Entries by Ian Kirk

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The Answer to Marketing’s “Chicken and Egg” Dilemma

One of the world’s most famous questions…. ”which came first”.  Whichever way you look at it there is always an equally compelling counter argument, an alternative perspective.  However, within marketing the answer is much clearer cut… Q: Should a business get their website sorted before considering their wider marketing strategy? A: Definitely not! It amazes […]

3 simple social media tools to understand your customers

Since the boom of social media, businesses have found it increasingly easier to engage with their audience, and now things have been taken a step further with an increasing number of polling features being introduced. These additions have now given brands a relatively straight forward means of garnering popular opinion and understanding what it is […]

4 Twitter campaigns that went horribly wrong

Social media campaigns should always be approached with care. While they can make for a great way of communicating with your customers, they’re also open to being taken advantage of by the countless number of online trolls. We’ve seen a number of household brands fall foul of this over the past few years and the […]

Marketing made easy – 12 acronyms explained

As with many industries, there’s a lot of jargon involved in marketing – and to make matters even more confusing many of the terms are often abbreviated into TLA’s (three letter acronyms – see what we did).  So, to help make your life easier, we’ve gone through all of the commonly used jargon and outlined […]

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5 ways marketing can improve the sales rollercoaster

Marketing and sales have always been put together as intertwined disciplines within business for many moons. Although they are very different, which is why we always recommend them having individual director representation, one cannot really survive without the other. In order to generate sales, you need awareness, communications and mechanisms to take a prospective customer […]

Five Big Reasons Why You Need to Know Your Figures

When people hear the word “Marketing” they often think of all the creative outputs of marketing – TV advertising, big brands, websites, digital campaigns, glossy brochures and all that sexy stuff that oozes creativity. You will often hear marketing departments get called the “pretty picture” parade, or if someone asks what the marketing team are […]

Avoiding the 5 Classic ROI Pitfalls

Marketing is an area of business that is widely misunderstood.  If you ask 100 small business owners what “marketing” means to them, you will get a plethora of different answers that range from advertising, selling, branding, “make you look good”, PR, social media, websites and Google – and you will probably get the odd one […]