BT Launches New Digital Advertising Platform to Help Businesses Grow O..

BT today launched a new digital advertising platform to make it easier for businesses to run their own digital marketing campaigns, helping them to better promote their goods and services online.

BT’s Digital Marketing Hub gives businesses the tools and support to create, publish and measure their digital advertising across Google, Facebook, and Instagram – all from a single platform.

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With the majority of businesses moving online during the pandemic, a recent survey by Small Business Britain, in partnership with BT, found that 74 per cent of small firms have increased their use of social media to promote their business online. 43 per cent of those polled said they were using e-commerce more, while 30 per cent had increased their use of paid social media advertising.

But while small businesses recognise the importance of using social media to reach more customers online, 40 per cent of the 5.9 million SMEs in the UK (2.4 million) aren’t using paid digital media advertising. This lack of adoption risks holding a significant proportion of the UK’s small firms back from growth as the economy looks to recover from Covid.

Developed with feedback from more than 1,500 businesses, BT’s Digital Marketing Hub has been designed to help those that often lack the time, resource, confidence, or skills to start or boost their own digital advertising campaigns.From sole traders and small businesses looking to take their first steps into digital advertising, to larger companies looking to optimise big-budget display, social or search campaigns, the Digital Marketing Hub provides an all-in-one solution.

Businesses can create ads and run multi-channel marketing campaignswhile all the results feed into a single analytics dashboard. With artificial intelligence (AI) working in the background, businesses can get automatic recommendations around the best keywords, ad copy and media spends to include in their campaigns, helping secure maximum return on investment.To support small businesses without their own website, the Digital Marketing Hub also provides the option to create a bespoke webpage to direct potential customers to.

55 per cent of small businesses say digital marketing is the area they need most support with, so BT has also built a new team of digital advertising experts to provide an optional managed service.This is available as part of a fully managed pay-as-you go service with ‘Essential’ or ‘Premium’ options on offer.The managed service options range from setup support from an expert to the total outsourcing of a digital strategy,businesses can flex their level of support up and down as they want.

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The platform is charged to businesses through a servicefee, which is applied to each campaign on a pay as you go basis and varies depending on the service level the customer chooses. This gives businesses access to all the tools in the platform, with no minimum contract length.

Chris Sims, BT’s MD for its SoHo (Single/Small Office, Home Office) unit, said:“This is a pivotal time for small businesses across the country, after a really tough couple of years. Small firms are the backbone of the UK economy, so it’s vital that they’re equipped with the digital tools and support they need to help their business reach new heights. They can reach a much bigger audience by using the power of digital advertising, but many lack the time, money, and confidence to do this effectively. Our new Digital Marketing Hub has been designed to give small businesses peace of mind that their online advertising campaigns are reaching the right customers, in the right place, at the right time.”

Dr. Ava Eagle, CEO and Founder of The Mango Girl, said:“I’ve always had a passion for creating things. It’s why I started handmaking skin care products and why I set up The Mango Girl business in 2019. We use all natural and ethical ingredients, so I have total belief in our range, however it’s a real skill to get people to notice your brand online and buy your products. The support from the BT Digital Marketing Hub has been great. The team helped me to create a series of search, display ads and Facebook Ads which has helped me to identify the right audiences and optimise activity to ensure I was getting the best return from my budget.”

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