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Old School SEO Still Reigns

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Our Guest Blog this week comes from Marketing Manager Rob who specialises in SEO and Content Marketing. 

What should you consider when trying to rank at the top of Google’s search results in 2019?

Good old-fashioned relevant content still RULES when it comes to ranking factors, high-quality content, particularly long-form, detailed content, tends to gain more inbound links. It also keeps people on your website for longer periods of time, which is a ranking factor for Google. The assumption is that when visitors don’t bounce away from your content, it must be relevant and is therefore worthy of a higher search engine position.

Keyword-rich content: is another important ranking factor, but it’s important to consider two things – 1) Google hates keyword stuffing, so write with natural language and 2) make sure your content really speaks to what people are searching for, rather than just search engine alone. Rand Fishkin touched on this with his “How to Rank” checklist noting that website owners should do keyword research to help discover words and phrases that searchers use or regularly search for – keep in mind that more people are asking questions either via voice search or typing them directly into Google.

Metatags still matter: so pay attention to the title tags of your webpages (this is what appears as the clickable link on the search results pages) and meta description which is the snippet of text directly beneath the title. One of Google’s top-ranking factors is still CTR, so a compelling link title is really imperative.

Make sure you include H1 and H2 tags in your webpages (SO BASICBUT VITALLY IMPORTANT) because pages using at least one H1 or H2 heading tend to rank better than those without.

Modern SEO ranking factors to consider

The modern search marketer or SEO specialist has their work cut out for them. In addition to the tried and true (old fashioned) ranking factors listed above, there are many new factors to consider:

  • Make sure your website is mobile-friendly since Google’s index will crawl the mobile version of a website first before the desktop version. Your website should be responsive on all mobile platforms – this is now the rule rather than the exception.
  • Make sure your website is speedy and loads quickly. Mobile sites should load in 2 seconds, while desktop sites should load in 3. The top-ranked websites are the ones that load the fastest.
  • Make sure your website is encrypted – that is, it uses HTTPS encryption since nearly 50% of top-ranking websites all use HTTPS, up from 12% in 2015!

Happy optimising in 2019

It’s extremely interesting (and possibly a little comforting) that many ranking factors have stayed the same since the early days of SEO. CONTENT is at the centre of a good SEO strategy, just as it was twenty years ago. On-page optimisation, meta tags, and backlinks are all still key criterias in Google’s ranking algorithm (as they were in the back in the day).

Implementing these factors alongside newer factors such as mobile-readiness, site encryption and fast-loading pages, will help you rank higher in the coming year.

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Why YouTube Can Help Any Marketing Campaign

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Marketing has always been about using the latest technology to get your message across. There’s no point in having a fantastic campaign that is never appreciated by anybody. YouTube is the second largest search engine, making it a great place to go for potential customers.

This week’s blog at First Digital Media looks into YouTube Marketing and how you can use it for your own benefits.

History of YouTube

Since being brought to life in February 2005, YouTube has become one of the largest platforms online. More than 1.8 billion people use this and 100 hours of video content are uploaded each minute. With such a huge following, it isn’t difficult to see how this area has been tapped into by the marketing community.

As a result of the number of people accessing it, YouTube is now the second largest search engine. It’s only beaten by owner Google, who purchased the streaming service in November 2006.

Wide Reach and Successful Returns

Today, there are around 23 million different channels on YouTube. To add to this, at least 200 channels have over 10 million subscribers. There is something for everyone from gaming and music to instruction videos on how to hold a cat. It is this that makes it a great place to reach potential new customers. Many people have been able to build careers for themselves and reach out to those who they never would have been able to in the past.

However, it can be a difficult thing to balance. One of YouTube’s biggest stars Pewdiepie is no stranger to this. As the second largest channel at 100,876,836 million subscribers, the gamer has faced a lot of criticism over the years. Opening yourself up online can risk bad press, but this is the same of every platform. Despite this, he’s still estimated to be earning £6.5 million a month from Ad revenue, merch and other projects.

He isn’t the only person to have found popularity and money from the platform. Other channels making a fair amount include Dude Perfect (£2.8 million per month), VanossGaming (£2.1 million per month), DanTDM (£2.1 million per month), and JuegaGerman (£1.8 million per month).

Will It Work For Me?

Becoming a millionaire doesn’t happen for everyone. Although, that doesn’t mean YouTube isn’t worth the time. Creating videos about your products or services can be incredibly beneficial. Creating a channel is fairly simple to do and, using the right approach, you can start to increase your followers.

If you are looking to make videos, then consider your content and what message you are putting across. Are you looking to sell, inform or entertain? This will give you a clearer idea of what to create. You also need to think about editing software, music and copyright, and SEO.

