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6 Key Elements of a Successful Content Strategy for Small Business Owners

As a small business, one of the many challenges that you’ll face is how to stand out from the crowd – especially when that crowd includes big names in your industry with huge marketing budgets. One thing you can’t skimp on in order to meet your goals is a solid content strategy for your online presence. With the right elements all working together, you can get more traffic, more attention, and more customer loyalty, without that Big Name budget. Here are the key elements of a successful content strategy to enhance your brand’s presence online:

Website and Storefront

For most small businesses today, an online storefront is a vital part of expanding your sales opportunities. But your website must be more than just a place to sell goods. It is also a place to introduce quality content to your audience. With an excellently maintained website or blog, you can present yourself as an authority in the industry, and build your brand’s identity in a way that will be very clear to the audience. This is the most important aspect of any content strategy, so be sure to focus the most time and energy on having a well-crafted website.

Social Media and Customer Interaction

Social media can’t be ignored in today’s online culture. While your website should be your central hub, social media should be the place where you can interact with customers on a regular basis. Be sure that you are always presenting your brand’s mission and unique personality in your social media presence. Organizations that interact, rather than just post, on social media are far more likely to convert one-time buyers into loyal customers.

Advertising Profiles and Guest Appearances

One thing that many companies overlook online is the power of connecting with other companies. Consumers like knowing that they are buying from experts, and gaining credibility from other sources is a great way to show your expertise. Seek out guest appearances on other blogs, collaborations with popular taste makers, and create profiles on popular advertising sites such as Yelp, to give your audience the sense that you are well-established as a leader in your niche.

These six elements are the key pieces of creating a successful content strategy for small businesses. With a strong website as your central hub, an engaging presence on social media, and other industry leaders lending you credibility through partnerships, you can begin crafting a powerful online presence that keeps your audience coming back.


Getting your business facing these challenges and have them working for you shouldn’t be an afterthought – the businesses that succeed will be the ones that make it integral to their strategy from the start. If you need help in ensuring your business is listed correctly then please call us on 01392 241653 or contact us through the website here for a no obligation conversation.

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Google local

Does your business think local?

It should go without saying that its no good having a great product or website if people cant find it, almost pointless in fact.

We’ve written previously about the importance of a Google local listing and it is vital that this is optimised so that your business can be found by local customers.  Local information is becoming increasingly important in search engine results pages and Google continues to to show and place importance on mapped and local results wherever possible.

So how does your business fix this?

  • First of all if you haven’t already then you need to claim and verify your Google local business listing, ensuring it has the correct details, name, address and opening times are key.
  • Then optimise content, keywords and contact details, all useful information for anybody searching, you also need to make sure your contact details across the web are universally consistent.

Finally the ‘icing’ on top is by collecting reviews, and yes this is difficult, you’ll ask far more customers than will give you reviews but do you ask?

Just for the record you can read our Google reviews here  and our facebook reviews here both actively collected and always asked for….


Getting your business listing correctly on all search engines shouldn’t be an afterthought – the businesses that succeed will be the ones that make it integral to their strategy from the start. If you need help in ensuring your business is listed correctly then please call us on 01392 241653 or contact us through the website here for a no obligation conversation.

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Why Content Marketing is Crucial in 2017

Any amount of research on the current online marketing climate will tell you that content marketing is key when building a website. When it comes to growing a successful business, generating well articulated, accurate, and target content is crucial to drawing in your target customers. Without well written content, you may find your business stagnating in the competitive markets of the modern age. Here are a few tips to help keep your website’s content marketing the center of attention.

Pay attention to your target audience

In recent years, online consumers are less and less likely to spend their time searching through websites to find the information they need. Instead, the majority of internet users rely on search engines, and target specific keywords in order to find the content they are looking for. On top of this, more customers are less likely to stick around through a long article that weighs them down with over the top information. This means that, while a few years ago running a website with pages and pages of information may have been the best way to gain customers, in today’s market that kind of strategy will end up weighing your business down. Instead, it is crucial to invest in concise content for your website.

