4 Things You Can Do To Speed-Up Your WordPress Site

This is a guest post by Camille McClane, a motivated freelance writer and online entrepreneur living in Southern California

camileLoad time is somewhat of an issue for a lot of WordPress site admins.

While the platform itself is incredibly powerful and comprehensive in terms of the options afforded to the user, WordPress sites often take too long to load for a variety of reasons. Too many plugins, heavy-duty comment engines and poorly designed themes or templates can all contribute.

While the reasons for those lengthy load times will vary, the result is often the same.

What suffers the most with a slow load time is the user experience. While the difference between three and four seconds might be forgivable, 15 to 20 seconds will mean that a user could ultimately lose interest and patience with your site.

If your site is loading slowly enough, it’s basically timing out in the eyes of those who are trying to use it.


Those people will bounce (meaning they’ll click out of your site and fail to browse to a second page) and many of them will never come back to your site again, at least not on purpose.

Additionally,Google places ranking penalties on slow loading sites. While those penalties are relatively small and affect only a small percentage of websites, it’s something to keep in mind, as you don’t want to needlessly downgrade your own website.

But how can we improve this? How can we speed up our WordPress site?

There are a few areas where WordPress speed gets hung up, so the best way to keep things running smoothly is to focus on getting those areas right the first time.

1. Use a solid framework

WordPress offers a ton of customization options and plenty of different themes to choose from. That being said, theGenesis Framework is one of the better choices and is specifically designed for speed.

It’ll cost you some money to use, but it’s worth the investment. Usually a solid framework is going to run you between $50 and $80, most of which include updates and upgrades. While there are plenty of free WordPress themes, buying a framework insures that you’ll have optimized and correctly written code, which can increase your page’s speed tremendously on its own.

2. Don’t use too many plugins

Plugins are one of WordPress’ most attractive and unique features, and there are even some that help you in terms of speed, likeW3 Total Cache.

While plugins can be very effective in helping you to manage your site, it can significantly increase the time it takes to load for your visitors. As a designer or admin, a good rule-of-thumb is to keep plugins to 10 or less. Rarely will you actually need any more than that.

3. Good hosting service

Hosting isn’t exactly the fun part of using WordPress, but a self-hosted WordPress site will suffer if you choose a poor hosting service, mainly because you take a hit in terms of speed, storage space and service.

Keep in mind that “self-hosting” means you still have to pay for a hosting service, though you’re the one uploading the files and content, while maintaining the rights to your site.

Look for something with unlimited space and bandwidth at less than $10 a month, which is the typical market value for website hosting. Anything more would be overpaying.TigerTech is a decent option in terms of price, speed and storage space.

4. Caching

It’s a bit technically involved to properly configure caching on your WordPress site, though the plugin I mentioned earlier (W3 Total Cache) is a workable solution. It essentially creates a temporary storage for your web documents (usually HTML and any images), which will reduce bandwidth being used and increase the loading speed of your page.

Your best bet here is to enlist the help of a friend or professional who knows the ins-and-outs of the process.

Testing your Loading Speed

There are a lot of tools online that can test your site’s load time, likePingdom or WebPageTest.org.

Check your speed before and after you implement some of these solutions. If you notice that your site is improving, dig a little deeper into each topic and take further steps to optimize your website.

It’s worth the investment of time if you get on Google’s good side and avoid frustrated viewers.


Today’s guest writer is Camille McClane, a motivated freelance writer and online entrepreneur living in Southern California. As a writer for BlogWranglers, she understands the importance of having an effective WordPress site and how its loading speed can greatly affect user experience. What have you done to speed up your own site? Share your comments below!

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67 SEO Pointers for Blogging Beginners – a free guide

3D Team Leadership Arrow ConceptLots of the questions I get on Twitter and Facebook relate to blogging and SEO, and as I was typing up a quick and dirty guide to SEO Blogging for a client, I mentioned it to someone else and they asked for a copy. Then I mentioned it on Twitter and others asked. So I tidied it up a (little) bit, put it in PDF format and here it is 🙂

It covers:

  • Thinking of what to write
  • What not to blog
  • How much should I write?
  • How do I get people to comment?
  • Should I tweet and facebook my blogs?
  • Blogging for SEO – a quick and dirty guide
  • Making sure Google knows about your blogs

It’s not an advanced guide, it’s not rocket science and hopefully it’s not full of jargon.

