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What is the one change you can make to get more sales fast?

Steve Mills - Marketing AdviceWhat is the one change you can make to get more sales fast?

Answer: Change the words that you use.

Trying to write the copy that will go on our websites, emails, letters, brochures, blogs and others sales copy it difficult because we don’t know exactly what will work to convince people to give us their money in exchange for our products and services.

By changing the words in a headline, sub headline or general copy, I have literally increased email open rates, sales conversions, upsells, and much more – instantly. My biggest success was turning an advert that was not working into one that created 2 sales each of over £2,000,000 by changing the headline and it took me less than ten minutes to do it. The right words can really make a big difference.

I have increased my and my client’s conversions by 25%, 40%, even doubled the response rate – by changing the copy I used in my marketing. And I’ve done this over and over again.

So, if you’re getting ready to launch your new product, or service, or a new website, or even if you are starting a new business, and you’re stuck trying to work out what to say to get people to buy from you, then call us now on 01256 242 272.

Why you should use video in your marketing?

Video Marketing - You Tube

New LinkedIn Advertising Opportunity

LinkedIn marketing training

New LinkedIn Advertising Opportunity!

How would you like to be able to advertise on LinkedIn to the people who have visited your website, or to be able to upload your email list to LinkedIn and advertise to those people?

You can do so now on LinkedIn! This is a new form of advertising on LinkedIn and one that I think is really worth testing. This advertising allows you to advertise just to the people who are interested in you! i.e. the people who have been to your website. This works on a per click basis and so is the people who have already visited your website who not actually interested will not click and therefore you will not pay. However, you will be able to advertise to the people who are interested.

The first form of advertising allows you to advertise just to the people who are interested in you! i.e. the people who have been to your website. This works on a per click basis and as this is targeted at the people who have already visited your website it is highly targeted.  However, some people will not be interested will not click and therefore you will not pay. However, you will be able to advertise to the people who are interested and you pay only when they return to your website.

Not only that, but you will be able to advertise to a specific email list. In other words, you can take your email list and upload it into LinkedIn and then advertise to the people in your list.

In my opinion, this could be one of the biggest changes in marketing on LinkedIn for many years and dependent on your industry could be one of the biggest opportunities that you’ve got right now in your marketing. When I started work in the marketing industry over 28 years ago I could only dream of being able to target businesses so specifically.

P.s. Don’t forget our Website Lead Tool. Click here for more info! 

Business Advice – Let me ask you a question…

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Business Advice – Let me ask you a question…

Is your current level of skill good enough to get you to where you want your business to go?

I am assuming that you want your business to grow and that you run a business!

Let’s consider that you currently run a business that turns over £1,000,000 and you want to get to £10,000,000 (the numbers don’t really matter, but you want significant growth).

What is your current level of:

  • Sales expertise
  • Marketing expertise
  • Financial expertise
  • Leadership
  • HR
  • People management
  • Customer care
  • etc

Is your level of skills and knowledge really good enough?

From a marketing perspective are you good enough at:

  1. Website marketing
  2. Social media
  3. PPC Advertising on Google, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn (not to mention re-marketing)
  4. Referral marketing
  5. Exhibiting
  6. SEO
  7. Email marketing
  8. etc.

If you are really committed to doing what is required to grow your business, then surely it makes obvious sense to improve your knowledge and skills in the very things that are going to help you to do so.

Step 1 – Book a CEO Strategy session – click here

Why Social Media Marketing does not work

Steve Mills - Part time Marketing directorWhy Social Media Marketing does not work.

There are many reasons for implementing social media marketing in your business.  But the fact is that the biggest reason that social media marketing fails is that it is done badly by people who don’t understand it and who don’t have the time to do it anyway and so often it simply never gets done!

For me, the key is to automate part of it and to take massive action on the rest of it.

Firstly, you need to consider using one of the many different social media marketing systems like this one.

This can help you to:

  1. Maximise your use of time on your social networks
  2. Increase your engagement, likes and success
  3. Easily find and post relevant content & videos
  4. Schedule days or weeks of content in minutes
  5. Manage your social networks in one place
  6. and more!

Secondly, it is about personal interaction.  Yes, that is right – Pick up the phone and talk to your contacts.  These are the people that you have built some form of relationship with.  They have connected with you and hopefully read your posts and tweets and they are probably already on your email list.

So, the real secret to Social Media Marketing success?  Take massive action!

Need our help?  Call for a discussion on 01256 242 272.

Social Media Marketing

email marketingThere are many reasons for implementing social media marketing in your business.  But the fact is that the biggest reason that social media marketing fails is that it is done badly by people who don’t understand it and who don’t have the time to do it anyway and so often it simply never gets done!

For me, the key is to automate part of it and to take massive action on the rest of it.

Firstly, you need to consider using one of the many different social media marketing systems like this one.

This can help you to:

  1. Maximise your use of time on your social networks
  2. Increase your engagement, likes and success
  3. Easily find and post relevant content & videos
  4. Schedule days or weeks of content in minutes
  5. Manage your social networks in one place
  6. and more!

