Our web platforms are all built to the highest standards and developed for high growth startups or high traffic digital campaigns.
We consult on full technical solutions for projects of all sizes acting as your technical partner, allowing you to move forward with confidence.
All great platforms start with layout designs that capture your audience. Our experts create engaging experiences for brands & startups.
Experts in scalable cloud infrastructure on Amazon Web Services (AWS) & Rackspace Cloud using the latest in automation technologies.
We love creating fun social apps that go viral. We are known as the social app experts and are proud of delivering over 200+ Facebook apps for some of the worlds biggest brands! Check out some of our portfolio below...
Facebook presence is an essential part of many businesses, and Facebook can be a notoriously tricky platform to develop for due to the fact it is continuously evolving. There is a lot of outdated documentation out there, and some advice can lead even seasoned developers astray. We work with the Facebook platform all day every day. Our in house development tools ensure all projects are delivered swiftly and to the highest standard and our experience allows us to bring ideas to market quicker than anyone else.
We are the experts in social media development and have partnered with countless creative agencies and brands to deliver successful campaigns on a global scale.
Our involvement can start as early as concept phase to ensure everything is technically viable as well as provide insight into unlocking new features of the platform. We often assist with technical wireframes to help designers plan and ensure development can begin early.
XII Twelth Man Cricketing Moment of the Year, cast your vote now. Users can choose from five cricket moments and vote for their favourite for a chance to win a signed picture of the moment.
England Cricket has put it to the fans to vote on the best moments in cricket by asking Facebook fans to vote for their favourite clip.
Working with Brands2Life we developed an easy voting mechanism that allowed users to vote once on their favourite moment in cricket. To increase the fan base we had a like gate in place and working to a tight deadline we streamed videos directly from YouTube which allowed us time to focus on the app and turn this project around in one week.
The BOXLIGHT team is renowned for quick turnarounds and successfully delivered this app with time to spare! Competitions are a big part of Facebook promotions and we're happy to say from small campaigns to large tv-spot competitions, we've done it all.
With over 600+ stores across the UK, Phones 4U is happy to be one of the largest independent mobile phone retailers. Their comical take on upgrades have won them many TV commercial awards in the past few years.
The Drum - "Phones 4u follows 'Upgrades 4u and u and u' with multi-million pound #projectupgrade" - Read more here
#ProjectUpgrade was a campaign created by Adam&Eve DDB with a huge media push asking customers to challenge them with any upgrade. This viral campaign had TV spots and billboard adverts encouraging people to use Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to enter the challenge.
This campaign lived as a Facebook app with a mobile accessible version for users to submit their upgrade requests. We had fun integrating Twitter API #hashtags, the Instagram API, Google Maps API and of course, Facebook. The entire social upgrade hub is controlled, moderated and updated via our bespoke secure admin backend system which imports requests from all the above social avenues.
Upgrades given out by Phones 4U can be plotted on a map by dropping a pin in the backend and uploading video or imagery to share the experience with fans.
BOXLIGHT supported Tribal DDB in implementing the campaign on Facebook, while MediaCom was the media planner. The campaign, devised by DDB, saw those who pay the car a compliment, receive a personalised compliment back from the brand across 18 nationwide digital outdoor poster sites.
The Drum - "Volkswagen returns the compliment with outdoor and social media campaign for Up!" - Read more here
This campaign involved users sharing a compliment about the new up! to their friends, and in return VW would "Big them up" back. It involved us taking user submissions, and generating compliments for users based on their Facebook information. These were then synced to digital display boards across the country at a specific time and users were notified of when they could see themselves on the big screen. This campaign generated massive interest and was part of a Facebook homepage takeover!
The logistical challenges involved in this campaign made it one of the more exciting campaigns we have developed on Facebook. It required us to integrate with a live webcam in Westfield London and record VW's messages to users which we had synced to the video advertising boards. Then making use of ffmpeg we had to slice videos of individual users and upload it to their wall to complete the "Big Up".
Warburtons is a family-owned British baking company that has had a strong following in the UK for over a century. BETC London were appointed as their creative agency to come up with some fresh social ideas.
The Inspiration Room - " Warburtons, the British bakery company, is running an advertising campaign promoting breakfast product range. " - Read more here
Working closely with BETC we developed a flash game that invited customers to like their Facebook page and create their Picasso on a piece of toast! Yes, that's right! Users could use a knife to sketch on toast, add jam or any other crazy ideas they had and submit a toast card to the gallery.
This campaign was very well received with thousands of submissions and some pretty impressive artwork made digitally on toast. That must be a first right?
Bertrum the cat was created by Wieden+Kennedy for the Cravendale brand in order to maintain dominance in the filtered milk category. It was a fun social Facebook campaign that lived on Bertrum the cat's Facebook page and encouraged fans to register their cat to his army.
CampaignLive - "Cravendale is pitting cats with thumbs against milkmen in its latest campaign by Wieden+Kennedy, running across TV and Facebook." - Read more here
Our developers built all aspects of this fun Facebook application that allowed Bertrum fans to take a picture of their cat and add some awesome props to their photo. Fans could upload an image from their desktop, Facebook gallery or use their webcam. Once uploaded they could resize their image in a frame and start adding props to the their new recruit for Bertrum's army. Once all the props have been positioned and resized the final image was entered into Cravendale's Cat army and could then be shared onto user's walls or saved to desktop.
