October 7, 2021
With the odd exception, every business has some sort of online presence. Whilst this may not involve a full e-commerce offering, the web is critical to all businesses these days. As a critical element in communicating with your target audience your use of technology needs to be a fully integrated part of your business rather than simply a technical issue.
In this episode, we talk about the difference between e-Commerce & e-Business, and the importance of a joint up approach to technology throughout the sales & marketing process.
September 23, 2021
Few, if any businesses can ignore the web. Virtually every business has an e-business element. In our new podcast series, we are talking e-business and how to make technology work for you.
While e-commerce is about taking orders online, shopping carts etc, the term e-business is much broader. It's about how you leverage technology. Even if most of your transactions are offline, you will be using web technologies to benefit your company more than you realise. Starting with a focus on e-commerce, series five of out podcast looks at how to maximise the benefits, and minimise the pain of using technology in your business.
July 1, 2021
In the last of our step-by-step planning series, we look at how to make your process sustainable. Making a plan and implementing ideas can be easy but sustaining that process for long periods is one of the more challenging things in marketing. An advertising campaign, such as a mail shot or publication, is one individual event at a point in time, but covering an entire timeline, 2-3 months in advance, with regular and repeated events, is what makes it sustainable.
June 17, 2021
Many small business owners state they are too busy working in their business to work on their business but, without that necessary management, success is largely down to luck. That brings us to the second M in our PIMMS process: managing. Managing on an ongoing basis is the essence of running a business and the heart of helping it grow. Instead of spending so long on the day-to-day tasks, time needs to be put aside to evaluate whether it's delivering what you want. You can only manage a plan if you plan to manage.
June 3, 2021
In the next step of the marketing process, we move on to monitoring. Looking from a long-term perspective, you need to track activity to ensure it's having an impact and going the direction you desire. Thanks to developments of the internet as a marketing tool, it's possible to obtain real-time numbers, check engagement and discover where your value lies. But delving into analytics can be a double-edged sword, with data overload potentially causing you to lose focus on your goals.
May 20, 2021
Looking at managing marketing processes using our PIMMS method, the I stands for implementation. There is a divide between planning and implementation as, so often, people are fixated on the former and never get round to the latter. It's very easy to believe a plan needs to be perfect to guarantee success but, as is the nature of marketing, some things are bound to fail and the key is making sure enough succeeds to offset those failures. Implementing a plan is not about the absolutes of success: it's about trying, learning then iterating.
May 6, 2021
We touched upon planning in our previous podcast, but we consider it so important, we're devoting an entire series on the subject. Planning is a very important part of the business management & development process, and we want to look at the concept of not only creating a practical plan, but its implementation and ensuring it materialises. It's incredibly easy to form a plan but there are dangers of focusing so much on its creation, that considering how it will be made into a reality, and therefore worthwhile, is oft-forgotten. This is why we created the acronym PIMMS (Plan, Implement, Monitor, Manage, Sustain).
April 22, 2021
In the final episode of our 'Bridging the Gap' series, we emphasise the importance of planning. As the old saying goes, "to fail to plan is to plan to fail", and without a focus or sense of direction, success often comes down to luck. And, despite plans being considered so crucial, people commonly sidetrack and forget about theirs. Why?
Many might complain about being too busy, but sometimes time needs to be taken to work not just in the business but on it. To sustain your plan and monitor its progress, information needs to be readily available to the entire company - this is where technology can assist.
April 8, 2021
As the essence of business, analytics allow you to connect your marketing objectives with reality. But, critical as they may be, not everyone uses them as effectively as they might. While businesses may be well-versed in the analysing accounts to monitor the performance of the business as a whole, Fewer take advantage of how marketing analytics give better control and management of your marketing process.
In this weeks podcast we explore this issue and look at how best to use Marketing analytics.
March 25, 2021
In the age of social media, email has taken a backseat, with many considering it old-fashioned. When it first arrived on the scene email marketing was horribly spammed and has had a stigma attached to it ever since, however, like with any communication, when used thoughtfully and respectfully it can actually be one of the most powerful marketing tools.