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Master new skills in Social Media Advertising in 1 DAY!

Social Media Advertising spend is expected to top  $93 billion by the end of 2019 and 53% of businesses use Social Advertising to reach their customers. By 2020 Social Media Advertising will overtake tv advertising spend. So, isn't time you mastered it?

Marketing Tom, in collaboration with Liberty Marketing, has developed a great new course - Facebook Advertising. It will be delivered as a public course from April and the special-rate cost will be £245 (+VAT). If you would like to book a place, please take a look at our Facebook Ads Training Course page.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the day you will have mastered the skills to create high-performing Social Media Advertising campaigns. The main focus is on Facebook (Instagram) as this is the most popular and given that there are so many similarities between Facebook and Twitter and Linkedin. It is split into two areas: theory and practice.

Your Tutor

Our Facebook (Paid Social) Ads specialist has a number of years' experience in this field at both agency and client level and will give you the right balance of theory and practice to help you master Facebook (Paid Social) Media advertising.

Facebook Advertising Theory

The first part of the day is spent going through set up, campaign structure, the all-important Facebook Funnel, creation of ads and audiences, budgets and ad types. We then offer attendees a master class on creating ads, give you tips on how to manage your account before exploring Twitter and LinkedIn.

Facebook Advertising Practice

The second part of the day is spent doing a hands-on session. Guided by your tutor will go through campaign creation, audience selection, ad creation and many more fundamentals on how to maximise your use of Facebook. All the time you will be offered great advice by your tutor.

Testimonial

We delivered our first course at the start of March. Here's what our client had to say:

Marketing Tom organised a two-day course of intensive training on Google and social media ads, for me and 10 colleagues with varying degrees of online advertising experience. They were a pleasure to work with from start to finish. Our training leader was exceptionally knowledgeable and able to answer every question we threw his way. We left the training feeling fully informed and - most importantly - able to tackle our online advertising campaigns with confidence.

What To Do Next

If you would like to book a place, please take a look at our Facebook Ads Training Course page.

 


9 Tips to Help SME’s Get More Bang for Their Bucks

Every month I get calls from SME's looking to improve their web presence. A typical call would start off like this, “I have a website [probably built on WordPress] and I'm having having trouble updating it, is this something that you can help you with?”. These types of call are usually from people who are a little bit disgruntled by the fact that they have to pay their web developers to make minor changes or have possibly forgotten how to update their sites themselves.

When you dig a little deeper you find this is not the only issue that they are having. And, more often than not, and after asking a couple questions, you can find out that there are probably a whole raft of tools they could be using and techniques they could be employing to improve their website presence.

So, here are a list of simple tools and techniques that SME's can be employing to maximise their web presence.

1. Website page titles and meta descriptions.

Page titles can be seen in the search results when you do a Google search and the in the tab of your browser:

They are often generated from page/post headlines (especially if you're using WordPress) but can be changed to be more focused for your target audience. Try to make sure the focused keywords for that page appear here. If you want advice on keywords, try Ubersuggest or Google's Keyword Planner. Meta descriptions (which often but not always) appear under the page title can give the searcher more detail about the link they are about to click. It is hard work but it is worth working on Page Titles and Meta Descriptions on your key pages. (more…)


Check out the New Twitter Desktop

We have been using Twitter for 10 years and run Twitter Courses every month. Therefore, we always excited to learn about the latest Twitter developments. On a couple of our accounts we have started to the Twitter Sneak Peek' invite - offering you the chance to take a sneak peek at the new Twitter interface. If you do happen to see it, click it! Within an instant you will be able to see how the Twitter website may probably look in the future.

Straightaway you will see that we have gone from 2 Sidebars down to 1 - which now appears on the right-hand side. Your Feed now appears on the left. And , as you can see below, Trends has now moved to the right along with Media.

What's happening still appears at the top of the feed but notice how the Twitter quill  has now moved from top right to the bottom right.

If we look at the Compose element we can see that the Location  button has now been removed and we are left with image, gif and polls as additional options for composing. The other change within this section is that the circle icon (don't you just hate it?) has now been placed below the compose box.

So, how does a typical Twitter interface look? Here are 2 different examples. They are definitely simpler and cleaner-looking.

Question Time

Decathlon

The Header which ran across the top of the page has now been replaced with a shorter one, though Photos and images have been promoted to a prime position at the of the page. Is that a nod towards our increased use of media?  One thing you will notice if you visit someone else's Twitter account is that the Tweet to button is no longer available, though clicking on the Tweet button in the bottom right has the same function. The Message button has moved above the the bio to just undertake Header. Followers and Following has now been moved to just below the bio and Lists have been hidden away under the Settings button (next to Direct message).