It may not be your first thought, but SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) is needed on YouTube too. After all, it is a search engine. ‘Clickbait’ is a well-known term thrown around by YouTubers and refers to the title of a video. Titles on YouTube are what a viewer sees first along with a thumbnail. Getting this right is important, just as much as the description. Words and phrases used here will be taken to rank videos and display them to in right searches.

Don’t Forget Ads

On top of creating your own videos, you could also look at using YouTube for advertising. We’ve all come across Ads while watching videos so you should be aware of them. In fact, these ads per click are often cheaper than Google AdWords. Estimates suggest a YouTube ad click is priced at £0.08-0.25 ($0.10-0.30) per click compared to Google Ads at £0.66-1.32.

Advertisements are divided into 3 different types:


These are the Ads that you’ll see most often. You’ll only pay for this if a user interacts by either watching for more than 30 seconds or clicking on it. These can be either skippable (12 seconds – 6 minutes) or non-skippable (15-20 seconds).

Two different formats of TrueView exist which are Video Discovery and In-Stream. Previously known as In-Display Ads, Video Discovery appear on the homepage of the platform as well as search results and related video suggestions. In-Stream is as it says and appears before a video or stream. In most cases, these can be skipped after 5 seconds.

Preroll Ads

We’ve all been there when you can’t skip an Ad and this is what preroll is. A viewer will have to watch the video and they are no longer than 20 seconds. These are usually at the start of a video but can be placed in the middle (mid-roll) in videos that are over 10 minutes. Preroll Ads are on a PPC (Pay Per Click) basis, making it crucial to make the most of the time you have.


As the shortest Ad, these last no more than 6 seconds and play before a video starts. These are best used to advertise a bigger video or campaign, drawing people to watch your content.

Changing the Future of Marketing

The world of marketing is always changing. More and more options are becoming available, with YouTube marketing being one of them.

To find out more about what we do here at First Digital Media, including YouTube and Video Marketing, please get in contact with us.

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Influencer Marketing and the Challenges

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A decade ago, social media was predominantly used for sharing your thoughts, opinions and photos on an online platform to your friends, but it has now rapidly changed into a huge marketing tool for brands and products.

In this blog I explore what influencer marketing is and the challenges facing this type of marketing.

What is Influencer Marketing?

Did you know that nearly 81% of brands have found using influencer marketing effective?

As one of the fastest growing marketing tools to date, influencer marketing is a process where a celebrity or a social media user with a high following can target and drive products or brands to their large audience – ‘influencing’ them to purchase a product.

Whether it’s on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube or Twitter, ‘influencers’ can market products using a range of different tools, including photos, videos or even blogs posts.

Did you know there are more than 500,000 active influencers on Instagram alone? Social media itself has rapidly grown in the past decade, so it’s certainly no surprise that it is now becoming an effective marketing platform.

Brands and Influencer Marketing

Even some of the biggest brands are using Influencer Marketing, including Gucci, Nike, online clothes stores Missguided, Boohoo and food chains, JustEat and Mcdonalds.

However, you don’t have to be a big established brand, even the smallest of brands are using this form of marketing and it’s certainly no surprise why. 75% of users take action after looking at a brand’s post, it’s probably the most effective marketing tool out there!

The Influencers

Influencer marketing is absolutely everywhere, probably more than you think. From personal experience, I know I can scroll through my Instagram for around 20 seconds, and there will be at least two or three enticing brand posts, but who are the people or ‘influencers’ marketing these products?

Whether it’s fashion, beauty, gaming or sport, influencers don’t necessarily have to be a celebrity. What makes them an influencer, is their large social media following and the influence they have on their followers in that industry.

‘The Pyramid of Influence’ shows the different types of influencers, some already well-known celebrities and some that are ‘everyday influencers’.

Pyramid of Influence


The Challenges Facing Influencer Marketing

If you want to build up your brand online, gain an online presence and engage with potential buyers, Influencer Marketing is an easy way into the hearts and minds of followers, but currently, there are various problems facing Influencer Marketing.

  1. Fake Followers and Fake Likes

A new study claims there are 10 million fake Instagram accounts in the UK and that more than half of users here have bought followers, likes or comments.

Even though this is legal to do so, influencers with fake followers and likes are eligibly charging a brand for more exposure to a following that is non existent. Not only is this unethical, but influencers who have built up their following over the years are now competing with accounts with a fake following.

  1. Instagram Removing Likes

It is no surprise that Instagram has become the most important influencer marketing channel, but there has been recent concern over the social media platform for rolling out the removal of likes.

