How to sharpen your arrow

How to sharpen your arrow

When you’re in business you need customers (or clients). Without them your business will fail. That means that you need to put your message in front of people who need what you’re offering. Before you rush off to write a new website or launch a PR campaign, stop. You...
Are you on it?

Are you on it?

If you’re running a business, particularly a small one, it’s easy to get so drawn into the every day operational stuff that business development takes a back seat.  This often results in fire-fighting instead of a steady planned growth! If time is at a premium and the...
Which side of the hand are you?

Which side of the hand are you?

If you’re a business owner – or responsible for marketing a business – there are some key issues you’ll need to get clear about. 1: Who are you trying to reach? An ideal client profile – or more than one for your core audiences – is an...
5 ways to avoid marketing madness

5 ways to avoid marketing madness

Here we are, a month into the year and what’s happening in your marketing department? OK, if you’re a small business, that might not be a department, it may just be you, but having a clear marketing plan is important. Marketing covers pretty much everything from...
What’s on your horizon?

What’s on your horizon?

If you’re like most business owners, the beginning of a calendar year is often a good point to review, revise and revamp.  As the saying goes ‘if you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there,’ but it’s always a challenge to really nail down what you...
Perfect clients

Perfect clients

One of things that small business owners struggle with is identifying exactly who they can best serve.  In fact, quite a few bigger organisations haven’t really nailed down their ideal customer, either. It looks pretty straightforward, until you sit down and try to...