All in all I like the decluttering that Twitter has done to the Desktop interface. It's going to take some time to get used to it but it is certainly an improvement.

 


Your 2019 Digital Marketing Journey Starts Here

Marketing Tom has been delivering Digital Marketing training for over 11 years. In this time we have trained well over 1500 students across our CIM and 1-day courses and we would welcome the opportunity to train you or your staff in 2019. These are a selection of our 1-day workshops.

I have done plenty of training courses over the years but the two that I have done recently with Marketing Tom have been by far the best. The Social Media course I did with Alun John was great. I left with so many points I could actually action. It took me weeks to complete everything I wrote down but in one month, my GA stats were massively improved.

Juliet, Cardiff University (December 2018)

WordPress Training Course

Our WordPress course looks at how to build, maintain and write using the WordPress platform. We cover all aspects of this blogging platform from themes, design, posts and pages to comments, sourcing content, mobile blogging and stats.

Social Media Marketing Course

This is our most popular course and is delivered in both London and Cardiff. It covers PR Smith's SOSTAC® Planning Framework, Social Media Themes, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, Business Blogging and LinkedIn.

Google Analytics Course

Our Google Analytics course is interactive and hands-on and looks at the Analytics Interface, Account Structure, Standard Reports, Customised Reports, Goal Creation, Traffic Sources, Filters, Widgets, Advanced Segments, Attribution and much more.

Twitter Course

Our Twitter workshops are ideal for those who are Twitter newbies or with a little understanding of the platform. We explore key areas such as Twitter objectives, account creation and design, all aspects of tweets (replies, hashtags) and much more.

Social Video Course

Our Mobile Video for Social Media course is focused at marketers who wold like to develop their mobile video skills to create better social media posts. If you are involved in developing your company’s social media activities, this course may prove invaluable.

Google Ads Course

This course is delivered in conjunction with Liberty Marketing – a Google AdWords Professional company. This hands-on workshop covers both including campaign set up, keyword analysis, ad group and ad copy creation and bidding techniques.


Calling All Social Media Marketers

As many of you know I have been working with companies on Social Media training for over 10 years and in that time I have delivered training to more than 900 people from hundreds of companies.

Everyone who attends will have been introduced to the importance of developing a Social Media plan and will leave with a thorough understanding of the main Social Media channels, techniques and knowledge of Social Media best practice. Delegates fall into two broad camps:

  1. Those who will implement Social Media.
  2.  Those who understand Social Media and will get someone else to implement for them.

We are interested in helping both types of delegates. Either mentoring the first group or developing strategies and 'doing' the Social Media side for clients.

And for that I am looking for a team of consultants who I can work with to help customers plan and implement Social Media.

So, if you're good at Social Media, I would love to hear from you.

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Autumn Book Competition

This Autumn we are offering two copies of Confident Digital Content by Adam Waters. As we are doing more hands-on courses, like the Mobile Video for Social Media course, we thought it would be a great idea to offer a book which had practical tips on how to create/craft digital content like text, images and video.

Here''s an overview of what to expect from the book:

Confident Digital Content teaches you valuable hard skills, including how to create and upload great video content, graphic design, photography for social media, community management, digital strategy and metrics, and helps you learn them through practical exercises in every chapter. It also provides insightful guidance on how to boost your career and employability by honing your leadership, creativity and entrepreneurial skills in the world of digital. Case studies from inspiring individuals at organizations including CNN International, Mumsnet, Bunster's Hot Sauce, HuffPost UK, and Crocstar Media show you real world examples of excellent digital content in practice.

This book is your ultimate guide to achieving the technical proficiency and confidence to start an inspiring digital career path, whether your ambition is to rise to the top of your chosen industry, be a successful freelancer or become an entrepreneur.

How to enter?

Just fill out your details below and we will enter you into the book completion. The draw takes place on the 26th October at 12.00 pm and the two lucky winners will receive a copy of this book.

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Social media tips straight from the horse’s mouth

Whenever you decide to write a blog article you always have the theme/idea in mind about what you are going to write and, more often than not, during the course of your research you will end up either going to trusted sources or using Google to discover new ones. If I'm writing a social media article, I often visit sites like Social Media Examiner, Social Media Today or Hubspot, either looking for stats or the latest news or simply to just get ideas. Other sources for ideas would include , Mashable, Wired or Techcrunch.  As you can see these are all news sites/blogs but if you want information from the company's perspective on new products, tips or upgrades, you might be better off taking a look at their blog sections.

So, with this in mind, I thought I'd identify for you some of the blog sections of the most popular social media platforms and also to highlight some articles which you might find of use/interest.

