More than anything, we want to find out what’s holding you back from achieving your business goals. We’d like to fully understand your current marketing strategy, the challenges your company is facing, and most importantly, determine what we can do to help.
Just like free drinks at a networking event, January dried up fast! So how's your digital marketing strategy? Do you have one? Here are a few pointers why you must raise a brimming inbound glass to power you through this year and into the next.
A Dream Circus—what better way to lionise a dream of a year. Following 12 months of growth, culminating in a big, fat hairy rebrand that took us from bandv to Breckenridge, we needed to let our hair down.
Honeypot Children's Charity has long been bandv's charity of choice—and what better way to sing its praises than to (once again) design their annual Christmas Carol Concert programme, tickets and flyers.
Remember Liam Loves Lifts—bandv's children's safety campaign on behalf of the Lift and Escalator Industry Association (LEIA)? Well, it seems Liam Loves Escalators, too, and it has been shortlisted for the 2018 CIPR #PRideAwards, Not for Profit Campaign, South of England and Channel Islands region.
How about this for bandv PR in action?—A four-page editorial on the two Stannah passenger lifts installed in the brand new International Bomber Command Centre in Lincolnshire, to feature in the Conservation and Heritage Journal.
Google’s search algorithms change daily -- around 500--600 times a year. Some are minuscule tweaks, others seriously shake up the search engine results pages (SERPs). EVERY change influences the rise and fall of your brand content on SERPs.
Who hasn’t hotfooted it from a website that is not secure? To make sure this doesn’t happen to your website users, bandv offers full Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certification – a Google Chrome 68 protocol, introduced in July 2018, that will stop the search giant from visibly stamping your website as ‘Not Secure’.
Prologue Thanks to digital marketing, the subtle art of Inbound Public Relations is rubbing shoulders with its showier, noisier, more results-obvious marketing best sellers such as advertising, digital and social media.
We are thrilled to announce that our Children’s Safety campaign ‘Liam Loves Escalators’ created for the Lift and Escalator Industry Association (LEIA) has won ‘Marketing Campaign of the Year’ in the Trade Association Forum (TAF) Best Practice Awards.
AI is surfing in. We’re fast handing over human skills and cognition to machines that do all the thinking and doing for us. It already impacts every aspect of online/inbound marketing but, unsurprisingly, it has massive ramifications when it comes to your SEO.
It’s always nice to receive praise from a client for a job well done and having recently designed and created a brand-new website for not-for-profit organisation Hampshire Fare, that’s exactly the delightful position we found ourselves in.
Meet Jo Blogs, bandv’s blogging superpower. She’s here to set you right about the importance of blogging as part of your digital marketing strategy. She knows her onions, so, if you are in any doubt about blogging’s value, feel free to plunder her expertise…
When it comes to shining online, does social media affect search rankings? Depends. Why? Because Google guards its algorithms fiercely and is elusive when it comes to social linkbacks as a ranking influence. However, evidence indicates that social metrics impact SEO in a subtle way.
When it comes to electronic commerce, converting browsing customers into paying customers owes much to words and the power of persuasion. So it pays to invest in influential copywriting – a potent, economical tool that will drive your readers to engage with your content and click your calls-to-action, increasing leads and whamming-up your conversion rates.
And so another year fades – and what a colourful year it’s been; a year of challenges, changes and triumphs, for us and for our clients. Before succumbing to the seasonal scrum, how about a whistle-stop waltz around a few of the highlights?
It's here! The winter edition of StannahTalk – right up there with the nation's favourite festive first-footer, the Mince Pie. Soon to be thudding on doormats throughout the UK, this magazine prepares Stannah stairlift users for the seasonal scrum.
The goals that you set for your inbound marketing will guide your strategy and tactics and will determine what success looks like for you and your team. It is therefore important to set some really SMART goals.
We are delighted to announce that the latest instalment in the 'Liam Loves' safety campaign series by LEIA (the trade association and advisory body for the lift and escalator industry) , 'Liam Loves Escalators' is available to order now!
When it comes to muscling-up in today’s marketing ring, it pays to have a solid writing tag team fighting your corner. Why? Because it brings complementary communication skills to the canvas – skills that will help to strengthen and build your business.
It’s always nice to receive praise from a client for a job well done and having recently completed the brand-new Prospectus for Itchen Sixth Form College, that’s exactly the position we found ourselves in.
We are delighted to announce that LEIA (the trade association and advisory body for the lift and escalator industry) has invited bandv to develop and run the latest instalment in their ‘Liam Loves’ safety campaign series; introducing ‘Liam Loves Escalators’.
bandv enjoys a mutually beneficial relationship with the Stannah Group of companies (Lifts Limited, Lift Services and Stairlifts), delivering results-geared marketing for over 30 years – from bespoke websites, SEO and PPC to design, PR, copywriting and production.
