The Marketing Dogs – February News

Marketing dogs february news

Marketing dogs february news

 

Nihao humans, Chops here, with the full tail from February.

It’s been a busy month for us marketing dogs, we’ve broken unbreakable toys, we’ve increased our door patrol by almost 25% more barks and we’ve broken our record for laps around the office.

So as you can imagine we’ve had to take lots of snoozes and eat some treats to reward us for all our hard work. Especially when we’ve had to trudge through the rain. Mum had to allow us the day off the other day, as we refused to put a paw out in the downpour. We’re convinced we would have had to doggy paddle all the way to the office! So we stayed curled up instead, and used our energy at the office the next day for a more productive day.

We’ve been feeling the love this month, what with Valentine’s just gone. Sammy especially has been exceptionally loving to everyone in the office.

So for valentines, I thought I would look to treat my other pawed pals with a special gift, and I didn’t realise there was so much choice for doggy (or cat!) valentines!

For Sammy I think I will look at some personalised valentines dog treats, because she is our little diva, who is fussy, but loves treats, and will definitely love it if they are all hers!

We all know George is a bit of a fashionista, so I think I may get him this personalised neck scarf to match one of his coats, and keep him warm on our walks. It will be something new for him to strut in front of all of the human’s clients.

For the humans, I want to remind them how much we all love them, so maybe these new dog bowls might do the trick?

And for me? Well I think mum should really splash out and get me this cupcake case bed, because I think we can all agree how cute I would look as a cupcake. Maybe next year …

We definitely all agree that we would have loved some valentine’s gifts! But I think we would wag our tail just as much at an extra treat or a big hug as we would a pricey expensive personalised cushion.

I’m off to train Sammy on some blog writing for next month’s blog, because as we all know I’m great at training.

Now how do you press send on this mac?

 

pug using a mac

 

Paws and love

Chops x

The Marketing Dogs – January News

The Marketing Dogs January news

The Marketing Dogs January news

Bonjour humans!

Chops and Sammy have left me to take charge and paw the first dog blog of the year.

This month’s took a lot of getting used to! We had a very sleepy start, and did not appreciate the early morning wakeup call after a nice Christmas break with lots of lie-ins. We did make it into work ready for the start of the New Year, though I may have made mum walk as slow as possible to prolong our break. But we started 2016 as we meant to go on – with a quick play and then rewarding ourselves with a nap.

However January is not our favourite month. December and Christmas were brrrilliant, as we ate lots of pigs in blankets and had lots of sleep in snuggly blankets. Though mum did take us on lots of walkies so we didn’t begin to look like pigs in blankets ourselves. But January? January is just a little too cold and wet for our liking. (Though I’ve found chasing pigeons a good way to warm up when on walkies).

Bark Back in the office, Sammy is getting settled. She has decided to create a new role of just supervising Ash, which means she has to sit on his lap and snooze supervise everything he’s doing. She’s very thorough and even inspects his lunch to make sure it’s a good choice. She’s doing a really good job, and rarely leaves his side, except for when she has to cover barking at the postman duties with us, or greeting clients.

Myself and Chops are keeping the rest of the team on track, supervising from our new perch in the office.

Chops thought we were doing such a good job she’d treat the three of us to a pamper and made me get my hair and paws done. Mum and Dad were very impressed with the results and I have to admit I thought I looked great. Sammy was almost asleep she was so relaxed!

Chops, George and Sammy all groomed

 

Now I spy a rogue plastic bottle in the office which definitely needs my attention, must dash!

Love and licks

George x

The Marketing Dogs best bits

the marketing dogs best bits

the marketing dogs best bits

 

We’re back! Yes the humans have let us loose on the blog again. So we are here to bark you through The Marketing Dogs best bits! It’s been another pawesome year for us marketing dogs, with lots of work, play and snooze.

This is what happened to us:

We’ve been a team of two for quite a long time now. Partners in crime to cause mischief for the humans. Which is something we’re really good at, and have certainly got our practice in this year. We worked on our own notes from last year, and we greeted clients with more effort, and helped to clean up the office more by hoovering up any tasty morsels off the floor, so we really need our Christmas break now!

