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Code18 Interactive Is Now Offering Mobile App Design

Digital agency Code18 Interactive is pleased to announce the addition of Mobile App Design to its list of core offerings.


Code18 Interactive, a boutique digital agency that combines thoughtful design, technology & UX strategy to help national consumer & media brands build engaging websites, is now bringing those same skills to mobile app design. The agency has recently launched new work for Unisom sleep-aids, Gold Bond Ultimate lotions and creams, Algonquin Books, Graywolf Press, Mana Health, and many others. Currently best known as a leading NYC WordPress development company, the agency’s other core services include bespoke website design, web video production & digital advertising.

“We’ve been designing for the mobile web for several years now,” says Code18 Founder Steve Pilon. “And our recent forays into mobile app design for iOS have been a natural extension of that. Our specific expertise in the areas of UX and UI design make this a particularly exciting new path for us to be on.”

Creative development, digital strategy, UX/UI and interaction design are central to the agency’s holistic approach as an [NYC mobile app design company http://www.code18.com]. “We’ll take your app all the way from a rough idea to highly polished, development-ready art. We’ve established partnerships with several talented mobile developers that our clients can draw upon to build the final app, or they can take the production-ready assets that we create and have their own developer build it,” says Pilon, emphasizing the flexibility of the agency’s new offering.

Code18 Interactive is an independent digital studio that delivers measurable results through compelling, user-centered design. Originally founded in Atlanta, Georgia, the agency has recently moved headquarters to New York City. And now with over a decade of experience, Code18 is proud to be an agency in evolution, always on a journey to innovate, achieve and surprise. The NYC digital agency is currently seeking new clients, new partners, and new talent to join its growing team. For more information, please visit http://www.code18.com

Contact Details:
Steve Pilon
Code18 Interactive
175 Varick Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10014
404-585-2725

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Immerse The Family Market In An Interactive Roadshow This Holiday Season

As the August holidays are fast approaching brands are presented with a great opportunity to try and win over the world’s toughest critics – kids.

The August holidays are a perfect time for brands with products and services aimed at the family market to raise brand awareness and drive engagement.

A recent example of how effective immersive marketing campaigns can be was seen in Brisbane, Australia. A shopping centre used Augmented Reality as part of an innovative campaign that saw children being given the opportunity to fend off lions and duel with pirates – a completely experiential marketing tool that parents and children were able to take part in.

The video; that can be viewed here shows how the interactive experience was able to involve children and their parents in the game by bringing animated children’s characters to life, attracting participants throughout the shopping centre. Mums, dads and kids could fight off lions, swim with fishes or take part in a swashbuckling duel with a pirate through the use of a LED screen, webcam, video and slick animation.

The Brisbane shopping centre also increased awareness by encouraging participants to share photos of their experience across its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels, further increasing engagement and promoting the event, certainly helping the shopping centre stand out from its competitors.

Another great way to engage the family market is through the interactive format of a roadshow truck from Event marketing Solutions.
Packing a punch with kids and parents alike, an immersive experience made possible by the team at EMS is a proven way to boost sales, especially during the lucrative holiday period. Brands can take centre stage on prime retail sites and help encourage extra sales by connecting with people as they shop on the high street.

“Providing a mobile showroom that is a sophisticated and interactive environment completely kitted out with the latest in technology whilst being consistent with the look and feel of your brand is what we do here at Event Marketing Solutions.” Says Head of Business Development at EMS Nic Whelan.

“A great example of this is our work with the 20th Century Fox Blu-ray European Experience, which saw nearly 8,000 movie fans experience the benefits of Blu-ray inside a truck. The tour created excitement around the product by giving visitors the opportunity to star in famous movie trailers and then share their big screen moment with friends and family through social media.”

The roadshow trucks from EMS can be completely tailored to the aesthetic of your brand. Relatively easy to set up and deploy, an interactive roadshow truck can be fitted with a variety of interactive technology and out on tour in time for the lucrative holiday period.

Visit www.eventms.com for more information and see why the likes of Samsung and 20th Century Fox have tasked EMS time and time again to handle their roadshow truck marketing campaign.

Contact Details: Kate Price
Marketing Manager
Lakeside, Shellway Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, UK CH65 4LQ

T: +44 (0)151 350 1500
E: information@eventms.com

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Smashburger launches customer loyalty app

Smashburger Kuwait, the neighborhood’s favorite place for burgers, has launched the first mobile application of its kind in the country for rewarding customers’ loyalty.

The new Smashburger Kayan app has been developed in line with the business goal of delivering a great customer experience for its customers. It acts as a digital loyalty card, enabling customers to get a free side dish after 8 entrée purchases while easily keeping track of their account status. In addition to the ongoing loyalty offer, the app will push special promotions for new and loyal customers alike.

In order to improve overall customer experience the app also includes customer feedback and ‘get-in-touch’ tools, a digital menu facility and details of the restaurant locations and opening times.

