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Human Face on your business

Why put a human face on your business?

In 2016 developing your business is greatly helped by building personal relationships and engaging with your customers and prospects as this will help your business develop brand loyalty and a greater sense of trust.  It then follows that people are more likely to trust your business if they know that real people work there, so how do you do that, these are are top tips to put a human face on your business.

1. Use genuine pictures of your team with bios where appropriate.
2. Why not conduct an interview with the MD or a key member of staff.
3. Collate and share images of your products and services that customers have shared with you.
4. Positive feedback from customers and people you work with is always good to share.
5. Why not include a thank you for something that a customer has done for you – could this be a long standing award.
6. Include any charity work any staff member has done, run a marathon for example.

So there you have it just a few examples of how you could put a human face on your business and so develop the trust in how your business is seen by your customers and prospects.  How you get this out in front of your customers can be by things like blog posts or email marketing or maybe your audience is of a different demographic so Tumblr or Shapchat is more appropriate?

Whatever this is we can help identify and help your business reach its customers so you can concentrate on managing and growing your increasing enquiry levels, to find out more please contact the team either through the website here or call us on 01392 241653.

 

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Small Business Management crucial for growth

For most Small Businesses the management of people is way down the list when compared to the other parts of the business operation, for example, revenue and sales which outweigh everything else. Notwithstanding, staff administration is a significant cost for small business as well as concentrating on different business functions as this is all important to drive business development.

There can be no doubt that any small business need good people to help them function correctly but what else is preventing Growth for Small Businesses?

As an entrepreneur you will be confronted with an awesome number of things to do to develop your business! It is likely that you will disregard a few while concentrating on others that maybe you might be more OK with performing, so what are the other areas that you need to be on top off? These are likely to include some of all of the following;

  • Understanding your Customer Market – who are they and where are they, is your business positioned correctly to reach this customer?
  • Satisfactory Planning – do you have a plan, is it written down anywhere and do all your staff have a buy in?
  • Overseeing Cash Flow – the old adage cash is king is never more relevant these days, do you have a handle on your business cash flow?
  • Working a Marketing and Sales Process – do you even have a sales process, who is the first point of contact for any potential customer?
  • Focused on Marketing Campaigns and Programs – this is where we come in and can help your business focus on its customers with digital campaigns that directly reach out to them.

And now the sales message, if your small business needs help focusing its marketing activity and needs a clear defined plan then why not call us on 01392 241653 or contact us through the website here for a no obligation chat, what have you for to loose?

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Why your business needs a Digital Plan

If your business does not have a digital strategy then how do you know where you’re heading and what you’re trying to achieve?

In this post we identify 5 problems that in our experience will effect the operation of your business if you do not have a clear Digital Plan.

Your business has no focus

We find that businesses with a digital plan do not also have a set of business goals for what they want to achieve in terms of customer development or business growth and if you do not have these business have goals you likely do not have enough resources to reach the goals and you then do not evaluate whether you’re achieving those goals.

Do you really know your customers at all?

There can be no doubt that digital is one of the most measurable marketing tools ever.  However alot of the common statistical programs in use today will only tell you volume, not demographics and touchpoints – so how do you identify areas you can improve unless you know them?

Your business is not integrated

We often find if a business does have some kind of digital activity this is not focused on the business its run by ‘John who knows facebook’ at the same time as being a salesperson or the managers PA as she has a few spare hours a week.  This should be integrated with your business so everyone buys into the digital plan and can play their part in identifying opportunities for the business to grow online.

You are loosing out to competitors who do have a clear digital plan

Pretty much every business we work with has some form of statistical monitoring of enquiry traffic and even just traffic – Facebook insights??.  Unfortunately for alot of business this is as far as they go, they do not review and then act on the results of that review so they can decide where to implement the key aspects of the business marketing like email marketing and social media marketing.

Your marketing is not cost effective

Digital in 2016 has to be one of the most cost effective ways for any business to reach its target market, the only issue the growing business we work with come across is the lack of specific specialist digital skills which make it difficult for the business to respond effectively and this is where we come in as your outsourced digital partner.

So there you have it, five clear issued that will be effecting your business if you do not have a clear Digital Plan – if you are one of those businesses why not get in touch now, through the website here OR call us on 01392 241653 for a no obligation chat…

 

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Search Engine Optimisation

Optimizing for organic search

Optimizing for organic search and refining for SEO is something we’ve alot of experience with and something that as digital marketers we’re always working on to give our customers the best possible service, this is especially important when you consider how competitive and expensive paid search is getting.

In the UK we are pretty much focused on Google as the number one point of call as you dont want to pay Google for every click to your website.  So doing the right thing by optimizing for organic search to drive traffic to your website has to be the way forward.

