Everywhere we look, we see brands. Some good, some bad, some weak, and some powerful. While strategic branding was once more the domain of big business, now businesses of all shapes and sizes are benefiting from focusing on their brand. With the marketplace becoming more and more competitive, businesses that want to stand out need … Continue reading Unique brands get noticed. Start building one today. Here’s a couple of tips to get you started.
There are a lot of small businesses out there that should avoid getting sucked into the latest and greatest in digital marketing fads, and instead stick to some of the old classic rules of growing a business. It seems everyone has digital marketing or online marketing advice to give, and you as a business owner … Continue reading How old-school marketing still rocks! …and why small businesses need to use it.
It has been said that the aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well that the product or service sells itself. It’s fair to say that there is a little more to it than that, but I tend to agree with the preface. A marketing plan is a guide to successfully … Continue reading Why every business needs a marketing plan.
For big companies with large marketing budgets, a few hundred or even a few thousand dollars can be a drop in the ocean. Generally, if an activity doesn’t achieve the desired ROI it’s not going to have a massive impact. But, for small business operators it’s a different story. Every dollar counts, and any investment … Continue reading 6 ways to market a small business on a shoestring budget
When customers or employees look at your website, what do they see? Does it truly reflect everything that your business stands for? Is it a true representation of your brand? Are they really engaged by it? A well branded website incorporates the obvious such as images, colour schemes and logos. Yet, when it comes to … Continue reading Utilising strong content on your website to boost your brand
Consider any of the world’s largest brands. It could be Apple, Coke, Toyota, Shell, etc. While each of these businesses have different offerings, and operate in different markets, they all have one thing in common – a clear and well-defined brand essence. These brands know their identity and how they want to be perceived, which … Continue reading Why ‘brand essence’ matters… even for a small business
Over the years, we’ve worked with and within many a small business. Yet, it still surprises us just how many small business owners we speak to that do not have a clearly defined point or points of difference. Even more surprising is that many of these operate within ultra-competitive markets where, although differentiation can be … Continue reading Point of difference: Why it matters