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Branding and Design Thinking

Branding your business is a science, the best brands in the world are the product of research, experimentation and they adapt over time.  The best brands also adapt to the medium used, from print to TV to the web and even your smartphone, brands evolve over time as the means of communication changes.

With the adoption of the digital world, your brand is now having to work harder than ever.  The online revolution has changed branding your business, from how we communicate, through to our business cultures.  Although the changes have been relatively gradual, one of the most visible is the way that ‘digital’ has changed how a company presents itself.

Every major business has evolved its branding to work better in the digital world.  Remember, online you don’t have a friendly salesperson and a swish showroom to create confidence in your business – there is just the consumer and your brand, that is it.  The trends are obvious:

Simplification –  On social media, a company’s logo has to be instantly recognisable at only a few hundred pixels wide – and yet the same logo has to work two metres wide above a store entrance.  Because of this, anything ‘busy’ on a logo has been quietly dropped or simplified, and the number of colours they use have been reduced.

Confidence – Partially as a result of simplification, and partially because of online attention spans (you only have a few seconds to secure someone’s trust when they come to your website), logos have become a lot more confident.  They don’t say a lot, but what they do say is instant and visual –  digital has brought the death of the strapline.

Emotion – Logos these days rarely say what the company actually does, instead they evoke a feeling.  For example, look how the Barclay’s eagle has become a shield to create a feeling of safety and protection.  The Argos underline has evolved into a friendly smile (an approach also adopted by Amazon and Thompson Holidays).

As a start-up business it’s unlikely you will have the benefit of high end Branding agencies, however, amateur attempts are often obvious and can kill an idea at birth.  A logo is not a Brand and a Brand is neither a pretty picture or name that the owner likes; a brand should reflect a way of doing business and it should reflect the needs of your customer.

Take professional help, don’t do it yourself to the detriment of your presentation – there are professional, low-cost solutions out there.

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Do it yourself or employ a professional
 

Your branding should be based on the needs of your target clients and not your personal likes or preferences.

But are you good enough to design your own branding and marketing materials or should you employ a professional design agency.

Try not to over complicate or over think your brand.

One golden rule is never trying to replicate another brand.  Apart from the legal implications, it can confuse potential customers and give the perception that your business lacks its own identity or personality.  You need to create something which is unique and original and reflects a positive image.

Start up costs might be prohibitive but it is always a worthwhile investment to consider engaging a design agency to assist in the creation of your brand as they are able to maintain a professional separation from you.

The combination of your ideas and a professional eye can make the difference between something ordinary and mundane to something distinctive and impactful.  Ultimately this is what will drive those precious sales and the life blood of the business.

Here’s the pro’s and con’s about deciding whether to DIY your branding, try an ‘auction’ approach, or take on the costs of a design agency?

DIY:  If you are a creative person and can actually form a professional standard of logo then this will obviously keen the costs down.  However, the risk is that ‘you’ think it’s great when a client recognises it for what it is – DIY.  And the time you spend doing DIY marketing is pro-active time you could be spending on your business development and actual sales.  DIY clearly carries risk and even if you are creatively trained, you’ll still be designing for you which is wrong – consider an external service to take yourself out of the loop but if you really insist, seek the opinion of genuinely independent people to cast judgement (not family and friends – they’ll tell you what you want to hear!).

Online ‘auction’ sites:  There are sites such as fiverr, 99 designs and Freelancer.com (amongst others) where you can essentially provide a design brief to a global network of creative designers who can then provide creative support on a freelance basis.  Clearly this carries some risk as the end designer isn’t really designing for your end client and is, instead, appealing to your own views and opinions.  However, you can access some very creative people without it costing the earth and achieve professional results this way.

