Campaigns, Consultancy and Champagne

We have decided to move the date of our PR training launch from 30th November 2012 to 15th January 2013 as this will provide further business opportunities for attendees.

If you would like to attend, please email hayley@throughthedoorpromotions.com

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Training Day with Through The Door Promotions

Due to popular demand from existing clients, Through The Door Promotions are now offering PR and marketing training workshops. Through The Door Promotions will be offering these unique, informative and innovative workshops to SMEs and startups. The PR and marketing experts at Through The Door Promotions will arrange to visit companies and organisations in their offices and deliver onsite training in a range of strategies.

The courses are designed for entrepreneurs and business professionals with the responsibility for marketing, PR or business development activities. Online PR and social media activities are fast becoming an essential part of any marketing strategy. Using specific case studies, participating in Through The Door Promotions courses will aid businesses and allow them to gain a thorough understanding of the role of PR and marketing and how to use the key aspects effectively.

Within their training courses Through The Door Promotions will be discussing and demonstrating various PR and marketing activities, which are effective and successful and the team will be showing companies how to implement each activity into both their marketing strategies and business. Through The Door Promotions will train businesses in both B2B and B2C marketing and tendering.

Through The Door Promotions may be a young company, consisting of young professionals, but between them they have gained dedicated experience within in-house marketing, business development, branding, journalism and media and they work with various businesses and corporations consisting of brands, corporate, SMEs and startups. Through The Door Promotions feel that their unique qualities place them in a prime position to help businesses improve their marketing strategies and target the younger generation.

In order for SMEs and start-ups to thoroughly understand what they have to offer within their training programs, Through The Door Promotions is cordially inviting you to a complimentary taster session:

Through The Door Promotions, PR and marketing experts invite you to a FREE afternoon of excellent and renowned consultation to help your business see effective results. We will be discussing various marketing strategies, which we have designed to help you promote your business, win new business, achieve sustainability, conduct market research and recognise and manage your corporate responsibilities.

FREE nibbles and wine

Sugar CRM

Today, Pure360, a privately owned, results driven direct digital marketing provider improving customer ROI via email and mobile marketing, today announced their new integration with customer relationship management company Sugar CRM. Sugar is designed to help clients communicate with prospects, share sales information and maintain good customer service.

The integration allows Pure360 customers to keep their email marketing activities in sync with their CRM system, track and analyse campaign results, create more effective campaigns and build more ROI.

This amalgamation means that Pure360 now works with a number of insight driven technology platforms including CRM programs Microsoft Dynamics and Sales Force.

It is extremely important to maintain a single customer view and this incorporation benefits customers as it combines CRM customer data with powerful segmentation and marketing automation features of email, social and mobile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A New Class of Printer

3D printing has been a growing trend since 2003. 3D printing involves a 3D digital file that is then sent to a printer and printed in successive layers – It works very similarly to your ordinary printer, apart from instead of ink it uses a special powder and binding fluid that in combination creates a hard 3D object.

3D printing has many uses; a very interesting use is in space. For example if an astronaut loses a tool, or even an important part, it could be reprinted in space, which would save a lot of time and money. Sadly 3D printers have not been used for this yet, but dicussions are being held to make a prototype printer that would be able to complete a task like that.  A 3D printer is capable of printing with an accuracy of ± 40 micrometres.

A student at the Royal College of Art has designed a shoe for sprinters using a 3D printer. The shoe only weighs 96 grams. The amazing thing about this process is that the shoe can be tailored to fit the sprinters feet perfectly, even down to how thick the sole of the shoe needs to be. The down side to this is that the material (Nylon Polyamide) is not flexible. However, 3D printing is a work in progress and is being perfected, new printing materials are constantly being developed. You never know, sooner or later you might have a 3D printer in your office.

FOOD: A CASE OF COUNTRIES

Jennyfer Taieb and Clemence Groseille are two French interns in Paris. They have come to London for two months to work for Through the Door Promotions. Below, in their blog post, they discuss the issues that they face being hungry students in the bright lights of the city.

As we welcome our second month and continue our affair with London, we are still experiencing a new culture, a new language and a new home.

Food is very important to us and we have been determined to do our own cooking, as we want to learn English recipes, we begun our English journey by writing a shopping list. However, we quickly realised that the price exceeded our simple student budget.

