The four key reasons why your content isn’t getting shared

There are many reasons to be creating content on behalf of your business. Content informs your target audience and establishes your business as a thought leader in the industry which generates trust. This is the top goal of content, but another goal of content should be to get it shared. Content that is shared in the form of links on other web pages or within social media helps to improve your SEO efforts. If you have a respectable social media following but notice that your content is getting very few...

By Nick Stamoulis, 01 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Blogging, Content.

RNIB launches ‘audio logo’ campaign, invites musicians to take part

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has announced a revamp of its branding, with an innovative ‘audio logo’ being mooted to use across all of the charity’s communications.

According to a press release, the audio logo “will need to reflect the organisation’s human, positive and can-do values in just a few seconds.”

“Blind people are at the heart of everything we do, so it makes absolute sense that we have an audio logo as well as a visual one,”...

By James Bourne, 01 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Brands, Design.

Google now includes website security as new ranking signal

It is a well-known fact that the Internet is not always the safest place for people looking to keep their computers or information secure. However, Google being one of the most popular websites in the world does its best to keep those who use it safe when browsing the Internet. Of course, Google cannot guarantee the security of the millions of sites it links to, but the search engine is now being updated to make using Google a more secure experience for everyone.

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By Maciej Fita, 29 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: SEO, SME Tips.

Opinion: Why you shouldn't get swept up in the WordPress wave

By Richard Healy, Co Founder and VP of Technology & Design, BaseKit

WordPress is indisputably the most selected website platform online today. With over 60 million sites online right now, it is clear that it is a popular choice for bloggers and businesses alike.  A countless number of new blogs are set up every week on this platform which is known to manage 22 per cent of all new sites on the web. 

But is WordPress the right choice for your SME?

By Richard Healy, 28 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Blogging, Content, SME Tips.

Bombardier vows to restart its consumer marketing after Rik Mayall’s death

Real ale brand Bombardier Beer has revealed it is to restart its consumer marketing push, nearly three months after the death of actor Rik Mayall.

Mayall, who passed away in June at the age of 56, had played Bomardier’s brand character, William Charles Bedford, since 2011. Since then Bombardier has continued its B2B and trade publication marketing campaigns, but had stopped posting on its Twitter as a mark of respect to the late star.

Yet a statement released by Bombardier from Mayall’s family has...

By James Bourne, 27 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Brands, Consumers.

Take this remarkable marketing lesson from Steve Jobs and Malcolm Gladwell

Today, let’s look at one of the key factors in building a remarkable, profitable business.

Your business and doing it your way

Malcolm Gladwell was once asked how to write a best selling book. His answer was as follows:

“The moment you write a book hoping it will be a best seller, your chances of it becoming a best seller go downhill. [...] You write the book you would want to read.”

Gladwell went on to explain that Steve Jobs never brought a product to market, because he thought the marketplace wanted it.

Think about...

By Jim Connelly, 26 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Community, Content.

Samsung gets one up on competitors with Galaxy S5 Ice Bucket Challenge

If you’re getting a little jaded of celebrities, friends and co-workers voluntarily dousing themselves in ice water, albeit for a very good cause, here’s a novel twist on it from Samsung.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 has officially taken the Ice Bucket Challenge, raising awareness for ALS, or motor neurone disease, and nominated the iPhone, the HTC One and the Nokia Lumia to go next.

It’s worth noting that

By James Bourne, 22 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, JustForFun, Social Media.

Here’s the deal: no ads on the ‘net, but it’ll cost you. Erm, cost me?

Adverts on the Internet are like mothers in law: you can’t live with them, and you can’t live without them. But what if you could have an ad-free browsing experience? The only catch is you’d have to pay something in the region of £140 a year.

Yet according to survey data released by social bods Ebuzzing, a whopping 98% of UK web users said they wouldn’t pay the hypothetical ad tax.

The survey, which polled 1400 consumers, found that users were between a rock and a hard place,...

By James Bourne, 21 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Brands, Strategy.

Reports of the death of the press release are an exaggeration

There’s been buzz in the PR world that press releases are slowly dying out and are no longer a useful medium for companies.

Some industry commentators argue that journalists have no interest in simply republishing content that’s already been circulated widely and published online because it is no longer newsworthy. Others feel that in today’s world of evolving technology, there are better ways to share company news other than the traditional press release.

Even executives at large corporations have voiced...

By Alastair Turner, 20 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: PR, Strategy.

100 ways to create a great ad: Challenges

Shredded Wheat – Agency: Colett Dickinson Pearce

Writing a headline or endline in the form of a challenge or dare can help an ad cut through.

A Western Union ad from the early sixties showed a picture of a telegram under the headline ‘Ignore it’. Rather than just claiming that telegrams are hard to ignore, the ad proved it.

