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28Jun
communication: david lomas & johnny mharHow Does M3 Plan To Help Businesses With Communication?

How Does M3 Plan To Help Businesses With Communication?

We understand how crucial it is to reach out and connect with audiences. We also know that this is made more effective if it involves more than one channel of communication. We have a portfolio of digital magazines containing expert opinion on matters.  These include HR, recruitment and leadership, property, construction and finance, exporting and international trade.

We also host our popular, invitation-only, Connections Events, in association with Royal Bank of Scotland (Future Williams & Glynn).  These events provide opportunities for us to strategically connect local business owners and leaders together.

Now we want to enhance how we help businesses engage with their customers by creating our very own media centre in the heart of Manchester.

The Ideal Location

Our new Manchester city centre postcode is, naturally M3, at Via Offices’ serviced business centre, Halifax House, on Deansgate, which provides specialised business accommodation and communications.

Via Offices is part of Via Group, who also provide IT and telecoms solutions.  Via Group’s CEO, Johnny Mhar, sees us, in turn, as being right for Halifax House.

“Our approach is very much in sync with how M3 goes about helping local businesses develop.  Via Group provides the physical means for businesses to operate at a level that is right for them. M3, meanwhile, helps them communicate with their intended audience and expand their customer-base

Johnny Mhar, Via Group

We feel that working with Via Group is the right fit for us, because we share their enthusiasm for helping businesses grow. Being in Halifax House puts us in the heart of a dynamic city and its business culture, which is where we feel we belong.

Opportunity and Expansion

The move is all about us improving our service and preparing for positive future developments.  M3 Media Centre will provide a base for our expanded creative and administrative team.  It will also give us the opportunity to provide on-site support, guidance and resources to our business clients and the Greater Manchester community. We are also planning seminars, to assist businesses to understand how communication and storytelling can benefit them.

Our aim is to ensure that business communications are seen and heard via the channels that will connect with their targeted audiences.

If you would like to discover more about how the Media Centre can help you to communicate your stories to your audience, please call 08450 519 374.  Alternatively, you can fill in your details below and our team will contact you.

David Lomas
M3 Media Publishing

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3May
M3 and All Survey StorytellingCan Strong Storytelling Accelerate Business Development?

Can Strong Storytelling Accelerate Business Development?

We talk a lot about the value of storytelling when it comes to engaging with an audience because we know that it works.  And storytelling has real power to open up business opportunities.

Uncovering the Asbestos Threat

All Survey is a business specialising in conducting asbestos surveys. Gemma Voaden is lead asbestos surveyor with All Survey and in this role she has built up a clear picture of the scale of the issue.

At a recent M3 Connections event, she told a story to illustrate her work and how asbestos is a potentially widespread threat. A chain of charity shops asked All Survey to inspect its stores but felt pretty confident that they were in the clear. Gemma and her team went in, and discovered asbestos in 176 of the shops. Three had to be immediately closed for safety reasons.

When she recounted the story, it clicked immediately with her audience. M3 developed and published the story and distributed it through social media.  Gemma continued to use it as a perfect example of the value in what her business does, and how asbestos surveys are very much in the public interest.

 

On the Accelerator

All Survey is one of 80 enterprises involved in the Entrepreneurial Spark business accelerator programme in Manchester. This is being run in partnership with NatWest and KPMG.

The programme recently ran a pitching competition called Acceler8 and All Survey was one of the winners. Gemma’s business is well suited to strong storytelling because it’s key subject matter, asbestos as an ongoing, hidden threat, has the potential to be immediately intriguing.

Gemma’s pitch was a bid for financial assistance in marketing All Survey so that her message about asbestos can reach key decision-makers.

“Asbestos is still around and it’s a deadly, hidden killer that kills over 5000 people per year in the UK today”, warns Gemma.  “We want to set up the first UK Asbestos Register to reach more people with this message”

 

Future Storytelling With M3

NatWest has awarded All Survey a cash prize for its successful asbestos pitch. This will help All Survey to continue its work with M3 in developing its marketing message.

 

“The team at M3 Media Publishing know about storytelling and we have compelling stories to tell”
GEMMA VOADEN

 

“Alongside Entrepreneurial Spark’s help in focusing our energies, we’ll be able to move that much closer to realising our goals”, concludes Gemma.

 

If you would like some assistance in getting your stories to your audience please contact us.  Alternatively, if you fill in your details below, one of the M3 team will get in touch.

