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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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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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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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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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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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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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What your online business can learn from the High Street

Tablet ComputerIt seems that these days pretty much any business can (and does) sell online after all it isnt that difficult and can be fairly straight forward the key is actually getting sales through the new online sales tool and this requires a real focussed approach and a really key understanding of the markets you are targeting, so these are 3 keys points that the high street has simply failed to address as highlighted by the recent high profile failures of HMV and Jessops.

Customer Service needs to be amazing

If  want to look at simply amazing customer service you need look no further than Amazon who have led the way with their Customer First Attitude, at GleaveMedia we know from experience that they want you to be delighted, a parcel gets lost – no problem another will be sent, the product damaged – no problem send it back for a full refund.  A customer service attitude that puts ‘me’ the customer first is always going to be a winner.

On the high street a retailer that follows a similar philosophy is John Lewis that goes so far as to give (off its own back) a 2 year warranty and 90 days software support on all laptops – how is that for having faith in the products you sell?

Dont forget your Brand

Order from Harrods and sure your delivery doesnt come in a green Harrods branded truck, it does come in a Harrods branded box though – no shame in that arriving at your house is it?  This branding stands for something and even though you may never have been inside a Harrods store they still want you to have that Harrods experience.

On the high street Apple are a great example, when you buy an Apple computer the box is an integral part of the product – it identifies as to who you are and that as you walk down the high street back to your car it marks you out – an Apple user, spot the stares everyone knows what you have inside that box!

What is the latest trend?

Don’t fall into the we’ve always done it this way trap, having said that you don’t need to lead from the front and don’t forget that previous massively strong retailers like HMV lost their way and have perished in this ultra competitive world through not seeing how the market has changed.  HMV in particular didn’t significantly promote gadgets or new technology, just seemingly wanting to stick to DVD’s and CD’s. The end of the typewriter should be a clear example to any growing business, there is nothing wrong with a typewriter, technology simply moved on – even though the BBC still gives us 5 reasons to still use one, we refrain!

So there you go our three key points the high street has simply failed to address, no doubt 2013 will see more high street failures and relaunches – maybe even some more big names?    One thing is certain, setting up an online sales facility is relatively simple, its getting it running right and understanding what your customers actually want and then ensuring your business provides that.  With web design and Digital Marketing Solutions by GleaveMedia you can be assured that we have the skills and experience to help your business win online, so please get in touch we’d love to help you.

 

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