Instagram want people to worry less about how many likes we get on Instagram and more about the content. In a bid to tackle mental health and self-esteem issues, I think this is a great idea as no one will be comparing likes and feeling doubtful over their posts.

However, this causes great concern for influencer marketing. With the removal of likes, brands won’t be able to see an influencers following and engagement. We have discussed this further in a previous blog

  1. Social Media Algorithms Changes

If you haven’t noticed yourself, over the past couple of years, the way social media algorithms work has changed and these can cause major problems for brands and influencers.

Facebook now favour individual accounts rather than publisher content. This makes it difficult for brands and businesses to overshadow all of your Facebook friends whom you engage with.

Instagram have now changed from showing everything in chronological order to now prioritizing posts that you engage with more. So if you don’t interact with a certain brand or influencer, these will now be placed further down your Instagram’s feed.

The same goes for YouTube. More than 70 percent of time spent on YouTube is spent watching what the algorithm recommends. So instead of showing you videos chronologically, YouTube displays users subscribed channels based on their engagement and popularity.

The Future of Influencer Marketing

As an avid social media user myself, I follow a range of celebrities and social media influencers that do advertise brands and products regularly.

Have I been influenced to buy a product from them in the past? Most definitely yes.

Take a second and think, can you honestly remember the last time you went on a social media platform and DIDN’T see a product or brand being marketed by an ‘influencer’ or celebrity? Probably not. This in itself is a reason why influencer marketing is now one of the biggest marketing tools and I’m pretty sure it’s just going to get even bigger.

Even though there are various problems facing influencer marketing, people are so glued to scrolling through their social media feeds, there is certainly still even more room for it to grow. There’s no better time to start using influencer marketing than now.

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The Proof Is In The Pudding – Guest Blog

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The old saying ‘the proof is in the pudding’ gets thrown around a lot when it comes to digital marketing relationships between marketers and clients.

But really, when you are marketing for a business, the client will also want to see the proof in their pudding when they are paying you for a service. Here at First Digital Media, we report back every single month as part of our marketing packages on our client’s success, downfalls, new ideas moving forward and show exactly where their money has been spent and was stats come from that.

We prove what happens to our pudding, but do others?

A New Month

August is a new month and we have lots of exciting plans going ahead here at FDM. But before we start a new month, let’s take a quick look back at some recent stats that really got us thinking here in the office.

Working in the digital industry, we always need to keep up with the changing trends and looking at past stats and figures is something we are all passionate about for our own knowledge and our clients. Wanting to deliver the best pudding on the market means looking at how others have been unsuccessful, no one wants to follow in their footsteps after all.

GDPR and the True Costs

Back in May 2018, the world was hit with new laws regarding General Data Protection Regulations and it really shook the online world and how it worked. It was the European Union that created and earmarked the landmark privacy law for users online and their personal data but it was businesses that felt the downfalls.

A recent paper from Samuel Goldberg, Garrett Johnson and Scott Shriver stated that “GDPR could hurt online firms: 1) directly, by restricting online advertising and changing user browsing preferences, and 2) indirectly, by reducing the web analytics data that informs the firm’s decisions”.

Their research collaborated from 1,500 online businesses that were using a certain analytics platform to track their users. Overall, the businesses all found that the recorded page views and the number of users visiting the site had fallen by 9.7% since the introduction of GDPR.

Minor figures on the grand scheme of things, but in reality, this was resulting in an average $8,000 loss a week.

Here at First Digital Media, we also noticed a drop in analytical figures but we worked around this, developing new techniques to ensure that we didn’t make any further losses.

Ad Spends and CPC’s

Another report outlines that there has been a massive growth in e-commerce advertising as there are figures showing there has been a 40% increase. This could be that due to GDPR and the restrictions on personal data, advertisers and marketers are having to spend more on average to get the same response they were previously.

It was also found that CPC’s were reducing across various industries which could either be because of a lack of users clicking or the lack of data that can be given once clicked.

Marketing Job Cuts

The speculations surrounding the business Uber has recently seen a lot of bad press and this next bit of news also isn’t great either. Uber has recently reduced its marketing team by a third, cutting around 400 jobs in total.

In the move to try and cut costs, Uber announced the move internally first then around the rest of the world. For a business that employs a massive 25,000 people around the whole world, 400 employees doesn’t seem huge but for the marketing industry, it really is. The reason why is due to profits and Uber not really making any money at all but it has also been put to maybe too many ‘cooks spoiling the broth’ and decisions being unclear across their marketing techniques. (clearly, they weren’t making their pudding properly from the start)

Another reason why here at First Digital Media, we like to keep it simple. We work as a team, we work together and all decisions are very clear to avoid confusion and a host of people working for nothing. We all add an integral ingredient to our pudding mixtures, avoiding a disaster in the kitchen.

