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The UK’s data watchdog has just issues the maximum possible fine against Facebook for its failure to protect personal information of their users in regards to the Cambridge Analytica scandal that broke out a few months ago, here in Cambridge. The fine is a mere £500,000, a small fee for a company that announced $13.2 billion in revenue in the last quarter alone but nonetheless, a step towards demonstrating that such behaviour in the future will not be tolerated. The figure is so low simply because it was calculated using the UK’s outdated 1998 Data Protection Act, and regulators say it would have been “significantly higher” under the EU’s new GDPR regulations, which came into force in the UK in May. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said Facebook had let a “serious breach” of the law take place and had given app developers access to people’s data “without clear consent” or…

It is something I often speak about to both my students (whom I mentor for Cambridge or Anglia Ruskin University)  as well as speeches I give to companies and events. I cannot stress enough the importance of Listening on social media but nonetheless, I still more frequently than not see companies, brands and influencers focusing more on promoting their skills, expertise and knowledge rather than those of their customers and clients..the very same audience they are trying to impress. 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.

In an E-commerce market where time is money, being able to synchronise your main social media profiles can bring some much needed efficiency to your operations. However that does not necessarily have to mean that you are also compromising the quality or directness of the message you are trying to get across. As the majority of people are now aware, Social Media (especially for business) does not come free nowadays. Moneywise..maybe but timewise most definitely NOT. A number of statistics have shown that the majority of people – due to time mainly – tend to engage on 1 or 2 social media platforms and hen simply visit their other accounts on an somewhat irregular basis. Whilst it is important to be active on as many Social media platforms as possible, it is equally important to maintain your level of quality. Whether that be it in your posts, customer service or response…

Digital marketing benefits businesses of all sizes by giving access to the mass market at an affordable price. Unlike TV or print advertising, it allows truly personalised marketing. The main advantage of digital marketing is that a targeted audience can be reached in a cost-effective and measurable way. Other digital marketing advantages include increasingbrand loyalty and driving online sales. The benefits of digital marketing include: Do not hesitate to contact us, subscribe to our 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.

According to psychologist Robert Cialdini, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Arizona State University, the key to persuasion is as much about timing as it is about the message itself. He describes this idea as “pre-suasion”, which is also the title of his new book. The text builds on his pioneering text influence which was released in 1984 and sold 3 million copies across the world. In the book, he laid out the six key principles of influence. The first tenet “reciprocity” is the idea that people return a favor that’s why retailers give out free samples and “commitment and consistency” suggests that we are more likely to follow through with an idea if we agree to it aloud or in writing. The third tenet is “social proof” which suggests that most of us are likely to repeat the actions of others, followed by “authority: which describes our leaning to obey…

It is a fact that digital marketing is at the heart of business growth and brand awareness in today’s fast-paced, highly competitive and technology-driven market. Businesses, both large and small, startups and existing ones, leverage digital marketing tools to acquire and retain customers, build more robust customer experience, improve their brand presence and edge out their competitors. To meet up with these needs, they employ the services of either a professional digital marketing firm or a digital marketing expert. However, many business fail despite employing the services of these professionals and most have either been frustrated or ultimately edged out of the online market space because of ineffective marketing campaigns. Other reasons stem from non-purposeful digital marketing strategy to the incompetence of the digital marketer. Looking at these reasons in detail: LACK OF A PROPER DIGITAL MARKETING STRATEGY Digital marketing requires creative, sustained and quality strategy. Most businesses make…

Traditional and digital marketing are two ends of the marketing spectrum which involve different methods and tools. Business owners are always at the point of deciding whether to incline more to digital marketing or stay with traditional marketing. This dilemma is even more for businesses built in the industrial age that has relied on traditional marketing for a long time. Traditional marketing uses more traditional advertising tools such as television, radio, newspaper, magazine, and billboard. Until the popularity of this Internet, this form of advertising was generally accepted and effective. Digital marketing, on the other hand, uses Internet-based methods to advertise products and services. Digital marketing includes the use of social media, blogs, applications, and emails to reach the target audience of a product or service. Today, most people are online more than they are reading a magazine or paper. This trend has increased the focus on digital marketing. However,…

Digital marketing is based on technological tools and methods. A digital marketer uses specific tools to ensure that the different aspects of digital marketing campaigns – social media, email, and website – are performing as they should. There are specific digital marketing tools for the different marketing campaigns. Five of the top tools digital marketers use are stated below. Website analytics tools An organization’s website is the center of its digital marketing activities. Website analytics tools monitor all the actionable activities on a website. Digital marketing campaigns are measured by clicks, subscriptions, sales, and client activities on the website. A digital marketer measures the activity rates and makes further decisions based on it. Some of the essential web analytics tools are the popular Google Analytics and Adobe Analytics. Email marketing tools Email marketing is a method of marketing that is based on email messages. Despite the fact that emails have…

There was a time when the phonetic alphabet was used to spell out letters of the alphabet. Remember the “P for Papa” or “D for Delta”? Are you a Beginner on Social Media ? Does it all seem a bit confusing and baffling ? Are you constantly hearing and seeing words and abbreviations you have absolutely no idea what they mean ? Let’s give you a little hand in to getting a better understanding of some crucial terms. Nonetheless, we live in a digital world today, often dictated by Social Media interactions and relationships. So here is my version of how to teach the “Social Media Alphabet”. Tell us what you think of our Social Media Alphabet and give us your suggestions ! Feel free to contact us, subscribe to our 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.

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…