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How do you research international markets?

What sources are recommended for US, UK and Asia? read more

John EustaceOwner at Bells and Whistles Marketing Pty Ltd
The answer to how you research international markets dependssolely on what it is that you want to discover. Are you interested in consumer trends, local legislation, trade incentives, licensing or distribution options, cultural preferences? There are a million factors that could be of significant to your enterprise, and they will be different in each country. If you are in Australia Austrade provide an excellent service, they have briefing documents on the market characteristics and barriers to entry on most countries and offices in almost all Australian consulates with trained staff able to provide feedback and even set up appointments for you.
Prosper TaruvingaDigital Marketing Expert at Livelong Digital Pty Ltd
You can use various internet sources or your trade magazines, following the trends in your sector – especially keeping abreast of what is happening internationally – will help you build the right knowledge base.General current affairs publications that provide economic analysis will also help you see the big picture and where future demand is likely to be in those areas. Also, you cannot underestimate tapping into your network and talking to your business contacts, especially people in the region you are looking to get into. And don't hesitate in approaching new ones; those accidental encounters that open doors are a reality for many businesses.The more costly option is to outsource your market research. You could consider hiring a market analyst or a consultant who will have the right knowledge, experience and specialism in the industry or a particular market you are looking to expand into. They will help you assess its attractiveness and potential. Big businesses rely on these as a matter of course, but they may not always be an affordable option for smaller businesses.The lower cost option is clearly to do the research yourself (in fact, market research is most commonly conducted by entrepreneurs this way), although this will of course place bigger demands on your time. That said, if you do choose to do the work yourself, you could approach a whole network of International trade offices across the world that may help you generate the right contact leads, give you an overview of the market or help familiarise you with the legislative requirements.If you are looking to test the market more seriously, trade shows can be one of the most effective ways to showcase your business, meet buyers and distributors and conduct some face-to-face market research with customers.Hope this helps?
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Is PR worth doing for small businesses?

Kate Yeng at Assignment Help
PR is important for the Small businesses to expand their reach and promote their services to the large pool of audience, for example if you are looking to serve customers beyond numerous cities, release a press to promote as you are not doing a common thing, i just post a press release explore it here http://bizpr.co/2016/09/28/get-trending-statistical-techniques-data-collection/
Tom ValcanisOwner at I Sell Words
Depends what you mean by PR - if you're a business that makes, let's say industrial rope - then clogging editors' and journalists' inboxes with releases about rope day in, day out won't help you any.However, if you're creative and you can pitch interesting stats or insights into rope to an industry publication; let's say RopeBlogger - then that's worth a bit more.With any good PR campaign, you have to look at who you are targeting, what return you're looking for (goodwill? brand recognition? sales?) and how you can measure your investment (with time or money.)
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Plastic Lockers, ABS Lockers Manufacturer - China Top Lockers

ABS Plastic Lockers Manufacturer Co., Ltd.: professional plastic locker manufacturer in China, ABS... read more

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The Google App that dethroned PokemonGo

It’s a day I thought I’d never see…PokemonGo dethroned by a Google App. While the augmented reality... read more

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Sounds like I need to check it out. Thanks for sharing.
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What is BRANDING?

Brian MallyonOwner at Luckypole Limited
For me, branding, as it relates to business is entirely a matter of how I/my company is perceived by my customer.My name, my logo etc. can be branded onto a product or a letterhead to show my name, but it is what my company does, and how it does it, that is the brand.I know it is relevant to larger companies, but, despite people who design logos telling me they are important, I am still not convinced they are as important for small companies. Can't recall anyone ever telling me they saw my company logo and decided to make contact.Likewise, there is a comment above about branding for Nike vs Adidas. I wouldn't have a clue what the culture or purpose is of either, or how one differs from the other, I tend to buy Adidas because they fit my feet better. There is no message that makes me prefer one over the other for anything other than practical reasons, and I have bought both brandnames. It then becomes an issue of whether I am the target market for either Nike or Adidas and hiow they respond to me. And you know when your branding is working because instead of someone saying they are off to buy a pair of shoes, they say, I am off to get some new Nike's/Addidas, or instead of buying a phone, they are off to get the latest iPhone.
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
My answer is a bit of a different take on branding. Branding is a complex topic because it literally involves all aspects of your business (whether you believe that or not).So, why is branding so tricky? You don't and can't control everything (seriously, you just can't). But let that be empowering not intimidating.Branding is:Your Business NameYour company logoYour company's color paletteYour company's tone / voice (serious, playful, sarcastic, etc.)How your business is different than competitors (on purpose)The audience or customers you are targetingYour pricing structureYour internal company trainingWhat your customers are saying about your companyHow you act on customer feedbackHow involved you want customers to be (customer engagement)How you handle a crisis or bad publicityNothing from the above list on its own is "the brand" they are only pieces. The sum is always greater than the individual parts. The strongest brands are the ones that spend time and energy on all of the above topics. They are also the most adaptable to change as technology, economy, political and customer needs ebb and flow.
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Does anyone use Springbot? Is it good?

It sounds good but I'm just wondering if there's a better alternative before signing up. read more

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An Online Survey, have your say and help me understand you (my customer) better

Hi All, I am conducting a  short survey and would love anyone and everyone to participate. If I... read more

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Steve OsborneOwner at Smarthinking
Recently shopped at Harvey Norman for new kitchen appliances: wall oven, stove top, dishwasher. My responses:1. a2. a3. aProcess could not have been easier. We got exactly what we needed, at a price we were happy with, with no upsell sales pitch.
I'm a techie so I do all my research before I buy anything. By the time I get to the store, I already know exactly what I want.
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Would you advertise in LinkedIn or is it purely sharing knowledge, relationship building, networking etc?

