Marketing training programs are essential to businesses given that marketing is the heart and soul of any organisation.

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In addition to this, taking into consideration that we are living in tough economic times where there is a constant battle going on for the products and services of the organisation in question to get noticed by the end user customer.

With budgets being cut in all areas of businesses, executives realise that the amount of attention and focus that is put on marketing training programs has a direct bearing on product sales and revenue generation. Whilst executing the marketing training programs that I provide and working with company leaders and personnel directly we can see various trends within most organisations.

One trend is the danger of continuing to do what has always been done, this is where credit has to be given to managers who continue to make monies available for staff at all levels within the organisation to attend marketing seminars and workshops. Of course, it is important to make sure that the appropriate marketing training provider is chosen to be able to provide relevant perspective and challenging questions and comments to the attendees.

Indeed, it is the diversity of thought and perspective gained from paying attention not only to the industry in which we work but by also looking at works in other industries and applying specific principles to our organisation. This is where a skilled marketing trainer with a varied background, education and experience can be worth their weight in gold to any organisation and contribute to generating extra revenues and acquiring new customers and holding onto existing ones.

If your organisation is stalling or suffering from doing the same things over and over again, could it be that paying attention to existing marketing strategies and well as …

  • Developing Marketing Channels
  • Ideal Client Profiles
  • Understanding the Contribution Margins with Distributors
  • Developing New Marketing Categories …

… help towards the overall development of the business ?

Always interested in knowing what you think – make a comment or hit the contact tab above.

-Stephen C Campbell

 

 

For you reading this post and familiar with my writings, you will know that this topic of the use of external marketing, business strategy consultants is one that is dear to my heart.

With the current state of the economy and no immediate signs of an impending upturn, corporations are having to slash budgets and in many cases make many key individuals with very specific skills leave the company.

This is where I see in the near future the use of corporate business strategy consultants [such as myself] becoming more and more in demand as companies look for that vital input of skills and strategies.

The problem that businesses face of cours is that of needing a particular role fulfilled and, not having the time to train staff to be able to perform that role. In these instances will turn increasingly to external expertise.

The beauty of using external expertise is the vast amount of perspective, knowledge and experience that they bring. Also, I have found one great advantage being that I often come having worked in multiple industries whereas we see that typically an executive may have been with one company and in that industry for over a decade.

This perceived strength I have found, is something that in fact acts as a weakness as consultants are able to use strategies and tactics from other industries, modify them and bring benefit to completely different industries.

If you are a manager, person of influence, agency executive maybe looking for someone to help kick start a particular business circumstance, consider this post and – I’d be more that interested in hearing your perspective.

To your success,

-Stephen C Campbell

Now that you are convinced of the need for multi channel marketing, you should consider all of the different options available and how they might be useful to you.

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First, there are the more traditional print marketing strategies, such as

  • direct mailings
  • inserts in various papers
  • magazines
  • catalog ads

Next, you can do email marketing campaigns. You can use your customer database, or you can use squeeze pages to get potential new clients to market to. You can also use co registration or advertise on other people’s newsletters.

Another big trend is to use social media, either by placing advertisements or adding blogs or videos. You can join different networks as well to get your company name out there.

Search engine marketing is another common strategy. You want to do things that will get your website listed near the top of the results through various SEO techniques, as well as using RSS feeds, pay-per-click campaigns, link building campaigns, and tagging.

Radio and television ads can also be used, including short or long ads or infomercials.

Take advantage of free and paid public relations opportunities, and use inbound and outbound sales calls and teleconferences as well in order to market your product.

Joint ventures with other companies that offer complimentary products can also be of great benefit.

You will have access to their customer databases and marketing efforts as well as your own, and as long as the products are complimentary you should be able to increase your sales since the target audience of both products should be similar.

It is a great way to reach new people that are likely to be interested in what you have to offer.

The options listed above are just a few of the opportunities you can take advantage of in order to set up your multi channel marketing campaign.

london internet marketing

When we look at the overall economy of the united kingdom it is amazing to consider how much revenue is generated in London alone and; the amount of businesses that are starting up on a weekly basis.

