Business Development Consultancy

Business development advice

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One of the biggest problems most small businesses are experiencing right now is a lack of leads.  The second biggest problem is not being able to convert enough of those leads into sales.

This is my expertise and I have been helping small businesses like yours, to win more business, more easily, more often for nearly 30 years.

I do this by working as a part time Marketing Director, Advisor, Trainer and Coach.

I have a variety of programmes to suit every budget and need. 

My programmes include:

  • Marketing Director
  • Private Practice
  • Prudent Marketing Academy
  • Raise Your Game
  • Association of Prudent Marketing.

The details of each one are on our website, but I would be very happy to give you a free hour of my time.  At the end of this time you can decide if there is a fit and if you would like help or not.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Do you need a business coach?

Marketing Training

Do you need a business coach?

I have spent over 10,000 hours learning about sales and marketing from the best in the world.  

Being a former international sportsman I knew it was essential to invest in coaching and training.

I have spend over £20,000 just on CD’s and DVD’s, let alone all the workshops, webinars and coaching I have invested in over the past 20+ years.

And when I look at what most people invest in themselves I think – “Are you CRAZY? How can you not spend any money on improving yourself and your business?

All told, over the years I’ve invested over £100,000 to be a part of some of the best masterminds that exist.

And that number is only going to get bigger, because…

In every area of my business and my life that I want to improve, I seek out a mentor, a coach, someone that I can work with…

Someone who’s been there and done that, and I work with them to achieve the same results.

And yes, sometimes it feels like a big leap.

But I always remind myself of the four words that are responsible for EVERY single success that I’ve had in life and business, “Action is the key”

To accomplishing something HUGE like growing your business by 25% to 100% in the next 12 months takes Action.

Want to find out if my PRIVATE PRACTICE group can help you get there?

Take the leap and check out all the details here, OR CALL US ON 01256 345 556.

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Our client grew from £290,000 to £492,000 in 12 months

£290,000 to £492,000 in 12 months

Our client Cascade Events grew from £290,000 turnover to £492,000 turnover in 12 months on our Prudent Marketing Academy.  Want to do the same?  Take a look.

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“Cascade Event Management’s turnover hit £492,000 this year (up from £290,000 last year) and I’m sure a significant part of that is down to the time I spent with you, Steve.  The future is looking good too but we still want to take it the next level”.

Chris Monk – Managing Director, Cascade Events Ltd

Steve appearing again on Business Connections Live

 

Business Connections Live

 

 

 

 

 

Steve is appearing again on Business Connections Live on Independence day 4th July at 1pm.

Business Connections Live, the UK’s Leading Online Business Channel is an online Business Television Channel giving free advice, mentoring and inspiration to Entrepreneurs, SME’s and Businesses. Each week our invited business experts join us live on the air to discuss and educate our viewers with business strategies that make a real difference.

Business Connections Live is the brain child of two entrepreneurs, Steve Hyland and Linda Bazant who saw the need for small businesses to have a source of information that was profitable and useful.

You con contact them at – http://businessconnectionslive.com/about-us/

On 4th July I will be talking about Re-Targeting, or Re-Marketing as it is sometimes called.  Not sure what this means?

The good news is you are not alone.  The even better news is – You could be the first in your industry to use this great form of marketing.

So tune in on 4th July at 1pm.

http://businessconnectionslive.com/live-programme/

 

Microsoft buy LinkedIn for $26 billion

LinkedIn Management

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Microsoft is buying the professional networking website LinkedIn for about $26bn (£18bn) to help boost sales of its business software.

That is all we know for now and we will keep you updated with further news and changes, as they emerge.

Prudent Marketing Academy Deluxe+ Programme

The Marketing Coaching Programme – The Deluxe Plus Programme

  • Production of a marketing plan
  • Weekly online mentoring session (every Thursday at 12.30 pm GMT
  • New website or landing pages
  • Blog built on blogger.com and writing of a weekly blog post
  • Monthly marketing meeting
  • Social media portal, with five posts daily
  • Access to all workshops
  • Monthly copy of Raise Your Game CDs
  • Association of Prudent Marketing membership
  • Prudent Marketing newsletter
  • PPC management
  • Monthly SEO
  • Copywriting
  • Social media management
  • Weekly members-only email
  • Smart numbers (to track your marketing success)
  • Grow Your Business With Referral CD programme
  • Marketing appraisals
  • Marketing audits and checklists
  • Business planning software
  • Business planning day
  • Website management service
  • Prudent Marketing folder
  • Branding review and production of brand guidelines
  • Weekly blogging
  • Infusionsoft CRM and email marketing system
  • Delivery of weekly digital marketing campaigns
  • Online Prudent Marketing programme
  • Monthly PR campaign

    Call for details

Marketing Advice Hampshire – The Three Biggest Reasons Why Marketing Fails

Marketing Advice and tipsThe Three Biggest Reasons for Marketing Failing are …

1. It never happens

In others words, the great Marketing idea, or strategy is never implemented.  For example, a lot of people tell me “I am on LinkedIn, but I don’t really use it”.  I often ask business owners – “When did you last send out an email campaign?”  The answer is often “About three months ago.”

