Where do you leave your breadcrumbs?

BreadcrumbsOnce you have established your online presence, you will have automatically started to leave your own trail of digital breadcrumbs. It may not be something you planned but it is the start of you gaining the attention of your audience.

The trail you leave is saying something about you. But the question you then should ask yourself is “How do I control and channel my efforts for marketing purposes?

David Lomas, CEO of M3 Media Publishing explains, “By creating dynamic and intriguing content, focused on the needs and concerns of your audience, you are effectively leaving them a trail to follow. What you are creating is your own, bespoke customer corridor, down which you can draw people towards you.”

This subject customer attraction was the theme of a recent Business Connections event, held in Manchester… Continue reading

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Linkedin Elevate – Recognising the Value of Content

Linkedin ElevateThe recent launch of Linkedin Elevate has shown the value that this professional business forum is now giving to good quality content.

Elevate is a new service from Linkedin that is designed to help companies and employees curate high-quality content, share that content via their social networks and actually measure the impact it has on their audience.

The value of sharing content is of course the relevant factor. If you as an individual or a corporate body are seen to associate with positive messages and stories then you become ‘attractive’ to prospective customers, investors and employees. Continue reading

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Why Stories are worth spreading – by Andrew Thorp

AndrewThorp1Here is a guest post taken from an article by Andrew Thorp, who I shall refer to as the ‘Chief Storyteller’ at  Mojo Your Business – an award-winning consultancy and training company specialising in communication.

Andrew is passionate about helping companies understand what makes them different to their rivals. He then will assist them in crafting that into a compelling story; then help them to tell their story really well.

Here, Andrew shares his thoughts after speaking at a recent M3 Connections event at RBS in Manchester.

There are several content marketing experts in my business network but the most evangelical is surely David Lomas of M3 Media Publishing. I had the pleasure of sharing a platform with him last night at one of his ‘Connections’ events (at RBS Manchester) and was asked to speak on ‘The Importance of stories in promoting your business’. Continue reading

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How effective is your PR?

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Recent research has showed PR as having the highest return on investment of any marketing tactic with a return of nearly 3 times investment.

A well-planned PR campaign can achieve different results for a business or individual.
Whether that is to increase brand profile, drive visitors to an event, target and influence a specific sector or produce sales enquiries.

But many business owners sometimes set unrealistic objectives for their PR campaigns and today, with the advent of Social Media, we all think that we can compete with PR.

It is not too difficult for anyone to make some noise on social media and catch the attention of an audience. However, ensuring that you get successful results from your efforts is a different matter… Continue reading

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How are you Filling your Sales Funnel?

marketingmagnetFor many years, much of the web content we see has been rather sales-focused. We were all informed as businesses, to think of our websites as ‘our shop window’ and our prospects were put into a ‘sales funnel’.

Maybe nowadays we should look at our websites as more like ‘consulting rooms’ and our sales funnel as the route to our surgery.

By this I am suggesting our website should be a place where people can come to ask questions and look for ways to understand their worries.

We must do this before our prospects are ready to actually buy anything, as many of them don’t actually know what they yet want… Continue reading

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Get mobile-friendly to beat your competitors

socialmediaiphoneWith Google’s latest algorithm changes, we all have to address the issue of ‘Mobile’.

This algorithm focuses on how mobile-friendly your website needs to be – in order for it to be noticed.

Therefore all businesses will need to pay attention to the mobile-friendly message, or they may disappear from the face of the earth!

OK, so it’s not actually, quite as desperate as that – until your business suddenly stops showing up in Google’s search results. I would think maybe then this issue needs your very urgent attention.

But seriously though, shouldn’t we all have built mobile-friendly or mobile-ready websites by now? – It is 2015!

As businesses look to compete and stand apart from their competition, I believe that they should look even further ahead to find new ways to stay ahead of the game, and not just keep up with the competition.

Most businesses that I talk to will, as usual, be trying to play ‘catch-up’ upon hearing this news about mobile.

But they should be aiming to get ahead of the competition – not just equal them.

You should want to be ‘better than them’.

The full version of this article appears here on the M3 Publishing website.

Read it and find out what you need to do to get ahead of your competitors.

David Lomas

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