I’m offering it free – all I ask is that if you like it, you drop me a line in one of the many places you can find me, and then direct someone else to this page by either Tweeting about it, Facebooking it, mentioning it on Linked in, writing a blog post about it, or shouting on the High Street with a megaphone (special kudos to those of you who do the latter!).

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50 things you could do today to promote your website…

… or 50 Shades of Yay!

If you can manage to put down Mr Grey, and drag your mind back to your business ;) let’s take control of your website.

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For any small business owner it’s easy to feel shackled to your website, chained to Google, and to tie yourself in knots worrying about how to bring in the traffic.

My 50 Shades of Yay will give you release from all of that frustration, allowing you to fulfill your potential and giving life to your website.

50 Shades of Yay!

50 Shades of Yay is an ebook split into 5 different areas of promotion. This blog post aims to give you a sense of each section, but you’ll need to download the ebook to get the full 50 (don’t worry, it’s free).

Yay! 1 -SEO

1: Check your page titles

Your page titles are the words that appear at the top of the browser window. For example on the front page of my website, mine says ‘Social Media Marketing Support – NikkiPilkington.com – Internet Marketing Expert UK’. Titles are one of the most important aspects of SEO, as they tell Google where to put you. Change yours to describe what you do, not just to say ‘MyCompany.com’. Make each page’s title different. You should be able to do this in your Content Management System.

2: Work on your META descriptions

Although general theory says that the description tag isn’t used in determining where a website is placed in a search engine, it is still an important part of SEO. Your description is the thing that will make people click through to your site – if it’s dull, people won’t click. Again, every page should have a different description tag, and you should be able to do this through your CMS.

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Yay! 2 – Blogging

1: Sort out your tags and categories

Tags are like keywords for your blog – you should add 4 or 5 to each blog post. Let’s say you wrote a blog post about children needing sunblock in the summer – your tags could be: children, kids, summer, sun care, skincare.

Categories are there to help you and your readers, so use them. They’re different to tags in that they can be more generic, and relate to areas of interest, topics, rather than specific posts. So, a telemarketing blog may use categories such as these: telemarketing, telesales, appointment setting, business development, lead generation. All related to telemarketing, but in different areas.

Tags and categories help search engines and readers – use them!

2: Write an editorial calendar

If you’re rubbish at blogging, the best thing you can do is put together an editorial calendar. This is a document that plans your blog posts for the next month, 3 months, however long you want. It not only makes you think about what you’re going to write, it gives you a sense of resposibility to then write it :) WordPress has a great plugin called Editorial Calendar  that allows you to look at each month at a glance and enter topic ideas for the future. Or just make your own in Word and stick it above your desk!

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Yay! 3 – Twitter

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1: Ask for the business

We’re so bombarded with people telling us that we shouldn’t use Twitter to sell, and social media is about being social, that we’re scared to put a foot wrong.  I’m not saying those statements are wrong – anyone who has known me for any length of time knows I’m a great believer in the ‘Social’ in social media.  However, most of us are there to build our businesses – we’re not just in it for a laugh. So I’ll be interested to see how many of you take up my next challenge – which is to ask for the business.  Not from your followers, but from people they know.  In the true spirit of networking, ask your followers if there’s anyone they could refer you to:

–       Who do you know who needs xxxx, I’d love an introduction

–       If anyone says they’re struggling with xxxx pass them my way, I may be able to help

–       Do you know someone looking for xxxx, please introduce me to them

No hard sell, no desperate please, just straightforward networking. If you see others posting this kind of thing, think about who you’ve seen or know who has been saying they have that particular problem recently, and introduce them.  I get a lot of my suppliers from Twitter, but I also post Tweets looking for suppliers that get no response – one of those could be one that may bring you business.  So go on, ask for the business – I dare you ;)

