ONE Strategy in Business won’t cut it!

Biz Strategy Naomi Mc Laughlan

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

P.S.: I am happy to work with you, so head over to my website to book one of my coaching or consultation sessions! Looking forward to meeting you and hearing about your dream venture!

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!!!

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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The 7 Traits Every Small Business Owner Needs to Grow Their Business

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Have you ever wondered how you may grow your business? Do you need to focus more on strategy, sales and marketing or growing your team? Yes, yes and yes…but foremost you need to work on you own mind-set! You need to have a vision in mind for your business. Where do you want to be in a year from now, five years or even ten?

Furthermore, here are 7 Traits You Need to Grow Your Business to the Next Level

1.A strong Sense of Purpose; Most leaders who have achieved documented growth, e.g. the late Steve Jobs, discover that it takes more than the promise of increasing financial reward to fuel their aspirations and ambitions. They find a higher calling than simply the pursuit of “more money.”

2.Outstanding Market Intelligence; You need to focus strongly on trends and changes in your marketplace. Do not fall behind or victim of the strategic drift, due to working too much ‘in’ and not ‘on’ your business. Always focus on the bigger picture.

3.Effectively Plan for Growth; Without planning for growth, it will most likely not happen by ‘magic’. Therefore, journal about it, make a plan, implement and monitor all actions and adjust and regularly update your approach to stay up-to-date.

4.Customer Focused Processes; Listen to what your customers and clients need and what. This includes to provide an outstanding customer service and after-sales plan. Strive to provide your customers with a high quality, faster, cheaper and better product and / or service then any of your competitors.

5.Utilize Technology; There are endless, often free, tools available, so use them to your advantage.

6.Establish an Outstanding Team; Hire slow and fire fast. Focus on hiring, training and retaining the best and the brightest people you can afford. Also, focus on talent and aptitude and not just on official professional or academic qualification.

7.See the Future; Diligently monitor and interpret the micro- and macro forces of change affecting your environment. For example, consider how your business can contribute positively to society and the environment, become a leader in your community. Learn more about Global Goals, by reading or listening to my latest International Amazon 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’. Also if you purchase a copy between January 23rd and January 31st you receive a FREE #Business #Sustainability #Strategy Session.

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

If you require help in starting or growing your online or ‘brick-and-mortar’ business, book your first strategy session today!

All the Best,

Naomi

Increase Your Sales through Powerful Testimonials

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There are many ways to market a product or a service and providing your potential clients and customers with testimonials is one of the best ways to market.

The power of testimonials can never be underestimated. Most people will only purchase products or avail services which have been referred to them by people whom they know. But most of the times, this is not an option that is in the hands of the business owner, he or she has to do the next best thing, which is to get testimonials from past clients.

Testimonials are living statements from past customers or clients which states that they were satisfied by the product and / or service. Every business must have testimonials to be able to stand out in the ever crowded markets.


3 Reasons why Testimonials can be Beneficial for Your Business

  1. Testimonials Appease the Target Market

    Testimonials usually lessen the doubts of the target market. There are a lot of scammers and con artists and this has turned the market into a fearsome one. Credible testimonials provide security to the people who are eyeing at a certain product or service. The provision of testimonials gives people a much more relaxed attitude towards a product or service.

    2. Testimonials Assure Quality

    Aside from confirming the existence of a business and lessening doubts, testimonials provide assurance to potential customers and clients of the quality of the product or service. The fact that they took time out to be able to write testimonials about the product reflect their levels of satisfaction towards the product and / or service.

    3. Testimonials Give Advantage

    Credible testimonials provide a competitive advantage for the product and / or service. There are many products and services out there and one of the ways to stand out from the rest is the use of credible testimonials.


3 Types of Consumer Testimonials

1. Testimonials from Satisfied Customers

This is probably the most effective type of testimonial. Nothing beats a testimonial from a satisfied customer because it is a picture of what the product and / or service is all about.

2. Testimonials from Experts

Experts can be credible sources of testimonials. If a renowned dermatologist writes a testimonial for a beauty soap, it will surely help in boosting its sales, wouldn’t it?

3. Testimonials from Celebrities

In a world that is run by mass media, celebrities have become powerful sources of        testimonials. Today, even infomercials are infested by testimonials from celebrities. People may think that getting testimonials from celebrities will cost a lot, but if it’s a real testimonial, celebrities may even waive their talent fees.

There is much more to making a testimonial an effective tool for marketing than gathering them. Good testimonials are the ones which can be compressed into a few catchy words. “I lost 20 pounds in two weeks!” is an example of an eye-catching testimonial. However, one must never rephrase or edit what the client had said. How to get the right kinds of testimonials will be discussed later.

Credible testimonials should also contain the complete attributes of the people who gave them. Their titles, location and age should be included whenever possible.

Visual appeal will also be a great help in using testimonials. If the clients are willing, one must insist in taking photographs or videos for their testimonials.


6 Steps to collect Great Testimonials from Your Customers & Clients

1. Before anything else, only products and / or services with outstanding quality deserve testimonials, so make sure that the product and / or service possesses exceptional quality.

2. Ask your customers. One must be able to communicate to his customers his need of getting their testimonials. If they are really satisfied with the product and / or service, they would be more than willing to participate.

3. Interview your customers. Ask them about what they like about your product/service, why they chose your product and other questions like these.

4. Ask them if they are willing to make a written testimonial. You can offer to make the testimonial yourself based on their responses during the interview but the testimonial is still up for their approval. You might want to make the wordings catchy and let them approve the testimonials.

