Category : Marketing

M3 Publishing > Marketing
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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25Nov
how do you build loyalty - create trustHow are you building Trust with your customers?

How are you building Trust with your customers?

Building and establishing trust with your customers is key to developing a good reputation and driving company success. There are a number of ways in which you can build trust with your customers, however in my opinion, simply being honest and open with them is the best and simplest policy.

Customers appreciate honesty – they want to know that they can rely on a company to deliver on their promises, especially when they are spending a lot of money on a product. Customers need to be assured that everything the company has told them about a product that they plan to buy, is accurate, without any misleading information.

Simply making sure that your customers are not misled in any way, such as through confusing advertising or misinformed staff members, can do wonders for your reputation.

When it comes to trust this will encourage your customers to keep coming back.

Not only that, but customers like to be able to rely on a company that will give them the help that they need, as and when they need it.  As a customer, I like to know that the organisations I do business with are willing to listen to my concerns and strive to ensure that I am satisfied.

Good standards of customer service are essential to building trust – customers are rarely likely to trust a company which is reluctant to provide them with good service. There is a good reason why successful companies make customer satisfaction a top priority – satisfied customers tend to be trusting customers, and a customer who trusts your company is much more likely to return more often and spend larger amounts of money than one who does not.

Building trust with your customers is also crucial for good word-of-mouth advertising – customers who trust you are more prone to having positive things to say to others about both you and your business.

David Lomas

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16Nov
International Trade on Metal Gears.M3 Media launch Export Experts Magazine

M3 Media launch Export Experts Magazine

M3 Media Publishing are delighted to have been asked to provide a digital export magazine as support for an exciting new Export Initiative being launched in the North West.

The Core Privilege Partnership will provide SME exporters and would-be exporters with a wide-range of support services from a group of experienced business partners in the region.

Digital Publishing experts M3 Media Publishing have been asked to create Export Experts Magazine through which The Core Privilege Partnership can communicate with businesses in the NW region that want to focus on exporting.

The initiative is the brainchild of export marketing expert John Holmes of Core Business Solutions.

John Holmes has over twenty years experience in project management, systems and business analysis and sales and marketing across a variety of business sectors, on a national and international basis.

Being highly skilled at budget planning & control, policy & procedure development and implementation, John has developed sales & marketing strategies for several global manufacturers and set up and managed distribution networks in over 70 countries.

John commented: “The move into overseas markets can represent an exciting phase in any company’s overall growth strategy and this new initiative can provide support for these businesses in key areas critical to their export success”.

How Core Privilege Partnership can help exporters

John explained: “The Core Privilege Partnership will supplement the great work already done by UKTI and will work closely with businesses that may benefit from our help”.

He added: “We have put together a great group of key export experts who individually can provide access to resources normally not available to many SME businesses. They will be well-positioned to hold the hand of the SME at the most crucial times during their export journey”.

One of the strategic members of the Core Privilege Partnership is Chris Houghton MD at Freedom Logistics, who explained his involvement. Chris said: “I have personally been involved in Export for some 35 years and I am committed to delivering customer satisfaction. At my company, Freedom Logistics we put the customer at the heart of everything we do”.

“As a part of Core Partnership, I will have the ability to offer an enhanced range of logistics solutions to businesses that are looking to develop their overseas sales”.

Chris concluded: “Freedom Logistics provides integrated, flexible international freight & logistical support solutions by sea, air and road to commercial customers in a range of industries from food & drink to digital networks. We have considerable experience in the export sector and look forward to providing our expertise to other businesses.

The launch of the initiative will start with the publication of their online Export Experts Magazine, presently being created by digital experts M3 Media Publishing.

For more information about Core Privilege Partnership, please contact Martin Byrne via: Martin@corebs.co.uk

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27Jan
content - who will see it?Writing Your Content – Who will see it?

Writing Your Content – Who will see it?

At M3 Media Publishing, we take care in writing content for our clients that will actually resonate with their customers, readers and web visitors.

Our journalists work closely with our clients to understand what issues and challenges they face, in order to attract their attention and engage with them.

