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Calling all Polish Builders

Posted on 28th May, by Mike in blog. No Comments

At a recent meeting a business associate of mine asked me why I thought he wasn’t getting many repeat visitors to his website and those that visited were not staying very long. After a few questions it became clear that he’d only spent a few hundred pounds on the website and it had been done by someone in Eastern Europe. The site looked okay and functioned faultlessly, the problem lay with the content.

The analogy I often use is that a website is like a garage you have built for your car, a fairly simple structure, walls, door, roof, perhaps a window, unfortunately no-one is really interested in your garage it is what you keep inside that they really want to see. Finding a reliable builder to knock together a garage for you is quite easy, you can even buy them …


Cross Platform Advertising and the Reluctant Advertiser

Posted on 20th November, by Mike in blog. No Comments

I first noticed this phenomenon about five years ago when newspapers changed their policy of selling online advertising along-side their classified job ads, to making it compulsory – you want to place a job ad it had to go online as well. Clients initially railed at this – if they wanted to advertise a job online they would choose where and when, to be forced by the publishers was an outrage!

It was a brave move by the publishers but five years on it is accepted and works well. In my experience if you drill down through the applications you will find 50 – 70% will have come from the online listings rather than the newspaper, but who’s counting, the newspapers and the advertisers both seem happy.

Most advertisers are naturally conservative they like to work with just one medium at a …


Getting the Most out of Linked In

Posted on 19th June, by Mike in blog. No Comments

If you’re a professional person looking for connections or a person looking to find work in a certain field you probably will be using LinkedIn. The recruitment site now has millions of members and is probably the most popular professional site in the world. However, only a proportion of people use it to its full potential. So, we’ve compiled some tips to aid you make the most of LinkedIn.

Google

LinkedIn is highly favourable to Google’s search and so optimising your profile for the sort of work you do, will see you returned in search results. As a significant amount of recruiters will use Google to search for people, employees and suitable people for employees – apt profiles are a necessity. Updating and adding to your profile can see you returned in these results and provide innumerable more opportunities than you may …


Email Marketing (B2B)

Posted on 11th June, by Mike in blog. No Comments

According to the Royal Mail the recent price hike in postage is largely due to falling postal volumes, and of course the higher the price goes the more we switch away from the traditional letter! Even at its current level postage charges are very reasonable and compare favourably with other countries but if you are sending our large numbers of invoices, sales leaflets or catalogues the costs soon add up.

There are alternatives to Royal Mail, companies such as TNT and UKMail have offered a service for the business user for a number of years and with sufficient volumes saving of up to 30% are achievable. Royal Mail offers a range of packages including the excellent Door-to-Door service, great value if you want to target postcode zones, rather than named individuals. But the most commonly used alternative is of course email.

When …


The role of Websites in the age of Social Media

Posted on 9th March, by Mike in blog. No Comments

Here we are, finally managed to drag our own website into the 21st Century. Spending so much time working on client sites means you tend to neglect your own online presence, but what role does a website have today when Facebook, Twitter, et al are so popular?

We’ve noticed four trends in particular with websites over the past couple of years…

1. Site Shrinkage

After years growing wildly, for the first time sites are being pruned back. Our own site is 40% smaller than its predecessor, and we’re not alone. The practice of putting in everything plus the kitchen sink, just in case on the off-chance someone would like to download that old pdf that you found on your PC, is thankfully on the wane. There are many apocryphal examples of glaring errors on sites never spotted simply because no one has ventured …