 

Western Union – Agency: Benton & Bowles

Several classic campaigns of the sixties, seventies and eighties were written as challenges. In the US, Lays were betting...

By Tim Collins, 20 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Brands.

Alan Trefler book extract: Generation D and brand identity

In Alan Trefler’s new book, Build for Change, the Pegasystems CEO asserts that “a lot of companies across the globe are going to die over the next few years – not because of macroeconomic stress, but because there is an entire emerging generation of customers who hate doing business with them.” In the last extract, Trefler defines Generation D, a new type of customer threatening to fundamentally change how companies do business. Here, he examines how Gen D relates to traditional brand...

By Alan Trefler, 19 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Brands.

Why honesty is an all important policy for brands in the digital world

Four out of five consumers are more likely to “respect” an honest company, according to survey data of over 2000 consumers published today by Intent HQ.

This means being upfront and honest about how a user’s personal data is being used - and according to the social data analysts at Intent, it’s a key point for brands to unlock consumers’ trust, as an honest customer will reward your endeavour.

This comes from such basic best practices as adding social logins to your brand’s...

By James Bourne, 18 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Brands.

PC World’s Surface 2 fruit machine screen stunt pulls in the crowds

Shopping just got a little bit more fun. Patrons who visit the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent are being given the opportunity to win a Microsoft Surface 2 tablet by chancing their arm on a one-armed bandit – with overwhelming engagement levels the result.

The promotion, for Curry’s PC World, was put together by retail marketing bods NexusEngage, and offered passing customers a gamble based on the feature they liked most about the Microsoft slab. Match four in a row on the fruit machine, and...

By James Bourne, 15 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Brands, Consumers.

Why marketing automation is the next phase of CRM

CRM software has been around for 20 years. It has been used to manage customer records and details of communication. Managing prospects has been a key part of the software, and the CRM has been the biggest assistance to the sales cycle. CRM systems like Microsoft’s CRM help companies determine which customers are prospect, and which need more persuading.

Marketing automation has seen the fastest growth of any CRM related segment in the last five years. Marketing administration and tasks are more...

By Tina Chohan, 14 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: CRM.

100 ways to create a great ad: Killer facts

Copywriters are sometimes criticised for writing flat, straightforward headlines that present facts without any sort of rhetorical twist. But sometimes you’ll come across a fact so compelling it doesn’t need a twist.

The BMW that retained its value better than most stocks. When you have a fact as compelling as this, why not make it the focus of your ad?

BMW - Agency: Ammirati & Puris

In 1981, BMW ran an ad explaining that one of their cars had retained so much of its original value...

By Tim Collins, 12 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Brands.

Alan Trefler book extract: Welcome to the nightmare of Generation D customers

In Alan Trefler’s new book, Build for Change, the Pegasystems CEO asserts that “a lot of companies across the globe are going to die over the next few years – not because of macroeconomic stress, but because there is an entire emerging generation of customers who hate doing business with them.” In the first extract serialised by MarketingTech, Trefler explains how easily organisations in today’s market can lose customers; now, he analyses today’s new brand of customer –...

By Alan Trefler, 11 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, Consumers.

Find the amount of content that’s “just right” for your marketing

We’ve all heard the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. She sneaks into the house of three bears and tries their porridge, chairs, and beds only finding one of the three in each instance to be “just right”. The options that were “just wrong” were the extremes. The hot and cold porridge. The small and large chairs. The hard and soft beds. When it comes to content creation we recommend that website owners find the amount that’s “just right”. Unfortunately,...

By Nick Stamoulis, 08 August 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Content, SEO.

100 ways to create a great ad: Playing with the logo

Friends – Courtesy of 4Creative

It’s sometimes possible to crack a brief with just a minor alteration to a logo.

In the UK, the last ever episode of the sitcom Friends ran on a Friday. The poster rearranged the show’s logo to read, ‘ENDS FRI’. Hats off to the creatives for spotting that one.

The McDonald’s ‘golden arches’ logo has a simplicity that’s allowed it to be used as a visual simile for things such as mustard on a hotdog and the string of a...

By Tim Collins, 07 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Brands.

The UK energy Big Six: Why the wrong reputation means the wrong story

The BBC has reported that, according to Ofgem estimates, the UK’s infamous ‘Big Six’ energy suppliers are set to double their profit margins for next year (8%) as compared to a year ago (4%). In a hostile environment (to put it mildly), it’s a headline statistic that’s sure to rankle and makes for yet more bad publicity for an already unpopular group.

In a sense, the raised hackles are understandable: consumers living through a...

By Alastair Turner, 06 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, PR, Reputation.