So what are some of the most important strategies that we can work on right away – these are our top three?

The central starting point has to be your website and ensuring that it is mobile-friendly this means that it is responsive.  A responsive website scales to fit any device a user is accessing the site from, whether it be a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or mobile phone. Since Google launched its change to the mobile algorithm in an update in Spring 2015, this will list your site below a competitor in organic rankings if your competitor is better optimized for mobile search compared to your website.

Look at your content, Google’s algorithms and updates ensure that organic rankings are largely driven by the amount of quality content on your website or associated to your business, this can be by news feeds, blogs or even white papers.  You need to ensure that the content is quality content and can help the searcher in being relevant and informative.

Dont neglect your local search presence on the Google Business database, you need to make sure that your address is correct and that you have it verified by Google—either via postcard or phone call—so that your business is eligible to be shown in map and local search results. Google, and other search engines, knowing exactly where your business is located can do wonders for your local search.

These are the very basics of SEO that can ensure your website is seen by the widest possible audience for a far more detailed consultation why not call us on 01392 241653 or contact us through the website here, we’d love to help your business perform better online.

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Social Media rule of two thirds

For many businesses we speak with social media platforms like Twitter has already made a bad name for itself. So much so, that often the first path of resistance to joining this or for that matter any of the other social networks is generally something along the lines of, “All people do is talk about what they had for lunch so why should I be part of that?”  If you couple this with the facts that lots of people use social media to post either very literal updates “Its very busy driving to work” or they just look to talk – me me me me me – with little success.

So what is the right way? Well sharing your own news and showing your human side are important parts of using social media but as with most aspects it’s important to strive for balance. This balance is what we call the rule of thirds and by putting this into practice then your social media can be a far more engaging and more satisfying experience. So here is how the basic formula behind the rule of thirds works:

First Third

For this first third post about you and/or your brand, and this should be relatively easy, as you know your business better than anyone. So make sure that this third covers everything from sharing your own blog posts and news updates, to posting updates about you and your company and peoples achievements within your company.

Second Third

This third is often the most difficult as you need to update about your areas of expertise but from an outside source, so by this we mean maybe shows you’ve attended or where you’ve been quoted on other websites or publications.  You can also add into this news about your industry or company from another publication, blog posts from other bloggers about things that you find interesting, or websites that interest you – it is simply a matter of showcasing your knowledge on the things about which you are passionate.

Third Third

This final third is where you can be yourself and engage, ask questions, answer questions, retweet or repost interesting things people in your network have shared and that interest you,so be that location related or even sport related this is what makes social media SOCIAL and its up to you to take part!

So as a final point dont think about mundane stuff to post, think about what interests you and what grabs your attention and then how you will update this online, so dont be afraid to ask a question – ‘any good lunch recommendations for Exeter’ being a case in point, as apposed to a picture of your sandwich on Cathedral green.

And finally the sales bit, if you need help with your social media or just need to clarify the tweets from the status updates then why not contact our team we’d be delighted to help,either callus on 01392 241653 or contact us through the website here.

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Why managing your Trip Advisor profile is vitally important

Managing your Trip Advisor profile and keeping it current can be an extremely important benefit to your business, especially for those in the travel industry and the many travel-related businesses like restaurants, shopping centers, tourist attractions, and real estate agents. But keeping information on your profile up-to-date isn’t enough – you need to be actively involved with reviewing feedback and responding to it, and even trying your best to win TripAdvisor stars and awards to whatever extent this is possible.

Here are some of the reasons that TripAdvisor can have such a big impact on your business.

Reliable resource

TripAdvisor has become one of the best online sources of travel information, and its directory of hotels flights and everything associated with vacationing expands every day. It is one of the first places people go to give their opinions of hotels and all the businesses associated with traveling. This being the case, it should also be the first place you go as a business owner to see what customers are saying about your services or products.

Marketing benefits

TripAdvisor has become a very powerful marketing tool which can have a profound influence on visitor traffic and the behavioral habits of travelers themselves. Very often travelers who take the time to review a travel-related business on TripAdvisor provide very detailed descriptions of the experience, including accommodations, amenities, services, and other highlights.

This amounts to free advertising for your business, assuming that the review is a good one. If a review of your business is less than desirable, it should be an alert to you that some aspect of your business needs attention, whether it’s customer service or something else. It’s no coincidence that a recent survey found more than 90% of all travelers preferred to book accommodations for hotels when photos and detailed descriptions were available to provide desired information.

In short, many of the people you are targeting for your travel-related business make use of TripAdvisor in one way or another – and this means you should be using it to your advantage.

