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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…

If you are a recent graduate or simply seeking a new career path in the marketing world tomorrow would you have the skills to be hired? The answer is..probably not, myself included. Mainly because marketing as a discipline is ever changing and hence so is a career path in the industry. There are new topics, ideas and hacks on almost a monthly basis. As Gen Y steps up to take centre stage in the employment pool (and not only), and technology increasingly dominates our life and work, it is predicted that there will be an 18% growth in tech jobs by 2022. This infographic looks at not only the evolution of the so-called “hot” marketing skills but also the data skills sought after nowadays and their shortage. 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…

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.

Facebook’s new influencer marketing search engine is almost here, and it could change everything. The official name of this tool is the Branded Content Matching search engine. Forget the Kardashians – the new and best advertising for a brand is influencer advertising, and a brief look into Facebook’s new Influencer Marketing platform has revealed some interesting things in the pipeline for this form of advertising. Originally leaked by AllFacebook.de, the company are looking to get involved in influencer marketing. And quite rightly so – their social media platform is a huge part of the business, and now they’re cashing in on it. They will launch a search engine to find the perfect social influencer for your needs. It’s part of a bid to get bloggers and influencers using Facebook more, instead of competitor sites. It will work alongside brands, PRs and influencers to monetise pages and profiles with influence. If…

Loyalty programs are becoming more sophisticated and prevalent nowadays both for marketers as well as companies. They are a far cry from the traditional spend-and-get model and more aligned to omnichannel and multichannel programs that value customers for every interaction they make with their favoured brand. Smart marketers are capturing and leveraging loyalty data to understand their customers better and market effectively to them whilst also improving their systems and processes to be able ot maintain and update their data easily. We’re seeing significant advancements in loyalty as brands seek new ways to add value for customers so let’s have a look at 9 trends for Loyalty program managers in 2018! 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.

A marketing strategy is a combination of all the actions that connect the products and services a business offers to clients or potential clients. Marketing is a major determinant of sales. Little wonder why firms make high capital investments in their marketing strategies. The goal of any marketing activity is to generate more leads and revenues. The right marketing strategy should inspire the curiosity of the target audience. Although marketing involves a lot of technology and innovation, some basic truths guide the development of an effective marketing strategy. Tips for creating an effective marketing strategy are highlighted below. # Highlight the goals of a marketing campaign Organizations carry out several marketing campaigns. Some to introduce a product, others to improve revenue generation. More often, organizations run several marketing campaigns simultaneously. It is easy to say a marketing campaign is aimed at improving general sales. Outlining the targeted percentage increase or…

Instagram is no longer just photos of your best friend’s coffee cup and muffin on a Tuesday afternoon. It’s a powerful and impressive way to market your business to thousands of people. Here are 5 ways to do that and make sure you’re not wasting any money or time! 1. Advertising If you have the budget, Instagram will strategically place your products in front of thousands of people scrolling down their Instagram feeds. Free Ads and print advertisements are no longer the best way to advertise your business. If you’re wanting your product to reach a specific audience, you can make sure it is only seen by people that are 18-30 year, or who have a similar interest in products like yours already. Remember to target your audience correctly – be specific. Pick the gender, ages and countries of your potential customers wisely. Don’t waste your budget! 2. Influencer Marketing Instagram…