As PR practitioners, we are often asked what the real value of PR is. Now, I don’t proclaim to be a mind-reader (probably far from it), but at this precise second, I bet I can guess exactly what you are thinking…
HubSpot’s State of Inbound is upon us and as an Inbound marketing agency ourselves we always look forward to digesting it, but for those of you who don’t know what this is, it’s a Business report for Marketing and Sales Research and its purpose is to uncover International Marketing priorities, latest content distribution trends, and buyer communication preferences.
The lasting effects of completing Dan Tyre’s Pipeline Generation Bootcamp Like many agency owners - or any business owner / manager for that matter - business development is just one of the tasks on my plate. People, job, financial and account management, training, business leadership and strategy are all easy reasons to give for not getting on with the task of generating new business. Generating a consistent pipeline of opportunities is tough, and even though I know it’s vitally important it always seems to get pushed to the back of the queue.
First we all rode the traditional, well-charted current of outbound marketing; now we have new-wave inbound marketing crackling in, shaking us up and making us do things differently. That's a lot of currents to decipher. The trick is interfusion – the joining or mixing (two or more things) together.
Email is still one of the best channels for driving marketing ROI so it comes as no surprise that marketers around the world keep sending billions of emails every day. Email marketing has traditionally been associated with outbound marketing and is indeed one of the prime examples of good old traditional marketing. Those who have managed to turn email marketing into a successful inbound channel, however, see better results.
When looking to grow your Instagram page it can often feel like a very high mountain to climb and you can sometimes feel that you’re never destined to reach the many thousands of followers that some Instagram accounts have already accumulated. I’m going to give you 7 handy tips on how you can go about changing this.
This week, bandv is very happy to have been awarded the Google Premier Partner badge. This means Google recognises us as having advanced PPC knowledge and demonstrating a higher level of AdWords skill and expertise.
I’m a Londoner, born and bred and I’ve spent 10 years working in London PR agencies. I loved my time in London, but the 2.5-hour commute and rising rental market was getting on my nerves, so, four weeks ago, I moved to Southampton.
Social media plays a crucial role in today’s modern day living, it acts as an important tool for people to stay up to date with what is going on in the world and has become a fundamental source of customer communication for companies.
... And we are not ashamed Where did it go? More to the point, what did we do with it? Did we remain buoyant in the face of Brexit, Trump, and the lampooned peak of half-baked marketing that is Toblerone's rotting roofline – slashed from top-value terrace to short-change semis? Of course we did! And a looming New Year is no time to be coy about achievements and activities.
Once again the bandv team has flexed its marketing muscle and researched, written, designed and produced the latest issue of StannahTalk, the magazine of world-leading stairlift manufacturer, Stannah Stairlifts.
At bandv, we have a proud reputation of running bold and creative marketing campaigns on behalf of for-profit and nonprofit companies alike. We especially love it when we get to work on something that’s truly beneficial for the world, so we were really excited to take the reins on a project on child lift safety for the Lift and Escalator Industry Association (LEIA).
As a marketer, a large part of your job is to track and optimise your performance over time. You need to record your results against your goals to see how on-target you are, and so you can continue to improve moving forward. That’s why reports, both within your team and for your colleagues and bosses, are so important.
There are many free tools out there like Buffer, Hootsuite and Tweetdeck to help you manage your social media accounts from one platform, but our favourite paid platform is HubSpot for its convenience, ease of use and the fact that it handles everything from blogging to email, to landing pages all in one place. Anyway, we digress...
HubSpot is probably the most intuitive, useful blogging platform around, and I’m not just saying that because we’re a HubSpot inbound certified agency. It’s more truthful to say we chose to become HubSpot certified because it’s so great.
2016 has seen rapid growth for bandv with five new members added to the team. One of our new recruits was Rachel, a placement student from Bournemouth University. Rachel joined us in February to manage some of the social media channels for bandv and our clients. With her placement now coming to an end, she’s reflecting on her time with us and everything she’s learnt! Over to you Rachel…
The old adage of 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it' has no place in today's digital marketing landscape. Quite simply, for any organisation to establish, maintain and grow its profile and market share, all promotional activities must stay abreast of today’s rapid and continuous technological developments. What better example of this than bandv's recent revision of the existing Stannah Lifts website, also by bandv. This was a Herculean metamorphosis to help future-proof Stannah’s status as the UK's largest independent lift company, as their Marketing Manager, Jo Monro, explains:
The bandv team has been working closely with the Lift and Escalator Industry Association (LEIA) on their latest safety campaign for 2016. We have created the Liam Loves Lifts children’s story book, height chart and sing-a-long song to teach lift safety to young children and their families across the UK.
We’ve almost reached the halfway mark of 2016, the perfect opportunity to review your marketing plan and performance. A half year review will see you dissecting your strategy so far, and making better marketing decisions for the second half of the year.
'Her name is Rio and she dances on the sand' – on topic as always (thanks, Duran Duran), the summer edition of StannahTalk is out and centers on the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro – carnival capital of the world.
