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04Jun 20 

What are Facebook Shops?

In May 2020, Mark Zuckerberg announced the launch of Facebook Shops. Since abandoning the development of a stand alone Instagram shopping app in 2018, Facebook has been developing what they claim will be 'a top tier shopping destination'. The Coronavirus pandemic has created a surge in online shopping and in reaction Facebook have brought forward the development of their Facebook Shops platform. So, is it something businesses should be embracing as part of their social media strategy?  What ex...

04May 20 

I've gained new customers - how do I retain them?

Since the UK lockdown, time spent online has increased exponentially. In fact, UK daytime internet usage has more than doubled. Consumers spending more and more time online will, and has, created opportunities for some businesses, notably ecommerce businesses. The key for these businesses is retaining new customers in the short term and beyond the lockdown period.  Email marketing Email marketing is an effective and cost effective channel for retaining new customers. There are a variety o...

16Apr 20 

It's good to talk! Low cost marketing ideas to keep you talking

In these challenging times, it’s essential that businesses keep talking to their customers; this really is not the time for marketing 'radio silence'. While cashflow may be a concern for many businesses, the great news is that marketing doesn't have to involve big budgets. In fact, there are lots of highly effective and impactful, low cost marketing activities businesses can (and should!) utilise.  Email marketing  Mailchimp offer free email marketing up to 2,000 subs...

18Mar 20 

How can businesses use social media to connect during self isolation?

In these uncertain and changeable times, businesses staying connected with their customers is critical. The Government's latest advice calls for longer periods of self isolation and increased social distancing, so the challenge of reaching your customers is only going to become more difficult. However, social media can help and now is the time to embrace all the functionality that each channel offers.     Facebook  Facebook Live is an ideal way of broadcasting to your customers in real time...

11Dec 19 

6 digital marketing trends for 2020

The digital marketing landscape is continually changing, making it difficult to know where to focus your time. So here's a round up of the digital marketing trends we think everyone should keep an eye on during 2020.Google's speed addictionYour website needs to (ideally) load in under 3 seconds! Any longer and less pages can be crawled by Google, which can have a negative affect on your search rankings. Check your website loading speed and if it needs to improve, look at compressing fil...

30Jul 19 

Social media advertising - is it worth it?

Social media is supposed to be free, right? Isn't good social media simply creating engaging content and watching it go viral? Why then would you want to pay for social media advertising?What is social media advertising?Social media advertising comes in many forms. There are three main types of advertising:boosting a specific post digital display advertising remarketingBoosting a postOn a crowded platform with a lot of accounts making a lot of 'noise', boosting a p...

20Mar 19 

5 reasons to outsource your social media

“Social media isn’t rocket science and we’ve got a graduate who’s a dab hand with Instagram.” Sound familiar? It's true, social media isn’t rocket science! However, like all marketing activities, it is truly effective when utilised as part of a wider strategy. Whilst the office junior may have a great following on Snapchat or perhaps even be an emerging YouTube star, running, managing and growing social media channels for a business requires planning, quality content and t...

12Feb 19 

Should you be scheduling your social media posts?

In 2019 it is estimated there will be 2.77 billion social media users worldwide. Social media marketing is recognised as a highly effective means to build brand awareness, demonstrate expertise and build engagement with existing and potential customers. The immediacy of social media requires social media channels to be nurtured with engaging content carefully created for them. Unfortunately, this takes time. With day-to-day operational business needs often taking priority over social medi...

29Jan 19 

Working with Influencers to grow your social media audience

Whilst bloggers have been promoting goods and services since the early 1990’s, the emergence of professional Influencers has been a more recent event. Professional Influencers do exactly what it says on the tin, they influence! Typically they post pictures and videos of their day to day life on their social media channels, sometimes focused around a specific subject (e.g. make up, fitness, parenting etc.) whilst growing their follower base. These followers are then, at times, influenced by the...

18Sep 18 

Tips for launching a new product in the food and drink industry

So, you've been cooking up a storm in the kitchen and your friends and family are raving about your culinary skills and now you’re ready to see if there’s a place for you and your scrumptious new product on the food market.However, bringing a new product to market can be particularly tricky in the food and drink industry. With so many choices out there already, you need to make sure you get it right first time. Where do you start with launching your new product? Find your USPHow does y...

14Aug 18 

How can I market my business using Instagram?

Instagram’s engagement rate is one of the best of all social network platforms, enabling businesses to quickly establish a healthy following. In the current social media era, where “Charlie bit my finger” can receive over 861 million views on YouTube, it's now easier than ever to connect with potential customers. Using social media businesses are no longer limited to advertising in their 'back garden' – they can now connect with customers from every corner of the world, especially with ...

07Aug 18 

6 ways to grow your food business

So you've nailed the farmer’s markets, your products are well known locally, maybe on the shelves of your local shop, but how do you take the next step to grow your food business? You love your product, you're passionate about your product, but Monday morning comes and you have to go back to your day job. You spend your time there trying to work out how you can make your food business pay a decent enough wage to allow you to escape working for someone else and take the reins yourself. This cou...

06Apr 18 

Marketing for Estate Agents – Make the most of Facebook advertising

Facebook advertising provides a wealth of opportunity for estate agents, are you making the most of it? Here's five tactics to try...Boost to reach your existing audience If you’ve already built up a following of interested Facebook fans, then make sure they see your posts. Facebook has significantly decreased the amount of organic reach that posts by businesses get, but you don’t need a large budget to reach more people. Boosting your post, even by just a few pounds, will also give you th...

01Feb 18 

How to use YouTube for marketing

Did you know that a third of all time online is spent watching videos? As internet speed has increased, so has the desire for video content. YouTube is the leader, with over a billion active users. Taking advantage of this huge audience to market your business is easier than you might think, especially as most smartphones and cameras can now film excellent quality video. Three types of videos to create Focus on creating videos that are helpful to your target audience, here's three ideas for s...

22Apr 16 

New social media trends your business should be aware of

Social media might be an established marketing tool, but it’s changing all the time. The top channels, most used features and best practice are constantly shifting. Here’s what you need to know about two of the biggest new social media trends this year – live video and messaging apps – and how your business could take advantage. Live video Thanks in part to faster mobile internet speeds and better camera phones, live video has really taken off in the last few months. Now anyone wit...

17Mar 15 

Five reasons businesses can't afford to ignore social media

It’s estimated that 90% of businesses are now on at least one social media channel. If you are in the 10% that aren't, unless you are Apple, you probably can’t afford to ignore it any longer. 1. People will talk about you whether you’re there or not Many businesses are worried about the damage a social media fail could do to their business. The risk is real, but not being on social media could potentially be even more damaging. People will talk about your business whether you are there...

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