2: Track your results

As in anything, it’s nice to see how well you’re doing on Twitter. There are many tools out there to measure Twitter impact, both free and paid. Twittercounter www.Twittercounter.com will track the amount of followers you have, predict how many you’ll have in X days and allow you to see how many Tweets you’re sending a day. Tweetstatswww.Tweetstats.com – this is an amazing free application that will graph your Tweet stats for you.  Tweetreachwww.Tweetreach.com – will tell you how many people your Tweets reached, counting reTweets – well worth playing with.  SocialMentionwww.socialmention.com – allows you to track mentions of your name in various social media and is very addictive! There are many paid Social Media tracking systems out there – of these, in my opinion, Sprout Social is the best – www.sproutsocial.com. Pricing starts at $39 per month.

Want the other 8 Yays in this section? Download the ebook now – then please pay it forward by Tweeting about this post.

Yay 4! – Facebook

1: Update your description

I see many Facebook Business Pages not using their description effectively. The ‘about’ description is the text that will appear when someone shares your page on their profile – use it to fully describe your page so people will know what it’s about. Change it regularly and track what works best.

2: Highlight a post

Once you have written a post on your Facebook page, if you hover next to your name and click the star, this ‘highlights’ the post. What this means is that the post is made double width and thus gets more attention from visitors to your page. I’ve used this to good effect to promote my 30 Day Challenge books, so it’s well worth doing for important posts.

Want the other 8 Yays in this section?  Download the ebook now – please consider posting this to your Facebook wall and share the love 🙂

Yay 5 – Extras

1: Pinterest – rename your boards

When you first start with Pinterest, it’s tempting to give your boards funky and funny names – but that’s going to do you no good in search. Look at your boards and give them names that mean something and are likely to show up in a search. As an example, my board called So True is never going to turn up in a search (which doesn’t matter because it’s only quotations and funnies) but my board named Business Blogging Beginner To Pro, and the one called Facebook for Business, does show up. Don’t just give your boards generic names such as ‘blogging’ and ‘telemarketing’ – think this through as an SEO exercise and use your keyphrases where you can.

2: Forums – change your signature

Often when you sign up to a forum such as UK Business Labs, you’re entitled to use a signature file with links. You set it up, include a bit of HTML to create a signature, and Bob’s yer uncle, your signature is set in stone, to be appended to any post you make. If you’re like most people your signature will stay as it is for months, maybe even years, with no change. But if you regularly change your forum signature you not only create interest within the forum itself, you’ll be developing varied links into your site (which Google loves).

Want the other 8 Yays in this section? Download the ebook now and consider sharing this post on Pinterest, in forums, LinkedIn etc.

Bonus Yay!

1: This post – share it on your networks ;)

Yes, that benefits me, of course. However it also benefits you. Why? Well, for one, your networks will appreciate the share and probably remember you for it, making them more likely to recommend your content in future. Secondly, if you tell me that you’ve shared it, *I’M* more likely to promote your content and share your Tweets etc in future.

So, go ahead, Tweet, Facebook, LinkedIn, Stumble, Digg, Pin, Blog and more – and if you’d like to offer ebook as a free download on your own website please drop me a line on nikkipilk@gmail.com

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Bloggers, have you established your route to fame?

So you’ve written your blog post, checked and rechecked it, proof read it, thought hard about the links you should include, sourced some great pictures and finally you’re happy enough to hit the ‘post’ button and your nice shiny new blog post is there for the world to see.

And the visitors will just magically appear, right?

Unfortunately not. In order to get visitors to your blog post, you’re going to need to tell people about it. Without promotion, the only people who will see your post are those subscribed to your blog, or who happen to drop in on the offchance you’ve published a new post. Oh, and your mum 😉

So, here’s a step by step guide to how *I* promote a blog post once it’s live. I’m not saying it’s the exact way everyone does it, or it’s the way you should do it – it’s what I do and it works for me – your mileage may vary.

For a free downloadable PDF of these steps, in mindmap format, click here: Promoting your blog post

How to promote a nice shiny new blog post

I’m presuming you have accounts with all of the sites I’m going to talk about – if not, the links are in the text.