5. Ask them if you could record the testimonial using a tape recorder or video cam. A video testimonial is better, but of course, many people are camera-shy and this can be a limited option for most.

6. Choose the best testimonials. Use the best ones so as to maximize the benefits that your product can get from the testimonials.

Testimonials are very powerful and this is the reason why every business should have them. They provide assurance and security and reflect the real essence of a product or a service.

If you are looking for more Business & Multimedia Marketing advice, consulting or coaching, check out my website for more details on how to book your strategy session!

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

All the Best,

Naomi

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This is how you get Free Publicity For Your Business

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Advertising is telling the world how great you are, while publicity is having others tell the world how great you are. Companies and organizations that understand the importance of publicity are generally more successful than those who use advertising alone to reach their target audiences.

Newspapers, magazines and radio and television news programs are filled with stories about businesses and organizations. Those who know how to present materials professionally to the right people will get media coverage for free, while those who don’t understand how publicity works have to rely on large advertising budgets to reach their audiences, usually with less impressive results.

The first step in reaching out to media professionals is to create an appealing press release. Its main purpose is to get an editor or producer interested in what you have to say or in what you are doing. It should contain enough information, specifics and quotes that a writer can craft a story from it without ever having to call you.

A media alert is another tool for getting press coverage. Its purpose is to give news assignment desks the specifics about an event in a way that entices editors or television news directors to send a reporter or camera crew.

There are dozens of other ways to get news coverage, such as placing feature stories or writing pitch letters offering your expertise in a subject for quotes or on-air interviews.

You can hire outside help to get publicity, however you know your business inside out, so the key to succeed, is to reach out the appropriate person with your message, in a format that media professionals expect. You will find who to contact and what they expect on most media outlets ‘contact’ page on their website.

Let me know what you think!

All the Best,

Naomi xxx

P.S.: If you require assistance to get more PR for your business, contact me via email @ info@naomimclaughlan.com or book a Business, Multimedia, Marketing & PR Consulting session here.

STOP WASTING YOUR ADVERTISEMENT BUDGET!

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Many small #businesses don’t get success they want from advertising due to availability of very little resources. The results are simply flat due to lack of good ideas for improvements. Whether the ads are put in a local newspaper or are printed in the famous periodical or posted on a website, the #money invested should gain the desired outcome.

There are some common mistakes small businesses and #professional service providers make when designing and posting the advertisement, which leads to the failure of the #advertisement;

#Bigger is #better is believed in by many. That’s exactly what some of the small firms think when they want to advertise their product. They think bigger and select a medium where they need to invest a lot of money, but do not reach the targeted market. Like if a company specializes in designing diet plans and want to help out people who had disappointing results from their individual diet plans, and the company chooses to advertise a full page in the local paper instead of running advertisement in a #health#magazine, obviously not many of the dieters will notice the advertisement and the advertisement doesn’t get the desired attention.

So the point is to come up with the best campaign, which will increase the probability of the ad getting viewed and the right customers trying to buy the product or sign up for the service. Studies and research can be carried out on the market and targeted audience can be narrowed down. Once getting the list of newspapers, magazines and magazines meant for the #customers in mind, find out how many readers they have and the cost they ask for posting the ad. #Special deals are offered by them from time to time and can only be found by watchful eye.

It is estimated that everyday people are subjected to around three thousand#commercials. That is a huge number and if someone desires to be noticed, he should certainly be different. Not only the services and product sold should be unique in the market, so should be the advertisement. For example, if a business selling mattresses says, “We sell mattresses”, it will not make a statement and will be passed off as any other mattress advertisement. But if they say, “Our mattresses are of the finest quality”, it will make the advertisement stand out in the crowd. Other catch lines are “Are you suffering from back pain? Probably you must try our mattresses “, are more specific and will catch the fancy of the people who are suffering from back pains since a long time. The advertisement should also #focus on the uniqueness of the product and how it is better compared to the competitors’ product.

Focusing on the problems of the customers and giving a solution for them, is what a customer demands. A customer does not buy a product; he buys benefits in the form of a product. The real value of the product should be realized and a clear picture of it should be presented to the customer so he will be able to relate with the product. If the advertisement doesn’t specify the solution it can provide, the customers will never know of it. So focusing on the customers problem is what some ads miss.

The last thing missing in most of the advertisement is motivation for the customers. If the advertiser has designed the advertisement and the customer had read the advertisement, all efforts and money invested will be wasted if he doesn’t get up and do something about it. It shouldn’t be assumed that the customer knows what to do; instead the advertisement should influence the mind of the customer and should tell him what to do. #Call of action (CTA) is the final job of the advertisement.It should call for information, or visiting the #store or even visiting the online store. The message should sound confident and clear.

Need help with your advertisement? I am #happy to help! You can book an initial Multimedia Marketing & PR Consulting session for business owners and entrepreneurs, for only $99

All the Best,

Naomi xxx

Why Biz Owners need to care about Global Goals

If you are an entrepreneur or business owner, I invite you to check out my #New Book;

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

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Yes, it is #paper #free available for pre-order for only £2.10 at Amazon UK or Amazon US for only $3.02! It is, of cause, available anywhere in the world, just type in the title in the search bar, when you live somewhere else, and you should be able to order it from there.

 

 

 

 

 


In addition, I have addressed the question ‘WHY’, we all need to care about Global Goals. By the way, if you are not aware of what Global Goals are, please refer to one of my other blog posts on the topic of #GLOBALGOALS, and then come right back!

 

Let me know what you think!

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All the Best,

Naomi xxx