Growth in App Frauds

As the rise of mobile phones is increasing faster than the rate of homes, it is no surprise that app fraud has also risen. According to the 2019 State of Mobile Fraud report, the figures have grown to an alarming rate.

In the first half of 2019, it has been recorded that marketers lost over $2.3 billion of ad spend due to fraud and bots. There is also another 16% of app installation frauds that were not caught in action and the most targeted industry was financial apps.

The most worrying element is that those committing the frauds are harder to find due to the mimicking of actual user experiences being easier to complete.

Marketing at First Digital Media

If any of these figures have got you thinking about handing over the reins of your marketing to someone else, get in touch with us today on 01524 544346. We have a whole team ready and waiting to take your business to market so you don’t have to hire each individual skill, you don’t have to worry about fraud and you also don’t have to worry about the ad spends themselves.

What’s not to love about that? Grab some of our pudding, it’s the best!

Marketing Campaigns: How to Avoid Failure

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Trying to advertise a company can be a difficult task, especially with so many places to target. Gone are the days when a printed newspaper advertisement would be all you need. Today marketing campaigns need to consider the online world, social media and so much more.

Unfortunately for some campaigns have fallen flat, causing an embarrassment and upset. Our blog this week at First Digital Media looks into marketing campaigns and how to avoid things going wrong.

Big Names, Big Mistakes

Wherever we turn, we see an advertisement of some form. Whether it’s a poster on a bus stop or an advert on Facebook, marketing is everywhere. For most companies, their advertising is successful and is a fantastic way of generating traffic and sales. After all, this is what we all strive for.

However, there have been some horrendous campaigns run which have left more questions than answers. Sometimes ideas do not come across exactly as they were planned.

A perfect example of this was an advert run by world-famous brand Pepsi in 2017. The brand used model Kendall Jenner to create an advert mirroring the Black Lives Matter campaign with horrific consequences. Several people spoke up against the offensive advert, including Martin Luther King’s daughter, causing it to be pulled.

Worst Marketing Errors

Pepsi aren’t the only ones who have made a bold move and experienced a backlash. Both Dove and BrewDog have run campaigns to promote feminism and body positivity. Even though this all sounds great, the execution was far from perfect.

In May 2017, Dove launched brand new packaging for their products for sale. The aim was to promote body positivity, but people took offence when there were only a few select shapes to pick from. Rather than empowering women, it caused anxiety and came across as patronising.

BrewDog weren’t much more successful in March last year. The brand is well known for their Punk IPA and, to celebrate International Women’s Day, they rebranded the beer as ‘Pink IPA’. Meant to be an ironic comment, the message was lost and instead became offensive. Not only this, but a man sued the company after he was denied a Pink IPA for not being female.

Getting It Right

While some have been unfortunate, others have got their campaigns spot on. From Nike’s ‘Just Do It’ to Coke’s ‘Share a Coke’ re-brand, there are countless examples of how to approach advertising. No matter what product or service you are trying to sell, there will always be a way to promote it. The devil, as they say, is in the detail.

The very first thing to do is to understand your product and create a well thought out plan. Have baked ideas can sometimes have consequences, so there are a lot of aspects to consider. Think about the messages you want to put across along with how you want to do it.

There are many different channels that can be used to advertise, so reading up about them is worthwhile. From print media to TV, radio and the internet, each has its own benefits. Each is continuously evolving which is why it is crucial to keep up to date with changes.

Monitoring Performance

Once a campaign has been completed, people start to celebrate. Although, monitoring the success of your marketing project is just as important as implementing it. Even though you think something is a good idea, it may not go down well.

In the past several brands have quickly reversed their ideas. From Bud Light’s reversing of their #UpForWhatever campaign to Nivea’s ‘White is Purity’ slogan, there have been plenty of brands backpedalling ideas. Once a campaign is out in the open, you’ll be able to see what people think and, if necessary, react.

Starting Your Marketing Campaign

It isn’t always easy to go it alone and this is something that Pepsi learnt the hard way. Sometimes seeking advice and support from a professional agency can help to make your approach more successful. With thorough market research and the right execution, you can make advertising work for you.

At First Digital Media we work with a number of varied clients to market their services and products. To find out more, feel free to get in contact with us.

What to Expect In Digital Marketing As An Apprentice

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Whether you have just come out of sixth form or you are at a stage where you are unsure what’s next, apprenticeships could be the best option. With apprenticeship popularity continuing to grow, it is important to know whether digital marketing is right for you.

First Digital Media strive to provide a strong platform where apprentices can thrive. With our guidance, apprentices are smoothly integrated into the digital marketing industry.

