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GDPR – Sink or Swim

May 22 2018

Data-focused regulation by any other name would still be regulation. But will GDPR make a difference?

Can’t live with it, can’t live without it. A familiar refrain that seems to apply to many areas of life – love, vices, household appliances… you name it. But when it comes to the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which takes effect on 25 May (yes, this week), ‘can’t live without it’, isn’t an option.

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How to optimize social media for business

Social Media
May 16 2018

“Don’t judge a book by its cover” is a popular idiom, but most people do not have the time or patience to look past a dull front page. Today, think of social media as your company’s “book cover.” It’s not enough to merely exist, it’s vital to keep business accounts as attractive and engaging as possible.

While long rejected by many in financial services and fintech as an immature platform with little value, the value of a thoughtfully developed and executed social media strategy is beyond doubt now.

Firms of all sizes are using these channels to share relevant industry information, provide peer feedback, post findings and research, market new products and services, and most importantly, serve as the primary form of communication between businesses and industry professionals.

According to Salesforce’s 2017 State of Marketing Report, social media marketing in B2B strategies has grown by an outstanding 80% in the past two years. While publishing frequent, high-quality posts on a consistent basis is essential, it is even more crucial to utilize the different functions and strengths of each individual platform appropriately.

So, how can you optimize your social media presence? Let’s take a brief look at how each channel plays into a cohesive strategy for your brand:

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10 reasons to target your 2018 blogging strategy

May 8 2018

In the drive to exploit the latest trends in the dynamic world of digital marketing, it is easy to overlook the importance of more traditional parts of the content mix. Like the good old blog, which seems to have been around forever… well almost. The phrase ‘weblog’ was first used by Jorn Barger in 1997 before Peter Marholz broke it down two years later into ‘we blog’ and transformed the way we think about communicating forever.

‘Blog’ may not be the most beautiful of new words, but it displays a fundamental marketing benefit – it does, like a trusty pot of Rustin’s varnish, what it says on the tin. There is no shortage of content types to exploit today, from the infographic to the video, but we think it’s important all businesses ensure their 2018/19 blogging strategy is spot on.

For starters, if you have an active website blog, you have a 434% higher chance of being ranked highly on search engines, according to Tech Client, and B2B marketers using blogs generate 67% more leads than those who don’t. Compared to expensive banner ads, which so few people click these days, a blog is an amazing value. As AJ Agrawal, an entrepreneur and marketer who helps start-ups and Fortune 500 companies optimize their growth channels, declared in Forbes: “Marketers who prioritize blogging are more likely to have a positive ROI than those who don’t.”

Here are ten more reasons.
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Augusta – the Masters of Marketing Simplicity

Apr 19 2018

As the dust settles after an enthralling 2018 Masters golf tournament is it time for marketing executives to reflect on a golfing – and Augusta – truism: that less is more?

Every year, an exclusive field of the world’s finest golfers compete on Augusta’s beautifully manicured course to use fewer shots than the competition in a bid to win a green jacket. The prize money? No-one mentions it. This is the Masters and – dazzling azaleas, verdant fairways and super-blue lakes aside – understatement rules.

But it is not just on the course that less is more. At Augusta, the less the merrier is also true when it comes to the sensitive process of choosing sponsors. At most leading golf tournaments around the world, the target is to collect a long list of big brand names – it’s easy to find space for another logo on a sprawling 18-hole golf course.

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3 Rules: Content Writing in the Digital Age

Content Writing in the Digital Age
Feb 9 2018

It will come as no surprise that the average human attention span is drastically shorter than what it once was. Google the phrase “average attention span” and you are greeted with a number of articles written around the well-known Microsoft 2015 study that demonstrated the average human attention span was down to 8 seconds, “shorter than that of a goldfish.”

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The art, science and risk of Super Bowl advertising

Feb 2 2018

The Super Bowl is a glitzy sports and entertainment phenomenon that guarantees a viewership of 100 million in the United States alone. This year’s show at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota – a heady mix of American football and Justin Timberlake, the half-time entertainment – will dwarf other media highlights of the year. Even the Oscars with its red-carpet celebrity and Hollywood glamour only attracts 30 million. Read more…

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4 New Year’s Resolutions to Revamp Your Brand in 2018

Resolutions
Jan 23 2018

We’ve all heard the phrase, “New Year, New Me”. It is a symbol of change and commitment. While individuals partake in lifestyle changes every year, businesses can also benefit from a resolution or two. Changes can be made at any point of the year, but the beginning of a new year is the perfect time for any firm to start doing things differently.

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Paragon’s Fall Social – The Australian

Nov 17 2017

We would like to thank all of our friends and colleagues for joining us last night for our Fall Social at the Australian. Between the great people, delicious food and easy conversation, the night was truly a success.

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Paragon’s EVP named PR News Rising PR Star

Nov 7 2017

Patrick Sutton, Executive Vice President of Paragon Public Relations, has been named a finalist in PR News’ Rising PR Stars 30 and Under. Having been with Paragon since its inception, Patrick has played a crucial role in Paragon’s development.

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A PR Approach to Storytelling

PR Storytelling
Oct 26 2017

There’s nothing like holding a brand new book.

Opening to the first page, greeted by the fresh paper scent; I escape into a new world as I flip through the pages of another’s mind. Growing up an introvert, stories were my favorite companion. Today, as I journey further into adulthood, I still find myself attracted to stories, whether it’s a book, an interesting feature article or people sharing their experiences. Hence why I love my job as a public relations professional. I get to experience and share my clients’ stories on a daily basis, and there’s no greater thrill.

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