The first place I tend to start is Twitter. (You can follow me @nikkipilkington)

  • Post immediately – as soon as my blog post is finished, I post to Twitter immediately, usually via Buffer, which I have as a bookmarklet on my browser, so it’s easy. If for some mad reason I’ve written the post at a stupid time, then I’ll schedule it in Buffer to run at a more decent time to most normal human beings!
  • Schedule for later – using Hootsuite, I’ll schedule the post for maybe 12 hours later. This gives me more exposure and means that I reach more of my followers. Despite having 15,000 followers on Twitter, they’re not all going to see my Tweet, so posting twice in a day allows me to reach different time ones, and more people.
  • DMs to Influencers – if there are people I think would benefit from the post, and would happily retweet it to their followers, I DM them and ask them for some ‘retweet love’ – always offering to reciprocate of course. This way my post reaches people that don’t follow me. I keep this to 3 people per post, and of course not the same people for every post, or they’d get fed up with me asking!


I then move to Facebook where I have a personal profile, a Business Page and a Group. I am also a member of various other groups, some about business, some for more fun things.
  • Post to my personal profile – a lot of my friends on Facebook are business people too, and as my posts are usually business focused, I’m happy to post to my profile. You may feel differently, but even if you don’t post EVERY blog post to your profile, the odd one here and there can remind your friends what it is you do.
  • Post to my Business Page – I post to my business page, usually by hand. On occasion I’ll use Hootsuite to schedule the post, but as Facebook ‘bunches up’ posts from an app, I try and make the time to post it directly.
  • Post to my Group – if the post is relevant to the groups I run then I’ll post it in there too – usually if you run a group there’s an element of loyalty there and everyone supports each other, so I encourage members o my groups to tell me about their blog posts too so I can ‘give them some love’.
  • Other Groups – if the post is relevant I’ll post it in other groups I am a member of. I don’t do this or every post, or they’d get pretty fed up with me, but a couple of times a month doesn’t hurt. I do, however, make sure that I also contribute to these groups in other ways, either by taking part in discussions ro sharing other people’s content – the group isn’t just there for me to broadcast my own blog posts.
For a free downloadable PDF of these steps, in mindmap format, click here: Promoting your blog post


I have to admit, I’m not a huge user of LinkedIn, so I don’t do the following things with every blog post, but if you are, you should.
  • Update your status – It’s suprising how many visits a blog post can get from LinkedIn status updates, so well worth doing this if you do nothing else. Either use a plugin on your blog that allows you to do this by clicking a button, or go direct and post.
  • LinkedIn Answers – LinkedIn has a section where people can ask questions o the network. Have a browse through – is your blog post relevant to any of the questions in your area of expertise? If so, there’s nothing wrong with jumping in, giving some advice and then saying ‘I’ve just written a blog post about thi’ with a link. Again, don’t overdo it, or you’ll be accused of spamming, but it’s an effective way to drive relevant traffic to your site.
  • LinkedIn Groups – again, look at the groups you’re a part of – is your blog post relevant to that audience? If so, then reference it in there. Just make sure you’re an active member of the group, not just posting links to your blogs, and of course be sure to reciprocate if you can when others ask for link love.


  • Newsletter – if I think the blog post is good enough to be featured in my newsletter, then I log in to Aweber, where I keep my newsletter templates and drafts, and add it to the latest draft. That way, once my newsletter is ready to go, the link is already there. As this could be a week or so after the original post, it’s a great way of getting extra traffic and reaching people who hadn’t seen it the first time.
  • Mailing Lists – I have a number of mailing lists for different subjects – if the blog post could be of interest to them then I will occasionally send it out to them via Aweber. I don’t do this for every post though so use it sparingly!
  • Email Influencers – in the same way as I asked a few people to promote the post via Twitter, I will email a couple of people with a link to the post, explaining why I think it would be of interest to them and saying that if they found it useful I’d appreciate any links they could give me. Again, not the same people every time, and I do think this through quite a lot, only asking people I have a relationship with already
For a free downloadable PDF of these steps, in mindmap format, click here: Promoting your blog post



You may be a member of different forums to me, but if I think a blog post merits it then I will post an extract and a link in various forums, depending on their rules. Be sure to check the rules before you do this, as I’d hate you to get into trouble!


