Category : Marketing Strategy

M3 Publishing > Marketing Strategy
30Nov
digital breadcrumbs and your customer corridorWhere Does Your Trail of Digital Breadcrumbs Lead?

Where Does Your Trail of Digital Breadcrumbs Lead?

We all leave digital breadcrumbs behind from our online activity. Some will resonate more than others.  But what if you could determine what was in the trail that you’re leaving, for your target audience to follow?

 

Digital Breadcrumbs and Your Customer Corridor

At our recent Business Connections event held in Manchester, we talked about customer corridors and how, by bringing your prospects towards you, using digital breadcrumbs, you can help them to build a picture of:

  • Who you are, and your behaviour
  • What you did, to successfully benefit a business
  • How you can help them, based on that success

 

This process also pre-qualifies the prospects that arrive at your door.

We think it’s different than a sale funnel because it’s a subtler process, while still routed in a strategy that is designed to generate business.

 

Imagine your customer corridor as an actual corridor. You’re at the end of it and your target audience is drawn along it, prompted by signs and other information about you – your digital breadcrumbs – that encourages them to move further along and deeper into your world

 

In the digital realm, the consumer is king, and people searching the internet like to feel that they are in control of the choices they make.

The process of attracting them subtly and gently, compared with other, more direct marketing activity, will enable them to achieve this.

Most of all, your activities must focus on your target audience, and on their pain points, interests and needs.

 

The Power of Publishing

If you’re going to publish content online – your digital breadcrumbs – that will bring your audience down your customer corridor, how best to do it?

Clearly, you can publish your own blog, and share it through social media channels, to help point people in the direction of your website.  But is this enough? It’s highly competitive out there and somehow you need your content to differentiate you.

What about the platform you choose? What if you could be featured as an expert in a well-respected online publication with a strong digital following?

This works in several powerful ways:

  • it provides you with a solid, third-party recommendation
  • it enhances your credibility, highlighting your expertise in your chosen field; and
  • it addresses your audience’s concerns first and foremost, while connecting your name with the issues they are interested in

 

The prospects you seek are looking for something. M3 Media Publishing’s sector-specific portfolio of digital magazines and distribution channels can help them find it, by you leaving a trail of digital breadcrumbs and bringing them along your customer corridor, towards you.

Discover how, by contacting us.

 

For an accompanying read, please visit Have you Set out your Customer Corridor?

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23Oct
customer corridorHave you Set out your Customer Corridor?

Have you Set out your Customer Corridor?

Imagine 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.

 

Written and visual messages can highlight the advice you have been giving to your customers, in turn, letting your prospects know about the things that you understand about their business issues and their sector

 

Maybe along the way, your prospect pictures the ways that other businesses, just like his (or hers) 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 moreso, if these messages come from a third party – which is a subtle form of endorsement – creating a very powerful content strategy for your business.

We refer to this concept of attracting customers via content, the internet and social media as laying a trail of ‘digital breadcrumbs‘.

 

How Can a Corridor Improve my Sales Conversion?

Ask yourself these questions:

  1. How, after travelling along your carefully-designed corridor, may the picture of what you do, have improved in the mind of your prospect?
  2. As your prospect should now know much more about you, would he (or she) feel that he did this all by himself and did not feel coerced?
  3. How much better are your chances of now getting that sale?

 

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

67% of the information prospects gain about you, is found by them, BEFORE they even make contact with you.

Discover how you can create, and stay in control of, what they find, by contacting us.

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13Aug
public speaking - David Lomas M3 Media PublishingPublic Speaking: What is the Value in Facing your Audience?

Public Speaking: What is the Value in Facing your Audience?

Content marketing has great value, but much of the content we produce can only be effectively realised if you get the distribution right.

There is a wide choice of digital channels through which to distribute your message, but there is one key channel that predates the digital revolution and is one of the oldest means of communication.

This key channel is public speaking.

Facing your audience is a very powerful means of communication, and if you are capable of integrating it into your communications strategy, it can be really effective.

 

Putting a Face to the Name

Personalising your brand, and its’ values, is a desirable, if sometimes elusive goal. The idea is to engage with customers, to attract them. Networking is one way of doing this, but it can often lack focus, and you can be working against the competing noise of everyone else in the room.

 

Public speaking enables you to address an audience directly, with the express purpose of conveying your message to them, without relying on drinks and canapés as props. You are meeting everyone in the room, guaranteed, and you are giving yourself the opportunity to make a lasting impression on your audience

 

Strategically Speaking

Using yourself as a marketing tool by speaking in public should be seen as a strategic move.

Public speaking should not be about ego; it is actually much more about your audience, and in this sense the same rules apply as with other content: address your audience’s needs, give them something of value.

This is also a form of research. By speaking to an audience and interacting with people asking you questions, you can find out more about them. They will tell you about themselves and their needs, which can then help shape your future material.

 

Public speaking is a two-way portal: you are reaching your audience, face to face, and at the same time you are making yourself accessible to them, to their ideas and feedback

 

M3 Media Publishing’s approach has always been to combine personal interaction with digital publishing and other types of content marketing.

M3 Media Publishing’s Business Connections events are a perfect example of this. They are not simply networking opportunities, they are ways of engaging with an audience directly, talking to them and interacting with them, as a key way of doing business.

To discover more about our events, please click here.

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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.

