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08 Jun

Posted by Hazel Bosworth

With many consumers believing that companies should use their position to initiate positive social change, we recommend including your core values and corporate responsibility activities in your social media strategy to help connect with your audience and build brand loyalty.   Here are three ways brands have used social media for social good.   TOMS TOMS work with non-profit organisations in over ten countries. Their ‘One for One’ promise has given 60 million pairs of shoes to children, and its Eyewear promise has resulted in over 400,000 people having their sight restored. TOMS used Instagram to promote their One Day Without Shoes event, encouraging people to go barefoot for the day. For every photo posted with the hashtag, TOMS gave shoes to a chil...

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21 May

Posted by Hazel Bosworth

There are some fantastic social media campaigns out there. We love Asos’s on point copy and striking visual content:   and Airbnb's inspirational, user-generated Instagram:   However, big brands don't always get it right. Check out these infamous examples of social media fails which have made us laugh, gasp and double check our own Hootsuite posting schedules.   1 Dove’s body wash ad caused controversy with its Facebook GIF version of the ad showing a black woman removing her top to reveal a white woman. The ad was removed and Dove apologised, but social media users called for a boycott of the brand due to the ad’s racist implications.   Star tip: Check how your ads look on all channels. Do they work as well on Facebook as o...

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17 May

Posted by Ella Garfield

Are you looking to promote your company digitally but are not sure where to start? First things first you should look at creating a digital strategy to help you achieve your business goals. With traditional marketing becoming less popular for many businesses and more companies turning to digital methods to promote their products/services, it is important that you have a simple plan to help keep you on track. Our expert guide will help you to create a digital strategy for your organisation.   Step 1: Define your goals Firstly define your goals and what you want to achieve from digital. This could cover brand awareness, or promoting a new or existing product, sales or enquiries/leads. When you have chosen your objectives, this will determine the rest of your digital...

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23 Apr

Posted by Hazel Bosworth

  When you notice your email metrics start to slide, it can be tempting to delete inactive subscribers as a quick fire way to boost your open and click rates. This common knee jerk reaction, however, puts you at risk of losing potential customers. Everyone on your list either once wanted to hear your news or has bought from you in the past, so rather than just press delete, try and re-engage inactive subscribers by implementing a sunset strategy.   Sunset strategy: deciding how long inactive subscribers stay on your mailing list before removal and sending re-engagement emails to maintain a mailing list of engaged recipients   1. Identify your inactive subscribers This will vary depending on your sector, but generally, we consider inactive subscribers to ...

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12 Apr

Posted by Hazel Bosworth

Facebook is hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons this week, but what does the Facebook data scandal mean for small businesses? Why the controversy? The backlash follows the Cambridge Analytica controversy which saw 87 million users’ data being shared with the firm via a quiz app on Facebook, and Facebook seeming to turn a blind eye to this. The furore has led to CEO Mark Zuckerberg appearing before Congress, Facebook quickly redrafting their user data policies, and many users calling upon people to #deletefacebook. Combined with January’s algorithm change, which means content from friends and family is shown before content from brands, you may be wondering whether to follow companies like Sonos and pull the plug on your Facebook ads or even take a break fr...

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10 Apr

Posted by Ella Garfield

So you’ve just launched a new website, but how can you ensure that people visit your site? By using simple tracking software such as Google Analytics will help you to measure the amount of people visiting or interacting with your site. We have created a simple guide to help you utilise Google Analytics effectively for your organisation.   Setting up an Account Although Google Analytics might seem overwhelming at first, setting up an account is a simple two-step process. Firstly, make sure you have a gmail email address set up as you will need one to create your Analytics account. Next, sign up using basic information including the name of your organisation, the website you wish to track and it’s URL.   Install a tracking code   Google will automatical...

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29 Mar

Posted by Hazel Bosworth

  Mobile First - what is it? Google are rolling out a new mobile first index to respond to changes in user behaviour. With more searches being carried out on mobiles than desktops in many countries, including Japan and the US, this change reflects Google’s mission of connecting people with what they are looking for in the exact moment and where they are looking for it. Right now, Google builds its index (the database it serves search results from) by crawling and processing webpage URLS. Its ‘Googlebot’ spider, or robot, crawls both desktop and mobile versions, with an 80/20 split in favour of desktop. Mobile first indexing means that indexing will be based on the mobile version of a website. This version will be the starting point for what Google includes in th...

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26 Mar

Posted by Hazel Bosworth

So you’ve handed over your Instagram account to the resident office millennial and had a quick poke around AdWords. You've sent a few emails and have the feeling you should be blogging more regularly, but deep down you’re not really sure what the point of it all is. Of course, we completely get digital marketing (for that, read we’re absolutely obsessed with it), so thought we’d preach to the not-quite converted about why digital marketing should be a key player in your marketing plan. There’s a whole bunch of digital marketing tools that you can use to promote your brand: content marketing and SEO organic, local and paid search social media email marketing your blog Choose the best combination of  these to direct people to your website from all...

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22 Mar

Posted by Ella Garfield

  After the successful launch of shopping on Instagram in the US last year, shopping via the Instagram app has now come to the UK and we couldn’t be more excited! The companies that were part of the US trial last year found that the Instagram shopping had performed well and provided their customers with a unique and hassle free shopping experience. In the last few years, Facebook released it’s own shopping via Facebook business pages for merchants using Shopify or WooCommerce, allowing users to easily shop on the social platform. This received a great reception with customer’s being able to shop seamlessly when visiting company’s business pages. One of the requirements for the Instagram shopping service is for retailers to already have a Facebook shop feature installed...

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20 Mar

Posted by Ella Garfield

Voice search is on the rise, with large tech companies such as Amazon and Google releasing digital assistants such as Alexa and Google Home. Voice activated devices are changing the way we shop, making it more accessible with our busy lifestyles. By 2020, it’s expected that 50% of searches will be voice activated. Back in 2011 Apple coined the voice activation trend, by introducing Siri to Iphones & Mac computers. With Siri, users can ask questions, browse the Internet, call friends or family and send messages. Google then introduced Cortana, which was similar, allowing users to search on Google by speaking into the device. Voice activated shopping Digital assistants such as Alexa, Amazon Echo & Google Home have made searching & shopping on the Internet so much ...

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12 Mar

Posted by Ella Garfield

Do you want to know how you can drive more sales through digital channels? Our informative digital bootcamp covers everything from email marketing to search engine optimisation and how to receive a great ROI from using a range of digital channels. Our seminar will demonstrate how your company can climb to the top of Google search results through SEO and how to maintain that top spot. We also cover our steps for creating quality content for clients as well as tips and tricks for using Google Adwords effectively. Attendees will be able to apply our key takeaways to their digital strategy to help improve sales and will also take away a copy of our presentation and be in with the chance to win a bottle of champagne! So if you’re looking to drive sales through digital channels, th...

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05 Mar

Posted by Hazel Bosworth

What is Google Trends? Google Trends is an insight tool that allows you to explore search interest by time, location and popularity. It shows you the popularity of search terms by country, region and city interest over time type of search (e.g. Web Search, Image Search, News Search, Google Shopping or YouTube search) You can also use it to compare the popularity of different search terms, e.g Oscars v Academy Awards and to discover related search topics and queries, such as red carpet live for the Oscars search term.   Why should you use Google Trends? Using Google Trends should form part of the keyword research phase of your SEO strategy. It helps you to understand your audience by showing what people in your area are searching for pinpoint any seasonal...

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