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As a lot of my old blog posts are listed in Google, or linked to from elsewhere and get lots of traffic, I tend to go through a few and where it matters, add a link to the new blog post. You’ll be surprised how many of your old blog posts are related to what you’ve just written.


Other Blogs 


The great thing about posting comments on other people’s blogs is that you’re allowed to get a link to your site. So I’ll find 3 or 4 relevant blogs and comment on them. When I say comment, I don’t mean ‘great post John, I agree’ type comments – add to the conversation, state an opinion, agree or disagree, but make sure your comment is worthy of posting. In the space where it gives you the option to post your website link, post your latest blog link instead.


Even better, find blogs that use the CommentLuv plugin – this is a plugin that automatically shows the last blog you posted – Birds on the Blog uses this, for example, so your comment will automatically promote your latest blog post. You can find other blogs that use CommentLuv by searching Google.



Using a browser plugin, I can ‘clip’ parts of the post and send to my Amplify account. This allows me to reach a different sector of people, as a lot of the people who follow me on Amplify don’t follow me in other places.




Again with a browser plugin, I post parts of the post to Posterous. I’ve only really started doing this recently, but it is proving a good traffic generator.


For a free downloadable PDF of these steps, in mindmap format, click here: Promoting your blog post

Social Bookmarking 


  • StumbleUpon via yet another plugin I can post my blogs to Stumbleupon, which can be a great source of traffic. While I am posting my own content there, I’ll have a ‘stumble’ around and click thumbs up on a few other things, and perhaps submit some content from the 30 Day Bloggers, or friends who have promoted my posts in the past.
  • Delicious – Another social bookmarking tool, although probably not as good a traffic generator as StumbleUpon, if I have the time I submit here too.
  • Other social bookmarking sites – depending on the content of  a blog, I’ll post it to various other bookmarking sites such as Reddit, Sphinn, Digg etc.

Google + 


Last but not least, Google+. I’m still pretty wary of using Google+ for out and out business stuff, so I don’t post every blog there, but I am looking forward to when they have business profiles on there! You can follow me on Google+ at http://gplus.to/nikkipilkington
  • My Circles – I first of all post to any circles I have that are relevant. This is usually my business circle and my 30 Day Challenges circles. Not much point posting to my family or schoolfriends circles as they’re not interested!
  • Public timeline – Then I’ll post to the public timeline, if the post deserves a wider audience.
So there you have it – a rather long guide to promoting a blog post. As I’ve said before, it’s not a rulebook, but this is how I do things. Sometimes these things can span a week, sometimes I’ll do them in one day. Test and see what works best for you.


It looks like a lot doesn’t it? So to make it easier for you I’ve produced this free PDF which features a mindmap of all these steps – save it, print it out, stick it on your wall and follow it to promote your own blog posts. Don’t forget to let me know how you get on!


PS: Don’t forget to take a look at the 30 Day Blogging Challenge
PPS Also check out @saraharrow’s blog post on getting more eyeballs to your blog post – some great ideas in there too!
(With thanks to Lisa Attias for the ‘route to fame’ idea)
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5 Tips for a Successful Business Blog

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Having a blog can be a great thing for all businesses to do as it offers you another way of writing about your work and promoting your company to your target audience. This means it’s important that you do everything you can to make your business blog as successful as possible. This article takes you through 5 tips for creating a successful business blog.

Find your Niche
One really important thing to do is to find your niche. This is important with any blog as it helps to determine who your readership will be and the sort of subjects you will be covering in your posts. It’s generally a good idea to write on topics that your company is familiar with – that way, the content will not only be relevant to what you do but you will also be able to write about it with authority, which is always important when building up credibility and readership. Think what your target market would like to read about, then write it!

Update it regularly
It might sound quite obvious, but an essential tip for a successful business blog is to make sure you update it regularly. People won’t be especially willing to read a blog that is updated only sporadically, so it can be a good idea to have a set day (or perhaps even a few days) every week where you commit to updating your blog. This will help to keep the content fresh and the people who take time out to read your blog engaged with what you are doing.

