‘’Steve and Jenine of Activate Business Development have been very helpful with the Marketing Planning for our Discover Wellingborough campaign.  Steve is always available to give his advice and guide us with our campaigns and his ideas and planning skills have been a huge benefit to the marketing committee, Wellingborough BID.  Steve has helped set up and managed a ‘Lead Box’ campaign and CRM package that will enable us to further develop our relationship with the Wellingborough public through an email newsletter, SMS and survey system.  Jenine helps manage the CMS for our website and has completed the data entry for our business directory.  Jenine has also been managing our Social Media activities through our; Blog,  Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.  Thank you both very much for helping produce our Portas Town Pilot application which was no easy feat given a limit of just three minutes to convey the views of over 15 people! I would thoroughly recommend Activate as a Marketing Planning and Implementation company’’

‘I am writing to congratulate you for the excellent work carried out by Activate Business Development for Bailey’s Travel. Following an  initial review of our business model by Activate, Bailey’s Travel has successfully consolidated its Northamptonshire operation at the Wellingborough Office. Activate Business Development was instrumental in achieving a smooth transition, producing excellent quality literature for distribution to our customers. In Parallel, Activate has created a cloud based Customer Relationship Management database facility, to enable us to fully exploit our on-going business plans. I look forward to continuing our association with Activate Business Development over the coming months and years, as Bailey’s Travel works to establish itself as Northamptonshire’s premier Independent Travel Agency.

Activate have provided Wellingborough BID and a number of our BID area businesses with excellent advice, training and support over the last three years. Steve is a very knowledgeable and experienced marketer with a specialism for Marketing Planning, CRM and Social Media. We have used twenty five Activate Lead Boxes which are an excellent data capture system for shops and restaurants. I would have no hesitation in recommending Activate Business Development.

It’s impossible for any busy business owner to know as much about marketing as someone who works at it every day. A good marketing strategy makes running a business so much easier and more profitable. Working with Steve from Activate Business Development has been a pleasure, Steve is full of ideas I hadn’t even thought of; don’t know where I would be now if it hadn’t of been for Steve: highly recommended.

I have known Steve for several months now.  Initially I had a meeting to discuss opportunities for his Company Activate to assist in EPT Gym.  It became evident after only a couple of weeks of working with Steve that his business and working ethics were first class, excellent management skills, invaluable knowledge and contacts within the fitness industry were second to none.  As such I offered Steve a permanent Consultancy position within EPT which involved setting up a sales and marketing campaign and managing the staff.  Steve also has the ability to add calm to a situation whilst been assertive to gain results and meet goals etc.  Steve is a pleasure to work with and I am grateful to have met and worked with him for the few months to date.  His company and its skill base are second to none for knowledge, commitment and loyalty and dedicated commitment to getting the job and projects finalized and working.

We appointed Steve Rees from Activate Business Development to write a detailed marketing plan for The Big Trophy Shop in 2013 and have continued to use his marketing services ever since.

Steve led the owners and management staff through a marketing audit and planning process that has helped us to identify and implement a winning marketing strategy for our business.  As a result we have recently invested in a laser-engraving machine, which has enabled us to increase our range of personalized products and differentiate ourselves from our competition.  Most importantly our online income through our new e-commerce website and eBay shop has trebled in the last year.

He imported over 5,000 customer records from our accounts package, website and eBay database into the Activate CRM platform from which he sends targeted newsletters, surveys and postcards to specific groups of customers.

Steve also writes blog articles for our website and manages our Social Media activity to help drive more traffic to our online sites.  He has also helped implement our sponsorship of Northampton Saints Rugby Club and local business awards nights.

He analyses the annual performance of our Yell and Yellow pages adverts and has negotiated cost reductions for the last two years.

Steve attends sponsored events such as the Global Sustainability Film Awards at BAFTA and Northants Business Awards on our behalf and represents The Big Trophy Shop as our Marketing and Communications Manager.  I would thoroughly recommend the marketing services provided by Steve and Activate Business Development

We needed to bring our marketing collateral up to date and did not have a marketing manager to take the project on. Steve from Activate Business Development was able to start immediately and work with us as a part time marketing consultant. Steve has gained a detailed understanding of our business needs and put in place the marketing we needed including; an editable website with content management and analytics, a CRM platform, six sided brochure and an advert in the local media. Steve has also been sending email campaigns and set up a direct mail system to contact our database. He used a telemarketing agent to follow up these mailings and book appointments for our sales team.

We would thoroughly recommend Steve as a retained marketing manager as he has the experience, knowledge and marketing systems needed to take our business forward.

We decided last year to review our marketing activity for the shop and engaged the services of Activate to write a ‘Marketing Action Plan’. The process involved four consultative meetings with Steve to discuss the marketing we had in place, and plan what we should do to achieve our business objectives. Our Marketing Action Plan has set out key ideas and objectives starting with our website which has since been rebuilt to a far higher specification. We have identified our keywords and started a PPC campaign to increase traffic.

Most importantly our enquiries for January have increased by 30% year on year, dramatically improving our forecast for 2017. Steve is a very knowledgeable and experienced marketing consultant with a clear understanding of lead generation. He was able to work with us and help combine our knowledge of the Bridal sector with his detailed understanding of digital marketing. We would thoroughly recommend his Marketing Action Planning process as a quick and effective method of generating results fast! Thank you Steve.