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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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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 attends small business reception at No 11

Our Managing Director was chosen to meet the Chancellor of the Exchequer as a representative of small businesses in the South West earlier this month.

Alistair Gleave MD of Gleave Media joined two other local business champions at a 2-hour champagne reception held at 11 Downing Street, after being nominated by Newton Abbot MP Anne Marie Morris, the Conservative Small Business Ambassador for the South West.

He said: “It was a great honour to be chosen to represent small businesses in the south west region and to listen to George Osborne talk about his own experiences growing up as the son of two small business owners.”

The Chancellor, whose mother ran a catering company whilst his father ran a textile business, also outlined Government support for small businesses, referring to them as the ‘engine room’ of the economy.

During the reception Mr Gleave and his wife, Penelope met other small business champions from the south of the country to swap experiences.

It is the aim of Gleave Media to help other small Devon businesses grow and achieve great things, so it was a real bonus to receive recognition for myself as well as get a glimpse inside the power house that is No 11,” he added.

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facebook insights

Facebook marketing success

As a company we work with a number of clients on all aspects of the Social Media presence, and as would be expected facebook marketing does feature highly in most businesses social engagement.

This customer wanted a pretty much immediate ‘push’ with his social campaigns on facebook with significant increase in reach of his updates.  We proposed a directly targeted facebook campaign to reach out to the target business audience while at the same time work on the brand awareness and overall impact of the social updates.

The result are quite staggering with a 13000% uplift, yes thats right thirteen thousand percent uplift in reach for the customer, as i’m sure can see he was another very happy customer and one all to keen to share his direct results and success.

You can also read about the work we did with Exeter City Council on the Exeter Together Social Media campaign here.

So if your business needs help with its social presence and if you just need someone else to have alook and see if you’re doing it right then give the team a call on 01392 241653 or contact us through the website here, we’d love to help your business grow.


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five top tips for creating great content

The importance of creating great content about your business or products you offer at the right time has been shown to have a direct benefit to drive demand for this offering and at the same time improve the all important bottom line.  To make sure you get the most out of any content you create here are our top five tips;

  1. keep it relevant – don’t just write some generic mumbo jumbo, who is your audience, your target market?  If you write with them in mind you will have far greater engagement and by its very nature a greater response rate, which is surely what you want isn’t it?
  2. don’t just promote – at the end of the day we all want to sell our products or services but if you do this all day every day then people will disengage with you (your business) and more than likely not welcome any future communication updates.
  3. quality of the content – what you create needs to be written, or at the very least ‘helped’ by the relevant person, so if you’re a hotel writing about the amazing meals you offer then get your chef to share and help – thats common sense surely?
  4. it is applicable to your business – we see this so many times, where a business creates content that is in no way relevant for your business, not even slightly – not only would this give poor results but it could also damage the businesses reputation.
  5. does it offer benefit to the reader – as with all content creation you need to think with your reader in mind, what are you offering them, think like a customer so don’t just promote, offer them something of value.  To use the example of a hotel why not offer a small article on how to make amazing cranberry sauce this festive season

So in summary if you can offer a relevant targeted message about your business this will have a direct result on engagement and interest.  make no doubt about it if you can create great content you will gain more sales leads and improve the quality of your website traffic further promoting your brand.

A short mention for GleaveMedia, we can help with your content creation needs and requirements and help your business achieve it’s targets, just get in touch here.

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Three New Year Resolutions for your Online Marketing Strategy

Teenage girl enjoying winterThe start of 2013 is a great time for starting afresh with your business online marketing plan and the best way to do this is by setting some clear manageable targets and goals. These are our top three new year resolutions for your businesses online marketing.

1. Facebook WILL be part of my customer engagement strategy

As a growing business you simply can no longer afford to ignore facebook, it is growing and evolving at an amazing rate, your audience is active on this site and it is growing fast through mobile and the younger demographics which make great posts with some creative imagery a really good place to start.

2. My business will send at least one targeted email per month

As a business you need to keep in touch with your customers and prospects on a regular basis, you can guarantee if you dont then your competitors will. Setting yourself up to email on a monthly basis is the right kind of timeline to not deluge them but keep in touch – which is exactly what you want.

