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).

IFF RESEARCH

by BGL Communications on June 20, 2017
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IFF RESEARCH

IFF Research is an independent market research company. We were commissioned to create and deliver a marketing plan for one of their products. The aim of the project was to increase awareness and sales. The process involved face-to-face meetings with key members of the team, and a facilitated workshop. We researched the marketplace to better understand the digital marketing strategies of core competitors.

We worked in close collaboration with the client to develop the marketing strategy. We identified several changes that we recommended should be made to the core product proposition – such as making it a monthly service rather than a bi-monthly one to ensure it was available whenever customers wanted it. We recommended the provision of a suite of webpage communication tools, including a video and downloadable PDFs, to improve the webpage experience for prospective customers. We identified primary keywords for SEO and PPC activities. We recommended changes to website navigation and proposed a tiered suite of reporting options to create a greater perceived choice, and we also promoted the omnibus as having both one-off and repeat usage benefits. We promoted the option for clients to bolt on bespoke data in order to focus on particular audience demographics relevant to their needs. We encouraged enquiries from all prospects, knowing that the client would potentially be able to deliver other research solutions if it turned out that this particular service was not appropriate to their needs.

We looked at the target market demographic profile and identified the types of organisations which would potentially be interested in using a product such as this. We considered departments, levels of seniority, channels and sectors. We identified a list of business services which we knew would benefit from using the product. We identified a range of needs and drivers to support webpage messaging and lead generation activities. We created a five-pronged service proposition – quality, experience, service, flexibility and value.

We identified features and benefits that would resonate with the target market. We created implicit ways to support the client’s corporate credentials, by showcasing client case studies, testimonials and logos. We developed a new name for the product with fresh branding that was in keeping with the existing corporate identity. We designed and developed the new webpage. Finally, we launched a series of lead generation activities, including social media promotion, content generation, search engine advertising and on-site SEO, supported by the setting up of a CRM system to manage the lead generation process. We implemented a number of reporting tools to assist with the analysis of the performance of ongoing campaigns, as well as lead forensics software to identify companies visiting the website, in support of internal business development activities.

 

‘Very impressed. Highly recommended.’

Mark Lynch
Marketing Executive
IFF Research

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PAOLO MARCHETTI

by abacus on June 19, 2017
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PAOLO MARCHETTI

Paolo Marchetti Interiors is a bespoke fitted furniture company with retail outlets in Hampstead Heath and Tottenham Court Road. Abacus was commissioned to deliver a variety of digital marketing support, including PPC, SEO and social media. We were also contracted to deliver ongoing management of the website. The backdrop to our engagement was that the client had been working with various UK marketing agencies without great success to encourage potential customers to book a free design visit – this was on the basis that their sales team was likely to convert a percentage of these visits into sales. Over an 18-month period, we managed to achieve a 400% increase in bookings.

Our strategy on Google AdWords was to start with a very broad list of almost 20,000 potential keywords, a total which was honed down over a period of time to about a tenth of this quantity, so that we were able to unequivocally identify those keywords which were most likely to deliver high quality visits.

Conversely, we focused on less than 20 keywords (e.g. bespoke fitted furniture) for our search engine optimisation (SEO) strategy, though we continually analysed performance for related keywords, and this strategy saw tracked keywords increase to 200 keywords over a two-year period.

The social media strategy was to build a high-quality audience of relevant followers and to ensure the client was perceived as being an expert within the home furnishings and interior decoration sector.

We identified that there were issues with the website that needed to be overcome, and we were commissioned to design and develop a new website with a greater depth of content and a more logical navigational structure, which significantly improved the user experience. We designed and printed a series of brochures too – these were also hosted in digital form on the website.

We delivered an integrated market research project, which included a review of the UK retail sector and the furniture industry, an analysis of competitor websites, mystery shopping, staff consultations, customer focus groups, and an online questionnaire aimed at the target market demographic.

 

‘The team at Abacus were a real pleasure to work with. They impressed us with their passion and enthusiasm and we really felt we were working with people who were like a virtual extension of our team. The results speak for themselves. Highly recommended.’

Alexey Nagaitsev
Marketing Director
Paolo Marchetti Interiors

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VERITA

by BGL Communications on June 7, 2017
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VERITA

Verita is an independent investigations consultancy that specialises in supporting the needs of regulated organisations within the healthcare, education, charity and government service provider sectors. Abacus was commissioned to deliver a strategic and corporate brand proposition, and we were subsequently contracted to deliver website design and development, as well as ongoing social media marketing and search engine optimisation.

The initial stage in the process was to understand the business better. To do this, we reviewed the business plan and the marketplace, and held face-to-face meetings with every member of staff, including managers and directors. These were confidential interviews to encourage transparency and honesty. We spent time in the office reviewing their sales processes and systems. We tested opinions and beliefs about the company using an online questionnaire. From these processes, we were able to identify a number of organisational issues and cultural practices that needed to be addressed – these were relatively simple tasks, such as making sure all staff had read the business plan and understood the financial goals for the year ahead, and putting communication processes in place to ensure that all staff were aware of company performance on an ongoing basis.

We held a facilitated workshop session to develop the brand proposition, in terms of values, virtues, views and vision. This enabled us to create a clear positioning statement and to develop core messages – a customer service charter was delivered internally using this information as the base.

We developed three creative concepts for the website, and developed the preferred option in close partnership with the client. We developed a site map and navigation structure to reflect changes in the business plan, and provided a copywriting and copyediting service too. We designed and developed the website and optimised onsite SEO. As part of our planning work, we analysed a number of competitor websites and established the most important keywords for the business to focus on. We created a brand handbook for the business that is now used by members of staff to ensure a consistent house style across all stakeholder communications.

After the website was launched, we provided social media and SEO, as well as delivering ongoing consultancy support for other marketing activities delivered internally.

 

‘We value the contribution that Abacus makes to our business greatly, and consider them to be a virtual extension of our marketing team.’

Ed Marsden
Managing Director
Verita

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