Create a website that works – eight key ingredients

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The best-laid plans: make sure you have a clear idea before embarking on the design process
 
By DAVID BOYES

HOW to create a business website that WORKS is a tough trick to pull off.

The problem is that many organisations make a mess of website content and they become blinded by over-fussy functionality.

Whether it’s an all-singing, all-dancing e-commerce mega-production or a simple brochure design, [Read more...]

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Can you pin cash to your bottom line?

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By DAVID BOYES

PINTEREST is attracting increasing interest in the United Kingdom in the wake of its barn-storming success in the United States, where it is fast becoming a “must-have” component in social media marketing strategies.

So should all businesses pin their hopes on this photograph-sharing platform that has the ability to visually showcase your brand and communicate messages about your company?

The answer to this Pinterest business strategy question is yes and no.

Organisations selling products that are eye-catching or who operate in niche or special-interest markets are the ones that stand to gain the most from this new medium, it would appear.

However, companies selling services, such as consultancies, will, in my opinion, struggle to reap any [Read more...]

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How to declutter with Twitter lists

By DAVID BOYES

TWITTER has more beneficial use for business than any other social media stream – of that I am convinced. Yet why are so many corporate players dismissive of the micro-blogging platform?

The list of criticisms seems to topped by “it’s boring” or “irrelevant” or “trivial”, which are knee-jerk reactions, rather than ones based on a clear understanding of what benefits can be harvested. The other big problem is the perception that Twitter is cacophony through which nothing will cut.

None of this is true, of course. Businesses who display this level of prejudice against Twitter – and who are turning their backs on a potential audience of 200million-plus – are generally displaying the symptoms of lack-of-knowledge syndrome.

So, with that in mind, I have prepared a how-to guide to just one of the techniques that can help organisations cut through the “noise”, engage with their target audience and maybe think about compiling a list of things they actually like about Twitter, so they can spread the word to others with new-found zeal, based on new-found knowledge.

Twitter has a number of features waiting to be discovered by the curious, or by those who aren’t preoccupied by the day-to-day demands of business. One of them is called lists, and it is a useful, decluttering tool, making it well suited to organisations who need to maximise the return [Read more...]

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Case studies

Pacific Building Ltd

PACIFIC are a small company with a big-name client list. By big, we mean BIG. McDonald’s, KFC, JD Wetherspoon, Bupa and the Gleneagles Hotel are just some of the companies who enjoy a fruitful relationship with Pacific Building, who have just 30-odd employees. Pacific, like many small to medium-sized organisations, desperately wanted an enhanced brand profile and a presence in the media – mainstream and industry-specific.

Pacific were justified in wishing to highlight the fact they were “leaning into the big picture”. But they were typical of smaller companies, in that they did not have the time, know-how or resources to actively pursue a full-blown media campaign.

WordMediaCo initiated an integrated strategy that drew attention to Pacific’s achievements and their admirable ethos of ”respect, fairness, collaboration, quality and a right first time approach to everything we do”. Public relations, media engagement and a programme of vigorous social media activity were the foundations of WordMediaCo’s strategy to place Pacific in the spotlight as one of the success stories of Scottish, if not United Kingdom, construction during one of the worst economic downturns the world has seen.

Pacific managing director Brian Gallacher stated: “WordMediaCo’s huge experience, know-how and powerful contacts gave us the outcome we wanted. From website to public relations and social media, our company’s message is being conveyed to our target audiences in a consistent and integrated manner.”

HC Skills International Ltd

HC Skills, who provide renowned clinical training programmes for medical professionals in 30 countries, were in a conundrum or two.

First, like Pacific, they wanted an enhanced brand profile and deeper media involvement. Second, they had purchased a high-end, bespoke website that included a host of complex features but was devoid of content. Problem No1 involved the regulatory, data protection and confidentiality requirements that affect the flow of information both within and from the medical sector. Problem No2 was to write to a website structure already in place.

Vast media experience and a light touch were the key ingredients. WordMediaCo’s unmatched know-how in target audience engagement, even in a regime of strict controls, and and our ability to apply a consistent, professional tone in message delivery were the cornerstones of a strategy that allowed HC Skills International to achieve their objectives. A discreet social media outreach was also thrown into the mix.

WordMediaCo also helped HC Skills – who are based at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Clydebank and have a satellite office in Madrid – to cement a prestigious partnership with the Royal College of Surgeons and to explore new business relations with corporations the United States.

Hc Skills CEO Diane Irvine acknowledged: “Without WordMediaCo’s unmatched experience and their innate media understanding, we would not have had a successful outcome. Social media, about which, if I am honest, I was dubious, has also given us an edge in a business sector that is in large part reluctant to engage with new communications platforms.

“We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with WordMediaCo who will, no doubt, continue to come up with creative approaches for the benefit of our product portfolio. Reputation is everything for our company, and we know it is in safe hands with WordMediaCo.”

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