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15Apr
headlinesHow Can Intriguing Headlines Help Your Stories Connect?

How Can Intriguing Headlines Help Your Stories Connect?

At our recent M3 Connections event, jointly hosted with RBS (Future Williams and Glyn), over 50 business leaders and directors discovered the real value of headlines. This invitation-only gathering, in Central Manchester, gave me the opportunity to talk about how to attract interest, through headlines that intrigue.

I spoke about how to engage an audience’s attention by using headlines that spark interest. I also explained the importance of headlines and how they are the key to engaging with an audience by attracting or even provoking them.

The object is to make readers want to read more. Treat them as people and not as prospects.  Give them something to think about, and don’t simply talk at them with facts.

Andrew Thorp, of MojoLife, fully complemented my talk with his follow-up session about the power and potency of storytelling. Andrew focused on how well-constructed stories can give an audience a sense of emotional investment in a particular subject or topic.

Everyone in this room is in the influencing business
Andrew Thorp, MojoLife

Andrew advised that turning dry case studies into stories with human interest was a valuable way of attracting and retaining people’s attention.

The talks were followed by a group workshop session where attendees shared stories, learned about shaping them to make them more dramatic; and then came up with dynamic headlines for them. This was a very practical way of putting the things, that Andrew and I had talked about, into practice.

RBS Relationship Director, Steve Taylor, commented on how the M3 Connections events have real value for making business connections. “These events combine valuable insights with supportive connecting and a proper exchange of views that can really spark inspiration for all involved”.

David Lomas
CEO, M3 Media Publishing

 

If you are director or business leader based in Manchester or the North West and would like to make quality connections at a future event, please call M3 Media Publishing on 08450 519374.

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20Mar
How engaging are your headlinesHow Important are Headlines?

How Important are Headlines?

Headlines are really the most important part of your article writing.  It is the first thing that can grab the attention of your reader or web visitor.

Your headlines, in effect, are your first real point of connection with your prospective customer, so you need to get them right.

Your headline is important to your reader as it is a great indicator of your true ‘behaviour’.  It should NOT try and sell to your reader, but should draw them towards wanting to continue reading the rest of your article.  Don’t try and say too much in your article – make one point and do it well!

Using a ‘question’ in your headline is the most effective way of doing this.  This is also something that the search engines like – especially when the rest of your article contains the answer!

A question, if written well, should be able to attract, intrigue or even to gently provoke your readers to want to read more.  Using more ‘interesting’ verbs will help you do this.

Here is a quick example of how we would aim to attract architects to an article about the benefits of using design software.  In this case, we use two powerful verbs – inspire and achieve.

New Software Inspires Architect to Achieve Top Award

The headline is not only intriguing, but it also alludes to the success or ‘legacy’ within the story.

Writing Headlines – Keep It Simple

There are different elements within any headline that readers will ‘connect’ with.  You can’t squeeze all of them in at once, otherwise you could actually lose the impact you are wanting to create.

Some people suggest headlines should contain no more than seven words, but we have had equal success with longer titles. We would, however, suggest you keep them as simple and ‘to the point’ as possible.

Here are some simple guidelines:-

  • Ensure the message in your headline is clear and ‘to the point’
  • Your headlines should highlight the ‘benefit’ to your reader of reading your article
  • Get your headlines to ‘resonate’ with your reader by showing that you understand their pains or particular business issues

 

 

For help with creating powerful and attractive headlines for your chosen target audience, please call us on 08450 519 374.  Alternatively, fill in your details below and one of our team will contact you.

Good Luck!

David Lomas, CEO
M3 Media Publishing

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9Feb
Business: M3 Connections EventRBS Event Provides Business Connections Inspiration

RBS Event Provides Business Connections Inspiration

Royal Bank of Scotland (Future Williams & Glyn) hosted their recent Connections Event, in partnership with M3 Media Publishing. Over 40 business owners, leaders and entrepreneurs attended this popular, invitation-only, occasion in central Manchester.

RBS Relationship Director, Robert Taylor, talks enthusiastically about the potential of these events to unlock business opportunities.

“The purpose of the Connections Events is not to have banter and canapes.  We want to provide something of real benefit to our customers”, says Robert.  “The events bring serious decision-makers together and gives them an opportunity to explore relationships with like-minded people, in a relaxed but stimulating atmosphere”.

