Eight reasons why every small business needs to have a blog

A blog is technically a base for customers to read all about their favourite companies and their news, while also grasping a better understanding of what they do and what they’re all about. The majority of the time, a business blog creates great content and therefore brings in more traffic. Here are eight reasons on why a business blog is a great idea.

It will earn you backlinks

A company blog fuels SEO and if you want to rank well in Google, Yahoo, Bing and other search engines, then it is vital to...

By Paul Hunter, 27 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Content Marketing.

Why integration is the future for design agencies

Integrated versus specialist is a topic that has been hotly debated in recent years on both sides of the client-agency divide.

For agencies it’s about balancing the need for efficiency of internal processes, with demonstrating true value that you bring to clients, whilst remaining competitive within the continuously fragmented agency landscape.

It’s argued that there is a need for a new model for the ‘agency of the future’ that actually features interdisciplinary teams or even...

By Chris Harris, 27 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Branding, Campaigns.

Transparency in advertising is simple – just ask for it

Transparency is surely one of the advertising industry’s favourite buzzwords. And yet, for a term so oft-used, it maintains an aura of mystery - it is the holy grail of advertising, highly sought after but seemingly so hard to achieve.

But this simply isn’t the case. Transparent relationships are so much more straightforward than ones built on ambiguous foundations.  And how to achieve such a relationship? Well, in my view, it’s simple - you just need to ask for it.

Pinning transparency to the...

By Sacha Berlik, 27 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Customer Experience, Personalised Marketing.

Second-hand goods: Why it’s important to not let current trends hinder creativity

“There is nothing new under the sun”, the famous saying goes. It actually comes from the book of Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament – written well over two thousand years ago!

The fact that it has resonated down the centuries, and (ironically perhaps) feels as fresh today as it ever did, surely points to the fact that for all the abundance of possibilities in life, we actually experience much the same things as each other, just in different formats or settings.

In the communications...

By David Morgan, 26 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Campaigns, Content Marketing.

Frictionless marketing: How automation can drive better experiences

James Dyson’s inventions could arguably be used to define what frictionless business looks like. From the hairdryer to the vacuum cleaner, and now onto the electric car, his vision for innovation through simplification is an inspiration to many.

It was with surprise, then, that I read a news article recounting comments he made around how automation will boost employment and “should not be feared”. As a marketing professional I have long held the belief that business is about human...

By Connie O'Brien, 25 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Customer Experience, Data-driven marketing.

The rise of the machines in digital marketing: Building relationships between brands and consumers

Today, we rely heavily on information technology to increase our brand image and reach consumers. In 2018, the rise of the machines (minus the I, Robot plot twist) is evident in the popularity of augmented reality (AR). The AR industry is experiencing serious growth compared to that of virtual reality, due to the likes of Ikea Place, Snapchat and Pokémon Go. Flow Digital, a digital marketing agency based in Newcastle, are looking into the...

By Lauren Green, 25 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Automation, Data-driven marketing.

Google Shopping vs. text ads: Where should digital marketers spend their AdWords budget?

With ever-growing opportunities to promote businesses via Google, it can be difficult for digital marketers to know where to focus their efforts. Whilst a number of search specialists are – quite rightly – deploying clever tactics to boost organic listings, businesses should also remember the benefits that paid search can bring – speed, insight and ROI. However, if budgets are limited, what’s the best way to invest time and money with AdWords?

Google Shopping is not new – in...

By Andy McCaul, 24 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Commerce, E-Commerce.

Why social is the #1 equaliser for brands

There are two types of businesses in the world when it comes to social — an organisation that does it because it feels it ‘has to’ to keep pace, and the ‘socially mature’ business that does it because it truly understands social media engagement, and its value on the bottom line. Social media is now the cornerstone of modern marketing strategies, regardless of the organisation's size, age, market position or revenue.

A business that is able to properly use social and all it...

By Rob Coyne, 24 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

From ads.txt to RTB 3.0: Getting to grips with the latest evolution in the ad fraud battle

Like any other fast developing industry, digital advertising has experienced growing pains. As power and influence have increased — its 12% share of all ad budgets in 2009 rising to become 40% of today’s $578 billion spending pot — so has the interest of fraudsters. Recent studies show that global ad fraud losses could cost as much as $16.4 billion...

