We like to share our thoughts on matters relating to the integrated marketing services we offer – including marketing strategy, corporate branding, marketing communications, website design and development, digital marketing (search engine optimisation, digital advertising, social media marketing, content marketing, email marketing and marketing automation), and non-digital marketing (advertising, direct marketing, sales promotion, event marketing, public relations and corporate incentives).
It is probably a truism to state that a significant percentage of companies cut corners when it comes to writing copy for their website and their other sales and marketing materials – e.g. company brochures, product leaflets and corporate presentations – not to mention their direct marketing and advertising campaigns. The reason why is obvious. Everyone can write, right? Then why spend extra money investing in someone else to do your copywriting for you? You can save all that time, money and effort by doing it all internally. The trouble is, however, that although we can all write, we cannot all write well.
We create different types of marketing plans for a wide variety of clients, from start-up businesses and SMEs (small- and medium-sized enterprises) all the way through to blue chip organisations. Our clients operate within both the private and not-for-profit sectors. They work within a wide variety of industry sectors and in both B2B and B2C marketplaces (as well as within more complicated distribution and sales channels).
The Entrepreneur website defines a strategic brand proposition as “The marketing practice of creating a name, symbol or design that identifies and differentiates a product from other products.” Which is, of course true, this only tells half the brand story – the visual or creative part. To us, a strategic brand proposition is just as important. It defines the culture and personality of a business, congruent with its vision and values. It is the expression of its virtues and views in the way it delivers work for its customers. It must fit in with the overall marketing strategy and business plan.
Our content marketing agency uses the creation of various forms of customer communications, the overall purpose of which is to increase sales and profits. Typical forms of content include blogs, white papers, webinars, newsletters, infographics, and videos.
Search engine optimisation (SEO) is the term used to explain the process by which one strives to improve the search engine ranking results for specific keyword search terms – in other words, it is the means by which one raises the visibility of one’s website to algorithmically-driven ‘robots’ in order to appear on the first page of Google.
Last week Google made a surprise announcement outlining a complete restructure, creating a parent company called Alphabet, and dividing its various endeavours into a number of different businesses. How will this affect Google marketing and SEO for your company going forward?
Over a month after it was announced, Google has begun the ‘slow’ rollout of the Google Panda 4.2 update. While many SEO experts have said that not much has changed as of yet, it’s thought that the steady changes should start to take effect soon.
Every globally-recognised blue chip company (such as Nike, Starbucks, and Virgin) started small. But even when first starting out, they all recognised the importance of corporate branding and the benefits that a clearly-defined corporate brand strategy would bring to the table. This is true, whatever the size of a business, from the very smallest, to the very largest with very few exceptions. Corporate branding is for all.
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 keyword – investing. Most companies sell – either directly or indirectly – through their website.
We’re all familiar with an inbox full of emails from companies promoting their goods and services – most you probably can’t even remember signing up for, and a lot will seem utterly irrelevant. But have you ever wondered why so many companies still engage in email marketing activity? It’s simple. It’s because effective email marketing works.