This app was so successful that the fan base jumped by thousands and a re-skin was in order for a Christmas promotion of the now famous Bertrum army.
The Big Lunch is a very simple idea from the Eden Project. The aim is to get as many people as possible across the whole of the UK to have lunch with their neighbours once a year in a simple act of community, friendship and fun.
"We've been inundated with requests! If you have already requested a Halifax Big Lunch kit you will be notified by email if you were one of the lucky 7000."
We were once again approached by Adam&Eve DDB to execute the build of this project as we have worked on many Halifax projects in the past.
Working with banking clients means security is always at the forefront of development practice, no matter what the campaign. Customers feel that if you can't keep simple competition data safe, how can you keep their money safe? When we work with any data-sensitive campaigns our attention to security is essential and with any of our competitions our clients can rest assured that data is safely transferred, stored and backed up. Our use of best practice, a secure framework, SSL only and encrypted data distribution ensured this campaign was no different.
The Big Lunch was a very successful campaign and we continue the history we have of developing apps for Halifax.
Server administration has made some huge advances over recent years bridging the gap between server administration and development. With the popularisation of containers and of course cloud technologies, it has become ever important to create reproducible server architectures. The advantages range from easing development and disaster recovery, and help to remove the reliance on individuals within teams who harbour the knowledge of how infrastrucutre is architected in their heads our out-of-date documentation.
BOXLIGHT bring 14 years of server administration experience to the devops world, specialising in Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Rackspace Cloud we utilise your preferred tool such as Puppet or Ansible to architect robust and reliable infrastructures for any project.
We operate the website Socialreach which provides social media translation services to business via an easy-to-use platform. Currently the platform supports Facebook, Twitter & Weibo and can provide human translation in over 80 languages.
The creative idea and concept were envisioned and designed by the BOXLIGHT founders.
Technologies used are Silex, MongoDB, ReactJS, Node.js.
The global tyre brand Dunlop has been manufacturing rubber tyres since 1888 and what better way to celebrate their 125 years anniversary than to create a unique experience for their customers with the chance to win a personalised trip in a luxury vehicle of their choice.
The creative idea and concept were envisioned and designed by The Marketing Store Worldwide and in partnership with BOXLIGHT we created a user experience that not only allowed them to experience the beautiful scenery of the trip beforehand by using the Google Maps API but also allowing them to customise which vehicle they wanted to ride in.
Our team of developers had to overcome a few hurdles with how the Google Maps API functioned and some very in depth customisation was needed to ensure the experience was fluid and allowed the user to skip ahead to Landmark stops marked with map pins. Speed was very important and image pre-loading was essential to keep the ride smooth.
Social Network: Connecting like minded people through things they've done in their lives. Keep a list of things you've done and share them with your friends or family. Get started with your list today!
Bloombla is a free, easy-to-use yet powerful storytelling tool that helps you collect, manage and share your life experiences with others. Tell your stories, upload your pictures, and share it all with friends and family. Our unique structured platform gives us the ability to then connect your stories with people that share similar interests and experiences. Make Your mark.
Bloombla is a symfony project with a MySQL backend. Some of the biggest challenges in this project included the algorithms for merging similar "blooms" into the same record as well as well as making use of heavy caching of page elements due to the sheer number of database queries needed for some of the most important pages of the site. Template caching as well as database query caching was utilised.
AppMoni launched in September 2013 as the first ever product to monitor Facebook applications within a tab or canvas. Developers, project managers and clients are able to easily add their apps to be monitored by Moni who will alert them as and when issues occur.
AllFacebook - "Facebook developers and page administrators that want to keep tabs on their applications can now do so via Facebook app-monitoring tool..." - Read more here
AppMoni is built on top of the Symfony2 full stack framework and behind the scenes makes use of many technologies including MongoDB and Node.js. The website is responsive so can be used across multiple platforms and screen sizes. Scalability is one of the biggest challenges of this project as all the apps need to be constantly monitored asynchronously.
"Moni takes care of checking that your apps on Facebook are always up and running. Monitoring your apps is essential to the success of any project or social media campaign!"
It is an invaluable tool for any campaign pushing traffic to a Facebook app and a must for agencies to ensure they are the first to know when something is going wrong.
The creative idea and concept were envisioned and designed by the BOXLIGHT founders and key team members were put on development.
Technologies used, were Silex, MongoDB, ReactJS, Node.js.
E-mail Marketing: Solid Delivery is an in-house tool BOXLIGHT built and is now trusted by many leading agencies to deliver e-mail campaigns to subscriber lists of all sizes.
It is a managed service which offers a dedicated account manager to assist with the sending of bulk e-mail campaigns and provides customers with a web portal which keeps track of all vital statistics within a campaign such as opens, clicks, bounces and user devices.
The Solid Delivery web portal is a symfony project making heavy use of MySQL and the Amazon API's. All campaigns are hosted in the Amazon cloud using the EC2 and S3 services. We had to overcome immense scaling challenges with millions of users opening the same e-mail in a short period of time which needed to be tracked in real-time with hosted images loading instantly. We made heavy use of caching, load balancing and MySQL optimisations.
Solid Delivery has been responsible for sending campaigns to from a few thousand subscribers to millions of subscribers and has executed some challenging customised campaigns which are simply not possible with most self-service e-mail marketing platforms.