The truth is that the word most often missing from most small businesses marketing is the word ‘CONSISTENCY‘.  In other words, doing things in a consistent and ongoing manor.

So often I see businesses who only market themselves when they are not very busy.  When they are busy they stop marketing.  I also hear business owners telling me “I can’t afford to work with you right now Steve, but as soon as more business comes in, I will give you a call.”  Do you know what?  It never happens.

Sales and marketing, or lead generation and creation, needs to be driven.  I once heard a lovely saying: “Marketing is like a wheel barrow.  Nothing happens until you push it forward”.

2. It is never measured

One of the biggest ‘sins’ in marketing is not measuring your results.  Why?  Because you can not manage what you do not measure, so if you are marketing your business using a particular strategy then you need to know whether it is working or not.  Let me ask you a question: What return on investment do you get from your website?  How much did your website cost you and how much has it made for you?  Do you even know this KPI?

You also need to consider how many people visit your website on a monthly basis and how many leads that creates.  And what is your conversion rate and life time value from those leads?

Without this step it is impossible to implement the next step – that is, improving the results that you are getting.

3. It is never improved

The third reason for marketing failure is not really failure at all; it is is lack of maximisation.  Let’s take a look at email marketing.  For example, businesses that use email marketing are generally very poor at doing so and they say email marketing does not really work.  The truth is that they have never tested it in order to improve the performance.  They could:

  • Change the headline of their emails to improve performance (I once did this for a clients and made them an extra £2.2 million on the next email that they sent out)
  • Change the copy
  • Test using plain text, as apposed to newsletter type html
  • Test using, or not using, testimonials
  • Test adding video
  • Follow up all opens and/or click-throughs
  • Add a new call to action or guarantee
  • Send the campaign to a different or new target market
  • Change the use of colour
  • etc

My point being …

Take action, measure your results and then work on improving the results that you are getting.  If you want to learn move about Prudent Marketing, then join me at one of my half-day workshops.  They are only £69 and the ROI you will get is nothing short of outstanding.  Click here for details.

Are you the best at what you do?

Marketing TrainingI have a client who is one of the best at what they do – but before they worked with me they used to see others making more money than they did and having more success.

They were not happy!

When they started out in business they knew that their business was going to be a success. They were skilled at what they did – so surely the business was guaranteed to be a booming success?

Wrong.

They had one vital skill missing.  I’ve seen it time and time again – vastly skilled people missing out because they’re not good at selling and marketing themselves.  Maybe they thought it was enough to simply be really good at what you do and that would bring you all the business you needed.

But even if you’re the best at what you do, it’s often not enough to rely on referrals and repeat business.

You will get left behind by others who are simply better at creating and converting leads; they will make more money and have a more successful business than you.

However – The Prudent Marketing Company has got something that can help you.  Find Out More …

Quotes by Peter Thomson

Marketing Advice and tipsPeter is someone I have learned loads from over the past twenty+ years.  I spent the first eight listening to Peter on tape (yes I am that old!) and then on CD.  When we eventually met, it was really strange to speak to someone to whom I had listened so much.  We have since become good friends and I continue to learn from Peter, even to this day.

Two of the sayings I always remember from Peter are:

“Another day older is another day colder”

In other words, imagine that you fill out a web form asking someone to call you as you want to buy their service – and three days later, they still haven’t called you.  Has that ever happened to you?  I know it’s happened to me – LOTS!  On the other hand, Peter says: “Speed stuns”.  Imagine if, on the next website you visit, you fill out their form and they call you within ten minutes.  Which one are you going to buy?

Peter’s second saying is:

“Keep going until they die or buy.”

Now I am sure he was speaking slightly tongue in cheek, but today I won business from someone who first got on to my list three years ago.  I have been marketing to him for those three years and in that time he must have had hundreds of emails from me until, eventually, three years later he decides to become a client.  How often would your business continue marketing to him?

Most of the business people that I meet follow up via email, make a sales call, follow that up with another email and then add them to the quarterly newsletter.  That is simply not good enough.  It is not good enough if you are serious about growing your business, creating sales and more profit.

So, follow up until they die or buy – and follow up quickly.

By the way, if you are a coach, consultant, trainer or business advisor and you want to find out more about Peter, he now spends his time helping people like you and I to become more successful.  I can fully recommend one of his workshops, or joining his 100+ Club; I am a member!  Click here for details of his website.

The Prudent Marketing World Tour

Steve Mills - Berkshire based Internet marketer

The Prudent Marketer World Tour

Right now I feel as though I am about to launch a world tour!  Well, to be honest a world tour is not quite the case, but it’s great that Prudent Marketing is in demand in many places around the world.

During the next few months I am scheduled to give talks and marketing training workshops in many far away places including:

  • Singapore
  • Vietnam
  • Dubai
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Kuwait

India is also looking promising, as is Canada.

I feel like a real globe trotter at the moment and, as I often say, “it beats Basingstoke” – or ‘Amazingstoke’, as we like to call it!  During the tour I will be providing training in:

  • Relationship Marketing
  • Social Media
  • Internet Marketing
  • YouTube
  • LinkedIn
  • And, of course, Prudent Marketing

How did I win all this business, you may be thinking?  Well, the truth is that most of it was won on LinkedIn.  To learn how to win more business from LinkedIn click here.

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