As you probably may already be aware, Instagram has rolled out a new profile feature that allows people to share their pronouns. This is something that LinkedIn facilitated a few years ago, and many people have incorporated into their email signatures, signing off with he/him, she/her, or they/them.
When it comes to selling or purchasing property, most estate agents and housing developers tend to lean towards traditional marketing – we’re talking about listings in the local newspaper and adverts in high street windows.
The pressing climate crisis has made it clear that the focus of this generation of entrepreneurs is – and has to remain – on creating a more sustainable future. And, with the rollout of ambitious but necessary projects such as the European Green Deal and the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, Renewable Technology Companies (RTC) are taking up the role of the knight in the shiny armour.
What is your biggest tip for marketing and communications this Spring Term?
It has to be to think beyond the pandemic.
Rather scarily, 25 independent schools in the UK have closed as a direct result of Covid-19 (source: TES, 12 Aug 2020). The current pandemic has impacted on family finances and, coupled with the growing competition between schools to retain and recruit pupils, marketing has never been more vital for the independent schools sector in supporting them in being sustainable going forwards.
If you’re ready to turn your passion into a business, or your hobby into an extra stream of income, you probably want to know the best way to market yourself so you can start bringing in customers. Social media is the first place you should be going. Get your Instagram profile set up, and your Facebook page running because these are going to be instrumental to growing your brand.
Regular posting to social media is important. But if you think that is all you can do with it to start earning extra money, you’d be mistaken. Whether it’s homemade skincare, online fitness classes, financial advice or any other passion you’re harbouring, keep reading to learn how to maximise social media to grow your side hustle.
2020 has seen possibly some of the biggest changes, albeit non-intentional, to education since the introduction of the national curriculum in the 1980s. Throughout most of the year, schools have seen a huge shift away from traditional brick and mortar classrooms towards online platforms and learning from home. Schools with larger infrastructure budgets have been able to adapt to this shift easily, however many schools including smaller and independent schools have struggled with the transition.
Let’s face it, traditional marketing isn’t necessarily authentic in nature. Most brands are trying to position themselves in the best possible light and all too often they oit any details that may be bad for their image. It’s all about wooing customers.
But there is change happening. Thanks to Social Media and Online review platforms like Trip Advisor and Google reviews, we are now in an age of unprecedented consumer empowerment. The ‘truth’ of products and services is just a Google search and tweet away. That’s led to an influx of marketers harping on the need to be “authentic.” What’s often left unsaid is what exactly being authentic means within the context of marketing.
I’ve been lecturing at a series of marketing events in the last couple of weeks and twice now I’ve been asked what the difference is between interruption and intention marketing and how we as marketers can make use of the two different models.
Social media has become a platform for people to share their thoughts and opinions, especially when it comes to brands, and what they thought of their experience with them. The insights you can gather about prospective customers and competitors through social media monitoring is invaluable for businesses.