Megaphones to Martinis

The marketing revolution: from megaphones to martinis

The evolution of the Web has in turn led to a marketing revolution. The change is not just in technology but in culture. Hard selling has been replaced by social engagement. Instead of indiscriminately shouting sterile corporate marketing messages at people who may or may not be interested in your product or service, today you […]

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The mobile web: how social media grew so fast

One of the things that has enabled the rapid growth of social media is the increased uptake of smartphones and mobile web browsing. More and more of us access the Internet on the move from our phones. The International Telecommunications Union has even predicted that mobile access to the Internet will soon overtake access from […]

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The social web: why you need a social media presence

When did we all join the media business? How did the internet make this possible? When British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee invented this thing called the World Wide Web in 1990, he could scarcely have imagined what it has become today: a ubiquitous part of our everyday lives. Fully integrated into our social lives, an […]

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How to personalize your Google+ web address

One of the newer social media tools, and the subject of one of the new chapters in Get Up to Speed with Online Marketing, is Google+. I know. “Not another social media tool” was my initial reaction too; especially after so many false starts and abandoned forays into social networking by Google. But it pays […]


I’m a publisher. So are you.

My background is in publishing. I worked for various publishing companies for 10 years before starting my own business. In 2005 I studied part-time for a Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Media Management at Birkbeck, University of London – one of the courses I now teach on. This was the first time I came across social […]

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Social media is mainstream. Are you up to speed?

When Get Up to Speed with Online Marketing first published in 2010, you might have needed some persuading that social media marketing was something you needed to do. Today, you may need little convincing. There is no longer a battle between social media and mainstream marketing. Social media is the mainstream. Facebook has over a […]


10 Things to Consider for your Website Design Brief

The starting point for your website is your design brief. You should think this through and put some ideas down on paper before contacting a web designer or developer. The questions below are the sorts of things they will ask. And even if you’re doing it yourself, it’s still a good discipline to go through […]

A Beginner's Guide to Hashtags

A Beginner’s Guide to Hashtags

Hashtags cause a lot of confusion but are simply clickable keywords within tweets. Put the # symbol immediately before a word or phrase (with no spaces or punctuation) and it becomes a link. Yes, keywords with or without the # symbol can be searched for on Twitter, and show up in the list of ‘trending […]

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