The new Smashburger app, developed in association with Stampfeet, the UK based mobile loyalty specialist, will provide Smashburger with valuable consumer insight information, allowing it to monitor customer satisfaction and develop marketing and promotional campaigns for its users through targeted push notifications messages based on customers’ purchase patterns and location.

“We are very excited to launch the app to reward our customers for their loyalty. We want to create the best experience and clearly mobile plays a big part in it” said Jillian Marshall, Marketing Manager of Kayan Restaurants. “The app will provide us valuable insight which we can then apply to improve our marketing activity as well as the customer experience”.

The app is available for free for iOS devices on the Apple Store and for Android devices onGoogle Play store and to celebrate its launch Smashburger is giving away 2 gift stamps upon sign up.

Contact Details: Stampfeet Limited, Mobile Loyalty Solutions
http://www.stampfeet.com
E: contact@stampfeet.com
T: +44 (0)207 183 8439

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Projection Mapping Uncovers Endless Opportunities to Engage Audiences with Their Environment

Nic Whelan, Head of Business Development at Event Marketing Solutions, discusses the impact of the new technological trend of projection mapping on his clients’ roadshows…

Once in a while a new technology trend takes hold and, before you know it, creative application has taken it to a whole new level.

Over the last few months Event Marketing Solutions has been working with projection mapping. If you are unfamiliar with the technique, here’s a good explanation, courtesy of Wikipedia;

‘Projection mapping, also known as video mapping and spatial augmented reality, is a projection technology used to turn objects, often irregularly shaped, into a display surface for video projection.’

So, what does this mean for the roadshow truck tour business?

This exciting new projection technique provides endless opportunities for engaging audiences with their environment and can work both on the exterior of an exhibition truck and inside.

It can be used to add extra dimensions and create optical illusions as well as give the idea of movement to fixed objects. It can turn any surface into a dynamic video display and, control through a sensory device means that music can work with movement, creating a fully immersive experience for the onlooker.

Used on the exterior, and under nightfall, an exhibition truck can be transformed into a vibrant dancing 3D canvas with light projection used to give the appearance of movement, creating engaging imagery and stunning results. Here are some excellent examples that showcase how this can work:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8JqEci_pSc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVSwf3XtrK0

Lighting solutions specialist Mr Beam proves here just what is possible for roadshow truck interiors by transforming a living room into a 3D projection area with changing colours, patterns, textures and furniture.

It’s not just the B2C brands that are hooked; EMS is currently working on B2B concepts to develop a new type of experience for business audiences based on projection mapping techniques.

But they are not the only ones to be inspired by projection mapping’s potential to wow and engage. Last year Mercedes CLA showcased in several cities in Switzerland, using projection mapping to turn heads – lighting up the car’s exterior with playful changing colours and graphics.

A creative mind can run wild with the myriad of opportunities available to us with projection mapping techniques, mesmerising and connecting visitors with their environment which changes right before their eyes.

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Exhibition Trailers specialists ask ‘Are fashion trucks the next big thing?

Brian Child, Sales & Marketing Director atEvent Marketing Solutions considers the latest trend hitting the U.S. – retail truck tours – and how this new take on retail could be the next big thing on this side of the pond.

More than 60,000 high streets shops are predicted to close and 164 retail chains to go into administration, according to the recent Retail Futures 2018 report from the Centre of Retail Research.

There’s no doubt that the high street is struggling as bricks and mortar give way to the online world. But it’s not all doom and gloom and those that are offering an immersive shopping experiences, using new technology and techniques to engage customers are prospering.

It’s simply a matter of survival and one of the latest trends hitting the U.S. is the use of retail trucks to better reach and engage shoppers.

Going mobile is proven to be one of the most effective ways to get brands and products directly in front of customers. Fashion is everywhere and so it makes sense that this concept has made its way into the retail arena.

‘Fashion trucks’ or ‘mobile boutiques’ are now making their way around the States from East Coast to West, the Mid West, South, and so it goes on. Both small niche designers and big name brands have jumped on board with New York designer Cynthia Rowley and Aether Apparel among them as well as Madewell, which recently embarked on a 14-city roadtrip.

The phenomenon has grown so popular over the last few years that it even has its own association, The American Mobile Retail Association, and code of ethics which caters to both mobile retailers and their communities.

For on-line retailers it’s an opportunity to establish a real physical connection with their customers. People can interact in a way that is impossible on-line. Of course, the use of social media will make the truck ‘phygital’ and attract a much larger audience.
So why do roadshow truck tours translate so well to the retail environment?

Impact – Nothing makes a presence like a truck, especially when fully branded and packed with a creative retail experience. A mobile pop up store is a sure way to draw a crowd.

Personal experience – It allows brands to take products direct to customers, providing a branded/immersive experience in a captivating environment gives the impression of a more one-to-one exclusive experience, delivering personal service that shoppers expect.

