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How Do I Justify Content Marketing When The ROI Is Low?

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So your boss has told you that you need to start doing some content marketing, but he also wants to see regular reports and a clear ROI from your marketing spend.

What are you going to do?

Surely, as everyone knows, content marketing has a low ROI; it’s never going to get you the big bang for your buck that you need to demonstrate in a short space of time?!?

Well, that might just be where you’re wrong.

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Digital Marketing Agency Vs In-House; Which Is Better For Business?

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If you are a Marketing Manager or Director you will be familiar with the age-old question of digital marketing agency Vs in-house. That eternal struggle of balancing your internal staff with your outsource team.  

It’s no secret that effective marketers outsource specialist areas, such as design or copywriting, but outsourcing to digital marketing agencies is often thought of as a luxury. After all, anyone can do Facebook, right?

Well, we are here to have a look at the benefits of outsourcing to a digital marketing agency and the benefits of bringing it in house.

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What Do Marketers Need To Know About SEO?

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You may have googled this question before, a while ago, read a few articles and added it to your marketing strategy.

But, as Paul McCartney says “In this everchanging world in which we live in” and the marketing world is no exception, so we need to keep up to date. (Also, that is terrible grammar by Paul, but we’ll grant him poetic licence).

So, in September 2019, what do marketers need to know about SEO?

(editor’s note. Top tip, maybe don’t start our blogs by criticising one of the Beatles?)

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5 Scary SEO (Almost) Facts For Halloween

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It’s Halloween.

I have to write a blog post.

So, because I’m a good content marketer and I know how to link my content to the calendar dates – no matter how tenuous that link may be – I’m naturally going to give you a ‘Scary SEO Facts for Halloween’ blog post.

The trouble is, that whilst you can find loads of such posts already online, they’re not actually that easy to write. Or at least, not without massive caveats.

And you know why that is? It’s because SEO is not a fact based discipline. And that makes it very hard to write a blog about the SEO facts!  Read More

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How Is Content Marketing Changing in 2018?

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More and more, traditional marketing strategies are either going out the window or being saved for the big boys.

Since the big boys obviously don’t need little old me writing their marketing strategy, I’m going to talk to the rest of you, rest of us anyway. How do you compete?

Content marketing has changed the game.  Stop swimming and die, or in this case, stop evolving, stop adapting, stop giving great answers, and die.  Read More

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How To Get Out Of A Marketing Rut

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We all get stuck in a marketing rut at work from time to time. When you’re a marketer you’ll realise that you’re doing the same things over and over again in slightly different ways and hoping to get different results. As the old saying goes “if you always do the same things, you’ll always get the same results,” and whilst this is true, sometimes it’s hard to think of what to do next and what to do differently.  Read More

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What Exactly Is The Mystical Language of SEO?

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So, what is this SEO language they all speak of? Who are the speakers of such a complex tongue? Are these people really huddled round Diagon Alley, associates of the Ministry of Magic, purveying some dark art?

Err, in a word, No.

Sorry to dispel the myth, but the language of SEO is not something to fear and it’s certainly not something magical either.  Read More

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Social Media & SEO for Small Biz: Get the Best of Both Worlds

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SEO and social media marketing are closely linked strategies, both aimed at attracting visitors to your website through organic means. Most social marketers will know that to do well on social media platforms requires a strong brand presence and high-quality content, which by coincidence, is also a great boon for your SEO. By putting effort into both, you can hope to simultaneously increase organic search rankings and maximise social reach for your small business. Listed here are some pointers that will help you to enjoy the best of both worlds.

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Marketing and the Peter Principle

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A good friend of mine is the CFO of a multi-billion dollar transnational and one evening we got into a relatively drunken conversation about how people are promoted to the positions they’re in. He introduced me to the concept that people are promoted to their level of incompetence. This got me thinking about how long I’ve got in my career, what my level of competency is and what I could do to ensure I don’t fall victim to the concept known as the Peter Principle. Read More

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The Branding Cycle: The Role Of Perseverance

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The branding cycle is a never-ending process which businesses go through to maintain, develop and overhaul their brand.

Made up of the 6 Ps, the branding cycle consist of product, positioning, promise, presentation, perseverance and perception analysis. After that, you repeat, cyclically forever! Ish.

I think probably the most misunderstood branding cycle P is perseverance, and this is something I thought I’d explore in a blog post. Read More

What Boaty McBoatface tells us about feedback?

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As a marketer I’ve always believed in the power of having a deep understanding of a company’s customers, and in a continual feedback approach to constantly check and test how the brand is being perceived, making sure we’re delivering what customers want and making sure products and services are developed in a useful direction. The thing is, there have been a number of occasions I’ve found this approach to fail and the recent Internet poll which resulted in the Internet suggesting the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)’s new £200 million research vessel should be called Boaty McBoatface demonstrates one of these points. Read More

Networking With The Next Generation

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Networking With The Next Generation

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

What’s the difference between marketing and branding?

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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.

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How to get the best from a marketing agency

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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

How long does content marketing take?

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In a world where link acquisition has become a costly, dangerous and generally frustrating business, a content marketing strategy can seem like the obvious solution to your seo requirements; but it’s a long term strategy which success is measured in terms of years and not weeks, so you’ve got to ask yourself if it’s the right strategy for you and if it is be sure you can stick it out when you’re seeing limited (if any) returns. Read More