In January this year I received an unexpected email with an invitation attached. On the 2nd of February, just 2 days before England opened their 6 Nations campaign, I was privileged to be at the Mitsubishi Motors England Training Centre at Pennyhill Park in Surrey to watch the England team put through their paces in a training session. The invite was a reward for the volunteer work I do at my local rugby club (Dursley RFC) and came courtesy of the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Recognition Programme. Continue reading
When it comes to sales, the competition is high in every industry, but in today’s digital world the competition is only getting tougher. Website visits to review product or service recommendations and a company’s reputation are all completed digitally before a customer decides to buy or visit your store if the purchase is not online. So you need to have the attention of those customers before they even start their buying process and then work out how to turn those visitors into leads, and leads into new customers.
Successfully delivering appropriate messages will help you to inform customers and then lead them step-by-step through their buying cycle; this is where marketing automation becomes extremely valuable. Marketing automation enables you to set up a workflow of highly personalised marketing messages designed to convert website visitors into leads, and then your new leads into paying customers. Continue reading
Is The Lad Bible a Brand Rehabilitation Success Story?
In 2012 ‘Lad Culture’ was at a high, pages like The Lad Bible were racking up tens of thousands of likes and causing controversy in newspaper pages and in Student Union meetings across the country. Whilst the claim to be about harmless ‘banter’ didn’t ring true for many their success was a testament to the appetite for a new form of publisher that could fill the shoes of likes of Loaded, Zoo and FHM that were quickly becoming dinosaurs as we raced past the first decade of the 21st century.
That initial success has been dwarfed by the media giant that The Lad Bible has become. Such success would never have been possible without serious change to The Lad Bible’s image and publishing habits. How did a media entity so tied to ‘Lad Culture’ somehow not only survive it’s wane but rise to be one of the biggest Social Media entities publishing in 2016? Continue reading
Rob Thomas Interviewed by Estonian Media
In early 2016 Rob Thomas traveled to Tallinn, Estonia to give a talk and take part in a book-signing. Whilst there he gave interviews to various publications and broadcasters; this article is a translation of the interview given to Kadri Hansalu which was first published on the 1st April.
It has long been said that Estonians make poor salespeople. It’s now increasingly common to hear that sentiment as we struggle with the evolving marketplace, we’re finding our marketing budgets are too small and that there is a lack of specialist skills. Recently Tallinn was visited by some Digital Marketing experts familiar with the nuances and quirks of the digital world. Continue reading
As we moved into 2016 Facebook announced and rolled out 2 big new features and overhauled an old one. You can’t have missed the new Facebook Reactions! Facebook is serving nearly 1.5 billion people worldwide, though it seems an unassailable monolith in the world of Social Networks it’s creators know that updates and changes are key to keeping users engaged and loyal. Along with constant evolution and incremental changes to the platform there is another core part of Facebook’s longevity strategy. Facebook is trying to consolidate vast amounts of media and be the channel through which many different every-day internet tasks are carried out. Continue reading
Increasingly people turn to the internet to find their information. Whether it’s looking up reviews about something you’re thinking of buying or learning something new, there will be content out there to help. This change in the way people find their information has paved the way for Content marketing. Content marketing gives small businesses the opportunity to become their own publishers and allows them to compete with much larger companies online. Creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content forms an online marketing strategy designed to attract and retain loyal customers. You can position yourself as an expert in your industry and increase your sphere of influence. In short, you can position yourself as the go to person when someone needs something in your area of expertise.
However, it’s not as simple as throwing things out there and hoping people find them. For your content marketing to be successful a workable content marketing plan is crucial.