Online Marketing

How to develop a brand strategic proposition

by Steve Brown on April 13, 2018

Every company has a brand – the company itself is a brand, and it is the brand that has value on the balance sheet – it is the difference accounted for by the term “goodwill” between what a business is worth and what someone is prepared to pay for it. But not every company has a very clear idea of what their brand stands for. In fact, we would go so far as to suggest that one reason why so many businesses fail in their early years is that they haven’t thought through their brand strategic proposition to really clarify both internally and externally what makes them different and special in a crowded marketplace.

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What does GDPR mean for marketing in 2018?

by Steve Brown on March 9, 2018

In this article, we will be looking at GDPR from the perspective of how it will impact upon your marketing strategy and therefore, what does GDPR mean for marketing in 2018? The bottom line is that – as long as you are using data that has been ethically collected to market your business in a fair and transparent way – you have nothing to worry about. Furthermore, we consider GDPR to actually be a positive step in the right direction when it comes to the appropriate use of data by organisations who wish to raise awareness about their products and services to prospects and customers, in the hope of generating additional sales in some way or another.

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How to create a content marketing strategy

by Steve Brown on February 7, 2018

As mentioned in one of our previous blog posts (describing some of the major trends to be expected in 2018), eight out of ten marketers believe content marketing is a key constituent of marketing success, yet only three out of ten within the same sample had a content marketing strategy in place. Setting a strategy isn’t hard, but it can be daunting to know where to start when it comes to working out what is needed – by whom, in what format, how often, why, and so on. That is why we recommend the use of the long-established SMART goals methodology (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely).

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Marketing Trends 2018

by Steve Brown on January 15, 2018

It’s a natural time of the year to create plans and to take a broader look at the factors that are likely to affect our businesses in the coming year. In this piece, we set out some of the likely marketing trends in 2018 that either will or could – and in many cases, should – fundamentally change how marketing is delivered. To this end, we have trawled the internet to see what a wide variety of marketing experts across the globe are predicting to be the most disruptive influences in the coming year.

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Bowtie Marketing

by Steve Brown on December 15, 2017

For many years, the idea of the sales funnel (or sales pipeline) has been accepted as a core principle in formulating successful marketing strategies. But, whilst it is a valuable concept in itself, it fails to cover the full scope and nature of the most valuable interactions between a business and its customers. The approach is primarily focused at considering how new customers are acquired, without any recognition of the fact that business from existing customers is typically substantially more valuable, and invariably significantly less expensive – according to many industry experts by a multiple of seven to ten.

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Social Media Marketing Strategy for SMEs

by Steve Brown on August 9, 2017

Social Media Marketing

There are very few organisations that would not benefit from being active in social media marketing – and that includes start-ups and SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises), to whom this article is predominantly aimed. There is no one-size fits all solution when it comes to any form of marketing activity. Different companies have unique needs, and what is right for one, might be wrong for another. Getting the strategy right is, therefore, key. We must always remember that a digital marketing strategy forms part of an overall sales and marketing plan that works in conjunction with the strategic and creative brand proposition to deliver the financial objectives outlined in the business plan. This relationship cannot be stressed enough. All elements ought to be clearly aligned to ensure that an authentic strategy is created.

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How to design and develop a good quality website

by Steve Brown on February 12, 2015

The internet has levelled the playing field. Even the smallest and newest of enterprises are able to generate the impression of a much more sizeable business by investing in a professional and credible website. And that’s the key word – investing. Most companies sell – either directly or indirectly – through their website.

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How do I get more people to visit my website?

by Steve Brown on November 20, 2014

So, you’ve got a decent website – it’s on-brand, it’s well designed, it’s optimised for search keywords, it’s full of relevant content, it’s easy to navigate, you’re getting lots of hits, and you’re even receiving some decent sales enquiries. Well done! It’s now time to turn the screw on the competition. (If you don’t have a decent website yet, make that your number one priority…).

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Five Great PR Campaigns In 2014

by Steve Brown on October 24, 2014

Public Relations (PR)- when it goes wrong it can be disastrous, but when it goes right – like really right – it can bring a smile to the glummest of faces and, more importantly, it can create a whole lot of extra business opportunity.

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