Trash is for Tossers – No More Single-Use Plastic Bottles On Set!


Put simply, these times, they are a-changin’ (we may have borrowed that).

You’d be pretty hard pressed to have missed the plastic-free movement that has swept the nation over the past few years. ‘The Blue Planet effect’ as it’s now widely known, was monumental in allowing us to see the true scale of destruction that our addiction to single use plastic has had/is having on the planet.

It was very much a wake up and smell the destruction moment, resulting in more people than ever wanting to make serious change – us included!
We’re told to avoid sweating the small stuff. But we say no, sweat the small stuff all you like. The small stuff cumulatively becomes big stuff.

Recent statistics show that the average UK family produces around 1 tonne of plastic packaging waste per year.

That’s roughly the weight of a giraffe, a walrus or a baleen whale’s testicle – puts things in perspective, right?

This week marks Zero Waste Week, but we’re going beyond 7-days.

We’re championing a zero-tolerance policy on set. From this day forward, we will not be providing bottled drinking water on set. Instead, we will be providing a water filtering urn, along with reusable drinking bottles. Today marks our first plastic-free shoot!

Smooth Sailing for PRM

Earlier in August, Golley Slater PRM headed to the world-famous Cowes sailing regatta – an employee incentive for the top 5 top performing sales colleagues, plus three managers who have consistently achieved their KPIs in the last quarter.

Thursday 9th August, saw the incentive trip take place, after four months of hard work and dedication from the winning members.

Setting sail from Southampton, the team sipped champagne as they left the marina and headed down the Solent to take in the Cowes Regatta racing on the waves. After a cruise around the Isle of Wight the team docked in Cowes and enjoyed lunch back on dry land. Upon lining their stomachs, the team were ready to party the night away at the Cowes festival – enjoying the local bands (and beer!) before heading back home.

The senior team have been working closely with their workforce over the last few months to make Golley Slater PRM a great place to work, establishing a social calendar, organising offsite team building days and launching colleague incentives and trips on top of the uncapped bonus structure that was already in place.

Joe Forkin, Senior Sales Executive said this about the trip; “Epic. Epic. Epic. I was so grateful to be rewarded by Golley Slater for doing my job well. As an experienced member of the team, I always like to set the pace in terms of generating leads, and my attitude to working hard has paid off – now I get to play hard too. The trip was once in a lifetime, and I can’t wait to (hopefully) be picked for the next employee incentive too. The only downside of it all was having to get off the boat and come back to work on Monday morning.”

Ben Freer, Account Manager also had this to say about being selected; “Having worked and progressed at Golley Slater over the past few years, it’s a nice feeling knowing that staff are incentivised across our whole business. It’s certainly something I’ve ticked off the bucket list, I’m just excited to hear what the next trip might be – I’m hoping for a private jet.”

Golley Slater PRM help clients overcome business problems related to new customer acquisition. With over 20 years’ experience delivering end-to-end programmes with some of the UK’s best-known brands, Golley Slater bridge the gap between sales and marketing teams, to generate insight, intelligence and sales-ready opportunities.

If you’re interested in getting yourself on our company incentives, why not join the Golley Slater team? We have several Sales Executives vacancies available now. For an informal chat about these roles, contact Ed Parker on 01943 484848.

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Digital advertising strategy

So, you are ready to invest some of your hard-earned savings on marketing, and you are looking for immediate results – such as sales leads, web traffic and customer engagement. You want to target specific audience groups and you need to be able to measure performance in order to improve what you are doing on an ongoing basis. If these are your goals, a digital advertising strategy is very probably the right option for you to go for.

A quick note… Digital advertising is not what we at Abacus refer to as “digital marketing”, which we term to mean any activities that are not usually/directly paid for – search engine optimisation (SEO), social media strategy, email campaigns, content creation and online PR. Yes, there can be costs involved in terms of third party link building, sales promotions and special offers, but these are different types of costs to those inferred by digital advertising.

The benefit of a digital marketing strategy is that it delivers robust long- term results that will probably cost a lot less than a digital advertising strategy. However, as we all know, “cost” is not the same as “value”, which means that you need to undertake an analysis of different marketing media to choose the options which are most effective for your business.

The key to a successful digital advertising campaign is testing. In order to maintain your success, you should constantly learn from your experiences and seek to improve and refine your strategy. What works today can be completely ineffectual tomorrow, so it’s vital to keep analysing to avoid complacency.

The other main thing is the importance of tracking and analytics – we see so many examples where businesses don’t set this up optimally, thereby limiting the efficacy of what they can achieve.

