Are You Too Busy To Succeed?

Over the last 20-odd years that I have had some involvement in business and entrepreneurship, I have noticed a common thread between a lot of people. And that thread is that they are “too busy” to do something IMPORTANT that will make a real difference in their lives. Back in my early days, they were…

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Agency or Self-Serve: Who Should Run Your AdWords?

If you want to use Google AdWords to generate leads &/or sales for your business, one of the biggest initial questions that crops up is: should you set them up and manage them yourself (self-serving) OR outsource the job to a digital agency (or web design company with AdWords skills, etc)? And my answer to…

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Audio: The Changing World of Business

OK, so here we go into the brave “new” world of AUDIO on this site! But seriously, I have started recording audio and video as a way to speed up the content creation process, so here’s my first PUBLISHED piece (more to follow) on the subject of the changing world of business and how the…

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What Do You REALLY Want From Your Business?

Why did you go into business for yourself? Can you remember the first thing that made you decide you wanted to own and run your own business? And why do you run a business instead of having a job? Even with all the hassles and dramas and stress of running your business, why do you…

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Chapter 10 – How To Increase The Frequency Of Sales Transactions

Back in the late 1990s, I used to manage a Computer Retail shop in Perth City (right on Hay St, in front of Central Park). We were a big firm, with 4 branches in Perth and over 60 outlets across Australia (they went down the tubes later, but that’s a story for another day…) I…

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Chapter 9 – How To Increase The Value Of Each Sales Transaction

Increase Your Prices The first and most obvious way of achieving this is simply to increase all your prices! Now, I know most of you just mentally called me an idiot for suggesting that, but hang on a minute and let’s examine this in a little more detail… Firstly, it has been proven OVER and…

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Chapter 8 – Referrals

One simple option to increase the number of paying customers you have that many businesses don’t try is that of asking for, and encouraging referrals from their current clients. Now, there are a variety of ways to get your clients to refer their friends, family and colleagues to your business, but a particularly effective way…

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Chapter 7 – Pay Per Click Advertising (PPC)

While SEO is the most cost effective method of capturing searchers on the web, it does tend to take time (anywhere from 3 to 12 months) to produce results due to a variety of factors. Hence, businesses wanting quick results can tap into the most popular form of paid online advertising, which is PPC (Pay…

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Chapter 6 – Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

The first step in tapping into the potential customers online is a website, as already mentioned. However, the next step is actually being found online, which is the more difficult step, requiring a variety of online marketing techniques to help your site become visible for the people searching for the information it provides. If you’ve…

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Chapter 5 – How 21st Century Buyers Make Their Decision

One vital factor to consider in this 21st Century world we find ourselves living in is that the process of making a buying decision has 1 HUGE difference about it that wasn’t widely available 20 years ago. In this connected world of ours, the Internet is often the deciding factor between a shopper making a…

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Chapter 4 – The Most Effective Advertising Medium

So, now it’s time to discuss the most [cost] effective advertising medium available to most businesses today, and that is the Internet. As you can see from the chart to the right, Email & Search Engine Marketing are the 2 most cost-effective methods of generating sales leads, compared to the classics of Yellow Pages, Banner…

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Chapter 3 – How To Increase Your Number Of Paying Customers

The Great Dilemma in a Recession: Spend on Advertising or Save? McGraw-Hill Research study of over 600 Businesses found that: 1981-1982 – businesses that maintained or increased their ad spend during this time averaged higher sales growth during the recession and in the following 3 years! By 1985 – sales of the businesses that maintained…

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Chapter 2 – How To Make More Money In Your Business

Now that you’re aware of how it’s going to play out in future and what you’re going to need to do to stay afloat and even improve, let’s expand upon those 2 simple points with 3 specific strategies. The easiest way to beat the recession and stay profitable in business is to do one or…

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Chapter 1 – The Beginning… Let’s Talk “Recession”

I don’t know what you think, but I’m guessing Kevin Rudd, Wayne Swan and even Barack Obama are not too happy being stuck with trying to “fix” the economy right now. It must seem like Mission Impossible to them, trying to resurrect the horrors that their constituents will be facing (now or in the future),…

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How To Beat The Recession With Low & No Cost Advertising & Marketing Methods

Back in mid-2009, the economy was getting tough all over the world, not just here in Australia. Businesses were starting to struggle (or at least get nervous about a possible recession) to find clients and get them spending. So, as a test to see if we could generate some new clients, I spent a fair…

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