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5 Top Tips for a Successful Marketing Campaign This Christmas

If you run a business, there’s no better time than Christmas to take advantage of the countless marketing opportunities on offer. There is plenty of scope for retailers to capitalise on the goodwill of their consumers, who are much more responsive to a larger volume of emails and whose spirits...

5 Things Digital Marketers Should Do Before Black Friday

With less than three weeks to go before Black Friday on the 25th of November, we’re sure your preparation and marketing efforts are well underway. However, with the weight of the upcoming holiday season pressing down on retailers and marketers all around the world, it can be easy to overlook...
SSL Deadline Announced

Google to Announce ‘Not Secure’ Forms from October 17

Google have been encouraging webmasters to add SSL/HTTPS to their sites for the last 3 years, even offering SEO benefits to people who adopt the 2048-bit key certificates on their sites. Most recently, Google have sent out email notifications via Search Console (previously Webmaster Tools) to let site owners know...

Voice Search Makes Position 0 Even More Important

Hot spots in SEO are always fought over – previously position 1 got the majority of clicks with around 30% of visitors relying on the top spot alone. More recently, position 0 was the most coveted, offering the most exposure for your content and even doubling organic traffic. But AI...
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How to Handle Negative Comments on Social Media in 2017

This is something business owners fear most – a complaint isn’t dealt with, the customer tweets about it, then suddenly it spirals out of control and your business’ reputation is tarnished with people who had never even heard of you before. The truth is, while most businesses are concerned about...

Why Have My Rankings Dropped? Diagnosing Your SEO Problem

Losing rankings isn’t just disheartening – it can have a huge impact on your business and profits if you rely on organic traffic for sales. Unfortunately, a lot of businesses experience a sudden and dramatic change in rankings and don’t always know how to find the reason behind it. This...
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How to Hire an SEO Agency, According to Google

Google have released a video with their official advice on how to hire a SEO. The 11-minute talk goes over the basics, including how to tell whether the SEO agency you’re speaking to is legitimate, how to hire an agency, and how to make sure that you actually see improvements....

How to Make the Most of Your Digital Marketing Agency

Working with a digital agency can make a huge difference to any business, from opening up new channels to reach potential customers to drastically decreasing the cost per acquisition online. However, it is important to properly manage your relationship to ensure that you get the most out of your agency...
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Better Than #1: Getting to Position 0 on Google

Until very recently, the majority of SEO efforts were focused on ranking on page 1 and in position 1 for chosen key terms, usually based around your products, services, and service location. Two years ago, Google introduced Featured Snippets, which are slowly changing how people use Google and therefore changing...

6 Things You Should Do After Your Website Goes Live

A new website can give your business a boost, especially when it is properly planned, well-written, and has sound SEO foundations. Concentrating on good content and user experience can provide a huge improvement in both rankings and conversions, but relying on the new site alone isn’t enough for sustained growth...
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It’s Time to AMP Up Your Website

A year on from the launch of AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages), Google have announced a global rollout in mobile search results. Now that there are over 600 million AMP-enabled pages online from top publishers such as Washington Post, Slate, Gizmodo, Wired, Pinterest, eBay, and Reddit, Google are moving to the next...

How to Start Social Media Marketing

Businesses can’t ignore social media – the vast majority of consumers check out companies on social networking sites before buying, and a huge 93% of consumers want companies to have a social media presence. That’s probably why we have so many businesses, large and small, coming to us asking how...
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Goodbye 2015

Yet another year draws to a close and it’s time to look back at what we’ve been doing in 2015. It’s been an exciting year for all of us, with new projects and challenges as well as new team members to complete our group of digital ninjas. Here’s a short round...

5 Things to Ask Before Choosing an Agency

Finding a good agency to build and maintain your website can be a stressful process, especially if you don’t have the technical expertise in-house to find out whether or not they’ll do exactly what you want. In our years of building, fixing, and maintaining a huge range of business websites,...

Is Your Digital Marketing Ready for Christmas?

