Often within organizations the question is asked (by varying sections of the workforce) “why are we bothering with Diversity”? The point being, “things have not been so bad up until this point so why divert time, energy and money into this thing called Diversity which only seems to be in existence to help certain sections of the workforce” and often can be interpreted as acting as a career progression disadvantage to the employees who come from the dominant sections of the workforce.

Today more that ever there is a need to establish the business case for Diversity and to ensure that the message is passed down throughout al levels of the organization.

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Above is a snippet of an interview between myself and Nadia Saba

Head Of Diversity for Avon & Somerset Police

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It is fair to say that Diversity is often greeted with a certain amount of skepticism and doubt, is normally ‘owned’ by the Human Resources department whose task it is to ensure that Diversity is implemented throughout the organization.

In some cases the individuals with the Human Resources who are tasked with rolling out the program may not be fully up to speed with Diversity themselves and with the root cause as to why it is essential in today business landscape to have a coherent Diversity program which is understood by all within the organization.

This is where establishing the business case for Diversity comes into play, it moves the emotional aspect out of focus and gives employees the ‘real reason why it is so important for their organization to have a coherent Diversity strategy in place i.e. it is down to the effect on the bottom line business results as the company continually strives to establish its competitive advantage over and against the other companies operating in the same market space.

More on this in an upcoming post.

Stephen C Campbell

In this wired internet age in which we live I do believe that all businesses should be and can harnessing the power of the internet to take their businesses to the next level. In particular, even if your business is a traditional off-line business, you certainly should be using the new technologies to drive customers to your off-line business.

With the rise and rise of the internet it seems that the vast majority of the posts, articles and comments are related to Internet Marketing so I have decided to make a few posts and put some documentation together on off-line marketing as most of my customers are new to the Internet Marketing age. Here I will comment on 2 simple Traditional Off-line Marketing methods, please do not think of these methods as too simple or mundane. They are very effective when done right and combined with other techniques in your marketing arsenal.

Classified Ads
This is something everyone should be testing in some form or another. It’s great for lead generations. You should still have  a strong benefit-driven headline and a clear call to action. Free reports work very well with classifieds. I have noticed that local papers (such my local Friday Ads) has an ongoing deals of booking four weeks for the price of four. Even adding more months only ends up costing a few pounds (or even less dollars!), and there is always room to barter and negotiate price if you are a regular customer. With prices like that, there’s no reason anyone with a website should not be testing ways to draw traffic to the site with Classifieds.
 
Direct Mail
Nothing beats direct response when it comes to results-driven proven advertising. And messages sent directly to your highly targeted market via direct mail can deliver a terrific return on investment (ROI) when tested properly. There’s a wealth of information on direct marketing by Michel Fortin, David Garfinkel, Gary Halbert, Dan Kennedy, and many more experts. Here are some sites where you can learn more:

http://www.successdoctor.com – Michel Fortin’s main site
http://www.world-copywriting-institute.com – David Garfinkel’s site
http://www.thegaryhalbertletter.com – Home of the Gary Halbert Letter
http://www.dankennedy.com – Dan Kennedy’s site

Do pop in again to see more on Marketing and on some of my other favorite subjects. And do let me have your comments.

Thanks,

-Steve