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DBS hosts online marketing plan workshop at business expo

DBS recently attended the East Lindsey Business Expo 2018 where DBS Director David Clarke was invited to host a specialist workshop, briefing delegates on the ins and outs of creating a comprehensive internet marketing plan.

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The event took place at the Stanhope Hall in Horncastle, Lincolnshire, and aimed to showcase the best businesses in and around the East Lindsey area and celebrate local innovation. The event was free to attend, and guests were able to take advantage of a number of special show promotions, programmed workshops and other incentives.

David’s talk explained that all Lincolnshire small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) should have a clear, written online marketing plan, and he guided local SMEs on how to write their own online marketing plans, along with detailed advice on how to monitor the results. Attendees also had plenty of time to question David following his presentation. In the feedback forms following the event, David’s presentation was rated highly and described by many as the highlight of the event.

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In addition to his talk to local businesses, David also delivered a workshop to 21 local secondary school students. The students were all in their second year of studying the AQA Business Marketing Technical Level in Business at the Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Alford. Their coursework is solely based on digital marketing, so the workshop was extremely beneficial for them. We were told afterwards that David made a direct, positive impact on their coursework, which we were delighted to learn!

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Julie Priestley to host marketing workshop at Grantham Women in Business event

JulieDBS Director Julie Priestley will host a specialist workshop at the Grantham Women in Business meeting next week.

Taking place at The Urban Leisure Hotel in Grantham on Wednesday 14th November, Julie will brief delegates on the most effective online marketing techniques currently available and how they can impact positively on their business.

The event will also include food, refreshments, networking and a ‘Round Robin’ session with the opportunity to introduce your business. The event begins at 6pm and tickets are available for £10 from EventBrite. Guests are encouraged to book ahead to avoid missing out.

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Doughnuts all round for Chris’s birthday

20181031_105721We would like to wish our Internet Marketing Specialist Chris Coleshaw a belated Happy Birthday!

Chris took a few days off to have a long weekend to celebrate his birthday and to spend time visiting Nottingham with his family, so today was our first chance to embarrass him with our customary gathering to sing Happy Birthday.

Instead of celebrating with cake as we traditionally do, we instead all tucked in to a pile of custard doughnuts as a vegan friendly option for the birthday boy! We managed to fit some candles on the top though, so he didn’t miss out on hearing our beautiful singing voices!

Chris will also be celebrating his five-year anniversary of working for DBS in a couple of weeks’ time. He has been helping to drive traffic and enquiries to our clients’ websites through methods such as content marketing, Facebook ads and social media marketing since November 2013.

You can read more about Chris here: http://www.dbsinternetmarketing.co.uk/our-team/9/chris-coleshaw/

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Double celebrations for DBS staff

clip_image002We would like to wish a massive congratulations to Julie Priestley and Matt Rayner who are both proudly celebrating work anniversaries with us this month.

Julie first joined DBS in 2001 and has seen the business successfully grow and expand since its early days as a Yellow Pages advertising company. Julie was made an official director of the business in June 2017.

Matt Rayner celebrates 10 years at DBS this month having joined us originally in 2008. Matt started out as an internet marketer specialising in pay-per-click and now heads up our web team overseeing the development of cutting-edge websites.

Click here to read more about our team: http://www.dbsinternetmarketing.co.uk/our-team/

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Google+ Says Goodbye

clip_image001Google has announced that its social network, Google +, will shut down after reports of a data breach that could have affected millions of users.

When is Google+ shutting down?

Google has stated in a blog post that it will be shutting down the consumer version of Google+ over the next 10 months.

Why did Google+ fail?

There were high hopes for Google+ when it first launched back in 2011. Deeply concerned by the fast and disruptive growth of Facebook and Twitter, Google executives launched their rival social network to ensure that Google was not overtaken in the new era of social media.

While users loved Google’s search tool for its lightening quick speeds and minimal, unintrusive format, the same could not be said for their attempt at the social web. Bad publicity regarding the platform’s interface and its functionality dogged the company from day one and following an initial flurry of interest the platform struggled to take off. Where other social platforms like Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and even Vine offered something genuinely different to users, Google+ had no obvious selling points to bring it consistent growth.

Data Breach

Google announced in the blog post that it undertook an internal audit called ‘Project Strobe’ earlier this year in an effort to review third-party access to Google accounts. The audit highlighted a bug which may have allowed other developers access to private details of as many as 500,000 accounts. However, the research also brought to light the very low level of consumer usage, with 90% of user sessions ending in less than five seconds, prompting Google to call time on the network.

What do with your Google+ account?

Were you a user of Google+? If you’re looking to permanently delete your account, then here’s how you do it:

1) Visit https://plus.google.com/discover

2) Click ‘Sign In’ in the top right corner

3) Log in using your associated Gmail account

4) Click the drop-down menu in the left corner and select Settings

5) Select ‘Disable Google+’ and ‘Delete Your Entire Google Profile Here’

6) Scroll to the bottom of the page and check the box next to Required

7) Click Remove Selected Services.

Don’t forget that if you have links on your social media accounts or website to your Google+ profile then these will need to be deleted. Alternatively, you could link to your Google My Business listing instead. For help doing this please call us on 0800 988 8366.

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DBS sponsor NK Community Champion Awards

43703374_2138159766222942_8274925687463215104_oDBS Director David Clarke was delighted to attend the NK Community Champion Awards earlier this week, which this year was held at the International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) on Canwick Hill, overlooking Lincoln.

The illustrious event recognises the best examples of community effort and individual achievement within the North Kesteven community, honouring winners in nine separate categories.

Last year DBS were awarded the accolade of ‘Community Business’ of the year and as such were very pleased to sponsor the award this year.

DBS’s James Hopkins joined a team of judges in August to pick out 28 brilliant finalists from over 107 nominations made by residents of the North Kesteven district.

This year’s winner of the community business award was Leadenham Teahouse, a tea room that provides support for residents and smaller businesses and provided drinks when the village was beset by flooding. Other finalists in the category included AF Blakemore and Ringrose Law.

We would like to offer our congratulations to the winners, the finalists, and everyone that was involved in this wonderful event.

Click here to view the full list of finalists and winners: https://www.nkawards.org/winners-and-finalists-2018

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Web launch for Broadbent Fabrications

clip_image002We are delighted to have launched a new website for Broadbent Fabrications.

Based in Lincolnshire, the company operates nationally fabricating a variety of bespoke, custom-made items from metal including steel, aluminium and stainless steel.

Broadbent Fabrications’ previous website was a one-page site, which has now been altered to offer clearly defined product and service pages allowing for an extra level of granularity needed for marketing purposes. Following the launch of the new website we have been very pleased to have started providing internet marketing services to Broadbent Fabrications, helping to drive more traffic to their website via Google.

Due to the type of service the client provides, the site is extremely image driven, providing images of past work undertaken. It also includes a blog with a content management system which allows the client to post regular news and work updates as and when required.

Click here to view the website for yourself: https://www.broadbentfabrications.co.uk.

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