We run our own email marketing system called mailPDQ a very cost effective tool for collecting data from a multitude of sources and then segmenting this so it can then be used to target a message relevant to the audience, please contact us through the website for a free no obligation trial

3. Blogging will be part of your business engagement strategy

Blogging is a great way to put a personality on your business, not only does it positively help with your search engine rankings but it also allows you to position individuals within the business as leaders or at the very minimum contributors.  By incorporating images and video you can really make this updatebale area of your site almost have a life of its own, i.e. if your factory has a new forklift why not video all that it can do and why its a great addition. Basically think outside the box, the rules have changed…

So if your business can at least start down this route with these three simple steps you will begin to see a clear and accountable result for your actions and if you want help embedding this into a full Digital Marketing Strategy then we are the team to help, please get in touch here.

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QR Codes for an Estate Agent

QR Codes for an Estate Agent

During our travels around the UK we come across lots of interesting uses of technology, perhaps the most catching of recent times has been the use of QR codes by estate agents.

The estate agency business traditionally produces lots of property details nicely printed to hand out to prospective tenants. I would second guess that lots of these are simply wasted, ripped up, scribbled on or simply thrown away. So how does technology help this, well for this business the lettings listing are accessible by QR code, no printed media at all and they are shared on the window (as in the photo) and all printed media, newspaper adverts etc etc. Scan the QR code with your mobile and you get the latest letting listings, no printing and 100% up-to-date AND you can then embed calls to action, enquiry forms etc making a seamless enquiry portal.

This is very much a ‘win win’ for the business and the consumer;

Save costs – cutting down dramatically on printed media

Environmental benefits – far less paper is used/wasted

Embrace consumer demand – the listing is delivered to the consumers mobile, is always fully up-to-date

Differentiates you from your competitors – yes are your competitors churning out the endless lists and when a potential client contacts them, go ‘sorry that one has gone’ etc etc

Smarter way of working – embracing new technology and changing working practices for the better has to be a good thing doesnt it?

So if your business needs a different look on its Online Marketing why not give us a try, we have numerous satisfied customers and love working with proactive businesses, please get in touch here.

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Alistair Gleave and Mark Tyler at Exeter FM

GleaveMedia at Exeter FM

So what was I doing at Exeter FM you ask? well Jackie Dawkins of Shine Charity Recruitment and myself have been at our local radio station Exeter FM working with station owner Mark Tyler recording some sound bytes to promote our up and coming seminars and activity for the charity sector in 2011 and beyond.

We are keen supporters of charities large and small and we have collaborated with Jackie Dawkins of Shine Charity Recruitment on the  GrowMyCharity.com website. Here we want to create an independent resource for charities to refer to, we hope to provide information on events and workshops, services and products, ideas and discussions, news and contributions from people with experience of working in or for the charity sector.

We have run numerous seminars for all sorts of charities helping them getting the most out of inbound marketing, the most recent one at Seale Hayne Seminar in June 2011.

If you represent a charity we’d encourage you to visit www.GrowMyCharity.com to learn more and also sign up to the newsletter on the site so you can be first to hear of all the new seminars and presentation just for charities.



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Groupon and the very local Exeter experience

Groupon surely the ‘hot’ company of 2011 – offering daily deals straight into your inbox every day to a specific geographic area – Exeter (in my case).

Groupon became a huge success by offering big discounts at local stores such as hair dressers and car valeting, emailing the offers every day to subscribers in the geographic market, such as Exeter or London. It’s not uncommon for the offers to be bought by thousands of people, who can redeem them any time over a period of months or even a year.

This success in way created an issue as for example in my case I am registered with Groupon in Exeter BUT what happens when I am in London, do I currently receive any Groupon’s? The answer a simple no….

So how is Groupon evolving and tapping what surely is a massive market?  In simple terms they are rolling out a product called GrouponNow in the USA.  Anyone familiar with Voucher Cloud or QuidCo will know how this works, in offering deals that you are near. GrouponNow in the states takes this further by in some cases making the offers time limited.  Act now or miss out in other words.

This has got to be a great evolution of the Groupon Strategy and in using their massive subscriber base very powerful indeed, as a lover of Voucher Cloud I am very interested in how they may respond and address this encroachment into mobile territory.  For Groupon this cant come to the UK quick enough, mobile is big and has been for quote a while and Groupon need to be part of this.



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