What can we learn about sales and marketing from legendary sportsman Captain Blood?

For those of you who know me beyond my business pursuits, you will know that – like 100,000 other Australians – one of my passions is Australian Rules Football (to my American friends: no, this is not rugby) and one club in particular: The mighty Tigers – the Richmond football club. In our history, we’ve produced many great champions but probably the greatest of all is the legendary Captain Blood himself, Jack Dyer. Dyer was renowned for being one of the toughest men ever to play the game. Why Captain Blood, you ask? Well I answer you READ MORE

2020-10-16T15:18:25+11:00By |Sales|

An outsourced design specialist dumbs down design: 5 tips for making your DIY design better

Let’s start by saying that design is definitely not something you want to go halves on. It’s a vital part of marketing and great design requires professional work. But we also need to be realistic. Even though professional design is ideal, we all know it’s not always possible. When it comes to a quick social post or maybe a last-minute PowerPoint presentation, if you don’t have an internal designer or outsourced design service (or time enough to find one), a DIY job can sometimes be enough. With tools like Canva at our fingertips, more and more people READ MORE

2020-10-15T11:01:36+11:00By |Tactics|

From good to great: Five ways to boost your email marketing efforts

A lot of work goes into your email marketing, so you want to make sure you get a return on effort (and investment) by having it reach as many of your prospects as possible. But think about your own inbox – how many emails do you get a day? How many do you delete without even opening? When you think about how little you spend considering each message in your inbox, it’ll give you a good idea of just how little time and opportunity you have to catch your audience’s attention. That’s not to say you shouldn’t READ MORE

2020-09-30T16:42:55+10:00By |Tactics|

Marketing on a Budget: What to keep and what to cut

Why is it that marketing is one of the first things to get cut when budgets tighten? The conception amongst B2B business owners is that positioning is a long game and that demand response is low, so taking a hiatus from both forms of marketing won’t make much difference. You could be forgiven for thinking too, in the current climate where online traffic has increased, we're 'over'; webinars again, and content creation is reaching saturation point, that your voice would be drowned out in the digital noise anyway. Sure, customers are reducing spending on 'non-essentials' so minimising READ MORE

2020-10-10T11:28:57+11:00By |Strategy|

Is it worth advertising on search engines other than Google?

Google is, without a doubt, the most used search platform in the world. It sees about 7 billion searches every day, and has become such an integral part of everyday life that it’s transformed from a noun to a verb. The answer to any questions these days? “Google it”. Because Google has the monopoly on search engines, it seems like the obvious place to put an advertisement. Google search and display ads are popular tactics amongst all kinds of businesses. With 86% of the market using Google, your ads have the chance to get in front of READ MORE

2020-09-11T15:15:43+10:00By |Tactics|

Finding rhythm: When’s the right time to talk to your buyer?

When a buyer is ready to talk, we need to talk with them right away. And if they’re not, we need to follow up. But what is the right cadence? How quickly should I follow up? How quickly should my next and my next and my next correspondence be? How many should there be? Landing the right cadence - That's what we're going to explore in this month’s blog. Timing is everything When you say something is just as important as what you say. Imagine you've been used to receiving emails every month notifying you about a READ MORE

2020-08-18T07:58:11+10:00By |Evergreen, Velocity|

How to Recover from a Marketing Mistake

In marketing, we all make mistakes. So much of our work is automated that it's really easy for them to happen. Nevertheless, it's not about whether you do or don’t make a mistake, but how well you recover. That's what I want to talk about today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUVgj22LGFM&t=3s Not all mistakes were created equal I think it helps to separate mistakes: There are simple mistakes, things like, “Hi Firstname.” Frankly, we’ve all done it. It’s embarrassing when it happens and awful when you do it for a customer – as we did a couple of months ago. It READ MORE

Why email newsletters don’t work [video]

Email newsletters don't work. That might be an unpopular opinion-  but it's true! Email newsletters are poor marketing tactics, simply because your inactive buyers don't care about your new features, your recent wins, or your stellar hiring decisions. They simply don't care about your news. This isn't a recent change. Email newsletters have never been a good tactic for the reasons I explained. But email marketing can be your most powerful tactic. The difference? Well, it's the content, of course. https://www.youtube.com/embed/P7G3uTjZrT0 Why email newsletters don’t work Flip your perspective just for a moment. Become one of READ MORE

3 ways to use personalised video as a marketing tactic

With so much of our marketing automated these days, how do you become really, really personal? I'm going to show you how to get very personal with your market today using  personalised video. Three ways to use personalised video as a marketing tactic: You’re talking to a prospect and you want to show that you’ve done your homework, you really understand them, things that they’re trying to deal with, and you wanted to appeal very personally to earn the right to a meeting with a high-quality target, or high-value target.  A "how to" video using screen share. READ MORE

Never copy marketing tactics

Should you copy marketing tactics from a competitor or your own past successes? The answer is categorically "no", and I'll show you why. I'll also show you how to build a tailored campaign based on your unique market segments instead! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2xVxeaWhOE We all learn from each other, and the more experience you accumulate, the more value you bring to your company. So, copying is inevitable. Today I'm going to show you two strategy examples that show why copying marketing tactics - at least copying in their entirety, is not the way to go. Who matters just as much READ MORE