Save Your LinkedIn Data Before It’s Too Late

LinkedIn DataWhilst, LinkedIn announced back in September that very soon there are going to be some major changes, it looks now that those changes are not only imminent but could have a big impact on your existing data.

Should you be scared?

I remember not so long ago how LinkedIn, without warning, wiped out several years of hard work for us and our clients when we had built-up a high ‘expertise ranking’ through answering questions on LinkedIn when they were removed and eventually replaced with endorsements.

Similarly, I’m sure many of you will recall when recommendations on company pages were wiped out without much notice (April 2014). Luckily we wrote an article at the time and grabbed several years testimonials and placed them here and others did the same to avoid losing that data forever!

I’m not scaremongering for the sake of it, as I believe that during the ten years we have been active on LinkedIn it has been a major source of leads for us and our clients and that’s why I think it is worth taking action now. Continue reading

SharpSpring Features, Marketing Automation for Small and Medium Businesses

Marketing Automation UK SharpSpring SME

Marketing Automation encompasses or affects almost all areas of Digital Marketing. With such a large task set and so much required of any platform trying to live up to the name it’s not surprising that Marketing Automation for small and medium businesses hasn’t been a realistic option until recently. SMEs are often forced to make do with pay-walled and watered down versions of popular Software As A Service (SAAS) offerings. Fortunately there are no pay walls blocking SharpSpring features or lengthy contracts hurting cash flow. SharpSpring has been designed and developed specifically for SMEs and Agencies, as such it provides maximum power for realistically affordable cost.  Continue reading

Marketing Automation and Social Selling

Marketing Automation and Social Selling

Marketing Automation and Social Selling

Social Selling is no longer a new buzzword, instead of introducing a completely new idea to people when talking about it we are simply discussing another technique for hitting targets. Marketing Automation and Social Selling are both far more powerful when combined with one another. With Marketing Automation now affordable for most SMEs it’s the perfect time to illustrate how the two go together.  Continue reading

Social Media Trends and News Q2 2016

Social Media Trends and News 2016

As we near the halfway point of the year there is still no sign of recovery for Twitter though Instagram seems to have stopped its slide and its engagement rate is beginning to creep back up. Here are the key social media trends and news items from the last 3 months.

Twitter’s Troubles Continue

Twitter’s stock price has continued its tumble amid renewed accusations of censorship, missed revenue targets and a number of changes to it’s senior staff. Despite achieving slightly above the forecasted increase in user base Twitter fell short of its revenue target by 2.2% equating to roughly $13 million. Continue reading

Marketing Automation, Budgets and Attitudes – Rob Thomas Interview

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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

Our Reaction to Facebook Reactions, Instant Articles & Live

Facebook Reactions, Instant Articles and Live

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