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What is a Hashtag and Why is it Important to Businesses?

Social media is a dominant tool in today’s marketing domain and can feel quite overwhelming to new users. One of the biggest social media mysteries is hashtags – what are they and what is their purpose? We’re here to clear that up for you. During 2007, users on Twitter began...

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...
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website-go-live

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...

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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Cheaper & More Effective Alternatives to Google Adwords

Around a month ago, Google made drastic changes to the structure of their adverts in search results, and we can now see some of the effects of this change. Search Engine Land have reported that first page bids have increased by around 15% compared to this time last year, which...

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...

What’s the Deal with Periscope?

Scoping is already a verb and 10 million users have signed up to the live-streaming app, so should you be using Periscope? Let’s start with a quick introduction to this year’s most exciting new platform: What is Periscope? Periscope is essentially a live TV station, run from people’s smartphones. It’s a...

Is Google Plus Over?

Last week Google announced that users won’t need a Google Plus profile to use YouTube and other Google products. Bradley Horowitz said, “we made a few choices that, in hindsight, we’ve need to rethink” and explained that users will only need a Google Account to “share content, communicate with contacts, create...

That’s It – You Officially Can’t Ignore Social Media

Facebook is old enough to go to high school, Twitter is bigger than Brazil and Mexico combined, and – most importantly for you – 93% of consumers expect businesses to have a presence on social media. For a business today, not having a social media presence is the same as not...

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...

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...

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...

29 Reasons Why You Need Content Marketing

29 Reasons Why You Need Content Marketing  Content is arguably the most important part of your site – it’s why people come to your page, and if you don’t deliver what they expect they’ll just leave and find it elsewhere. Even if you rely on PPC and other lead generation...

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...

20 Common Digital Marketing Problems (and Solutions)

Digital marketing is a fantastic way to reach a huge audience with much lower set up and maintenance costs than ‘traditional’ media. That said, there are still a lot of challenges to overcome, and businesses often have the same issues when it comes to increasing engagement and conversions online. That’s...

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...

Are Social Media Followers a Currency?

You might have caught some of the hype over the last few years or seen local retailers offering discounts or free products in exchange for social shares or check ins. Recently,  a hotel went further by offering a totally free, 5-night stay for people with a certain number of Instagram...

Is Pinterest a Search Engine?

As search engines go, Pinterest seems like an unlikely contender. The ‘browsing’ nature of the site meant that search wasn’t used extensively, but the platform has evolved from its origins as an online scrapbook. Pinterest now sees itself as a personalised search site, and it can actually offer unique features...

Do More Social Media Accounts Mean More Engagement?

McDonald’s have announced that they’ll be launching 14,500 facebook pages by 2015. That’s a facebook page for every 2 restaurants around the world, or more importantly, a facebook page for every area where it has a store. The brand are now focusing on one-to-one engagement after yet another scandal involving...

Is Facebook Still Good for Brands?

Practically every B2C has a presence on facebook because it’s always been a free and efficient way to target an engaged audience. But the algorithm changes over the last year have meant that brands are questioning their investment in the site, and some have even left… and been better off...

No, Ello Isn’t a Facebook Killer

Every year or so, a new social network gets enough coverage for journalists to wonder if it’s the new facebook killer. After a decade privacy invasions, interface changes, and general controversy a lot of people claim that they’re ready to jump ship, but it never actually happens. The truth is...

What is SEO?

Simply put, SEO is a way of helping your website rank well on search engines – since Google is the dominant engine, most efforts are targeted towards their algorithms. Unfortunately. SEO is far from being a simple discipline. It has evolved from the early days of search engines where algorithms...

Twitter Lessons from Sweden (Yes, the Country)

Let’s be honest, most social media innovations come from larger companies or creative SMEs – they rarely come from governments or entire countries, where the attitude to digital can be quite conservative. But Sweden is different. In 2011, Visit Sweden and Svenska Institutet launched Curators of Sweden – a project...

SEO for Schools: Build Your Online Presence

SEO is increasingly important for schools, particularly independent schools that rely on brand awareness and recognition to fill places. Being at the top of Google’s results for your search term means that you gain far more traffic. It also provides an opportunity to engage with your audience on their terms...

