You might recall a year ago the majorly disruptive travel website AirBNB did something interesting with its branding. It gave more control of its brand to its users, enabling them to play with colours and backgrounds which would allow them to feel a sense of ownership over the brand. The marketing community has fallen in love with the concept (and I count myself in that community) however the jury is still out on whether this is a good thing. Read More
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I’ve been a little bit quiet on the old blog front recently because, to tell you the truth, I’ve just been swamped with work (which – as Simon Dalley says – is a good problem to have!) but I wanted to tell you about a fabulous event that I attended last week courtesy of Alder Grange School Sixth Form College in Rawthenstall.
As part of their Enterprise Week for Year 10 pupils, and representing GrowTraffic, I was lucky enough to be able to spend a morning with pupils as a business mentor, offering support and advice for their project on Tourism in Rossendale. Not only did I enjoy myself much more than I was expecting to, it was also really heartening to see such enthusiasm and dedication from all the students involved. Read More
I’ve been working in marketing for years, in my spare time I continue to take on some freelance clients, mainly performing online marketing tasks and acting as a freelance seo consultant however in my day to day role as a marketing manager concentrating on brand marketing I’ve been thinking more about what the difference is between marketing and branding.
There’s so much more than this, so don’t take this as the definitive answer to the question “what’s the difference between marketing and branding” but hopefully it should go some way helping you form a view and taking some action.
If you always start with the same foundations you’re never going to build something that’s much bigger than you have before. Something we should all be conscious of in marketing is that if we try to copy what our competitors have already done, we risk failing to realize the potential of our ambitions. Read More
I spent around 12 months working on quite an intensive content marketing campaign for a company supplying products in the construction industry in the UK and I thought it would be valuable to discuss some of the things I learned during the process. Read More
Yesterday, I read a really interesting blog post on Search Engine Journal by Tom Demers entitled 5 Reasons Why It’s OK To Mention Competitors In Your Content. Funnily enough, this post struck an instant chord with me, as it almost word for word echoed a conversation I had with one of my clients a week or so ago. So, I thought I’d share it with you so that you can see just how right Tom Demers is about this very valid point!
As the title of the blog suggests, Tom’s post listed 5 reasons why writing about your competitors in your content marketing can be a positive thing; I obviously don’t want to go over everything again that Tom wrote, as he made his points very eloquently and you’re perfectly capable of reading it for yourself. Instead, I’ll give you Tom’s reason’s summarised and then relate them to my client and the answers I gave her. Read More
A couple of months ago, GrowTraffic were doing a little bit of networking at our local Shout! Network Group and we were fortunately enough to hear a talk by Wendy Bell from Lancashire County Council (LCC) about the council’s Sustainable Travel Grants, which had recently become available to businesses in the East Lancashire Area. We thought ‘we could do with a bit of that’, so we applied and – guess what? We were granted a Sustainable Travel Grant! Fantastic. Read More
About 6 months ago, I embarked upon my first project management of an SEO web build. As a Freelance SEO Copywriter, the building of websites is not usually my domain and that was a state of affairs that I was perfectly happy with, but the boss said project manage and so project manage I did. Well, I tried. Read More
I’ve worked both in agency and client-side roles over the years and generally I’ve had good working relationships with both clients and the agencies I’ve worked with, however on occasion I’ve wondered how to get the best from the marketing agency I’m working with and I’m sure it’s a frustration many marketers and business owners will experience from time to time. Read More
Members of the Conservative-led coalition had been talking about the “Northern Powerhouse” for some time, the policy is a development of an earlier Labour policy initiated by John Prescott, and it proposes to create a second economic engine in the economy that will rival London by learning from some of the key lessons of London. Since the Conservative party was returned as a majority government around a week ago it would appear that the idea is more than just vote winning rhetoric with speeches being made and plans being pushed forward. This got me thinking: what are the implications of the Northern Powerhouse to the digital economy? Read More