But at the very end of this long year, we have grown our pack by one, with the addition of Sam. She may be a little on the small side, but we’re training her up so she can be just as good as us at ripping up cardboard boxes, stealing toast and being a good lookout.
The 3 musketeers under the blanket
So next year we will have even more adventures to write about, as we’re sure our little pack of marketers will be getting into lots of trouble!

 

This is what happened on our blog:

 

teaching how to blogWe held blog classes for some humans to show it really isn’t that hard when you know how.

 

 

 

dogs on exhibitionsWe gave tips on exhibitions. We know the humans give a lot of advice, but sometimes you’ve got to consider a dogs point of view!

 

 

 

Dogs on strategyThe humans always talk about marketing strategy but what about toast eating strategy? Me and George look at how you should always stay resilient when it comes to getting what you want.

 

 

 

dogs on showWe went to a dog show at Bingley hall which was so amazing we had to tell you all about it, and how George now definitely wants to be a model.

 

 

 

a dogs view on seoGeorge looked at his version of SEO, which I think is a little different to the humans version!

 

 

 

Halloween dogsGeorge barked about tricks and treats for Halloween, and also told some really awful jokes!

 

 

 

 

 

This is what happened on Twitter:

Our paws are really tired after tweeting all of you this year! We’ve been busy all year, but September and October had us running around like made

In September over 10,400 of you saw our tweets, and 65 of you were barking about us, which is furry very nice. And in October almost 700 of you came to visit our twitter page, and we gained 50 new friends!

You can see some of our top tweets from this year below, but you all seemed to enjoyed George’s #toytuesdays and us being hard working office dogs.

We’re looking forward to another year of tweeting, and showing off our marketing dog skills!

 

Selection of the dogs top tweets

This is what happened in the office:

We ripped 6 cardboard boxes to smithereens.

And played with (and destroyed) 17 different toys.

We demolished 5 plastic bottles.

and rummaged through 3 handbags.

We ate 112 treats.

And stole 32 bites of the humans lunches.

We commuted to and from the office for 188 days of this year.

and we slept for 752 hours at the office.

 

office dog collage

 

 

We’re now the furr-ree musketeers which means we will be up to even more next year. You can check out all our pawesome blogs here, and follow our barks on twitter. What do you want to see more of from the Marketing Dogs in 2016?

Furry Christmas humans!

George, Chops and Sam xxx

12 Days of Christmas … 2 Marketing Dogs (plus a new addition!)

12 days of christmas 2 marketing dogs

12 days of christmas 2 marketing dogs

Bonjour, Ni Hao … and Ahoj!From The Marketing Dogs

The humans have asked us to be part of their 12 days of Christmas countdown as the 2 marketing dogs, which is brrrrrilliant, except for one thing … After we began furiously pawwing this blog at the  keyboard, we’ve had another partner in crime join us. So we are no longer the 2 marketing dogs, but the 3 musketeers.

We’d like you all to give a big bark for Samanta who has joined us all the way from the Czech Republic. After her long journey, she needed a place to stay, so we have took her under our paw and are teaching her the ropes.

Intro to Sam

She already knows how to greet visitors at the door, pull the right face so the humans give her food, and take productive office snoozes, we’re definitely proud of our little sister! And she is very little, so she makes us feel a lot bigger and scarier than we are!

Back to our blog though, the humans wanted to show you some pawesome pictures of us from the year, so we have picked the ones that show our best side, as well as lots of our new dog pack in the office. How will the humans cope with us all under one woof roof?

Enjoy our gallery …

All 3 marketing dogs snoozing

Sam already taking over! Two big dogs in the little bed, Sam in the big bed!

Chops answering the phone

“Good morning The Marketing People, Chops speaking, how can I lend a paw to you today?”

Chops licking George

“Hi, I’m your hair and make up for today, let me just lick that hair into place”

George and Chops after toast

Our normal Monday routine, try and steal toast from the humans!

cat photobombing dog

Cat photobomb! Vic was not letting Sam steal all the limelight

Chops joining the team meeting

While George is stealing toast, I’m trying to get the tasty treats from the side.

All the Marketing Pets taking a break

Well we’d all been working hard, so a bit of downtime for all us marketing animals

George being tickled

No, no, mom, don’t get pictures of me being tickled!