LinkedIn blog

Unlike many of the blogs you may visit the LinkedIn blog is bang-up-to-date - actually appearing to blog on a daily basis. Also, unlike many other blogs of a similar nature, it has a fresh and colourful luck feel about it. The articles are varied and just don't look at the tips and tools of LinkedIn but also, broadly, look at the other aspects of digital marketing. These are some of the articles that caught my eye on LinkedIn blog:

Instagram business blog

Instagram don't blog as frequently as LinkedIn - in fact the last blog article that they wrote was in July. However, it's always worthwhile to check out their blog every so often as they will highlight the latest product announcements and tips on how to use some of their latest product features. What's also pretty useful is that each of the articles includes links to either the business section or help section of LinkedIn, so that you can get more information.

Twitter Business Outlook

Twitter does have a blog on its website, which covers a number of important issues such as user safety and mental health and updates. However, I thought it would be more useful to point you in the direction of Twitter Business Outlook, which offers advice on how to get the most out of twitter for your business. The site is nicely set up in a 'tiled' fashion and articles are broken down according to categories like inspiration, trends & insights and updates.

Facebook for Business

Facebook has a Facebook media blog which has some very interesting articles but they tend to be purely focused on media. If you're looking at the advice, tips, latest information on Facebook, and Then the Facebook Business section is where you want to be headed. Its new stories are categorised according to Ads, Pages, Inspiration and Success Stories and I'm sure it will give you lots of ideas on how to further develop your Facebook business presence. You may want to check out these articles:

Articles of Interest


21 stats to convince your boss that Social Video is worth investing in

Social Video is IMPORTANT and getting even MORE IMPORTANT. And with your Smartphone cameras having ever more advanced hardware and great (free) applications, there is no reason why most organisations can't take advantage of this important medium. Whether it's testimonials, interviews, product demos, how-to's or much more video is the perfect medium and so we have compiled some stats and facts below that should help to convince you or your boss that it's time to invest in it!

  1. Video marketers get 66% more qualified leads per year (Aberdeen Group)
  2. Video marketers achieve a 54% increase in brand awareness (Aberdeen Group)
  3. Viewers retain 95% of a message when they watch it in a video compared to 10% when reading it in text (Insivia)
  4. Social video generates 1200% more shares than text and images combined (SmallBizTrends)
  5. 90% of users say that product videos are helpful in the decision process (HubSpot)
  6. People spend 3 times longer watching a live social video compared to prerecorded video (Social Media Today)
  7. Video posts have 135% greater organic reach than photo posts (Social Media Today)
  8. 83% of those using video think it gives them a good ROI; 82% think it’s a key part of their strategy (2017 State of Video Marketing)
  9. Of those that aren’t using video, 73% have bought a product after watching a video (2017 State of Video Marketing)
  10. 97% of businesses using explainer videos say it helps users understand their business better (2017 State of Video Marketing)
  11. 94% of businesses see video as an effective tool (2017 State of Video Marketing)
  12. 81% saw an increase in sales and 53% said support calls were reduced (2017 State of Video Marketing)
  13. As many as 93% of video views that happen on Twitter happen on a mobile device (Twitter)
  14. Tweets with videos are 6x more likely to be Retweeted than Tweets with photos (Twitter)
  15. Embedded video on Twitter seen as more relevant, less intrusive and drives higher favourability (Twitter)
  16. 78% of businesses that have used Facebook Live, said it was an effective marketing tool (2017 State of Video Marketing)
  17. 62% of B2B marketers have rated video as an effective content marketing tactic (Content Marketing Institute)
  18. One minute of video is worth 1.8 million words (Forrester Research)
  19. 59% of executives say they would rather watch a video than read text (Wordstream)
  20. Facebook videos receive 135% more organic reach on average than a Facebook photo (Socialbakers)
  21. 82% of Twitter users watch video content on Twitter (Twitter)

Related Courses

Social Media Course London (or Cardiff)
Mobile Video For Social Media Course


Congratulations to our CIM and CAM students

We are pleased to announce that ALL of our students have passed the exams/assessments they sat in July. Students sat the CIM Level 3, Level 4 and CAM Diploma courses. Many of the Level 3 and 4 students have now completed all modules and have gained, respectively, the CIM Foundation Certificate in Marketing and the CIM Professional Certificate in Marketing. Quite a few of our students started their CIM Level 3/4 courses in January and February and completed all modules in 6 months - something that is possible with our teaching approach and which they should be, justly, proud.

The students who submitted their CAM Diploma in Digital Marketing assignments were the last to do so (as this was the last exam board for the course) and they all passed and achieved their Diplomas.

Well done to all you. We know you have all worked hard and deserve your qualifications!