It’s my turn to have a little bit of a grumble today...
May
31

All A-board!

May 31, 2013 2:12 pm Published by Comments Off on All A-board!

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It’s my turn to have a little bit of a grumble today. I shouldn’t really, the sun’s finally out and at Ketchup Marketing HQ the atmosphere is bubbling with focused creative energy as we busy ourselves with some juicy projects… but something has been irritating me.

Over the last few weeks I’ve spotted that a couple of local small businesses have invested in A-boards.  A-boards and other such signage can be a great way to attract passing pedestrians into your premises, but getting the message and position right is critical.  The thing that has irked me is that these two new, shiny A-boards are situated on a busy A-road, so very few passers-by on foot.  Most people who spot them will be, like me, driving past at 40 mph.  And guess what?  You can’t actually see what the boards say from your car at that speed.

It bothers me on two levels; As a marketing professional as well as from the point of view of a small business owner in tough economic times, we all want as much bang for our buck as possible.  So spending a couple of hundred quid on something that has no impact whatsoever actually makes me feel a bit sad that these small businesses have wasted their hard earned money.  Yes, yes, it’s my usual mantra about return on investment.  For the same money – or less, the businesses could have chosen something much more effective – a vinyl banner, a sign positioned perpendicular to the building, posters, or leaflets distributed to target postcodes.

Here at Ketchup Marketing we wouldn’t dream of selling you an ineffective “solution” to help you attract more customers. If you have a store and you want more people to come into it, we can advise you on how best to get your message to people (one that is meaningful, and importantly, one that they can actually read) to maximise your return on your marketing spend.  So, give me, Michelle a call on 0330 088 9277 and I (and Gary) will help you avoid the A-road-A-board error, among others.

Shhhh, the dog’s asleep
Mar
19

Life’s a pitch – part one

March 19, 2012 8:54 am Published by Comments Off on Life’s a pitch – part one

Life’s a pitch – part one

Busy isn’t it? We’re touching wood here, of course, but at the moment there aren’t enough hours in the day, days in the week, weeks in a month. Checking around, it’s not just our clients who are pushing through the work; the advertising and marketing industry as a whole seems to be pedalling furiously just to keep up.

Shhhh, the dog’s asleep

So why are we pitching for new clients? Isn’t that akin to waking up a dog you can’t feed? The point is that you can nurture contacts over a period of time, but you can’t choose the moment they invite you to pitch for their business. So it’s often a case of buckle up boys, here we go.

We recently presented our wares to The Caravan Company. And we didn’t exactly win ourselves a week in Great Yarmouth in a top-of-the-range Marauder. Or even in Gorleston-on-Sea, for that matter.

Off with the new. On with the old

Now, a lot of agencies cannot resist the glitter of prospecting for new clients. There be gold in them there accounts. But we make a point of putting keeping our clients long term, and that means them first.

So, for The Caravan Club we decided not to present creative work. After all, we reasoned, they can see our skill with words and design in our portfolio. So we concentrated on the thinking.

What, no crayons?

We discussed marketing strategy in some depth. We put together a marketing activity plan stretching over the next 12 months. We created on and off-line strategies. We talked about Search Engine Optimisation, Pay Per Click advertising and alternative revenue streams like eBay and online stores. We even put together some wire-frame layouts of sample web pages, just to give them an idea of the content.

Did we win the business? Does a Ferrari have a caravan hitch point?  Maybe we should have got the crayons out after all.

Life’s a pitch – part 2

Oct
02

A fixed look at Bentons

October 2, 2011 3:44 pm Published by Comments Off on A fixed look at Bentons

Before all the hard work

One of my mother’s favourite sayings is: “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it”.  What is it about mothers that makes you want to immediately disregard their finest wisdom as soon as it drops out of their mouths?

Bentons is a case in point. Nothing broken there. Bentons are a very successful Estate Agents based in Melton Mowbray.  It’s a family-owned business that has become the Leicestershire’s fastest growing Estate Agency.

So, nothing to fix then. But, in Ketchup Marketing, our saying is: “Always build on your successes”.

We talked to Bentons about a brand development programme that would make them more appealing to a wider audience. We didn’t want to ‘throw the baby out with the bathwater’ (another one of mother’s) so we were careful to design a brand identity that would attract a new, younger market sector while retaining the traditional client base.

Our consultants and design team worked alongside How Now Marketing to complete a full rebrand; from logo design to print design for office stationery, graphic design for signage and interior décor.

After, Bentons Your Property Experts, Melton office

Another of our clients – Juniper Ash Decorating – redecorated over the weekend to cause minimum disruption to Bentons operation. (A client working over the weekend for us? Nice change!) Then our creative team – including art director, web designer and copywriter – banged brains to produce concepts for future advertising, website design and marketing materials.

Working as an extended team, we fixed it for Bentons. Sorry Mum.

So if you are looking for a new company logo / identity, branded marketing materials, office stationery then give Michelle a call at Ketchup Marketing on 0330 088 9277 or use this contact form.

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