Mobile billboard – not just about the event itself, while on the road you are a mobile billboard advertising your products and brand.
Fashion forward – capitalising on nature of shoppers; this is a new trend/innovative, this group is receptive to creativity and new ideas.Direct contact – you take your brand and products to the customer, you aren’t waiting for them to arrive in store. Opportunity to move to a new location daily and use social media so shoppers can find you.

Convenience – part of the lure of online shopping is the convenience. By making your store mobile, taking products to customers, it’s a much more convenient way to shop, taking fashion to time constrained people.

You would be in good company too, Aston Martin, Hugo Boss and Samsung are already getting ahead here in the UK with the use of mobile retail truck tours, what’s more it’s giving them a USP and a powerful retail edge over their competitors.

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Do it Yourself Marketing – Learn How with The Publicity Success Series

Getting publicity can be challenging? Between writing press releases, article marketing, social media and more, it all seems too much. But it doesn’t have to be. Learn how to get more PR or be able to make better decisions with working with a publicist or a publicity virtual assistant? Introducing the PR Success Series – www.prsuccessseries.com. Everything needed to get more out of all marketing efforts.

The PR Success series is intended to help entrepreneurs, authors, speakers, coaches and more master their PR. Presented by Diana Ennen, President of Virtual Word Publishing, (www.virtualwordpublishing.com) a PR and Marketing firm for over 27 years, it will take businesses step by step into PR methods that work. Insider secrets will be revealed on how to write effective articles and press releases, best ways to pitch the media, how to go full circle to get the most from all marketing efforts, mastering social media and more. The classes will be held weekly starting July 11th and all classes are recorded. Plus, the classes continue on, so you can join at any time.

Ennen walks the walk and talks the talk getting clients in major media that have resulted in not only getting one of her clients #1 status on iBookstore, but major media mentions including USA Today, Woman’s World, Fox News, CNN Radio, Reader’s Digest, Entrepreneur, Forbes, and so many more.

A breakdown of the classes are as follows: Session #1 – Develop a marketing plan that works; Session #2 – Discover the secrets to writing press releases and articles; Session #3 – Pitching the Media; Session #4 – Social Media Magic, Session #5 – PR Secrets
Ennen states, “I am thrilled to be offering this class again. No matter if you want to do your own PR or if you want to just be able to understand the PR process, these classes will help. Also, I know many virtual assistants who want to specialize in publicity and this is exactly the tools you need to be able to do that.

The Publicity Success Series got rave reviews when it was offered previously. In fact Ruth Martin stated, “I was really impressed with the Publicity VA Course and Diana’s great help and knowledge. Hearing her firsthand success stories and learning from her experiences shaves so much time off the learning curve, it’s like having your very own coach guiding you through the hurdles towards the ultimate goal. I’d highly recommend this publicity course to anyone wanting to broaden their publicity efforts on the Internet or offline.”

Need help with a PR campaigns and want to write a killer press release, article, blog, etc., then sign up now at http://www.prsuccessseries.com. Early bird rates apply – only $99.00. For more information contact or media interviews contact Ennen atdiana@virtualwordpublishing.com.

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SEO Services Company Gets Client 1000 Website Opt Ins Every Month Through Their YouTube Video That Has Hit 100,000 Views

Andy Harrington’s Presentation Skills Video has Reached the 100,000 View Milestone Using Video Results’ SEO Services.

Video Results’ strategies have shown to be more effective than traditional SEO services, especially after all of the SEO changes Google have recently unveiled and implemented. Andy Frain who is the co-director of Video Results and looks after the SEO side of the company says, “Not only are Google rankings for websites getting much harder to achieve, it’s also the fact that a video achieves a picture ‘thumbnail’ listing as opposed to a text listing, which sets it apart fro everything on that Google search page.”

Video Results have mastered the art of video SEO and have dominated the Google and YouTube search results for big, competitive keywords such as “Solar Panels”, “Public Speaking”, “Public Relations”, “How to Play Guitar”, “Colonic Irrigation London”, and“Presentation Skills” to name just a few.

A problem that many companies face with a video marketing campaign is that either they shell out for a really fancy looking video that unfortunately does nothing to boost their sales as it just sits on their website gathering dust, or they work tirelessly to shove any old video to the top of the search results for a keyword that no one is searching for.

Video Results offers the full SEO services package. Their team conducts extensive keyword research to identify the most profitable and relevant keywords for their clients, they create a high quality video for the client that successfully converts viewers in to customers (sometimes at a rate as high as 76%), and they then drive traffic to that video by putting it at the top of search results for that profitable keyword.

Their client, Andy Harrington is consistently receiving 1000 opt ins to his website each and every month, all coming directly from the YouTube video that Video Results created and ranked for him just one year ago. Andy Harrington says, “The return for me has just been massive. Conservatively, it’s £350,000 – £400,000 extra pounds in income every single year.” And with that in mind, it is clear to see why Andy Harrington has reinvested time and again with Video Results for new keywords such as “Public Speaking”.

