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THE NEW YEARBOOK FROM SALTWATER STONE

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By Saltwater Stone
April 29, 2019
Category: Our News

Launching a groundbreaking new diesel outboard and unveiling a revolutionary new integrated e-navigation platform are just two of the accomplishments outlined in this year’s roundup of Saltwater Stone’s activity. Following a busy year for our hard-working PR, media and design teams, there has been plenty to write about for the latest edition of our yearbook.


Within the publication we explain Saltwater Stone’s strategic and practical support for high-p... Continue reading

TALKING TECHNOLOGY AT SEAWORK

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By Saltwater Stone
April 25, 2019
Category: Our Views

Seawork 2019 is shaping up to be a must-see event for anybody with an interest in new technology for safe and sustainable marine operations. Hundreds of companies from Britain and around the world will be showcasing new hardware and software for ships and workboats at this year’s exhibition, creating a unique opportunity for vessel operators to connect with potential suppliers.


Saltwater Stone has a long history of involvement with Seawork International and is the official sponsor of the event’s press office. According to Saul Trew... Continue reading

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SPOTLIGHT ON: SALTWATER STONE DESIGN STUDIO

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By Saltwater Stone
April 04, 2019
Category: Spotlight on

By Jo Roche


Standing quietly at the end of a tree-lined road lies Saltwater Stone’s design studio. Set within a modern, California-style dwelling, it is every inch a creative hub with curvy, colourful furniture and floor-to-ceiling glazing looking out onto a garden of tall firs. Outdoors there is even a table tennis table for when all-important creative breaks are needed.


Run by Alan Yorston and Tara Kenny, the studio is located on the outskirts of Ringwood, about 30 minutes from the main Saltwater Stone office at Poole Q... Continue reading

PREPARING TO TAKE TO THE WATER

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By Saltwater Stone
March 28, 2019
Category: Saltwater Lady Logbook

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By Clive Bartlett


We shall miss our beautiful Fairey Swordsman, Saltwater Lady, which has finally headed south west to her new owner in Totnes. But the next Saltwater Lady has arrived in Poole and work is underway to get her spick and span for the coming season. 


She’s a Fairline Phantom 38 which we bought through James and Sian at Ancasta, in Plymouth, to whom we give considerable thanks for their assistance and patience. We had the choice of... Continue reading

SALTWATER STONE PLEDGES TO HELP BOOST THE NUMBERS OF A DECLINING BIRD SPECIES IN POOLE

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By Saltwater Stone
March 01, 2019
Category: Our News

Spectacular aerobatic displays of swooping flocks of swifts, circling as they feed on airborne insects, have long been a familiar sight on summer evenings in the UK. Sadly, these birds have become a rarity in Poole, so we are assisting a project run by the charity Birds of Poole Harbour to bolster the numbers of these remarkable long-distance migrants.


The quantity of common swifts visiting the country each year has declined by more than 50% since 1995, according to the British Trust for Ornithology, and the rate of decrease co... Continue reading

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TIME FOR A CONVERSATION ON PRESS KITS

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By Saltwater Stone
February 15, 2019
Category: Our Views

Each year we return from the annual boat show circuit bringing home copies of recently-launched magazines and new contacts, as well as notes about what worked well and ideas on things to introduce at future events. But we also find ourselves carrying back surplus press kits and year after year we find ourselves asking: ‘Do we still need hard-copies?’


At the touch of a button we can send out releases to selected journalists, straight into their inboxes, just ahead of a press event. So why ha... Continue reading

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SALTWATER STONE REINFORCES CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH SEAWORK INTERNATIONAL

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By Saltwater Stone
January 31, 2019
Category: Our News

We have announced our continued commitment to Seawork International (11th - 13th June 2019) by sponsoring the event press office for the sixth year in succession. The show, which will take place at Mayflower Park, Southampton, is expected to be bigger than ever with over 10,000 products and services on display, making it the largest commercial marine and workboat exhibition in Europe. 


Each year Seawork International attracts visitors and exhibitors from around the world, making it t... Continue reading

Tags: Seawork PR advertising design

A YOUNG PROFESSIONAL AT METSTRADE: MY FIRST MARINE TRADE SHOW.

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By Tara Kenny
November 22, 2018
Category: Our Views

After weeks of solid planning and an immense build up, I finally got to see what all the fuss was about. It has only been a few months since I joined the Saltwater Stone team and coming from a technology background, the marine industry is a whole new kettle of fish.

 

Representing our clients and being a part of the show really opened my eyes into such an interesting industry and the many diverse businesses that are involved all round the world. While trying not to lose my bearings and get lost in the tremendous trade show, wha... Continue reading

SHOW & TELL - FORT LAUDERDALE

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By Saltwater Stone
November 08, 2018
Category: Our Views

We caught up with one of our PR Account Managers, Karen, on her return from this year’s Fort Lauderdale Boat Show (FLIBS). Here’s what she had to say:


What did you enjoy most about the show?


“The hospitality of Americans never fails to disappoint me. They always extend such a warm welcome to visitors. I found FLIBS very relaxed and friendly, and communication was easy.”


Was anything different about running a press event at a US show in compa... Continue reading

BEHIND THE SCENES: YEARBOOK 2018/19

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By Saltwater Stone
November 01, 2018
Category: Our News

At this time of year, it always feels like we’re cutting a movie trailer when it comes to creating our yearbook. We’ve already made the film, our last year of work, and now it’s time to select some of the highlights to produce a varied and enticing snapshot of what we’ve been up to.