David Lomas, content marketing expert and CEO of M3 Media Publishing led an inspirational workshop on “The Value of a Click”.  He explained how the right kind of content, properly deployed, can lead to measurable business growth and success.

“People look for people, they don’t look for businesses.  These events are a great opportunity to get people together so they spark off one another, and see how telling their own stories can help them attract customers

David Lomas, M3 Media Publishing

“The room really came alive,” concludes David.  “Because the diverse group of people attending could see where their various interests and goals intersected, they were able to clearly express this to one another. It was a great night.”

The RBS and M3-hosted Connections Events are suitable for directors and business owners in the North West.  With attendance being by invitation only, thought-provoking ideas and lively discussions compliment the connections being made.

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26Jan
click rate from your websiteHow do you assess the value of a click?

How do you assess the value of a click?

I am occasionally asked why clicks are important to the search engines and if they can be evaluated, as part of a Internet marketing strategy. They can, in my opinion but the way we value a click needs to be explained. Although the answer may sound a bit confusing at first, I will try to help you understand how each click through to your site represents a part of a potential sale.

Ranking highly with the search engines increases your chances of getting those coveted clicks and each time a searcher (or prospective customer) lands on your website, you have a valuable opportunity to generate a sale from that visitor.

How to calculate the value of a click? 

One of the issues I see in businesses is how to measure the results of marketing activity. This is particularly relevant when we come to the subject of Social Media.

I often hear the question “Social Media can’t be measured can it?”

Well, in my eyes it can and this is done by evaluating the ‘click through’ that we get from links from our blog posts or other published content. These clicks are invaluable, because they each provide us with an opportunity to grow our business.

The main issue I see after we help clients generate literally hundreds of clicks, is that they are not able to harness this valuable web traffic.

Also, depending on where you publish your content, each click can help you gain a better understanding of who your web visitors are and in what they are interested. You can calculate how much traffic you will need to generate to reach your predetermined target of new business. While the exact value of each click differs based on the actions the “clicker” takes upon arriving at your site, it is sometimes possible to calculate the average value of each click by doing a bit of analytical maths after you’ve received more than a few thousand visitors.

Below I’ll show you a calculation you can use to determine the approximate value of your clicks, based on the unique results of your own campaign:

    • Calculate Conversion Rate

What percentage of the people who click through to your site are actually performing a desired action (i.e. – buying a product, clicking an ad, opting into a newsletter, etc.)?

Let’s say one of your landing pages gets 1000 visitors, and out of that group, 50 are converted into customers. That would mean you are working at a 5% conversion rate.

    • Calculate the Revenue Earned from Converted Visitors

Now that you have a rough estimate of a conversion rate, you’ll need to calculate the combined cash value of all converted visitors. This is easier if you’re only selling one product or service at a fixed price.

Let’s say for example that the 50 visitors who were converted ended up paying your company £20 each, that would mean that the total value of all your converted visitors would be £1000 (50 converted visitors multiplied by £20 each = £1000).

    • Divide Number of Visitors by the Combined Value of the Converted Visitors

Finally, now that you know exactly how much revenue your converted visitors generated, you can then divide that number into the total number of visitors it took to earn that amount. This enables you to arrive at your estimated value per click.

So, in the example above, out of 1000 clicks 50 of the visitors spent £20 each, giving you a total revenue of £1000 out of 1000 clicks, which would give you an average value of £1 per click. Of course, this is an overly simplified scenario for example’s sake, but it should help you understand the basic maths involved.

If you’re selling more than one type of product, or a service that ranges greatly in price, the above calculation will not be nearly as useful. In such situations, I can honestly say it is nearly impossible to judge the value of a click, as one click might bring you a new long-term client, while another might generate nothing more than a nominal purchase.

As such, the value of a click largely depends on the unique actions of the person doing the ‘clicking.’

In the end, I suggest you focus more on conditioning and converting visitors to your site than in spending time evaluating each click. The key is to get them to your site with clicks from the first page of Google and from there you have the opportunity to convert them.

This is why I feel that clicks are invaluable. Each click represents a potential buyer and that is something that is worth its weight in gold.

David Lomas

Call me now on 08450 519374 for a free consultation on improving your website performance, social media measurement or your prospect conversion rate.

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12Jan
Innovation - which city leads the way?Which is the most Innovative city in the UK?

