Common Grammar Mistakes #101

A good education cannot guarentee a high standard of grammar. There’s always going to be the odd mess up here and there. None of us are perfect. That’s OK, because English grammar is far from easy. As a copywriter I get that. The words and sentences that make perfect sense in your mind, all of…

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B2B & ME.

It might be because B2B PR was where my career started over 15 years ago. Or, it might be because I like nothing better than immersing myself in technical detail, and then turning it into engaging, jargon-free content. Regardless. B2B & ME = a match made in heaven. And no client project better demonstrates this…

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Direct mail dead? Think again.

So many of the small business owners I meet talk disparagingly of direct mail. Otherwise known as doordrop leaflets. “We’ve tried leaflets,” they say. “Never get any results”. Thing is. The growth in technology, social media and personalisation actually means that in today’s marketing landscape good old-fashioned direct mail has the power to impact your…

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Dismissed email? Think again.

According to the Email Marketing Industry Census 2016, email marketing has once again delivered highest ROI (Return on investment), ahead of SEO (search engine optimisation). Not only that, but The Cross Channel Marketing Report (2015) found 48% of businesses rate email as the second most important marketing channel after their website. If, in an age…

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Content marketing: A bite sized guide

It’s not new. The fact is that for the past 10 years the world’s marketing influencers have been shouting from the roof tops about content marketing. King-pin himself, Seth Godin (author of Purple Cow) has said, "Content marketing is the only marketing left." Everyone agrees of course. Customer buying behaviours are transformed. Online search means…

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Web Content: The easy way

I’ve just finished working on a new website for Upminster based building firm Inline Building Contractors. Partnering with the technically masterful Scott from Eseyo Web Design. Together we created a bold, modern, portfolio site, designed to showcase the firm’s professionalism, attention to detail and premier service. Aided too by stunning photography fromCarmel Jane Photography. I’m…

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Blogging: Race to be ranked

2016 is the year blogging went intergalactic. But I’m not talking about teenage girls’ blogging about lipstick; I’m talking about businesses. The reason is that Google search algorithms now recognise and reward businesses producing high-quality and relevant content way more than those firms who simply throw money at technical SEO. (Google and blogs sitting in…

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A word from the writing room…

I’m often asked "exactly what is it that you do?". My answer: I write. Here’s just a few examples of the projects I’ve been working on over the past few months – – Tugo – Copy writing of new website landing pages, as well as writing content for new marketing brochures. See more at tugo.co.uk…

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Be believed. Branding for Small Business.

I had a rather frustrating shopping expedition at the weekend. I won’t name names as that would be unkind…but I will use my experience as an example of how impactful seemingly inconsequential decisions can be on your small business’s brand. I popped out, in a bit of a rush, to buy a birthday present for…

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Marketing tips that pack a power punch for your small business…

I’ve lost count of the number of Essex based sole traders or independent small business owners I’ve spoken to who are in a marketing-induced panic. Actually, I should probably call it ‘lack of’ marketing-induced panic…because the root cause is their failure to act. And, the root cause of their failure to act is…the size of…

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You can’t target EVERYONE!

‘Get more customers’ is not a marketing strategy. ‘Get more customers; located in area A, who have hobbies B, have issues C, who also shop with retailer D, are willing to spend budget E, need help solving problem F, during this time period G,’ is. You need to make understanding who your customers are, and…

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