How Popular Are Apprenticeships?

In 2017/18, the number of people participating in apprenticeships had dropped by 94,000 people from 2016/17. With less than 900,000 apprentices in total in England, it can be easy to assume this isn’t the right option for you.

Despite this, 64% of teens being surveyed said they would be “very” or “fairly interested” in beginning an apprenticeship. With the common alternative being University and completing a degree, there are several reasons apprenticeships should be your first choice. Providing you with income from a young age and not leaving you with student debt, an apprenticeship can get you into the same job role and industry as someone who has just left university. The difference being, you can do this at a much younger age.

This also gives you experience in the industry, allowing you to push on or seek other business opportunities. This makes it surprising that there has been a drop in apprenticeships over the past two years. However, this could be due to 74% of 18-21 year olds saying they received poor information regarding apprenticeships. Hence, fewer people are receiving the option and benefits of being an apprentice and finding the right career path from a young age.

The Digital Marketing Industry

In the United States and Britain, spending on digital marketing grew by 44% from 2017 to 2018. According to Statista, spend on digital and online advertising in the UK in 2019 has already eclipsed figures from 2018. Not only does this demonstrate the success of digital marketing but how this industry can be perfect for new apprentices.

As I also started as an apprentice, I know this is a fantastic platform for young people to become involved in. There are several aspects of digital marketing that are included within marketing apprenticeships and your role at a marketing company:

  • Content Development
  • Google Ads
  • Google Analytics
  • Social Media
  • Technical SEO
  • Video Marketing
  • Web Development

Due to the huge range of tools used throughout digital marketing, this is an apprenticeship that only expands your future options. Many worries about apprenticeships stem from having the understanding and qualification for just one job role. However, this is not something I have encountered during my journey in digital marketing, as my knowledge and skill set has continued to develop.

Become A Digital Marketer

Digital marketing is very much a learning curve for each and every staff member. As an apprentice, you have the ability to experiment with many elements of marketing whilst constantly learning from your peers on the job. Whilst I believe pushing apprenticeships should be prioritised across every industry, marketing does offer a unique opportunity for young people.

Completing a university course may seem like the best option but it isn’t the only avenue you should explore. After completing a Level 3 marketing apprenticeship, I have quickly progressed onto a Level 4 at just 18 years old. As the equivalent of a foundation degree, this shows university isn’t the only way to gain higher level qualifications.

Apprenticeships At First Digital Media

First Digital Media give apprentices a huge opportunity to join our growing company and industry. Having previously taken apprenticeships in Web Design, Digital Marketing, Social Media and Customer Services within the Business Sector, youth is the future of our company to improve and drive us forward.

Regardless of which element in marketing you want to focus on, we will move you in the right direction. First Digital Media, throughout every apprenticeship, offer the support you need to successfully complete your course. As you develop and learn each area of the digital marketing industry, this expands your future openings to several businesses and industries where your expertise can be used.

Since I began my role on the marketing team, I have developed my knowledge in all areas of digital marketing. Working in an environment with a good mix between experienced staff members and emerging apprentices creates a fantastic atmosphere and allows everyone to get involved with all areas of the business. Making the decision to go into marketing was a difficult but rewarding choice. After 2 years in my role, I know it is something that other people can also significantly benefit from.

Call First Digital Media on 0845 094 1830 or fill in our contact form today for information on our marketing services.

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Bullying In Social Media

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This guest blog comes from Digital Marketing Apprentice, Josh. His role is all things Social Media.

Social Media is used right, it is without doubt the most successful and creative platform in the world, but is it always used right? Find out in this latest blog.

Social Media

Did you know there 3.48 billion people are using some sort of social media platform in 2019? To put that into perspective, that is just under half of the whole world! A lot of these users, like me and you are just wanting to see the latest news, share our lives, get some followers and maybe even get Philip Schofield to follow us back (Please Philip). However, there are a number of users across these social media platforms that constantly insult, undermine and hate on people’s content, this is a form of Cyber Bullying and it has grown massively in the past decade. According to research 87% of young people have witnessed cyber-bullying on social media in 2019, that is a lot of kids who have read abusive comments and the majority of them will think it is okay to do the same. This needs to stop and fast.