Secondly, it is about personal interaction.  Yes, that is right – Pick up the phone and talk to your contacts.  These are the people that you have built some form of relationship with you.  They have connected with you and hopefully read your posts and tweets and they are probably already on your email list.

So, the real secret to Social Media Marketing success?  Take massive action!

Need our help?  Call for a discussion on 01256 242 272.

Basingstoke Marketing and Sales Workshop

Unleash your True Potential

Marketing Training Hampshire VenueOnly a few places left on this workshop.  Join us and contribute towards the Manchester Fund.

Wednesday 16th August 2017.  From 9am to 12noon.

What the workshop will cover

  • What is Prudent Marketing and how you can use it
  • A strategy for creating multiple streams of on-line and offline income
  • How to grow your business for free, using the Internet
  • Winning business from LinkedIn
  • How to dominate the first page of Google for no cost
  • How to double your website’s traffic without a budget
  • How to use Marketing without Money and what this could mean for your business
  • Getting the most out of your current clients
  • How to double the size of your database within 12 months
  • Why blogging is a MUST and not a should
  • The ten biggest mistakes most small businesses make
  • How to turn more leads into sales, or appointments on the phone

How to book

Numbers are limited due to the size of the room (9 people).  So bookings are taken on a first come, first served basis.

The cost of attending this workshop is only £25+ VAT.  100% of this money will be going to help the families and victims of the recent Manchester bombing. 

To book, go to Marketing Training, or call us on 01256 242 272.

How to get funding for your business – Business Connections Live

Business Connections Live

On this edition of Business Connections Live TV… How to get funding for your business.

Steve Hyland talks to Michael Graham and Luke Cruz of MJB Graham Consultancy about The Secrets Of Fundraising Success.

For a lot of business and projects finding the right type of funding can be challenging.

  1. Where do you start?
  2. What type of funding is right for you?
  3. What is the process to be successful when fundraising?
  4. How do you negotiate the best deal?

Check out https://www.youtube.com/user/rttvmediaBCL?feature=hovercard

Business Connections Live

10 ways to improve your sales conversion rates

referral marketing

10 ways to improve your sales conversion rates

If you convert five out of ten leads. Does a 50% success rate mean you are wasting half of your marketing budget? Of course not, but maybe some sales training could boost your rate to 60% – and that would up your turnover by 20%!

Meantime here are a few ideas that may prove useful

  1. Get yourself into the proper frame of mind. You can’t expect to do a good job if you are still fuming about the idiot who cut you up on your way to the appointment. Let go of the day’s frustrations and concentrate on the customer.
  2. Find some common ground. Sometimes this means talking about (or letting the customer talk about) last night’s football or the awful state of the country before getting down to business. Just don’t let it get out of hand!
  3. Clearly, identify the customer’s need. It’s a cliché but don’t try to sell the drill bit – sell the hole!
  4. Use their words, not yours. Sometimes we get carried away with our own clever jargon. If the customer wants ‘plenty of loft space’, don’t turn it into ’30 square metres of unobtrusive storage solution’.
  5. Paint attractive word pictures. Ask the customer to ‘imagine yourself driving through the countryside in your new convertible on a sunny day’.
  6. Use positive reinforcement. When the customer himself talks about the benefits of ownership, don’t be tempted to add lots more features – (s)he knows what (s)he wants. So just agree and ask for the order.
  7. Put yourself in their shoes. Try to see things from the customer’s viewpoint; ask yourself, ‘Would I buy it from me?’ If you can’t convince yourself …
  8. When they suggest a feature they want, ask questions. ‘Why is that important to you?’ The more you ask, the more you will understand what they are looking for and the better you will be able to match your product to their requirements.
  9. Always be credible. Don’t make outrageous claims. Most customers can spot them and the ones that don’t come back looking for refunds when they discover the truth.
  10. Be prepared to say no if you believe they are making a mistake. It’s awfully hard to turn down a sale but they will thank you and probably become your most loyal customer in the future.

What can your small business learn from Apple?

Marketing Advice and tips

Marketing support companyIf you consider what Apple did to the computer market you must admit it was quite incredible.  Last week I was in London and I went into Starbucks and out of the fifty people in there about twenty were using Apple Macs, another six were on iPads and there was not a ‘normal’ laptop in sight!

Last week I was in London and I went into Starbucks and out of the fifty people in there about twenty were using Apple Macs, another six were on iPads and there was not a ‘normal’ laptop in sight!

So what has this got to do with small businesses?  If you think about what Steve Jobs and his team did at Apple:-

  • They took a well-known product and made it different
  • They improve it and made it more reliable (no more crashing)
  • They developed a great brand and logo
  • They developed new complimentary products that were in an associated industry
  • They got people talking about their products
  • They charged twice as much as anyone else in the market

In truth, they did nothing that any small business could not do.  So why is this?  The truth is, the problem often lies with the owner of the business.  Most business owners don’t even think like Steve Jobs, or Walt Disney, or Richard Branson, let alone take action.  They are too busy working, to build a business that works and this is one of the biggest problems with most small businesses.

So what do you do if you own a business?  The first thing to do is to change the way you think.  Then you need to think about your business as though you were an external person and you would need to ask yourself a very powerful question.  How can we do this better than our competitors?  Do what better?  Everything!

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