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Marketing through the mayhem

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The last few months has certainly provided seismic shifts for all areas of our personal and professional lives. I’m not going to lie, at the start it was like a massive wave of paralysis and shock. I’m sure many of us can relate to the drowning sea of uncertainty that washed over as we adjusted to the multiple roles of parent, chef, business owner, manager, employee and anti bac hand cleaner extraordinaire! As in our lives, we have similarly had to find new ways of making our livelihoods work, showing empathy to customers and employees and pivoting our products and services to stay relevant. For some this has sadly meant pausing altogether. And whilst things are certainly far from ‘normal’, as shops open their doors this week, it does feel like the green shoots of a new tomorrow are starting to emerge as we begin to take baby steps back to something more familiar – a new phase of covid-mania! With no crystal ball to predict exactly what lies ahead, and with businesses at different stages of re-emergence, how do brands continue to communicate with their customers and maintain profile in line with the changing wave of the pandemic? And what can…

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Time for cake … it’s our 5th birthday!

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We can’t quite believe it but this week marks our 5th year in business. Time certainly flies when you are having fun ! It’s been so rewarding to work with so many different businesses and brands over the years, helping to tell their stories and support their growth plans. Being part of their journey, even in a small way, really is the best part of the job. We have such a supportive business community in the North East and I’m proud to be part of it. Thank you to all our lovely clients and the people who have supported us along the way. Here’s to eating lots of cake and to the next 5 years. #marketing #strategy #storytelling #PR #copywriting #5thbirthday #letseatcake

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What’s your story ?

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So, as I’m sat in my local Caffé Nero, (a regular haunt for said coffee addict!) the festive decorations are a glimmer and I’m eyeing up a piece of red velvet cake that well and truly has my name on it! As the world goes by around me, I affectionately watch a loving Granny and Grandad cosy up with their granddaughter armed with a bounty of books of a chocolate brownie or two!   Aside from serious cake envy, I watch them snuggling in for a version of ‘The Tiger who came to tea’, and it got me thinking about the powerful impact of storytelling, its capacity to engage and inspire and the impact this has in life and indeed business. Telling stories is part of our DNA, to connect, entertain and share important information. Stories have been inspiring and shaping us for centuries way back to our caveman ancestors.  Today it’s the reason we love watching movies or TV, why we exchange our latest personal adventures with friends over a cuppa or check our Facebook and Instagram story updates! Words are our most powerful tools, they have crushed souls and built empires. Forming some of my fondest childhood memories, I…

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How to turn heads with your headlines

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As John Caples wrote: “If the headline is poor, the copy will not be read. And copy that is not read does not sell goods.” But getting your reader’s attention is an easy-task right? Just create an eye- catching headline, pull together some killer content and your eager readers will be ready to hang on your every word, helping you tell your story and generate much needed exposure for your product or service! Job done ? Well maybe ….. What is certainly true, is that we are living in a world surrounded by more online and offline content than ever before. Advances in technology and the accessibility of social media, has made publishers of us all, with content being created and consumed at an unprecedented rate. But with so much information competing for our interest, how can we get better at creating magnetic content that converts and captures the attention of our savvy screen scrollers? Here we share our top tips on how to turn heads with your headlines, but first …… LET’S START WITH SOME STATS … DID YOU KNOW? 8 out of 10 people may click into your article but only 2 out of 10 read the full…

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