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Amy Estcourt
January 8th, 2013

PPC Localisation: a new, more flexible Pay-Per-Click advertising model

by Amy Estcourt

LocalisationRunning a successful, cost effective PPC advertising campaign takes a lot more than picking some relevant keywords, writing a bit of clever ad copy then sitting back and watching the results come in. If you want to pull together a successful, competitor-proof campaign, it requires a bit of sound strategic thinking…

The importance of measuring pay-per-click campaigns

Back in the summer of 2011, we created a series of Pay-Per-Click campaigns for a well-known Pub and Restaurant brand, with a chain of over 130+ pubs. The main objective of our ads was to drive as much web traffic as possible at the lowest Cost Per Click. So we set about researching the most relevant search terms and cost effective keywords and wrote persuasive ad copy with messages relating to the most popular pub deals of the week, e.g. Sunday Roasts, Lunch and Evening Meal Deals.

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Katie Shoard
December 13th, 2012

3 of the best social media campaigns from 2012

by Katie Shoard

 

Oreo Gay Pride CookieWhen it comes to social media campaigns that catch the eye and tickle creative sensibilities, we’ve been spoilt for choice in 2012. In addition to innovative campaigns like Blu Dot’s ‘Musical Chairs’ or seamlessly integrated above-the-line and digital campaigns like Walkers’ ‘What’s That Flavour?’, there have been technological advances too. We’ve seen the introduction of Shazam in TV ads from Cadbury and Argos – the former using a track to entice the social-media-savvy Britain’s Got Talent crowd to enter their online competition, the latter using the app to cement their new market positioning as a digital retailer. We’ve even seen some head-turning Pinterest campaigns, notably from BMI, Guess Jeans and UNICEF. In short, 2012 has been a virtual smorgasboard of social media delights. Here are three tasty picks for you to savour… Read more…

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Jessica Wood
December 6th, 2012

YouTube product endorsement: Flogging and Vlogging

by Jessica Wood

Product endorsementIt’s YouTube marketing, but not as we know it. I’m not talking about those annoying ads at the start of videos, whose “You can skip to video in 5 seconds” button we can’t help but hammer-click until it finally takes us to what we really want to watch. Or even ad banners, video adverts or viral videos. This YouTube marketing is more a type of product placement, or even celebrity endorsement, where YouTubers (people who film themselves and upload videos to YouTube) recommend everything from mascara to coconut water to their impressionable followers.

Making you beautiful

The most popular genre of YouTube endorsement is beauty videos from self-styled “beauty gurus”. These beauty gurus, some of whom attract hundreds of thousands of followers, film and upload various types of help videos to their ‘vlog’ channels. These vlogs include a wide range of beauty and fashion topics including tips on makeup for different occasions, nail and hair tutorials to OOTD (outfit of the day) videos, product reviews and clothes hauls. Some even post vlogs and TAG (question and answer) videos, which allow the viewer to get even closer to the YouTuber. By getting an insight into a day in their personal life of these beauty gurus, a virtual relationship is fostered between vlogger and subscriber – creating the perfect conditions for successful product endorsement.

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Katie Atkinson
December 5th, 2012

Maximising WordPress to create an SEO friendly website

by Katie Atkinson

What is WordPress?

WordpressWordPress is a free, web-based content management system that was designed to allow anyone build and maintain a website or blog. It was originally intended as a way of writing and publishing blog articles but due to the ease and flexibility of WordPress, it has also become a platform for developing websites as well. Since its creation in 2003, it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on millions of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day. WordPress describes itself as both free and priceless at the same time, we take a look at what it has to offer if you want to use it to create your own SEO friendly website.

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Steph Coulton
December 4th, 2012

Being thrown into the Red C: My first four months at an advertising agency

by Steph Coulton

Cinemagram LogoAny student looking for a placement will tell you how hard it is. It’s difficult finding time to fill out application forms around assignments, deadlines, and most importantly round your social life – a definite challenge even for the most organised person. You have to be fully committed to the search and really invest time into researching each role and company before you can answer questions, ultimately you have to prove you can jump through hoops in just a couple of pages of A4. (My favourite application question “If you were a biscuit, what biscuit would you be?”.

Selling yourself in.

