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22Feb 18 

Why it’s important your business brand is consistent

Your business brand is more than just your logo and colours – it’s your values, the way you speak, the personality you convey. Consistent brands provide the same experience wherever you come across them, whether it’s in person, on social media or on their website. It makes you more recognisable Being the same everywhere helps you stand out. For a start, it makes it less likely for people to confuse you with other brands. Consistency also breeds familiarity, making it easier for people...

16Aug 17 

10 benefits of outsourced marketing

Wondering if outsourcing your marketing could be right for your company? There's numerous upsides, especially for small and medium sized businesses. Here's ten benefits of outsourced marketing... 1. No long-term commitment One of the biggest benefits of outsourcing your marketing is that there's no long term commitment. Most firms operate on short or rolling contracts, so you can try out marketing activity without committing long term. 2. Removes risk of investing in marketing As there's no ...

03Aug 17 

What is outsourced marketing?

If you’ve been wondering whether outsourced marketing could work for your business, read this guide to outsourcing your marketing. What is outsourced marketing? Outsourced marketing is exactly as it sounds – outsourcing your business marketing activity to a third party. An outsourced marketing team can be used in addition to an in-house team, or it could replace the need for in-house staff entirely. Why outsource marketing activity? There's numerous reasons to outsource your marketing, b...

14Sep 16 

New company logo design for forward-thinking business group

Somerset-based MMA Architectural are sole UK distributors for the Jakob range of quality stainless steel wire rope assemblies, tie rods and fittings. The products are predominantly used in commercial environments such as office buildings, bridges, zoos, car parks and public spaces. MMA Architectural MD Justin Errington was faced with a dilemma: a need to ‘make visual sense’ of a rapidly growing business and the development of separate, niche marketplaces. He came to the decision that the e...

24Aug 16 

What’s the difference between your brand and your identity?

Your brand is not a physical thing. It’s the perception of your business that others have and the feelings that your business or product(s) evoke.

10Jun 16 

How Cognique create a marketing strategy

Every time we work with our clients to create a marketing strategy and plan we use the same five steps. Here’s what our process looks like... 1. Learning about your business Before we start work on a marketing strategy for our clients, first we spend time getting a deep understanding of their business and their goals for the future. We’ll have a face-to-face meeting where we'll aim to find out:The history of their business. Who their customers are. What products or services the...

07Jun 16 

Why do you need a marketing strategy?

In our experience, businesses that come to us without a marketing strategy often have one thing in common – they’re spending money on marketing but not seeing a return on their investment. This frequently happens when an opportunity for marketing presents itself, perhaps the chance to run radio ads or advertise in a local magazine, and the business decides to invest. Yet when this is done outside of a marketing strategy, the activity often doesn't have the desired impact. For example, if y...

03Jun 16 

What is a marketing strategy?

A marketing strategy is a document that details how you’ll achieve your business goals using marketing.  Marketing can be highly effective at growing businesses, but for best results you need to approach it strategically. Jumping in and creating adverts on social media channels can be counter intuitive if you don't know what you want to achieve with them. Creating a strategy means you can be sure all your activity is working towards your overall goals. What's in a marketing strategy? Below...

11Dec 15 

Corporate graphic design project for Old Mill

Old Mill Accountants and Financial Planners have always recognised the value of creative corporate graphic design. It plays a valuable role in communicating their expertise to a wide and varied client base. Wisdom is the latest Old Mill flagship magazine, produced exclusively for their rapidly expanding Private Wealth market. Featuring industry insight and specialist advice, the magazine includes articles on pension planning, investment portfolios and probate. Both informative and inspiration...

01Dec 15 

Key marketing dates for 2016

Starting to plan your marketing calendar for 2016? Below you’ll find a list of key events and dates throughout the year – ideal for starting to pull together your content marketing themes. Although not every date will be relevant to your business, there’s bound to be some that resonate with your target audience. As well as the usual dates that happen every year, there’s also a number of one-off events taking place next year. One of the biggest is the Olympics, but it’s also one of th...

03Nov 15 

B2B Christmas marketing – sending holiday greetings

Have you thought about what you’ll send to your clients and contacts this Christmas yet? It’s an annual conundrum - should you send a card, email, present or something else entirely?  To help, we’ve compiled some of the best ways to spread goodwill that won't break the bank. Support a good cause Supporting a good cause is always nice at Christmas. You could make a charitable donation instead of sending cards and let your contacts know via email. Or maybe try a variation on one of these...

25Sep 15 

How to plan a successful ecommerce Christmas

As I write this there are only 90 days to go until Christmas. So is your ecommerce business ready? The Christmas period offers a massive opportunity for online shops, with more people shopping online than ever before. In the UK last year (2014), 40% of Christmas shopping was done online, with £21.6bn spent on ecommerce websites in the eight weeks leading up to Christmas and a further £810 million spent online on Black Friday alone (Source: IMRG e-Retail Sales Index).To make the most of th...

09Jul 15 

New LED Architects website and identity

An imaginary fist pump was my inital reaction when I heard that we were going to be given the opportunity to design and build the new LED Architects website. Architects, as we all know, are designers. And as designers they are very visual. They like their work to tell the story with big, interesting and powerful project images – not the usual stock photography you find on every Tom, Dick and Harry's website. This is a web designer's dream, and I was chomping at the bit to get started on it. ...

09Dec 14 

Name, identity and multilingual website for Active8 Robots

Antony Lovedale founded Active Robots over 10 years ago as a catalogue and online reseller of robot parts and accessories to hobbyists and enthusiasts. But a recent expansion into higher value robots for use in education, academic research and corporate applications meant that Antony needed to create a separate business to address the needs of this rapidly growing market. Following a recommendation from a business contact, Antony met with Cognique and discussed his requirements. We quickly came...

07Nov 14 

New identity and e-commerce website for Fuzzy Warbles

Vinyl aficionado Stephen Waldron approached Cognique to make a lifelong dream come true: to own his own record shop. He already had a brilliant name (Fuzzy Warbles Vinyl Records), the notion of selling niche genre vinyl online and an idea for how his logo should look. But what he needed was someone to help him deliver the whole package professionally, and within a few short weeks. Based on the business name we first developed an 'A Clockwork Orange' inspired identity: Once the identity was a...

23Oct 14 

Logo design for startup business

Cognique created a logo design for startup business Construction Certification Ltd. Working with SMEs in the construction sector, business owner Richard Shearwood-Porter approached us to create a logo that reflected his 'down to earth approach' combined with a 'plain language pitch'. Utilising pictorial elements from sister company HSQE, Cognique produced three concepts which were presented to the client. After a few minor colour tweaks and font variations the final logo design (which can be se...