The Impact Of Social Media Bullying

The Impact of Cyber-bullying has become more and more drastic over the years and there is a lot of reasons for this. Firstly the anonymity, people can create fake accounts and post the nastiest comments and think because they are sat behind a screen that it wont affect them or the people they are talking too. When in reality they could not be more wrong, words hurt people whether they are said in person or as letters on a screen, bullying is bullying and you are not an attention seeker for being hurt by someone’s comment! Another reason is that the hate comments that are posted online are there forever, and whilst this is good to track bullying it can also make things so much worse for the victim. Everytime they log onto their favourite social media to check out that new meme everyone keeps referencing (yeah I’m always the one who doesn’t get the meme), they will see the comment and it creates a constant reminder that they are “not good enough” and soon enough makes them believe it is true. There are many reasons as to why cyber-bullying has grown but they all lead to one outcome, sadness.

It is now a common fact that suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, that is a very alarming statistic which no one seems to be taking seriously, the younger generation who are constantly being affected by this are now being branded as “Snow Flakes” which in my opinion is disgusting. These young adults are being forced to deal with constant harassment and mental health issues all on their own and to make matters even worse they are now being segregated and laughed at for it. Social Media bullying is lethal, will it be too late by the time people realise this?

Who Does This Effect?

Everyone who has used a social media platform can tell you that bullying is rife and can be witnessed on a daily occurrence, for example if you have been watching Love Island recently then you will have seen all of the abuse that is posted on Twitter whilst the show is on air. Every 10 seconds there is a new negative comment on the Love Island hashtag, that is a lot of insults and hate that the islanders will be reading when they come out.

My point is that social media bullying affects everyone from Influencers to Celebrities to your everyday guy who gets excited when pizza hut wishes him a happy birthday #guilty. Our comments on these social media platforms may seem harmless at first because we don’t know the person or think that we are joking but in reality, they can cause a lot of damage, shown by the suicides of Love Island’s Mike and Sophie. So please, before you post a mean comment on your mates Instagram “for a laugh” or tweet about a new Islander you don’t like. Think. Would you want someone to say that to you?

My Experience

Pretty much every social media user has experienced some sort of hate on the popular platforms, including myself, yet people are very afraid to speak about it. This is something we need to try focus on, we need to encourage people to speak up about the problems they are facing on social media and instead of just getting them to report it and have the comment taken down, we need to help them deal with these comments and make sure it is has no affect on their mental health. As a society we concentrate too much on taking action and reporting, rather than helping the victim learn how to cope with what has happened to them and stop it having long lasting effects.

My experience of social media bullying was never extreme but has had a long-lasting effect which I didn’t think was possible. When I was younger I used to post a lot of photos on Instagram which in all honesty were cringe, but at the time they made me feel good about myself, these posts were then met with hurtful comments and people laughing at me now this never made me depressed but it did stop me posting pictures and still has some effect on me today. If I go to upload a photo on Instagram I always have to think “Are people going to judge me for posting this?” and often I don’t post it because I’m afraid what people may say. We need to stop this, there are many people who have experienced a lot worse or are in the same situation as me and will feel this way. So, post that picture from your holiday, tell people how much you like Philip Schofield, do anything that makes you feel better about yourself. If you are feeling anxious about posting something or are worried about what people may say, just do it anyway, their comments do not reflect the person you are.

What Can We Do?

Social Media is great when we use it the way we are supposed to, it helps us make new friends, find new series to love and show our appreciation to the great Yewande. We need to start using these platforms properly, many campaigns are now being ran to fight back against Social Media bullying and it finally seems like we are heading in the right direction. However it is not all down to the companies to make this happen, we all need to help each other, so go out of your way to compliment your friend on that Instagram Picture, tag everyone in a funny meme and don’t post that hurtful comment just because everyone else is. Social Media is great for businesses, influencers and everyday users, we just need to use it properly.

If you are feeling suicidal or suffering from any other mental health problems due to social media bullying please speak out, I have left a number of links below to various helplines that you can visit and get the help you deserve, it’s time to rise up against Social Media Bullying.

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Celebrating Pride 2019

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This guest blog comes from Digital Marketing Executive, Joss. Her role involves Content Marketing and SEO.

Celebrating love across the world is important. This June marks 50 years to the month since the Stonewall Riots in New York, the start of Pride as we know it today. More and more companies and brands support Pride and this year is no different.

To mark the 50th anniversary, several companies have been running their own marketing campaigns to show support for the LGBTQ community. The LGBT+ community is a part of my life and many others, which is why it is important to celebrate what makes our world great.

The Stonewall Riots, June 1969

marsha-p-johnson-quoteIn the early hours of June 28 1969 the NYPD (New York Police Department) raided the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, New York City. After years of homophobic legislation and brutality, it was time for change. This raid had not been the first one and was nothing new, but something was different.

People refused to co-operate and hand over IDs to prove their gender. As a crowd started to gather outside, pressure fell on the police and violence erupted. One transvestite was pushed and hit in the face with a purse. Storme DeLarverie spoke to the crowds about the tight handcuffs and was beaten with a nightstick by police offices in retaliation.

