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The Class of 2019: new stars in the world of accountancy

The Class of 2019: new stars in the world of accountancy

Yesterday, I spent time with AccountingWEB’s Class of 2019 – a group of accountants whose firms launched in the past year. I was there not only to offer PracticeWeb’s expertise on digital marketing for accountants as part of a panel discussion, but also to listen. The...

Short names are big news

Short names are big news

Google My Business is the function that powers those handy boxes that pop up after you search for products or services in your local area. They're a powerful tool for accountants to connect with potential customers, as long as you take the time to get your listing...

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Why it pays to be a professional

Why it pays to be a professional

PracticeWeb recently asked 100 SME owners: ‘What do SMEs want from accountants?’. The survey found that by far the most important quality, selected by 52% of respondents, was professionalism. Download the full research report. Honesty, reliability, respectability and...

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Building a challenger brand: Rise

Building a challenger brand: Rise

“Working with PracticeWeb has been a hoot. Nothing less than really good fun. If one gives over completely to the process – and it really is a process – then it can get really get quite creative. “What has emerged is really quite impressive. They have a multi-layered...

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How many ways are there to say ‘accountancy’?

How many ways are there to say ‘accountancy’?

One of the most common mistakes made by inexperienced writers, or experienced writers who don’t take time to edit and proofread their work, is accidental repetition. Accidental repetition, which I’m doing deliberately right now, is where certain words or variants are...

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Spring Statement 2019 is coming

Spring Statement 2019 is on 13 March and arrives a fortnight before the UK is scheduled to leave the EU. With the terms of the UK’s exit still to be determined, early rumours suggest this year’s Spring Statement will be an even lower-key affair than last year....

Get started with PPC

If running pay-per-click (PPC) campaigns is on your list of New Year's resolutions for 2019, our partners over at ROAR Digital have put together a handy five-point checklist to help you get started. 1. Goals Be clear about what you want to achieve with your marketing...

Making Tax Digital: The juggernaut continues

Check out the stats on the monthly UK searches for ‘Making Tax Digital’: the term has been averaging more than 8,000 searches a month this year, and massively spiked to 18,000 last month. (Stats via Ubersuggest). If you have an opinion piece hiding up there in your...

Google reviews: a new feature

Before choosing which restaurant to book, what hotel to stay in, or any big purchase, the chances are that you’ll check out reviews online. And a five star rating is likely to sway your decision. Social proof plays a really important part in deciding who to do...

Mobile-first indexing

During 2018, Google starting rolling out mobile-first indexing, a change that responds to the growth in mobile browsing and their efforts to reflect this. With mobile-first indexing, Google wants to use the mobile version of your website when indexing and ranking your...

I have done my buyer personas, what’s next?

There's no point spending time crafting personas and creating valuable insights only to take no action. You have to use them to drive your marketing campaigns. You know the type of customer you want. Now it's time to use your freshly gained knowledge and go out and...

Google Analytics: Why accountants should use it

You've got a new website with all the bells and whistles, spent weeks tirelessly working on search engine optimisation and perfecting your marketing strategy. You sit back, cross your arms and wait eagerly to reap the rewards. But what's to say any of it was even...

Redesigning a small brand part two: the big plan

Not read part one? Catch up here A rebrand isn't something you knock off on your own in an afternoon with a notebook and a packet of felt tips. It needs time, and a talented team. When we wanted to rebrand PracticeWeb in late 2018, I carved out time for members of my...

What do SMEs want from accountants?

In our latest research, based on a survey of small business owners and operators, we shed light on what SMEs really expect from accountancy firms.

We hope you find it insightful.