What does applying Global Goals actually mean for Businesses?

What does applying Global Goals actually mean for businesses?

A few days ago, someone in my business network commented under a post of mine, which was a link to my latest Amazon International Bestseller ‘How to apply Global goals to Your Business; ‘ The #1 Guide to becoming Greener, Leaner, and more Profitable by applying the 17 Sustainable Development Goals’.

What I quickly realized was that he misunderstood the meaning of ‘Global Goals’, based on his comment, which was “I don’t apply global goals. They’re totally irrelevant to my very local business of photography. I need people to be with me. Not on the other side of the world. Otherwise how do I take their photos?” (see below).

What he meant was internationalization, which in short refers to trading abroad.

 

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That’s, of cause, not meant when looking at Global Goals, but instead it is the common term most people use to refer to the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (aka Global Goals or SDGs).

My main thought was, ‘Wow! There are still business owners who don’t know anything about Global Goals and how to apply them to their business, hence take neither ownership, leadership nor value the opportunity that presents itself.

By the way, this post is not meant to name and shame anyone, hence why I covered the persons name. It is rather a realization what still needs to be done; which is to spread the word about the necessity and opportunity of applying Global Goals.

Learning about the Global Goals, yet still considering that only multinational enterprises should concern themselves with the topic at hand, is in my opinion a failure.

We are ALL in this together!!! We all have the responsibility, especially as business owners, big and small, as well as as citizens in our communities alike. And, NO, we don’t have to try to apply ALL 17 SDGs, but rather make an informed choice based on what applies to our business or living environment, business aims and practical considerations. It is a matter of Pick & Choose – Then consistently APPLY.

There are many great examples, of businesses who apply Global Goals, which show leadership roles in their industries, hence this reflects positively back how consumers perceive their efforts. Meanwhile it raises standards and improves our lives on a society level, as well as has a considerable positive impact on the environment .  Even small scale projects can make a huge difference for the people involved, from the free meal for a homeless person, beach clean-ups or providing free education or medicine to war torn countries and everything in between. Applying Global Goals starts at home, hence why any business can get involved and make a difference. 

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I invite you to read or listen to my book, not because I NEED or WANT to sell more copies, but rather because it appears that more people need to learn about how to get involved, which is dear to my heart!

I am giving away a FREE 1to1 1h Business Strategy session for every purchase, so that I can further assist you in planning your approach to applying Global Goals. In case you have purchased my book or audio in the past, I extend this offer to you as well! All you need to do is send me a copy of your receipt to info@naomimclaughlan.com / Subject Line GLOBAL GOALS, so that we can book you in for your FREE Session.

Let me know what you think in the comment section below!

All the Best,

Naomi xxx 

P.S.: Here are a few direct links, to make it easier for you. however the list is obviously limited, but my book is available from any Amazon branch, an the audio book version is available at Amazon, Audible and ITunes.

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Pet Peeve #1: Mass Mail & Cold Calling

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Don’t shoot out mass mail or even dare to call someone up, pretending to care, but failing to do your homework!

I HATE receiving phone calls from businesses who couldn’t care less about me, pretending that they ‘want to offer THE Solution, Best Price or Whatever else’.

Yet, they have not even taken the time to look up my website to see what I offer, so whether they try to sell me actually makes kinda sense or not.

Like today, where I was called about a the newest, best, solution in the market to reach people via mobile phone technology gadget…who would have thought…

And then the Gal curiously asked me what I offer??? What??? So she is telling me that the gadget is the best solution, yet has no clue what I sell or to whom…MMMMMMHHHHH. So how come she thinks that her gadget could be any good for my business or my marketing at all???

Let me break it to you Sis / Bro:

“YOU ARE INVADING MY PRIVACY AND WASTING MY GREATEST ASSET: TIME!!!”

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If you use cold calling or bulk mailings as part of your strategy; DO YOUR HOMEWORK FIRST!

Who are you calling & Why – Why should they care, if you don’t???

Gosh!!!

Also, your gadget, product or service is NOT for everyone!

Not everyone likes apples, although they may be juicy and healthy!

Not everyone can or want to afford your coaching service, although you may be an awesome coach!

Not everyone wants a new jacket, because they may love their old one, even if it has holes!

Yes, Consumers consume – But they have to have a Need or Want!

Just because you are calling, texting or littering their mailbox with flyers, does not mean that these potential clients or customers need or want what you have to sell!

