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Dealing with a Designer: Checklist

Working with web designers can be a tricky business especially if you have never done so before. It is hence imperative that you are in full control of what is happening and fully aware of what you desire. Discover how to get the most from him or her with this handy Infographic below and remember to make sure you choose a company you are able to contact or communicate with when you desire so. Finally, having worked on many web design projects the past few years myself, communications is always one of the most important things whether you are working with a company or a freelancer for any type of web or development project. This is something that I personally see as key in my relationship with such clients (web design projects). Meaningful engagement between myself or our web designer and the Client is critical in all of our web projects…

15 Great Ideas for a Business Blog

Blogging can be a great way to draw new customers to your business website as well as demonstrate your expertise in your industry. However, keeping your blog interesting and attractive for fans to want to come back is another matter which can be quite difficult to deal with. A common misconception is to constantly sell your services or products in a direct or indirect way. A great business blog doesn’t sell. Instead, it shows customers why they should do business with you and not your competitors. So let’s have a look at 15 types of blog posts that can draw new visitors and help build meaningful relationships with your fans and customers. Customer Success: You work on  many projects daily. Try and gather genuine, representative recommendations of your work and success and turn them into blog post to engage your readers and attract clients. Mention a popular post: If you notice a post by…

The Benefits of a YouTube Channel

As a small business, you must continually think of ways to promote and communicate your products or services to your audience. Of course, social networks are probably already part of your marketing strategy, but have you thought about YouTube ? Considering that 4 billions of videos are viewed per day, this stats should demonstrate the amazing reach that can be had on YouTube. Many artists, comedians, YouTubers have launch their careers only through videos : YouTube is powerful. That is the reason why, using YouTube for your business can be a cost-effective way to grow it. If you are still wondering how YouTube can help to developing your business, here are 5 benefits of having a YouTube Channel that might answer your questions. 1. Promoting your products With YouTube videos, you will be able to show your products in action to your customers. You might demonstrate the way they work with video tutorials or tips and…

Social Media Statistics

It is well known that nothing goes “amiss” on the internet –  every click, every view and every sign-up is recorded somewhere. This can provide an enormous amount of information and insight to companies or brands looking to engage their customers and hence keeping a close eye on the above can be tremendously useful. We often come across a variety of information, not always interesting on our daily social media “cruising” and hence have chosen to create the following “Stats Infographic” to demonstrate the most interesting ones in our view. Sources: Wordstream , Expanded Ramblings, Hubspot , Blog Bufferapp , Brand Watch  If you are still perhaps wondering what the above represent (that would be a bit worrying), we have chosen to demonstrate what we believe are the most fascinating, interesting and mind boggling facts on Social Media, focusing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. So, we hope that our Infographic with some of the best weird, wonderful and interesting…

A simple guide to writing effective Tweets

There is a lot of advice and experts floating around on the internet about how to make best use of Twitter. If you’re running a business, starting a blog or simply using social media for the first time, it can seem overwhelming and a bit confusing. The fact that it can also be very time consuming is certainly an apprehensive factor to making use of it too. Fortunately, there are some simple, foolproof ways to make sure your tweets are fully optimized, especially when you’re sharing your personal or company content. In this guide, we cover the best steps we use at CFM Group to craft effective tweets, from wording to publication. Let’s have a look shall we? Type of tweet It’s a good idea to have a variety of tweets touching on a variety of subjects in your chosen industry. Offering something different keeps your followers interested and looking forward to…

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…

Budgeting: How much do I spend on Marketing

“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…

Instagram Facts and Stats for 2017

When it was first launched, Instagram was mainly seen as a photography phot for people to share their daily pictures. Nonetheless, it has since grown so much that there are now thousands of individuals and brands making a living through Instagram only. People are flocking to Instagram like never seen before on any other Social Media platform..not even Facebook as the company just announced that it’s hit the milestone of 700 million monthly active users. It’s the shortest time Instagram has ever taken to add 100 million to its total…Which also happens to coincide with Instagram adding some of Snapchats’ filters and apps within this period. So let’s have a look at some amazing facts and stats about Instagram and the growth it has had in the past few years and especially since its acquisition by Mark Zuckenberg and Facebook. We took a close look at a research by the Pew Research…

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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