A number of bystanders including activists Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P Johnson, started to throw bottles, cans, bins, bricks and more at police. Rioting continued for several nights afterwards and the iconic evenings led to the creation of the Gay Liberation Front as well as Gay Activists Alliance. In 1970 the very first Pride Parade took place, marking a huge shift in attitude towards LGBTQ rights.

Impact Today

Despite the Stonewall Riots, it has still taken decades for more rights to come into force. It wasn’t until 1999 that Bill Clinton declared June officially as ‘Gay and Lesbian Pride Month’. In 2009, Barack Obama extended the title to include all members of the community including bisexuals and transgender. Parades take places across the globe and this year more people than ever have been celebrating the event.

Today, the LGBTQ community have more of a voice in culture, government as well as the media. One of the best examples of the impact of Pride and the media is RuPaul’s Drag Race. Since airing 10 years ago, the programme has had 11 seasons, 4 seasons of an additional All Stars competition (with a 5th in filming), world tours, and supported Pride events around the world. The show has helped to grow equality and develop awareness, showing everybody just how important pride is.

Companies and Pride

Businesses in the UK have been doing their own marketing to celebrate 50 years of Pride. From Facebook adding a profile picture filter to Boohoo releasing their own Pride collection, there have been endless organisations getting involved.

Absolut Vodka are one of the longest supporters of Pride, having backed the LGBTQ community for over 35 years. Their ‘Kiss With Pride’ campaign aims to raise awareness that being gay is still illegal in 72 countries. Boohoo’s #LoveWithoutLimits collection is donating 10% of all sales to OutRight Action International and the LGBT Foundation.

pride-2019-marketingEven popular food company M&S are marking 50 years of Pride. The LGBT sandwich is a twist on the classic BLT, with the G standing for the added guacamole. As well as raising visibility, M&S are donating £10,000 to the Albert Kennedy Trust (akt), the national LGBTQ+ Youth Homelessness charity organisation, as well as €1000 to the BeLonG Youth Services in Ireland.

Is It Right?

However, some people are questioning whether it is right for a business to use Pride in their marketing. M&S have faced some backlash with people criticising them.

However, the akt’s Director Carrie Reiners has spoken out about the LGBT sandwich, saying:

“We’re thrilled to see M&S show visible support for the LGBTQ+ community this Pride, and are extremely grateful to be one of its two chosen charities. The donation from M&S will enable us to continue providing safe homes and better futures for the young LGBTQ+ people we work with, through our Purple Door safe house, host programme, mentoring and youth engagement work.”

Future of Marketing and Pride

Whilst Pride marketing campaigns may not be liked by all, they are still making a difference. As well as raising money, companies are raising awareness of the importance of love and equality. Big brands including Tesco and Amazon are supporting Pride events across the UK, bringing sponsorships as well as coverage with them.

Although, there is still room to grow. It is important for companies to not just support the LGBT+ community during June, but all year round. There are some that already do this and the Stonewall List of Top 100 Employers highlights organisations who are supporting equality every day. Taking part in Pride month is a huge step, however being an ally is the next and most crucial step.

How Google Chrome Changing Effects My Role – Guest Blog

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This guest blog comes from Digital Marketing Team Leader, Becci. Her role is all things marketing related as well as focusing on Google Analytics.

It was only last week I was at my friends’ house and I actually watched her open her laptop, open internet explorer, use the default browser Bing to search for ‘Google’ and then carry on with her tasks… I was gobsmacked.

I said “Why don’t you just set Google as your default browser”, after all, Google Chrome is the worlds most popular web browser out there with more than 60% of users using their site. This simple moment in time got me thinking about how important Google really is to all of us and how its changes effects my role as a digital marketer every day.

30th Birthday Celebrations

The web celebrates it’s 30th birthday this year and in the last 30 years (some before I was even born) we have all seen how certain updates have changed the way the world works both online and offline.

Although there has been significant developments in the last 30 years, this will not stop and moving forward into the very near future, we will be so shocked with what is to come.

Chromium Blog

This is something I hadn’t heard of myself until I did a bit of digging and research. This blog comes directly from Google and outlines all the upcoming changes that we should look out for. They have listed the following as changes that will effect Google Chrome functions within 2019:

  • Speed changes
  • Increasing the Power
  • Extra transparency
  • Improved Developer experiences
  • Increased security and privacy

Google Core Updates

There are updates all the time that marketers won’t even know have happened and there are some that will shift the way in which websites and SEO work hand in hand.

In March this year we were all made aware of Google changes due to websites dramatically dropping on both visibility and keyword rankings. Google never made anyone aware this was happening and they also didn’t let on what was changed, good work Google, good work.