Now – we do know that many businesses have readily understood how critical it is to make full use of the internet as a marketing channel which has lead to the demand for london internet marketing consultants.

Business owners who are looking for products and services turn to the internet in order to make their initial assessments, on the other hand corporates, small businesses and work from home organisations are doing all that they can in order to deliver their message via the internet to their chosen target market.

With all that has been said, it is unfortunate that for some and internet marketing strategy is not much more that having a pretty looking website, this is where making sure that making full use of the skills and competencies of a professional who can demonstrate their expertise in using the internet as a marketing channel comes into play.

As well as developing coherent go to marketing business strategies, we are able to integrate the internet and all of its components into your :-

  • Branding message
  • Marketing channel strategy
  • Category marketing options
  • Pricing
  • Ideal client profiling
  • Distribution channels

… and all of other possible components needed to develop an ongoing marketing strategy.

As you read this post, consider your need of some of the services that we are able to bring to your business in terms of kick starting your day to day activities through the development of your internet marketing based business marketing strategy.

As always, any thoughts or comments ? Get in touch.

-Stephen C Campbell

As we all know, business strategies rank as one of the most searched phrases of all time in any given search engine. This is due to the fact that most of us are desperate enough to try all kinds of business strategies.

After all, business strategies help us ensure that our business is running well, and that they are the best they can be. Business strategies help us maximize the profit, while helping us with the budgeting and give us tips on how to set up a business and as well as how to maintain it.

This article will focus on business strategies for small businesses, that’s because, they are pretty common.

  • One of the more effective business strategies, for small and even big businesses, is be creative. Do not just stick with the common small business located in your area. Be creative. Think of a business that you can start with a small budget, but you can gradually upgrade and will be profitable. Typing jobs are okay. You can also set-up a printing shop.
  • Be wary of your surroundings. Take note of the other small business located in your area. Write all of them down, and see which are the most common, which have the most customers and hence, most profit, and which are the least common. This list will help you on what kind of small business that you should set up.
  • Be courteous, kind and friendly with your customers. If you have already setup your small business, doing all these three things I’ve mentioned will make sure that your customers will be coming back to you because of your pleasing personality. It also helps to always interact with your customers.
  • Do more than what is expected. Give your all. Give it your 110%. This is because doing more than what is expected will make sure that your customers will be pleased with your works. This is important in printing shops, typing jobs and even small business related to food.

 

Taking note of these seemingly simple action points will serve you well as you look to take your business forward.

 

 

 

Businesses of all sizes are looking to make use of the very best marketing consultants given that we are living in tough economic times. It has been said numerous times for good reason that ‘the heart and soul of business is the sales and marketing function’.

The fact is that making the desired end user customers aware of the products and services that the organisation has to offer is key in the first step for a successful business, to do this appropriate markerting channels need to the made use of.

Assuming the targets decide to purchase – the necessary and most efficient sales channels will then need to be employed to enable the marketplace to be able to purchase as many of the organisation’s products and services as possible.

Above are some of the necessities of ensuring the success of organisations and why the best marketing consultants are always in demand. As companies spend their time executing previously devised plans – there is often not the time and urgency to focus on developing key go to market strategies that will at times take the company in different directions.

It is for the reason above that it will continue to make sense for companies to seek outside help that can bring a much needed perspective that will act as :-

  • a catalyst for change
  • business growth
  • increeased revenues
  • better customer understanding

The bullets points above are some of the benefits that skilled business marketing strategy consultants can bring to any company.

Depending where your business stands today in its development, it may be that you can do your business a huge favour by making use of the services of a marketing consultant, work with them for a few months which can results in many millions of benefit in the long run.

Of course, as this is my profession – you could say that I am biased, however – the facts are there to speak for themselves. Sometime – "we don’t know what we don’t know" that of course goes for any area in life but for the purpose of this discussion; the application to the development of business is the main point.