The future for Video Results is looking to continue from strength to strength, as in the next three months they are set to start implementing new strategies that will double the amount of views, opt ins and sales for their clients. “So much testing and research goes in to improving our SEO services.” Explains Andy, “We test our methods to point of destruction, so we know exactly what the limit is and what not to do, so we can confidently give Google and YouTube exactly what they want.”

Andy explains that where many websites are failing and falling in the rankings as a result of Google’s recent changes, these changes have only served to help Video Results and its clients’ videos. “YouTube is the world’s second largest search engine and is of course owned by Google. The future in internet marketing is in video, so it would only be a smart move for businesses to invest in an online video of their own.”

To watch Video Result’s own YouTube video, follow this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05JMabnC3Wc or visit their website at http://www.videoresults.com

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Graybow Communications Achieves InfoComm International Emerald CAVSP Level Designation

Graybow Communications has qualified as an InfoComm International Emerald Certified AudioVisual Solutions Provider (CAVSP). This designation recognizes that a percentage of the company’s sales, customer service and technical staff have achieved and maintained individual InfoComm Certification.

InfoComm awards individual Certification to audio visual professionals who have demonstrated knowledge and comprehension of the science and technology used in communications including audio, video, display and systems. Technicians, engineers, designers, salespeople, customer service personnel, managers and executives are eligible to take the individual certification test.

“A CAVSP designation gives AV companies a competitive advantage in the marketplace,” said David Labuskes, CTS, RDD, InfoComm International’s Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer. “Customers of audiovisual communications and presentation systems can be confident of professionalism and an aspiration to excellence when working with these companies that have invested in education and training to stay current on the latestAV technologies and techniques.”

The company-level CAVSP recognition program is the only such program available for the commercial audiovisual industry. In addition to confirming that a percentage of the company’s employees are InfoComm certified and have completed important coursework, the [Diamond, Emerald or Sapphire] CAVSP designation means that [your company or organization name] has agreed to comply with 10 Standards of Excellence developed in collaboration with industry experts to emphasize the best practices of audiovisual businesses.

The Standards of Excellence are a guidepost for audiovisual companies and professionals who place the customer first and offer quality audiovisual solutions. They include the commitment to provide complete customer satisfaction with audiovisual solutions that provide value to the client. They convey the importance that audiovisual solutions providers place on their own skills development through continuing education. They also cover the critical role that audiovisual professionals play as partners with IT specialists, architects, building managers and others.

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ProMarketing Leads Now Offers an Automobile Database To Customers

ProMarketing Leads adds an automobile database that includes millions of records and is the largest available Automobile Owners database in the industry. It is compiled, updated and verified through transactional information each month.  These are known automobile owners.

Don’t get fooled into using data that is outdated and inaccurate.  We dare you to compare us to the competition. Pro Marketing Leads promises to save you money and increase your ROI. Our file consistently outperforms other Automobile files for accuracy, counts and response rates.

This Automobile Owner Database is not derived from state motor vehicle and therefore not subject to the Shelby Act/Driver’s Privacy Protection Act of 2000.

ProMarketing Leads automobile database offerscustomers…

Aftermarket Promotions:  Auto dealers, manufacturers and specialty stores target consumers based on automobile make/model/year and owners age and/or income information. ProMarketing Leads offers anintegrated database of consumer, vehicle, email, and telephone information. This comprehensive database is able to generate great marketing lists .

Service Center Programs: Dealer repair centers, specialty service centers and independent service centers can market customers based upon make, model, year, and address criteria.

Extended Vehicle Warranty Programs: Consumers are holding onto vehicles for a longer period of time, and may need additional insurance against future service repairs. Taylor Direct makes it easy to find vehicle owners based upon age of the vehicle, mileage and address information

Dealer Trade-In Programs: Many dealers seek specific vehicles based on trade-in values and demand.  Our true owners file allows dealers to target make/model/year that are currently owned within a certain radius of their dealership and base an offer on this information.

Key Features: 200 Million VINs, 160 Million Current Owners, 180 Million Addresses, 82 million telephone numbers, Select by Year, Select by Make, Select by Model, Select by mileage, Select by Engine type, Select by Auto Class, Fuel Type, Style, Income Gender, Home Ownership, and Many more selections available…ask!!

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Pioneering Business Video Marketing Company, Video Results, Unveils New Strategy that Guarantees Google Rankings for Competitive Keywords at 3 Day Live Event

The talk around the UK based business video marketing company Video Results has been slowly building in the past year, and now the brains behind the company claim to have a faster and simpler method of achieving guaranteed YouTube and Google rankings for very competitive keyword phrases, such as “Weight Loss”, “Public Speaking” and “Make Money Online”.

