Essex Marketing Services was born when founder Clare Martin realised that the agencies in and around Southend-on-Sea weren’t able to service small businesses at an affordable rate because they had such large overheads.
Talking to many of the small businesses (the majority of which were run by female entrepreneurs), it became clear that they wanted to learn how to market their business without paying a monthly (often unaffordable) retainer for businesses promising to help them get to the number one spot in Google.
She decided to set her knowledge and experience free, offering small businesses the opportunity to learn how to market themselves through free consultation sessions and action plans that they could either take onboard themselves or enlist her help to implement.
In just over a year, the team has grown to six members of staff, each with their own specialist areas. She has also developed workshops and online courses for those that want to learn in a more formal environment.
meet the team
Essex Marketing Services comprises local entrepreneurs and marketing specialists who know what it takes to start powerful small business. We know the challenges so we can present solutions to you.
We want to unpackage marketing to help local businesses succeed. We cover design and branding, website design and build and promotion of your brand using PR, outreach, thought leadership and social media.
But we know budgets are important and that’s why we’re totally transparent about costs and include training in all our packages. We want to teach you how to market yourself, because you know your company better than anyone else.
And we want to share what we know to educate the world about how to make great brands tell great stories.
Our team of copywriters, strategists and social media gurus have collectively spent more than 50 years in editorial, design, retail and PR.We’ve worked at large agencies in London and Essex, at brands and at magazines. We know what makes great design, great content, what customers want and how to serve it to them on a plate.