Every business has its own niche markets, but how many dominate their niche online? Being dominant online is now at the top of the priority list for most businesses aiming to drive new leads and sales, however, few are managing to achieve it. Social media provides a perfect way to engage with your niche.
Social networking has opened up a new way for B2B businesses to reach their niche markets – smaller groups of clientèle who are particularly interested in a particular service or product, in a way that traditional methods such as TV, radio and print have not been able to accomplish in the past. Continue reading →
Academy award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon was arrested last month after police stopped the car her husband, Hollywood agent Jim Toth, was driving to give him a sobriety test. Witherspoon wouldn’t stay in the car when asked to do so by the officer and was given a disorderly conduct charge. Continue reading →
Social media is something businesses can no longer afford to ignore
No one anticipated how popular social networking would be become. Once viewed with trepidation, SMBs wondered whether social media would ever be something they would incorporate into their marketing strategy. Now social networking has changed the way B2B businesses interact with prospective clients and partners and how they market their brand. Social media has become a necessity for every business because with the right strategy, it has the power to positively impact the bottom line.
According to Judith Ingleton-Beer, CEO of IBA International, a leading international public relations organisation, B2B social media strategies are very different from those for the consumer – the numbers are smaller and the nature of the buyers means the patterns of information aren’t the same. In this piece she looks at how a start-up can get real marketing value out of social media.
You’re a small start up. You’ve got a professional idea that you want to develop and turn into a fortune. You’ve got some venture capital and you want to get your business from where it is now to ‘x’ million turnover in the next 3 years. You’ve a small team, currently 5 people-going on 10. You have a marketing person who also does administration and looks after your creative. All of you are stretched. Continue reading →
Last week, BlackBerry battled for its reputation as Detwiler Fenton, the institutional research and wealth management group, stated that customer returns of the Z10 were outnumbering sales at certain key retailers. A sell-off of BlackBerry shares ensued and the Wall Street Journal getting hold of the story didn’t help – shares plummeted nearly 8%. Continue reading →
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the list goes on. Building a B2B social media campaign for your business can be a very time consuming process. And if you run a small business, you do not have time to manage all those social media platforms yourself. In fact, you’ve probably only just got time to manage one. On average it takes an SME nearly two hours a day to successfully run just one social networking site. So should you even try to do it yourself? Or should you outsource your social media? Given the investment of time that is needed to perfect your campaign it is often worth calling upon the experts.
The British press has devoted a lot of lines this week to how Boris Johnson, Mayor of London and possible future rival for British PM (though he’s never admitted to this ambition) was made to squirm on the sofa of a popular political talk show as his interviewer, Eddie Mair, dug his scalpel in deep, calling Johnson a “nasty piece of work”, quizzing him about being fired from The Times for making up quotes, being sacked by his party for allegedly lying about an affair and the infamous recorded phone call with Darius Guppy where they discuss a plan to have a journalist beaten up. A classic car crash interview in many ways, but has it actually damaged Brand Boris?
People’s Republic of China leader Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan
Michelle Obama and Kate Middleton show Peng Liyuan the way
At a time when China’s Foreign Ministry is struggling to improve the country’s international image, new first lady Peng Liyuan, who in the past has dazzled audiences at home and abroad with her bravura soprano voice, has been brought out of the Chinese closet and into the PR limelight. Continue reading →