If you are lucky enough it’s onto the next stage of the process- interviews! Interviews are equally as hard, especially when you are up against other students who study similar degrees. I learnt quickly that you had to really make yourself stand out from other candidates in order to get the job. I did this by highlighting my extensive work experience and extracurricular activities and relating these back to the role. I feel that these areas really helped me in being successful with my application at Red C. An interview is your only opportunity to sell yourself, make a good impression, and persuade why the company to invest in you.

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Susie Whitby
November 5th, 2012

Did the Olympics 2012 branding laws go too far?

by Susie Whitby

Knitted Olympic dollIt’s arrival was hailed as an opportunity to generate tourism and increase economic activity across the UK, so there was no doubt that London 2012 was a once in a lifetime opportunity for businesses to rake in the benefits, so why did it end up causing no end of grief for businesses across the UK?

With the likes of Adidas and Coca-Cola paying copious amounts of money for the privilege of becoming London 2012 official partners, the IOC (International Olympics Committee) created branding laws in order to preserve the exclusivity of these world renowned sponsors. The sole aim of this committee was to ensure no one was using the Olympics brand unless they had paid huge amounts of money for the privilege. Not only had the IOC created a protective layer around the word Olympics, the Olympic symbols and the Games’ mottoes, they also created a legislation against unauthorised association, banning non-sponsors from using images or wording that may suggest a close link to the Games, preventing the unauthorised use of words such as ‘London’, ‘London Twenty Twelve’, ‘Gold’, ‘Silver’, ‘Bronze’ and, most ludicrously, ‘Summer.’ Dubbed by critics as the ‘Brand Police’, the IOC then had the authority to impose whopping great fines of up to £20,000 on anyone that engaged in such activities.

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Andrew Campbell
October 16th, 2012

We like O2’s brave approach to social media marketing

by Andrew Campbell

Not so long ago O2 had a catastrophe on their hands. Their network crashed, leaving hundreds of thousands of O2 customers unable to use their mobile phones.

Customers were outraged, and they took to Twitter to tell O2 exactly how they felt. As you can imagine, it wasn’t pretty. Insults were thrown and expletives were used, and this went on for two days before the network was fully up and running again.

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Katie Shoard
October 16th, 2012

The Weird Science of advertising agency self-promotion

by Katie Shoard

Weird Science front coverAdvertising agency self-promotion is a wily old beast. Being given carte blanche for a piece of new business dm may seem like a creatives’ dream, but anyone who’s ever had a crack at the perennial Christmas card brief knows that in order to give your agency standout, whatever you come up, no matter how pretty, needs to have some really solid thinking behind it.

And in our case, an injection of something a little bit weirder.

 

Of course, when I said ‘carte blanche’ I actually was referring to the new double-dip recession version which can be defined roughly as thus: ‘Do what you like, but don’t take the mick’. Fair enough. Blowing the cash for our Christmas party six months before the event wasn’t going to make us popular anyway, so the wooing of potential clients with a personalised Tom-Jones-a-gram was (sadly) out of the question.

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Steve White
October 13th, 2012

The best social media campaign of the year? You bet on it!

by Steve White

Paddy Power social media campaignRecently I had a quite splendid weekend. Not only did I spend most of it in my comfy pants, but I spent it watching hour after hour of simply amazing sporting action. The Cricket World Cup, Arsenal v Chelsea, Manchester United v Spurs (my team) and the 39th Ryder Cup… I was literally in my element! My Mrs wasn’t overjoyed but Strictly Come Dancing is back on very shortly, so she will undoubtedly have her revenge!

What makes sports so blooming marvellous is its unpredictability. Its ability to shock and surprise and this is exactly what this weekend was all about.

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Emma Beagrie
June 19th, 2012

Spending the day at the eCommerce Expo 2012

by Emma Beagrie

eCommerce Expo 2012The eCommerce Expo is THE industry event for ecommerce professionals in the North West of England, with over 35 exhibiting companies and a range of educational seminars to attend. Red C’s Emma Beagrie and Angela Cromack went along to find out more.

How web search influences website expectations

I was relieved to have arrived early and was at the front of the queue for the first seminar from Ed Hoffman from SLI systems.

This was a really interesting presentation about how search engines such as Google are raising the expectations for how consumers want to search when they land on your website. 40% of people go to the search function first on a website, so it’s vital that they are able to find what they’re looking for. Due to how people search on SE’s they expect that search functions on websites should work in the same way. Some top tips included:

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