The combination of blogs and social media have transformed publishing and communication beyond recognition in the past 2-3 years. This excellent post by Rajesh Setty, an entrepreneur, author and speaker based in Silicon Valley, was originally featured by Jamie Turner on his excellent blog 60secondmarketer.com. It was republished there with Mr Setty’s permission. The post is called […]
The ability to influence and persuade others is a critical skill if you’re in business. Some people seem to have an inborn ability to influence others. Those lucky few, who appear able to very skilfully and elegantly engage others are often unable to explain how they have come to possess such an important and essential business skill. But if we consider influence as a science, something else happens: something much more empowering and efficient.
The seven critical skills that make the US president so influential. Barack Obama is undoubtedly one of the greatest influencers of modern times. His accomplishment in going from a relative unknown to the most talked about person on the planet in less than 18 months provides a lot of valuable lessons to anyone marketing a product, service or person
If you’re in business you need to understand the nature of the people born between the early 1980’s and the mid 1990’s, who now make up approximately 20 per cent of the workforce and are vital to our economic future. This fascinating article on Generation Y was written by Dr Charles Woodruffe of business psychology consultancy Human Assets Ltd
Pecha Kucha is a presentation method, developed in Japan, that is reputed to improve audience attention. It is a method of presenting that ensures both content and length are kept short and to the point, hence the claim of ending the nightmare we’ve all experienced – death by PowerPoint.
Skip Weisman of Weisman Success Resources Inc., recently paid me the great compliment of writing the following post in his Champion Organizations blog, writes Robert Clay of Marketing Wizdom. It was inspired, he says, by a post I had previously written: Why 8% of sales people get 80% of the sales. I read it, liked it […]
The story that follows shows you what phenomenal results you can achieve once you start to truly appreciate yourself and/or your products and services. It comes from Bernadette Doyle, Ireland’s leading marketing maven. I liked it so much that I asked her permission to reproduce it here in its entirety for you to read, and […]
In my seminars and workshops I’ve referred for years to a couple of “million dollar” copywriting tips which, at a stroke, can dramatically transform the effectiveness of everything you write. Both tips are incredibly simple and easy to apply, but less than one in a hundred written pieces even begins to get them right. My first tip is to write as you speak. Be you. Use everyday language. Give your writing a human voice … and let your passion shine through. My second copywriting tip—a golden rule for effective direct response copywriting—is such a simple concept, yet it will have a profound impact on how your written communications are received […]
If you’re in business there’s a good chance that you’re either a member of LinkedIn, or have at least been invited at some point to join. Lot’s of people join LinkedIn but really don’t really understand what it is for; how to use it; what it’s good for; what the benefits are; or how to leverage it. The aim of this post is to give you a simple understanding of what LinkedIn can do for you and get you up to speed quickly on the absolute basics to save you time when you use this powerful online networking tool […]
Identifying prime prospects for your product, service or expertise can be like searching for a needle in a haystack. But that’s an easy challenge to overcome when you employ “Packaged information offers” in an effective manner, writes Robert Clay of Marketing Wizdom. Packaged information offers are one of my all-time favourite low-risk/high-return strategies for generating […]
A client who buys a hundred times is many times more valuable to you than someone who only ever buys from you once, writes Robert Clay of Marketing Wizdom. As obvious as this should be, in most cases when someone carries out a business transaction for the first time the businesses concerned just wait passively […]
Discounting can kill your business. Few business leaders or entrepreneurs realise that the biggest cost in their business can be something that doesn’t even show up in their accounts. When you’re doing a lot less business than you should be doing, it’s all too easy to push the panic button and offer discounts just to get more people through the door. In most cases these discounts make no difference to the number of people who come through the door. But even if they do, these, or any other form of discounting, can turn into a serious and very expensive mistake […]
Move upmarket if you want to become more successful. Not so long ago Tesco was regarded as a downmarket “Pile ’em high, sell ’em cheap?” outfit, writes Robert Clay of Marketing Wizdom. I know people who wouldn’t have been seen dead going into a Tesco supermarket. If they HAD to go into one they’d park […]
The concept of acquiring new customers at a breakeven or slight loss sounds crazy to some people, writes Robert Clay of Marketing Wizdom. Why would you even want to do it? After all, staying in business requires you to make a profit on every sale … or does it? Acquiring new customers at a breakeven […]
The time to innovate is now. It is widely understood that the current global economic downturn is one of the most severe of the past 100 years, writes Robert Clay of Marketing Wizdom. While some believe that people (and the media) talked the downturn into existence, the realities must still be acknowledged. Major banks and […]
Nearly one billion people use Google to search for an untold range of topics. No other advertising medium draws such a vast crowd. This article explains the benefits of sing paid search, and the basics of setting up Google AdWords campaigns.
Since Google AdWords was launched in 2002 the face of advertising has been changed almost beyond recognition, writes Robert Clay of Marketing Wizdom. Using AdWords it’s possible to achieve things today that could hardly be imagined just ten years ago. When Google was founded in 1997, the “big boys” in internet search like Yahoo, AltaVista […]
Successful marketers tell a compelling story, and that story creates word-of-mouth. They don’t talk about features or even benefits. They tell a story that we intuitively embrace, buy into, then pass on to other people, writes Robert Clay of Marketing Wizdom. Companies go from start-up to market leadership through the correct use of stories. By articulating […]