End of story!

 

All the Best,

Naomi xxx

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Why you procrastinate with your business idea(s)

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Several times this week I had entrepreneur client calls which revealed a significant factor that may cause procrastinating behavior. Funny enough each entrepreneur I spoke to this past week operates a different type of business, offering a variety of products and services. And yet, all shared a similar approach to getting started or to finish projects which can potentially aid their businesses.

So what is the problem here?

I can tell you what I consider to be THE major factor; A STRONG WHY is missing!!! Yes, in all cases!

If you do not have a strong WHY, you feel less likely to start or complete something where the outcome is unknown, or where the undertaking may have some form of opportunity costs attached.

It is often easier to not take any action, instead of taking a leap of faith.

Been there, done that too in the past… For example with ‘BillaMedia.com’ my latest brand addition. It took me to finish my MBA Media Leadership degree first, to being able to fully concentrate on the project (or at least that’s what I told myself LOL)…

So how to overcome procrastination?

Well, the easiest way to overcome procrastination is to evaluate the idea / project from all aspects, for instance time to completion, resources necessary and anticipated advantages if successfully complete, as well as possible drawbacks and ‘worst case scenario’ mapping.

That’s it? Yes, that’s it!

If you clarify why you want to or rather should work on the idea / project, you will have listed all aspects that either speak for or against it.

Lastly, every time you ponder about starting or completion, just remind yourself ‘WHY’ you undertook your new venture in the first place.

 

All the Best,

Naomi xxx

 

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ONE Strategy in Business won’t cut it!

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You need to anticipate changes in your micro- and macro environment and adjust accordingly.

Markets change, buyer behaviour changes, your personal circumstances, your workforce, political, economic, social, technology, legal, and environmental changes…and sooooo much more.

Therefore, I think that what many ‘online gurus’ sell these days is false and a crab lot of BS. Often they sell ‘the program, magic pill or how to strategy’, because they never had a real business, so no ‘real-life application’ and / or they never went to a business school / University, so no qualification, but rather bought into the coaching hype of the 2000s; Quick cash selling Dreams.

And adding to all that, most of them have not even invested in getting a professional coaching qualification…

It is up to YOU, to find the ‘right’ coach, consultant or mentor, but let me warn you all those three words alone are not protected by any means or standard, so in short anybody that FEELS they HAVE IT, can start a coaching / consulting business, without knowing ANYTHING, selling you shit!

Investigate before you invest! Don’t part with your money on impulse… just saying!

Create the Life & Business You Desire & Deserve!

Naomi xxx

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P.P.S: Yes, I am qualified, not only academically to coach, consult and mentor in business and / or multimedia marketing, but also from a practitioners standpoint, as I have also built and grown three successful and profitable businesses in the past 16 years, both in the B2B and B2C sector and in multiple industries.  Yay! 😉

P.P.P.S: Sorry for the rant, but it need to be said!!!

Beat your Competition

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Whether you run your own business or you are an employee, doesn’t really matter if you seek to stand out from the crowed, because you will be rewarded either way.

Our working environment has become ever so competitive, hence globalisation which has brought us positive advantages, as well as challenges. Outsourcing work to overseas locations has become the norm and that has the side-effect of many local employees having been laid off. Or, you find that some business to business (B2B) deals are now made with firms which are able to offer lower prices than you, as their general operational costs are lower, especially HR costs. And yet, this is your chance to shine; simply by improving your skills, knowledge and resilience.

You can beat your competition by making yourself non-replaceable. If you complete tasks at a better quality, at an increased speed and in an overall professional manner, you will indeed have greater opportunities to get promoted faster and keep your employer not only happy but also positively impressed or create raving fans of your products and services and retain happy customers and clients.

Here are 5 Rules on How to Beat your Competition

1. Use all the time at work, to actually work. Don’t stay longer than agreed upon at lunch time or delay delivery of your products or services.  Be punctual at all times.

2. Plan ahead and finish tasks as planned. Try to be on top off all activities, at all times.

3. Educate yourself. Stay informed about what is going on within your company, as well as within your sector and industry. Become the ‘Go-to’ person in your field.

4. Invest time and other resources to improve your skill set and knowledge base. Take part in all internal training events, participate in seminars and workshop that can teach you industry specific expertise.

5. Plan your future consistently. Where would you like to be one year from now? If you want to be promoted or grow your business, learn about what you need to do in order to get that promotion or increase your customer base, grow your market or even diversify your product or service line.

Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

All the Best,

Naomi xxx

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Interactive Communication through Videoblogging & Live Video for Your Biz

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Web 2.0 or better known as Social Media has not only emerged to share personal views and ideas, but can also be utilized for business purposes, which of cause isn’t news, its common practice.

However, while many individuals have become quite popular through videoblogging or vlogging on a regular basis, not many entrepreneurs and business owners have discovered this to be a great opportunity to present their services and / or products in a two-way conversation and engage interactively with their viewers.

Videoblogging is the next generation of posting ideas and products over the internet, especially because you can do so via Google+ Hangout or Facebook Live, while it simultaneously gets recording. Everybody knows about blogging or sharing content in another multimedia way. While a recorded video is great, and pictures say a thousand words, videoblogging exceeds that by far.

Videoblogging works with people on the internet expressing their selves. Now if you put this on a business prospective, you are up to a lot of benefits. Think of it as a powerful tool in making showing your prospective customers your line of products or your services. It’s just like showing a commercial all for free. And if you video blog on a specific topic, create a great headline and write a keyword rich description, you can increase the interest of your target market.

People like to see what they are going to buy. Some would like to see proof and be sure that they are getting their money’s worth before shelving their dimes on it. All of us know the influence of a thirty second commercial. The effect of videoblogging is similar to that. You show your product, people watch it. If they like it, they buy it. If you present it good enough, they’ll buy the product even if they don’t need it.

Now on the web, much content is still static or pre-recorded, but if you post something that is mobile and interactive, you will most likely catch attention. Now imaging your product parading in all its royalty through videoblog. You’ll get orders in no time.

If your business is just starting up, you can create a videoblog right at your own home. All you need is your web camera, microphone, video software, and lights. As long as you know how to use your camera, and have downloaded the mobile apps of the Social Media platforms, you can create a Facebook or Instagram Live cast. Your viewers can interact with you by commenting in the chat box, while you are able to prompt them to ask questions about your service or products.

Invest in a good web camera, although in most cases you can use your smartphone placed on a tripod. Lights are important in a production. Make sure you illuminate entirely the area you are going to use to create videoblog. The brighter the area, the crispier the images will be. You can also use lighting effects for added appeal to the presentation. So if your room is dark, you may choose to film outside to get natural light, otherwise you can get affordable a ‘Selfie Ring Light’ that attaches to your phone or a more sophisticated large studio ring light. Select your background carefully too. The light affects the presentation so make sure that the background and the light complements each other.

Sounds are as important as videos on a videoblog; you could just use your phones headphones or get a wireless microphone with transmitter and receiver, which usually comes with a clip, to create an even more professional broadcast. Or is you record your videoblog via webcam your PC, laptop or Mac will record your voice most likely anyway.
If you go ‘Facebook or Instagram Live’, there is of cause initially no editing involved. Lucky you! – Every video is live cast is recorded, which means you can download the video in HD quality afterwards, and edit anything you wish to change, before uploading it as your vlog to your video sharing platform, e.g. YouTube.

Your video editing software can be any program. You need this to finalize your work. You can add sounds, delete some bad angles, or insert some still pictures in there too. Some programs are user-friendly and can be used even with zero knowledge on video editing. Even simple video editing programs should do the trick. Also, YouTube, for example, offers you free editing within your video editor dashboard.
Lastly, the more creative you are in presenting your product or service to the market, the more you are likely to succeed. Videoblogging offers an interactive way of selling, because your customers can get involved. You instil in them the advantage of your goods. And at times, those are enough to make a sale.

 

Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

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All the Best,

Naomi

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SEO – How to select Search Engine Keywords

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As you surely know Search Engines are the vehicles that drive potential customers to your websites. But in order for visitors to reach their destination – your website – you need to provide them with specific and effective signs that will direct them right to your site. You do this by creating carefully chosen keywords, aka Search Engine Optimization or SEO.

Think of the right keywords as the Open Sesame! of the Internet. Find the exactly right words or phrases, and presto! Traffic pulling up to your front door…But if your keywords are too general or too over-used, the possibility of visitors actually making it all the way to your site – or of seeing any real profits from the visitors that do arrive – decreases dramatically.

Your keywords serve as the foundation of your marketing strategy. If they are not chosen with great precision, no matter how consistent or even aggressive your marketing campaign may be, the right people may never get the chance to find out about it.

