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What do marketers do?

Our latest recruit at The Studio 4, Laura Gee has recently graduated from Keele University and is now learning how a degree in marketing differs to working for a marketing company. Read her first blog to find out how she is adapting to a career in SEO and social media.

The one question that University doesn’t actually teach you the answer to. They can teach you all the theory in the world, but one thing I’ve come to realise is that being a marketer isn’t something that can be taught. Of course, I highly value the education I received at University and found it worthwhile, but the real learning began when I started my job here at The Studio 4 two months ago. In fact, I strongly believe that marketers never stop learning.

A large part of my job as an SEO (search engine optimisation) and Social Media analyst involves … [Read More]

Get Sky for the Love of Chocolate

Sky is a company that’s been known to jump through hoops to get people to sign up to their TV packages. As far as they’re concerned the target market for SkyDigital includes everyone and anyone with a TV. This did not stop the element of surprise that hit me when I saw their latest form of chocolate bribery.

Little squares of indulgent white and dark chocolate were sent to the office today in a white box with the infamous ‘Sky’ logo. The words ‘make work a little sweeter’ were imprinted on the individual chocolates and of course that promise was fulfilled. For all of two minutes we all sat and ate a few chocolates which of course did help to make the day ‘sweeter’. But now I’m sitting here reflecting on the chocolates I ate and not the packages Sky can offer me. The rectangular box that was sent to … [Read More]

Facebook – is it worth paying for popularity?

There’s no denying that Facebook holds a distinct presence in social networking, which is more than likely due to it’s constant reinvention and steady stream of new features. These new features serve a purpose. They help keep it fresh, newsworthy and at the forefront of our minds – which is exactly what a social networking site should strive to be.

But with constant change also comes constant upheaval (and occasional backlash). The 2011 introduction of the timeline, for example, was the cause of many a disgruntled outburst from dis-satisfied users who immediately missed the familiarity and comfort of the tried and true, old-school “wall”. Outraged that a free service had changed without consulting them first, presumably.

Since founding the site in 2004, Zuckerberg and his team have reportedly built up it’s worth to over $1 billion, and their increasing efforts to monetise have become less and less subtle. In … [Read More]

What’s with all this interest in Pinterest?

Pinterest is like a simulation of the perfect world. Whenever I have browse, I instantly see my dream home, the perfect outfit and the most delicious dinners. It’s a never ending source of temptation.

If you’re looking for a way to visually tease potential customers – there’s no better social media platform. With approximately 20 million users to date, Pinterest’s power and pinfluence (I couldn’t resist) is growing.

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How does Pinterest work?

Rather than words, users share images. The network allows you to create different boards under different subject headings. For example, you might have a board entitled ‘My Dream Homes’ or ‘Places I’d like to visit’. If you see an image pinned by another user that relates to your boards, Pinterest allows you to ‘repin’ that image into your own collections. The overall idea is to create a fluid vision of your … [Read More]

Your Shopping Basket is Over Flowing: The Rise of Ecommerce

When I was at university, every time I found myself in Tesco on a Saturday afternoon, I couldn’t help thinking that my time could be better spent elsewhere. Enter the grand invention of internet shopping. The delivery man used to arrive at an agreed time each week (at one of the infrequent moments when I wasn’t at uni/at the beach/down the pub) and drop off an array of the supermarket’s finest (value) fare. I’d then head to the kitchen to unpack, happy in the knowledge that spaghetti hoops were back on the menu for that evening.

Unbeknown to myself I was actually playing a very small part in the ever growing phenomenon of ecommerce. The term has come to define any kind of business or transaction which is made through the web. Internet shopping is just one example of many.

Internet banking is another big player in the world … [Read More]