However, after getting  the content right, if nobody gets to see your articles, all this work may have been done for nothing.

So who can we get to see your content?

Well, YOU can choose who sees your content, up to a point.

Where to publish your content is sometimes down to you.

Most businesses have blogs on their websites and this is the obvious first choice for publishing your own articles.

However, if we can get your content published in other places, then we open up many wider opportunities for others to see what we have said about you.

Linkedin can help you publish content.

LinkedIn gives us all a very valuable social platform to have our articles published – via Linkedin Pulse and via your own and other groups.

Having said that, getting group managers to publish your content is not always easy. We do spend time working with group managers trying to understand what content they want to publish.

The well-managed groups will usually only publish your content if it is industry specific and informative and I applaud them for that.

This is the sort of content that we should all want to write and, more importantly, it is the sort of content that others want to share out!

If you can find the right audience and create valuable content, others will help you share it with all their Linkedin connections.

Social Media is the key to reaching a bigger audience

Once we have created some engaging content about you and your business, we set up a programme of distribution using twitter.

With our established reputation within three main business sectors, HR & Recruitment, Property & Construction and the Business Expertise sectors, we already have a network of content distributors in each sector.

Check out our 3 magazines within our portfolio HR AspectsProperty AspectsBusiness Aspects

This gives us a massive advantage when working with our clients in each of these sectors, as we can use this extensive support network to help them reach a specifically targeted audience.

This is crucial to successful content marketing.

So distributing content can be quite daunting, but I hope this has helped.

For help with getting your message in front of your chosen target audience, please contact me via:  david @m3publishing.co.uk

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27Jan
article marketing can help drive visits to your websiteHow can articles generate business for you?

How can articles generate business for you?

Articles on their own, may not be enough to generate business for you.

The articles need to sit as part of the route that your prospective customer can choose to follow, that will eventually lead to your front door.

I refer to this route as the ‘customer corridor’ and your articles will work better when they form part of this route.

Very simply, you need to create a number of simple steps for your prospects to take to reach you.
If at each point, your prospect is given some idea that you can still be helpful to him, then the next step is for you to offer them another piece of valuable information.

Thus drawing the customer closer to you.

Think of this as if you were laying a trail of breadcrumbs for them to follow.

The final document should contain a little more ‘in-depth’ information for the reader, which follows the theme of your initial article. Thus retaining the focus of your prospective customer on whatever caught his attention in the first place.

This ‘teaser’ document, as I sometimes call it, should contain information that your reader really wants to see and it should ideally be placed within your website – and hidden from view.

This, critically, will then allow you to offer this information to your reader, in exchange for his email address.

Thereby completing the customers’ ‘route’ to your door and more importantly, providing you with a method of measuring and converting your reader into a partly-qualified prospect.

For help with writing articles that generate business, please contact me via:  david @m3publishing.co.uk

David Lomas

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20Sep
suffer pain when building your business and learn from itGrowing Your Business – Why you should enjoy the pain

Growing Your Business – Why you should enjoy the pain

Growing business should always be a painful process.If it was too easy, then everyone would be doing it and that wouldn’t work out very well at all.

I think to be successful, we expect to suffer in some way, but some of use actually enjoy this pain, especially when it’s not our own…

The simple question ‘why?’ will no doubt produce a varied selection of answers.

As business owners, we can’t be expert at everything, and if the truth be known, we probably don’t all want to be.

A technician who needs to promote his business may wish he had better sales ability, but really, deep down, he’s probably happier working with his equipment and his calculations, than standing in front of an audience presenting his products or motivating his sales team.

Bill Gates, who founded Microsoft is one example of someone with technical and organisational talents. He understood about technology but needed someone to help him grow. He will have quickly identified this as an area in which he would struggle and took on the right people to handle the challenge.

He effectively recognised where his pain would be and dealt with it, before it affected his growth plans. He not only recognised the need to act fast but dealt with the issue in advance. That is the sign of a great thinker.

learn about pain in your customers business in order to help themMost businesses that I talk with, suffer pain when it comes to acquiring customers or generating sales.

