It is safe to say that the majority of the existing strategies that have been developed for small businesses (SMEs) as well as some of the larger corporations were originally developed before rise and rise of the internet in our personal and professional lives.

Now we have to deal with Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Marketing, Mobile Optimized Websites as well as the widespread use of Mobile Apps. The point being that to be successful, long standing business strategies need to be modified accordingly or said another way, the online strategies that are developed need to be done so by incorporating more traditional [offline] strategies into every activity that takes place on the internet.

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We like to stress the point that it is not about ranking a video on YouTube, or even ranking a website in Google, or about how many tweets that are put out. This is how we differentiate our services to clients when it comes to working with them to develop their go to market online strategies. It all starts by understanding their core business strategies, i.e. their :-

  • Channel Marketing Strategies
  • Branding Activities
  • Distribution Channels
  • Market Segmentation
  • Category Marketing Choices
  • Lifetime Client Value
  • Unique Value Proposition

… and the list can go on and on, the point is that using the internet does not mean that these core business fundamentals change. This is why we caution businesses that even if they do not work with us, they need to vet carefully who they work with.

The person or company who is the best technically may not be the best at making sure that your business’ marketing strategy is appropriately conveyed via online internet activities in relation to your business.

So in conclusion : your business’ strategy may well need to be modified accordingly to ensure that the internet is incorporated, you as the business owner do not need to know everything about how this is done but you need to make sure that whoever you use understands marketing fundamentals as well as the ins and outs of how to incorporate the internet in the go to market strategies of any corporation.

This is our specialty which we look to continue to develop, any question, comments or thoughts, feel free to get in touch.

To your business success,

-Stephen C Campbell

During my radio program today we discussed the marketing mix [many people know this as the 4 P’s] as this was requested by one of the listeners. For those of you who are not familiar with the Marketing Mix, the 4 P’s stand for :-

  • Product
  • Price
  • Promotion
  • Place

… now when we talk about distribution channels in marketing, this topic falls under that P of Place. That is to say, where will the end user customer actually end up purchasing the product and/or service that is produced by the company in question.

If you consider a company like coca cola and how you can go almost anywhere in the world and purchase this soft drink, you can begin to get an idea of how important channels of distribution in marketing are for businesses of all sizes. Of course none of us ever purchase Coca Cola from the company itself – instead we purchase from a retailer who would have in turn purchased from one of many possible distribution channels. There can be many intermediaries in the supply chain which of course all adds to the final price paid by the end user.

In my consulting and training work – this topic of distribution channel management is continuing to be an ever important one. How is your company doing in terms of actively managing your distribution partners ?

  • Are you working in partnership ?
  • Do you know their margins ?
  • Do you know their fixed costs ?
  • Do you know how much your products are contributing to their fixed costs ??

As the price that the end user pays for a product continues to be tied to the costs incurred in getting that product to the end user, training and consulting requirements on this subject matter will rise and those companies that make the incremental necessary changes in this respect will be those that take more market share and ultimately be the ones that excel.

As always, any thoughts, comments or consulting requirements ? don’t hesitate to get in touch.

-Stephen C Campbell

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

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]