Get an ‘A’ on your Business Report

Get an ‘A’ on your Business Report

The definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing and expect a different result. So any wisdom on the side of sanity means that when you venture into a new marketing strategy you want it to show up on your Business Report. Striding into the arena of social media should also generate a positive and noticeable change in attaining the goals that show up on your Business Report. After all if you can’t sell more widgets by dancing naked on YouTube and posting it on Facebook why did we do it in the first place?  Continue reading “Get an ‘A’ on your Business Report”

Growing Customers in your Business Garden

Growing Customers

Developing a customer base takes many approaches. For the FMCG team its all about volume through the door or ‘bums on seats’. For the non-profit sector it means developing a relationship that takes the constituent through the donor pyramid and for professional services marketing staff it means developing spheres of customer influence for new clients. Whatever your primary focus here are some tips for working in your business ‘garden’ and growing customers. Continue reading “Growing Customers in your Business Garden”

Going in Google Circles

Going in Google Circles

How can you be a late starter and still have attracted the millions of users that are a part of Google+? The quiet achiever of social networks is growing and being supported by groups of users who feel their privacy hasn’t been respected. The primary growth of Google+ has come as Google encourages users of its other services like Gmail and YouTube to share their profile, life and Google related media in their own social media network. Continue reading “Going in Google Circles”

Can LinkedIn Connect my Business

Can LinkedIn Connect my Business

While many business operators focus their time on the business and see ‘playing’ on social media as a waste of time, they have still recognised the value in nurturing their business networks. So the question is often asked after receiving email invite after invite; Can LinkedIn Connect my Business? As the medium for communication becomes social networks, business leaders and entrepreneurs realise that standing still and not engaging in social media is a recipe for decay. Now as CEOs become more familiar with how to present their personal brand in social networks they are looking for the best use of their time to connect with the right people online. Continue reading “Can LinkedIn Connect my Business”

Social Media Transparency

Social Media Transparency

Across the world’s business community there have been a number of marketing mistakes that can all lead back to one word; “Transparency”. Social Media Transparency is a vital skill for business owners to acquire and understand. With the internet’s viral ability to share good and bad information at high speed, customers have become more demanding for accountable management. Some businesses have used this hunger to their advantage by taking customers behind the scenes of their business while others have tried the old “neither confirm nor deny” approach only to be shafted as the truth eventually comes into the light.  Continue reading “Social Media Transparency”

Business Fairy Tales

Business Fairy Tales

Have you been brave enough to put your business under the microscope lately? If not you may have fallen asleep reading your own business fairy tales. When you start off either creating a business or in new ownership you feel you’re being honest with yourself as you try new ideas and give yourself grace to ‘work on it’. Later as you settle into the day to day grind you may not notice the wearing away of creativity and sometimes the shades coming down on your ability to reflect on progress. Continue reading “Business Fairy Tales”

Facebook Friends in the Business Playground

Facebook Friends in the Business Playground

Is Facebook the place to play for a business and can your business make Friends in the Facebook Playground? Many business owners see Facebook as a distraction and lose sight of the fact that their consumer base is actively communicating about life and brands in this social media space. By intent or social osmosis, the decision making consumer is picking up on brand recommendations in Social Media. Let’s look at some of the principles a Business can consider and employ as it engages with Facebook Friends. Continue reading “Facebook Friends in the Business Playground”

The Flag, The Spy and The Resistance

The Flag, The Spy and The Resistance

If your business is due for a marketing review, or you don’t have a marketing plan then the story of The Flag, The Spy and The Resistance might be the framework you’re looking for. Some business owners know they need to advertise but don’t have the time or inclination. When the salesperson calls with a special to advertise here or there they grab it. They say ‘yes’ not because it fits the marketing plan but because they feel they should be doing something and after all it’s at a price that’s hard to pass up. Now they have to throw together some artwork, an offer and a tagline and just hope it works. Continue reading “The Flag, The Spy and The Resistance”

Joining the Social Media Conversation

Joining the Social Media Conversation

Social Media has become a modern day phenomenon with brands like Facebook and Twitter having a global impact on everything from Business sales to the turn-over of Governments. These are the names of a new form of communication that allows people around the world to share their lives through the online experience of a Social Network. For Business this is a marketing opportunity and learning the social media rules and culture is step one in joining the Social Media Conversation. Continue reading “Joining the Social Media Conversation”