We don’t mean to brag but last Wednesday we had the pleasure of attending what turned out to be the largest and most successful Grow with HubSpot event in Europe. An event series dedicated to helping businesses achieve remarkable growth through inbound marketing, Grow with HubSpot brings top inbound experts and HubSpot enthusiasts together to share their knowledge and gather inspiration.
In short, inbound marketing is a way to get customers through the door by delivering the content they want, precisely when they want it. Although inbound marketing methodology is a framework that applies industry-wide, there are many ways to tailor it to your niche.
Email has been around for 45 years now, overtaking text messaging to become the number one method of communication in 2013. For a few years now, it’s been one of the most popular smartphone activities. In 2016, email marketing is showing no signs of slowing down.
PPC is paid media that sits at the top and bottom of Google search results pages (SERPs). PPC ads appear when people search for certain keywords, and they ideally link to content on your website that provides the information searchers are looking for, making your ads both relevant and timely.
Whatever your company’s focus within the marine industry — whether fishing, boat building, repairs, marine engineering, shipping, yacht sales, rentals or supplies — marketing your business must move with the times.
As a charity marketer, you’re probably used to bootstrapping to make your budget go further. With limited cashflow from trading income, government grants and donations, it’s important you know how to run a successful but thrifty inbound marketing campaign. Only then can you maximise your return on investment.
Social media and inbound marketing go together like hand in glove. The major social channels for inbound are Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram. This post will focus on the third most popular of these platforms; LinkedIn — with its 100 million monthly active users and its professional focus, lends itself perfectly to B2B inbound marketing.
When it comes to reach and online presence, social media is king. Social platforms, like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, are a key component of any inbound marketing strategy. You can use them to share content, attract new visitors to your website, network and engage with relevant people and build a community of fans that will keep coming back to you.
It’s widely agreed these days that inbound marketing is better than outbound marketing, with more and more brands making the switch from old school marketing techniques to newer ones. But does that mean we should completely forget about outbound?
We’re leaving winter behind and entering the spring months, so what better time for a review of how the year is going so far? The end of a quarter is also a new beginning, and the chance to start afresh with an updated set of opportunities and goals for the next three months. After all, Fast Company has reported that 90-day goals are better than annual ones.
Search engine optimisation is an essential part of any inbound marketing strategy. It’s what gets people ‘through the door’ and onto your website, whether they are researching the solution to a problem they want to solve for themselves, or comparing solution providers to do it for them.
As a SaaS company, your product revolves around solving a problem for your customers. The content you publish can serve the same function. If your aim is to make your clients' lives easier and more efficient, why wouldn't you start via your approach to content marketing?
As marketers, part of our role is to move prospects through the sales funnel, from awareness to consideration to decision stage, until they are ready to buy. By gathering information on and scoring our leads, we know more about how to market and sell to them. This makes it much more likely that they will go on to purchase, request a consultation or be receptive to a sales call when it comes their way. The better qualified a lead, the more chance we have of closing the deal.
The beauty of the tried and tested inbound marketing methodology is its universality; you can apply it industry-wide, as it lends itself to being tailored precisely to your buyers’ needs. Successful tech or SaaS inbound marketing relies on content and messaging that champions thought leadership and problem solving ability.
In their 2015 report Socialising your CEO: From Marginal to Mainstream, PR company Weber Shandwick found that eight in 10 CEOs (80%) are now engaged online and via social media, compared with just 36% in 2010. As more CEOs join the Twittersphere, it’s vital to learn how to best use the platform to make a splash and blow the competition out of the water.
One of the topics we talked about at our What’s the future in Digital Marketing event last September was the trendiest inbound marketing moves in 2016. One of the questions asked of our panel was what do we, as inbound marketers, need to stay on top of and incorporate into our strategies for this year?
Did you kick off 2016 with all the best intentions for implementing an inbound marketing strategy, setting SMART goals and (more importantly) achieving them? The next step is finding ways to monitor your progress against these targets throughout the year.
The following blog post is in response to an article posted by Brand Republic on 20th Jan 2016, titled "Welcome to 2016. Facebook just killed your website forever": http://www.brandrepublic.com/article/1380040/welcome-2016-facebook-just-killed-website-forever
More and more companies are waking up to the need to invest more into their digital marketing; 77% of companies planned to increase their digital marketing budget in 2015, up from 71% in 2014 according to Econsultancy’s Marketing Budgets 2015 Report.
Reporting the results of your inbound marketing efforts to your boss and sales team is no easy feat. The KPIs you normally use to measure your success, such as reach or website visits, probably aren’t the same as the ones they care most about. They need to see the direct impact of your marketing activity on their bottom line ROI.
The start of a new year is the ideal time to consider and set your inbound marketing goals for 2016. Setting your objectives means initially reflecting on your performance with each channel in 2015 and then deciding what you want to achieve over the next 12 months.