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Yesterday, Specle was down for a few hours due to an outage in our file storage vendor, Amazon S3. Disruptions started at 17.35 GMT, and Amazon restored service at 21.49GMT. Specle is now running as normal. I would like to say I am truly sorry for this incident. As a company, we put our customers ahead of all other priorities. If you’ve ever contacted our support team, you'll know that we live by those words. Like many software as a service companies, we stand on the shoulders of giants to be able to deliver the most value to you. The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at SpecleSpeak
Our very own founder and CEO, "the ever-impressive and brightly shining Tom Beckenham" (to quote an attendee!) was at yesterday's Digital Magazine Awards in London. In his role as speaker at the pre-awards conference, Tom urged attendees that to succeed as a digital publisher, they should think like a tech company. At the awards event, he was able to congratulate all the worthy winners including Harrods Magazine (two gongs!), Pugpig, GQ Australia, Net-a-Porter's The Edit and Porter Magazine, Empire Magazine. Metro won a highly commended for News & Business. Net-a-porter and Metro both use Specle's ad platform to include high... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at SpecleSpeak
There is a new getting started guide for using Specle Campaign. Specle Campaign is available to all users. Simply contact and they will enable Specle Campaign on your account. See our new getting started guide at Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2016 at SpecleSpeak
You might not be buying anyone Specle for Christmas, but we thought we'd run our own Black Friday promotion! For today only, you can get a huge discount on all your ad deliveries for 2017 and achieve brilliant colour with the new Specle Colour for a fraction of the cost! Today, you can purchase an annual Specle plan for much less than you would pay for the same service monthly. Call us on 0207 871 3555, or email to buy today. TODAY ONLY Print Ad Delivery Deliver newspaper, magazine, and print Out of Home advertising Studio 10 Includes 120... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at SpecleSpeak
Innovation and automation were in the air at our recent second annual summit. Held at the home of technological breakthrough and knowledge in the UK, the Royal Institution of Great Britain, we welcomed a high level audience from the UK's leading agencies, advertisers and media owners, including: Sky, Papermule, Williams Lea Tag, The Hub, Harrods, BUPA and William Hill. Martin Ashplant from Metro described their commitment to apps. Mungo Knott, marketing and insight director at Primesight gave a fascinating description of the out of home sector past and future. Tom Beckenham, founder and CEO at Specle then cased a sensation... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2016 at SpecleSpeak
Advertisers can now use Specle’s proven technology to manage, process and deliver all digital out of home (DOOH) ads to Primesight. Key benefits to advertisers include: Certainty - be sure your ad is delivered right up to deadline with full audit trail. Automation - transcodes video to the required format. Speed - instantly preview ads. Management - repeat, replace and sub-copy easily. Connectivity - integrates into Specle’s workflows, including campaign manager. Helpful - see all specs on Primesight visually and get help at any time. Specle brings true efficiency and certainty to the delivery and management of DOOH advertising. Now... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2016 at SpecleSpeak
Specle's annual customer event is on Tuesday 27 September 2016, 2pm-6pm. We'd love you to join us. We are welcoming guest speakers from leading agencies, brands, and publishers to share their story: how their company works, how they started working with Specle and the various aspects of their workflow. It will be a valuable opportunity to gain insight into how agencies work and behave. We've also been busy launching innovative new products and features. Come and see them in action. Where better to learn about Specle's roadmap for the future than at the home of innovation: The Royal Institution, 21... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at SpecleSpeak
Due to the recent fluctuations in currency, we have made the decision to lower our EUR pricing to reflect the recent drop in the value of pound sterling. Our PAYG and Studio 10 rates have been lowered as follows: PAYG National Delivery - €19.50 (previously €22.50) Regional Delivery (including News Ireland) - €2.60 (previously €3.00) Automatic Fixing - €6.50 (previously €7.50) Manual Fixing - €45.50 (previously €52.50) Studio 10 Subscription including 10 ads - €65 (previously €75) National Delivery - €6.50 (previously €7.50) Regional Delivery (including News Ireland) - €1.30 (previously €2.00) All price reductions have occurred automatically and are... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2016 at SpecleSpeak
The developers have resolved the problem, and we are back online. We apologise for the downtime. Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at SpecleSpeak
Specle is undergoing a serious system issue right now. Our developers are working on the problem right now. Please email any files for tonights issues to with publication, and insertion details and we will deliver them for you free of charge. Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at SpecleSpeak
 Specle's new advertiser-paid portal for Metro makes creating and sending digital ads easy and much more cost-effective. Previously, advertisers had to develop HTML so their ads would work in apps. Now, using this revolutionary portal, advertisers can transform print ads into HTML animated creative with just one step, instantly accessing both Metro's 3.1m print readers and 150,000 monthly digital edition users. In addition, you can also create HTML using your own developers and upload, preview, and test in Specle to ensure your design works perfectly. There are loads of fantastic features enabling advertisers to build beautiful, innovative and engaging... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at SpecleSpeak
At Specle we are continually improving how we offer stress-free and cost effective ad delivery, with exceptional support when you need it. Having avoided price changes for some time, we recently had to review our pricing structure. It is very important to us that you continue to get fantastic service with excellent value for money so we’ve kept increases to a minimum Effective from 1 December 2015, our prices will be: Specle Send PAYG Ad delivery Delivery £15 per ad Automatic fix £5 Manual fix £35 Plans Monthly plans for high volume users Studio 10 £50 monthly for 10 national... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2015 at SpecleSpeak