Sam snuggled up

Sam getting snuggled up under mums desk.

George and Chops going blackberry picking

Mum took us blackberry picking, look how many we found!

The 3 musketeers under the blanket

Us having a little bit of down time after a hard day.

Chops looking after a shoe

I’m looking after your shoe mum, don’t worry

The Marketing Cat

We couldn’t leave Vic out! Honourary marketing dog

George and Chops playing

Playtime!

Chops loving the camera

Take another picture of me mum! I’m feeling my fur is looking good today!

George and Chops pulling funny faces

Quick Chops, pull a funny face!

Chops protecting the office from the sofa

I’ll take this shift of protecting the office George

George doing the hockey cokie

The best bit of 2015? I learnt how to do the hockey cokey!

 

Not enough of us dogs for you? Well don’t worry, we’ll be back later this week with our best bits of 2015! We’ll be looking at what we’ve been doing in the office, on twitter and in the blog, and maybe we’ll have a few more pictures for you too.

Love and licks

George, Chops and Sam xxx

 

Take a look at the rest of our countdown to the 12 days of Christmas, for more advice, how to’s and examples of marketing during this festive season.

The Marketing Dogs Need You!

the marketing dogs need you

the marketing dogs need you

We need your help.

We know the humans wouldn’t function at work without us. We think we are certainly the most professional, happy, cuddly, four pawed bosses assistants out there.

But we know some of our pet pals have to help their humans throughout the day too. With the general stuff, you know like helping them empty the bin, alerting them to intruders and helping them eat their lunch.

We’d love to hear your stories though, just to remind the humans of how much we really do for them. It doesn’t have to be much, just a little on your daily routine, the best part of your day or your favourite human to distract help from 9 till 5.

So please send us your pictures, and what you’ve been up to in the office, to one of our humans Lauren (lauren.keeling@themarketingpeople.com) or tweet us @TheMrketingDogs and we’ll pop it in our next doggy blog, showcasing your skills, and mentioning your humans company too!

In the meantime, take a look at how we’ve helped humans with advice on SEO, strategy, exhibitions, blogging, and lots of other great tips, in our Marketing Dogs Blog.

Must dash, the dog and bone’s going! Speak soon.

Trick or Treat … From The Marketing Dogs

Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat

Bonjour humans

You’ve not heard from us for a while, as Autumn has fallen and we have been very busy protecting our humans from all of the leaves throwing themselves from the trees. The humans laugh at us but we think they’re barking mad!

We’ve also been busy greeting the human’s customers, making them feel very welcome, and sometimes giving them some of our extra fur to keep them warm. Which is all part of our pawesome customer service.

So we’re already at that spooky time of year George in fancy dressagain, which means mum and the team have had chance to dress us up.

Though I woof love to strut the show in my outfits, Chops is not a fan, and normally gets me to help her rip it off straight away. It is definitely my favourite time of year, being wrapped up nice and cosy, getting to wear brrrrrrilliant outfits and running around in leaves.

Chops seems a little bit disappointed that the sun bathing in the foyer season is over. I’ve tried to convince her it’s the best with tails tales of warm sausages, cosy blankets and extra fuss from the humans as they want warm cuddles, but she is still feeling a little blue that summer is over. So I thought I’d tell her some Halloween jokes to cheer her up and get her as excited as I am.

Did you want to hear them?

Why don’t ghosts like rain on Halloween? … It dampens their spirits!

What’s a monsters favourite dessert? … I-Scream!

Why did the skeleton go to a BBQ? … For the spare ribs!

What do witches put on their hair? … Scare Spray!

How do you fix a jack o lantern? … With a pumpkin patch!

I know; I am hilarious. What do you think chops?

Chops looking unimpressed

Hmmm she doesn’t seem impressed …

I think maybe I’m better at tricks than I am jokes, and we both love doing tricks if it means treats!

George, Chops and Puppy being well behaved

Just look how well behaved we are! This is when our clients WKD trained dogs bought one of their puppies in to see us. She knew a lot more tricks than we did! But we kept up as best we could.

We do know a lot of tricks though like … sitting … and sleeping …and saying hello to the team. They might not be backflips and riding skateboards, but we’re business dogs, we’ve got a bit more decorum!

