Have we missed the f’booking boat? Facebook Advertising for Business

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Amazing results from Facebook’s advertising business.

No, actually I take that back. There were some astonishing, astounding results for Facebook today. Also note the use of the word ‘for’.

So what, it doesn’t affect us.

Well unfortunately, for most businesses it does affect you as it means you may have missed the boat.

Which boat have we missed?

Here is the best way I can summarise it, using my own story about how I missed a fairly similar, big boat many years ago.

I’ve been working in ...

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What are the best practices when blogging?

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Our last blog post has been nothing short of remarkable.

In just a few weeks since it was published, that single post has had many thousands of visitors, created a huge amount of positive and negative response and generated lots of very valuable discussion, as well as enquiries for our business.

This happened for a number of reasons, so I thought it would be interesting to explore a ...

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SEO is dead, but what marketing can we do instead?

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It isn’t often that an entire multi-billion dollar industry collapses almost overnight.

What industry are we talking about?

SEO or search engine optimisation was the art (or science) of manipulating your way to the top of the listings on Google or another search engine.

As a brief explanation for those who don’t know how search engines work.

There are billions of pages on the internet.

In fact, there are more than any human being could look through, so a search engine uses a mathematical formula ...

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SME Marketing in 2014

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WE have lots of conversations every day with companies who are getting ready for an increase in their SME marketing activity in 2014.

Sustained recovery is underway

The Bank of England have publicly announced that the UK is in a period of sustained recovery and all of the economic indicators are pointing north.

Economic recovery was always going to happen at some point and in the same way that it took a few years to reach the bottom, it is ...

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Without activity marketing tools can struggle, even for Twitter!

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This is pretty fascinating and a great lesson for all of us, in the difference between marketing tools and marketing activity.

So, let’s start with a question…

How many of us have developed some kind of web based video? In business, the answer is probably quite a lot of us.

The second question is…

How many people have seen our video? Here comes the big difference for many businesses – some have lots of views ...

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Sales and Marketing Activity, what comes first?

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A bit like the old riddle of which came first, the chicken or the egg, many companies seem unsure about what comes first, the marketing or the sales?

 

In terms of cause and effect, it can certainly be a challenge to work out sometimes.

First then, let’s start with a question.

Is it possible for someone to buy from you if they don’t know you exist?

Now in this case, the answer would be almost universally accepted to be a firm ‘no’. There are ...

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B2B Social Media – Why recession means innovation.

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We wrote the original post behind this in July 2009 regarding B2B Social Media and having re-read it, we thought it would be interesting to look at how things have changed since then. At first glance, not much!

OBVIOUSLY, RECESSIONS HURT.

The amount of money out there has dwindled. The banks stopped lending, first to consumers, then also to businesses. This stopped businesses from spending money with other businesses and so on down the chain. Eventually, these businesses had less income and ...

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What is Chirp and how can I use it for marketing?

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A GROUNDBREAKING new application has arrived on the iPhone and it is already making some interesting noises.

Well, literally actually, as that is exactly what it does, it makes noises a bit like birdsong. Although your first reaction may be that it sounds like a new version of twitter, actually it is more like an audio version of bit.ly.

What is Chirp?

Similar to bit.ly, you can add a web link to the app and it ...

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The next online revolution – your own custom gTLD

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Icann have announced the bidders for new generic top level domains (gTLD). For those who have no idea what we are talking about, these are the back end of your web addresses. Existing examples include .com or .co.uk.

To date these TLD’s have been quite restricted, only recently did the .xxx domain go live after a number of years of campaigning.

But this is about to change. Radically.

The New Domains

It was announced today that there ...

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Web economy in G20 set to double by 2016

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An article on the BBC website today, based on research by Boston Consulting Group and commissioned by Google, claims that the value of the web economy in G20 countries, will double from $2.3tn (£1.5tn) to $4.2tn (£2.7tn) by 2016. A major part of this growth is expected to be through the increasing use of mobile internet.

Key areas for growth

Some of the areas highlighted by the report include:-

  • 80% of internet users will be ...
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