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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...

31Jul 15 

Four reasons why marketing fails

Not all marketing activity is successful. In our experience there are four main reasons why marketing fails: 1. It wasn't targeted enough There are too many people in the world to target everyone, plus it’s impossible to have universal appeal. Consequently, an un-targeted “spray and pray” approach rarely gets results. 2. It used the wrong channels It can be easy to get sucked into using a channel that doesn’t fit your customer base. For example advertising on a website that isn’t a...

24Jul 15 

Are you making this common marketing mistake?

How often have you received marketing communications that were of no interest to you whatsoever? Fairly often, we’d guess. The most common marketing mistake made by businesses is to throw away money on marketing their product or service to people who will never be interested in it. Everyone is not your customer Everyone is not your customer, and the sooner this becomes the mantra behind your marketing campaigns, the better. The most successful marketing campaigns target a specific audience....

21Jul 15 

Three quick and easy website marketing checks

It’s always a good idea to set up web analytics and measure how your business is doing properly, but here are three easy website marketing checks that you can do without opening up any analytics programs. They will give you a valuable insight into how well you are doing online and what other people see when they look at your business on the internet. 1. Where do you rank for your business name? Google your business name - ideally, your website should be number one. If you are not at the top...

17Jul 15 

Should you outsource your marketing?

Growing your business through marketing will require an investment - this could be your time, the time of your staff or budget to outsource your marketing activity. The option that is right for your business depends on the expertise of you and your team, and your ambitions for growth. Outsourcing isn’t right for every business but it could be beneficial for you if: You are planning for growth Outsourcing is particularly useful for businesses looking to grow as it provides more scalability an...

10Jul 15 

What is marketing and how could it grow your business?

Marketing tends to attract a lot of unnecessary jargon, so it is easy to lose sight of what marketing is and why businesses need to do it. In the simplest terms, marketing is how you make people aware of your business and communicate the value of your products and services. It's also important to understand that marketing is different from sales. While marketing can help increase awareness of your business and create a desire for a purchase, in most cases, you will still need some form of pers...

01May 15 

Are you measuring your marketing ROI?

The benefit of modern technology is that it’s now easier than ever to track the performance of your marketing activity and therefore its return on investment (ROI). That means you should be able to see the impact of online marketing activity on things like website traffic, leads/enquiries and sales. If you don’t measure the performance of your marketing spend, there’s a good chance your marketing activity isn’t delivering value for your business. Where to start With a virtually never ...

17Feb 15 

What is Conversion Rate Optimisation (CRO)?

Conversion Rate Optimisation (CRO) is the process of identifying, testing and improving areas of your website which are preventing visitors from converting. A conversion is whatever action you want your website visitors to take, this could be:Purchasing a product or service Purchasing a higher value product or service Signing up for an email newsletter Downloading a white paper Getting in touch.Why is conversion rate optimisation important? CRO can help increase the performanc...

03Feb 15 

Key questions to ask your marketing team this year

The start of a new year provides an excellent opportunity to understand more about your company’s marketing activity. These questions should provide a good basis for finding out how you are performing, how your marketing activity could be optimised this year and what your marketing team need from you. What is the marketing strategy and how is it tied to business goals?What are the aims of the marketing strategy? How does the strategy support our business plan? What are we doing diff...

27Jan 15 

Four 2015 marketing trends you should be ready for

Planning your marketing strategy for 2015? Here's four trends to keep in mind... 1. Content marketing is here to stay According to a recent survey, 30% of businesses think content marketing will be the most important marketing tactic they will use in 2015. Plus, more than half of B2B marketers are planning to increase their content marketing spend this year. With more competition for views, content will need to be high quality and closely aligned to the needs of your target audience. Many...

16Dec 14 

What is digital marketing?

Put simply, digital marketing is the promotion of products or services by any electronic media, including computers, mobile phones, tablets and game consoles. However in the last few years it has become synonymous with marketing carried out via the internet, and most people now only think of digital marketing in this way rather than its original, much broader definition. With this in mind, this article focuses on using the internet to market your business. Why should you be doing digital market...

12Dec 14 

Simple lead identification and tracking

What do you know about the visitors to your website? Analytics tools like Google Analytics are useful to a point, but it’s difficult to get insight on the activity of individual visitors. This is where lead identification and tracking tools can be helpful. What is lead identification? Prospect or lead identification tools are software programs that can help you identify and track the activity of individual visitors. Here’s an example to illustrate why this might be useful. When someone fi...

02Dec 14 

Digital marketing - do you know your numbers?

This animated infographic video reveals some of the recent industry numbers behind digital marketing trends including websites, email marketing, content marketing, search marketing, marketing automation and social media. Enjoy!(In case you are wondering, it was created in Apple Keynote and exported as a Quicktime movie.)

15Aug 14 

Grow Your Practice

We are pleased to announce that we are presenting two seminars specifically for Architects this Autumn. The two events will be held in Bristol and Bath in collaboration with Graeme Crosbie of Level Up Business. Both events are free and include a light buffet lunch. Attendees qualify for 1 hour's CPD per event. To find out more, please read on... FREE business planning and marketing seminars for Architects When you are busy with clients and projects it’s easy to neglect the business ...

02Jul 14 

Marketing for Muggles

Let local marketing wizards Alan Stone of Old Mill and Paul Stephenson of Cognique take you on a magical journey through the mystical world of marketing. Watch in amusement as they seek to explain the magic of marketing through an inexplicable and inexcusable Harry Potter theme. Dress code: Cloaks and wands Date and time: Tuesday 8th July, 5.30pm for 6pm start. Duration: approximately 1 hour. Venue: Bishopbrook House, 4 Cathedral Avenue, Wells BA5 1FD. This event is part of Work in Wells We...

30May 14 

Wells office warming

Hop over to our space!  We’re celebrating our move to Wells and you’re invited. Join us for the ribbon cutting and drinks reception from 4.30pm on Friday 13th June 2014. Click this link to reserve your place at our office warming and you could even win a space hopper! We hop you can make it, Cognique