Professional design agency:
  Normally much more local (and in Yorkshire, generally much more affordable than London agencies!).  The main advantage here is that you would normally meet and get to know each other.  The design agency will learn about you and your goals and will probably be more responsive to your needs.  BUT … of course, this higher level of service is more expensive because of the time spent.  Typically, logo design will cost anywhere from £200 – £2000 (often based on your ability to pay!).

Please take our advice … don’t depend on friends or family for this!  We’ve witnessed lots of business where their launches are delayed (or even cancelled) because of the design and marketing side of things being given to friends and family doing a favour!  Create a professional relationship and then you’re the boss.

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Communicating your message
 

This first task is to define your core customer message.   This should resonate and ‘speak’ to your customers and should pull them to you.  As part of your core business planning, your message should be reflected within your ethos and your branding … it really is worth practising the pitch in every situation, refine, develop and refine again to ensure that when you are communicating your message, it is well received, believable and accurate.

The next stage in communicating your message is to know who you are communicating with, understand that customer.  By understandning your customer, you will know what communication channels THEY use and this is where you then need to make your message heard.  Research how the customer gets their information, where, when, in what format, etc.

The avenues for communicating your message are many and varied, from face to face networking to the phone, through print to the internet, never before have there been so many options … and consequently, never so much confusion!

It is vital to pick your method of communication on the basis of research and evidence, and then stick with it, refining to optimise the strength of your message.  Changing your message frequently to ‘chase the latest fad’ will lose the benefit of familiarity and repeatability in the mind of the customer – consistency of message forms a strong foundation for your business.

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Traditional marketing techniques
 

In the rush to ‘go digital’ in today’s world, some areas of traditional marketing have been left behind, but then so have some markets and customers.  Sometimes, the ‘old ways’ are still the best for communicating and gaining attention.
Younger consumers have been born into technology, receiving thousands of electronic inputs per day, many will have never seen a TV advert, read a newspaper or received a brochure in the post.

This provides opportunity for traditional media, the receipt of a letter through the post has suddenly become a unique event for the younger generation and therefore an effective communication medium.  But posting a brochure is rapidly becoming one of the most effective mechanisms you can employ to gain attention while your competitors rely on trying to post more messages on social media or blast their way through more emails.

Paradoxically, in turn the cost of traditional marketing has now reduced as the providers have been forced to compete with more modern methods.  Brochures can now be printed in short numbers (just 50-100!) allowing for cost effective solutions.

Within this section, we will provide information on a wide range of ‘old school’ marketing techniques – but remember that the most effective marketing strategies are those that combine traditional techniques with modern digital techniques and forge a ‘complete strategy’, targeting customers at ‘just the right time’.

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Digital marketing techniques
 

The world of digital marketing is one of the fastest changing areas in the world of marketing today – often misunderstood and frequently misused … it offers exceptional speed, measurement and efficiency benefits when used well.

The main areas covered within digital marketing include:

Search Engine Traffic: Organic search engine optimisation, the process itself is free but shrouded in the black arts of SEO / black hat & white hat techniques … and full of areas to get it wrong and end up black listed by Google!

Search Engine Traffic:
 Pay per click advertising, extraordinarily fast in establishing reputation and building leads but costs money, shrouded in more black arts from the digital community but you can target competitors, brand names, trade names and you have complete control over your budget.

E Mail Marketing:
 Commonly also called email nurturing, this is supposed to be passive and gentle communication to build your brand and awareness and not spam (which is simply trying to sell things using un-targeted, mass emailing).

Social Marketing:
 Utilising the power and connectivity of the well known social sites including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc.  Social marketing is one of the core areas of marketing failure with businesses simply blasting sales messages rather than social messages.

Digital marketing is a science … experimentation is key but a controlled environment and discipline is essential.  Results should be measured and activity should be strategic to be truly effective!  Read more within this section to get a better understanding.