Content Targeting

When it comes to content for your website, make sure to hone your content in such a way to draw in specific consumers. For example, it is important to present your potential customers with facts about your industry, as well as with concise articles about your methods and any other information pertaining to your field.

With the specificity of search engine results, and the lack of interest modern-day consumers have in spending long amounts of time looking for information, it is imperative to know your audience. Making sure your website ranks for your business type is one of the best ways to ensure constant traffic to your site, and content is one of the main ways to prove to the variety of search engines out there that your site is worth showing their visitors.

Content Influx

Today’s consumers are used to a barrage of daily information, from Facebook feeds to Twitter posts to Emails. The best way to reach out through this information fog is to make sure your website updates with new content regularly. If your website offers no new content for weeks on end, you’re well on your way to losing website traffic, which means less customers. Of course, while keeping your website constantly updated is key to standing out in the information storm of the internet, the quality of your content is as important as the quantity. If your articles are poorly written, or merely rehashed versions of previous content on your site, your customers will notice, as will the search engines.

At the end of the day, creating good content is the key to marketing your business in the modern world. Content is one of the main ways your website gains renown on the internet, and without it you’ll find yourself high and dry wondering where the customers went. However, once your content is of good quality, and your website offers a wide array of regularly updated information, you’re well on your way to thriving in the online business world.


Developing a content plan shouldn’t be an afterthought – the businesses that succeed will be the ones that make it integral to their strategy from the start. Now the sales bit, if you need help in creating your digital plan please call us on 01392 241653 or contact us through the website here for a no obligation conversation.

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Your Digital Strategy for 2017

Your company’s digital marketing strategy needs to constantly evolve if you hope to stay ahead of your competition in 2017. As challenging as this may seem, much of it involves staying on top of current marketing trends and keeping your website and social media profiles properly updated. Here are a few things that you can do that will help you with that once the new year rolls around.

Optimize Your Content Across Multiple Devices

There was a time when advertising on the Internet only required you to develop content that can be viewed on a computer screen. While that is still very important, people these days are more likely to use their smartphones or tablets to view content. Your digital marketing strategy should cater to that with ads scaled to fit mobile devices and webpages that can be viewed easily on any device. Mobile ads should even take priority over television and radio ads, especially if you’re targeting a younger demographic.

Automate Your Content Marketing

Thanks to tools such as HootSuite or SproutSocial, marketers have been able to publish content across multiple social media platforms for some time. This is obviously very useful, and these tools have evolved to allow you to create and publish content automatically with the push of a button. Social media could become more important than ever in 2017, and the ability to quickly post content to a wider audience will help you stay ahead of your competition.

Share Useful Content

As important as it is to come up with your own content, you shouldn’t hesitate to share other people’s content if you find it useful and interesting. This is a great way to share links back to your own content and reach a wider audience, especially if you stick to content that is relevant to your own company.

These are just a few things that you can do to stay on top of digital marketing trends during the coming year. As simple as they may seem, they won’t help you if you don’t put in the proper effort. Always work to keep your website and social media profiles updated, and pay close attention to your competition. Digital marketing changes quickly, and you want to make sure you aren’t left behind.


Developing a digital strategy for your business shouldn’t be an afterthought – the businesses that succeed will be the ones that make it integral to their business growth from the start. Now the sales bit, if you need help in creating your digital strategy for your business then please call us on 01392 241653 or contact us through the website here for a no obligation conversation.

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Top tips for the creation of digital plan

Creating a clear digital plan can have clear benefits for any business no matter what size, indeed we know from experience that small and growing business usually gain significant benefits when they create a digital plan as it gives the business real focus and engagement opportunities for everyone in that business to get on board with. In fact its fair to say that in the current business climate especially post BREXIT, we believe that a business not having a digital plan effectively means not having a plan at all.

So how do you go about creating a digital plan and seeing the benefits for your business? These are our top tips….

