Essential Stats and Data on Cash Usage and Spending Habits Around the World

The article in the link above has lots of valuable information such as:

  • Worldwide stats showing how COVID-19 has affected spending – the UK alone saw a 60% drop in cash usage and a 42% drop in ATM withdrawals in 2020.
  • How fintech trends and technologies such as hyper-personalisation and AI are driving our spending habits.
  • Predictions for a cashless future and who will get there first (Finland, China and the UK are all quickly moving towards becoming cashless societies)
  • Useful statistics, data sources, and other data-driven insights showing us how the world is moving away from cash.

Staying Safe on UK Roads This Winter

Great article on how to stay safe on UK roads this winter.

5 Key Reasons Why Small Businesses Can’t Succeed in 2020 without SEO

Why Businesses Can't Succeed Without Doing SEO | Red Flame Marketing | Search Engine Optimisation

It’s 2020 and ecommerce shops are walking over every business in the industry. The reason why they are doing this is because building a strong online brand that customers will love and trust is what Google is all about.

This will leave small businesses in the back if they don’t start building an online strategy for success. The truth is, small businesses have limited finances and resources to pay for expensive ads to have Google push them higher on the search page results and in front of the potential customers. So, how can they catch up in the game. The answer is with SEO.

SEO or Search Engine Optimization is the process of optimising the website to rank higher on the search page results organically.

This means that with a powerful SEO strategy and optimising the website (on-page SEO) as well as building references from authoritative sites (off-page SEO) any business will have the chance to rank high. Even small business.  And here are 5 key reasons why small business desperately need SEO to succeed.

1.  Organic Web Traffic is the Most Important and Profitable Traffic

Lately, paid ads on social media as well on Google seem to have occupied the central spots on the screen when we get the search results for what we are looking for. However, how convincing are they? Statistically, the majority of people will skip the paid ad and check out the top organic positions of the results. That is why ending up among the top positions is utterly important. By being there, it means that your website provides relevant info or answers for the things they were searching for. And that is why they are most likely to click on the link.

On the other hand, the paid ad is carefully written and powerful set of words that target the audience for what the audience wants to see and offer them something they need. Still, the fact that this is a paid advertisement throws a great deal of doubt in the eyes of the audience since of course the ad will say that the company is the best and offer the most quality service or products.

2. Trustworthy and Reliable Website

The second reason is tightly connected to the first one. What happens when you have a strong SEO strategy is organically ranking to the first ten positions (the first page) of Google Search Page Results which leads to building a trustworthy and reliable brand of your website. Plus, an SEO optimised website is fully functional, easy to navigate and creates engaging and pleasant user experience. Once the customer completes a purchase from the website and is satisfied with the whole shopping experience, they will return again and again – which is how a trustworthy and reliable website is made.

3. Local SEO for Small Businesses Targets the Audience More Precisely

When you come to think about it, if you are a small business competing with huge businesses online you will probably be walked over and end up on irrelevant. After all, the huge companies have the money and the team to work out every single detail and because of that, they have a head start.

However, if your small business has an SEO strategy that is designed to impact locally, then you have the chance to get to your targeted audience and offer the right service and products for them. Local SEO not only means better target but also increased engagement, traffic and eventually conversions.

By locally optimising the strategy, your small business gets the chance to offer its services to an audience from a specific town, city, region or country. This is done in a way that the content is optimised to include geographical search terms and local listings are filled out that help you become visible to relevant locations and business sectors.

4. Long-Term Results

SEO is not a one time thing. It takes time to give results but the best of all is that these results are also long-term. There are so called “SEO specialists” who manage to achieve great results in a very short time but unfortunately, the formula for success is always against Google rules. This is called Black Hat SEO and even though you can see your website at the top position on Google, you will eventually be noticed by Google and penalised. Worst case scenario, your website might even be banned.

Turning to White Hat SEO, which is the total opposite of Black Hat SEO, you can rest assured that the results will come with quality work on the website and off-page and these results will last.

5. SEO is Cheap

All things considered, SEO is cheap. It is certainly cheaper than paid ads on social media or Google. Plus, the credibility your brand receives with a good strategic SEO plan pays off every single penny that is spent. The bottom line is that your business will have return of investment in the long run and keep the results and great ranking even longer.


GDPR – What’s That All About, Then?

Here’s a guest blog from John Miller, of Smarter Technologies, based in Heywood, about GDPR and a series of seminars aimed at helping businesses understand and comply with this new legislation that comes into effect in 2018: 

I know that the introduction of the GDPR has made many organisations view it as more of a threat than an opportunity. Many organisations focus on the heavy penalties and the overall effort. However, I believe that organisations will gain a competitive advantage in being fully GDPR compliant. With many data breaches in the last few years, customers have become more concerned about the handling of their personal information than ever before. By complying with the GDPR, your organisation is safeguarding personal information and building relationships with customers based on transparency and trust – now that has to be good for your customers and for your organisation, doesn’t it?

Our 2 hour seminar will help you, as you take your first steps towards compliance by sharing practical insights about implementing a data security based approach in line with the GDPR. You will learn about:

  • Why you have to comply with the GDPR and what might happen if you don’t.
  • The GDPR’s direct effect on your business and the transition timelines.
  • The steps to take in preparing for compliance.
  • The technical and organisational measures your business will need to adopt to comply with the Regulation.
  • A key assessment toolkit you can use to help you to achieve compliance.

The seminar will be held at The Birch Hotel, Heywood with easy access to the M60, M62 and M66 on:

  • Wednesday, 27th September 2017, 14:00 to 16:15 – SOLD OUT
  • Wednesday, 25th October 2017, 14:00 to 16:15
  • Wednesday, 29th November 2017, 14:00 to 16:15

Tickets are £15.00

Contact us on 0345 319 4887 to book or book online with Eventbrite.

I hope to see you there.


Don’t Call Me Frank

It’s always great when clients say nice things about you.

Here’s one client that took to video to say a few words about how we’ve helped him grow his business.

Don’t call me Frank, though, eh?

Click here to watch the short video testimonial.