We’d love to see our fellow canine pals though doing some fantastic tricks, so feel free to comment, or come see us on twitter!

We’re off to devour the rest of our treats now.

Love and paws,

Chops and George

Happy Halloween!

Until next time, you can catch up on all our adventures in our blog!

A dog’s view on SEO

a dogs view on seo

a dogs view on seo

I’ve heard the humans talk about the importance of SEO, but I’m not sure if we’re barking up the same tree! My whole life is SEO, sleeping, entertaining and ogling, but the humans seem to think it’s something to do with a search engine?

George the business dog

All I know is I have a really hard life. For example, every day the humans drag me to work, they make me walk all that way! That’s like at least 100 metres! As you can see I am a very busy business dog, and I do not need to be wasting valuable energy on something like walking!

 

Sleeping 1

 

So how does a successful dog like me run my day? Well the first thing I have to do, once I’ve said hello to everyone of course, is to have a little sleep. The humans say I snore, but really I’m just multitasking and protecting the humans from nasties by making my presence known.

 

George playing with bin

 

Then its play time, I love to be social and have to get everyone to give me a fuss and choose a toy. Sometimes its snake, sometimes it mouse, sometimes it’s even the bin. I thought it was brilliant I could even make the chore of emptying the bin fun! But instead the humans laugh at me and talk in weird baby voices, so at least I know I’m entertaining them.

 

George ogling cake

 

Then I have to ogle at the human’s food that they are mean enough to keep away from me. One day, I will ogle enough that they will give me their lunch! It hasn’t worked so far, mum never cuts me a slice of cake! But sometimes Laurie gives me a bit of ham … he might be coming round …

 

George the marketing dog giving tips

 

Then once I have given David my professional opinion on business things, I usually have another snooze. Funnily enough when I wake up to go home, he doesn’t seem to have used any of my ideas of an extra paw print here and there, adding my toys to exhibition stands or making the brochures sausage scented. So I will try again tomorrow …

I’d woof love to hear if you agree with my idea of SEO (Sleeping, entertaining and ogling) but I suppose if you want to see what the humans say about SEO, you could click here.

Dogs on Show at Bingley Hall

dogs on show at bingley hall

dogs on show at bingley hall

We had a trip to Bingley Hall this weekend as spectators at the Stafford District Canine Society dog show.

It was our furst time at an event like this and wow what a day. There were six show rings where all manner of different dogs paraded themselves after being primped and preened for days by their humans.

The pugs were in ring 6 and I have to say all looked fabulous. Apparently I’m classed as a toy dog, well I’m a real dog I can tell you! The Frenchie’s not looking too shabby either strutted their furry stuff in ring five and are classed as utility dogs. Dobermans and Rottweilers are also classed as utility dogs so George was feeling particularly hench.

It was all in the preparation. Having chats with fellow four legged friends and their humans it seems they spend days preparing, bathing, trimming, brushing and pampering. They also attend some strange sounding place called ring classes which helps you to walk on a lead properly and stand like a champion. Some dogs we spoke to say they have been in training and preparing from 8 weeks old.

Well I`ve decided that rolling in the mud and other unmentionable smelly stuff is much more fun although George believes with his pedigree that a Crufts trophy should surely fall at his paws.

You can’t get anywhere without preparation and planning, so if you need a paw with planning and preparing your marketing pick up the dog and bone or bark us an email and we will get the humans to have a chat with you.

The Marketing Dogs on Exhibitions

the marketing dogs on exhibitions

the marketing dogs on exhibitions

You may know that we run a group of humans at The Marketing People. Well they keep talking about exhibitions, and giving tips on how to make the most of them. But, they don’t have the dogs eye view on things! So we thought we would take a break from running around the office, put on our best ties and give you some tips from a different perspective.

If dogs were in charge of shows, they would be pawesome, and we would focus on these three things:

Free Food … yum

George and Chops with Ice Cream

We will always follow our nose, and if you have tasty treats on your stand, you know we’ll be there! The humans say it’s not essential to offer free stuff, and you should focus on your key messages, and we suppose they’re right, but we just can’t resist some ice cream!

