MARKETING MATTERS

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).

AXA INSURANCE

by BGL Communications on June 23, 2017
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AXA INSURANCE

The Brief

AXA is one of the largest insurance businesses in the world. AXA Insurance contracted Abacus, one of the leading London marketing companies to deliver ad hoc marketing support. This mostly took the form of the creation of tenders and presentations to support their sales team in their negotiation of contracts with their broker network. We worked in close partnership with their marketing team to design and deliver professional materials, often working late into the night to hit tight deadlines, and to accommodate important last minute changes. This work helped to win several high-value new business pitches for the client.

Planning

We were also asked to deliver campaign concepts for a number of direct marketing initiatives, one of which was for a taxi insurance product. This work included a series of focus groups with the target market, to discuss their views and opinions about the product’s features and benefits, as well as to establish their feedback regarding design visuals which we created for the event.

Another project involved searching for images from online libraries to support one of their brokers, who was struggling to create professional marketing collateral. We were subsequently commissioned to design and artwork various materials on their behalf.

Implementation

We were commissioned to assist with the preparation of a presentation template, the purpose of which was to agree bespoke agreements with brokers on an individual basis regarding joint business plan arrangements, and outlining the commitments from the partner and the support they would be offered by AXA Insurance.

Our London marketing agency was asked to come up with message propositions for tactical campaign ideas, to design event invitations, to create internal documents, to design HTML templates for email campaigns, to develop sales incentives, and so on.

‘They were great fun to work with. Highly efficient and personal, and responsive to all my needs. They were always available at the end of the phone, and they never once turned down any requests – regardless of how tight the deadline. I trusted them to get on and deliver the work and they always did a good job. Very reliable and down to earth. I would not hesitate to recommend them.’

Alison Barlow
Senior Marketing Manager
AXA Insurance

Aiming to be Your #1 Marketing Agency London

Abacus Marketing is an independent London marketing agency that works with funded start-ups, ambitious SMEs and corporate blue-chip clients operating in the UK and EMEA. We deliver marketing consultancy (market research, strategic planning and customer insight), corporate branding, website design, marketing communications, digital marketing (SEO, social media, digital advertising, content marketing, email marketing and marketing automation), event marketing, advertising and direct marketing.

Find Out More About What We Do

 

Our honest and transparent digital marketing work speaks for itself. We deliver a personal, passionate & tailored service to each and every one of our clients, big or small, based in London or abroad. We strongly believe that understanding your company DNA is the only approach to SEO, SEM, CRO, Content Marketing, Social Media or Corporate Branding. Our digital marketing methods are innovative and always anticipate the intent of your customers and search engines.

Core to the success of what we achieve for our clients is our understanding of the fluid relationship between attracting customers and engaging them through a well-defined digital relationship model.

If you want clear, honest and tangible results online with the opportunity to learn how they’re achieved then get in touch now to see how we can help.

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HOME LEARNING COLLEGE

by BGL Communications on June 21, 2017
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HOME LEARNING COLLEGE

Home Learning College is the UK’s largest online learning provider. We were commissioned to provide them with a fresh design style for the front covers of their entire range of training course booklets. The client had recently invested in new corporate brand identity, but the logo had as yet not been applied to any literature, which potentially damaged the perceived value of the brand in the eyes of their customers. There is quite a large leap in faith to get people to pay for distance learning courses, and the challenge is always to reduce churn/cancellation rates, and to improve retention/loyalty.

There was no question as to the quality of the information in the booklets themselves – it was simply a case that the outer covers needed to replicate this quality to ensure that the first impression of customers receiving course booklets through the post was a positive one.

Abacus Marketing created three different creative concepts for the client’s consideration and they chose one of these for development. Once the final design style had been approved, our studio created artwork for the front covers for their entire suite of booklets, using colour coding to differentiate courses from one another. We used library images to keep costs to a minimum, and transferred all usage rights to the client on completion of the project.

We supplied all design templates to the client so that their internal team were able to modify the artwork as and when required. The project was completed in two months.

 

‘Excellent creative work that was delivered on time and on budget.’

CEO
Home Learning College

Transforming Home Learning College Standards

At AVADO, we’re passionate about creating inspiring learning that has a lasting impact.

We weren’t always the AVADO you know today, but what has followed us throughout our story has been a real desire to bring the best possible learning to every professional and business.

Originally named Home Learning College, we began delivering effective and engaging learning programmes in 1990. We spread the word by knocking on doors before experiencing the dotcom revolution first hand and taking full advantage of the edtech sector’s digital growth. In 2016, we became AVADO.

Today, we offer both online and face-to-face learning programmes with companies like Google and the CIPD – allowing anyone, anywhere to become professionally qualified and further their career.

Today, AVADO is reinventing professional learning with its digital-first approach. By combining the experience and know-how of Home Learning College with a passion for new technology and inspiring content, AVADO is the go-to education provider for both professionals and businesses.

AVADO is part of Blenheim Chalcot, the UK’s leading venture builder. Founded in 1998, Blenheim Chalcot specialises in building digital businesses that transform industries. It has portfolio sales of over £300m, more than 3,000 employees, and a successful track record of over 40 companies across IT services and outsourcing, education, financial services, software, sport and media. The partners at Blenheim Chalcot have held senior roles at Google, Monitor and Capital One and work closely with portfolio companies on a daily basis.

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SAVILE ROW TRAVEL / FEEL GOOD HOLIDAYS

by BGL Communications on June 19, 2017
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SAVILE ROW TRAVEL / FEEL GOOD HOLIDAYS

Savile Row Travel and Feel Good Holidays are two brands owned by the same independent tour operator. One of the brands delivered a higher end experience, but both offered tailored holiday experiences to discerning foreign travellers.

We were commissioned to deliver a number of marketing communication projects. These included the creation of a new logo for Savile Row Travel, design templates for both websites, holiday brochures for both companies and magazine adverts. We provided copywriting and copyediting services, as well as concept visuals, graphic design, image retouching, artwork and press ready files. We also liaised with their printer to manage the print process on their behalf.

We worked closely with the owner of the business throughout the process, and researched competitor websites to get a better feel for how others were operating in the marketplace. This enabled us to generate insights and ideas that fed into our work.

We subsequently developed an outline digital marketing plan to generate leads – the strategy included search engine optimisation, pay per click advertising, social media marketing, content creation and email campaigns.

 

‘I was very pleased with the work delivered by the Abacus team. They are very easy people to deal with and always bent over backwards to accommodate our needs. We now have a more professional collection of brochures to hand out to our customers.’

Giles Hoff
Managing Director
Savile Row Travel / Feel Good Holidays

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