Any questions ? don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Best,

-Stephen C Campbell

 

Recently the business week top 50 companies in terms of business innovation list was released which made interesting reading. As a Business Marketing Strategy Consultant I took a look at the list to see what the key learnings were for me to take and to incorporate into my day to day Consulting, Speaking and Training

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activities. For businesses of all sizes, Small and Medium Enterprises as well as large Corporates – we can see that those companies that did not rest on their laurels are the ones that surge forward.

One of the key trends was that of the increase in Asia companies such as :

  • China’s high speed bullet trains
  • China’s wind turbines
  • South Korea’s Hyundai
  • South Korea’s LG Electronics

Having worked with Far Eastern companies for many years and having experienced the privilege of residing and managing in the region for a few years I have witnessed first hand the high levels of intelligence and dedication that is to be found in such countries. Rapidly learning from the best practices found in the west and adding where appropriate in order to develop and grown their own brand into global powerhouses.

Herein is the key learning from this post – keep reading, studying, learning and applying new ideas to your business. This applies to managers from large corporates to the small SME and the location in the world that one is operating in does not matter.

HTC were a contract manufacturer for many years for …

  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • Verizon
  • NTT Docomo
  • T Mobile
  • Sprint Nextel

… and learnt from their experiences where we now see the HTC brand standing alone as a quality, sought after brand with a specific message.

To end with this theme of innovation, the question I’d like you to consider is – what are you doing different in your business from what you were doing three months ago ?? Are you implementing specific key innovation strategies, making use of the new technologies and trying new things to reach your clients and to establish exactly what your message is in the crowded marketplace that we can see all around us.

We can all innovate starting by making a list of where we are today, where we want to get to and determining how we are going to get there. To close – I would like you to never underestimate the power of outside consulting expertise to help to get where you wish to get to in as fast as time as possible.

We will speak more about innovation in another posting – for now, don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any comments or would like to talk about business consulting in general.

Best,

-Stephen C Campbell






top ten business books

As a Business Marketing Strategy Consultant and Seminar Trainer – I work with businesses from a wide range of Business Sectors including …

  • Technology
  • Frequently Manufactured Consumer Goods
  • Beauty
  • Health and Wellness

                                      … and have to come up with developing and taking apart and putting back together Business Marketing Strategies and Tactics that corporations make use of to take their business to the next level. In essence I take all the lessons that I have learnt from working in over twenty countries throughout the world and working with companies such as …

  • Fujitsu
  • NEC
  • JC Decaux
  • Proctor and Gamble
  • Amazing Harmony
  • Hewlett Packard
  • British Telecommunications

                                   …. and conducting business with these companies in countries including …

  • United States
  • France
  • Germany
  • United Kingdom
  • Switzerland
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan

                                    … as well as – reading, reading, reading, reading. I read business books all the time and take from the best Business Marketing Strategies and add to my own personal internal library. The combination and education and experience enable me to comment on the spot and develop strategies for topics such as …

  • Channel Marketing
  • Ideal Client Profiling
  • Marketing Segmentation
  • Pricing Strategies

                            …. and so much more. So there you go, I read and study A LOT with a view to being excellent as an Internet Business Marketing Strategy consultant and; here  is a list of ten books that I recommend that you can take and devour to improve your Marketing Strategy skills.

Stephen C Campbell

 


Name Company Notes
 Jay Abraham

jay abraham

9 Ways to Move Your Business from Stagnation to Stunning Growth InTough Economic Times

 

Stephen Pierce

stephen pierce A great resource from someone who has been there and done it – from nothing
 David Abingdon

david abingdon a treasure trove of a book crammed full of time-tested strategies and techniques to help you to get more customers, get more out of your customers and to keep them coming back for more.
 Abigail M. Thernstrom

 

Abigail M. Thernstrom The racial gap in academic performance between whites and Asians, on the one hand, and Latinos and blacks, on the other hand, is America’s most urgent educational problem.
Dan Kennedy

Dan Kennedy Dan Kennedy Takes Business Owners from Recession Warriors to New Economy Entrepreneurs
 

H W Brands

H W Brands Giants of American Business from John Jacob Astor and J.P. Morgan to Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey
Peter Drucker