Therefore, because the price for healthier food is greater, crisps, sweets and fast food have become our staple diet. With the desire to eat equilibrium we admitted defeat, as the aspiration to live the high life in London including food, was deterred by the high prices in London.

Basic food prices are similar to those in France, but sincerely, the quality of meat and fish offered in supermarkets do not really inspire confidence. The best option is to go to a butcher or fishmongers, but we are wary of the cost.

But in a month, we have become savvy and have found solutions to this problem (not without difficulty). Buy basics in the bigger supermarkets that are still priced within our budget and make the rest of our purchases in low cost supermarkets. Therefore, we are not cutting quality, only cost. The solution works well, but London remains an expensive city, though this hasn’t removed its amazement, surprise or inviting ambiance.

Location Based Marketing

To put it simply – location based marketing is the art of transferring consumers shared location into revenue.

Location based marketing is very effective tool, that we all most probably use every day without even thinking about it.. But we’ll get to that later.

There are many different form of location-based marketing:

  • Location-based services (LBS): mobile apps such as foursquare and HotList that provide information or entertainment to users based on their location.
  • Near-field communications (NFC): technology that allows two devices that are in close proximity — between two and 20 centimeters — to exchange information.
  • Location-based advertising (LBA): uses tools such as GPS and geo-fencing to locate potential prospects and send them messages.

Out of the apps, Foursquare and Hotlist seems to be the most popular. Both these apps can be linked to Facebook, which is always nice! (It’ll make Facebook a bit more interesting for all of your stalkers.)

Foursquare offers users a fun way to explore their local area. The application works through a phone download. Users add the application to their phones then take it with them as they go out and do things.

HotList is another tool that can help users stay on top of where their friends have been, are and will be going. The application works by integrating Google Maps so users can get a visual on where others are. The user can see where their friends have been and discover places that they like to go. This allows the user to try new places and seek out new local attractions.

If you haven’t heard of these apps, I suggest you give them a go, you never know they might actually help you find something new.

The simplest form of LBM is going to have to be google maps. I think everyone has had that moment when you’re in an area you don’t know so well, and you are starving. The first thing you do is – Whip out the good old smart phone and type a key word like “food” or “Restaurant” into google maps. I’d suggest that all businesses register themselves on google maps, as it is honestly the first thing most of us will turn too.

Near Field Communications is one that has only recently come to the surface, due to the fact that it hasn’t been built into all smart phones (yet).  I’m pretty sure all Londoners have will know how it works, as the oyster card uses exactly the same principle. For example you could have a NFC spot on the outside of a shop and hold your phone up to it, and then all the information about the shop will pop up. You could potentially even do the same with products. I think this type of technology will still take anther year before it is actually used nationally. People always seem to be a little bit hesitant with new technology, especially something like this.

Location based advertising isn’t that big in the UK, but it works on the principle that – Say you are close to a fast food reasturant, and they are have an offer – You’ll receive a message on you phone with a voucher, which would obviously entice you to go there and eat a nice discounted meal.

I think in the next year or so this type of marketing will become the way forward. Most of us will have swanky smart phones that can do supposedly everything under the sun, and we are all on them constantly. So if a business wants to target the consumer, they should target them on smart phones, as we never go without them (Well at least I don’t).

Networking Event

This morning, Through the Door Promotions attended our first networking breakfast. Arriving at the RAF Club in Piccadilly at the bright but early time of 7am.

The networking breakfast happens once a week and is lead by a company called BRX, a business development group and a leading name in business networking.

As we arrived, we were ushered to the president suite where a breakfast was waiting as well as fresh orange juice, which was greatly appreciated in this hot weather. Multiple friendly faces greeted us and handshakes introduced the person attached to them and we were seated around a long table to begin the nuptials.

We expected a less formal event with standing and mingling involved. But instead everyone gave a formal one-minute presentation introducing themselves and their company and what they were looking to gain from the networking event. However, we realised that this was a far more efficient and organized strategy as it ensured that everyone was heard and placed in front of the correct decision makers, and companies could discover what other offerings and referrals were available.

Through the Door Promotions received positive feedback from a number of companies and received two referrals – one for a recruitment company and one from a public speaker. However, the most interesting aspect of the entire morning was receiving a range of cleverly and creatively designed business cards.