In The Beginning…

It’s very easy to take marketing for granted. After all, we’re faced with it almost constantly throughout our daily lives, whether it’s ads on TV, direct mail through our letterboxes, or via the internet. However, have you ever stopped to wonder about how all these different marketing methods have developed? In this series, we’ll be taking a look at how marketing has evolved over the years, and how the world of marketing has always been quick to adopt new approaches and technologies to help savvy businesses stay ahead of the game.

In the beginning - the history of marketing trademarks

You might think that spam is something that only originated with email, but in fact it goes back a lot further. In fact, in 1864 a group of British politicians were sent an “urgent” message by telegram that turned out to be an advertisement for a local dental practice. From this simple example of a company trying its luck in getting a little extra publicity, a whole new approach to marketing was born!

Another important development in marketing during the nineteenth century was the use of trademarks as a marketing tool. Unlike patents, which protect inventors from having their creations stolen, trademarks deal specifically with marketing- usually with logos, product names, and so on. The creation of trademark law was a huge step forward for marketing, as it encourages businesses to do something to mark themselves out from the competition. Now, as well as advertisements, the product or company itself could be made a key part of marketing. The first ever trademark in the UK was issued to the Bass Brewery in 1876, for their distinctive triangle logo.

By the turn of the twentieth century, it became clear that marketing was a hugely powerful tool in the business world, and one that no company could afford to miss out on. “Business” now took on a whole new meaning, as companies competed with each other to capture the hearts and minds of their customers. To help train up a new generation of marketing gurus, the University of Pennsylvania was the first institution to offer a dedicated marketing course in 1905, entitled “The Marketing of Products”. The concept caught on, and within just three years the Harvard Business School opened in 1908. Now it was official- marketing was an integral part of business, and those who couldn’t keep up were doomed to failure.

In the beginning - the history of marketing type writer

Marketing has always been quick to adopt new technology, from the earliest radio ads in 1922 to TV advertising in 1941. That also included telemarketing, which started to crop up in the 1950s as more people started to get their own phone lines. While they might be annoying, there’s no doubt that telemarketing calls generate a huge amount of revenue every day- and the fact that it’s still going strong after over 60 years shows that older forms of marketing still have a place in an increasingly digital world.

In the beginning - the history of marketing telesales

Up until the middle of the twentieth century, marketing still used the same old tried and tested approaches, albeit using the latest technology available to deliver their message. By the tail-end of the 1980’s, though, it was clear that a change had to come, as the public started to get tired of the way they were exposed to marketing. Next time, we’ll look at how the 80’s gave businesses big and small some brand new ways of reaching out to the public- and making advertising a bit more fun!

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What’s New on Social Media in 2017

It is one of the most powerful tools for businesses ever invented. Social media has transformed how we market ourselves and, for SMEs on limited budgets in particular, it’s an invaluable platform to set out a brand and sell a product or service.

Things are changing, however. Reaching customers is becoming more and more nuanced. Here are just some of the changes that are happening this year and are important if you want your business to succeed on social media.

  1. Social Messaging for Beginners

Forget standard Facebook and Twitter timelines. Millennials want the personal approach. Businesses are starting to engage on platforms such as WhatsApp, WeChat, Facebook Messenger and Viber.

Why? Evidence is beginning to show that users are loyal to a greater degree with brands that engage directly on these platforms. How are businesses doing this? Many are linking their ads on social media to chat windows which means users can engage directly with a brand and get the personal touch. It’s more labour intensive but it could also be a lot more profitable too.

  1. Live Feeds

They’ve taken a while to gain popularity but live feeds are starting to become an integral part of social media platforms, including Facebook. Across the provision, social media live streaming is growing and creating more engagement than standard marketing practices. Millennials are one major demographic who are attracted to live video feeds and sharing the right kind of content is going to be the challenge of 2017 for many businesses.

  1. Chatbots and Automation

There’s been a big conversation in recent times about how automation can be introduced, particularly for businesses that are struggling with the time needed to successfully engage on social media. Artificial intelligence is improving quickly and the latest chatbots can make users think they are talking to a real person. Putting aside the ethics of using automatic responses, there’s no doubt that many businesses are improving their customer service operations by introducing this kind of technology. Chatbots on social media can have numerous benefits and boost confidence in your brand particularly among those all-important millennials.

  1. Augmented Reality

It’s been around for a good few years now but is, at last, beginning to catch on. Facebook is starting to experiment with it following the recent success of Pokémon Go and the growth of Virtual Reality devices and apps. Basically, AR puts digital images onto the real world and there is a lot of potential for social media, and businesses, to make good use of this technology and provide a more immersive experience for fans and followers.

  1. It’s All Fake News

Made popular by new President Donald J Trump in recent months, the notion of fake news is one thing that your business shouldn’t ignore. Social media platforms such as Facebook are looking at ways of reducing the amount of fake news that is disseminated through click bait sites. For businesses, it may well be a case of keeping a look out and being sceptical about information they intend to pass on via social media. A lot, of course, depends on what your business is all about but quick retweets of interesting news snippets is going to be a lot more hazardous for your brand from now on.

