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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...

29Mar 18 

Marketing for Estate Agents – How to use local SEO to stay ahead

As a local estate agent, you have something national chains don’t have – local knowledge. When it comes to helping people find you in search engines, that local experience can be invaluable. Here’s how to use local SEO to your advantage... Get to the top with Google My Business When people search for terms like “estate agent” in Google, the search engine often takes into account their location and shows them relevant businesses nearby. This box appears above the main search results so ...

14Mar 18 

5 ways good graphic design can improve your marketing

Good graphic design is an often underrated part of the marketing mix, but as designers and marketers, we’ve seen first hand the impact of graphic design on marketing results. Invest in design to supercharge your marketing activity in these five ways... 1. Make your marketing more memorable Impactful design is the key to making your marketing more memorable. If no one remembers your message, your marketing spend is as good as wasted. 2. Differentiate your business from your competitors ...

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...

14Feb 18 

Sell more by making your WooCommerce store mobile friendly

If you have a WooCommerce store, it's designed to be mobile friendly out of the box (just one of the many reasons we love it) but there’s still so much more you can do beyond the basics.Did you know that 60% of time online in the UK is now spent on mobiles? Mobile usage overtook desktop in 2014, but plenty of online shops are still playing catch up. Here’s what you can do to make your WooCommerce site as amazing as possible for mobile visitors... Test your WooCommerce store on mobile devi...

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...

24Jan 18 

What is Google's RankBrain and why does it matter for SEO?

Have you heard about Google’s RankBrain? Here’s why you need to take it into account for your search engine optimisation. What is RankBrain? Many of the details (like much of Google’s operations) are shrouded in secrecy. But since it was revealed in 2015, more information has come to light. Basically, it’s an artificial intelligence machine learning program. It teaches itself and applies its learnings to search results. It first came about (as far as we know) in 2013 when Google were...

17Jan 18 

10 reasons people are leaving your website straight away

People leaving your website straight away is bad news. There’s never a time where you’d want someone to leave your website, but now it’s more important than ever thanks (or no thanks) to Google’s RankBrain. RankBrain is a complicated animal, but in a nutshell, Google are now paying closer attention if people click to your website from search results then immediately click back again. If someone does this, it’s a sign that your website didn’t satisfy them, and it’s likely Google wi...

10Jan 18 

Are people leaving my website? Find out with Google Analytics

You might have looked at how many people are visiting your website, but do you also pay attention to how many are leaving?Using Google Analytics to find out where people leave Google Analytics can give you insight into where people are leaving your website, and you can then do a bit of detective work to try and work out why that might be. Here's three metrics to look at. Related blog: Learn how to set up Google Analytics1) Exit pages Go to 'Behaviour > Site Content > All Pages' and cli...

20Dec 17 

Get to grips with your web traffic with Google Data Studio

Struggling to find the stats you’re looking for in Google Analytics? Then you’re going to love Google Data Studio! A relatively new product from Google, Data Studio allows you to create at-a-glance reports from multiple data sources, including Analytics, Adwords and Google Sheets. And even better, since February this year, Google Data Studio has been free to use for all businesses. Why use Google Data Studio? Instead of having to go into Analytics and spend time unearthing the key statis...

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 ...

08Nov 17 

What are keywords and why are they important?

Put simply, keywords or key phrases, are what people are searching for in search engines. As a business, they’re important because you want to come up in search engines when people search for the keywords or phrases that are relevant to your products or services. To stand a chance of being near the top of the results, you need to include those words and phrases in your website. For example, if you’re an accountant that specialises in small businesses, you need to have the words “Small bu...

20Oct 17 

Website security – is your business at risk?

Website security isn’t the most exciting topic, we get it! But not thinking about it could put your business at serious risk.Your website is a valuable business asset, and if compromised, it puts your business reputation on the line, plus potentially your customer privacy. With GDPR rapidly approaching, securing your website is now more important than ever.If your site is targeted, you could lose revenue for every day that it's down. What's more, sites that are compromised are penalised in...

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 Use ...

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...

15Sep 17 

Add Apple Pay to WooCommerce to boost conversions

We’re massive fans of WooCommerce for a whole host of reasons. It’s easy to use, highly customisable, secure and amazingly, it’s free! Recently WooCommerce got even better thanks to the addition of Apple Pay as a payment method. Why add Apple Pay? For users with iPhones, Apple Pay provides one of the easiest and quickest ways to make a purchase.The more obstacles you can remove on the path to purchase, the better. With Apple Pay, buyers don’t have to get up to find their credit ca...

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