Generate Links
A business’s blog is generally an extension of its website and is often used to promote its products or services, and topics relating to that. Generating links can be a good way to boost your online presence. This can include links back to your own website in order to direct more traffic there, as well as encouraging others to link to your blog so it becomes more widely known. One essential is to integrate social media capabilities into your blog so people can easily ‘retweet’ your posts on Twitter or share your content on Facebook.

Market it properly
As with any other aspect of your business, it is important to market your blog to make sure you get as many readers as possible. As mentioned above, link-building is a good way to do this. You could also try and generate interest by having guest posts, which can be especially useful if you can get experts or people who are well-known within your industry to write for your blog. It all helps to create a buzz about your blog and, with any luck, generate higher levels of readership.

Never Forget your Purpose
Finally, when writing your blog posts, never forget your purpose. If you are writing a business blog then you should always remember that it is important to be professional so as to maintain your company’s good reputation. Make sure your content is relevant to your work and that the style of writing matches the image you would like your business to portray.

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299 Steps to Blogging Heaven … on Kindle!

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We’re thrilled to let you know that the fantastic 299 Steps to Blogging Heaven is now available on Kindle via Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk!

If you’re not getting the best results from your blogging, or just think you could be doing it better, then 299 Steps is the ebook for you!

In it I tell you:

  • How many times a month do you need to blog?

  • How do you get people to read them – and comment?

  • What should you be writing about?

Whether you’re an accomplished blogger or a complete beginner, you’ll find lots of really useful tips in this great ebook.

So, if you part with your hard-earned cash (not much though) what will you get?

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We were thrilled to be included in the January 2011 edition of Better Business Focus, and the folks there have kindly said we can share that issue with you, so here it is!

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More than 5 hours a week spent on Social Media Marketing?

We are all aware of the power of social media. Used by millions of adults all around the world, social media is by far one of this century’s biggest phenomenons. So with such vast potential audience on social network sites and blogs every day, it only seems logical for companies to embrace social networking to boost the awareness of their brand.

A survey recently conducted by NikkiPilkington.com, an Internet marketing company based in the UK & France, reveals some dramatic if not unsurprising results on how businesses are now using social networking as a regular part of their marketing strategies. The results not only show which sites and what type of social media is most commonly used, but also the duration of time businesses spend on social media marketing.

The sites that people use to promote their business

The sites that people use to promote their business

An impressive 95% of businesses declare they incorporate Twitter into their marketing strategy. Twitter, the world’s leading micro-blogging service, now has literally billions of ‘Tweets’ per quarter. So anyone who is anybody now has to be there in order to boost their online performance.

Following not far behind is Facebook, now the world’s leading social networking site, with 77% of businesses responding taking part in ‘Facebook-ing’. Blogging is also used by an impressive 67% of businesses, with 48% also commenting on other blogs (often as a part of link-building campaign).

Online business forums and YouTube also take a slice, 61% and 28% respectively, but perhaps one of the most surprising revelations is that 0% seems to incorporate MySpace. Although MySpace arguably laid the foundations for social networking back in 2004, in 2008 it was overtaken by Facebook, whose popularity still on the rise.

We also asked how long per week was spent on social media marketing. Again unsurprisingly, 42% spend 5 hours or more every week using the likes of Twitter and Facebook. A still rather hefty 28% spent between 2-5 hours, whilst 17% spend 1-2 hours, and 9% spend 30 minutes to an hour per week on social media marketing. Only 4% spend less than half an hour a week, with all of these results proving the significance of social media within the realms of marketing.

How long per week is spent on Social Media Marketing

How long per week is spent on Social Media Marketing

It is clear that with the ever increasing rise of Tweets, updates and blogs, social media marketing is going to have to keep up with this modern form of communication. Although offline advertising should not be underestimated, social media marketing as a part of a digital marketing campaign is one of the most integral forms of increasing brand awareness in the 21st Century


Disclaimer: The stats above were based on the responses of 624 business people. As the stats were gathered via Twitter, Facebook, online forums and blogs, it is clear that there will be some bias towards those areas of promotion. However, responses were also solicited via email and our newsletter, to try and even this up a little!

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