What part of your marketing should you outsource?

Here’s my view, right upfront: You should not outsource your marketing; rather you should gradually insource it. Marketing is simply too important a business function, with too much room for nonsense to trust outsiders for extended periods of time. Your marketing should be an in-house function. However, in saying that, having certain partners to help…

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The importance of micro sized businesses

The importance of micro sized business. I had a meeting with Mr Giovanni Roncucci, Chairman of  Roncucci & Partners , an Italian business development consultancy, last week. He told me how the Italian economy is built on micro sized businesses. That’s right, he used the word “micro”; not small; not medium. Micro. The best part…

Sales vs. Marketing

The difference between sales and marketing

The difference between sales and marketing is a question that concerns many entrepreneurs. There is often a perception among business owners that “marketing” doesn’t work, and is too expensive, and that they should rather focus on “selling”. The result is that marketing activities are neglected in favour of a direct selling approach. But are business…

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The importance of focusing on a niche market

The fewer resources you have, the more focused you need to be. This is the Importance of a niche market and it is the essence of the concept of strategy. Strategy is nothing but answering the question: “where will we focus our efforts?” By focusing your efforts, given your limited resources, you allow for two powerful…

Why you need to do marketing in your business

If you starve your body from an essential vitamin, you will in due course experience symptoms associated with the deprivation. A doctor will be able to recognize these symptoms and recommend the relevant vitamin to turn things around. The same applies to a business. If certain key ingredients – let’s call them “business vitamins” –…

Do you even need to do marketing?

Do you need to do marketing in your business? Or only sales? Doing marketing activity can feel like such a waste of time. It takes a long time to show results – if it even shows results. Actually, it feels like a gamble, and as a business owner you do not have money to gamble.…

What does your marketing numbers say?

  When I started my career in marketing back in 2002 at Robertsons – the same guys that make the spices, – the first thing I was given was a blue book full of charts and tables highlighting the market share performance of the brands I worked on over the most recent two months. Back…

Is your business leaving a scent?

  How do you attract attention in the wild? You leave footprints and a scent. Evidence that you’re in the area… With digital marketing tools it is easier than ever to drop a scent that you are around. On average every week about 200 people visit the Firejuice website. 90% of them are from South…