The key benefits

Let’s first of all take a closer look at the five key benefits that are derived from a digital advertising strategy. Together, they make digital advertising a valuable option for many organisations.

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1. Instant results

Once your campaign is set up, you start seeing results right away – in terms of visitors to your website, sales leads, actual sales, follower numbers, and so on.

2. Effective targeting

Big data makes it much easier to accurately target your customer segments and personas according to demographic and/or psychographic profiles.

3. Performance analysis

You can see how your investment is performing at any point, so you can optimise the efficiency and effectiveness of your activities to deliver the best possible value at all times.

4. Flexible framework

You can edit your campaigns easily and quickly, so you can test ideas to find out what works best in terms of campaign messaging, times of the day/week, and geographical regions.

5. Scalability

You can start small and ramp things up as and when you are ready to do so – there is no huge and risky investment to get things off the ground.

Three main areas

Digital advertising is an investment in one of three main areas:

1. Search engine advertising
2. Social media advertising
3. Network display advertising.

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Search engine advertising

Google AdWords allows you to be seen when your potential customers are searching for the kind of products and services that you provide. When you have a Google Ads campaign in place, you only need to pay when someone clicks on the advert to visit your website. The service is designed to help you attract more site visitors, boost sales and increase brand engagement. You can use Google Ads to target local, national and international customers and you can set and reset your budget whenever you wish, so you won’t ever spend more than you can afford.

To make the most of search ads, you simply need to produce a campaign advert that informs people about what you do, and make sure that it shows up for relevant keywords that your customers might search for when looking for your services. Your ad can be seen across multiple devices including laptops, smartphones and tablets. You can also obtain instant access to reports that will tell you how your campaign is performing, and the information you are given will help you decide whether changes are required. It’s also possible to create a number of different ads so you can see which ones are the most efficient. A good tip is to make sure you have Google Analytics set up on your website as well as Search Console.

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Though Google accounts for 83% of UK traffic, it’s never wise to overlook what its competitors have to offer. The search giant’s nearest rivals are Bing (12%), Yahoo (2.5%) and Microsoft (1.5%), with other search companies making up 1% of the industry. It’s advisable to focus on Google initially before rolling campaigns out to the other main search services. Once you have rolled out effective, efficient campaigns to Google, Bing, Yahoo and Microsoft, you will be picking up 99% of all UK search traffic with minimal effort.

Social media advertising

As you might expect, Facebook dominates the market when it comes to social media, enjoying 64% of the market. However, this does not mean you should ignore other social media channels. Let’s take a closer look at the main social media advertising platforms.

Facebook advertising is one of the most effective ways to connect with your target audience and allows you to serve up to two billion people. Facebook ads can be run on any budget, and the service allows you to target potential customers based on categories such as demographics, behaviour and contact information. The service offers simple reports that are easy to make sense of, and you can get your campaign underway with very little technical expertise.

The second-most powerful social media channel in terms of advertising is Twitter, with 15% of the market. There’s no minimum budget, and you only need to pay for specific results, including gaining extra traffic to your site and attracting new followers. You can tailor your ads and campaigns to make sure that they are aligned directly towards your business targets, and can maximise reach by promoting your Tweets. You can use the targeting features to reach people in specific geographical locations, people that follow certain accounts or connect with people with particular interests. Twitter Ads are based around auctions, and it’s possible to opt for automatic bidding if this is the right fit for your needs. Twitter polls are also a great idea to drum up interest and engagement.

Pinterest is the third-most powerful service, with 10% of the market. The service is designed to speed up conversions and is often described as a visual search engine. Many well-known brands use Pinterest to boost the number of links back to their sites (it works well for SEO too). You can make the most of Pinterest by creating high-quality visuals that entice customers to your site, with the site being noted for its high user engagement levels. With Pinterest, you can quickly find out what is currently trending and create pins relevant to these topics to stimulate interest in your brand.

YouTube is by far the world’s most prominent video streaming site and has 4% of the market. TrueView ads allow you to connect with potential customers when they view or look for YouTube videos, and you only pay if they watch at least 30 seconds of your ad or click on it. Real-time insights are available, telling you not only how your campaign is performing but also giving you the information you need to enhance it. YouTube is a Google-owned company, which means the process of setting up a campaign on one service should be simple once you’ve got one up-and-running on the other.

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Instagram is a Facebook-owned photo-sharing service with 3% of the market. With Instagram, your ads appear in a bold format designed to appeal to potential customers, and it’s possible to create both photo and video ads up to 60 seconds in length. Valuable Instagram features include carousel and stories ads, with the service offering the same powerful advertising resources as its parent company. If you’ve ever set up a Facebook ad campaign, the process of getting your Instagram equivalent underway is straightforward.

