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Do you adjust your marketing and advertising efforts seasonally?

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The Key to SEO Copywriting Success

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The Essentials of Blogging for Small Business

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Networking: How to Have a Conversation with Anyone

We often hear that networking is essential to business success. Yet to be honest, few of us are... read more

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Are You Content with Your Content? 3 Ways Good Blogging Boosts Your Online Marketing Efforts

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Jef LippiattCo-founder at Startup Chucktown
David, You are right. I've been trying to focus and if all stays on track, I'll have posted to our business blog 3 times within the span of a week (which is a rare feat).
David BobisOwner at Studio Culture
Hi guys, Thank you for your comments. Jeff, yes indeed. Blog posts can be very informative. Jef, you're right - one challenge with blogging, especially if you'd like to cover a number of platforms, is finding the time and resources to create quality posts. However, I feel that one, solid post is worth more than multiple, rushed posts that offer little value to its readers. One thing that has helped our company with output is to work with the strengths of the team. For example, if you find that you are a much better designer than a writer, your blog post can play on being a visual post, rather than a text-heavy one. This will make the blogging a more enjoyable task that could (hopefully) encourage you to post more often.
Advertising

Spend More to Make More

Account spend can be a funny thing. Often I’ll get asked how much we need to spend to get a result.... read more

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Jeff GordonPrincipal at Prestige SME Business Solutions
The biggest risk is to take no risk! I use financial modelling tools (what if scenarios) that enables businesses to plan for growth and making sure they have the plans, staff, funding, cash flow projections etc.
Media production

Wake Up News Corp: Digital Packaging Lessons to Learn

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Online Marketing for 'Multi-Passionate' Entrepreneurs

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What kind of events would you want SavvySME to host?

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Yee Trinh Marketing Manager at SavvySME
Yee, I like what everyone else has said. I would like to contribute another line of thought borne out of a recent experience.Last week I went to an entrepreneurs meetup. There were 12 of us that met for a meal at a local cafe. I found this a really stimulating environment in that I got to connect with the four people I was seated next to on a much deeper level than I normally would have at a meet and greet. It felt way more relaxed and authentic.More food for thought. pun intended ;-)
Steve OsborneOwner at Smarthinking
In person informational topics presented by guest speakers followed by facilitated networking, appeals to me. As does the idea of a debate, provided there is strict administration and oversight. Very easy to degenerate into an online personality clash!
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How to Build a Custom Wordpress Blog or Website in Just 4 Minutes

Blogs have become an essential part of business. I was on the phone the other day with a client of... read more

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It's Time To Get Real: Humanize Your Brand

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What is your take in regards to neuromarketing as an advertising technique?

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Steve OsborneOwner at Smarthinking
My take is that neuromarketing is less an advertising technique than a market research measurement tool. Whether the science of studying brain patterns in response to marketing stimuli works or not is a moot point. You either interpret the measurements or you don't. Various measuring tools have been applied for decades and will continue to be applied for as long as anyone is interested in consumer behaviour and responses.
Jef LippiattCo-founder at Startup Chucktown
I may be incorrectly interpreting what you are asking, so please correct me if that is the case.I'm not certain about brain science and marketing, but cognitive psychology and marketing are powerful combinations. That is why many things are priced like this, $19.99 instead of $20. Monetarily there is almost no difference, especially when you factor in that after taxes it is going to be over $20 either way.Also, consumers fall into odd behavior patterns with things like coupons. If I have a retail store and I'm selling a sweater for $35 and no one is buying it, I can add a sale or coupon (in what can sometimes border on manipulation of varying degrees. What if I mark the sweater up to $42 but it's now 20% off (well logically that put the price at $33.60 less than $2 off the original $35 price) but people think they are getting an outrageous deal.I think online retail is harder to up the experience (at least in terms of physical presence). If I have a physical store, I can change the signage, lightening or even the scent in the store to try to help create an inviting environment. However, online that isn't really an option (but many online stores vary their pricing throughout the day, or offer coupon codes to only specific geographic areas).I think it is possible to use, cognitive psychology to affect the outcomes of both brick and mortar and online stores. I would like to believe it is being used to benefit the consumer, but most of the time that isn't true.I do apply cognitive psychology in my designs, but in less ominous ways. The branding (colors, fonts, layout) all can impact the mood of the user. Trying to create an experience that a demographic of users would enjoy and appreciate is always a good thing. I do occasionally test out different calls to action or imagery, but often ask for feedback from users and peers.I believe that consumers appreciate a company that has a valuable product or service, is transparent about how they are operate, and that they value their customers. Online resources have made comparing you against your competition very easy, and if they were only for a better deal, they can easily jump to one. All it takes to lose a customer is one bad experience (but that is the same for your competition). Focus on delivering great products, with great customer service and be wiling to adapt based on your customer needs rather than business goals (after all without your customers you wouldn't be in business).People don't like feeling tricked by a company (I know I sure don't). So if you wouldn't be your own customer (if you didn't work there) chances are you need to make some adjustments.
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Pillar Promotion: When it's OK to Spread Yourself Out

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Is Your Consulting Firm Top of Mind?

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What are your favorite topics to cover for Forbes?

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Jason Lim at Asia Recon
Hi Jef, In regards to scope with Forbes, it's fairly broad and flexible. Although I focus on the Asia region including Australia and technology, innovation, entrepreneurship and start-ups. All things I am interested in. Forbes basically approached me on Linkedin and asked me if I was interested to write. In China, I worked on a tech blog business where I lead the English content. My work has floated around various publications including The Washington Post, VentureBeat, Harvard Business Review, so I think they noticed my name. In terms of getting an outlet like Forbes to pick it up, I suggest really understanding the interest of the writer and pitch them on that angle. We get approached a lot by people wanting to publish stuff, especially PR people who are paid to do it. The story has to be compelling and fit the Forbes audience. Hope that helps!
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How do I market bluetooth tracking devices for my small online business?

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Scott YangFounder at OzBargain.com.au
Hi Rajeev,I am certainly no expert in marketing. However to sell something, you either have to (1) convince them that they need it, as it's a desirable item, or (2) it's so cheap and you might as well get it whether you need it or not.Unfortunately it's easier to do (2) on OzBargain than (1) because almost everyone looks at the price tag first. There might be some Special Interest Groups that you can go to, to share why your item is useful/desirable. On OzBargain it appears that the only way to sell is that it's cheaper than everyone else.
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10 Email Marketing Essentials: How To Get That Mail Opened

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What are the ramifications of using stock images to create a company logo?

Hi, if you hire a designer from overseas and they used stock images or just an image from the... read more

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Wendy Huang Full Time Blogger and YouTuber at A Custom Blog in 4 Minutes
When I started my own SEO agency a few years ago I actually knew exactly which "stock image" I wanted. I contacted the photographer directly and paid him a small sum to get the rights to use it as a logo outside of the stock agency. I used it for years, all was good, and no problems. So if you find something right for your business there are definitely ways!
Wendy HuangFull Time Blogger and YouTuber at A Custom Blog in 4 Minutes
Thanks for your answer :)!! It helps! I just feel when you hire a designer from oversea's this can be a huge issue that you unknowingly step into.
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What's your reputation worth?

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Jef Lippiatt Co-founder at Startup Chucktown
Steve OsborneOwner at Smarthinking
It's a good question Jef, but only raises others.Which companies or situations are you referring to? Is it the businesses or the people within them? What was the perceived standing of the business and what did it do to compromise its reputation? What did it gain in the short term and what was lost in the long term? It's difficult to address your question without context. A specific example or two would help.
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