How to Get Business Reviews Without Breaking the Rules

Good reviews have huge benefits for local businesses. The improve your traffic and conversions while boosting your reputation (which improves traffic and conversions again). You can even increase the number of business listings on the first page of Google since your review profiles will be featured as well as your...

How to Stop Facebook Videos from Autoplaying

If you’re tired of Facebook videos playing automatically on your facebook feed, there are some easy ways to stop it using the settings on your phone or your browser. Unfortunately, there’s currently nothing in the Facebook settings to manage the account independently On your iPhone Autoplaying videos can eat up...

Facebook Insights – What Does It All Mean?

Digital Marketing is filled with obscure terms and jargon (CTR, SEO, conversions, web architecture…*) and Facebook’s Insights are no different. Insights offer useful information about your page, who is using it, and how well people are engaging and interacting with your content. While you can look at how many people...

26 TV Adverts Pushing You Online & Social

Christmas is a time for food, drink and a whole lot of watching TV. I couldn’t help notice this year how many TV adverts contained links persuading you to download apps, website addresses pushing you online, mentions of social media hash tags to discuss and  the prominence of mobile alongside...

Google + add Twinkle and Snow effect to images

As it is the time to be merry and giving Google + have released two cool new photo features called Twinkle and Snow. Twinkle Animated GIF’s When you upload a photo of your Christmas tree lights, house decorations or infact any picture that has colourful festive lights on it, Google...

Does Facebook need an ‘Ah’ button?

How many times have you been browsing through Facebook and seen a sad update from an old acquaintance or friend that you’ve lost touch with? You really want to show that you care but don’t know them well enough to comment direct with out it sounding weird, even worse –...

Stephen King gets writers block on Twitter

The famous king of horror, Stephen King, has taken his first small steps on Twitter Friday afternoon. Despite joining this service relatively late King is a huge fan of digital media. In 2000, he published the worlds first mass market commercial e-book ‘Riding the Bullet’ and in the same year...

Facebook crack down on promotional cover photos

When considering your Website Design and the content that you wish to use to accurately promote your business there are few restrictions that get in your way. Obviously copyright is a major concern but other than that there are not really any other things, apart from engaging content, for mainstream...

Social Media Network Popularity

Many analysts have had differing opinions over the years regarding the Website Design and predicted on-going popularity of social media networks; Geocities and Facebook are a perfect example of this. Geocities. One of the very first social media networks ever to be created was Geocities – the Website Design was...

Is Facebook addiction a real disorder?

Internet addiction has been well documented in the press and (funnily enough) online in recent years, especially with the rise of social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter. Many argue that it’s not really an addiction, but scientists and psychologists have revealed that social media and Facebook in particular...

Apple launches with “disastrous” new Maps app

iPhone users and fans of Apple have reacted with anger and frustration at the new maps application launched yesterday on the iPhone. Many of the users have reported that the app doesn’t live up to the former Google Maps application which Apple decided to replace in favour of their own....

Facebook Launches Sponsored Search Ads

Last week Facebook announced that they would be launching search advertising and so far, the announcement hasn’t received much praise. Both, industry experts and angry Facebook users have suggested that it will be another annoying feature that Facebook adds (Not Ads) to its recent collection and that Facebook is turning...

Blurred vision with new Facebook plug-in

If you are a Facebook user and not one of the 83 million “Fake” users, you might start to notice some blurry photos appearing on your network. Computer security specialists McAfee are teaming up with Intel to ensure that photo sharing on Facebook gets a little safer (and a little...
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Google Plans to Make Chrome’s Non-Secure Site Warnings More Obvious
Google has recently announced future plans regarding how Chrome, their web browser, will label HTTPS and HTTP sites… Starting in September, Chrome version 69 will remove the green “Secure” text and only display a black lock icon in the address bar. Later, Google plans to remove the lock icon altogether,...
How to Optimise Content for the Google Featured Snippet Box
The Google Featured Snippet Box, which allows increased brand exposure, has significantly altered the way in which SERPs are being presented. Despite the fact that many SEO experts were initially quite concerned that Featured Snippets would reduce the click-through-rate, they have fortunately had the opposite effect. The question is; what do...
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...