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The Bigger Boat welcomes new account manager on board

Monday 24 July 2017

A digital marketing agency has recruited Alison Lee as account manager, in the latest of a series of key appointments for the Yorkshire company. The hire will strengthen the support provided on existing client accounts at Mirfield-based The Bigger Boat, whilst paving the way for the firm’s ongoing expansion. Alison has played a major role in various projects already – including brochure production, supporting a client at the Retail Design Expo and managing various email marketing campaigns. With a strong public relations background, she has an impressive CV. A PR graduate from Leeds Metropolitan University, she has since held senior roles in both marketing and digital arenas, within a range of companies spanning from International Personal Finance to Best Western. Most recently she ran her own copywriting business for 18 months. Commenting on her return to the office environment Alison said: “Running your own company can be lonely. I wanted to get back into the heart of a thriving organisation, where I can work alongside others and experience a feeling of being ‘in it together’.” This latest appointment marks further growth for The Bigger Boat, who moved into their current vibrant office space – in a converted water mill – in late 2016. The business has seen year-on-year expansion, with a 25% increase in revenue in the last 12 months alone. Andy McCaul, joint founder, says: “We’ve always said the best talent needed for a successful business is not always found in the large cities of Leeds and Manchester. As a professional working mum, Alison has viewed our rural location and proximity to home and schools as a huge plus.” He continues: “Her appointment is a real win for the team – we’ve gained her wealth of significant experience, and our clients have already started to benefit from that.” Alison joins a team of 11, whose clients include HR software provider Cascade, print finishing specialists Celloglas and luxury door manufacturer Deuren. When asked what she is relishing in her new role, Alison said: “Getting involved with the variety of clients excites me, alongside the chance to use my skills on fresh projects. The diversity of the work involved and the fast-paced nature of the business will certainly play to my strengths and I’m looking forward to the future!” Following on from their office relocation, and their more recent Eaton Smith Business of the Month award success, things are certainly on the up for the agency, which has also taken on two web developers within the last month alone. Andy concludes: “The team here is going from strength to strength – the new recruits are bringing fresh ideas to projects, as well as learning from our very experienced crew.”
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
New Partnership for Momentum

Wednesday 05 July 2017

As a business we specialise in working with businesses to help them improve sales performance. We put the science behind selling by providing predictive tools which are based on extensive research. We have been a UK partner of Objective Management Group for nearly 2 years and during this time we have been able to bring their knowledge and expertise to a range of businesses in the UK that are looking to improve their sales performance. We are delighted to annouce a new partnership with a company called Sales Star, who are based in New Zealand. We will be using Sales Star's proven sales training and methodolgy to help businesses and sales teams to further improve their sales performance. For further information about Sales Star, then go to www.salesstar.com As a result of this partnership, we are delighted to offer a complimentary 2 hour sales audit to any business within Kirklees which has sales people. For further information please contact me at pete@momentumss.com
Posted by Momentum Sales Solutions Limited
Scriba PR to launch communications workshop for local businesses

Monday 26 June 2017

Huddersfield-based PR technical specialist Scriba PR has announced the launch of a press release workshop, in the hope of aiding Yorkshire companies with their communications activities. The two and a half hour sessions will be open to people from the wider business community, to give an overview of how PR can raise the profile of their work, and provide practical tips to help them better tell their story. Hosted at Scriba PR’s new headquarters in the loft of Heritage Exchange, Lindley, the first workshop will take place on Thursday 13 July, from 9-11.30am. Managing director Katie Mallinson will lead a small group of six will be led through the whole press release process – from taking an effective brief, through to drafting compelling content, pitching and issuing it to journalists. Commenting on the launch of the training session, Katie said: “Many technical businesses come to us with the key goal of raising their profile in the media. This often boils down to being able to prepare well-written, engaging and newsworthy press releases that will capture the attention of their target audiences – not to mention discerning journalists. “So, this is a service we happily provide, as we want to empower people to undertake more meaningful conversations with their public, however complex their subject matter.” Comprising of group tasks and discussions, the workshop will see Katie showing her ten years’ PR and copywriting experience, providing guidance and advice to business people, as she covers a range of topics surrounding the perfect press release. And it won’t be a one-off event – the PR specialist is hoping the first session will kick-start a series of wider workshops to come. Pre-registration for ‘How to write the perfect press release’ is essential, with places costing £99 + VAT per person. Anyone interested in attending the July workshop, or wanting further information about future sessions should contact louise@scribapr.com.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
ABL Business expands into North Yorkshire

