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Last month Britons spent £4.4 billion online, which represents a 13% increase on the same period last year.
The latest IMRG Capgemini e-tail sales index will make pleasant reading for many online businesses. Whilst economic instability continues throughout the Eurozone, Britons are still spending more than ever online [see: Consumers spent over £4bn shopping online in April | New Media Age].
April saw online spending rise (again) to £4.4 billion. This 13% yearly rise came despite fears over the economy and continuing travel concerns caused by volcanic ash. In fact the latter of these was one of the few sectors to suffer a significant drop since March, with 9% less being spent on online holidays.
The big winners were those businesses involved in selling Home and Garden (+32%), Clothing (+21%) and Health & Beauty (+16%) products. With summer on the horizon and warm weather creeping in, these sectors are likely to dominate in future months too. So if you are selling these goods, this is when you should be upping your online marketing efforts and taking advantage of the influx of online consumers.
So despite reports that we could be entering a new depression and world markets plunging in unison, buyers clearly aren’t being perturbed. Online retailers are selling more than ever before and there is nothing to suggest that trend will change any time soon.
Search engine technology is evolving, and so is the digital marketing industry. The more experienced professionals amongst you may remember the days of gleefully stuffing keywords into your copy to boost your rankings, blindly spamming strangers to join your email lists and easily securing media coverage for your thinly veiled advertisements.
Site speed is an important area of website optimisation that people working in the world of Search Engine Optimisation are becoming increasingly concerned about.