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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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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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1Dec
RBS / M3 Connections EventRBS event proves popular with Manchester businesses

RBS event proves popular with Manchester businesses

Royal Bank of Scotland (future Williams & Glyn) Commercial Banking in Manchester hosted another Directors event last night in partnership with Content Marketing specialists, M3 Media Publishing.

This invitation-only event was attended by 40+ local business leaders and directors.

Presenting a workshop at the event, David Lomas explained the value of content to business and how to use it to gain trust with prospects. He illustrated some powerful facts on how real engagement can be made with your target audience and how trust is critical in attracting new business.

David Lomas of M3 Media discusses 'the value of content' with the audience of Directors

David Lomas of M3 Media discusses ‘the value of content’ with the audience

After the workshop, David commented “We are pleased to be working with Royal Bank of Scotland”. Our workshops address the positives of dealing with business growth and RBS have an untold wealth of experience to make things happen.

It is great to give business leaders the opportunity to get introduced to and to collaborate with other good-quality business owners.”

Robert Taylor, RBS Relationship Director, continued “The Business Connections event was a great way of adding value to our customers in and around Manchester. There was a great atmosphere on the night which meant that everybody was able to easily interact with one another and gain new business connections”.

Rob added: “My thanks go to the team at M3 Media Publishing for the thought-provoking presentation they delivered on the night, it was very well-received by everyone”.

For information about the Directors Connections events at RBS, please call M3 Media Publishing on 08450 519374.  Alternatively, please fill in your details below and one of our team will get in touch with you.

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30Sep
m3 / RBS connections events for business owners and directorsRBS – A Bank with a Solid Customer Focus

RBS – A Bank with a Solid Customer Focus

RBS Group (future Williams & Glyn) Corporate Banking in Spinningfields, Manchester recently hosted another successful Connections event for their business customers.

These evening events are designed with their customers in mind, as they provide a great opportunity for Directors and business leaders to make some really valuable connections.

The main focus at the event was a business growth workshop, presented jointly by Andrew Thorp of Mojo Your Business and David Lomas who heads up M3 Media Publishing.

These two experienced speakers engaged the audience with ideas for using stories to improve your marketing. David highlighted how powerful the right sort of content can be to a business. A couple of very amusing stories from attendees, were heard during the workshop session.

David, who heads up M3 Media Publishing also spoke about the way the RBS (future Williams & Glyn) team were doing a superb job in creating business opportunities for their customers.

He commented: “Rob Taylor and his team do a great job hosting this event in Manchester. In my opinion, there is nothing more valuable to a business owner than to be put face-to-face with a prospective customer. When that meeting comes through an introduction from RBS, it adds real value and credibility to that connection”.

Rob Taylor, Client Services Director at RBS added: “We felt the event was a great success. The overriding value gained by attendees was the information gleaned from the workshop and the calibre of the guests that attended, and their willingness to engage in credible business discussion.

 

Are you a director or business owner who would like to come along to a future Connections Event and meet other successful business leaders and directors? If so, please call M3 Media Publishing on 08450 519374.

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23Jun
content marketing expert David Lomas of M3 Media PublishingM3 Connections Event reveals the Value of Trust

M3 Connections Event reveals the Value of Trust

The Value of Trust was the subject on everybody’s lips last night at the latest M3 Connections event, which was held in Spinningfield, Manchester at the offices of RBS – soon to be named Williams & Glyn.

This well-attended event for Directors and business owners was packed with tips and insights on how to value, create and promote ‘Trust’ with your prospects and customers.

A superb presentation from David Lomas on the value of trust and  a workshop which helped to find stories from the audience,  gave insights into the world of content marketing and social media. His talk provided some real in-depth knowledge on how to formulate your ‘Trust Strategy’ in order to influence your prospective customers in advance of your sales approach.

The event was actually broadcast live to the rest of the world using Periscope – an App which connects to your twitter audience in real time. Emphasising the innovative approach that David and his team have to social marketing and communication.

The discussions between the 40+ business leaders in the room continued for long after David’s presentation finished and guests commented on the value of the information they had gained.

The venue, on the 7th floor at RBS Spinningfields, Manchester, overlooks the city centre and provides a wonderful backdrop for a relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere. Many attendees commented that they had made some valuable connections during the evening.
 
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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13Mar
M3 Connections business eventRBS Host M3 Business Event

RBS Host M3 Business Event

RBS Corporate Banking in Manchester have hosted the first business event in a series of Connections Events with Customer Acquisition specialists, M3 Media Publishing.

Held on Wednesday evening, this invitation-only event was attended by local business leaders and business directors.

Garry Samuels, Head of Business Strategy at M3 Media Publishing, was the speaker for the night and explained a few facts about their Prospect Engagement Programme.

He illustrated some powerful facts on how real engagement can be made with a target audience and how trust is critical to gaining new business.

“We are pleased to be working with Royal Bank of Scotland”, said Garry. “Our workshops address the positives of dealing with business growth and RBS have an untold wealth of experience to make things happen. It is great to give business leaders the opportunity to get introduced to and to collaborate with other good-quality business owners.”

Robert Taylor, RBS Relationship Director, continued “The M3 Connections event was a great way of adding value to customers and prospects that we work with, in and around Manchester. There was a great atmosphere on the night which meant that everybody was able to easily interact with one another and gain new business connections that could help them grow their business”.

Rob concluded: “My thanks go to the team at M3 Media Publishing for the superb, thought provoking presentation they delivered on the night.”

 

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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