Which is the most Innovative city in the UK?

I noticed this image featuring capital cities across the world – suggesting they should be included in the shortlist of innovative places.

But why? Surely size is not everything and neither should global prominence. Neither of these aspects are  relevant to being innovative.

I personally believe that Manchester should be pretty high up on the list of ‘Most Innovative’ but I would like to find proof.

Please share with me on twitter @video_marketing any suggestions you may have for why Manchester or in fact, your own home town should be considered.

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26Dec
don't be afraid to shout about yourself using contentContent – Who is writing about you?

Content – Who is writing about you?

At this point in time, we should all know that content writing can either make us or break us, no matter what line of business we are in. We now live in a world of communication where content is what catches the attention of our audience and brings customers towards us.

I have found that the most effective content is that which not only engages the reader but tells them a little bit more about who we are and, in particular, how we behave.

It doesn’t always mean shouting out to the world how great we are but rather telling prospective customers what it is that we are passionate about and what we can offer them.

Yes, it has become a bit of a cliché to hear “Content Is King,” but the fact of the matter is, content really is the supreme being on your website or social media page. Content tells your prospective customers what it is you do, how you think, what your products are and most importantly, what you can do to benefit their personal lives or their businesses.

Having worked in content marketing for over 15 years now, numerous business owners have told me that they find it uncomfortable to write about themselves in a really positive way – I think that is a particularly British thing – that we don’t easily brag about our own achievements. Other business owners just don’t find the time to sit down to write and consequently, have been unable to use content very effectively.

The first thing I do is to tell them they are not alone. No one likes to go about bragging about their victories and of course, most business owners are so wrapped up in the day to day issues of their company that they don’t have their eye on the ball when it comes to content.

Content Marketing – Use an expert to engage your audience

I believe that most, if not all businesses could benefit by hiring professional writers to handle this task for them. In the first place, writers have no qualms about ‘bigging up’ your image because they are not ‘bragging’ about anything they have personally accomplished.

Secondly, some writers are expert at creating content that can ‘engage’ your audience.

Using engaging content to attract and bring your customer to your door is a path that I refer to as your ‘Customer Corridor’. It is the route that a reader takes through your content all the way to sales conversion.

A very good writer will understand how to guide a reader through written content by using a practice known as ‘thought sequencing’ – This is where the reader’s thoughts are influenced as they read your content and they are subsequently prompted to respond via a ‘call to action’.

These are all tools of the Internet marketing sector and something you shouldn’t feel bad about lacking. Connecting with customer is a job that requires a special brand of expertise, so I suggest you let someone else do it for you.

It’s so much more effective when someone else is talking about you and your business and that’s what good writers can do.

David Lomas

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22Dec
write good content to get your message rightAre you Sending Out the Right Message?

Are you Sending Out the Right Message?

Sharing good quality content with any audience surely makes good business sense, doesn’t it?  We all need to give out a valuable message to our audience to first gain their attention, in order to begin to engage with them.

This is similarly true when giving a speech or presentation, or even when we may make our 60-second introduction speech at a networking-style event.

 

It is Not About You

We must always try to grab the attention of our audience with a message or story that resonates with them.

 

If we start by talking about something that is relevant and ‘of value’ to our audience, then it provides us the opportunity, at a later stage, to ask them questions and use our stories to provide the answers that they may bee seeking to their individual challenges

 

The information you give out, initially, must stay relevant to your prospects’ current business issues, in order to catch their attention. It must not be focused or be directly relevant to your own product or service offering.

It is far better not to be talking about yourself at all. In fact the whole focus of your message must be on your prospects, not you!

This is exactly the same way that we should also position and focus our social media activity. Social media works far better when you try to engage with others and take an interest in them. The clue is in the name!

 

The Importance of Content

It is very important that the content that we push out to our contacts via social media has real value to our prospects. It must not be simply a blatant sales message about our products and services – we see too much of that already.

 

In this digital and social media world, asking questions and then sharing valuable information with others is the critical first stage of customer engagement

 

You need to ask the questions first to identify what information can be deemed ‘valuable’ to your prospect.

This sociable attitude will help you to initially discover the VALUE that your prospect will recognise and enable you to connect with them. At some stage they WILL want to hear more, I promise you.

Then, all you need to do, is to ensure that you have a supply of good quality, valuable content for your new audience!

 

David Lomas
CEO, M3 Media Publishing

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