Video Results is the combination of two internet marketing heavy weights that come from two very different backgrounds. Andy Frain knows everything that can be known about Google and YouTube, without actually working for Google. He knows their algorithms, what makes them tick and most importantly, what factors these two websites use to rank their search results. “It’s taken me about 20,000 hours of research, testing, refining and more testing to get to the point. We had a very solid and successful system this time last year that our clients have used and achieved rankings with” says Andy, “after a summer of rigorous testing and really figuring out how to improve on the original Video Results strategy, we found ways of speeding up the process and making it easier for our clients to implement, so we decided to release the Video Results 2.0 course.”

Getting a business video ranked on Google and YouTube for a competitive keyword can really establish a business as a brand, as the industry leader, and as the market expert. However after going to all of the effort of getting a video to the Google and YouTube top spots, many companies find that they just aren’t getting potential prospects to actually click through to their businesses website to opt in or make a purchase. This is where Andy Frain’s business partner and Video Results’ co-founder comes in.

Tom Breeze is the video marketing, video production and video conversion maestro. Boasting conversion rates of 76%, he throws himself into researching and testing the most effective techniques for getting prospects to click that all important link that goes to a company’s website. He says, “I have a background in psychology and NLP so I’m really fascinated in the little things we can say in our videos that make potential customers more likely to click through to the website. I’m all about turning a viewer into a valued customer.”

Separately these two have very profitable and unique skills, but together as Video Results they become an unstoppable force of the video marketing world. “We have big name clients paying us a lot of money to rank number 1 for ridiculously competitive keywords like‘public speaking’” says Andy. “This client has actually earned an extra $700,000 in income off the back of the YouTube video we created and ranked for him” adds Tom.

Not only do they offer this ‘Done For You’ service where they take care of everything for the client, they also teach business owners and marketers their system to implement themselves. “Teaching the old style strategy could be quite tricky at times as there was a lot of material to get through. With the new Video Results 2.0 course it is much, much simpler. So much so that we’re putting on a three day live course where we will teach attendees the whole strategy within those three days, with time for sleeping, eating and a few post-training drinks factored in too.” says Andy.

“Working in business video and video presenting, I know that a lot of people really aren’t comfortable with appearing on screen and can’t see themselves becoming an uber enthusiastic presenter in a second” says Tom, “The 2.0 course takes that presenting to camera element out. If you are comfortable with it, then great – go for it! But if not, we have equally effective ways of creating a high converting video.”

To find out more about Video Results and their 3 day 2.0 live course, watch their YouTube video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05JMabnC3Wc or go to their website at http://www.VideoResults.com

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Survey System Named Best Survey Software of 2012 by TopTenReviews

Creative Research Systems’ The Survey System was named the Best Survey Software of 2012 by TopTenReviews earning the highest marks in survey creation, analysis, and administration method categories. Survey System was pleased to receive the title as the best Survey Software and plans to continue to improve their survey software.

“This software has all the tools and features for creating and analyzing credible surveys for any professional needs,” said TopTenReviews. TopTenReviews reviewed the top survey software in the industry and they were judged based on the following factors: survey creation, survey analysis, survey administration, ease of use, and help and support. The Survey System beat out the competition and was rightfully named the best survey software of 2012.

“The Survey System is a powerful survey application for professional marketers and others who are familiar with creating and conducting surveys. It offers several question types, templates and stock questions as well as ways to customize survey questions and tools to restrict and qualify respondent answers. It can create a flurry of graphs and tables, cross-referencing data and questions to allow credible analyzing of survey responses. This application will take the novice some time to master its functionality, but can be an effective survey software tool for professionals and those in need of quality survey software.” -TopTenReviews.

When it came to creating a survey The Survey System received a 10/10. When it came to analyzing the survey, The Survey System received a 10/10. In the Survey Administration category, it received a 10/10 once again. When it comes to the Ease of Use it received a 7.5/10. Finally, for the Help & Support category it received a 10/10. The overall verdict was a 9.5/10. To read the in-depth review, please visit TopTenReview.

President of Creative Research Systems Hank Zucker was pleased with the outcome of the review and wants to thank TopTenReviews for choosing them as the Best Survey Software of 2012.

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LBi and Kuoni win Travolution Award for Best Use of Search Engine Marketing

With the challenge to cement Kuoni as the market leader in luxury travel, LBi was tasked with meeting an ambitious set of KPIs focused on increasing traffic and revenue, while developing the authority of Kuoni.co.uk.

LBi responded with a bespoke ‘multi-signal’ strategy, placing SEO, social media, online PR and community engagement at the core of customer communication activities across the organisation.

Up against stiff competition from Propellernet and HouseTrip, the judges were impressed by the campaign results, with Kuoni now outperforming its closest competitors by 5-10% and traffic from non-branded organic search is up about 100% YOY (Source GfK Ascent).

The campaign also put Kuoni at number 1 on Google for holiday related keywords for all top destinations and on the first page of Google for 90% of the ‘holiday’ keywords.

