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Content for accountants: when to post on social media

Content for accountants: when to post on social media

Social media marketing looks straightforward enough at first, but when you get down to the finer details it can start to feel like a minefield. What kind of content should you be sharing? How often should you be posting it? And is there a difference between publishing...

The closure of Google+

The closure of Google+

Back in 2010, Google+ was launched as an attempt to create a social media platform to rival that of Facebook. While it has been by no means as successful as its more established counterparts, it still had a community of dedicated followers. With so many existing...

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‘Meet the team’ pages for accountancy firms

‘Meet the team’ pages for accountancy firms

The team page on your website isn’t merely functional and deserves as much thought and attention as any other. Done right, a good ‘meet the team’ section sends important signals to clients and prospects. For example, even before anybody reads a word, it can make an...

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Mobile responsive websites: time to get serious

Mobile responsive websites: time to get serious

In March 2018, Google announced the rollout of mobile-first indexing, which meant the version of your website viewed on a smartphone or tablet became the main event, not a sideshow.I wrote about this at length last year but wanted to take a moment now, with a full 12...

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The secret science of writing headlines

We see plenty of headlines each day. From reading Metro on the bus to work to trawling through a BBC app, we all scan headlines searching for content that's relevant to us. At their best, they grab your attention and lead you into reading the article. At their worst,...

Budget 2018 is coming, what can you expect?

Budget 2018 is just around the corner after Chancellor Philip Hammond gave less than a month’s notice that the UK’s main fiscal statement will be just two days before Halloween. Exactly five months before the UK is scheduled to leave the EU, the Chancellor may reveal...

Writing an engaging blog post: 4 tips

Blog readers have different expectations of web content than they would with a novel or an essay. Instead of large blocks of text, they're likely to expect small chunks of content that can be skim-read for the information they want. You should also consider breaking...

Interview with Business Owner: Euan Pringle

Earlier this year we took some time to speak to business owners about what they want from their accountants and the challenges they face. Now we want to share with you the insights that emerged from those conversations. First, here’s what we learned from talking to...

Listicles: the format everyone hates to love

Ask most writers what they think of listicles and the chances are they'll groan: “Ugh! Shallow, patronising clickbait, lacking in nutritional value - no thank you very much.” But readers love them, and they have great potential as a way of making writing about tax and...

Writing an About Us page

Imagine you're visiting a website for the first time. Maybe it's one that your friend recommended, or you found it through a quick Google search. Either way, you want to get a feel for the company before you start looking into the services they offer. Where would you...

Insight: The latest topics from small business

UK Business Forums (part of the Sift family) is the largest forum for startups and small businesses – it is an active and passionate community engage in lively debates, discussions and general chat on a wide range of topics. You don’t have to scroll through the 1,500...

Grow your firm with the right clients

With more choice than ever before and less incentive to be loyal, today’s clients are savvy and firmly in control. How do you differentiate your offer and make your firm stand out over the competitors?