Is your business ready for the festive season frenzy?

Where did this year go? It’s already the end of October, and if you haven’t already done so, it’s time to start thinking about your company’s plans for the festive season and the end of the year. This involves far more than getting your leave forms in and planning a Christmas party, and Adopstar provides a handy checklist for businesses so that you can make sure you’re ready for the busiest time of the year.

Update your website with your Christmas hours

Let your customers know well in advance when you will be closed over the festive season. This can be as simple as putting a banner up on your website with the relevant information. It stops being simple, however, if it’s Christmas Eve and you realise you haven’t informed any of your customers that you’re going to be closed and your web developer is already on holiday. If your business is an eCommerce store, you should also let your clients know when they need to place their orders to ensure delivery in time for Christmas. On a similar note, if there is any type of emergency situation in which a client will need to be able to get hold of you during your festive season recharge, you can set up a secure form that will send notifications from your website straight to your phone.

 Get your social media posts ready

The time to plan your festive social media posts and promotions is now. Get your design studio working on the images and videos that will bring your brand to life this festive season. This is especially important if you are a small business, because by this time next month, you may need all hands on deck to fulfil orders and you’ll be grateful to your earlier self for having gotten all your social media posts ready.

On a similar note, if you’re looking to advertise the products or services you’re offering this festive season, now is the time to launch advertising campaigns on Google, Facebook and Instagram.

Plan your strategic festive emailers

If you have a database of people who have opted in to receive communications from you, you need to tell them about your Christmas merchandise and any specials you are running in the lead up to the festive season. Make sure to segment your database as much as possible and send your clients different emails based on products or services that they have brought you in the past. Be careful to structure the content of your emails well so that they don’t get perceived as spam. Here’s an insider’s tip – the way you structure the title of your email is one of the most important parts of an email. If you don’t get this right, your mail will go straight to the recipient’s spam folder.

Don’t forget your print collateral

There are many ways to say “Christmas” and many media to say it on! Adopstar can help you conceptualise, design and print a range of collateral including leaflets, flyers, postcards, menus, posters, banners, display boards and much more. Let us help you get your brand noticed this festive season.

Prepare for the new year

Having a Christmassy feel on your website and social media in December is great. If it’s still up in March, however, it’s not so great. Forgetting to take down your virtual Christmas decorations can lead people to wonder if you’ve gone out of business – or to question whether or not you’re on the ball in other aspects of your business. This can be eliminated by simply putting a reminder on your phone or computer to remove the Christmas elements when you get back to work in January.

If creating social media posts, getting print collateral designed and printed, crafting emailers that will get noticed and updating your company website with the necessary information is sounding a bit overwhelming, help is at hand. Contact Adopstar and let our team take care of the pre-Christmas marketing rush for you.

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Sponsorship of Christ Tshiunza

If you’ve ever met the Adopstar team, you’ll know that we’re rugby mad! We are so excited to announce that we are now the official sponsor of Christ Tshiunza from the Exeter Chiefs. Described as “a rising star within the modern-day game”, the 6ft 6in forward is realising his phenomenal potential. He made his full first-team debut for the Exeter Chiefs in the 2021/22 season and we can’t wait to see what this talented young player will achieve next.

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Adopstar becomes title sponsor of Cullompton Rangers Football Club

CULLOMPTON, DEVON – Cullompton-based advertising and marketing agency Adopstar has just signed on as the official sponsor of the Cullompton Rangers Football Club. Speeds Meadow, where the club is situated, will now be known as Adopstar Park.

The story of Cullompton Rangers began in 1945 and the club has an established legacy of being an important part of the local community. While Adopstar only opened its doors in 2010, the company has quickly gained a reputation for being community-minded and passionate about local sports development. “The partnership between Adopstar and the Cullompton Rangers Football Club is a natural extension of the contribution we have made towards local sports,” explained Adopstar’s managing director, Theresa Benson. “During the last year, we have sponsored shirts for the under-18 Cullompton Rangers Football Club and organised and sponsored the rebranding of the rugby posts at the Cullompton Rugby Football Supporters Club.”

Cullompton’s football community is a vibrant and active one, with numerous teams in the area. The first team plays in the South West Peninsula East Division, while the second team plays in the Devon and Exeter Football League. In addition, the Cullompton Rangers have set up various youth teams for players ranging from six to 16 years of age. The club itself consists of four football pitches with a clubhouse and a magnificent set of changing room facilities that were built in 2010.

The club also has a healthy social component, and the main hall of the newly christened Adopstar Park hosts a wide variety of functions. Going forward, the Adopstar team will work hand in hand with the Cullompton Rangers committee to make residents of Cullompton aware of what the football club is and encourage them to visit, get involved and make use of the facilities on offer in every way possible.

The Adopstar team would like to acknowledge the remarkable contributions of Marcus Scott, who has, until recently, been the general secretary and groundsman for the Cullompton Rangers Football Club. It is thanks to his vision and efforts that the club is such a tremendous asset to the Cullompton community.

“One of the issues that Adopstar is most passionate about is encouraging young people to get involved in sporting activities,” concluded Benson. “We look forward to being part of the next stage of the Cullompton Rangers’ journey.”

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Adopstar’s apprenticeship programme is named among the best

CULLOMPTON, Devon –  Adopstar, a Cullompton-based agency providing ad operations and marketing services to companies in the region, around the UK and around the world, was recently placed second in the Apprenticeships Top 50 SME Employers in the UK competition.