  • Its about Technology

When you create a Digital Plan you undoubtedly will find that you dont need to change your business, you just need to empower your employees to engage with your business and your customers and this is likely to be through smartphones or tablets in a way that suits the customer and prospects not you and your business, so if you supply football memorabilia then you need to be active on Saturday’s when games are played and in the evening as that is when potential customers will also be active on social media and more receptive to your message.

  • Work together

So work together with your team, ask them who is confident on instagram or facebook for example and you’ll find a champion wanting to take the production of this on and manage the day to day updates after you give your plan as to who/what/why and when you want to engage your customers. Don’t forget you may need to invest in the right tools for them to do the job, a new smartphone maybe even a private company facebook group to pull together the management of all this.

  • Train and improve

We know that all small businesses need people who understand the digital world we know live in and who can see the potential of technology and then convert this into real business growth. For some that will mean looking towards young people, our those digital experts who seem to naturally possess those skills that means it all comes really easily to them.  Also you may have some other staff members keen to get involved, whichever way you turn as a business you need to invest in and nurture that talent as they will help your business grow.Now is the time to ensure that, no matter what the size of your business, you can make the most of digital technology and its benefits.


Developing a digital plan shouldn’t be an afterthought – the businesses that succeed will be the ones that make it integral to their strategy from the start. Now the sales bit, if you need help in creating your digital plan please call us on 01392 241653 or contact us through the website here for a no obligation conversation.

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Why outsource to a Digital Marketing Agency

Owning a small business is rewarding, but also a lot of work. For most small businesses, outsourcing elements that are not core to your business makes sense. With outsourced digital marketing, you gain a number of benefits – an experienced company can quickly ramp up marketing efforts, help you gain new perspectives on your business and give you easy access to the skills you need. All of this is accomplished without adding a large salary or lengthy commitment. These are the reasons why many small businesses prefer to outsource their digital marketing efforts:

Skills and experience

Often, business owners think they can do it all. They will do the marketing themselves and learn as they go. While this sounds great in theory, most owners quickly learn that their days are finite and some important things go undone. Additionally, without the skills and experience needed, it adds a learning curve for a business owner as well, and that takes precious time, too. Of course, you could hire a marketing professional in-house, but that requires a hefty salary and a long-term commitment.

Alternatively, you can partner with a digital marketing agency with a wealth of experience and skills in the industry. This can quickly and inexpensively get your business up to speed, and without any lengthy commitments.

Budget constraints

When you outsource your marketing efforts, you have more strict control over what is spent. You can negotiate rates and projects with your digital marketing agency, and can follow their lead or design your own path. You will find that our agency is easy to work with!

Strategize

You probably know who your target customers are, and have some ideas for reaching them. Digital marketing professionals can offer fresh ideas and valuable insights about your marketplace, and offer some strategy ideas you may not have considered that will produce very well for you.

Getting it done

Once your solid marketing plan is in place, executing the plan is crucial. This is where a digital marketing firm can really shine. While you are handling daily business needs, the agency is quietly working on your behalf in the background.

Outsourcing digital marketing today makes so much sense; it offers flexibility and affordability for almost all small and midsized businesses. A solid marketing plan will increase your sales and revenue, and help your business grow. Our agency is well-skilled and experienced and ready to get to work for you, you can find more about us here along with testimonials from clients and our contact details are here – we look forward to speaking with you soon.

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Content Marketing Strategy

Content Marketing Strategy

Having a Content Marketing Strategy is THE current hot topic of the marketing industry and rightly so. It is a £4 billion industry and Hubspot has reported that companies that blog receive 67 per cent more traffic to their website than those that don’t and are 13 times more likely to enjoy a positive ROI.

Here at Gleave Media we know that a strong content marketing strategy needs to be part of your overall Digital Marketing strategy looking after your brand, PR, search and social media objectives. So with this in mind, this is our easy to follow list for you to think about before starting any content marketing?

