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Do You Know How Your Productivity Is Being Destroying?

Nigel Botterill is a true entrepreneur in every sense of the word, and has built eight separate £million businesses. HeTime Management uses this technique and he’s so protective of his first 90 minutes in the morning that he has a “Do Not Disturb Unless There’s A Fire” sign on his door.

His team know that interrupting Nigel during this time is potentially a disciplinary issue, because those 90 minutes of being able to work on his business each day are so precious, and he knows they’re absolutely critical to his future success. He’s such an advocate of the 90 minute principle that he’s just written a book called Build Your Business in 90 Minutes a Day, and talks about how you step closer to your ultimate goals in that daily time.

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What Attitude Are You Adopting In Your Business

During the recession in the 1990s there was an insurance company on the east coast of America and, like most Attitude In Businessbusinesses, they’d been hit hard and were struggling. One day, the owner came into work, looked around the office and noticed, not surprisingly, that the sales people were flat, the atmosphere was glum, and that it just wasn’t a great place to be.

But then he had an epiphany. Even if these were good times, even if there was no recession, they would have practically zero business coming in because of everyone’s attitude. And he went on to think that if his guys were like this, then the competition must be similar, which meant that no-one was out there actually selling to potential clients.

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In Business Everything Matters, Even How You Make The Tea

I recently dropped off a present to the guys at Mooch Creative, after a previous visit gave me déjà vu. The first time IMooch Creative Dan & Mark visited, I was kindly offered a cup of tea – which I gratefully accepted – and I saw one of the team then take themselves off to the kitchen area where they waited for the kettle to boil.

It reminded me of a manufacturing client I had years ago, and showed to be another example of how it’s the little things that can really hurt you (not physically).

If you are facing somebody and they threw an axe at you, you’d instinctively move out of the way sharpish so that the axe didn’t hit you. While thankfully there aren’t too many axes in business, there are lots and lots of opportunities to get paper cuts and this is what can damage your business. Read More »

Love, Children, Monsters and What This Has To Do With Business

We’ve all been there. And we all know how it feels. That moment when something that you love deeply, that’s tied up completely in your hopes and dreams for the future, and something that you’ve invested so much of yourself in that you just can’t imagine ever walking away, breaks down.

For many entrepreneurs this relationship is with their business. It started as a beautiful if demanding baby. But it also took everything you had, and something that used to matter so much ends up causing so much stress, worry and heartache that we just feel we can’t continue anymore.

And so we start thinking about walking away. We forget the potential our business has to provide us with the lifestyle we deserve. The pay-back that our families deserve for the time and effort we’ve already given. And we focus instead on the Dr Frankenstein’s monster its become – running amok and seemingly destroying everything that we hold dear.

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How Best To Use Magazines or Flyers

How Best To Use Magazines Adverts or Flyers

Magazines Adverts or Flyers that your ideal clients read, can be Magazines Adverts or Flyersanother great way of developing leads, although it’s easy to get it wrong. I see far too many businesses just throwing their money away with the type of advertising they’re doing, and the places they’re doing it, and as with all marketing it’s essential that you measure the return on investment you’re actually getting.

Now, bear in mind that when you place an advert, its aesthetics are one of the least important factors to its success. Much more important is that it contains some sort of offer – this can be a money off or percentage discount, but if you think back to the other blogs, we’ve talked about giving a high perceived value but lower cost product or item away. So, something that perhaps retails at £80 but which may only cost you £30 would certainly grab the reader’s attention. In my opinion, 10% of offers are very, very weak, so do always try to go for the perceived value offering.

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How to Convert More Leads

Convert More Leads into Paying Customers

Getting new leads is important, however, you also need to convert more leads into paying customers and this is Convert More Leadssomething business owners fall foul of.

We all know that it’s the small stuff that makes the differences, research done by Dr. Robert Cialdini, Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University examined the donation process of the American Cancer Society, and how a small change delivered drastically different results.

This Convert More Leads

Below are two scripts used to wrap up a door-to-door donation request.