By Ally Stuart, 23 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Best Practice.

Seeing through the issue of user data transparency: Five ways to get the balance right

When it comes to user data, companies seem to make the same mistakes again and again. The current Facebook/Cambridge Analytica disaster illustrates the flawed thinking and ambiguous policies that often lead to these breaches and the resulting erosion of consumer trust. 

In response, Facebook has disclosed some upcoming changes, including the creation of a new Custom Audience certification tool. However, it will take more than a few reactive symbolic “fixes” to regain consumer trust. Here are...

Does brain hacking have a place in your CRM program?

It is no longer a secret: Reward systems that trigger chemicals in our brains and drive user engagement are built into many modern technologies.

In fact, a piece published by The New York Times titled “How Evil is Tech?” questioned the manner in which social media applications leverage random reward loops. These psychological techniques are designed like slot...

Marketing machines still need a human touch

Earlier this year Google rolled out a new ads settings feature that allows users to mute ‘reminder ads’; known in the wider digital industry as retargeting ads.  

But why would consumers want to make use of this feature? When managed effectively, retargeting ads should improve the user experience, reminding them about products they have browsed, suggesting viable alternatives, delivering relevant special offers, and...

By Piero Pavone, 20 April 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising.

Are below the fold ads more engaging?

Conventional wisdom would say that an ad that is above the fold would be more effective than one that a user won’t see unless they actively scroll down the page. New research from ad tech company Sovrn seems to suggest that the opposite may actually be true.

The company looked at over three billion engagements across 130 million page views on 400 websites to see whether ads above or below the fold into which bring the best results.

The research team focused on the difference between engagement time,...

By Aaron Bob, 19 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising.

Closing the intent gap to drive sales

More than half of European consumers aged 18 to 34-years-old want ads that are relevant and personalised, according to the Adobe Digital Insights report. And although generally most marketers think they have improved in terms of matching consumer interests (69% in Germany; 49% in the UK; 36% in France), consumers beg to differ.

Only 33% of people in the UK think they are being served up advertising that is of value to them, compared with...

By Harvey Sarjant, 19 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data-driven marketing.

Is ‘measurement culture’ killing creativity?

Data has redefined the marketing game in the last decade. Before, marketers would pump content out to their chosen medium and judge its success based on any increase in sales. Now, they sit on top of a pile of data that can tell them exactly how their campaigns are performing.

But is this ocean of data putting the focus of modern marketing too heavily on analysis, measurement and insight at the cost of creativity?

This seems to be a common view, according to a survey of 250 marketing decision-makers, with 72%...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 17 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Branding, Content Marketing.

It’s no longer a choice between targeting or audience reach: Both are imperative to succeed

It used to be so simple. If you were looking to acquire new customers you needed the reach of mass campaigns to attract them to you. If you wanted to build and enhance relationships with existing customers, you needed to deploy what you had learned and tailor your targeted messages precisely.

Now, thanks to ad blocking, savvy consumers opt-out more easily than ever, so ensuring communications are accurately targeted to potential customers is imperative.

Simultaneously, respecting and acknowledging...

By Richard Foster, 17 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Personalised Marketing.

Can the year of the influencer thrive through National Day campaigns?

With Mother’s Day and Easter disappearing into the distance for another year, many brands will be analysing the performance of their themed marketing campaigns. This year, there is even more of a compelling argument to include influencers in this strategy.

The 2017 festive season saw around half of young people purchase products promoted by popular influencers on social media - no wonder 2018 has been dubbed ‘The Year Of The Influencer’. With Father’s Day not far behind, brands...

By Aaron Brooks, 16 April 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Branding, Campaigns, Customer Experience.

Innovation, personalisation and experimentation: Why you might not be doing any of it right

The word ‘innovation’ must rank fairly highly on a list of the most used and abused buzzwords in digital marketing today. Every organisation thinks that they’re innovative in some form or other – but are they going about it the right way?

San Francisco-based Optimizely believes not. According to Global Head of Strategy Hazjier Pourkhalkhali – who would like to believe his company is ‘the biggest digital laboratory in the world’ – three quarters of all...