Julian Jordan, MD of Pendle marketing and PR business, BrandSpankin' has been running training courses for businesses to show them how to use PR and social media to enhance their marketing efforts at little or no cost - and with over 50 businesses having attended the courses this year, over half have come from the East Lancashire area.
"When it comes to using Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to promote themselves, East Lancs businesses are definitely early adopters," said Julian. "We're also finding that many local businesses are benefitting from using blogs and Youtube channels to enhance their more traditional approaches to marketing."
Prior to setting up BrandSpankin' in Pendle, Julian managed marketing and media relations for telecoms businesses in London and Manchester, and he thinks that whilst these sorts of bigger businesses are missing a trick, small and regional businesses are adopting social media techniques to market themselves very cheaply, whilst being able to measure the effects and successes of their campaigns.
"In the current climate, social media is great for small businesses because it's free and effective. It's much more about having a dialogue with customers and prospects, than shouting your message at them. This is why I think it works really well for a lot of East Lancs based small businesses, as they have always traded on the basis of giving a good service and building a relationship with customers, so the tone of social media really suits them."
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