interface; one that allowed quick and easy navigation around the site. ”

i-phonebook is compatible with all mobile phones with browsing capabilities but has also managed to maintain its key features within the limited screen space. As well as performing telephone and address searches, users are still able to search the electoral roll and share their results via email or text. They can also call someone directly from the browser by selecting the number on the search results page.

The development of this mobile optimised version of ukphonebook.com provides easy access to all these services without the need of a PC.

John Lewis continued, “The aim of i-phonebook is to make our service accessible on a mobile, but in a format that is easier to navigate than a normal web-based directory. It was important to us, that we maintain the same quality of content that you would expect from ukphonebook.com.”

With an increasing number of websites being optimised for mobile devices, i-phonebook represents an extension of the online telephone directory provider that demonstrates its ability to evolve with the developing new media.

To use the service, go to www.iphonebook.co.uk

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ukphonebook.com celebrates 2 million and counting

03 November 2008

Online telephone directory provider www.ukphonebook.com is celebrating its 2 millionth registrant by launching a brand new look to the service.

The revamped look is just one aspect of the ongoing expansion of the website operated by York based Simunix Ltd. Previously more focused on corporate customers, ukphonebook.com is the directory of choice for businesses and public service organisations throughout the UK.

“Our public website was mostly seen as a corporate sales tool telling us which businesses had the need for this kind of service,” says John Lewis, Managing Director, Simunix. “But with the price of 118 calls now exceeding £1 per call in most cases, more people are using the Internet and we’ve seen a huge surge in registrations. I felt we should deliver a free service to consumers that gave a genuine, usable alternative to 118.”

Established in 1998, Simunix was the first non-telecom company to license the UK directory database from the data aggregator as part of the then named Oftel’s telecoms deregulation process. The core data providing the telephone listings of around 25 million UK residents and 3 million UK businesses and government records, is derived from data input by all of the UK’s telecom operators.

John Lewis continued: “We gained a huge amount of information from our corporate customers’ usage which enabled us to hone the search process to deliver results in an intelligent and meaningful way. The United Kingdom has a highly inconsistent addressing system and it has been a ten year software refinement process that makes us the most intuitive search engine for this kind of information.”

The service is free to most casual users just wanting the odd telephone number, but it also includes access to Royal Mail’s Postal Address Finder data and the edited Electoral Rolls for a small fee. Free access to Google’s online mapping and satellite imagery linked to results is also provided.

To use the service, go to www.ukphonebook.com and complete the simple registration page. A verification email will be sent to you and from then on you will be given a daily number of free searches.

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