As consumers we can bemoan the Christmas decorations hitting shops mid-October, but as business owners we can’t wait until December to start preparing for Christmas. Did you know that a quarter of shoppers have already started buying gifts and decorations this month? By Cyber Monday (which falls on 30th November...

Protein World: Brand Strategies That Sell

Protein World has made marketing headlines with a brand strategy that has been aligned with every value from integrity to gross moral turpitude. It started with this. This ad just got them a bomb threat. Yes, a bikini-clad woman stood against a glaring yellow background and the slogan ‘ARE YOU BEACH BODY...

Does Social Media Help with SEO?

This is a question clients ask us all the time; will the resources used to maintain their social presence provide results in SEO too? The short answer is ‘it depends’ – it depends on the platform, how you use it, and what Google is going to do in the next...

How to Ensure Professional Headshots

A great photographer has an eye for composition and can evoke warmth and a genuine expression in a subject.  He or she will know how to position you in a variety of settings that will best reflect the goals and personality of your company. Instances that you would need a professional photo...

Case Study: One Activity Improved Conversions (and Rankings, and Shares…)

Conversions are essentially the reason why most business sites exist; while traffic and engagement metrics are important in understanding how people get to the site and travel through it, everything that we do when working on a site is geared towards getting those enquiries or sales. The Challenge and the...

A Quick Way to Choose the Right Social Platform for Your Small Business

Choosing the right social media channels can be a challenge for small businesses; the biggest mistake businesses make is setting up accounts on far too many different platforms and then leaving them dormant after the initial push. When it comes to social, an abandoned account is worse than none at...

Small Business Website Necessities

Small businesses in the UK are involved in over £600bn in commercial transactions, but an estimated 50% don’t even have a website. Not having an online presence can severely stunt business growth, or even reverse if it your competitors are easier to find. Unfortunately, simply building a website isn’t enough...

3 Ways to Generate Traffic After a Manual Penalty

What is a Manual Penalty? A Manual Penalty is when Google removes your site from search results (or pushes it way to the bottom) due to unnatural links. They wreak havoc with businesses, who see a sudden and significant drop in traffic as almost all of their organic visits disappear...

ShipYourEnemiesGlitter.com: When Online Marketing is Too Successful

Just 24 hours after launch, ShipYourEnemiesGlitter.com is up for grabs. The viral sensation gained 1 million visits, 270k social shares, and five figures in sales after being shared on social networks such as Twitter, Reddit, and Facebook. Online news sources were quick to pick up the story, which further fuelled the...

How to Use Pinterest as a Small Business

Pinterest is one of social media’s latest success stories. In 2013 it was already delivering more traffic to publishers than Twitter, LinkedIn, and Reddit combined, and it just keeps on growing. Now, a third of users follow a brand and 52% of daily users look on Pinterest for guidance while...

Local SEO is a Popularity Contest

There are a lot of factors that contribute to your local SEO and a good placement on Google Maps (and the maps within search results) is a major one. Some businesses are having trouble getting their listing to come up in local searches, even though the profile is properly optimised...

New Year Resolutions for Small Businesses

January is a great time to make lifestyle changes and set goals for the next 12 months, but why limit yourself to making personal changes? When it comes to digital marketing, most businesses can make a few resolutions to improve their presence, increase their conversions, and get more customers in...
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Google’s Speed Update Makes Speed a Ranking Factor on Mobile
Google’s latest algorithm will focus on mobile search results, giving priority to faster ranking pages and moving the slowest pages down. The speed update will only affect a small proportion of web pages – the ones that deliver the slowest experience to users. However, search intent is still a priority...
A Quick Guide to GDPR for Businesses
GDPR is the biggest change to data privacy and processing in the last 20 years, and will be coming into force on the 25th May this year. It is essential that your business is ready and compliant by this date, or you risk fines of up to 20 million euros...
GDPR for Schools – Are You Ready?
The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on the 25th May this year – your school will need to be ready to comply with this new regulation by this date, or risk significant fines. What is GDPR? In short, GDPR is a piece of legislation that aims...