Post directly to Instagram from your desktop - uploading photos is no longer limited to only the mobile app!
Did you know that you can now post to Instagram from outside of the mobile app? This is big news! This function was originally intended only to be used through the mobile site, without having to download the app, but through a clever trick you can now do the same via desktop. This makes things so much easier. We hope eventually Instagram makes this a permanent function of the site, as uploading via desktop, just as you can do with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube and many other platforms makes the whole process a lot simpler for those who manage multiple accounts like us!
Instructions to upload to Instagram via desktop:
How this works depends on the browser you use, but for Google Chrome: go to www.instagram.com and press F12 to bring up the developer tools. This shows you the site's code either at the bottom of your screen or on the right hand side. There's an icon to the top left which looks like a mobile in front of a tablet, which says 'Toggle Device Toolbar' when you hover over it - click on that and you'll see the mobile version of the website, as shown in the image below. You will then be able to click on the camera icon and upload directly to your Instagram account from your desktop. Brilliant. Unfortunately this does not work for all browsers, but Google Chrome is by far the most popular browser out there so at least this work around works there.
You can follow us on Instagram and see our recent photos and videos here: https://www.instagram.com/alsmarketingglos/
We have just been announced as finalists in the 2017 Gloucestershire Women of the Year Awards!
Absolutely chuffed to bits...
Since our launch in 2015, we've barely been able to catch our breath. It's been an incredible journey so far, working with some wonderful clients and building our business along the way.
As we've grown and developed we took stock of our old branding and felt that it didn't represent us as a company. So we decided that in order to go forwards changes were necessary. Alex Publicity served its purpose, but it is time to move on. So, welcome to ALS Marketing! We feel that this is a more mature, all-encompassing brand to reflect the multitude of services we provide. It shows more of our character, individuality and is modern, bright and attractive. We hope that you'll agree!
Where has the time gone! This time last year we were looking forward to seeing what the new year brought us. Little could we have known that 2016 was going to be such a wonderful year for us.
Winning Young Business of the Year was the defining moment of course. It was a huge achievement and one we are very proud of. It gave us recognition for our work and allowed us to take stock of our achievements, look back at what led to that moment, but also to look forward with a new focus and drive.
We've taken on many new clients throughout 2016, but also held on to all of our original clients, which is wonderful. We carry out such a variety of work that every day is different at ALS Marketing HQ, and 2016 has been incredibly varied. Some of the highlights include creating the new website for Hidden Valley Yurts, the launch of the Vale Community Hospital Allotment Scheme and the 30th anniversary celebrations at the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail which included Rainbow Forest.
Given what an incredible year 2016 was for us, we can only wonder what 2017 will bring!
A very Happy New Year to you all. Make it a good one.
This month has been all about next year! We've been producing 2017 marketing tools such as this wall planner which will provide our client with a great gift for their customers whilst also serving as a great advertisement for their services.
Wall planners, calendars, diaries and stationery are all marketing items which stay in front of people for much longer than a single advert. Branded with your logo, name and any other content required, your business will stay in your customer's mind with personalised products which they can use year-round. Plus other people will see them too!
Practical, useful and attractive, whether it be a calendar, pen, torch, bag, bookmark, placemat, notepad or anything else, any item can be personalised with your company's branding at a fraction of the cost of traditional advertising.
We've especially loved creating personalised Christmas cards for our clients this year. The cards are unique, personal and memorable, in comparison to the tired bulk bought cards most people send out. Plus they are such fun to create!
Wishing all our clients a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year :)
We've worked on hundreds of books over the years, it's something we especially love doing. We've worked with publishers and authors on all genres, and generated coverage in all media.
A recent title we've worked on is "The Wordsmith’s Guide to English Song: Poetry, Music and Imagination" written by Nicola Harrison and published by Compton. We've achieved some fantastic press coverage for them with some lovely big articles and great reviews. A few are attached below for you to see.
The full list of the press coverage so far achieved is*:
'The Beauty of the Verse, Celebrating Ivor Gurney's 126th Birthday'
West Country Life Magazine: 27-28th August 2016
'The Healing Notes of Nature: The Songs of Ivor Gurney, a Composer Scarred by War'
Resurgence and Ecologist Magazine: Issue 298, September/October 2016
'Song Cannot Live Without Words' (online article here).
"In all, The Wordsmith’s Guide is an invitation to think differently about the way we approach the singing of English song, to offer a widening understanding of the repertoire and a deeper exploration of the text."
Classical Music Magazine: September 2016
Review: "Worthy appraisal of true Cotswold cultural genius."
Cotswold Life Magazine: September 2016
'A Master of His Craft: The Life of Roger Quilter'
The Sussex Argus, 5th October 2016
'Go Lovely Rose: the Songs of Roger Quilter'.
