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LinkedIn training in Basingstoke

LinkedIn marketing trainingHow well do you use LinkedIn?

Half-day LinkedIn Training in Basingstoke – The Prudent Marketing Company launches the next workshop: 10th March 2016

I recently agreed contracts to provide LinkedIn training training in Singapore, Dubai, Vietnam and Kuala Lumpur.  I have numerous inhouse LinkedIn workshops booked, as well as many ongoing consultancy clients.  I am set to win over £100,000 worth of business on LinkedIn in 2016.  I tell you this not to impress you, but rather to impress upon you that LinkedIn could be a great source of income for your business.

How effective are you at marketing your business on the world’s No 1 professional networking website?  

Attend this workshop and learn how to create an abundance of local, regional, national or international leads for your business at no, or very little, cost.

Most people are on LinkedIn but many don’t win much business from it because they don’t really know how to use LinkedIn and they simply don’t do anything!

If this is you, or if you just want to improve the knowledge you already have, this practical half-day LinkedIn workshop is for you.  It will teach you what you need to know in order to win new business from LinkedIn.

To book your place click here.

Here is your 2016 e-mail marketing plan

email marketing

Here is your 2016 e-mail marketing plan…

Send emails that are interesting and beneficial.  Email 10,000 contacts and get 200 to click on your great knowledge.  Use a system that provides you with a list of the people who click.

Then call those 200 contacts and get 10% of them interested in your products, or services.  This should take about two days.

Then get ten good prospects to meet with you and convert two or three of these ten into sales.

And repeat…

From a standing start you could have an on-going stream of prospects turning into clients.

Better still, you have a system that you can turn on or off, up, or down! 

You can do with your in house resources, or if you want help with any part of the process just call us on 01256 345 556.

Learn more at email Marketing training

Marketing planning with Smart Numbers

Smart numbersMarketing Planning

I recently came across a company that might help you to measure your marketing planning more effectively.  

I would like to introduce you to Maincom’s, in particular I wanted to inform you about Smart Numbers, also known as Virtual numbers.  

We have one number on our website, another on LinkedIn, another on our emails, etc and the smart number system tells us how many times each number is called.  Simples!

Smart numbers provide a great cost effective solution for monitoring the success of marketing campaigns such as press advertising, online marketing and of course your website and social media pages.

With a free call recording facility they also provide a great staff training tool to ensure calls are being handled in the correct manner. 

Key features of Smart Numbers:

  • Each number is billed at £1+vat per month (rolling 30 day contract)
  • You can have as many 0333, local area codes, 0800 numbers as you would like, pointed to any landline or mobile number
  • They can provide a list of numbers for you to pick from.
  • Great for marketing and staff training as comes with free call recording, you can listen back to all calls over a 30 day period and download any that you wish to save
  • With your own secure login you can monitor the number of calls received on each one, proof as to whether a campaign is working and generating calls.  
  • As the number is diverted to your landline or mobile, calls are charged at less than a penny for Local and National (£0.0070ppp) and less than 4p to mobiles (£0.0395ppm
  • You can login and re-programme the numbers to point to a different destination at a click of a button which is instance.

If you would like to know more you can either talk to me or please do feel free to contact Sue Morant directly at Maincoms – sue.morant@maincoms.co.uk / 0333 358 3000 / www.maincoms.co.uk

We are not on commission, but I wanted to let you know about this great way of measuring your marketing.

The Law of Influence – Reciprocation

The Law of Influence – Reciprocation

According to Professor Robert Cialdini and his book, “Influence – The Psychology of Persuasion”, there are six tools of influence.  In this video I discuss the first one, called “Reciprocation” and how you can use this in your sales and marketing efforts.

Conversion rate optimisation

Conversion rate optimisation

How many people need to visit your website in order to create a lead?  Watch this video for ideas to improve your Conversion Rate Optimisation.

What is your marketing ROI (Return on Investment)?

What is your marketing Return On Investment?  How do you measure it?  What are you doing to improve it?

Website Marketing Advice

Website Marketing Advice

How often should you use email marketing campaigns?

How often should you send out email marketing campaigns?

Using multiple routes to market

referral marketing

 

Multiple Routes to Market

One of the biggest marketing mistakes that I see in business is not using multiple routes to market. So many businesses get stuck in the “We rely on referrals”, or “BNI is the only marketing we do” mindset!

The truth is that this mindset is simply costing these companies money in lost leads, sales and repeat business.  There are so many different routes to market (or income streams, as I like to call them).  Why would you not use a profitable income stream?  Here are just some of the Multiple Routes to Market for you to think about using:

  • Email marketing
  • Search engine optimisation
  • LinkedIn
  • Networking
  • Telemarketing
  • Advertising
  • PPC advertising
  • Retargeting
  • PR
  • Exhibiting
  • Referrals
  • Events
  • Direct mail
  • Postcards
  • Search engine marketing
  • Video
  • Social media

How many are you using?  On a scale of 1 to 10 how effective are these methods and what do you need to do in order to improve them?

Something to think about?  Take advantage of our many workshops and webinars.  Click here for details

Business Coaching UK

Marketing Advice and tips

 

 

 

 

 

 

Business Coaching UK – 90% of Marketing does not work

I have failed many times in marketing; to be honest I have probably made more mistakes than most.  However, in this process of finding out what does not work, I have also found out what does work – and, believe it or not, in my opinion 90%+ of Marketing undertaken by small businesses does not work.

Why?

It is a bit like trying to lose weight.  We give it a go for a month or two and because we don’t get results straight away we give up.  I often hear small business owners making sweeping statements like:

  • Email marketing does not work in our industry
  • Our website is a brochure site
  • PPC advertising is a waste of money
  • Facebook is not for business
  • I don’t win leads on LinkedIn.  I just use it to connect with people
  • etc, etc

The truth is that all these things work some of the time, but most small business owners try to implement these strategies without any training, or understanding of these modern marketing methods.

To clarify

It is not that the above marketing does not work; rather, it is that it was done in a way that did not work.

Here is the truth

“It is not that you are doing the wrong marketing.  It is that you are doing the right marketing, in the wrong way.”

Steve Mills

So, the keys to your successful marketing are:

  1. Keep going.  Be consistent and don’t give in too early.
  2. Change your approach.  If your marketing is not producing the results you want then something is wrong.  Test different headlines, copy, offers, target market, use of video, pictures, etc.
  3. Measure what is working and what is not.
  4. Marketing in 2015 is not as simple as it once was.  Any fool can place an advert in the Yellow Pages, but most people do not understand modern digital methods, so you need to undertake training, or get advice in this.

Need help?  Call The Prudent Marketing Team on 01256 345556.

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