So your first step in plotting your strategy is to gather and evaluate keywords and phrases.

You probably think you already know EXACTLY the right words for your search phrases. Unfortunately, if you haven’t followed certain specific steps, you are probably WRONG. It’s hard to be objective when you are right in the centre of your business network, which is the reason that you may not be able to choose the most efficient keywords from the inside. You need to be able to think like your customers. And since you are a business owner and not the consumer, your best bet is to go directly to the source.

Instead of plunging in and scribbling down a list of potential search words and phrases yourself, ask for words from as many potential customers as you can. You will most likely find out that your understanding of your business and your customers’ understanding is significantly different.

The consumer is an invaluable resource. You will find the words you accumulate from them are words and phrases you probably never would have considered from deep inside the trenches of your business.

Only after you have gathered as many words and phrases from outside resources should you add your own keyword to the list. Once you have this list in hand, you are ready for the next step: evaluation.

The aim of evaluation is to narrow down your list to a small number of words and phrases that will direct the highest number of quality visitors to your website. By “quality visitors” I mean those consumers who are most likely to make a purchase rather than just cruise around your site and take off for greener pastures. In evaluating the effectiveness of keywords, bear in mind three elements: popularity, specificity, and motivation.

Popularity is the easiest to evaluate because it is an objective quality. The more popular your keyword is, the more likely the chances are that it will be typed into a search engine which will then bring up your URL.

You can now purchase software that will rate the popularity of keywords and phrases by giving words a number rating based on real search engine activity, while some will even suggest variations of your words and phrases. The higher the number this software assigns to a given keyword; the more traffic you can logically expect to be directed to your site. The only fallacy with this concept is the more popular the keyword is, the greater the search engine position you will need to obtain. If you are down at the bottom of the search results, the consumer will probably never scroll down to find you.

Popularity isn’t enough to declare a keyword a good choice. You must move on to the next criteria, which is specificity. The more specific your keyword is, the greater the likelihood that the consumer who is ready to purchase your goods or services will find you.

Let’s look at a hypothetical example. Imagine that you have obtained popularity rankings for the keyword “automobile companies.” However, you company specializes in bodywork only. The keyword “automobile body shops” would rank lower on the popularity scale than “automobile companies,” but it would nevertheless serve you much better. Instead of getting a slew of people interested in everything from buying a car to changing their oil filters, you will get only those consumers with trashed front ends or crumpled fenders being directed to your site. In other words, consumers ready to buy your services are the ones who will immediately find you. Not only that, but the greater the specificity of your keyword is, the less competition you will face.

The third factor is consumer motivation. Once again, this requires putting yourself inside the mind of the customer rather than the seller to figure out what motivation prompts a person looking for a service or product to type in a particular word or phrase. Let’s look at another example, such as a consumer who is searching for a job as an IT manager in a new city. If you have to choose between “London job listings” and “London IT recruiters” which do you think will benefit the consumer more? If you were looking for this type of specific job, which keyword would you type in? The second one, of course! Using the second keyword targets people who have decided on their career, have the necessary experience, and are ready to enlist you as their recruiter, rather than someone just out of school who is casually trying to figure out what to do with his or her life in between beer parties. You want to find people who are ready to act or make a purchase, and this requires subtle tinkering of your keywords until you find the most specific and directly targeted phrases to bring the most motivated traffic to you site.

Once you have chosen your keywords, your work is not done. You must continually evaluate performance across a variety of search engines, bearing in mind that times and trends change, as does popular lingo. You cannot rely on your log traffic analysis alone because it will not tell you how many of your visitors actually made a purchase.

Luckily, some new tools have been invented to help you judge the effectiveness of your keywords in individual search engines. There is now software available that analyses consumer behaviour in relation to consumer traffic. This allows you to discern which keywords are bringing you the most valuable customers.

This is an essential concept: numbers alone do not make a good keyword; profits per visitor do. You need to find keywords that direct consumers to your site who actually buy your product, fill out your forms, or download your product. This is the most important factor in evaluating the efficacy of a keyword or phrase, and should be the sword you wield when discarding and replacing ineffective or inefficient keywords with keywords that bring in better leads.

Ongoing analysis of tested keywords is the formula for search engine success. This may sound like a lot of work – and it is! But the amount of informed effort you put into your keyword campaign is what will ultimately generate your business’ rewards.

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All the Best,

Naomi

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