Following your nose doesn’t always take you to stands though. We love to hang out in the café, to try our best puppy dog eyes to get lots of food. But the humans seem to gather there to network, which actually seems a good idea to make the most of the day out! We’d be greeting our 4 legged pals if they were here, and making lots of new acquaintances too. The humans seem much more relaxed doing business here too.

 

Ooo … Shiny Things

George and Chops destroy their toys

If food isn’t your fancy to get visitors to your stand, shiny things always work with us. Humans seem to react the same when they see pens, highlighters or mugs. I would think something better like a bottle would be good. I love bottles.

We love new toys, and if we see something new, we’re going to run straight to it, and drag our humans with us! So if you’re going to spend all that money on freebies, why not go for something a little more unusual and have people running for the stand? Humans seem to treasure their new ‘toys’, unlike ours, which we seem to destroy quite quickly, so I guess it would be important to have your messages on your freebies. Once you have got our humans attention to the stand though, you need to give them some attention to get them to stay!

 

Lots of fuss … Ahh

George having fuss from David

We love fuss. And humans do too. We love fuss in the form of someone rubbing our ears or giving us a cuddle. Humans don’t work quite the same, in fact they seem to find it strange if someone rubs their ears. (They don’t know what they are missing!). They seem to enjoy being asked about their business though, actually being listened to, and just having some attention we think, which keeps them talking at a stand.

 

So there you have it, to gain the humans attention at exhibitions:

  • Meet them in the café (but don’t steal their food!)
  • Put interesting shiny things on your stand to gain attention
  • Once you have their attention, use it!

 

Then at the end of it all, have a little sleep, because doing business is tiring work and can be a little ruff rough, as is running the office! That reminds me, it’s time for our 10am snooze meeting. Must dash!

George going to sleep

 

If you want to see more of what the humans say on exhibitions, talk straight to them by calling 01543 495752 to talk through your exhibition set up.

Barking in the boardroom; it’s a dogs life!

barking in the boardroom, its a dogs life

barking in the boardroom, its a dogs life

Bonjour et nihao Humans,

I don’t know about you, but we’ve had a busy day today; Gareth, Lauren and Laura from Morgan Signs & Design have been in talking about digital marketing and social media.

Our good furiends at Morgan Signs & Design design manufacture, install, maintain and renovate signs for pubs, restaurants, hotels, shops, businesses and more. (Which reminds us, we must send Gareth an email asking if he can create us a sign for the kitchen saying ‘No Cats Allowed’, that’s our bedroom cats!)

The humans had a chat with them about how they could help them with their digital and printed marketing material and are now looking into creating both printed and digital brochures and newsletters fur them.

For those of you who don’t remember the great print is dead debate of 2012, both of us have strong feelings towards print and digital. Chops favours printed marketing material, while I prefer digital marketing material so I can view it on my iBone.

Being furry and clued up, once the conversation moved to social media we were able to take ofur and talk to them about how social media could help their business.

A couple of weeks ago we created a LinkedIn Company Page for Morgan Signs & Design and after todays bark, we are planning to design, develop and build a blog which is integrated into their existing website and help them manage their blog.

Of course, when we say we’re going to do it, we mean we’re going to delegate the task to the Humans and take up a supervisory role.

Once we’d set them straight on social media, things got more serious as we turned to the topic of office pets.

We’ve been told that they have an office goldfish (zzzzzz) and Lauren and Laura feel they need something a bit furrier and woofier in the office.

We sat Gareth down and had a furry serious conversation with him about the benefits of office dogs. In fact, that’s what we’re doing in the picture above; we put on our best puppy dog eyes, tried our best to stop moulting for a minute and looked adorable.

It was lovely to meet Gareth, Lauren and Laura and we would like to extend our paws and them them for their time and the tasty treats and hope they got something out of it, other than dog slobber and fur. We look paward, oops forward, to seeing them soon and there better be a dog in tow next time!

Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to snore very loudly.

Love and licks,
George & Chops

P.S Gareth, when you get your office dog, you can bring him or her to us for office dog training where we will be able to teach your new recruit how to;
– Snore all day
– Bark at the postman
– Empty the dustbins
– Ride chairs
– Clean up leftover lunch

Best of all, it will only cost you a chewy bone…each.