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19Aug 15 

How to block referrer spam with WordPress plugin

There are a number of WordPress plugins designed to block referrer spam from accessing your website and affecting your analytics data. To find out if your website is affected read our earlier blog post Is referrer spam affecting your website metrics? You can find instructions on how to block referrer spam with WordPress below: The following instructions assume you are familiar with both WordPress and installing plugins. We cannot be held responsible for any detrimental effects and we do not p...

18Aug 15 

How to block referrer spam with Google Analytics filter

The most effective way to block ghost referrer spam from accessing your website and affecting your analytics data is to set up a custom filter directly in your Google Anaytics account. To find out if your website is affected read our blog post Is referrer spam affecting your website metrics? Set up a View in Google Analytics Before you can begin to use any of the techniques below we recommend setting up an additional view in Google Analytics. The benefit of views is that you can see the effec...

14Aug 15 

Is referrer spam affecting your website metrics?

If you are a serious business owner or marketer you probably use Google Analytics or another web analytics solution to help you to measure the results of your investment in marketing. However you may have noticed some strange changes in your metrics lately, including:A large increase in recorded traffic A reduction in your average page views per visit Decreased visit duration Higher bounce rate (visits to a single page)One possible cause could be the recent huge upsurge in referre...

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...

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. ...

19May 15 

Powerful new mobile optimised website for Powrmatic

Powrmatic, a leading UK manufacturer of commercial and industrial heating and ventilation equipment, approached Cognique having become frustrated with the limited functionality of their existing website built on a proprietary content management system. In addition it was not a mobile optimised website so didn't work particularly well on mobile devices or tablets. Working with Powrmatic's Marketing Manager, Adam Tovey, we identified the types of users and activities they would typically want t...

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 ...

08Apr 15 

Content marketing facts and statistics

Are you considering investing in content marketing? These facts and statistics may be useful for starting to build a business case for content. Who is using content marketing? 85% of UK marketers say they are using content marketing as a tactic, and this figure increases to 90% for B2C marketers. 72% of marketers have a content marketing strategy in place (30% documented; 42% non-documented). 78% are creating more content than last year and 50% of B2C marketers expect their content marketing...

02Apr 15 

Responsive holiday lettings website for Lyme Coast Holidays

Already running a successful sales and letting agency, Richardson Gill, Malcolm Gill and Andrew Richardson were increasingly asked about holiday lettings, and so formed Lyme Coast Holidays Ltd in 2010. After trialling desktop solutions from providers of holiday cottage booking software they decided to go with Total Accommodation Booking System (TABS) and also engaged the software house to create a website which integrated with their desktop software. While the software more than met their ne...

27Mar 15 

Will Google show your mobile website?

From 21st April 2015 your website will not show up in Google's mobile search results unless it passes their mobile friendly test. Learn how this change to mobile website search rankings might affect you. Google have announced that from 21st April they are going to roll out an updated algorithm that will detect whether or not your website is mobile friendly. If your site is deemed to be mobile 'unfriendly' by the search giant then it will no longer appear in Google's search results on a ...

24Mar 15 

New responsive website for Remous Print

Back in September last year, we were proud to announce the re-brand for Remous Print based in Sherborne, Dorset. Since then we have been working closely together to design and develop a new responsive website based on the new identity and brand. What is a responsive website? We hear this phrase used time and time again nowadays, and that is because it's an important factor when designing and developing a new website. A responsive website is a website that has the functionality to re-size and r...

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...