It’s vitally important nowadays to have a coherent strategy in place for social media, including policies for what can be shared and what definitely shouldn’t. There’s no doubt that 2017 could be an interesting year for businesses, and leveraging your brand in new and exciting ways is going to take some deep thinking and a good deal of experimentation to find what works for you.

The World is in the Palm of your hands….. And so is Your Phone

At the click of a button you can now be at the North Pole on google maps, become the owner of a magnificent 50 inch fully HD TV via Amazon or experience snorkelling in the great barrier reef through you-tube. All of this can happen whilst sitting in the comfort of your own home. In today’s growing app market, any business can create an app, not just the big brand names. Apps create a vital opportunity for a business to be no more than a minute away from consumers. Consequently if you don’t have an app you are at a disadvantage to your competitors.

Engaging with customers on a real level is important in order to gain trust and loyalty. Apps allow you to do this through time, location and other profiled information that customers wish to share. This will then allow you to strategize and target different demographic groups with different information, offers and products. If done right, when your business is at the forefront of a customer’s mind, it is now so simple to just click on the app compared to going to the store or finding the website. From this, if desire is created through the app, these engaged customers can then earn you revenue.

Be Creative and put the Customer First

Having an app gives you an opportunity to be creative, making the shopping experience fun that the customer may otherwise not feel instore. This new level of the business could be through social elements, quick facts or rewards and discounts whilst browsing. Having an app gives you the potential to reach a whole new audience. This means, for those who are unfamiliar with the brand; a good, enticing first impression will hopefully encourage first time purchases.

Customer service is also one of the most important factors of a business as it can give you an identifiable image as well as a competitive advantage. When customers are put first and feel prioritised, sales are likely to follow. Having an app will make communication between you and the customer much simpler for both parties. Live chats cut the need for customers to go through the torture of waiting on hold to call centres but also cuts the cost for the business by reducing its need for one. A customer service operator will also be able to deal with multiple issues at once, something that isn’t possible over the phone. This efficiency is likely to result in a better relationship with the business and client, allowing customer to feel more prioritised. As well as this, being able to deal with issues quickly and efficiently means less negative comments are likely to be posted on websites and social media furthermore securing that necessary quality of customer service.

Persuading Customers to download the app

Apple ‘gift’ is a service on Iphones that could help promote your business, a valuable tool to which no one knows too much about. From the app store, Apple allows you to send a paid app to a fellow iOS user for them to download for free. Mintel suggests that some 28% of mobile users agree that sending an app to a friend or relative is a good gift idea but just 5% have actually done so. If promoted on your app as a small holiday gift idea, it has the potential to improve the awareness of your company drastically. This can then go on for those participants who are stuck on ideas for presents to go on and use your products.

According to Mintel app store ratings are only the third most influential factor when downloading an app with only 12% of mobile users ranking as their number one influence. The most commonly used factor is recommendations from friends and family. These will be people that already own the app so it is imperative to make the right impression to get the recommendations. It is important to note criticism is just as easy to arise as recommendations and so it’s vital that these criticisms are dealt immediately to maintain customer satisfaction.

It’s easy. From big name brands to small start-up companies, all you need is creative thinking and smart planning to be on your way to having your own mobile app, and providing yourself with that vital competitive advantage.

If you need any help with your social media or online marketing please pop your details in our contact us  page and we will get in contact with you to help!

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The Importance of an Online Presence

So, why has an online presence suddenly become vital for the success of a business?

Mintel suggests that the social network market is approaching market saturation which in itself has many threats but for us creates many opportunities. With more people than ever on social media, the penetration of the social network market has reached over 80% of the UK population. According to Mintel, this helped Facebook more than triple its daily active users from 327million in 2010 to over a billion in 2015. Therefore online usage is at its peak allowing greater exposer for online marketing campaigns and more importantly your business.

With more and more people active on social media more channels are available for you to use to connect with your customers and potential customers. Only recently Snapchat jumped ahead of Twitter for number of daily users.

5 opportunities for being active on social media includes:

  • The ability to target different demographic groups to show a greater accessibility towards branded content.
  • Creates second-degree exposure through re-posts and online reactions to offline ads.
  • Improved customer service and the ability to solve issues through the medium of social networks which produces shorter response times and query-handling costs.
  • The ability to deal with issues by instant message which decreases the likely hood of complaints being posted publicly leading to a better and more personal brand image.
  • Integrate with your offline marketing campaign to amplify your message.

Managing online accounts is a daily routine for businesses but there often isn’t enough time to do it effectively. This is where we come in. We work with a range of clients from estate agents, franchise business brokers and retail outlets to name a few, I Want Fish and Chips is changing the way businesses are using digital marketing to communicate effectively with a variety of customers. With over 113880 hours experience in marketing, we strive to create the perfect online marketing strategy that is unique to each client’s needs. This ranges from managing social media accounts, graphic design and developing websites. All of these are key to communicating with modern day consumers and keep at the forefront of minds.

If you need any help with your social media or online marketing please pop your details in our contact us  page and we will get in contact with you to help! Also if you are looking to save time on your social media we have a great tool which is like Hootsuite and Buffer which can do this for you! Just CLICK HERE and save time on your social media!