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There are 2 marketing tools that also double as assets you can sell with your business.  If you are planning an exit strategy, your brand and the quality of your database are two very tangible assets.  Brand yourself by maximising your point of difference and keep in touch with your community to ensure your database is current.  Keep these business assets strong!  Make them work for you.

What can you do for a prospective client or existing client without expecting anything in return? 

Can you network two clients who will benefit from this business connection? 

It costs you nothing to connect people and making introductions that will benefit both their businesses means both parties will be grateful you thought of them. 

This is a win-win for everyone.

Launching a new workshop for small business.  If you are finding it challenging keeping up with marketing today and you need to cut through the overwhelm, then join us on 5th September to create a digital marketing strategy within a modest budget that synchs with everything else you need to do to run a business. Details here  A Digital Marketing Strategy Workshop For Small Biz

Is your website mobile responsive? From April 21 mobile-friendliness will be a Google ranking signal. That's not a miniature version of your website visible on a mobile, it is a site designed to be read in a cascading fashion as you swipe the page.

A simple marketing philosophy is to treat your clients the way you would want to be treated.  

Provide the same service you expect to get yourself and put yourself in your client's shoes.  It's a winner.

marketing consultant Perth WAHave you, should you or do you apply the 80-20 rule to your business?  That is the law of the vital few: 80% of your sales probably come from 20% of your clients. 

 

With that in mind here are 4 questions to ask yourself?  Would it be more profitable if you concentrated on just your prime target market? Should you apply the 80-20 rule overall? Should you apply the 80-20 rule to each market segment? Who are your top 20%?

 

If this is something you haven't done for a while, grab a coffee, pull up your database or your sales statistics and run through the questions above. 

It is important to create a formal database for your business.  Did you know it is one of your best marketing tools and an asset if you ever plan to sell your business?  It can be as simple as an Excel sheet listing everything on a business card and at least one extra column to categorise the contact.  If you decide to run a newsletter from behind your website, an Excel sheet can be easily imported to your CRM.  If you haven't created a database, then the start of a New Year is a good reason to do so!

If you have administration rights to your website you can SEO your own website yourself and it won't cost you a cent to rev up your search engine rankings.   

Why not book a web optimisation session to find these 8 things, plus 5 features you can add to make your site more interactive and the 3 free things you should register for to guarantee your ongoing organic rankings.

Headlines are the most important element of your advert or flyer.

The headline creates the biggest impact for you, it fills in the blanks for skimmers.  For effect, think about using a question or an intrigue statement as your headline on your next ad copy.

Network to grow your business. Don't shy away from networking opportunities, make the effort to represent your business and watch the synchronous doors open. Be passionate about your business and sum it up very briefly with a hook of "what it is in for the listener". 

Rather than say you are a web designer, say "I create generating income websites that work while you sleep". Far more interesting to the listener and more likely to be a conversation starter. 

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