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Whilst interning at CFM group I have noticed the importance of consultancy. The benefits and reach of consultancy can be exponential from a client’s rapport to a company’s reputation and even from a personal development view point. It seems to be when a company can achieve this component and successfully penetrate it; magic can happen. Here are five benefits of a marketing consultant: To help determine which marketing mediums will be most effect for your business To teach the critical elements of a good marketing message, suitable to your business Applying what you need to know for your marketing plan and how to execute it The use of Simple methods for reactivating old customers with innovative solutions Understanding where to place your advertising for maximum exposure As much as consultancy can be lucrative for business practice it must be tested, tracked and intricately planned. Knowledge and creativity is what makes…

Content strategy refers to the planning, development, and management of content—written or in other media. Why do you need a visual content strategy if you already have a content marketing strategy for your business or brand though? Well, one could find a number of reasons. For example, according to CMI, only 32% of B2B marketers have a documented content marketing strategy and 51% of these marketers say that creating a visual content is a priority that they will focus on the following year. Video and Visual marketing in general is becoming a more and more prevalent trend in nowadays marketing so let’s have a look at some of the reasons why you should also consider why you may need a better visual content strategy in our Infographic below. If you have any thoughts or additional tips, join in the conversation in the comments section, subscribe to our blog for free, or simply click here to arrange…

It used to be that you only add the contacts that perhaps can offer you something in terms of employment or people you have worked but I strongly  advise my clients against that practice nowadays. LinkedIn is all about networking and one of its most powerful tools is the connections one is able to make with other professionals of a variety of industries as well as the relationship he maintains and builds with them through his posts, articles and other interaction. So one might argue, “ok then, I might as well add as many contacts as possible to maximise the views of my posts or content in general. The more the contacts I have, the more the likelihood of my articles being seen by a greater audience. Well, it is not exactly that simple. Having spent quite a significant time studying and analysing some of the documentation put out by…

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…

Social media helps you listen to what people are saying, including your customers, prospects, peers and competitors. Have a look at our 5 reasons for using social media as a business and why we recommend you should also look into the potential benefits. Can you think of any other reasons why Social Media is vital to a business nowadays ? Is there perhaps any of the items above you disagree with ? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below or simply feel free to 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 

There’s more to starting a business than just office rental and desks. Especially in the early stages, startup costs require meticulous planning and careful accounting and investments decisions. Neglecting this process and relying on a flood of customers to keep the operation afloat can have significantly negative results for your business. We work with many start ups and SME’s locally and internationally as we have successfully managed to gain a positive reputation for our quick results and in depth knowledge of business practices. As such, we have decided to create a small infographic categorising the Top 5 Business costs the the majority of our clients seem to encounter. Conclusively, – providing it doesn’t restrict your business operations – keep your start-up costs to a minimum, or you’ll have pressure to generate more money quicker. It can take time for a new business to begin making regular sales, let alone turn a healthy profit.…

The term minimalism is also used to describe a trend in design and architecture where in the subject is reduced to its necessary elements. Minimalist design has been highly influenced by Japanese traditional design and architecture. In addition, the work of De Stijl artists is a major source of reference for this kind of work.

“Out of curiosity, what’s your marketing budget?” This is a question I often come across and am aware of the “fear” it instills in small business owners I regularly work with. Markeing budgets are directly correlated to one’s business and success and hence are crucial to be approached correctly and be allocated the necessary funds. Consider these numbers: Companies that grew 1-15% year over year spent an average of 16.5% of their revenue on marketing Companies that grew 16-30% year over year spent an average of 22% of their revenue on marketing Companies that grew 31-100+% year over year spent an average of 50.2% of their revenue on marketing I know some of these numbers might sound somewhat ludicrous and I am certainly not 1 to advise my clients to spend 50% of their budget on marketing. The above represents big brands (companies like Microsoft, Oracle and Twitter) and consequently those budgets…