"The last verse closes with a fading echo of the first, both poetically and musically, underpinning the poet’s fine argument about love, beauty, and the passage of time."
The British Music Society Journal: Volume 38, October 2016
Review by Roddy Dunnett: "A highly perceptive, thoughtful book... discerning in the way it explores the background to each author and poem text Gurney sets... [The author] leads us through well-sculpted biography, and often excellent and insightful analysis of the poetry."
The Ivor Gurney Society Newsletter, Volume 60, October 2016
'From the Severn to the Somme: Exploring the Poetry and Music of Ivor Gurney'.
"Gurney adored the hills and plains of Gloucestershire: its trees, its stretching fields on the slant, twisting hedgerows, huge skies and scurrying clouds. When in France it was this glorious English landscape that he held brightly in his imagination: it was his refuge and his salvation."
Cotswold Life Magazine: 3-page article, November 2016
Feature and review
British Association for Victorian Studies, November 2016
'A Brief History of the English Rose' (online article here).
BBC History Magazine, December 2016
Review: "Gives us an insight into the life and working practice of Quilter, as well as the meaning of the lyrics and their symbolism."
Caring for Sussex Magazine, December 2016
Review: "Harrison's minute annotation of the poems selected by Quilter adds greatly to our appreciation. This is a worthwhile tribute to a talent not sung nearly enough."
Sussex Life Magazine, February 2017
Review: "These two volumes represent a real labour of love, and one can only thank Nicola for sharing her enthusiasm and expert knowledge in this accessible and interesting form."
Singing Magazine, the magazine of The Association of Teachers of Singing, issue 71, 2017.
Musical Opinion Magazine, Spring 2017
*Updated to reflect new coverage.
We loved being involved with this fantastic event on the Sculpture Trail this summer. It was a very unique, special and every enjoyable event! Here is the blog post we created for them which you will find on their website here.
On Wednesday 24th August 2016, we held a one-off pop up art event on the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail. Rainbow Forest was commissioned as part of the Trail’s 30th anniversary celebrations this year. We used an eco-friendly, natural paint to cover hundreds of branches and sticks in bright colours and then invited the public to demonstrate their creative skills.
People of all ages joined in to create a colourful new landscape together. There was great team work and sharing, friends were made, skills were learnt and it was a lot of fun.
There was a huge mix of wonderful, inventive structures made, with big dens and miniature dens, hideouts, tipis and even one giant den with its own bed and kitchen! The final results were vivid and striking, contrasting wonderfully with the natural woodland landscape and the forest was thoroughly transformed into a multi-coloured pop up playground.
Rainbow Forest was inspired by the many dens which have appeared along the Sculpture Trail over the years. Children and families love building improvised dens and structures using debris and tree branches that sit around the forest, and you can’t go far without seeing one.
Rather than ignore all this guerrilla sculpture making, we were inspired by it and decided to create this special one-off event based on the inventive and striking den-making we saw around us.
Rainbow Forest was also influenced by new sculpture “Yaşasin” by Pomona Zipser which was installed on the Trail in July.
The eco-paint was from Earthborn Paints and was clay based. Claypaint provided a completely safe, eco-friendly paint suitable for families and children to handle. Find out more about why we chose this paint here: www.earthbornpaints.co.uk/blog/rainbow-den-making-at-the-forest-of-dean-sculpture-trail
Watch our lovely video of the day here:
We were delighted to be nominated and chuffed to be finalists but completely thrilled to be winners!
At a ceremony held at The Old Lodge in Minchinhampton on 14th July 2016 we were named Young Business of the Year 2016 at the Stroud Life Business Awards.
We would like to thank everyone involved, the panel who chose us out of all the finalists, all of the Stroud Life team, SGS who sponsored this award and all our wonderful clients without whom we would be nowhere. It's been an incredible 2016 already and we feel very positive about the future. How great to be able to call ourselves an award-winning marketing company now!!
We found out today that we are finalists in the Stroud Life Business Awards 2016!
The list has just been announced and we are in the running for Young Business of the Year. What a wonderful surprise to find that out today. We are absolutely chuffed to bits. The awards ceremony is in July and we can't wait!
Here's the complete list of finalists:
We've been so busy recently we've neglected our own blog. So here is a very short post to announce the new Google tool which allows users to check their site's optimisation and usability. Search Engines penalise sites which are not optimised and have errors, so it is imperative that your website is up to scratch.
Not only do you get a result, with the new tool you now get a score out of 100 where before you simply got a yes/no.
This makes it incredibly useful for anyone looking to improve their site and any designers wondering where to start.
Here is what your website is scored on:
Here is the site, try yours out and let us know if you need a hand getting yours optimised:
At ALS Marketing, we love what we do.