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Capital Markets will look very different in 2020 than they do today. Based on feedback from clients, many have gloomily predicted a shrinking capital markets landscape, over-regulation and the fall of traditionally powerful financial centers such as London and New York. Have a look at our infographic, created via our expert designers with information compiled from the latest Pricewater House Coopers report which you can click and find here. Tell us your view or inside information by messaging or simply commenting below. If you are looking for help or more inside information yourself as an entrepreneur or company then do not hesitate to contact us below. I’d love to hear your view so do not hesitate to contact me, subscribe to this blog for free, click here to arrange a FREE Consultancy meeting, send me an email at Nick@CFMGroup.co.uk or Follow me below on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

As Uber and Tesla have had to learn the hard way, it only takes a little bad press or negative exposure from mainstream media and public trust towards autonomous vehicles goes straight ..”out of the window”. Ford has taken that lesson to heart, claiming recently that it would rather instill confidence in self-driving cars than be first to produce them or introduce them to the market. In a letter to the US Department of Transportation (DoT) and 44-page report called “A Matter of Trust,” the automaker detailed how it plans to safely test its self-driving vehicles on public roads whilst obviously also using this to instill trust in their customers that their safety comes first. Why such focus on trust specifically? The death of a pedestrian involving a Uber self-driving vehicle with a safety driver in particular had a very negative impact on public’s opinion of self-driving cars. Prior to that, 44% of US adults said…

It is a well known fact nowadays that society’s dependence on real-time messaging through social media and other platforms like WhatsApp or Facebook has increased to a worrying extent over the last decade. Even though these platforms were originally created with the promise of bringing people, groups and communities closer together, it is more common that the opposite actually happens and people are driven to isolation. The odd side of this is that despite the initial promise, brands and platforms will now do everything in their power to make sure they offer you “algorithmically customized” feeds to cater to your personal tastes, preferences and beliefs creating even further isolation. This is not an issue that occurs in one industry only as politicians, actors, sportsmen (and women) and singers will all admit. Don’t leave any factual holes in your social copy. It is very important you “do your research” over the matter…

For social media lovers, finding great apps can be hard! Often apps will bombard you with adverts or produce sub-par results. Here are 5 apps that you can download, both paid and free, to up your social media game. Unfold – As mentioned in one of our previous posts, this handy app is (mostly) free and allows anyone, from businesses to personal accounts to create stunningly simple, yet impressive stories. From Primark to Topshop, lots of huge brands are using the software to simplify their content. You can export straight from the app to Instagram or save content separately. It’s so simple to use that even the most clueless social media beginner can harness the easy steps! Afterlight – At only £2.99, this app is stunningly simple to use. It comes with the standard and basic features such as brightness, contrast and warmth, but additionally it offers extra, paid for filters that…

We have all heard and seen examples of video marketing on our personal social accounts. Video Marketing is definitely not a new concept but what is making waves is the increasing importance consumers and marketers are putting on video content. Taking into account that YouTube is second to only Facebook when its comes to calcualting the number of active monthyl users, meaning opportunities to engage consumers through exciting and attractive video content have never been this accessible. As a company, we often create videos for our clients and can undoubtedly notice the drastic increase in interview and post-production requests, especially in this year. And it is not only coming from employees but also CEO’s who are happy to put a face to their brand as they are now fully aware of customer engagement. In addition, getting former or current clients to review the product or brand they used (fro the brand…

You are building a new website and making sure you curate and create great content. You want it to be shared and liked with your fans and followers. But how do you get the attention of that audience in the first place? What if people do visit your website and despite the interesting and engaging text, they are swiftly put off by your colours or logo? What if your page simply looks..”amateurish” and “plain” to them? Well, then you have probably already lost them at hello. Your words never have a chance to take root or will actually resonate with them. That’s where the element of design comes into play. Good design, creates a welcoming first impression. It engages your site visitors and draws them in so they’ll actually spend time with your information. It’s effectively the difference between throwing some nuts on the table in front of your guests,…

It is a term used very oftne nowadays,and quite a few of those times in an incorrect fashion. You’ve probably heard of the term influencer marketing but do you know how it can help you with your marketing strategy? Influencer marketing is now considered to be one of the most effective marketing methods as you can see in some of the stats we have gathered below: 69% of marketers who use influencer marketing consider it effective 73% of marketers say it’s effective for lead generation 76% say it helps with boosting customer loyalty 93% say it can help with building brand awareness It is consequently quite evident that companies and marketers are already making use of influencers to take their business to a whole new level. You can use it too and experience the benefits for yourself. Are you however aware of the Don’s and Dont’s of  Influencer marketing? If…

Driverless vehicles are not a fiction of our imagination any longer and we are nearing their application into our streets and consequently daily lives in the not so distant future. Some of the common discussions regularly overheard in boardrooms, tech shows and events are the importance of how they are deployed, the implications they will have on time and speed in our daily lives, accidents caused and how receptive society will be of such immersive and at the same time “disabling” (from the notion of being in power when driving, one of the main causes of accidents) technology. Some of the largest corporations and automotive manufacturers in the world are slowly but steadily transforming their business models towards mobility and autonomous technology such as Toyota and Ford. In addition, forward thinking” technology and Automotive players such as Waymo, Uber and Google Car have also emerged in a rapidly moving industry that is only in its infancy. Whilst many…

Most of us (especially business owners) are now fully aware of Facebook Marketing and Advertising “powers” and hence have created our pages, invited our friends and colleagues to like them and also socially promoted them on our website, LinkedIn and other profiles. Knowing the best times to post your content however, is another matter which has now become a prerequisite when one is looking to increase his traffic and engagement. A multitude of studies have shown that user engagement such as liking posts, sharing, commenting and sending a direct message, tends to be the highest on Friday when the majority of the public are in a “relaxed state” as it is the end of the week. Fridays contribute to 17% of all comments, 16% of likes and 16% of shares. According to ‘The Content Marketing Paradox’ – a report produced and published by TrackMaven, over 1.5 million Facebook posts from 6000 brands showed…

LinkedIn has already amassed over 500 million members, and is widely considered the “quintessential professional network” and one that’s not used as optimally as it could be by most users or even companies. I often speak to businesses and students and a common question I will always ask is “who has a LinkedIn profile”..Usually 80% – 90% of hands will go up. However, I then proceed to ask..”Who is confident they know what they are doing on LinkedIn?”..You can count the hands up with the fingers of 1 hand! Most people just take it for granted and start using it in a panic when they have to change jobs. It’s often too late at that point. You are better off learning to use it when you don’t need it. LinkedIn works best when you use it as a career management tool and not just for job hunting. So let’s have a look at…