Word of mouth

Now it may seem odd for a Marketing Agency to talk about word of mouth, but as it is a crucial part of any marketing campaign and it can’t be ignored. How can a marketing agency (including us) help with word of mouth? By helping you to share your customers journey with the world.

Your greatest advertisers are satisfied customers. They can be harnessed to help generate new customers or they can be ignored and in turn become your company’s downfall.

First and foremost, BAD REVIEWS are not a bad thing!!! The best way to learn what you are not doing well is to hear back from customers that were left unsatisfied. Now you will not be able to make every customer happy, that is just the reality of life. But those bad reviews can help you to identify short comings in your current strategy.

But you can’t forget about the positive feedback. Sharing it can be done on your website or social media channels. If someone has a positive experience, the best way to get a review or testimonial is to ask for it. Remember, nothing ventured gained.

Word of mouth and a marketing strategy can go hand in hand if done correctly. If you would like more info on how to do it to promote your business to new potential customers, give us a call 0207 537 6602 or send an email to info@coretiummedia.com
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Traditional vs Modern Marketing Methods

In this article we are doing a straight head to head between traditional marketing and modern day marketing. To keep this short and sweet, we have picked two of the best from each generation (or we would be here all day).

To kick things off let's talk about about some modern marketing methods.

PPC

For those of you that don’t know what PPC (Pay Per Click) is, it is essentially like an auction where the highest bidder wins that particular click which will go to their website/offer.

So why is it so great?

Pros- Speed to market and is easily "trackable"

Cons- Can get very expensive. PPC can also get quite complicated which is why so many people just quit doing it.

SEO

SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) is another great modern day marketing channel. SEO is the process of organically ranking your site higher in search engine There are many advantages to it but I will just list a few.

Pros- SEO can send a flood of constant visitors to your website on a daily basis. You will be seen as more trustworthy.

Cons- As mentioned earlier SEO can take a while and there is no guarantee that you will even get ranked. Remember, the search engines have the final say. You may get penalised by Google.

What Is Telemarketing? It was called Telemarketing back in the day…but now 99.9% of people would probably call it ‘cold calling’. Historically it consisted of companies hundreds/thousands of phone calls to potential customers. Technology has aided the calls with video calls, conference calls etc being available. It can also be used to conduct surveys, questionnaire or information gathering (which political campaigners use heavily prior to elections) which some may find slightly less intrusive.

Pros – Get to speak to someone directly

Cons – they are not expecting your call and it might not be the decision maker. You also only have one chance to generally impress/interest them.

Direct Mail

Direct-mail marketing creates awareness of a product through postcards, brochures, letters and flyers sent through mail. Direct-mail marketing can be expensive as a business incurs design and printing costs as well as postage expenses to reach its target.

Pros – It’s still a classic way for Takeaways/Pizza places to get into local house in their area – still works us if we are honest. And some people in this digital age, actually like getting a tangible piece of mail instead of digitally.

Cons – A lot of people mainly throw them away as soon as they come through the mail and a lot of people have a ‘No Junk Mail’ sticker on their door too – It’s sooooo 10 years ago!

The Verdict

Overall you would have to say that they all have their pros and cons on why you should use them…even cold calling, sorry Telemarketing and it would probably come down to personal preference and budget on what would be best for your business. One of the best things to do is to talk about your business with someone like us and we could advise what strategy to use on your business.

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PPC – Origins of a Small Business

You may have come to this page looking for our Pay-per-click service page if that's the case CLICK HERE otherwise carry on reading for the origin story of Pay-per-click.

When it comes to origin stories, comic books tend to be king...but that’s not to say that ‘PPC’ doesn’t have a good one of its own either.

PPC (Pay Per Click) is the practice of internet marketing in which advertisers pay a fee each time one of their adverts is clicked on, in essence you are paying for people to go onto your site. The idea of PPC was first thought of in the late 90’s and was launched as ‘Overture’ in 1998 (which was subsequently bought by Yahoo for over $1.3 billion), which to everybody’s surprise confirms that Google were not the initial flag bearers for PPC, but once they entered the game on October 23rd 2000...everything changed.

PPC is basically the keyword equivalent of e-bay, whereas the highest bid will win the ad space and the keyword.

One of the most commonly asked questions about PPC, is how it can actually help a small business?

PPC allows a business to run a campaign on whatever budget you can afford at the time. Obviously the bigger the budget, the more likelihood that your ad will be seen, clicked on, more traffic will be generated to your website...there is no getting away from that, but that is not to say that you cannot be successful on a smaller budget.

Just look at Leicester City when they won the Premiership with one of the smallest budgets and squads in the league, whilst the others were just throwing money at the problem, they were clever with their money. Which is something that smaller businesses can take heed from when using PPC themselves.

PPC allows a small business to put themselves out there without having to spend the money of yesteryear when all that was available to them was the more traditional forms of marketing (Print, TV, Radio, Telemarketing etc). With the digital age well and truly upon us, it has never been easier for a small business to be seen. What with every man, woman and child (it seems) owning some sort of smartphone or tablet device, using PPC for brand awareness or lead generation has never been so relevant.

We like to think of ourselves as pretty good PPC’ers (yes we made that word up) and are always available to talk to anyone who thinks its time to get themselves in the PPC game too. You never know, it could be your company in 20 years time that someone like me is writing about to explain how the game changed when YOU entered it...Go on give us a call today or fill out the contact form here.

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