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Interview with ZTT Records designer, David Smart

Posted by jorbell on March 26, 2011

As a child of the 80s I was very much fan of the bands Frankie goes to Hollywood, Art of Noise and Propaganda. Coincidentally there were all on the same record label, Zang Tuum Tumb, or to give it its more familiar name, ZTT.

Welcome to the Pleasuredome - Frankie goes to Hollywood

Welcome to the Pleasuredome - Frankie goes to Hollywood

Art and design has always been an interest of mine too so the sleeve art always fascinated me. Former music journalist Paul Morley was catalyst for many of the ideas for the ‘look’ of the label and the brainchild of its groundbreaking marketing. Paul worked with David Smart to create some iconic designs which still look great to this day.

Who's Afraid (of The Art of Noise) 

Who's Afraid (of The Art of Noise)

Dr Mabuse - Propaganda

Dr Mabuse - Propaganda

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Cloud Computing and the African Peering Scene discussed in the latest issue of HotLINX magazine

Posted by jorbell on October 18, 2010

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) has announced the launch of the latest edition of its quarterly magazine, HotLINX, which includes a special three page feature on Cloud Computing as its lead story.

Internet intelligence and cybersecurity experts Renesys, LINX member BSO Network Solutions and network hardware provider Brocade, have all contributed with each approaching the Cloud concept from a different angle. The topic has polarised many in the industry so these articles are sure spark further debate in the LINX community.

LINX is a mutual, not-for-profit organisation whose 370-plus members include the majority of the world’s leading network operators. Membership of LINX provides a cost effective way of improving traffic latency and quality by direct peering with other member networks.

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Yeo Valley advert makes the most of social media

Posted by jorbell on October 9, 2010

The X Factor is the biggest show on British TV right now and anyone advertising their product during the ad breaks are going to have pay a huge premium for the privilege. If you can secure a spot in the first break of the live shows you will have to pay even more.

Yeo Valley Organic have just done that with a full two minute ad promoting their milk with an innovative commercial which sees trendy young farmers rapping. It’s certainly not the traditional way we expect to see the countryside portrayed.

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Facebook Fan Pages

Posted by jorbell on October 7, 2010

A couple of weeks ago I created a Facebook fan page for HotLINX magazine, a publication I design and edit for the London Internet Exchange. While part of reason for doing this was vanity I also recognised that there was potentially a lot to be gained by adding this facility to LINX social networking activity.

Now, HotLINX is quite a specialised magazine which is aimed primarily at its ISP members peering Internet traffic at the LINX exchange but it does also try to reflect some of the broader Internet industry issues such as government regulation. As a quarterly publication it is inevitable that not every article feature up to the minute news so I wanted to introduce a way of publishing related material that kept the HotLINX name in the consciousness of its stakeholders.

Facebook has two networking types: The Facebook group and the Facebook fan page. As I’ve already stated I went for the fan page which I felt better suited my needs though that will not necessarily apply to you. Rather than go into the differences in-depth I’d like to refer you to the Search Engine Journal site which actually carried out some detailed research into the two services. You can read about the findings on their Facebook Group vs Facebook Fan Page: What’s Better? page.

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Design, Copywriting and Marketing services at a fee YOU set!

Posted by jorbell on September 26, 2010

Many companies in these troubled economic times are finding it increasingly difficult to advertise their products and services effectively due to rising operating costs. The temptation is to try and save money by doing it yourself but this can be a false economy as any marketing strategy needs to be carefully considered to ensure it achieves the maximum impact. In an offer designed to give your business the best chance of success I am offering my services in a special ‘try before you buy’ way.

Here’s the marketing spiel…

Do you have a job or task which you want taking off your hands? Has it been sat there for weeks or months just gathering dust? What would you give to just to get it out of the way so you can move forward again.

Do you need a logo creating or a leaflet designed? What about some advertising or brochure copy? Maybe you need assistance with social networking strategy or someone to review your website who will see it with fresh eyes?

Basically I will undertake any project for you and will do it for whatever you think it is worth. If you don’t feel what I have done is right for you or your business then you can decide to pay nothing. It’s that simple.