Judges considered a variety of factors in making their decision, including companies’ commitment to employing apprentices, their creation of new apprenticeships, the diversity of the apprenticeship programmes on offer and the number of apprentices who progress further within a company after the completion of their initial apprenticeship.

According to Adopstar’s managing director, Theresa Benson, Adopstar’s management team has been committed to growing the company through apprenticeships ever since they first opened their doors in 2010. “Teaching young people everything they need to know to succeed in marketing and advertising is a passion of ours,” explained Benson. “Our apprenticeship programme is growing from strength to strength and we have had 11 apprentices begin their journey with us so far in 2022.”

To this, Benson added that Adopstar’s apprenticeship programme stands out for several reasons. “There is no specific qualification for ad operations, and we thus work closely with training providers to ensure that the material our apprentices cover is relevant and comprehensive. Our work culture, the indomitable spirit of our team and our blend of one-on-one and group training make our apprenticeship programme unique.”

The fact that 70% of Adopstar’s team is currently made up of people who started at the company as an apprentice bears testament to the high standard of the apprenticeship programme.

More information about Adopstar’s apprenticeship programme and careers at Adopstar is available at https://www.adopstar.com/careers/.

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Move over Universal Analytics – here comes GA4

If you’re a Google Analytics user, get ready to say your goodbyes to Universal Analytics. The search engine is rolling out GA4, and by the second half of 2023, the future of Google Analytics  will be in full use. The move to the fourth generation of Google Analytics will offer you numerous benefits, including easier access to various features, less need to be an adept coder and a more holistic view of your customers’ journey with your brand. Here are a few things you should know about GA4.

Event-based analytics rather than session-based stats

With GA4 comes a shift from session-based analytics to event-based analytics. This means easy access to metrics about events like video plays and button clicks. The philosophy is that page views are not the only metrics that matter – it’s about every step of your customer’s journey with your website, app and brand as a whole. In Google’s words, GA4 is designed to give marketers “a more complete understanding of the customer journey across devices”. Rather than focusing on individual metrics, it looks at an end-to-end customer journey.

Boasting new features and overcoming privacy challenges

GA4 boasts enough new features to make it seem vastly different to Universal Analytics as we have known and loved it. “One of the most exciting new features is the introduction of artificial intelligence to the data modelling feature,” shared Dom Goosey, Tech Ops Director for Adopstar. “AI will now be able to fill in gaps in data to create a more holistic picture of your users’ journey with your brand.”

With its machine-learning processing capabilities, the new Analytics can fill the gaps in data created by users opting out of cookie usage. The need for this development has come about because of new privacy laws like the General Data Protection Regulation. It allows businesses to continue to view the bigger picture. GA4 has been designed for a world without cookies or any type of identifying data.

New features and capabilities

It will be music to the ears of many marketers that GA4 will allow them to alter the way events are tracked in their analytics without needing to modify the on-site code. Report templates for eCommerce funnels will provide an easy way to display and visualise data. Up until now, that feature has only been available to Analytics 360 users.

Its new-look dashboard is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what GA4 has to offer marketers. “The Adopstar team can show you the ins and outs or use your Google Analytics data to make recommendations that will drive your business into a more profitable future,” promises Goosen. “Give us a call and let’s get GA4 working for your business.”

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Adopstar Supports Local

The two things that we are passionate about (over and above advertising and marketing) is sports and the Cullompton community. That’s why we jumped at the opportunity to rebrand Cullompton Rugby Club’s rugby posts, which have been transformed from looking a little dated to looking fabulous. Adopstar has a long history of getting involved in local sports. Last year, we sponsored shirts for the under-18 Cullompton Rangers Football Club and we have had a long association with the Exeter Chiefs. We firmly believe that being active is an important part of life, and we support the local sporting legends of today and tomorrow whenever we can.

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St Andrew’s Primary School Christmas Panto

2021 was a tough year for everyone but when we heard that due to a lack of funding, the school wouldn’t be able to take the children to watch A Christmas Carol, at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter, we knew we had to take action. As small children, many of us were lucky enough to go to the Christmas pantomime and we couldn’t bear the thought of the children missing out so as a company we jumped in to help pay, to ensure no child missed out!

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Fighting Homelessness with CHAT

After spotting a post asking for donations to CHAT who fight homelessness and support families in the local community, we quickly decided to go to Tescos and carry out our own version of Supermarket Sweep. We loaded up our trolley with soups, crisps, cereals and pasta to name a few and delivered it to the organiser of this great initiative, Miss Ewelina at St Andrews School in Cullompton. Hopefully this will help make a small difference to families struggling this year.

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Adopstar Presents Razzfest 2022

Thanks to our close collaboration with Cullompton Rugby Club, Adopstar is now the official headline sponsor of the Cullompton Rugby Football Club’s festival, which happens every two years. The club puts on this music festival to help raise funds to cover its operational costs, and it’s a great day out for the whole family. There’s live music, entertainment, food stalls and beer and ale from local breweries. Team Adopstar has shone the spotlight on this event by creating and maintaining the website, managing social media and advertising and taking care of admin behind the scenes.

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CLIC House Communal Garden Upgrades

Sometimes money isn’t everything and a little bit of TLC can be just as helpful. In the Summer of 2017, a group of Adopstar employees went to CLIC House in Bristol for the day to give the communal garden a little bit of a refresh. Our team went armed with some electrical sanders and tins of varnish, to sand down and redo all their benches.  We also took along a brand-new BBQ and gazebo, which we bought with money raised from a local quiz night, for the families to enjoy in the garden, when they are not in the hospitals.

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