How to go to a networking event… when you hate networking

I’ve written before on networking, but I’ll admit it. I hate networking. I’m not good at small talk, I usually regret things I’ve said afterwards, and due to my family commitments, I often find it difficult to commit to attending anything regularly enough to get much benefit from networking events. That being said, there are…

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Influencer marketing, authenticity and belief

When it comes to PR and influencer marketing, one thing is apparent to me… you absolutely have to believe in what you are promoting. For me, this is where mass-level influencers, such as the Kardashians, the latest Love Island contestants, and many others, often fall down – if you’re promoting something simply because you’ve been…

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So, you want to launch a podcast?

Why? What do you have to say that isn’t already covered in one of the 750,000 podcasts currently available? With mainstream platforms such as Global, Spotify and Apple Podcasts (amongst others) making it even easier for listeners to access podcasts, if you want to start your own, your first consideration should be how your podcast…

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Coffee Break Read: Marketing Mistakes Can Be Costly for Brands…

During our coffee break this morning, we read an interesting article on Forbes.com: Marketing Mistakes Can Be Costly For Brands – Forever 21’s Diet Bar Debacle Is A Perfect Example. Jia Wertz, the author, details a few recent marketing backlashes, most of which could have been avoided with a little consideration in advance of how…

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The influence of good customer service, and how to improve yours

The recently released UK Customer Satisfaction Index (aka the UKCSI, published by the Institute of Customer Service in July 2019) revealed that almost 1 in 4 customers (24%) have been directly influenced by a recommendation from a friend or family member about the decision to use an organisation. This shouldn’t be surprising, but a reminder…

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A small business’ guide to internal communications

When your business grew to take on its first employee(s), did you spare a thought for how you’d speak to them, or did you take it as a given that you’d communicate as you always do in business? Hopefully with respect, patience, and a little bit of authority? These internal communications (the general term for…

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Five Easy Steps to Make the Most of Networking

With so many business networking events taking place in towns and cities, how can you stand out amongst the other delegates in attendance? Try these five quick and easy steps to help you to feel prepared for your next networking event, and make sure you’re remembered by everyone in the room. 1. Get prepared Contact the organiser…

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Are you ready for a ‘digital future’?

If, as the UK Government has described today, we’re facing a future where “everything is digital“, then have you considered how to keep your business’ marketing up to date? You may roll your eyes, and complain that you’re a builder. Or a restaurateur. A hairdresser. Or a painter. But as we all know, showcasing your…

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Excuses, excuses…

Coughs and colds. Festivities. Work. Family. Illness. Too busy. Not busy enough. The kids. Bad weather. Unseasonably lovely weather (if you’re in the UK right now!). The list of excuses as to why you’ve fallen behind in your marketing is only as long as you allow it to be. So, write a line under your…

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#topfivefriday Five Quick Ways To Improve Your LinkedIn Profile

#topfivefriday – Five quick ways to improve your LinkedIn profile and make the right impression to contacts…

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