In essence, their pain comes when trying to market their business as their skill sets are stronger in the more fundamental areas of their business.

I come across many owners that can’t make a decision about marketing – This is understandable, because they don’t always have expertise in that area, and with so many options available nowadays, they can’t be expected to understand enough about every aspect of social media, marketing and communication.

A sensible business will turn to an expert to help them in certain areas where they are not as competent.

When it comes to moving your business forward through marketing, you need to be quick and decisive, or others will pass you by and you may end up playing ‘catch up’ with your competitors!

Marketing Success is in finding your customers’ pain.

A simple tip when compiling your marketing strategy, is to focus on the pain that your customers are feeling – and then focusing your efforts on questioning them about how it affects their business.

If you can then offer them a workable and measureable solution, you will get the maximum attention from your prospect.

In today’s ‘pull marketing’ world, this is a strategy that fits beautifully with the way that consumers behave.

Bill Gates again is the perfect example of the businessman who recognised the ‘pain’ that other businesses were suffering with data management and flexibility of access and he offered a solution for their problem.

…and I think it worked out OK for Bill.

So, if you want to be more effective in growing your business, let us show you how to use your customer’s pain to get you more business.

David Lomas

For Pain Relief, please contact M3 Media Publishing contact david@m3publishing.co.uk

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17Feb
Connections event at Pareto proves successful

Connections event at Pareto proves successful

M3 Media Publishing run networking for directors at Pareto Law Tuesday 14th January welcomed over 40 guests to the latest M3 Connections Event, held in partnership with Pareto at their Head Office in Wilmslow.

These regular events are designed to bring together business leaders from across the North West to promote the exchange of business contacts and referrals.

Guest speaker was Andrew Thorp, who is the co-founder of Manchester-based Mojo Your Business. Andrew held an interactive workshop, delivering insights on ‘Creating a Connected Business’.

Showing how we can all use story-telling as a tool for building rapport and for engaging employees, Andrew explored the power and impact of combining the macro, or bigger picture, with the micro, or more specific details of each story.

The highly engaging presentation saw attendees then work in individual groups to come up with their own suggestions for stories, before a number of them shared theirs with the room as a whole.

Introduced and concluded by David Lomas of M3 Media Publishing, the presentation also welcomed questions from delegates, promoting interaction and continuing discussion throughout.

The evening concluded with drinks and informal networking amongst attendees, hosted in Pareto’s lounge reception.

Pareto Marketing Director Paul Drew commented. “These events are a unique and valuable tool for local businesses to build a base of contacts in their region, with representatives attending from a range of industry backgrounds and organisations”.

David Lomas added “We were extremely pleased with the whole event and the reaction from so many of the attendees, who commented on how many valuable connections they made on the night. We look forward to our next event here at Pareto on March 11th”

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12Dec
Have you set out your Customer Corridor?

Have you set out your Customer Corridor?

Customer Corridor from David Lomas at M3 MediaImagine a prospective customer walking down your ‘customer corridor’ to reach your office for your first meeting.

Your office is carefully positioned right at the far end of this potentially valuable customer corridor.

This is to ensure that you have some influence over them when they arrive. (Not dis-similar to how the supermarkets work – getting you to follow a carefully-planned route around their stores).

On the way along this customer corridor, your prospects are enticed to follow your route where they will pass by a selection of subtle images and messages about YOU.

These written an visual messages can be highlighting the advice you have been giving to other customers, in turn letting these prospects know about the things that YOU understand about THEIR business issues and THEIR sector.

Maybe picturing the ways other businesses, just like his, have benefited from your help and guidance in the past.

By the time he gets to your office, how do you think he now may be feeling about meeting you?

This is pure ‘Influencing’ not selling, and it works very effectively. Even more so if these messages can come from a 3rd party – which is a subtle form of endorsement – Creating a very powerful content strategy for your business.

I refer to my concept of ‘attracting customers via internet and social media’ as laying a trail of ‘Digital Breadcrumbs’.

How can It improve my sales conversion?

Well, ask yourself these questions…

How, after travelling along your carefully-designed corridor, may the picture of what you do, have improved in the mind of your prospect?

