I firmly believe a mix of both is best. If you're targeting businesses in your local area, then local physical related events would rate higher, particularly when starting out.
Jef Lippiatt, Owner at Startup Chucktown
My answer for you is contingent on 3 main factors:
Being able to understand your needs for these three questions above will help guide you toward the type of events to attend. To retain information you need to be comfortable.
In terms of accreditation, study options (currently in Bachelor of Information Systems @ UNSW, taking my first networking course this semester and found it very enjoyable). I want to make a career in this field, but unlike other branches of IT (Business Analyst, Programmer etc.) I find information in terms of careers and studies towards networking and infrastructure is scarce and not widely talked about.
Best advice is to build a career path, with the goal of getting into network / infrastructure. I would look at a HelpDesk 1 role for starters, as it will be a great entry point into any sized organisation. Move then into Level 2 and 3. Once you hit Level 3 (even 2 can allow this), you usually start to specialise...and this is where you really push for N/W / Infrastructure areas. Most senior support roles morph into a Systems Administrator or Network Administrator - and that is your ticket into it fully. Usually, if you stick at it, it can take only a couple of years to get there.
As far as study, your BIS will get you into a support role. From there, ensure you get qualifications specific to the networking area you are after. As an example, if you want to be more of a data / voice expert, get your CCNA / CCIE (Cisco qualifications). If you are more into Windows, get your MCITP. Wanting to get into virtualisation or cloud, look at qualifications around VMWare (VMCP) or Hyper-V. If you want to be more of a storage expert, ensure you look at courses through the main storage companies like EMC. Regardless, as you progress, you will need to keep on top of the changes in infra / N/w and these courses will help.
Bottom line is that there are clear paths for networking / infrastructure roles, and you will get there if you are determined to do so. Hope this information helps and please feel free to contact me if you need any more.
Phil Joel, Director at SavvySME
The career path usually starts with joining an Infrastructure team (large corporations, hosting companies, telco's), basically anyone who has large networks. Look for interships, undergraduate roles. You might be able to try your luck and send unsolicited applications to their HR department.
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Good morning Peter from rural Australia,
I agree with John and Jef. Never lose a customer because of a lack of payment options. I learned this very early on in my business.
I now accept payment from Visa. Mastercard. Amex. Diners. PayPal. Direct Deposit. Cheque. And if someone asks me for a payment type that I don't have, I'd be looking into it the very next minute.
You're in business to satisfy your clients/customers. Not your accounting procedures. You have to bend to satisfy them. Not them bend to satisfy you.
As a customer I've walked away from many an online business because they won't accept PayPal.
You prosper by accommodating your customers/clients. At the end of the day, they pay all your bills. So always find a way to make them happy.
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In 29 countries.
Marketing Bee is currently creating a new site and also a new series of ebooks and workshops to help SME owners tackle their marketing.
The most recent feedback we have obtained from our last workshop included the following:
- Social media managemnet software is hard to use
- Difficulty to generate content continuously
- Lack of creative ideas
- Fear of being too adventurous
- "Marketing is too time consuming!"
- "We don't get any return from all our efforts."
- "We don't have a marketing plan and we don't know where to start."
- "We can't trust web designers and marketing agencies."
So what are your thoughts and challenges? How can we help?
Buzzing to hear!
Thanks for responding, it's great to hear about your business and thanks for sharing your challenges.
1. Regarding Pt1. understanting the levels of pricing you can place in your business and what your customers are ready to pay is possible with a solid business plan and a thorough marketing plan. Pricing strategies are usually created after market research and positioning are done, both help to establish a level of pricing which is adequate for your services and target market. These can be done through a marketing plan.
2. Going from a normal company/business to a franchise is a complicated and very involved process which would require a lot of planning, research and forecasting and although I would love to give you an exact answer, it is a bit hard to do so without knowing your company, financial goals, structure and more. May be you can send me some links and information at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will see how I can help.
Thanks again for sharing.
Feel free to add me on LinkedIn (Sha Latour) to connect.
Peter Jones, Founder at LinkSmart
I maybe unique. I have online businesses and when I come up with a new online product, 1. How do I price it as most are different to what is currently avaiable. 2. Most importantly, do I market as an online business selling a product or market as a type of franchise.
Point 2 raises a couple of issues. All my products are subscription so do I have people subscribing monthly or do I franchise and get money upfront and then a monthly 'retainer'? I am still trying to get a happy medium and trying new formats.
Don't know is this is of any help but it is issues I have to face.
This is a good article outlining the changes in the marketplace -
HUNTER LEONARD, FOUNDER AND CEO at BLUE FROG MARKETING PTY LTD
know your market, your competition, your customer, and your ability to service that customer, in that market - ie: what is your value proposition.
unless you've done the work to properly work out your business and market strategy you'll never grow a business either quickly or smartly.
the smarts come from the right strategy.
the speed comes from having the resources in terms of money, time, people, cashflow etc to grow at the speed you want.
hope this helps
It all comes down to the business you are in. However this is what works for me:
Start calling your target market and make some sales, that is the fastest way. Sort out who is your target market, buy that data and either make the calls yourself or get someone to do it for you.
I go to conferences for one of the industries I am in, that way I can meet potential clients face to face. Having a presence makes a big difference.
Once you have their details, follow up with them and ensure they have all the information they need to make the sale. If they say it isn't the right time, send them an email every 6 months to let them know about new features, offers or anything you feel is appropriate.
If they don't want to use your service ask why! If it is because your competitors have added features, better deals or simply a much better product, then you need to develop a better product.
The truth is unless you have a "World First" product your potential clients will most likely be using a competitors product. If they are not using a competitors product you may need to educate them as to why they need it in the first place.
You have to stand out from the rest, the size of a company doesn't mean they will have market share for ever. There is always going to be new companies coming onto the market with new ideas and processes. We have taken market share from very large companies in Australia because we have a better product, we develop it all the time and our competitors simply can't keep up. The only sales pitch they have is their name, and when that no longer works they have two options; give up or develop.
If a potential client tells you that a competitor has a better product, don't bother calling them once you have caught up the the competitor. Call them once you are a step ahead and stay a step ahead.
Why have you resisted working with one in the past?
If a business coach can't quantify the benefits for you then they are obviously not the coach for you. A coach is a catalyst to help you achieve your goals faster and with less resistance, to challenge your beliefs and patterns of thinking and help you make decisions and move forward with confidence in your business.
This being said, getting results comes down to your willingness to keep your commitments, implement the agreed upon strategies and put the effort in. Coaching is not a magic pill, however it is essential for any business or sporting professional who wants to perform at the top of their game.
The very fact that you asked this question Ben makes it's answer glaringly obvious!
Find a good one with great credentials (and a little grey hair), make certain you keep away from any franchised perorations that push a coaching formula.
Which email marketing service is the best? For example, Constant Contact, GetResponse, ExactTarget, iContact, Mailchimp, VerticalResponse, or CampaignMonitor. Anybody have their price, deliver rate, etc.?
What's the cost of email marketing service?
In my opinion, MailChimp is the best platform for email marketing. which offers the best templates and their process is very easy and have premium and free services. I am really satisfied with their services.MOH coaching centre Kottayam
Which is the best depends on what you need to achieve, and your budget!Active Campaign is great if you want a much cheaper alternative to InfusionSoft or Ontraport, and it's pretty user friendly. But MailChimp is often a great place to start.Whatever you do, DO NOT TOUCH Agile. Horrible. Buggy. Terrible. This blog post has a useful comparison of 10 different services: https://moneyconnexion.com/autoresponders-and-email-marketing-tools.htm
What do you look for?
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