If you would like a non obligation chat with the team at GleaveMedia to understand more about managing your Trip Advisor profiles better then please call us on 01392 241653 or get in touch through the website here.

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British Hen Welfare Trust Social Media Award winner

Why we work with Charities and Charity Social Media

We’ve worked with Charities for as long as we’ve been GleaveMedia, we’ve seen small charities grow and bigger charities work better by having a clearer hold on the Charity Social Media activities, but why do we work with charities?

This is a question that we’re often asked, simple answer is that its in our DNA working with those organisations that ask for help to work better and make use of these new and emerging technologies that they may not have a handle on, this is why we co collaborate on GrowMyCharity.com and you can see from our ethics policy that we put our ethical behaviour at the heart of all we do and how we work.

During this time frame we’ve presented numerous Digital Marketing Seminars across the South West covering such topics as Social Media Planning to how to communicate your cause better – you can see our last nine events on our Eventbrite profile page here and the names of most of the charities that we’ve worked with can be found on the GrowMyCharity.com website here .  Also we had our Social Media Award in 2013 that saw the British Hen Welfare Trust walk away with a cheque for £500 and you can read about this on their website here: http://www.bhwt.org.uk/british-hen-welfare-trust-scoops-south-west-social-media-award/

What does the future hold? Well when we started we were teaching charities how to open Twitter accounts and now its far more about engagement of the audience on the chosen social platform and the planning that goes on behind the scenes…

So if you’re a charity and want to make use of a great resource why not head over to the GrowMyCharity.com website and see how we can help your charity or social enterprise grow.

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facebook news feed updates

Facebook news feed updates

The latest Facebook news feed updates have found a new way for all users to view the posts from friends they actually want to hear from and read pages they actually want to see by creating a more personalized news feed.

From facebooks’ own internal research it shows that each time an average Facebook member logs on there are 1,500 brand new updates, photos and videos waiting for them that have appeared since their last visit and if you have a large number of friends this can increase to over 10,000. So now Facebook has combined these features and put them all into one place and by choosing to ‘See First,’ any user will be able to create a brand new feed in a matter of minutes, and guarantee that they will never miss an important update, this Facebook video explains more about it…

These updates will allow any user control over what they want to see, which has to be beneficial surely?

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The five clear benefits of CRM Software for small business

We work with numerous growing business and help them engage and manage their customer relationships, we know that companies that manage those customer relationships the best are more likely to win than those that do nothing.

This management of customer relationships is the reason why the use of modern web based CRM (Customer Relationship Management) systems has massively grown in recent years as small and growing businesses are able to adopt those technologies traditionally only open to large business thus making use of CRM Software for small business.

If you are still unsure about how CRM Software for small business could make a change to your business, here are five of the biggest benefits of a well managed and augmented CRM system.

Improved efficiency

A CRM system that can integrate with marketing and sales tools does offer significant efficiencies in replacing none joined up systems.  They allow the business to move away from having multiple spreadsheets or checklists by joining all this process into one cloud based efficient system that allows you to track, monitor and engage at every stage of the customer journey.

Better Collaboration

With having one CRM system run your sales and marketing functions you can manage the job functions in your business that allow different employees (departments) to be able to input and increase the value of the customer engagement journey through good training and better data management.

Centralising your data

We’ve written previously about how data is any growing businesses greatest asset and having that data in one place THEM being able to manage run data analysis on this allows you to learn things about and from your customer that simply wouldnt be possible.

Increased accountability

By having a central CRM system for your business you can manage every aspect of that customer relationship thereby ensuring that prospects don’t get lost on bits of paper and they of course add a layer of accountability as you will know who has done what and when thereby managing this customer lifecycle.

Better customer experience

Ultimately, for all of the benefits CRM systems provide to the businesses that use them, the biggest benefit of CRM software for small business is that their use leads to a better overall customer experience.

Customers are more easily and accurately segmented, their needs identified, and because the status of a businesses relationship with them is accurately tracked, then they can interact with them meaningfully at the right times, leading to more sales, faster sales and higher customer retention and satisfaction.

If you would like a non obligation chat with the team at GleaveMedia to understand more about our CRM offering then please get in touch through the website here.

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Gleave Media Coffee

We are four!

It maybe May the first today but here are GleaveMedia we are all about the number four, for we are celebrating four years of business.  We have had the pleasure of working with some fab clients along the way and whilst there have been highs and lows we can honestly say how really proud of the people we work for and the people we work with.  Our vision has remained the same and that is to provided solid results for businesses who want to grow.

So as it is the end of the week let the celebrations begin, here at GleaveMedia we are going to start the day the best we know how…. Coffee all round.

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