Wednesday 21 June 2017

Yorkshire-based business support consultancy ABL Business Ltd are expanding their operations into North Yorkshire. The company, which offers commercial finance and marketing support to SMEs, has engaged Fraser Irvine as an Appointed Representative to cover the county. Based in Harrogate, Fraser will be operating across the area, offering a full mix of commercial finance services. He will assist SMEs in raising the funds they need to trade, grow or stabilise their business, using all the funding lines and capabilities of ABL Business. It marks the third recent growth for the Cleckheaton-based company, who recently set up a new office in Scotland with two representatives just over a year ago and expanded into the North East region in March this year. Fraser Irvine is an experienced Independent Commercial Finance Broker and joins the company with an extensive career in financing businesses under his belt. He has spent almost 30 years working with asset and cash flow funders, which gives him a deep understanding of the financial needs of an SME business. Fraser has worked with new start businesses, as well as more established companies, arranging funding facilities to suit individual needs. His interest in business finance has also enabled him to gain extensive experience in the Management Buy-out, Management Buy-in and transactional market as a whole. He said: “I have known ABL Business and its owners, Andy Redman and Alex Beardsley for many years and really like the independent and client-focussed approach they adopt, so I’m very excited that I’m now joining the team. “ABL Business has access to a vast range of funders, which means I will benefit from being able to offer clients financial solutions that are tailored to bespoke needs. I am keen to help clients from new starts to multi-million turnover businesses to grow and achieve their full potential.” ABL Business Ltd and their appointed representatives have access to over 70 funders, enabling them to find an appropriate solution, no matter what a client’s financial requirements may be. ABL Business Director Andy Redman said: “We’re delighted to welcome Fraser to the team. He has a wealth of experience, which he brings with him from the financial sector, and in business too. Fraser, with his connections and knowledge, will be a real asset to ABL Business and to companies across North Yorkshire. His appointment has enabled us to expand our reach into yet another area and help even more businesses find funding packages that suit their specific needs”.
Posted by ABL Business Ltd
World-renowned decommissioning consultancy appoints Scriba PR

Thursday 15 June 2017

A specialist decommissioning consultancy has appointed technical public relations specialist Scriba PR. Having managed over 700 complex, high-hazard and large-scale decommissioning, dismantling and demolition projects over the past 25 years, RVA Group has an established global presence in the petrochemical, chemical, power generation, oil, gas and pharmaceutical sectors. But strategic communications activity will prove pivotal to the team’s next chapter of international expansion. Having previously worked with Scriba’s founder Katie Mallinson – a CIPR member with more than 10 years’ industry experience – RVA’s managing director therefore turned to Scriba to undertake this new PR assignment. Commenting on the firm’s appointment, Richard Vann said: “Ours in a highly niche field of engineering, EHS and project management, which requires an in-depth level of understanding and technical accuracy. Katie is well connected in the decommissioning and wider vertical media which, coupled with her knowledge of our operations, will prove crucial to us securing the quality of media coverage that we seek.” Providing an array of PR and copywriting services including media relations, web content development and social media support, Scriba will also investigate a programme of conference and webinar content for the experienced 15-strong team. Elaborating on the 12-month rolling contract, Katie explained: “RVA already has a truly global presence having recently completed projects in Canada, the US, France and the Netherlands, to name just a few. Over the last four years the company’s Singapore branch has also been fully engaged in the management of the three largest decommissioning and dismantling projects ever carried out on Jurong Island, the country’s vast industrial heartland. “This is an organisation that already has an enviable – yet justifiable – reputation. But as they prepare for their next 25 years in business, it is important that they maintain and develop their profile in the global decommissioning arena. “Due to the inherently hazardous nature of their work and the extensive expertise within the multi-disciplined team, our activity will undoubtedly be rich in authoritative, advice-led and value-adding content.” Scriba was established in 2013 and continues to be based in a converted textiles mill in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
Posted by Scriba PR Limited
Win Free Tickets to Bulldogs V Bulls with Comoodle!

