Richard Stephens

Richard Stephens
Richard is the director and co–founder of Angelfish Marketing, a Cheltenham based digital marketing agency specialising in inbound marketing for B2B SME’s.
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4 reasons blogging is essential for your digital marketing strategy in 2020

Posted by Richard Stephens on 17/10/19 11:51

If you're a business owner, you should already know that having an attractive website is essential if you want new customers and clients to find your business and purchase your products or services. But there's more to having a strong online presence than simply putting up a couple of pages about your business; you should also have a blog in your marketing plan for several reasons, including improving your SEO and the overall effectiveness of your online marketing. 

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Topics: Content marketing

Want more candidate applications? A lead generation guide for recruiters

Posted by Richard Stephens on 13/08/19 10:37

With everyone turning digital, traditional outbound marketing methods aren’t as reliable anymore. No one wants to be pestered with cold calls and direct advertising just isn’t as effective – in fact, according to research, 30% of all internet users now use ad blockers on their internet browsers to stop the constant flow of ads flashing up on screens. As a result, the marketing funnel has shifted due to changing buyer needs. Before this change, marketers used a ‘funnel model’, which looked a bit like this: 

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Topics: Recruitment agencies

Go-to guide to your first year of inbound marketing

Posted by Richard Stephens on 02/08/19 11:14

With 55% of marketers saying that blog content creation is their top marketing priority, it’s clear to see that marketing strategies are moving from traditional, ‘outbound’ techniques to more up-to-date, ‘inbound’ methods where it’s all about enticing people to engage with the business. Producing blog content is a great way to offer potential leads something valuable so that, when they’re at the point where they’re ready to make a purchase, they pick you over your competitors. Plus, the stats are pretty promising: marketers who prioritise blogging efforts are 13x more likely to see a positive return on investment (ROI) and content marketing gets three times more leads than paid search advertising. 

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Topics: Inbound marketing

Calling all recruitment agencies! Here’s how to get the best ROI from your marketing spend

Posted by Richard Stephens on 12/07/19 11:01

There are a lot of buzzwords and industry jargon in marketing. From SEO to metadata, PPC to CPC, there’s a lot to get your head around when it comes to effective digital marketing. However, as a recruitment agency, you can’t not have a strategy in place; as we’re sure you’re well aware, the recruitment sector is getting more and more competitive. So, to help you make the most of your marketing spend, we’ve highlighted how to get the best return on investment (ROI). We’re seeing amazing results from our digital marketing for recruitment agencies, so read on to ensure you’re doing everything you can to get the most from your marketing spend.

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Topics: Recruitment agencies

How to find a balance between SEO and content

Posted by Richard Stephens on 05/07/19 09:41

Continually writing creative content can be exhausting, especially when you’ve got a department to run. The writing process takes up so much time - from topic creation to final draft, there are a lot of steps involved in creating just one piece of content. But as a marketing manager, controlling the content your business outputs is absolutely essential - after all, you need it to pull in the right customers for the company. However, when you throw in planning and running a successful SEO marketing strategy to the mix, you’ve suddenly got a lot of pressure weighing on your shoulders and a lot to control.

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Topics: Content marketing, SEO

What is inbound marketing, and how do you sell it to your boss?

Posted by Richard Stephens on 26/06/19 14:10

Whether we’re in the market for a new phone, a car, or a different type of cereal, the digital era has changed how we decide on what we buy, and when we buy it. No longer do we talk to a sales rep first. Instead, we browse the internet to research exactly what we’re looking for, reading a wealth of information and reviews from existing customers. Only when we’re settled on a decision do we approach the business we’d like to buy from. In 2011, Google defined this critical new marketing moment as the ‘Zero Moment of Truth’. Put simply, it’s when people immediately turn to the internet, taking charge of the information they want to gather rather than having it pushed on them by marketers.

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Topics: Inbound marketing

Does social media really impact SEO?

Posted by Richard Stephens on 12/06/19 12:51

In the past couple of years, there have been significant changes to the way Google’s search engine works. Google used to deny that social media has a direct effect on rankings, but now, social media URLs appear in search engines at a much larger scale. What we all really want to know is whether social media sharing actually helps improve search engine ranking. So, how closely linked are SEO and social media strategy?

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Topics: SEO, Social media

Top five factors Google uses to decide where to rank your website

Posted by Richard Stephens on 12/06/19 12:46

Whether you talk to an SEO expert, a business owner, or a marketing specialist, you will always hear different theories about the signals Google uses to assess the authority of your website and assign your ranking. To say Google’s algorithm is a minefield is a pretty big understatement and, believe it or not, even the Google engineers themselves find it somewhat of a mystery. This is because machine-learning algorithms, such as Google’s, are opaque - even the programmers of the AI can’t see them.

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Topics: SEO

Top 5 content marketing mistakes and how to avoid them

Posted by Richard Stephens on 30/05/19 10:31

To have a successful SEO campaign strategy, you need to be producing helpful content for your target audience. This means creating relevant and engaging articles that are optimised for search engines and targeted specifically to your buyer personas. Easier said than done, right?

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Topics: Content marketing

Ultimate digital marketing guide for recruitment agencies

Posted by Richard Stephens on 02/05/19 08:33

Traditional, outbound marketing methods such as cold calling just aren’t as effective in gaining the leads you need to stay ahead of your competitors anymore. As a recruitment agency, you need to ensure that your digital marketing skills are of the highest quality, especially in today’s ever-competitive market.

Sometimes, it’s really difficult to know where to start, and the workload ahead of you can seem overwhelming. So, whether your recruitment agency is just getting started with digital marketing or you want to optimise your current strategy, this guide will help you set up and implement a successful digital marketing strategy for your recruitment agency, step by step.

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Topics: Digital marketing