Writing blog posts. Is longer or shorter better?

How long should a blog post be? Well, the simple answer to this is as long as it needs to be, but no longer. The length of a blog post should essentially be determined by the needs of the audience of whom you expect to consume the information. I.e a post on a technical or … Continue reading Writing blog posts. Is longer or shorter better?

Innovative business ideas for 2020: Newsletters. Yes, seriously.

In the latest from the ‘what is old is new again’ file (and for good reason because they work): Newsletters. Yep, remember those things that were once emailed out at the same time each and every week and we all read diligently? Newsletters are great for businesses, and there are some very good reasons as … Continue reading Innovative business ideas for 2020: Newsletters. Yes, seriously.

Know your blogging audience. Who are you really writing for?

While I have no doubt that blogging can be a very successful marketing tool for just about any business, to achieve the desired impact, it is important that you are telling your customers everything they need to know in order to choose you over your competitors. Think about what you are writing. Are you solving … Continue reading Know your blogging audience. Who are you really writing for?

The power of storytelling in business.

Storytelling is one of the most powerful and often underutilised tools that we all have available to us in our marketing and communications toolbox. In our businesses, we all have great stories to tell (yes, we ALL do). Human stories that people can really relate to and engage with. People love to hear stories, especially … Continue reading The power of storytelling in business.

Turkeys or lemonade? It’s all a matter of perception.

Have you ever heard the old saying “You can’t soar like an eagle when you’re surrounded by turkeys”? I’m sure you have. I’ve been there before in those environments where I’ve longed to be surrounded by inspiring people, but instead found myself being fed nothing but negativity and frustration from those I dealt with every … Continue reading Turkeys or lemonade? It’s all a matter of perception.

When sometimes the best option is to stop, listen to your gut, say no… and then move on.

It can be a funny life working as a consultant. Constantly juggling conflicting commitments, while not only keeping as many balls in the air as possible, but always critiquing yourself as to which balls to keep up there, and which ones to drop. Resources are always finite, and things are never black and white. The … Continue reading When sometimes the best option is to stop, listen to your gut, say no… and then move on.

How a simple strategy is still the backbone of successfully marketing any business.

For anyone that’s followed my posts over the past few years, it will come as no surprise that I love marketing, and that driving change around attitudes towards marketing being a vital strategic function of a business has long been a passion of mine. This all began in the early days of my marketing career … Continue reading How a simple strategy is still the backbone of successfully marketing any business.

Whose social media posts are you liking, and what impact is it really having?

I was recently reading about an interesting phenomenon (if you could call it that?) where the average social media user is more likely to like/follow/share a page or post generated by someone that they don’t know who is already receiving millions of hits (and won’t notice another one or two), than for a friend or … Continue reading Whose social media posts are you liking, and what impact is it really having?

Thinking of opening up a gym? Why it’s unlike any other business.

If you’re an ambitious and entrepreneurial individual that’s also into physical fitness, then starting up your own gym may well seem like an exciting business opportunity. After all, the global health club industry rakes in over $80 billion each year – and the good ones are not struggling for customers. That’s right, I said ‘the … Continue reading Thinking of opening up a gym? Why it’s unlike any other business.