LinkedIn may only have 1% of the market, but this doesn’t mean you should dismiss it right away considering its B2B advertising potential. Home to more than 560 million active professionals, LinkedIn allows you to target would-be customers by job title, industry and more. The service can help you attract professionals to events, boost brand awareness and generate leads. Flexible pricing options are available, and you can end your campaign at any point. It’s also possible to personalise your ads to target specific people.

Network display advertising

With network display advertising, you can place ads on third-party websites that share your intended demographics, only paying when your ads are clicked on and web users are sent to your website.
When you opt for display advertising, you can choose from several calls to action (CTAs). The most obvious option is to encourage people to visit your site.

It’s vital that you select the right target audience for your business, whether you are aiming to attract a niche subset or are hoping to win over the biggest and widest range of people possible. Not only can you decide how much you want to spend, you can choose which days the ads are displayed to customers, as well as the time of day you want to serve them. It’s possible to set up as many different campaigns as you like. This is ideal for those that wish to continually test and refine their campaigns to get the best possible results.

The Google Display Network enables you to create a wide range of ad types, including interactive, video, text and image-based ads before placing them on the most relevant sites and showing them to those that are most likely to find them appealing. There are many other display networks to consider, but Google is the biggest, and the easiest, to enter. However, other networks might perform better, especially where niche markets are concerned.

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Remarketing is a display network option that we really like. It works by capturing the IP address of site visitors and costs around 10% of pay-per-click ads. You can continue to show users your ads for up to a year after they visit your website. There are many options available when it comes to remarketing, and these include standard, dynamic, video and customer list remarketing as well as remarketing lists for search ads.

What is the best strategy?

What works for one business won’t always be right for another, which is why it’s so important to devise your marketing strategy with great care. It’s vital to examine the broader context of your marketing plan, assessing the financial goals set out in your business proposition at the same time as you work out your marketing budget. Your website also needs to be fit for purpose, capable of winning over customers and enhancing your brand image if your efforts are to be successful. If it is not up to scratch, you ought to sort it out first. Also, you may need to review your overall brand proposition to ensure your message is clear, authentic, professional, credible and appeals to your intended audience.

Digital advertising services from Abacus

As an integrated strategic marketing consultancy, Abacus marketing offers a full range of digital advertising services. Our stringent planning process ensures your needs are met and the right people are targeted, giving you a considerable edge over your competitors. To find out more, simply send an e-mail to or call us on 020 7795 8175. Please visit to view the digital advertising solutions we have delivered for other clients.

We’re hiring: Account Manager

We’re looking for an experienced Account Manager to join our creative agency in Nottingham city centre.


To meet our criteria, you’ll need to be

  • An experienced Account Manager with at least a couple of years spent working on consumer brands and/or in a great agency
  • Bright with good mental agility and problem-solving skills underpinned by a good, relevant degree
  • Experienced in at least two of the following areas: digital advertising, brand development, print media, and one of the following: sales promotion, direct mail, photography shoot management

As a person, you should be

  • Confident and self assured across all relationships both external and internal
  • Persuasive when meeting with and presenting to clients
  • A good communicator with effective listening skills
  • Able to build positive relationships with clients, suppliers and within the agency itself
  • Highly organised – especially under pressure
  • Able to prioritise when dealing with several projects at once
  • Positive and enthusiastic with a can-do attitude

We’ll also be looking for

  • Excellent writing and grammar skills
  • Good numeracy skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • UK Driving Licence (desirable)
  • Ability to travel to client locations anywhere in the UK and abroad

Why apply?

For one thing, we’ll pay you a competitive salary DOE and give you a decent chunk of holiday to boot. But as well as that, our agency is genuinely a brilliant place to work. Our team is close-knit and super friendly and we’re set slap bang in Nottingham City Centre, so it’s an easy commute – and even easier to find a spot for after-work drinks.

How to apply

If you think this position sounds right for you, send your application to with the subject line ‘Account manager application’.

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Why work has failed us: The broken promise of a “decent job”

Our new series looks at how jobs are failing to support their workers in terms of salary, healthcare, childcare, housing, and retirement.

Full-time employment in this country rests, at least theoretically, on an unspoken but well-understood deal. You work for 40 or more hours a week to help a company make more money. In exchange, the company will pay you enough so that you can afford a roof over your head (perhaps even on land that you own), will help subsidize the cost of caring for your health, give you enough to make a good life for your children, and–once you’ve given the good part of your life to your work–make sure you have enough money to live out the rest of your non-working days in relative comfort.

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