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



Business is at the centre and heart and centre of life in most of the developed world and some people view starting and promoting a successful business as an extension of themselves and; as a vehicle where they can go on and make a positive influence and difference in the world at large.

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When we look at how business has developed over time we can see that we are in a highly competitve market place and we can also see that there are so many people who have decided to startup and work in their own; small work from home businesses. This within itself is such a great thing but with that comes many challenges which we shall touch on in this article.

As a Business Marketing Strategy Consultant – one of the things that I am faced with and see in my working life is the fact that the Small and Medium Enterprise Business Owners are in fact experts at their particular field. That may be Makeup, Woodworking, Car Mechanics, Medical and the list could go on and on. Now when it comes to developing a coherent Marketing Strategy – I liken it go one opening up a restaurant and hiring a specialist to prepare the food, to wait on the tables, to serve at the bar and all of the other necessary tasks that are necessary for the smooth functioning of the eating establishment.

You can go on to compare this with all that is needed in order to develop a Strategic Business [Internet based] Marketing Strategy from which to establish ones livelihood. Based on my experience in conducting business in over 25 countries throughout Europe, the U.S. and the Far East I know tend to focus on three main components i.e.

  • Channels to Marketing
  • Marketing Categories
  • Marketing Segmentation

Before I start with anything though – I will work on developing the message that the client has to ‘say about themselves and of their product and service.

More than anything else, the small business owner is encouraged to seek out and to use the very best Business Marketing Strategy consultating services that they can; this will end up saving a lot of time not to mention the amount of monies that they will will end up not losing buy having spent the money up front on using a Strategic Consultant.

I am asked many questions about business and, now that I have my own weekly business focussed radio program, one of the questions that I am constantly asked is that of where the internet fits into ones overall business strategy. Before answering the question here, one of the main mistakes I see being made by the business owner is :-

  • Throwing up a website
  • Placing multiple Ads in Yellow Pages
  • Placing Ads in the classifieds

Not that there is anything wrong with using any and/or all of the items above but what I often see is that this is normally done without the use of a coherent Business Marketing Strategy. Unfortunately, most do not see the reason for taking time up front in order to put time [and money] into :-

  • Defining the message of your product/service
  • Working on your brand
  • Looking at Marketing Channels
  • Going through the Marketing Segmentation exercise
  • Pricing

… and, of course – the list could go on and on. The point is that large companies have qualified people in marketing departments working on these components all day long so, how important should this be for the small business owner. Of course this is business people such as myself come into play with being able to site down and to spend time with the business owner who is not skilled in marketing and to be able to help them to develop their core business marketing plans.

This is where we come to talk about the internet and how it should be viewed in the overall context of the business – I have run out of time, so will continue this in another post shortly.

What do you think ? any comments ? do let me know.

Best,

-Stephen C Campbell

Based on your definition of your strategies for …..

..(see other posts for clarifation of the above if you need to) you should be able to develop an ideal client profile.

Your Ideal Client Profile will tell you the type of person who is most likely to buy from you and with whom you are able to develop a long term relationship. The client profile will show which segment(s) of the market your client falls into along with the category of product that they prefer to purchase from you. Along with this you will understand through which marketing channel they prefer to purchase through from you.

For more informtion on business and marketing strategies visit :- http://www.businessmansencyclopaedia.com/ right now before you move onto something else.

Stephen C Campbell

During a Business Consultation where I normally spend time working on client’s Marketing Strategy I spend time

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instructing and coaching clients on Niche Marketing or Market Segmentation. Unfortunately many small businesses and solo preneurs fail to spend time to work on the Market Segmentation strategy which should form a part of their overall marketing strategy. In turn this means they often spend time selling their products or services to the wrong or an inappropriate niche in the market place.

So what does Market Segmentation entail ? To get to grips with Market Segmentation consider various ways we can segment the population i.e. by :-

  • Age
  • Race
  • Earning Capacity
  • Living Location
  • Marital Status

… and so the list can go on. Do you get the idea ? the point is that the segment of the market that you decide to sell your product or service into will determine your pricing, delivery, packaging and related strategies.

As we live in a diverse world with a global market place market segmentation or niche marketing plays a critical role in our efforts as business people and will continue to do so. In order to take your business forward keep market segmentation in your thoughts and consider this as you discuss where you plan to take your existing or new product. This will help you to make more money and to achieve the success that you have in mind for your business venture.

If you need help with your Market Segmentation or Niche Marketing strategies, get in touch and let me have your comments. You also wish to take a look at http://www.BusinessmansEncyclopaedia.com/ which is a resource I put together to help business people wherever they may be in the world.

Stephen C Campbell

Niche Marketing is one of those terms that is bounded around all of the time. The definition of niche marketing is critical when working on your marketing strategies tactics and deciding upon your fundamental niche for the working of your business.  

When working with my clients I work on the pros and cons of niche marketing during the very first session. I work with them closely on their defining their business and developing marketing strategies with a focus on their Ideal Client Profile.

It is indeed critical to define which segment of the market each of your product and service fits into, this in turn will lead to finding, attracting and attaining your target. The reality is that, niche marketing is critical to your business success. 

Thanks for reading, let me know if you have any comments.

Stephen C Campbell