Mark Fleming, SEO & Affiliate Specialist, Kuoni, said: “We switched to a multi-signal search strategy about a year ago, focusing strongly on a broader range of digital and social channels. We’ve been incredibly pleased with the results that have been generated by LBi, and it’s fantastic to know that our campaign has also received recognition from our peers and those within the travel industry.”

Anneli Ritari, Associate Client Director at LBi, said: “Google’s huge Panda algorithm update last year has meant that authority and social signals have become the as important as traffic for helping sites to rank well.

“With Kuoni, we’ve been able to quickly develop and implement a bespoke multi-signal search strategy, which we’re delighted has also captured the imagination of the judges at this year’s Travolution Awards.”

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Acquirelists announced the release of updated 372,194 contacts of Engineering executives with 80% permission based emails, 51% direct dial phone and 73% social media profiles like LinkedIn

Acquirelists engineering mailing lists reach key influencers and purchasing decision-makers. These engineers are multi-disciplined design engineering professionals working with electrical/electronics, fluid power, mechanical drives, microwave, motion control, assembly, materials, and engineering software, and their job requires a constant investment in product development cycles. Our entire engineering database gives you the depth of selections and overall reaches to put your offer in the hands of the top engineers and engineering managers.

“Acqurielists Engineering executives mailing lists provide relevant information for marketers looking for an advantage over their competitors “ says Andrew F Robinson, CEO of Acquirelists. “We are constantly updating our data in every quarter to ensure the updated executive contact details are available to our valued client base.” Email, telephone and mailing address information for these businesses and executives create the ideal marketing contacts to begin a successful online marketing campaign or appending to existing B2B database.

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An EMS triple hit at Broadband World Forum

Justin Isles (Client Services Director at Event Marketing Solutions) shares his latest client news from the technology sector.

In a couple of weeks’ time, three of our technology clients will take their display trailerson the road to exhibit at the world’s largest broadband conference and exhibition, Broadband World Forum.

Taking place at the RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam, the event promises to showcase the best in strategy, technology and innovation, attracting in excess of 7,500 participants with 300 visionary speakers and panellists, and more than 200 exhibitors.

It is a must-attend event for those at the forefront of revolutionary broadband technologies, applications, solutions and services, but we have found that an increasing number of companies from this sector are blending their trade show programmes with VIP customer events.

Over the last few years our mobile trailers have been working hard for technology companies, providing a cost and time-effective platform to demonstrate their products and services as well as meet and greet current and future international clients.

Being mobile has proved particularly effective for this sector, as it often involves heavy, cumbersome equipment. Without a live, hands-on demonstration, the technology too can be relatively complex and difficult to get to grips with.

By transforming an exhibition truck into a branded, high-tech showroom, technology companies have been able to create a versatile and flexible roadshow schedule, taking in major trade shows, as well as delivering bespoke one-to-one sessions to customers – right on their doorsteps.

Businesses are benefiting a great deal from this approach, as it proves to generate greater return on investment and keeps the event calendar going well beyond the trade show schedule. It also provides the opportunity to target and explore new territories, beyond those found on the major exhibition circuit.

We have spent many years designing and delivering sophisticated roadshow exhibitions and campaigns across multiple territories on behalf of our clients. We have used our knowledge to design and fit out high-tech exhibition trailerswith bespoke storage and transportation for valuable technology, and provided multilingual branding wraps.

It all comes together for us when we see three of our clients taking centre stage at one of the world’s most prestigious technology shows. Each has a unique offering, but all of them have used ‘mobile’ event marketing solutions to deliver their message in the most effective and impactful way. It’s fantastic to be a part of that and we look forward to a successful three days.

To find out more about the Broadband World Forum visithttp://www.broadbandworldforum.com/

Or to see how EMS helps technology brands to connect with new audiences and demonstrate products through the use of bespoke mobile exhibition trailers watchhttp://youtu.be/zLhJ1xpGDMQ

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SearchCatalyst Highlights Why Duplicate Web Content is Bad for Small Businesses

Duplicate web page content is bad for any website because it greatly affects SEO, but SearchCatalyst, an SEO agency dealing exclusively in small business Internet marketing, says it is particularly bad news for small businesses.

Aside from negatively impacting on a user’s online experience, duplicate content is particularly disastrous for SEO. It affects the site’s credibility, which is one of the most important ways a site can rank highly, organically, on search engines like Google. Google ranks sites based on several criteria, each of which is built into its complicated search algorithm. Relevancy is the most important – does the site list content relevant to the search query? – but credibility is a close second.

However, this issue affects all businesses, big and small. An issue that is more likely to affect small businesses, or expanding ones in the processes of upgrading their websites and online presence comes down to duplicate content on developer sites. Quite often web developer domains – where developers work on websites – are indexed by Google. Developers can be completely unaware they have created duplicate content but as websites take a few months to develop they can sit on developer domains for a while and the duplicate pages will negatively affect search rankings on Google.

