Microsoft for Dummies: 9 PowerPoint Tips To Make Your Presentation 'Thrive'

Published: 29 May 2015 09:00 AM By

It's one of those software applications that everyone is aware of and whether it was in school or business, every professional today has played around with Microsoft PowerPoint in some way.

However, it remains a key part of most businesses marketing strategies, being used for internal meetings and external presentations, pitches and briefs.

What you need to know, however, are these power tips that take you to the next level of producing PowerPoint presentations!

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Topics: Design

Microsoft For Dummies: 7 Quick Tips For Using Microsoft Excel

Published: 25 May 2015 08:30 AM By

Lets face it, everyone in the 21st century has heard of the Microsoft packages like, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher and Excel. But do you know how to use them?

It's probably not as well as you think!

Whether you're a novice, intermediate or think of yourself as a Microsoft Excel expert, here are 7 handy tips to help you get the most out of the spreadsheet programme..

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Topics: Inbound Marketing

Improve Your Blog Posts and Social Media Statuses with FREE Stock Images

Published: 22 May 2015 09:00 AM By

One of the most common questions we get is, 'where can I get free images from?', but it's a little complicated than just Googling, like some people might risk. Here we provide the top sources of FREE, no strings attached, stock images...

There are a number of websites that offer photography and graphics at a cost, which is all well and good - and they do tend to be of a higher quality - but there are some equally great photography websites without the costs or the restrictions.

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Topics: Creative Design

6 Things Taco Bell Can Teach Us About Using Social Media

Published: 18 May 2015 08:00 AM By

For those of you know don't know Taco Bell is an American fast food chain, serving tex-mex food to over 2 billion customers each year! However, for this blog we're more interested in their tweets than their tacos...

With over 1.54 million Twitter followers and nearly 10,000,000 likes on Facebook it goes without saying that they know what they are doing! So, without further ado, here are six things that Taco Bell do on Twitter that we just LOVE!

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Topics: Inbound Marketing

6 Mobile Apps Every Smart Business Owner Should Have!

Published: 15 May 2015 08:00 AM By

In this day and age it is important to embrace the benefits that our tech-savvy generation has at our fingertips. Today, mobile applications have brought us a new way to handle tasks and manage our days, tasks and lives.

Whether you're using social media apps, news apps, gaming apps, entertainment apps or something else altogether, every aspect of your life can be monitored or improved with 21st century mobile apps.

So, here are six applications that can help you with your business-related tasks...

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Topics: Inbound Marketing

How a Social Media Marketing Agency Can Improve Your Productivity

Published: 11 May 2015 10:00 AM By

At the discretion of our clients we don't shout out much about our social media marketing management and strategy services.

However, we have participated on social media long enough – as Thrive Marketing Limited and Au Fait – to know that some companies don’t have it right.

Some social media agencies themselves don’t have it right.

This blog post is not about scoring points or insulting another company, but we want to raise awareness about how social media marketing should be conducted and adopted, regardless of who is running it.

You should see your personal productivity levels improve and also have actual results from your social media marketing efforts.

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Topics: Social Media Marketing

Why It's Easier To Succeed With Instagram Campaigns Than You Might Think

Published: 08 May 2015 10:30 AM By

Instagram is a great platform for capturing the excitement of fans and with current trends. This also makes it a great place to implement visual business campaigns!

The platform might seem fairly rigid but there are many ways to put your visual and creative documents on show for the world to see. 

The photo sharing - and video sharing - platform can be great for promoting goods, services and certain elements of your team or company ethos.

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Topics: Social Media Marketing

Advertising and Journalistic Guidelines for Corporate Consistency in Branding

Published: 04 May 2015 11:00 AM By

There is plenty of information out there on what you should do, what you might try, why you should never do X and why you're an idiot if you don't do Y. However, when it comes to corporate consistency there are straightforward rules and brand development also has some 'best practices' worth reminding yourself of...

Whether you're an agency or hiring and external brand and design company to do rebrand your company or simply create a corporate document there should be a thing called Brand Guidelines in place. 

These keep your company messages, values and actual brand at the heart of any and every project completed - keep your brand consistent and you keep your audience on board. Simple.

Only it's not actually very simple. There are so many messages out there telling you how to do something and how not to do another thing, which is why we're going to make it easier for you...

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Topics: Creative Branding Design

Marketing in 1995 vs 2015: 20 Years of Evolution and Technology

Published: 01 May 2015 09:30 AM By

Today we have Apple Watches, prototypes of driverless cars on UK roads and Twitter. In 1995, we had cassette walkmans, neon shell-suits and Bamboozle on C4 teletext. What we are saying is a lot has changed, but what has really evolved is B2B and B2C marketing...?

In 1995, what really mattered is money. Having plenty of it, that is.

In 2015, we now focus on having brainpower, over money.

If we delve past the technology that has since allowed us to do so much more, even marketers - and their customers - thought processes have developed. We don't respond to the methods of the 80s and 90s, technology has just made it easier to ignore it.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing

Why We Love Instagram Videos (and You Should Too)!

Published: 27 Apr 2015 07:00 AM By

Instagram’s short video functionality launched in 2013 and ultimately took the social media world by storm! Many businesses have since used creative and inventive ways to connect with their existing and potential customers via Instagram video...

Of course, Instagram is predominantly known for its photo sharing capabilities, but with this new feature there is a whole host of new reasons why businesses should be taking a moment to look at this platform.

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Topics: Social Media Marketing