Take Your Business to the Next Level

Take Your Business to the Next Level

Do you feel that your business has, of late, got itself stuck in a rut? Or do you simply feel that your business is ready to take the next step in its existence? Then you need to be brave enough to take it to the next level.   This may mean doing things you’ve never … Continue reading

How To Make Your Staff Laugh

Make Your Staff Laugh

Have you ever thought about how to make your staff laugh? Or at least happy. The hardest part of being an employer is juggling the mammoth task of keeping your business operational whilst also ensuring the cogs that keep the system running (the people you employ) are running happily themselves.   Unfortunately, you don’t rely … Continue reading

If You Build It, They Will Come: Tips For Finding Customers For Your New Business

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So you’ve set up your new business. You’ve had the idea, and you’ve put in the work to make it a reality. First of all: congratulations! Being able to take that first step of conceptual to concrete is difficult and takes no shortage of hard work. But now you’re faced with a new dilemma: how … Continue reading

Attract New Customers Instantly with Six Easy Ways

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We all need to attract new customers and keep sales prospects flowing through the sales pipeline. However, marketing is a complex thing, requiring hours of hard work in analyzing the most intricate details and statistics. There are times when we need instant success, however. We can’t afford to mess around with long-term strategies that might … Continue reading

Snoop Competitors. Why It’s Such A Good Idea.

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Snoop competitors is what you may need to do because the world of SEO and backlinks can be a tricky one to navigate. In fact, there are so many variables to consider that it can sometimes get a little overwhelming. But, as with many tricky things in life, there are short cuts. Probably the best … Continue reading

SEO Is Never Going Away! Here’s Why.

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SEO. Search Engine Optimization. Many marketing professionals have tried to insinuate for years that SEO is going to die. However, we’ve learned by now that SEO is never going away. The only thing that happens to SEO is change. Here’s why SEO is never going away: Giving Value To Customers Over the years SEO has … Continue reading

Forget SEO, Offline Marketing Is The Way To Go!

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Offline Marketing? I know, it sounds crazy suggesting that you should be marketing offline in this day and age. But it makes a lot of sense. When you sell online, you do get the chance for a massive reach, but there’s no guarantee that anyone sees your business.   Competition is so extreme online that … Continue reading

Brand Building On A Budget: 6 Strategies You Need To Try Today!

Brand building is always a challenge especially when you’re a startup. And it’s even tougher if you have little money to spend on your marketing strategies! For many businesses, money is tight as banks aren’t so keen to lend cash to startups these days. So how can you start brand building on a budget? You … Continue reading

Marketing Your Business By Promoting It’s Unique Features

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Marketing your business is never easy yet it’s something that every business owner has to do. If your business has a few unique features that other businesses don’t have, you should promote them. They can be used to market your business better and reach new customers. So, what are the best features to focus on … Continue reading

If Your Online Marketing Sucks, What Can You Do About It?

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How healthy is your online marketing? When you’re trying to sell something, you need to promote it to the masses. These days, most people opt for online marketing. After all; it’s straightforward and cost-effective to even micro-entrepreneurs. The trouble is, some online marketing strategies just suck. Many of us spend a lot of money on … Continue reading

What Will You Lose?

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#What will you lose? Customers would rather NOT LOSE something than gain something. Instead of saying “This software will save you $50 per day in overtime costs” its more effective to say “You are losing $13,000 per year in reduced production” It’s called Selling the Consequences. What will you lose if you don’t provide this … Continue reading

What NOT to do when business is tough

What NOT to do when business is tough

Do you know what NOT to do when business is tough? Being in business is both liberating AND challenging especially when cash-flow, and customers, ebb and flow. It’s like standing on the beach seeing the waves come towards you and thinking you’re going to get to drenched. And then the tide goes out and you … Continue reading

Public Relations in the Marketing Mix

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Many people think of public relations as only being media relations – relationships with the media. However, you must have public relations in the marketing mix. Public relations is about the relationship your business has with your ‘publics’. That includes staff, customers, suppliers, contractors, government departments… in fact, anyone who interacts with your business. You … Continue reading

Business Cross-Promotion Ideas

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As business owners it can seem like we are rowing the boat ourselves, and everyone else is on the shore enjoying a picnic lunch… with great Adelaide Hills wines. Sigh. Rather than seeing other companies as competition, working together can produce some excellent business cross-promotion ideas. In the quick tip on adding value, and the … Continue reading

Ideas for Adding Value Not Giving Discounts

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It’s a strange phenomena that people seem to value a small gift over a discount. It’s true. If you offer customers a 10% discount they will, of course, take it. But they don’t really value it. And that 10% discount hits YOUR pocket and profitability considerably harder than theirs. So you might need some ideas … Continue reading

How To Add Value, Not Give Discounts

It is too easy for a small business owner to give a discount in order to win over a customer. But discounts hit YOU harder in terms of your profitability than adding an extra service or providing a small ‘gift’ will to keep the relationship sweet. Practice how to add value to a client instead … Continue reading

Mini Checklist for Writing A Media Release

Journalists are always looking for great stories; not your advertising masquerading as a great media story, tho. Journalists receive hundreds of story ideas, e-mails and approaches every week, so how can you stand out? I suggest you read a couple of my other Insanely Clever Marketing articles on Secrets of the Inverted Pyramid and the … Continue reading

Hitting Your Customers Hot Button

Everyone has a hot button that induces them to make a purchasing decision, so are you hitting your customers hot button? People buy products and services for a variety of reasons including; Prestige and ego Wanting to have the best Improving their education For the good of the family To make life easier To fulfil … Continue reading

Five Easy Steps to A Profitable Direct Marketing Campaign

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A direct marketing campaign allows you want to reach out and touch your target audience in a personal way; not mass marketing such as through a radio or television commercial. Direct marketing is extremely cost-effective when done correctly with five easy steps. Examples of direct marketing include; personal letters or e-mails personalized e-news brochures sent … Continue reading