Now in its third edition, the Saltwater Stone Yearbook was introduced to give deeper insight into the way we operate and includes some of the most interesting campaigns we’ve been involved with over the past 12 months.  We’re all so proud of th... Continue reading

SOCIAL MEDIA SELF-REFLECTION

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By Saltwater Stone
October 05, 2018
Category: Our Views

Struggling to keep up with newsfeeds, connection requests and posts to craft? You may feel as if you’ve jumped on the bandwagon and joined too many social media platforms, especially if time spent on them is eating into other tasks. If so, look back and consider why you initially joined.


Business or pleasure?

In this blog, we’ll focus on business profiles, but it is a good idea to differentiate between how you use platforms for socialising and how you use them differen... Continue reading

KEEPING YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE AFLOAT THIS SHOW SEASON

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By Saltwater Stone
September 07, 2018
Category: Our Views

Your new products are ready for launch, your team is briefed, the branded collateral has been delivered and the exhibition stand is looking spot on. 


With the autumn boat show season upon us, and so many tasks to complete to be ahead of the game, planning a social media campaign may well be at the lower end of your to-do list. But, if you regularly use social media to engage with customers and the industry, now is not a good time to stop. 


As time is at a premium, these three tips might just give you some encour... Continue reading

CLICK-THROUGH RATES, ADVERTISING AND ME

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By Saltwater Stone
August 24, 2018
Category: Our Views

Click-through rates are an important form of data to consider when analysing the success of online advertising campaigns. We chatted with Izzi, our Senior Executive - Media and Marketing, who explained why we should take note of these percentages:


First things first, what is a CTR% and why should I use it?
I’m glad you asked! It’s a handy indicator that highlights the amount of traffic your online advert is attracting. To calculate, simply take the number of visitors who clicked on your advert, divide this by the number of impr... Continue reading

ADVERTISING TRICKS OF THE TRADE

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By Saltwater Stone
August 09, 2018
Category: Our Views

We’ve been sharing all things advertising this month, so what better time to divulge some of our expertise as media buyers.


For the latest in our #AdvertisingAugust series, we highlight some key points to consider when dissecting a media pack.


Wrong Year?


Check the date of the audit – is it the most recent? We’ve come across the odd publisher who has sneakily used the previous year’s report if the most recent one is less attractive.... Continue reading

IT’S SUMMER. WHY ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT AUTUMN SO SOON?

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By Saltwater Stone
August 03, 2018
Category: Our Views

Many of us have been enjoying this summer’s heatwave and taking every opportunity to enjoy the cool breeze of the coastline, get out on the water, and take our holidays, so it’s difficult to believe the busy autumn show season will also soon be upon us. 


If, like us, you’re about to attend a number of boat shows, these tips for hosting press gatherings at multiple events may help you to get more out of your PR campaign this autumn – or indeed any time of the year. Focusing on traditional face-to-face engagement, they will... Continue reading

I AM NEW TO ADVERTISING. WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?

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By Saltwater Stone
August 02, 2018
Category: Our Views

For those setting out to implement their first advertising campaign for their company, brand, product or service, our media team have put together a handy introduction outlining the most important points to consider.


1. Set a realistic budget. Look beyond the cost of placement. Consider artwork creation, resizes, copywriting and translation costs.   


2. Decide what you want to achieve. While you may not be able to trace all buying behaviours or actions back to your advert, there are certain actions that can be d... Continue reading

Tags: Advertising advert media buying brand artwork magazines publications online media

SEAWORK CONTINUES TO BE HUGE BENEFIT TO CLIENTS

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By Saltwater Stone
July 06, 2018
Category: Events

Seawork International 2018, celebrating its 21st show, has drawn to a close after three successful days at Mayflower Park (3 – 5 July) and remains a flagship show for Saltwater Stone’s clients. 


Managing Director of Saltwater Stone Georgina Bartlett said: “As Seawork Press Office sponsor for the fifth year we were delighted with this year’s show. As in previous years the quality of visitors and exhibitors makes our attendance truly worthwhile. We look forward to returning next year.”


Saltwater Stone clients exhibitin... Continue reading

THE BENEFITS OF PRESS OFFICES AT EXHIBITIONS & SHOWS

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By Saltwater Stone
April 13, 2018
Category: Our Views

The press office is a key area for journalists to source exhibitor news, schedule interviews and write-up news reports. Communicating your presence at an exhibition or show is just as important as getting your product and stand ready. A good start for getting your message out to the industry is to speak with the exhibition’s press office team. They will be able to inform you of all the opportunities available and update you on any news or technology that is of interest to their supporting media outlets. Be sure to find out the location of th... Continue reading

MEDIA AND MARKETING EXEC 3-6-5

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By Saltwater Stone
March 27, 2018
Category: Our News

It has been 365 days since Izzi Birchall first walked in to the Saltwater Stone office as a Media and Marketing Executive. We caught up with Izzi for an update on her first year: 


“The stark emotion of starting my first day in my dream career was unexplainable. As the year progressed I found myself and my role growing together. I have always been good at building relationships and coming in to the Saltwater team I was surrounded by likeminded, funny, intelligent people. I continued to build rapport with clients and industr... Continue reading

Tags: media marketing advertising exhibitions events sponsorship

SALTWATER STONE REINFORCES COMMITMENT TO SEAWORK INTERNATIONAL

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By Saltwater Stone
March 01, 2018
Category: Our News

We are sponsoring the Press Office at Seawork International (3-5 July 2018) for the 5th consecutive year. 


The Seawork International Press Office, which is managed by the exhibition organisers’ Mercator Media’s in-house PR team, is a communications hub for journalists to source the latest exhibitor news, schedule interviews and report live from the exhibition, conference and European Commercial Marine Awards at this leading European event. 


Saul Trewern, Commercial PR Director commented: “We have attended Se... Continue reading

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