This generally impacts small businesses to a greater extent than larger companies because they don’t have the scope and finances to implement new pages quickly.

Google’s algorithms are highly sophisticated and can filter out sites that have duplicate content. Some may be labelled as spam as a result, whilst others will just be listed much lower down on the SERPs. Google has become much better at detecting duplicate content since the Panda algorithm update, which all small businesses and developers should be aware of.

SearchCatalyst offers affordable SEO services to small businesses looking to boost organic search rankings and gain greater online exposure at minimal cost.

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EMS Bolsters Senior Team Following Strong Start To Year

Roadshow promotions specialist, Event Marketing Solutions (EMS) has promoted two members of its client services team following several new business wins, marking a strong start to the first half of 2012.

Gemma Edney has been promoted to the role of Account Director where she will head up a team handling roadshows and event marketing campaigns for a number of key clients. In eight years with EMS, Gemma has helped secure several new income streams for the company including the high profile Student Finance campaign with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Following a successful 12 months with EMS, Cassie Kendrew has been appointed to the role of senior account manager where she will play an increasingly pivotal role in international business development and client services.

EMS Client Services Director, Justin Isles commented: “Gemma and Cassie have progressed enormously over their time with us, delivering a number of first class campaigns and helping to improve the outlook of the business through 2012 and beyond.

“They have forged excellent relationships with clients and these appointments reflect the incredible contribution that they have made to EMS, providing us with a firmer foundation to build a robust and professional management team for the future.”

EMS has enjoyed a strong start to the year with several new event marketing projects as well as contract extensions including work with the British Heart Foundation, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Ciena and Ogilvy.

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Make the Right Appointments with Voice Group

Representing a great range of clients within a variety of sectors, Voice Group is one of the most respected brands in the call-centre industry. So from insurance firms to utilities companies, to financial and professional service providers, the team at Voice Group are able to use their wealth of experience to provide a variety of contact centre services that are applicable to the business and consumer marketplace.

These services include the Appointment Setting, which will create a series of qualified appointments for businesses. Voice Group utilise a tried and tested appointment generation process that guarantees that all meetings fulfil a pre-agreed criteria, go ahead, and ultimately generate a return for all clients.

The appointment setting team is supported by a dedicated and experience management resource, which includes additional training, quality control, account management, IT/MI, and general operational management. Voice Group also has the ability to source data and integrate additional marketing techniques, including SMS, email, and direct mail.

The target audience for the Appointment Setting Service is consumers, SME’s, and large corporate. Voice Group has spent years building a strong reputation with all of their clients, and are renowned for providing a quality service and proactive management, while meeting and exceeding clients expectations.

“Voice Group has recruited a varied team of experienced agents who are able to resolve all client issues,” said a Voice Group spokesperson. “We aim to assist all of our clients by utilising our specialist IT systems that are able to manage contacts and report and record calls. This enables us to help the process of appointment making and quality control.”

For additional information, please visit the VOICE Group website.

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ekmResponse Outline the Three Ingredients to Building the Perfect Mailing List

One of the UK’s leading email marketing solution specialists, ekmResponse, shares the secrets of how to build and maintain a good quality mailing list to encourage subscriber interaction and help build customer relationships.

There are three key ingredients involved in building the perfect list in order to yield positive results on an ongoing basis.

Speed
It is important to build your mailing list as quickly as possible. The quicker you build one, the quicker it will generate extra traffic to your site. The quicker you generate extra traffic to your site, the quicker extra revenue can be made.

Be sure to have multiple newsletter signup forms throughout your site. Users may feel happy to subscribe to news or information about particular products or topics throughout your website rather than to a generic newsletter which you might allow submission to on your home page. With ekmResponse, subscribers can be split into separate mailing lists based on the topics of info they have subscribed to.

Conversion
Offering several avenues for users to submit their details is one step of building a list quickly, but it could all count for nothing if the user feels there is no incentive to part with their details. If you find you have lots of hits throughout your site, but very little submission of data, then the user is likely being put off for some reason. The question of “Why should this user subscribe?” needs to be asked; and you need to provide the answer…

Users are far more likely to subscribe if they feel they will benefit in doing so. Therefore, offering a free gift, a discount code or some other gesture of thanks is likely to encourage conversion from initial interest, to submission of data. Making sure the user knows exactly what they will be receiving in their inbox, how often and that their details will not be passed on to 3rd parties offers reassurance that they can safely give their details to you.

Couple this with quick delivery of the gesture of thanks and you will have set the foundations for a trusting relationship with your recipients.

Retention
Once you have built your mailing list, generated trust and a good rapport with your subscribers, the final ingredient to carrying out successful email marketing is to ensure you retain those subscribers.

Regular news to the correct subscribers which they benefit from reading, regular special offers on products they are likely to buy, games like “Find the easter bunny on our website and claim a free gift!” are the kind of things in order to keep your emails fresh and to continuously encourage subscriber interaction.