  1. “Would you be willing to help by giving a donation?”
  2. “Would you be willing to help by giving a donation? Every penny will help.”

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The ABC of Website Design

Website Design Have Only Two PurposesWebsite Design

There are only two jobs that a website design should have, either to sell stuff so it’s an e-commerce website, or to capture the details of people visiting the website, if its does neither of these tasks you’re missing a trick and need to change it as soon as possible.

For example, It’s highly unlikely that as a creative agency you’re selling stuff online, so you’re looking to somehow capture people’s details through offering them some sort of download (often referred to as a lead magnet or in-bound marketing). If someone’s on your website there is a really good chance that they’re potentially looking to engage with someone offering your services. In exchange for a name and email address, or even an email address only (let’s face it you can normally work out the name from the email address) you can offer them some advice and guidance, for example ‘Seven Questions You Must Ask’ or ‘The Three Most Common Mistakes That People Make When Engaging with a PR Agency’. The point of the download is to offer advice and guidance, not sell to the potential client by saying here at ABC we do X. It’s about telling them the questions they should ask an agency that will gently educate them about the advantages you offer your clients over the competition.

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Multitasking is a Lie

Multitasking is a Lie

I read an article recently that proves that multitasking is a lie, it said office workers, because of an array of social media available, including Twitter, Multitasking is a LieFacebook, Pinterest, Google Plus, and YouTube – to name just a few – plus texts, phone calls, and people popping in or asking questions, the average person is interrupted once every 11 minutes. This is shocking enough, but when you consider that getting focused on what you’re doing can take around 25 minutes before you’re in the zone, many office workers can spend their days without ever really being able to focus on anything that their doing

Can you imagine how that can impact on any creative agency output, and now that the idea of being able to multi task and switch between jobs to do more things has been debunked, with recent studies showing that your IQ drops by ten points each time you try, compared to smoking marijuana which only sees it drop by five points, that’s right, you’re better off smoking a joint at work than trying to multi task.

Do You Believe Multitasking is a Lie Now?

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Best Time to Post on Social Media with Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook and Pinterest

Best Time to Post on Social MediaBest Time to Post on Social Media

Some people spend a lot of time trying to decide the Best Time to Post on Social Media, this really depends on who you are wanting to talk to, Neil Patel of quicksprout posted and infographic on the best times to post, this is mainly US data but should apply to UK as well and should give you a better feel of when to post depending on the platform you’re using.

Facebook

  • Greatest engagement occurs towards the end of the week on a Thursday and Friday.
  • Engagement is 3.5% lower than average for posts at the start of the week, Monday to Wednesday.
  • 1pm gets most shares, 3pm most clicks
  • Broader suggestions say 7pm till 9pm seems pretty good time
  • Use Fanpage Karma to find the optimal time to post to your audience

This Will Help You Decide Best Time to Post on Social Media

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Questions to Ask a PR Agency Before you Engage Them

Questions to Ask A PR Agency to Make Sure you get the Right One for YouQuestions to ask a PR

Hiring a PR agency can be a particularly difficult task. But knowing what questions to ask a PR agency is critical. Not only are you taking on a firm that quickly have to become a natural extension of your own team, but they must be true champions of your brand and everything it represents.

Whether you’ve worked with lots of PR agencies in the past, or you’re brand new to the whole sector, there are some questions that you should ask any PR agency before you engage them. And if they can answer all of the questions below to your satisfaction, then we say, snap them up!

1. What do you need to know about my business before you can get started?

2. Are you a Member of the PRCA or the CIPR?

3. What if it all goes wrong? Do you have the experience to manage negative news?

4. What experience and media contacts do you have in my sector?

5. How will you measure success with my account?

6. Do you work for anyone else in my sector?

7. How many people will be working on my account and when will they be available to me?

8. Who would be leading my account and how much PR experience have they got?

9. How long has the agency been going and what clients do you work for?

10. Do you have appropriate professional indemnity insurance?

Not Asking the Right Questions to Ask a PR Agency Can be Costly

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