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).

DELICIOUS INTERIORS

by BGL Communications on June 22, 2017
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DELICIOUS INTERIORS

Delicious Interiors is an online retailer specialising in the high-end furniture marketplace, with a particular focus on selling designer-label bar stools, dining room tables, and chairs. The client’s plan is to expand the range and sell a wider range of home furniture as the brand grew.

We were commissioned to design a new corporate identity, and to create an ecommerce website, which we built in Shopify. We wrote all content for the website and optimised onsite SEO. We liaised with manufacturers in order to source imagery.

The client shared their business plan and sales forecasts, and we held a facilitated discussion to create clarity around the strategic brand proposition.

As an essential part of the process, we analysed the marketplace to assess the digital marketing strategies of competitors working in the same marketplace. This enabled us to identify a number of key insights and ideas that we were able to emulate and improve upon. We were able to build up a profile of the core target market and their key demographics.

We recognised the opportunity to create an attractive service proposition to stand out from the crowd. This featured transparent pricing, free delivery, price matching and a quibble-free returns policy. We identified, by assessing the comments of customers placed on competitor websites, that these were the key factors affecting consumer behaviour.

We were subsequently contracted to deliver ongoing digital marketing support, including blog creation, social media management, search engine optimisation (SEO), website administration, and digital advertising, including pay per click (PPC)) and remarketing.

 

‘I was very impressed by Abacus and all the support they provided me with this start-up enterprise. I felt involved in the entire process including strategy and creative, and I was pleased with the look and feel of the website, which was ideal for our desired customer base. Sales performance in the first year has exceeded business plan forecast.’

David Grey
Marketing Manager
Delicious Interiors

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FIRST ASSIST

by BGL Communications on June 21, 2017
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FIRST ASSIST

FirstAssist is an insurance broker. We were initially asked to develop a full branding and marketing strategy. This having met with their approval, we were subsequently commissioned to deliver marketing support materials. This involved redesigning their entire suite of sales and marketing communications collateral, with a primary focus on the website and product-specific brochures. Being a financial services company operating in a busy marketplace, we needed to create a visual concept that stood out from the crowd.

Following a detailed client briefing and some intensive market research, our design team devised three creative concepts – one of which was chosen and developed in close partnership with the client. We devised the navigation site map for their website and worked with their internal web development team to provide CSS templates, images and copy content for them to replicate on their internal server. The website was essentially an online catalogue of corporate brochures featuring their entire range of financial products. We implemented their on-page SEO too.

The project included the creation of a suite of printed product brochures and a corporate brochure and folder. We also printed their stationery – business cards, letterhead, compliment slip, labels and PowerPoint presentation templates – and developed an exhibition stand with different sets of graphics to promote a variety of products and services.

Customer acquisition activities included 3D direct mail, pay per click advertising, email marketing and trade press advertising. These campaigns helped to drive traffic to their website and call centre. Response levels increased significantly in comparison with previous campaigns, and onsite metrics demonstrated high levels of engagement with site visitors – with lower bounce rates and longer time spent on site than had previously been achieved.

 

‘We were really impressed with the quality of their work. I felt that they took the time to understand our needs, and delivered excellent results for the business.’

Peter Underwood
Marketing Manager
First Assist

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LABINJOH LONDON

by BGL Communications on June 20, 2017
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LABINJOH LONDON

Labinjoh London is a men’s fashion retailer launched by Justin Labinjoh. It sells exclusively online and the product portfolio is limited to a range of long-sleeved formal shirts. Labinjoh commissioned us to deliver a marketing strategy for the business. It was clear that, to be successful in this competitive and mature marketplace, Labinjoh had to find as many ways as possible to stand out from the crowd, and to find some clear space to operate in. The first stage in the process was market research. We investigated 100+ competitors to gain insights into their digital marketing and communication strategies. We identified demographics around their core customer base – we recommended a focus on ambitious professionals in the 25-25 age bracket – well-groomed, trend setters, health focused, status lovers etc. We established new potential markets not mentioned in the business plan.

We identified product features to create consumer benefits – quality fabrics, innovative designs, affordably luxury, contemporary fashion, and bespoke personalisation. We recommended creating a story about the background and motivations of the business owner to enhance a unique personality for the brand, as well as offering swatch books and signature touches to prospective customers. We also proposed a no-discount pricing policy, but to deliver an added value experience with every sale, such as by offering discounted cufflinks or free personalised handkerchiefs. We also suggested interactive video technology to better showcase the product range on the website. We looked at the brand proposition in terms of values, vision, mission, character traits, positioning, USPs, etc. We identified the need for logo development to mirror the classic/contemporary image and we recommended a redesign of the website to provide a better user experience. We looked at the marketing communication needs of various stakeholders, including staff, investors, prospects, customers, stockists, partners, media and suppliers.

We recommended a digital marketing approach as the basis for lead acquisition strategy, using social media, SEO and content marketing supported by marketing automation techniques to optimise retention, loyalty, cross-selling and referral – as well as the creation of a ‘member’s club’ to encourage loyalty. We identified the need for sales pipeline, CRM and customer touch point strategies. We recommended social advertising and promotion, targeted PPC campaigns to test keyword efficacy, network remarketing and email marketing. We proposed an investment in PR to connect the brand with industry bloggers, journalists and influencers, with a series of media events, fashion shows, and a talent competition as a viral sales promotion.

 

‘I am very pleased with the work Abacus has delivered. We are now seeking investment funding to deliver the marketing plan.’

Justin Labinjoh
CEO
Labinjoh London

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