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Brian MallyonOwner at Luckypole Limited
I use LI as a tool to locate potential people who I consider appropriate to network with and form business relationships with.For me, advertising on there doesn't do that, simply because I see it as a networking site rather one of "selling". As with Steven, I have never clicked.on an ad.Every new customer I have got from LinkedIn has been through contact, discussion, imparting knowledge etc. All things that consisted of personal time and effort, rather than placing an ad.And, although I am including my experiences only, I have found that the more time and effort the better the reward. As soon as I slacken off, so does any result, sometimes significantly.
Steven FreemanOwner at Evolved Sound
LinkedIn is getting to be a very noisy space. Can't say I have ever clicked on a paid ad within, so it may be worth finding some stats on conversion rates in your industry compared to others PPC advertising options.
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Why would you hire a copywriter?

Tom ValcanisOwner at I Sell Words
I am a copywriter, and I could ask myself "Why would I hire an accountant?" Because I'm terrified of numbers. If writing makes you shudder, that's why - on a very basic level, of course!
One of the largest issues is the fact that many (doubtless most) business owners can’t readily see the value of a good copywriter until they have experienced the results that can be achieved. Megan’s first comment was very true, an objective view is usually able to see through the ubiquitous me- too clichéd nonsense that forms most DIY copy.The signs are very obvious usually stating that they are “a leader” in something or other, are “passionate” about their business, are “customer focussed” and offer “complete solutions!” Paragraphs invariably begin with the word “We,” are concerned with how long they have been in business and the expertise of their friendly staff.DIY copy is almost invariably all about the author, rarely about the reader and usually devoid of any discernible marketing value. This may sound harsh, but I have been introducing all my clients to the fact that nobody genuinely cares about them or the product/service they offer for the last 40 years. Never lose sight of the fact Marko that people only care about what is in it for them. Therefore, an accomplished copywriter will be able to convince your readers that what you have will deliver precisely the thing they most desire! That is why you would hire a copywriter!
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Any great tips on how you prepare the day before presenting a live event?

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Has anyone ever ran an advertising campaign on a local radio station or at the local movie house?

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Is there a rule about using google images for flyer advertising?

Steve OsborneOwner at Smarthinking
Yes. The rule is: don't do it.If you do not own the image, it is not yours to use.See above answers for copyright-free alternatives.
Philip BrookesOwner at Aktiv Tactics
Images found via a Google search or any other method are all subject to the same copyright laws. Some people will distribute their images with a Creative Commons license, of specific usage rights. If it's clear that their license terms permit you to use the image for the purpose you intend, then go ahead (you may need, for example, to include an acknowledgement of the source of the image). In some cases you may just need to email the owner and request permission. But commercial images need to be purchased - this involves finding how they're distributed and paying the required license fee. You'll find a lot of images on the web come from stock image libraries like Shutterstock, iStockPhoto, Getty Images, Dreamstime, etc... There are quite a few low cost options, so there's really no need to risk using someone's images without permission.
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Has anyone used cinema advertising for their business?

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Cinema advertising can be most effective for developing andmaintaining local awareness. If your business is easily accessible to individuals who attend the screen/s you advertise on. Cinema awareness campaigns are essentially a long game and continuity is therefore important. Most people won’t remember a single ad but will eventually become familiar with your brand and offer after multiple trips to the cinema. Prior to committing to a cinema campaign it is always worthwhile to visit the screen look at the patrons – are they really your target audience? Check out who is currently advertising and call them all to see if they will be renewing their subscription and what level/value of business they are able to associate with their cinema advertising.
Sputnik Sputnik
Sure. The choice of media usually depends on a few different factors and can be unique to each business.On the upside, you have a captive audience (assuming they arrive while the ads are on), they can't flick channels etc. It's also good for location based businesses that are nearby a cinema. (A meal afterwards etc) Or good for targeting certain groups of people who watch certain kinds of films if you are able to do that.On the downside, people aren't usually in buying mode right before a film and have likely forgotten about your ad 2 hours later when they walk out. Like pretty much ALL media and placement, it really depends on what your brand is and what you're trying to achieve.
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What does everyone use for their emails if they don't have a website?

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What's the best way to get my writing published as a guest post on major blogs?

Hey guys, has anybody in the group guest-posted on major blogs or news websites? Eg Forbes,... read more

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Frank Ansell at The Success Asylum
Brian BijdeveldtOwner at Profitkoach
frank, I have checked out your website and your LinkedIn profile...not stalking, just assessing your business before I offer my input.You can leverage LinkedIn by publishing your articles there. You know there is a huge audience of people looking to further their career. By getting familiar with all that LinkedIn offers as a publishing platform you can build authority and a following. Join several targeted groups and start include them in your article distribution.You could build a business with just this platform. Or use it to publish articles that you can point other blogs to for reference.
Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Frank,I have some limited experience with this process. I have submitted articles I've written to Strategy + Business. They are probably between FastCompany and Harvard Business Review. Unfortunately, my submission never went anywhere.I do know a contributor to the Inc. and Entrepreneur but he has said the process isn't straight forward to get accepted either. He's reviewed my work for me and the best advice he gave me was write your piece based on the style of the publication (e.g. some prefer short list-icle articles, some prefer long form pieces). Know the expected format. The other piece of advice I've received not just from him but others is to follow a specific contributor of a publication, comment on their articles and try to create a dialogue with them (via social media or email before just trying to pitch them on your article).I hope that helps.
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Starting a Small Business

You’ve started a small business and now you are looking to get the message out there and increase... read more

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