A common question after any Google algorithm update is “How can I fix my site?” and the real answer is, “there is no set way”. You just have to roll with the punches, update your websites following SEO best practices and hope for the best that Google likes what you are doing.

“For marketers, the full impact of these changes and how users respond to the tools likely won’t be seen for months, but stand to have a significant impact on remarketing, analytics and attribution efforts”, Marketing Land.

My Role with Analytics

Looking at how this will change my role with Google Analytics is really important to me as it is becoming increasingly more difficult year on year to track users on my client’s websites due to their rights to privacy and security.

As the first change Google Chrome is making is all about cookies and privacy online, Google Analytics is surely going to be effected.

“This change will enable users to clear all [cross-site] cookies while leaving single domain cookies unaffected, preserving user logins and settings. It will also enable browsers to provide clear information about which sites are setting these cookies, so users can make informed choices about how their data is used.” Ben Galbraith and Justin Schuh from Chrome Engineering.

This will also affect re-targeting marketing methods that will follow users from website to website and advertise their products. This is something we urgently need to look into to ensure that we can still provide the same level of service to all of our clients.

Staying Optimistic

While there are lots of marketers panicking about the upcoming changes, I am staying positive. By now, we must all realise that Google runs the game and why would they make changes that would push users away? They wouldn’t.

In my opinion, we should all embrace the changes, work with Google and reap the benefits that will come with an improved web presence and space for digital marketing. Check back later in the year if I have had a meltdown about it or have fully embraced it.. who knows!


Rebranding: How To Do It Successfully

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As a business, having a solid brand is crucial to success. It will be your name, logo and approach to marketing that helps you to stand out from the crowd. However, sometimes there comes a time for a fresh start. Deciding to rebrand can be exciting but it is important to do this right. Poor rebranding can cost you money, time and customers.

Here at First Digital Media, our blog looks into how you should approach this and who has done it in the past.

The Past and Present of Rebrands

Over the years there have been some successful rebrands and others which have fallen flat. In 2011, Starbucks new redesign showed that you don’t need your name on a logo to stand out and be recognisable. McDonald’s did something similar by rebranding their logo as a solo ‘M’. Despite this, we all know who they are.

That being said, not everybody has been as successful. One of the most memorable in the previous decade has been Gap who, in 2010, decided to launch their new logo. It met with so much dislike that they reverted back to their original logo 6 days later.

Two rebrands that thankfully never happened were Pizza Hut and Netflix. Back in 2009, it emerged that Pizza Hut wanted to launch a new logo to target the ‘mobile generation’. Two years later Netflix thought it was a good idea to rebrand their online streaming service as ‘Qwikster’. Thankfully following criticism, both of these ideas were left to the side.

Who’s Doing It

There have been some brave rebrands over the past year which have caused a stir. Popular in both the US and UK, Dunkin’ Donuts received a few questions over their decision to drop the donuts from their name. Now known simply as Dunkin’, the brand said they made the move as they no longer did just donuts.

Even recently there has been a large company attempting to rebrand. In a blog Bing Ads announced that they would now be known as ‘Microsoft Advertising’, saying it was a “simple shift” that would improve business. As part of this, they are placing more focus on AI and plan to use this to personalise advertisements.

Why is All This Important?

Looking at how other companies have done it allows you to pull off a rebrand successfully. People become attached to logos and company names, so any changes need to be done carefully and with them in mind. If you rush into the process you could end up throwing away money and putting off your current customers.

Any branding needs to be carefully planned and thought through. Because of that, there are a few things to consider. From what your audience wants to what you need, it’s important to find balance.

Things to Consider

Changing how your business appears in public can bring endless benefits. Although, you need to make sure it is done correctly – nobody wants to do a Gap U-turn. The very first thing to do is to consider whether you need a rebrand. It may seem obvious, but it isn’t worth risking what you’ve built so far if there isn’t a genuine need. Think about whether your brand represents you, the company and what your customers are looking for.

Once you’ve done all this, think about the changes you want to make if any at all. From there you can determine how large the rebrand needs to be and estimate costs and time. Updating a logo is often the largest part, so make sure you have somebody creative on your side to give you a variety of ideas.

After any branding is done, you’ll need to plan a successful marketing campaign and relaunch. Companies have approached this in many different ways, so have a look round to see what appeals to you.

Making the Move

If you are going to rebrand, it is important to consider all aspects. If your current branding doesn’t suit your business or your customer’s needs, then chances are it’s time for a change.

At First Digital Media we can help you to rebrand your business, adding a fresh approach to your marketing. For more, please do not hesitate to contact us today.