Content marketing has really taken off in the past few years, and rightly so. While some brands are achieving amazing success by implementing an effective content strategy, there are plenty of others out there that are struggling. Quite often, one of the biggest roadblocks to content marketing success is the inability to create really engaging … Continue reading 5 steps to creating more engaging content.
In this world of ever-expanding multimedia options that we live in, there is still very much a place for strong, cut-through and well worded copy. Good copy uses the power of language to create a real connection with an audience, and when it happens it can be a truly beautiful thing. However, a lot of … Continue reading How to write copy that really cuts through. The 4 skillsets needed.
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 A unique and interesting brand is what gets you noticed. So… Start building one.
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.
I’m a big believer that all the experiences we have throughout both our work and personal lives - whether they be positive or negative – can have a profound effect on how we progress. It all depends on the way in which we frame them and use them to our advantage. Here’s a story about … Continue reading Ever had an experience almost break you, then make you? Well, here’s mine.
It seems that just about every week we see a new digital marketing system or program being touted as the ‘must have’ for all businesses by some so called ‘expert’. As a small business operator with limited time and resources, it’s hard to know which way to turn. Well, by advice here is… Avoid getting … Continue reading Is the ‘latest and greatest’ always the best for a small business?
What makes a good Marketing Manager? Well, that’s a question that can sure open up a can of worms, and you’ll get so many different answers to it depending on who you ask. Some will tell you that it’s all in the ability to drive sales. Some will say that it’s all about the brand … Continue reading What should a Marketing Manager REALLY be doing?
You may have heard the term ‘Ivory Tower’ thrown around in business, and unfortunately more often than not it is used to describe a corporate marketing department. It’s a term that represents a great divide between the corporate and the operational areas of the business. It is particularly prevalent in more industrial type businesses or … Continue reading How to be a successful marketer… but you may not like it.
I’ve found that the words ‘strategy’ and ‘strategic’ have had a bad rap over the past few years There are probably a number of reasons for this. I personally think that it was getting over used at one point there where everyone was describing themselves or what they do as ‘strategic’ without even knowing what … Continue reading Stop avoiding developing that strategy. Keep it simple and do it today.
Throughout my career, I’ve seen so many businesses place non-marketers into head of marketing positions, for the main reason being that they don’t consider marketing to be a specific skill set. Often, these people have been shifted from another area of the business where they may have been a good salesperson, a good operations manager, … Continue reading Anyone can be a Marketing Manager, can’t they?