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Anyone else use PracticeWEB's marketing materials?

Anyone else use PracticeWEB's marketing materials?

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In order to compete in the local market we blog to ensure we bump up the google rankings. To help with the volume we went in with PracticeWEB who provide content on a regular basis. We get a PDF version and a Word version so can use either for publication. 

Annoyingly I keep getting incorrect information in the content of the articles, so I can't use the PDFs I have to use the Word docs and edit them. Here's an example...

"They must pay income tax, national insurance, register for VAT if profits are likely to exceed £83,000 per year and complete a self-assessment return each year."

.... No. it is if turnover (and taxable at that) is likely to exceed £83,000 then VAT reg would be required. [Edit to correct myself... ignore "likely to"... you get the point]

Another example was a claim that the state pension wasn't taxable. That would have been a lovely conversation to try to back out of. 

Having some content is great. Having to doubt every article put under my nose is not. Does anyone know of any other content providing firms that know what they're talking about? 

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By Harrison88
02nd Nov 2016 08:59

If the content is consistently wrong I would question why anyone would bother continuing to use it?

I think yourfirmonline provides content and you can select specifically what you require. However, I think the prices they charge are a rip off and take advantage of those who are clueless with technology.

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By mrme89
02nd Nov 2016 09:04

These are not errors in a highly technical article. These are basic errors that:-
(1) The person writing the content should not make.
(2) The person checking the content should not miss.

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By Mick Milne
02nd Nov 2016 09:14

I'd be very worried if I were putting out wrong info - I better read some of the stuff I regularly post....

I use taxinsider, so I get a monthly word document, that I stick my logo on and post on various platforms. I think 5 articles per month.

Some articles are quite interesting, though I must confess I've not really read the last few months as content could probably be better.

Interested to hear what others do... and how they distribute.

I post on company website blog, facebook, twitter/linkedin - not sure what if any benefits I get from this

cheers mick

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Man of Kent
By Kent accountant
02nd Nov 2016 09:23

I've used 2020's marketing material in the past and that was pretty good. Very comprehensive.

I now use Mercia - they designed the current version of my website and send out monthly newsletters to my client/contact list and update my website.

Mercia also provide a service where they post monthly updates to your linkedin/twitter/facebook accounts - that bit is £40 a month which I thought was very reasonable.

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By JCresswellTax
02nd Nov 2016 10:02

Another vote for Mercia, good content and reasonable price.

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Glenn Martin
By Glenn Martin
02nd Nov 2016 09:42

The people who did some SEO work on my website offered a blog writing service where they did 2 articles per month which were put onto website blog and other social media platforms.

I had not gone ahead as they are not accounts/finance people so would question how good the blog would be and felt I would still need to have a lot of input into it think it was also £150 per month.

My worry with using a more commercial body like 2020 is that many firms probably use the service, so if other local firms were using them your content would look the same. I was thinking of looking for someone on people per hour or similar the mercia deal Kent suggests sounds decent though.

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Alex Tucker, PracticeWEB
By AlexTucker
02nd Nov 2016 10:58

Hi Pacta

Sorry this has happened.

We became aware of this error yesterday and immediately amended and resent the documents to affected clients.

Our content is fact checked by a firm of accountants and we are discussing this issue more generally with them right now.

If you'd like to have a discussion with a member of our team about this particular issue, could you please DM me your contact details?

Best regards,
Alex (PracticeWEB)

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By Kent accountant
02nd Nov 2016 12:05

[quote=AlexTucker]

Hi Pacta

Our content is fact checked by a firm of accountants and we are discussing this issue more generally with them right now.

Hmmm, are they qualifed?...

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By DJKL
02nd Nov 2016 12:52

AlexTucker wrote:

We became aware of this error yesterday and immediately amended and resent the documents to affected clients.

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Well, is "resent" above an indication of your real feelings or has a hyphen been missed?

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Alex Tucker, PracticeWEB
By AlexTucker
02nd Nov 2016 13:12

Thanks DJKL - missing hyphen!

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By pacta
02nd Nov 2016 19:14

Thanks for the reply Alex. I had not noticed a correction had been issued so thank you for that.

I also had an issue with one around 6 months since re personal tax that referred to state pension being tax free. Not sure if you caught that. I did google search for the content in "" and did find it had simply been republished on many of your customers sites. I can check records for the exact article if you like.

Either way your reviewing firm has let you down. I am due for renewal in February but I must admit that my confidence is knocked in the publications at present. Indeed, I don't read and publish most as it means checking things thoroughly.

From a customer perspective I will just keep an eye out and review in February /March when I am due for renewal.

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By Stewie Griffin
02nd Nov 2016 11:02

Be careful if you're posting this generic content to your blog. As I understand it, Google actually penalises duplicate content, so if other firms are also using it for blogs, you could actually be harming your ranking

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By colinhigginson
02nd Nov 2016 15:54

pacta wrote:

"They must pay income tax, national insurance, register for VAT if profits are likely to exceed £83,000 per year and complete a self-assessment return each year."

Strange because I have found the offending document - and ours does say turnover, not profit.
I find them a useful resource, especially since the exorbitant fees you have to pay to Copyright Licensing Agency if you reproduce content from the internet.

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