  1. What are you trying to achieve with your content and how will it benefit your business?
  2. Who are you trying to reach with your content and where is that audience?
  3. How is your content going to reach your audience?
  4. Does your content need to chance depending on which channel it will be targeting?
  5. What part of your content will form the conversion element, to get the audience to answer your call to action?
  6. Who will be responsible for generating this content and improving/tweaking it?
  7. Finally how do you measure your success, what is success for your business?

There can be no doubt a well integrated Content Marketing Strategy will dramatically improve your businesses ability to effectively engage your audience, your business growth depends on you being able to manage and grow this.  We have a Sales Automation/CRM tool that can help with this and you can read more on our website here and get a free download that may help in your decision process, alternatively please feel free to call us for a no obligation discussion on how we can help your business grow.
 

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The Importance of Social Media Integration with CRMs

As a small business that is either in the startup phase or looking to ramp up and become competitive, it is important to integrate as much technology as possible in order to streamline your operational capability. One such tool that is important to all businesses is sales automation tool integrated into a customer relationship management system or CRM.

A CRM is simply a tool used to integrate all points of interaction with a customer, from initial enquiry to sale to post-sale follow-up. The capabilities of your CRM system without a fully integrated social media platform is limited in terms of what it can do to grow your aspirations as a business owner. Social media works to keep your business current and relevant with the needs of your customers.

Why CRM/Social Media Integration is Vital

According to the Small Business Social Media Engagement 2015 Digital Marketing Survey published by IT research consultancy Clutch and a survey by IT firm Sprout, the following came to light concerning the use of social media by small business:

63% of millennials use social media to stay up-to-date on the brands they are interested
46% use social media to accomplish their online purchases
53% of small businesses surveyed use social media (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, etc.)
More than three-quarters of small businesses (76%) see the same or an increase in their social media investment

These numbers more than suggest that social media is a huge influencer on purchasing decisions, particularly for tech savvy millennials. This is an important to note as for example millennials in the USA alone – 80 million consumers – are expected to spend over $10 trillion over their lifetime.

A well integrated and managed CRM with social media will give you the tool to reach this group and effectively engage them as consumers, your business growth depends on you being able to manage and grow this, you can read more about our Sales Automation/CRM on our website here and get a free download that may help in your decision process.

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Sharing content on Instagram for your business

iOS ProfileInstagram is the perfect social media platform to inspire people with images that tell a business’ story. The visual aspect of Instagram uses the power of simple imagery to get the message out to current and potential customers, while humanizing and showcasing the company. With over 400 million active users that share 80 million photos every day, those photos garner more than 3.5 billion likes per day and awesome comments, lots of sharing and engagement as well. This is a community that is very passionate and upbeat; sharing content on Instagram spurs interaction between businesses and customers, establishes trust and solidly brands a business to allow them to magnify their message cost-effectively.  And you thought Instagram was nothing but selfies!

What (and how) to post on Instagram

Though that first post might be intimidating, you will quickly become a pro and look forward to posting on this fun and dynamic social media site. Here are a couple of ideas to inspire you:

  • Behind the scenes at your company: Funky and authentic, these really personalize your business. Describe what’s going on, and be sure to add relevant industry hashtags and funny ones, too. Hashtag ideas: #beforecoffee #meetingsarefun #hardatwork    

  • Selfies: These are everywhere, but we don’t mean a picture of you in the bathroom mirror with your best pout. How about grabbing a selfie of the creative group at lunch, or brainstorming a new Instagram campaign? Hashtag ideas: #teamatwork #bondingtime

  • Quotes: Share inspirational or funny quotes for strong engagement and sharing. Even better if you pair it up with an image to match. Lots of apps are available to do this; some favorites are WordSwag, Phonto, Font Candy and Typic. Hashtag ideas: #quote #quotes

  • Memes: Funny and irreverent, but so memorable and shareable! Sprinkle memes throughout your account for a lighthearted feel. Use meme generators to create custom memes for your business in minutes. Hashtag ideas: #memes #funny #pleaseshare

