Where should I sell?

The meaning of Place in Marketing Where should I sell This question concerns more than the physical location of your business Place is the... More->>

Communicate widely to maximise success

When you communicate with your customers it can help you if you communicate widely too attract your target You may be familiar with the advice to... More->>

How do you put a price on your services?

Knowing how to put a fair price on your services is a key step for you to master early in your journey towards being a successful, marketing-led... More->>

Would you like to know how to get press coverage to deliver your goals?

Knowing how to get press coverage in the local and national press is an important tool in the marketing arsenal for any small business owner, at any... More->>

How to get more followers on twitter

Twitter is an extremely useful broadcast medium, which is free Knowing how to get more followers on twitter will enable you to build an audience ... More->>

How to adapt tactics to stay relevant to your customers

"Our abilities to adapt, innovate, and learn will be a key factors in resilience and recovery" Rohit Talwar and J Walker Smith , 17 Aug 2020 ... More->>

How to promote your brand’s story

Nowadays knowing how to promote your brand's story should be at the heart of your Marketing Communications activities Telling your brand’s... More->>

How to develop a brand identity

It is important for every sole proprietor to understand how to develop a brand identity and maintain it at times of disruption The... More->>

Strategies to maximise your competitive advantage in tough times

A cactus has developed its competitive advantage, in order to grow tall and strong in an arid desert Its lack of water is akin to the possibility of... More->>

7 truths about how advertising works

Learn the truth about advertising how advertising works Advertising is an important element in every Marketing Plan However, not many small... More->>

How to get value from your content

You might notice during a period of disruption in business that you have plenty of content on your website or on your shelves As business begins to... More->>

How to prepare your business to pivot

Whenever there is disruption in your marketplace, or your personal life; it is important that you're ready to pivotIt's good for your business... More->>

9 things you need to know about niche marketing

As a small business owner you'll hear many remarks about  others having a  preference for niche marketing,  but is it right for yours, or not... More->>

How to drive traffic to your website

Whenever you've spent time or money on your website  It's important that you know how to drive traffic to your website, so that you can attract new... More->>

Social media offer

Exclusive offer for Mailing list subscribers who require assistance with developing a social media plan to drive traffic to their website I will... More->>

What is social listening?

While chatting with friends and clients about my main business service, I’ve often been asked “What is social listening and how can it assist me... More->>

How to find your perfect customer after disruption

Perfect customer Introduction Finding your perfect customer is critical to effective Marketing  At all times  As the COVID-19 lockdown... More->>

Prepare for long-term growth after disruption

This week's theme is: Prepare your business for its long-term success There is a flippant saying in Marketing Strategy circles: "You can only get... More->>

Anticipate threats to your business development

Welcome back to the next stage for helping your business to continue to thrive after disruption  By now, I hope that you’ve planted the seedlings... More->>

Master the narrative for your business with PR

PR is a fundamental element in Marketing Communications planning It’s all about reputation management and is a chance to spread your message in... More->>

Keep it Quiet

How to improve your marketing when your small business is cash-strapped and time poor If you’re short of time and money, don’t give up on... More->>

How to take time out without your business suffering

The Christmas break will have been hectic yet restful for most of my readers, but as the New Year begins, how can you extract full value from the... More->>

How flexible should I be? A guide for independent service providers

This week I have been preparing ongoing contracts for several of my clients  I have been eager to tailor my offering to each one’s individual... More->>

How to defend your territory

At the start of this week, I heard that a competitor had approached a client which I am currently developing for my own business  I heard about... More->>

Is Black Friday an opportunity or a threat?

If you’re like me, you may have been overwhelmed by the amount of email traffic which is generated during November in response to the sales... More->>

Finding Customers: 3 Lessons from Penguins

Small businesses can learn from the rituals of penguins: Courtship varies among penguin species, and it generally begins with males who initiate the... More->>

How to supercharge your growth from the start

The theme of this week’s blogpost is collaboration and how you might view your “competitors”  The mindset with which you approach your... More->>

Why it’s invaluable to have an agreed marketing strategy document in a changing world

The clocks went back this weekend  Will the shorter hours of daylight affect your business  This change will mainly affect only those who work... More->>

Is good customer service as easy as it sounds?

