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02Jan 18 

We are looking for a Digital Marketer

This vacancy has now been filled 1) Have you got experience in Digital Marketing? 2) Are you looking to join a fantastic company and help grow the business? 3) Do you want to develop your career within a forward-thinking and creative agency?Due to continued client success and increasing demand, we’re looking for a Digital Marketer to join our team. You will be part of a fantastic, creative team working with new and existing clients to increase their ROI. The successful candidate...

08Dec 17 

What stands in the way of good marketing?

There are many things that can stand between a good marketing campaign and growing your business. Here's a few common reasons (and their solutions) that marketing fails. Lack of in-house knowledge and skills Over half (57%) of businesses say they don’t have the right people in their team to manage successful marketing campaigns. Solution: Try outsourcing – it's more cost effective and you can access a wider range of skills. Bad branding You could have the best marketing campaign in the ...

11Oct 17 

16 free marketing tools for your small business

Just getting started with online marketing for your business? Many of the best marketing tools are free or offer a free version or trial. Here’s 16 helpful marketing tools that won’t cost you a thing... Content marketing 1. Google Trends Find out what people are searching for so you can create content on trending topics. Also helpful for working out which term to use – for example searches for "blogging" are dropping but searches for "content marketing" are on the rise. 2. Buzz Sumo U...

04Oct 17 

10 signs your business should use outsourced marketing

Are your marketing efforts non-existent, ad-hoc or just not going as planned? Here’s ten signs you should use outsourced marketing... 1. You want to grow Planning for business growth? Outsourcing your marketing can help you get where you want to be quicker, with less overheads than employing full time staff to cover all marketing specialisms.   2. You’re not doing any marketing activity If you’re not doing any marketing activity at all, you might be surprised how much of a difference ...

27Sep 17 

How much should you spend on marketing your business?

Wondering how much you should spend on marketing your business? In short, there’s no definitive answer. It’s often recommended that you spend 10% of your turnover on marketing if you're planning for growth. Here’s what that would look like for businesses with a...Turnover of £120,000 = £12,000 marketing budget Turnover of £500,000 = £50,000 marketing budget Turnover of £3,000,000 = £300,000 marketing budgetIn reality, the 10% figure is far from gospel. If you search the...

23Aug 17 

Are you ready for GDPR?

New privacy regulations are coming in next year and many companies are unprepared. The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) will come into force on May 25th 2018. Although it might seem a long way off, the new regulations are much more involved than current UK Data Protection Act rules, so there’s lots for businesses to do in preparation. Although it's unlikely, those who don't comply could be hit with huge fines – up to 20 million euros or 4% of turnover, whichever is higher. Who is...

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...

16Nov 16 

How PR works as part of an integrated marketing strategy

In the previous blogs to this series we’ve shown what PR is and how it can help your business. Now we’ll show how PR works as part of an integrated marketing strategy. What is an integrated marketing strategy? It’s how all the different marketing activity you are doing (or planning) fits together, so that each activity supports the others and shares the same messages. The often-quoted ‘rule of seven’ says that potential customers need to hear or see your marketing messages seven t...

09Nov 16 

How can PR help my business?

We saw in our first blog of this series that PR (Public Relations) is about reputation, and that many companies and organisations employ PR companies to build, protect and maintain their reputation. Why does my business need a PR Strategy? Having a PR strategy means that you are thinking about what you want customers and other groups (such as suppliers and the media) to believe about the products and services you supply, and about your business in general. Whichever sector you operate in yo...

02Nov 16 

What is PR?

PR (Public Relations) is about your reputation, and how you are (and want to be) perceived. What is PR? Many companies, organisations and individuals in the public eye employ PR companies to build, protect and maintain their reputation, as it is their most valuable asset. A ‘public’ is anyone who ever has or ever will form an opinion about a company, organisation, or individual, and could include customers, potential customers, suppliers, staff, the general public, and of course the me...

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...

12Apr 16 

B2C vs B2B marketing

B2C and B2B marketing used to be worlds apart. Now that both business to business and business to consumer businesses are doing more digital marketing, they are more similar than ever before. But there are still some big differences. B2B marketers focus on content marketing and marketing automation A recent report by Salesforce revealed that B2B marketers were most likely to be increasing marketing spend on content marketing and marketing automation.These findings were also supported b...

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...