  • Newsjacking: Positive posts about things going on in the world, but tread lightly so you don’t offend people. Donald Trump’s hair? Fair game. His ideas about immigration? Steer clear. Hashtag ideas: #newstoday #whatshappening

  • Content promotion: Use a great image and caption to promote your recent blog posts, and ask people to follow your bio link to read it. Hashtag ideas: #readthis #ourblog

  • Product or service promotion: Do this sparingly or you will turn off your audience; but showcase your company products or services occasionally using the 90/10 rule–90 percent of what you post should be valuable to your followers and 10 percent can be self-promotional. Of course, it is Instagram, so make your promo content fun and compelling for best results! Hashtag ideas: #ourproductinaction #checkoutournewest

  • Reposts from followers: There is no better way to get someone’s attention on Instagram than to curate and repost their images; this is the ultimate form of IG flattery. Be sure to @tag them, so they know you did it and gave them credit. Hashtags: #repost #coolstuffwefind

  • Action requests: Ask your followers to tag their friends when you post a funny meme, or request that they follow you on Twitter or Facebook. Broaden your reach with these requests. Hashtags: #tagyourbff #followusonFB #doyoutweet

  • Videos and GIFS: You can post short videos on Instagram and make them funny or functional. Either way, it is another way to increase engagement. Hint: people love babies and animals, so if you can somehow relate either to your business, you are golden! Hashtags: #howwedoit #playfulpuppies

  • Throwback Thursday: Save your vintage images for Thursday and give everyone a peek into your past. Hashtags: #TBT #throwbackThursday

Businesses of all sizes, from really small companies to major household names, are successfully using Instagram to drive ad recall, engagement and customers! These ideas will get you started, but you will quickly find lots more inspiration for posts. Remember, make people laugh and they will double tap and like your post, probably leave a nice comment and follow you. It takes time to build engagement and trust, but post on Instagram regularly and you will see much more of both.

Now the sales bit, we’ve been training businesses large and small how to get the best out of their social media activity for many years, indeed we run over 20 social media seminar with our sister business GrowMyCharity.com.  If  you think your business could do we help getting your social media engagement focused then please contact us through the website here for a no obligation chat or call us on 01392 241653.

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Customers

The Importance of Small Business sales automation

A customer relationship management (CRM) system is a powerful business tool. It is as important an investment for small businesses as it is for larger business organizations. As you become more dependent on data and its use in your business through changing technology, you find yourself at a competitive disadvantage when you choose not to integrate a small business sales automation system or CRM into your everyday business.

CRMs systems have advanced beyond appointment scheduling tools into providing your business with total small business sales automation to be able to generate opportunities for new and additional leads for your business. If you have not considered the purchase of a CRM system, here is some information further defining CRMs and their role in transforming your business.

Delivering Superior Customer Service Seen as Key Challenge to Business

Delivering the highest quality customer service is the highest priority for any business. It is a differentiator that separates those businesses on the fast track to growth and profitability and those struggling to survive or in decline. Chief Information Officers are increasingly investing in CRMs as a way to delivery on their customer service promise.  A 2012 Forrester’s fourth quarter survey found that although less than half (47%) of companies in North America and Europe have implemented a CRM solution, spending increased 12.5% between 2011 and 2012 ($18 billion versus $16 billion).

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How CRMs Become Important to Your Business

The use of CRMs become an important tool needed by small business to best deliver top service to customers. The essential elements of a CRM system include the ability to direct online marketing campaigns to existing customers, process online orders, complete order fulfilment and provide ongoing customer support. Ancillary functions include procuring sales leads through an online referral program, administration of customer satisfaction surveys and similar data driven processes.

Your CRM system does not remove the human element from the sales cycle and customer retention process. It gives you a powerful tool to harness data and become more efficient at maintaining these important customer relationships, making sales and making more sales.

We operate a small business sales automation for aspirational businesses click here to download the free brochure or contact us through the website here to arrange a free trial.

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