HotLINX22 cover

HotLINX issue 22 - Download available now

You can see an example of my work by downloading a copy of the company magazine I design and write for.

Two decades of design and marketing experience is at your disposal. You – or any of your friends and associates for that matter – could be about to net yourself a bargain! Just use the contact me facility at the top of the page to put in your request.

Offer available until the 24 October 2010.

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Q: How can I successfully promote my brand?

Posted by jorbell on September 8, 2010

An often asked question asked by small businesses owners starting out is that of how best to promote their brand. This is very important because you can have the best product or service offering in the World but if no-one knows about it or what it stands for, no-one is going to buy it. Your brand is more than just about what you are selling because it is the personality of the company. Is it exclusive and aspirational or more about simple good value?

Marc Barber, editor of www.SmallBusiness.co.uk, looks at the different brand promotion options below…

Q: How can I successfully promote my brand?

The first thing to do is decide what you want to say about yourself, your product and your business. If you do not know, how can your customers? But knowing the message is not the end of the story. You have to decide who to send it to and how you are going to do it. If your message is not received loud and clear, your customers will not understand why they should buy from you or what it is they are getting. If they do not know the reason for buying, there will be no sales; if they have the wrong reason for buying, there will be dissatisfaction.

If you do not manage to communicate effectively the benefits of your product or service, your business will fail. The message, and getting it across, is crucial. Broadly, marketing is all about getting your message across. But marketing can be an expensive habit if it is undirected, too ethereal and without a clear purpose. Small businesses need to market, but more and more the marketing should be focused on generating direct responses, on building communications with your target group of customers rather than broad-brush image generation.

For more areas to look at when promoting your brand, read the full article.

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Using offline media to drive online sales

Posted by jorbell on June 28, 2010

Online marketing is on the increase and it is a trend that can only continue. What does this mean for more traditional forms marketing such as direct mail for instance? Well, according to Janet Holian, chief marketing officer of VistaPrint, it still has its place and it’s hard to disagree. Janet has identified seven key reasons why offline media should still play an important part of any marketer’s armoury.

This  article appears in full on Bytestart, the Small Business Portal website.

Using offline media to drive online sales

With the increase of email saturation, offline media used alongside email marketing can be a valuable tool to help drive a high-ROI on online sales.

Whether you’re trying to acquire new customers or retain existing ones, there are several critical components to a direct marketing campaign that must be considered to ensure its success as an online traffic driver.

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5 Ways to Outshine the Competition

Posted by jorbell on June 22, 2010

It is tempting for companies to copy other successful businesses’ marketing strategies in order replicate that success. While this makes good sense on one level it is important that to stand out in a busy market place, you have to do things differently too.

This does not necessarily mean you have to be radical or whacky but to simply get the basics right because so many others don’t. Kim T. Gordon on www.entrepreneur.com has compiled a list of five ways businesses can outshine their competitors and the list is glaringly simple. By meeting the needs of your customers and following these simple rules, your business will be well on the way to success.

5 Ways to Outshine the Competition

Meet customers’ needs in these critical areas to stand out from the crowd

Everywhere you turn, there’s more competition. No matter what type of store or business you operate, there are bound to be others clamoring for your customers and your piece of the market. Plus, with consumers counting every penny and business purchasers scrutinizing expenditures like never before, winning over new customers and upselling old ones has become more challenging.

What will cause customers to buy from you rather than your competitors? The answer is to meet their needs in these five critical areas:

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How to Create Fiercely Loyal Customers Close to You

Posted by jorbell on April 17, 2010

Attracting and keeping customers is important to any business and it’s even more so in an economic downturn. Eleven experts discuss a number ideas on what small businesses can do to boost a loyal customer base.

How to Create Fiercely Loyal Customers Close to You

By Staci Wood on www.smallbiztrends.com

Recently, our very own Anita Campbell hosted an online webinar titled, “Loco for Local: Get Fiercely Loyal Customers Close to You,” sponsored by Intuit. Anita shared tips she’d requested from a panel of 11 small business experts on how to get loyal customers close to you and your business.

Each of the panel experts contributed several valuable tips and suggestions and the webinar was packed full with useful information.

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