He should now know much more about you; and he thinks that he (or she) did this all by himself – he does not feel coerced.

How much better are your chances of now getting that sale?

Quite a bit I would think.

The more we know about someone’s business and behaviour, the more confident we are – and more likely to make a sales decision.

Nowadays, 67% of the information customers gain about you, is found by them, BEFORE they even make contact with you!

Why not take a look at how you can make content work for your business?

Call me David Lomas on 08450 519374

You may wish to read more on this subject of attracting customers on my blog www.letstalksocialmedia.co.uk

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8Oct
How do you attract customers to your business?

How do you attract customers to your business?

audiencemenContent marketing can be an effective way to attract customers to your business as long as you follow the rules.

The quality of your content is important, as initially, it needs to help you ‘engage’ with your audience.

This needs to be done with a powerful headline before anything else.

The shorter the headline the better and try and get a word into it that catches the attention of your specific target audience.

“We are going to attract new customers”.

This has surely got to be the campaign slogan for any business, because if you do not attract customers you are potentially going backwards as a business and allowing your competitors an opportunity to step in and maybe overtake you.

Creating content to attract customers

Many business people tell me they have been offered poor quality content, by so-called SEO experts in the past and have then been told: “It is only for the search engines, it isn’t important”.

Well, take it from me, it damn well is!!

Never use crappy content, that is stuffed with keywords and from a factual point of view, is of little or no value at all.

Bad content will actually downgrade the page rank of your website!

Also, NEVER use duplicate content – it can have a serious effect on your wealth. As two major banks in the UK have recently experienced with what can only be a lack of good advice from their digital team.

Good stories about your business can become part of your ‘word of mouth’ marketing, because nowadays, as we all have access to social media, they can be ‘shared’ to many others, by whoever reads them.

But this is only likely to happen if your readers perceive what they read to be valuable.

Sharing content is so important nowadays.

Content marketing is not just filling articles with keywords and putting them on your website.

The key is producing ‘engaging’ content which is necessary when attracting customers. The second thing is to work at getting it ‘shared’ by others.

That is what the search engines really want to see, as it is one of the important ways that they actually measure the popularity and value of your website.

So, ensure that you provide relevant, useful and focused information for your readers or prospective customers, and they are more likely to read it, pass it around their social connections and then hopefully, come back for more!

If you want to learn how to tie in your social media activity to an effective content marketing strategy, please talk to me!

David Lomas

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29Sep
How Social Media can help the NW Property and Construction Sector

How Social Media can help the NW Property and Construction Sector

PropAspectstwittericonOur North West-focused Property Aspects Magazine is a digital publication that helps construction & Property related businesses in the Region to raise their profile in order to attract business.

It is used to publish and then distribute articles and PR-related stories across  the internet using social media.

We believe that many property and construction-related businesses are still set in a very traditional mindset – particularly when it comes to doing their marketing.

They may be missing some valuable opportunities.

They are, I am sure, surviving quite well without social media, but I do ask, How much more business would they have if they were embracing it?

One of our clients has been using the programme that we set him up with, alongside the content we create for him and his business in Property Aspects Magazine.

Only last month he told me that him and his new partner are sitting on over £1 million of quoted business which they have received as a result of our programme.

I was pleased and quite pleasantly shocked at the same time.

If any business is operating within the property and construction sector and looking to attract more customers and connections, they should consider looking into our unique social media programme.

Property Aspects Magazine – How does it help businesses in the Property and Construction sector?

The success of Property Aspects Magazine hinges on unique, well-written content that is produced for your business and which is focused on the particular target audience that you wish to reach.

The magazine is built in a way that these articles can be distributed very effectively to literally thousand of well-targeted and relevant businesses each month.  Enabling you to not only raise awareness of your business and services but also boosts your individual profile within your chosen social media forums.

Running alongside this magazine we run a series of events which are set up to strategically place you in front of our other business partners and prospects.

Effectively, a very clever social media programme, that could help you generate quality business leads.

For an explanation about how we work, please contact David Lomas on 08450 519374

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