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Is my printing subject to VAT?

VAT might be a topic that leaves you feeling cold. A browse of the HMRC website can leave you scratching your head, when the only question you really want answered is:

Is my print project subject to VAT?

How do you know if your marketing materials or company stationery are subject to standard or zero-rate tax?

At MAXX we don’t profess to be tax experts but we do know a thing or two about when VAT should and shouldn’t be applied to projects.

Here is a flavour of some printed items where VAT may not apply:

Why you shouldn't be 'too' obsessed with keywords

Keywords are hugely important in SEO. They always have been and the likelihood is, they always will be, to some degree. However, the remit of ‘keywords’ has changed over the years.

Gone are the glory days of the meta keyword(s) field in the CMS where you’d type out the search terms your website wanted to be found under. More recently it’s been about having those keywords running through the veins of your online presence to give Google every last opportunity to understand what your website is about.

Top reasons to refresh your website

A website isn’t just about looking good; it’s a core sales and marketing tool. In fact, there is no better or more cost effective way to advertise your business.

Despite its importance, you’d be surprised at the amount of businesses who fail to revise and update their website once it’s been launched.

Harnessing nostalgia in marketing and design

Nostalgia, as I’m sure you know, is an affectionate feeling or sentimental yearning for a time or place in the past, especially for a particularly happy time. Whether it was those summers spent building sandcastles with your siblings on the beach or the smell of a particularly tasty cake your grandma used to bake, remembering these types of fond memories will always conjure up a sentimental feeling of nostalgia.

A Little Piece of Wales

By Catherine Jenkins

It’s a difficult challenge – being asked to choose just one piece of art that means something significant in your life.  Especially when many of us could select several pieces just for the past week!  And this piece of art is to be displayed for all to see every day in our place of work – what to choose?

I settled on this:

Drowning in data: Technology for Marketing 2017

By Jackie Blaker

I managed to escape the office at the end of September to visit the Technology for Marketing exhibition at Kensington Olympia, with the sole aim of immersing myself in what’s new and what’s hot and I can confidently say the answer is DATA.

Collect it, process it, integrate it, just make sure you have it and you do something with it!

The exhibition/conference was stuffed full of exhibitors and speakers happily willing to tell you how their technology was the best mechanism for dealing with it.

Brands just want to have fun

By Gemma Goss

What customers or potential customers want from brands isn’t always what you think, they may tell you they want the best service, best price, user involvement or reward programs; although all apply to some degree, there’s more to it than that.

Influencer Marketing - is it a vital marketing tool for brands?

For those who are unaware, Influencer Marketing is essentially using someone with influence to promote a product or service. It’s safe to say that it is now the ‘go-to option’ for brands to speak to their consumers in an authentic way on a large scale and for good reason. According to a recent study undertaken by Nielsen Catalina Solutions, Influencer Marketing content delivers 11 times higher ROI than traditional forms of digital marketing.

More room required? Twitter trials extended character limit

Have you ever felt the need to rant passionately about something or to voice an opinion on Twitter, only to run out of characters, failing miserably to make your point? Frustrating right? Twitter users have been forced to keep their tweets short and sweet since its launch in 2006, having to keep to a measly character limit of 140.

Because of this, users have resorted to posting a ‘tweet storm’ to make their point (think Donald Trump!), which is essentially a string of tweets posted in quick succession about a particular topic.

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