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How to makes Ads less Ad Like”

I am not entirely certain why (or how) but I have ended up strangely reading more than 60 articles on Facebook this week which is more than 70% of my total article consumption. This was not a conscious choice as I went about reading my daily marketing news, technology and Social media updates but is a clear demonstration of how prevalent the platform has nowadays become in our everyday lives, hence also polarising interest in Digital Marketing circles online. I often come across Ads on my Social Media that genuinely are way too “adversarial” to have the desired effect. Maintaining a positive relationships between your audience and ads is crucial nowadays but equally quite difficult to achieve without the necessary knowledge and skills. Sponsored content on media sites and Ads on Social Platforms such as Facebook or Instagram,  are becoming more pervasive and increasingly harder to spot. While there has…

Web Design: GoLocal for the Best Results

DISCLOSURE: Through my company, CFM Group, I design and sell websites. Every day, I meet with companies who are looking for web designers, and naturally, I’d like some of them to choose me but I often notice a common mistake. People are not seeking the best for their project but instead are asking the wrong questions. Having only yesterday completed another Local website (our 20th local website since our inception in 2013) for Cambridge City Barbers but also having once being a young entrepreneur myself looking for a company to assist me back in 2007 to open my own website, I would like to offer some useful advice. So let’s have a look at some reasons why I personally believe using a Local agency is a MUST for a start-up business when looking to get the best possible result at an affordable price whilst at the same time building relationships locally. Communication…

5 Best Places to find FREE Images Online

Good quality images are an integral part of not only a good website or blog but also a social media campaign and generic online behaviour.  But finding images to use can sometimes be difficult and very time consuming. Your options are to take the photos yourself, buy images from a photographer or stock image site or to find images that are free and available for use online. That is exactly what I have chosen to write today’s blog about as I am often asked how I source so many images for clients. I do purchase a large number of images but do occasionally also use some free stock sites I have discovered myself throughout the years. There are a variety of places where you can find free photos that are available for public use most of which fall under the creative commons license (just make sure you attribute properly) or are old enough that the photos have returned…

Brand new Offices in Salonica, Greece

The team at CFM Group is growing once again with the addition of Anastasia Kakagianni as a Business Development Director based in our Brand new offices in Thessaloniki, Greece. Ana will be fulfilling a varied role working alongside our existing content marketers and providing high-quality copywriting and social media management for our clients in Greece whilst also assisting with sales and business development through our new offices. She joins the team having worked as a freelance copywriter and digital marketer for a host of clients in the UK, the USA and Australia over the past three years and is highly qualified within the sector having completed Seneca Colleges’ Creative Advertising Program and achieving a BA Hons degree in Communication Studies from York University. She also holds a Google Adwords Certification as of 2015 and is expected to complete her “Instagram & Social Media With Purpose” course provided by Dean Street Society. Nick Kalavas, Founder of CFM…

How to keep your audience engaged

As mentioned in many previous posts, blogging can be crucial for your business attracting leads, generating interest and even creating Brand advocates through your stories. Most companies are now aware of this and that they should at least try and post something but are fresh out of interesting ideas. What will my audience care about? How many times have I done the same thing? The more urgent the need to post something is, the more blank your mind becomes. It is hence imperative to think outside the box. Your common posts about your service, product, how good you are and what sets you apart from your competitors are all good but can became mundane and boring to your audience after a little while. So let’s have a look at 5 simple and interesting ideas that will help you beat that dreaded writer’s block. Create and Post “Listicles”: People love lists (including myself). Listicles or List…

3 Ways to Improve Customer Experience

The modern marketplace has swiftly evolved the past years and brands and companies understand that consumers are no longer satisfied with just a good product or effective service. Customers are far inclined to “buy into” a brand or concept if the whole experience is seamless, consistent and customised to their requirements. But achieving the above is a lot harder than it seems and maintaining – some argue – could prove even harder. I personally work with over 35 hotels and restaurants in the UK, establishments to which customer experience is a key aspect to their success. I am hence often asked for advice or tips on how to improve customer service and overall experience. So let’s have a look at 3 key elements you can customise to your customer strategy and I can guarantee you will see some real improvements to you reviews and feedback and consequently – sooner rather…

3 Easy Strategies to promote your Business on Facebook !

Almost every Company or Brand out there nowadays is (or at least should be) on Social Media. However, as Facebook was the 1st of its kind in this median, there are a number of companies that have simply “stuck-to-it” and choose to not advertise anywhere else. Whilst this may not necessarily be correct in most cases, it is however the norm (especially amongst businesses that were founded many a year ago and are struggling with aligning themselves to the digital evolution) for some and it is consequently crucial that they promote their page sufficiently, considering it being their only social advertising platform. Each and every page (literally) can grow in different ways, fashion and speed and off course knowing your audience is a key part to being able to adequately advertise yourself, products or services. Nonetheless, there are certain strategies we can all follow to a generic extent in order…

How to Grow your Twitter Following

Social Media has truly taken the world over by storm. There were many that back in 2008 – having heard of the emergence of Social Media – were wondering, “Do I really need a page on Twitter and Facebook?..I’ll stick to one”. It was difficult to understand or foresee the growth of all social media and off course Twitter itself. How could 140 characters sufficiently promote your brand or services anyway? Fast forward to today, Twitter has 100 million daily active users, 500 million tweets per day with 13 million of those users being in the UK. Still considering only having a Facebook page? I didn’t think so. As social media is becoming more and more a part of our everyday lives, it is equally as important for businesses to be active players in a “field” most of their clients are part of. Some argue Twitter is even more important than…

6 Tips to Improve your Facebook Page

Nowadays, the use of Social is really inevitable for any business or Brand out there. Whether you are a local or international company, the majority of your audience is already on Facebook so knowing how to target them can be crucial to your company’s success. Nonetheless, every company is now making use of Social media, so how can you present yourself better in order to attract more engagement and leads? For most of us that advertise on Facebook, Edgerank is a term we are referring to quite often. It is the cryptic Facebook algorithm that decided which posts appear (or do not appear) on your news feed. Increase ones Edgerank will effectively assist in increasing ones Facebook page visibility and hence it is crucial to get a clear comprehension of what it entails and how it works. Here’s a good graphic that breaks it down: But what does all this…

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