This week has been a typical, busy week  I have been delivering a project to a client and welcoming new clients, too, while catching up on some... More->>

How to make a little go a long way; 6 tips for making your business more efficient

Bees have a limited supply of wax, so they must make the wax which they have stretch as far as possible  This is why they choose to create their... More->>

From seed to strong plant; Understanding your product’s lifecycle

After I wrote last week’s blogpost about product range management, I considered my findings for my own business I realised that one service which... More->>

The key to grow your business and enjoy it too; how to manage your product range

This week has been very busy and productive and has reminded me that no small business owner should lose sight of enjoying the venture which you... More->>

New ways to consider Packaging

There’s lots more to think about with packaging than plastic wrapping and brand name  Think about it as the means to deliver your product/service... More->>

How to sell: A guide for those who feel uncomfortable about it.

All businesses need to sell their products or services to remain commercial I’ve noticed several of my clients express unease about selling, so I... More->>

Keeping things in order; The importance of a marketing information system

This week has been all about keeping my material organised for the gradual development of my website The activity reminded me of the importance of... More->>

An introduction to marketing for small businesses

This week has been all about delivering my services to my clients  Sunflowers are also known as the “happy” flower because of their close... More->>

The small business’ introduction to pricing and discounting

This week I’ve noticed quite a few posts which have promoted discounts for products or services So, with an ‘end of summer vibe’, it’s a... More->>

Listen to these top tips on how Twitter can help you generate sales for your business to grow

This week I have reaped rewards from listening and would like to share with you my reasons for valuing social listening so highly I think that a... More->>

The seed contains the plant: four lessons for start-ups which want to grow

Last week’s blogpost addressed the topic of growth and development It concluded with a flower in bud, waiting to bloom This week I have been... More->>

Developing the business for growth

Last week I reiterated that I have applied the Ansoff matrix to identify how I plan to fill my performance gap by concentrating on two types of... More->>

Making Gap analysis work in strategic marketing planning for small businesses

Gap analysis at its simplest "is about identifying gaps and seeing how these might be filled to the profitable, long-term benefit of the... More->>

A guide for small businesses to maximise the impact of your marketing communications

Having written about Promotions last week, and thinking about what we can all learn from peacocks, I’ve spent this week developing my... More->>

Discover your inner peacock. Make promotions powerful with a strategic marketing plan

Promotions This is the final P which I introduced at the end of the previous blogpost about the P’s of the marketing mix Today I will provide you... More->>

What are the P’s of the marketing mix? Key points for small businesses to consider when implementing a strategic marketing plan.

This week, I realise that I’ve been busy with client facing work, and have therefore been considering my product, so this week’s topic is the... More->>

How to develop a healthy business skeleton with planning and control

This week, I’ve spent much of my time on physiotherapy which will strengthen my muscles and my skeleton For my business, I’ve been concentrating... More->>

An introduction to the value of making time for blue sky thinking

The series of blogposts which I write genuinely reflects the activities I’ve been doing to build my own business  I hope that if I can build a... More->>

Look inside – what would you create with what you find?: Writing courses by Charlie Bell

A list of courses and workshops I am teaching this summer and autumn HURRY! Time is running out to book Annual Weekend Writing Retreat at... More->>

Understanding your audience: An Introduction to Market Segmentation

In my last blogpost about competitor analysis I introduced the idea of segmenting the market should you choose to pursue a focus strategy whereby... More->>

Technology: friend or foe?

My last blogpost ended with the introduction of Technological, as the T in a PEST analysis, which requires more than a couple of sentences to... More->>

An introduction to the marketing tool PEST analysis for small businesses

In this blogpost l will discuss the marketing tool PEST analysis, which is used when you develop a strategic marketing plan After you have closely... More->>