Finn McCool Marketing

Digital Marketing Services

Why Hire us?

Chances are you know someone in Digital Marketing, Brighton & Hove is literally full of them ranging from huge agencies (with equally massive prices) to smaller boutique agencies and one-man bands. So chances are if you have found this page it is via word of mouth rather than Google Position. And that’s a good thing, because we strive to do an amazing job for our clients rather than invest heavily in attracting new ones. Our belief is that good service, honesty and transparency, over-exceeding and delivering results is what matters. We specialise in e-Commerce as Return on Investment is so evident, and our worth and value proved. The Digital Marketers; all for one, and one for all.

Without clients we don’t have a business, so we make an effort to understand yours. This is the most vital route to success, as our experience means we can give the best advice and direction on where to spend your advertising budget. It is all about your customer demographic.

Digital Marketing covers such a wide spectrum as it is rare to be experts in all fields at our size agency. We succeed in this as we have put the time in on these channels, and maintain links with partner specialist agencies to keep up to date on the latest techniques. We work by a methodical data-driven digital marketing method, studying data to prove the answers. We are SEO scientists, constantly split testing variants to reverse engineer Google’s algorithms.

So lets start with a basic explanation of channels and the most suitable target demographics, and common terminology to provide some clarity.

Digital marketing is a broad term that covers search engine optimisation (SEO), paid advertising, search engine marketing (SEM), content marketing, influencer marketing, content provision, e-commerce marketing, social media marketing, social media optimisation, e-mail marketing, search and display advertising.

We offer a free digital marketing audit as part of our free initial consultation, so you have nothing to lose to get in touch. As part of our Digital Marketing Training we also give our 5 hour comprehensive audit free (for minimum of a full days training) to enable us to deliver effective training on your account.

No contracts – we believe in doing a great job for our clients so there is no reason to leave.

free seo audit

Quick Contact

£50 per Hour

Social Media Training

£50 per Hour

SEO Training

£50 per Hour

Google Adwords Management (Search/Display/Shopping)

£50 Per Hour

Social Advertising Management (Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/LinkedIn)

£50 Per Hour

Business Advice, Business Coaching and Mentoring

£50 Per Hour

Project Management

£50 Per Hour

Basic SEO Audit & Quick Win Suggestions (5 Hours)

£250

Full SEO Audit & List of Recommendations (25 Hours)

£1000

Basic PPC Audit & Recommeddations (5 Hours)

£250

Full PPC Audit & Recommeddations (25 Hours)

£1000

Facebook Remarketing Set Up

£250

Google Analytics Set Up

£250

Available as ad-hoc tasks, monthly services or training sessions for any skill level.

Paid Advertising

Google Ads PPC

Most people know Google Pay Per Click Advertising as the sponsored Ads on the top of Google. But Google ads are actually split into search, display and shopping which I will break down in more detail and in blogs will cover Google Ads Settings. There is also Google Adsense and Link Units.

A lot of small businesses have tried Ads by Google at some point., likely even having assistance from a Google Accounts Manager. in 99% of cases they would have given up for poor results, continue to overspend, or tried an agency.

The reason for this is simple; Google’s business aim is to make money like of all us. And the most effective way to do this is to create bidding wars, or take away your control (Adwords Express!). Easiest way to prove this is simple; if your ad is clicked on and no-one else bids, should be 1p right? Ask your Google Ads Manager why you don’t get charged that and see what answer they give.

If that doesn’t prove my point, then consider “low search volume”. If a search term is too long tail or rarely searched, your ads won’t show.

Still not convinced? Then ask Google about what “On the first page of search results” means and why setting a low CPC means won’t appear on top even if no-one else is bidding.

Cost Per Click has gone up from mere pennies to being £15-20 per click in some sectors. Not helped by Lead Generation networks and nationals selling leads locally. There is also the real possibility that they target sectors at the same time as part of their strategy,  where their standard advice is always to increase Max CPC or more recently a push to CPA (Cost per acquisition) model where no CPC is set, just the Cost Per Conversion so in effect what you want to pay per lead. CPA marketing is effective as targets users more likely to convert to the action, but call me a cynic to question the sanity of allowing Google the authority to control the bidding or more than one account for the same keyword when they are the only people who financially gain.

Rather than going further into Dynamic Search Campaigns and Enhanced Bidding, let’s move on with how Google looks when you search.

The search term in the purple box, brings up the following results:

Red – Google Ad (note will not show with ad blockers)

Yellow – Organic Listing, could be below four google ads on desktop, plus images or map.

Blue – Google Shopping. Also in a tab under the search term

Green – Google my business listing

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Google Search Ads

This is your google search sponsored ads and your reactive marketing to pick up people searching & looking for services/products.

Watch-outs -Broad key terms can pick up a lot of unwanted search terms. Consider use of exact match, broad match modified or phrase match.