Peter Drucker The Best of Sixty Years of Peter Drucker’s Essential Writings on Management
David Sandler

David Sandler The Sandler Rules: 49 Timeless Selling Principles and How to Apply Them
Richard Branson

Richard Branson In "Business Stripped Bare", Sir Richard Branson shares the inside track on his life in business and reveals the incredible truth about his most risky, brilliant and audacious deals.
 W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne

W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant



I tend to give a lecture or short talk to business owners once a month, in addition to this in my consulting work I am frequently astonished at the lack of discipline that businesses have when it comes to developing and implementing ongoing marketing strategies.

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Given that marketing [and the resultant sales] are the life and soul of every company I am continually baffled at how little time business owners pay to marketing. The title of this article is ‘small business marketing ideas’ but when talking to executives from corporates I see a tendency to continue doing what has been done in the past.

That, of course will guarantee past results ! So – what are some of ideas that business owners can start to think about in order to effect change in their organisations ? Without looking at the details of the business of the reader, I would like encourage taking a look at the field of …

  • Channel Marketing

… that it to say; stop and think about the various routes ‘Marketing Channels’ that you are currently using to …

  • a) Get your message out to prospective clients
  • b) Deliver your products and services to the end user

Take for example; some of the large supermarkets – here in the UK we have bit ‘T’, ‘S’ and ‘A’. They present their messages to us via the television, via the internet, newspapers, radio, billboards, flyers and the list can go on. In addition to this we can purchase the goods that they have on offer via the internet, via the TV or we can of course go into the store. We have described various Channels To Market that the supermarkets use to ultimately get us to purchase their goods.

Now, one of the lessons that we can learn from this is that there are / can be / should be various means / methods / techniques in use at any point in time as part of our ongoing marketing strategies. This is of course an ongoing process and something that will be developed / strategised and worked out during any business strategy consultation.

Marketing is a skill and discipline that many business owners who are experts at their particular business field often fail to appreciate – this is not something is done when it comes to Accounting and Finance and Manufacturing, the expert is normally called in to perform these functions. Marketing is the most important part of your business – do not leave it to chance, get expert help that can help you develop an ongoing coherent strategy from which to work from.

If you have any questions about this and would like to discuss personal consulting and coaching with me Stephen C Campbell, do not hesitate to get in touch ….

 

Companies all over the world deliver products and/or services to end user clients – these customers by definition are located at the end of a marketing [distribution] channel.

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Whilst Small and Medium Enterprises and Large Corporates by definition will be using some form of distribution channel through which to deliver their products, services and messages – very often we see that they are all but doing more of the same. The recent intensive corporate training seminar that I wrote and ran for Marcus Evans Professional Training was focussed on Enhancing Channel Management Strategies to Maximise Sales Through Distributors. In essence companies face to major decision when it comes to dealing with their distribution channels :-

  • The Design of the Distribution Channel
  • The Management of the distribution Channel

… as we see that when new employees join an organisation they normally end up sitting with someone who knows how things operate within that company. They learn how things ‘have been done’ and are often judged and measured on how well they measure up to that which they have been taught. However when we look at some of the great business breakthroughs – take for example Dell migrating away from a …

  • Direct Only Distribution Channel

…. to that of one where customer can purchase their products via retail and even the television. We see that challenging the norm when it comes to dealing with distribution channels is the same as with everything else in life i.e…. Keep doing the same things and you will get the same results !!! As an Business Strategy Consultant I always aim to look if there is another way as well as looking at what is working and methods for improving on that. It is often said that one cannot change distribution channels easily or taking on new partners is fraught with danger as the existing partners will object, resist and damage the ongoing business relationship. It looks as though many companies are in fact modifying their distribution channel strategies as well as looking to manage exisiting partners and relationships more effectively. As you look to get more out of your business could it be that taking some time out to examine your current distribution channel makeup and management should be the very thing to concentrate on ?? Get in touch if you’d like some outside perspective to help you on your way in your business endeavours. Best, Stephen C Campbell [distribution channel management trainer]