Thursday 15 June 2017

Comoodle is offering 5 lucky winners the chance to watch Batley Bulldogs take on Bradford Bulls at the Fox's Biscuits Stadium, on Sunday 16th July. You'll enjoy free entry to the game and complimentary refreshments as you watch the match from the executive area. To enter the draw, simply register at www.comoodle.com and offer to share something, no matter how small, with your community. Once you've done that, Direct Message us on Twitter at @Comoodle Good Luck and happy comoodling!
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KC Communications appointed by print management specialists, ABS UK Ltd

Tuesday 13 June 2017

Huddersfield-based marketing communications agency, KC Communications, has announced that they have been appointed by fellow Huddersfield Town Football Club partners, ABS UK Ltd, to increase their national profile through PR. ABS UK Ltd, based in Elland West Yorkshire, provide document production and print and document management services to a huge variety of businesses, charities and schools across the M62 corridor. The contract will see KC Communications assume responsibility for the company’s PR requirements which will include developing and delivering their national PR strategy. David Lees, Marketing & CSR Director of ABS UK Ltd commented: “It’s a pleasure to be working with KC Communications. After nearly 30 successful years in business, we are looking to broaden our customer base across the UK as well as expand our service offering. In addition, The ABS Foundation has some exciting projects coming up and with the help of the team at KC Communications, I’ve got no doubt that we will see some fantastic results in raising our profile over the coming months.” Sarah Benson, Account Manager at KC Communications added: “We are delighted to have been appointed by ABS UK Ltd to manage their PR strategy. The company have some really exciting things in the pipeline and we’re really looking forward to getting started and supporting them in achieving their growth plans.” This latest contract continues the momentum of business growth for KC Communications following a successful start to 2017; the business is on track to increase turnover this financial year by 75% following its recent relocation to Independence House and recruitment this year has included an Account Manager, a Marketing Executive and a Social Media Executive.
Posted by KC Communications
KC Communications appoints Account Manager

Monday 05 June 2017

Huddersfield-based marketing communications agency, KC Communications, have appointed Laura Batchelor as Account Manager. Laura’s appointment follows the recent recruitment of a Social Media Executive and a Marketing Executive and comes after an impressive period of growth with the business on track to increase turnover by 75% this financial year. Laura joins the team from CreativeRace, formerly known as Gratterpalm, having worked as Account Director for Asda Local. Prior to that Laura worked as a media planner/buyer for JDA in Leeds.  Laura commented: “I am delighted to have been offered this role and to join the team at a local and fast-growing agency. I feel that with my experience from larger agencies I can really make my mark here at KC Communications.” “I’m looking forward to working on new and exciting projects with all of the team. This is a busy and exciting time for KC, with a number of new clients coming on board and I’m looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.”  Katrina Cliffe, Managing Director at KC Communications added: “Laura joins the team at a really exciting time for the business following our recent account wins and an office relocation. Laura brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to further develop our offering; she’ll play a key role in client services, while supporting business development and growth. It’s been a fantastic few months and we’re delighted to have Laura on board to help us continue our achievements.” In response to the continued growth of the business, KC Communications has recently relocated to larger premises at newly established business centre Independence House in Huddersfield, which has seen their office space increase by 900%.
Posted by KC Communications
Social Progress MD selected for Digital Women Debate Panel

