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05Mar 19 

Driving sales with food and drink wholesale distributors

You’ve been on the food market circuit for a while and perhaps even have a couple of local retailers stocking your products, but how do you grow your stockists and reach new retailers potentially hundreds of miles away? The time might be right for you to start talking to food and drink wholesale distributors.Working with food and drink wholesale distributors can be an effective way to reach a wide network of retailers and can significantly aid your business growth. However, there are several...

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...

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 ...

07Mar 18 

6 things to consider before outsourcing your digital marketing

Outsourcing your digital marketing could be a huge benefit to your business – it could supercharge growth, save you time and money, plus allow you to get a better return on your marketing investment. But before you take the plunge, here’s six things to consider... 1. Your budget The first step is to work out how much budget you have available for outsourcing your digital marketing. Before you decide, read this blog! 2. Your goals Every outsourced marketing team worth their salt will ask ...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 and...

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