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My Exhibition was cancelled – Now what?

At Austin Marketing, we provide our clients with turnkey solutions for exhibition support, including stand design, management, build and logistics. During this time of the year, we’d usually be busy completing graphics for one of our clients that exhibits at DECOREX in Olympia, London. We would have also just finished presenting our new stand display for PARKEX 2020 for another client, at the NEC Birmingham.

Due to COVID-19 restriction measures however, we aren’t and we haven’t; both of these events were cancelled or postponed – and if you’re reading this, maybe your event was too? More info

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What’s YOUR Social Media Engagement Rate?

Engagement rate is a fundamental metric used in social media marketing, to measure the performance of a piece of content on a social media platform such as Instagram & Facebook. Engagement rates are often used by social media marketers to define the success of a campaign, as well as social media influencers as evidence of their engaged audience. More info

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Messaging Exhaustion (and what you can do about it)

Research indicates that consumers are now tired of the empty empathy messages from brands such as ‘We’re here for you’, that became an overarching mantra across the nation ‘in these uncertain times’, particularly so because a lot of them couldn’t help but do so while using it as a sales opportunity.

So how do you put your brand out there without sounding like a creep? More info

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Google Fonts turned 10 this year

We’re slightly behind with this News post, as Google Fonts turned 10 back in March, but we are huge fans of this website and we felt a pandemic was a good excuse to be slightly delayed, so here it comes now!

To celebrate their anniversary, Google Fonts has launched a brand-new website and updated catalogue.

Alongside the colour scheme change to match accessibility standards, some of the new features include an easy feature to download font-families, as well as now supporting variable fonts, which will make faster websites.

Head to fonts.google.com to test it out.

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Yes! Austins is getting back into the office

After what seems like forever in lockdown, we can start to see light at the end of the tunnel.

At Austin Marketing, we are starting the process of returning back to work from our office, here in Addlestone. Our work has always been undertaken from there and working remotely has not stopped us from providing our clients with high-quality work and support in these strange times. The team is now excited to return and we want to make sure we do so in a safe way, whilst keeping everyone’s health & safety a priority. More info

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Helping J Coffey Keeping Everyone Safe During COVID-19

With the recent announcement from the Government, the construction industry has been encouraged to return to work, as long as they comply with the industry’s latest guidance relating to COVID-19.

To ensure the appropriate instructions and messaging is given to workers, our client, J Coffey Group has asked us to create a series of Operational Standards specific to the procedures and measures, to be applied during the COVID-19 outbreak. More info

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The Essential Character of Communication

Back when I was a student and deciding what course to pursue, I always knew that being a Communication Designer wasn’t essential work and if the end of the world came (or a COVID-19 pandemic), my skill set would certainly not be the first response to save lives – or will it? More info

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The Top 4 Free Apps for Video Meetings and Presentations

Remote work has now become the new normal and alongside it, a renewed focus on corporate video communication. All that’s needed is a webcam and a microphone – which are often built into laptops – or even just a smartphone or tablet.

There are a huge amount of apps available out there that allow for video calls, but a lot of them were created with personal one-to-one chats in mind i.e. Skype and Facebook Messenger, and therefore not the best solution to have multi-user conferences, make presentations and/or even record the meeting details for further use.

We’re using a combination of Zoom, Skype and Hangouts Meet to communicate with our clients and Google Hangouts amongst the team, so we’re in the ideal position to give you an overview of what you can expect, good and bad, with most of these apps. With that in mind, we’ve chosen four of the most used free apps, listing both the positive and negative features for each, and even a few pro tips on Zoom, for you to really make the best use of it. Ultimately, you might end up having to use several of these depending on what the other party is accustomed to using (like us!), so it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. More info

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Making the most of your Wi-Fi connection when working from home during the COVID-19 outbreak

If you’re now working at home due to the COVID-19 outbreak, you may find yourself without an IT department, on your own at home with your tech woes.

The most common work-from-home tech issues are the ones that impede our productivity: unreliable internet connections, low-quality video calls and unreliable Wi-Fi.

Now you’re not in the office, or out meeting clients and suppliers like us, it is likely you will want to stay connected and luckily modern technology allows this to happen via Video Conferencing. For this, you will need a reliable internet connection.

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