If your emails become less frequent and contain content which your subscribers are finding increasingly repetitive, you will quickly find your contacts unsubscribe – putting a waste to all your hard work in building the mailing list in the first place.

You could ask yourself, if you were one of your recipients, would you be happy receiving your emails and if not, what would you like to receive?

Matthew Allingham, product manager of ekmResponse advises, “To ensure you make the most of email marketing, it is imperative to follow best practices when building a mailing list. Obtaining subscriber interest, generating trust and gauging interactivity are the building blocks to email marketing success.

We encourage our customers to maximise the tools available in order to benefit the most from their email marketing campaigns”. To view the ekmResponse email marketing platform and start building your mailing lists, head over to www.ekmresponse.com and try the free tariff.

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Ciena B2B Roadshow Hits Mobile World Congress After Middle East Success

Leading global telecommunications equipment provider Ciena builds on a highly successful Middle East tour for its EMEA roadshow with a visit to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Delegates at the annual global technology event saw working demonstrations of Ciena’s industry-leading network equipment and software solutions at its unique mobile ‘Innovation Lab’ exhibition trailer.

Managed by B2B marketing roadshow specialist Event Marketing Solutions (EMS), Ciena’s campaign has visited 42 venues in 14 European and Middle Eastern countries since debuting at last year’s Mobile World Congress event. Ciena’s mobile exhibition trailer has travelled nearly 26,000 miles and spent 39 weeks on the road, clocking up 92 event days.

The Middle East leg of the tour in December and January reached important clients in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Khobar and Kuwait. Last week, the nearly 60,000 visitors to Mobile World Congress had the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with Ciena’s intelligent infrastructure solutions,
including some of the most advanced Carrier Ethernet and optical network technologies on the market.

Following the successful event in Barcelona, Ciena’s roadshow heads back to the UK before returning to the road to continue its European tour – Paris being the first stop.

EMS designed and managed the innovative, flexible fit-out of the 13.6m exhibition vehicle, which is branded, with multi-lingual capacity that allows different graphics to be used for each country.

The interior of the exhibition trailer enables Ciena to deliver a bespoke event for each client they visit, from workshops to theatre style. It includes a reception area, specially designed fully air-conditioned server rack to demonstrate and store the high-tech equipment safely, presentation zones with LED screens, interactive workstation area and private meeting room.

Justin Isles, Client Services Director at EMS said: “Ciena’s arrival at Mobile World Congress marks a highly successful 12 months engaging with the worldwide market in a campaign that has broken international boundaries. Each new country has enabled the Ciena team to build relationships face-to-face with a vast number of customers, providing a valuable new business platform.

“The success of the Ciena roadshow has been a tribute to the highly effective, and often complex operational solutions that we can deliver to organisations, which have a real impact on the bottom line.”

Ciena is one of a growing portfolio of EMS clients who are benefiting from technology demonstration roadshows. Other clients include Dell, Samsung and IBM.

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Recent ekmResponse Upgrades Offer Relevant Targeted Marketing

One of the UK’s leading email marketing solutions specialists ekmResponse has upgraded its email campaign reporting tools to allow greater scope for targeted marketing.

Most good email marketing systems will offer the basics when it comes to email tracking, such as open rates, untracked emails and bounces. Such information is imperative at allowing you to know how well you are engaging your recipients; how well you are doing as an email marketer and perhaps most importantly, how you can improve. The ekmResponse email marketing system however, now goes one step further…

Targeted Marketing

Sending an email campaign to a mailing list is only one half of the story. What good is a single email to people if you do not follow up the leads which the email generates? The ekmResponse email marketing system now allows its users to view a host of extra fields for each recipient that is emailed.

This valuable information allows the user to obtain a list of all those that opened the email in order to view their postal addresses, contact numbers and optional custom fields, at the click of a button.

For example, the contact details for all the recipients that showed an interest in a particular product being promoted within an email may be required. Perhaps a phone call to them or a dedicated email campaign exclusively to those users with a lucrative special offer to help seal the deal would be in order? How about an email campaign to all users within a particular postcode area? The possibilities are endless…

Joanne Russell from handbag accessories supplier SoHooked.com, reports that her staff are able to interact more closely and with more relevance to her existing customer base, thanks to the new ability within ekmResponse.

Joanne says: “Now being able to see at a glance the phone numbers for each customer that reads our emails, along with the previous products they’ve purchased by use of the custom fields, we can contact each active lead and make recommendations and offers to them based on their previous purchases. We now have organised, instant leads which we can work through right after sending an email campaign!”

Other updates as part of this recent release include a more powerful mailing list import tool, working faster than the previous version and allowing existing contact details to be updated with new info. To view the ekmResponse email marketing platform and the features it offers, along with the new updates, head over to www.ekmresponse.com and try the free tariff.

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