This is thing most people find confusing but is the most vital to comprehend. So lets says our two keywords are Black Cap.

Exact Match – Shows ads on exactly the keyword with slight spelling variants, so Black Caps, etc.

Phrase Match – Picks up use of the keywords in a sentence, when used the same order as the keywords. So would work for buy black cap, but not black trucker cap.

Broad – The default match type and budget burner. Google exchange the word for a variant, misspellings, synonyms, related searches and other relevant variations. So our ads could show for search terms like Bottle Cap, Black Cat, Black Cover, Black Finish, etc

Broad Match Modified – Picks up use of the keyword but in any order. So Black Trucker Cap

So continuing for the example “Black Cap” as a Keyword:

KeywordSearch TermExactPhraseBroadBMM
[Black Cap]Black CapYYYY
“Black Cap”Buy Black CapNYYY
+Black +CapBlack Trucker CapNNYY
Black CapBottle CapNNYN

Google Shopping Ads

Product based adverts that appear on the top bar or on the shopping had. These are great for selling goods as they instantly show price, size and the image. Proven to improve your click through rate (CTR), the inventory is not limited to eCommerce.

Watch-Outs – Advertising out of stock products. Direct feeds from your website are best practise.

Google Display Ads

These are image ads on the display network, either reaching new customers or remarketing to site visitors. A handy reminder to a consumer that they were on your site and can be used to dynamically remarket a product. While website visitors have grown used to display ads and skip them so clicks are down, they are best used for subconscious free advertising. Example below.

Watch outs – mobile apps and other sites designed to make money by people clicking on ads unintentionally.

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Social Media Advertising

Facebook Advertising

To some, Facebook advertising is boosting posts. It is so much more than that. Facebook is far more intrusive than Google, with users interaction and shared information available to tailor advertising to them. This makes it a incredibly powerful marketing tool with very detailed targeting with age, profession, employer, interests, etc. While technically you can do some of this with Google, you have to ask yourself where they get this data which is gmail related so nowhere near as accurate or as big a database.

Watch-outs – Campaign types are crucial here, as it’s mostly not Pay per Click but by impression. Younger Facebook Users are dwindling, but is still Crackbook to 30 somethings.

Instagram Advertising

Since Facebook 2012 takeover of Instagram, advertising has been possible via the Facebook advertising tool. This is to a younger demographic, requiring good photography and editing to catch the eye. It was created for an Instagrammer to post pictures to a feed, indeed the original name was Instant Gram, amalgamating instant camera with telegram.  The social networking service shares all customer data with Facebook so is equally powerful.

Watch-outs – Ads need to be of a high quality here.

Youtube Advertising

You can advertise on Youtube and boost your videos via Google Ads.

Twitter and Linked In also have advertising. The latter is good for professional targeting.

                  Instagram Advertising                   Facebook Mobile Advertising                           Facebook Desktop Advertising
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Available as monthly services or training sessions for any skill level.

No Advertising budget required

For the record “free” still means loads of work. Good for the time-rich but cash-poor. Content creation is the biggest required here.

Social Media Management

Businesses need Social Media as that is the way the world is turning with Social Media addiction at an all time high. Accounts on the Social Media Network give validity and authority to the brand, and Social Content gives a platform to showcase products. A Social Media Campaign is essential for any business. It’s also fast becoming the go-to customer service platform, but more importantly the “public shaming” is growing so Social Media Management is fast becoming a full time job.

Social Influencers

Paid ambassadors are a huge marketing tool for the right industries, but there are lesser known free options too.  There’s a great blog here on how to be fashion ambassador

Watch-outs – There are many bots and programs to give an inflated number of followers and interaction. Some fake which are worthless and some real.

Google Search Engine Optimisation

Type in any word into Google, Bing or Yahoo and each search engine will show you the top 100 searches that it thinks are the best using their secret sauce algorithm. There are many white hat or black hat techniques for doing this, but the evergreen method is clearly identifying to the search engines what your content is about. SEO for Google is more important, it was reported in 2017 that 74.54% of users favoured Google Search. And the third most common search term on Bing is Google.

Watchouts – Match and exceed means you can’t do some Googlability work then leave it for years. Regular checks and additional work is needed to keep high on the google web search engine.

Reviews

Customer reviews on social media, review sites or google are very important to validating your business. Bad reviews plant seeds of doubt.

Google My Business

A must for local businesses, and any business really. You can show for searches other than your brand name. This free service is vastly under-rated and under used. It can help you get that coveted googlesearch first page, to increase those free Google hits.

Rich Snippets

A Rich Snippet is a great opportunity to get position zero on Google.

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is when external  companeies bring you customers in exchange for payent, usually as a percentage of sale.

Watchouts – Voucher sites offering your discount codes so you pay them commission on orders where customers have looked for active discount codes. So you could lose 50% of the sale without realising it.

Other sites

Pintrest, tumblr, youtube are just some examples of how you can attract a new audience.