Sponsors Specle are thrilled to announce Harrods magazine's Fendi game campaign has won 'Best advertisement' at the 2015 Digital Magazine Awards. Labelled "bloody addictive" by the judges, the ad was praised as "everything a digital magazine ad should be: engaging, perfect for the target audience,consistent brand values and interactive." The memory game, housed in the mobile version of Harrods magazine, got players to match up tiles containing images of Fendi's gorgeous bags. Thus cleverly encouraging consumers to interact with a display which itself was an element of Harrods's "Made with love" campaign. We at Specle Towers avoided becoming addicted to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2015 at SpecleSpeak
Specle is delighted to announce our key collaborative role in Adobe Digital Publishing Solution. In a world first, using Specle’s integrated advertising system creative agencies and publishers can now deliver dynamic, engaging and compelling adverts to apps being created using Adobe DPS without the need to use code. Thanks to Specle’s technology, if you can make a print ad, you can now also make a digital ad without any coding skills. Now, for the first time, Specle’s expertise in streamlining web based specifications, and simplifying ad delivery and publication, is integrated with Adobe’s application programming interface (API) to create powerful... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2015 at SpecleSpeak
This year we held our first large scale user group event. It was amazing to see how much support the company now has. We had well over 100 customers in attendance. It was a great chance to network with others in the industry and there was lots of interesting discussion. Thank you to presenters Neil Foggin from William Hill, Mark Welland from News UK, Jon Marks from Kaldor, and Liam Keating from Condé Nast. Thank you also to the team from Graphic Bar London for your help on the day. Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at SpecleSpeak
*|MC:SUBJECT|* The Journey Continues Specle was created as the central place to host advertising specifications. Before Specle, publishers would distribute their specs in Word documents or spreadsheets, and information would often be out of date. We built Specle by working with publishers collating these documents and entering all of this information online - making it available freely, openly, and graphically. Specle now covers the entirety of the UK publishing sector. We have become the only place to find up to date validated ad specifications for all publications in the UK - and we deliver to them too. Thank you all... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at SpecleSpeak
Last year we introduced pricing plans and credit card payment. It made it a lot easier for customers to do business with Specle and also made it cheaper for larger teams to deliver advertising. In the past year we have doubled the volume of ads coming through Specle and have released more than 100 new features. Specle has always prided itself on the level of support we offer our customers and we are committed to maintaining the best service available. We have evaluated the pricing and structure of the plans. In order to continue this level of support the pricing... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at SpecleSpeak
Specle will be down for a couple of minutes. Back in 5 or 10 minutes Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2014 at SpecleSpeak
Junior Sales role available at Specle Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2012 at SpecleSpeak
Today we have launched Specle Studio, Regional ad delivery, new pricing plans, and much more. Please take a look around. More details to follow on Monday. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2012 at SpecleSpeak
A Specle upgrade is occurring today between 14:00 and 14:30 GMT. Please come back later to see the new site! Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2012 at SpecleSpeak
At the end of this month, Specle will announce a new product called Specle Studio. Specle Studio is the product of the culmination of all our knowledge of pre-press and agency workflows. It seamlessly connects together production from media schedule through to delivery to publication in a way that has never been seen before. Specle has been working with closely VCCP to pilot the technology. VCCP is already using Specle Studio to produce and deliver all their work - including every ad for easyJet. You can read all about it today in PrintWeek. Please follow us on Twitter or Facebook... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2012 at SpecleSpeak
QA & Usability Engineer Specle is a fast paced, funded web startup working in the advertising & publishing space. Specle is aiming to change the world of print & online advertising production, and we are are looking for superstar people to help. The role we are looking to fill will be split between QA and Usability testing. This is a technical role and will require a hard working, technical minded person with excellent communication and documentation skills with a keen eye for detail. Specle prides itself on having the best products in the market. Specle is growing fast, and there... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2012 at SpecleSpeak
From today, Specle introduces support for EUR and USD. If an agency creates an account in the Eurozone, or in the United States, all pricing and transactions will now be in their local currency. As always, Specle does not have any registration fees or ongoing charges. It also remains free to search for ad specs and to publish information. Pricing is based on the country of registration of the sender (the person paying for ad delivery services). This means that a French agency will pay in EUR regardless of which country the publisher is they are sending to. A UK... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2011 at SpecleSpeak
Since the release of Specle Send, we've been working with customers to make Specle Send better and better and better. Usability, efficiency, and speed are core aims of the Specle team. We've introduced some new features over the weekend that we hope improve your Specle experience. New Send Ad Buttons Its now a lot easier to find where to click to access the Specle Send and Specle Pro services. Gone are the little blue links next to sizes. We now have big red buttons and you can now click anywhere in the row to send an ad. New Column Section... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2011 at SpecleSpeak