Saturday 03 June 2017

During the Digital Marketing Roadshow - Wigan on Wednesday 7th June at DW Stadium five leading industry experts will be coming together to discuss diversity in Digital and how gender balance is being addressed. The day has a very exciting list of digital related seminars throughout the day including a Google Digital Garage session on 'Reach New Customers Online & Know your Business with Google Analytics.' The Digital Women Debate is being hosted by Naomi Timperley who runs Coo Digital & is a Tech North Advocate. Social Progress, owner and MD Janet Bebb is one of the five panelists discussing gender balance in the digital along with Debbie Edwards, F Disrupters, Wendy Bowers at Role, Melissa Conlon, Commercial Director at Magma and Aaron Crewe from novi.digital. Big Screen Social our highly visual Twitter Wall will also be featuring at the event displaying the photos, branding and messages of delegates, exhibitors and speakers via hashtag #DMRoadshow helping to spread the word about the full day event and reach an online audience. This free to attend event is part of a series of Digital Marketing Roadshows taking place across the North West of England organised by Launch Events. https://www.socialprogress.co.uk/social-progress-selected-for-digital-women-debate-panel/
Posted by Social Progress
Yorkshire Spring Manufacturer appoints Vizulate as digital marketing agency

Friday 02 June 2017

Yorkshire spring manufacturer JB Springs (John Binns & Son (Springs) Ltd) has appointed Brighouse-based Vizulate Digital as their web and digital marketing agency. Following a review of the JB Springs’ marketing strategy Vizulate will be working with the directors and internal sales and marketing team to implement a range of digital marketing activities, including the design and development of a new website aimed at increasing sales leads. Established in 1895, John Binns & Son (Springs) Ltd has witnessed many changes in the manufacturing landscape, whilst remaining a family-run company. John Binns now proudly operates from purpose-built premises equipped with the latest technologies in the production of springs and wire forms. Speaking about the appointment of Vizulate Digital, JB Springs Director Alex Driver said: “The increased investment in our production technology over recent years is testimony to the company’s commitment to stay at the forefront of spring manufacturing in the UK. “We wanted an agency that could not only help drive our future growth digitally, but also understand our heritage and pedigree, which has been built on delivering exceptional customer service. The appointment of Vizulate as our digital agency partner is a reflection of our commitment to investing for the future and our desire to utilise digital communications to enhance our customer engagement.”
Posted by Vizulate Digital
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A Taster of Chinese Language
Tuesday 1 August 2017, 19:00 - 20:30
Med One, 10-12 Westgate, Huddersfield, HD1 1NN
Free Entry - 10 places
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Facebook Advertising Workshop
Thursday 3 August 2017, 13:30 - 16:30
Bridge House, 2 Woodhead Road, Holmfirth, HD9 6PX
£65 - 6 places
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Facebook for Business Workshop
Thursday 3 August 2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Bridge House, 2 Woodhead Road, Holmfirth, HD9 6PX
£65 - 6 places
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Social Media Marketing and Branding
Wednesday 16 August 2017, 13:30 - 16:30
Bridge House, 2 Woodhead Road, Holmfirth, HD9 6PX
£65 - 6 places
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Content Creation and Blogging for Business
Wednesday 30 August 2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Creative Analysis Ltd And Social Progress Ltd, 2, Woodhead Road, Holmfirth, HD9 6PX
£65 - 6 places
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LinkedIn for Business Workshop
Wednesday 30 August 2017, 13:30 - 16:30
Bridge House, Woodhead Road, Holmfirth, HD9 6PX
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Twitter for Business Workshop
Thursday 14 September 2017, 09:30 - 12:30
Bridge House, 2 Woodhead Road, Holmfirth, HD9 6PX
£65 - 6 places
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MAKE YOUR WAY INTO THE CHINESE MARKET - Business visit to China
Tuesday 24 October 2017 - Tuesday 31 October 2017

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