Will your business survive ‘BREXIT’ or ‘BREMAIN’?

Survive any recession, economic dip or bureaucratic nonsense that may otherwise cripple your business.

With Brexit/Bremain looming in a few days, it got me thinking…

What can I do that will help me survive the next recession, the impact of Brexit/Bremain and other factors beyond my control?

I came up with 100 but here are, in my opinion, the two biggest mistakes I see again and again. (I am also guilty of making these mistakes). Rectifying these two things will, beyond doubt, help you thrive, not just survive! If you disagree, comments are open and welcomed!

If we come out of Europe, the economy could suffer but, if we as businesses, get better at Marketing to each other, our world neighbours and take action, a recession can be averted.

If we stay in, then we don’t know what will happen but again by focusing our efforts on building our businesses, we can minimise the effect of any unknown influences out of our control.

The common factor is growing and building our businesses to safe guard Britain’s economy and future trade. To do that, we must firstly do the following two things…

These two crucial things are:

  1. Implement Effective Marketing
  2. Take Action

If you spend time or have someone working on your business development regularly, and, if you are able to track and provide positive ROI figures for every piece of marketing you produce, you do not need to read this. However, if you are or have made the same mistakes as I have, please read on…

When I left the corporate world, working for someone else, I had one mission in mind. To apply everything that I learned whilst helping to grow my employers’ business from £120k per year to over £10million, to help grow the businesses of my clients. That is why my business has always been known as Business Growth.
A worthy mission, but my first mistake!

Although I have enjoyed a relatively good income doing this and my clients have enjoyed varying levels of success, I had failed.

I failed to achieve the highest levels of success for both my business and my clients that I set out to achieve. I believe that, because you are reading this, you may have the same fears or a nagging concern that something is not right. It is my sincere desire to show you that you have the power to do something about it. You, me and millions of other business owners are facing the same fears, concerns and are petrified about what lies ahead.

THIS IS WHAT I AM GOING TO DO ABOUT IT

Like I said the two biggest mistakes are Ineffective Marketing and Inaction. I will deal with the latter first.

1) STOP INACTION / TAKE ACTION NOW!

The clue is in the word ‘BUSINESS’… Does business mean ‘busy-ness’?

We all have the same hours available so why is it that some people seem to be able to achieve more?

  • It is because they are busy focusing on growing their business
    (Not just doing what they’re skilled to do. E.g. A plumber just plumbing, me delivering digital marketing)
  • It is because they know what needs to be done to move forward
    (Having the knowledge or access to it)
  • It is because they can adapt – chameleon like – to an ever changing world
    (Business plans being less rigid and more pliable)

I was focused on growing my client’s businesses whilst neglecting my own

This, in itself produced its own set of problems. Firstly, the obvious being that by not working on and consistently developing my own business it started to stagnate as a pool of untreated water would. Secondly, it was only the businesses who either had the foundations in place (great product, uniqueness in their market, systems, flexibility a clearly defined and hungry customer base and so on) or who had the means to invest both time and money to build those foundations, who enjoyed the greatest success.

The term “inaction” doesn’t mean lazy or negligent

It means, simply, that the focus is in the wrong place. If like me, you are currently busy doing what you do, earning a living but not growing as you would prefer, then what you are about to read will help you see that growth is possible, with a few changes to the way you do business!

GUIDE TO HELP
At the end of this article, I am offering a guide to show you ‘How to increase your business beyond £100K’ – Don’t be put off if you are already past this barrier the same rules apply. Also if you think you can’t ever break the £100K barrier, remember all you need is the desire, commitment and knowledge. I can only give you the knowledge the rest is up to you.

What prevents growth?

As I have already said, it is fundamentally down to not knowing and being able to take the necessary actions needed to grow. As one of my favourite business experts, Jay Abraham say’s…

There are only 3 ways to grow a business:

  1. Increase the number of clients
  2. Increase the value of each sale
    (He actually say’s “average size of sale per client” which means the same but with a fundamental difference, if you currently sell something for £100 and increase it to £110 that is increasing the size of the sale BUT if you also reduce your costs, sell an add-on and increase the price, that increases the value of each sale)
  3. Increase the number of times clients return and buy again.

Most businesses simply focus on the first one but struggle to do this consistently, unless they have the benefit of a highly skilled marketing department. The last two are much easier to achieve and in much less time. I go into a great deal more detail in my guide “Do you have what it takes to break the £100k barrier?”

Are you a ‘DO-er’?

I would like to think the answer to this question is ‘Yes’ but what is it you are doing? Are you a decorator and spend your time decorating, an accountant accounting or a hairdresser, styling hair? Doing JUST what you do is NOT the way you will survive (unless you are happy in a J.O.B as your own boss). I know many businesses understand this and have possibly read the “E-myth” by Michael Gerber (if not I highly recommend it).

In practice, the majority are struggling to balance all the tasks needed to grow & to keep your clients happy

But, you absolutely must DO SOMETHING unless you are happy with a lifestyle business (self-employed job). All of this information is intended for those who wish to grow a business. Yes you can apply the strategies I teach to grow a lifestyle business but you will still need to dedicate time and effort.

What to do first:

  1. Read my Guide “Do you have what it takes to break the £100k barrier?”
  2. Set aside a day
    If you can’t spare a day (8 hours that can be spread over a month) I’m afraid I can’t help you. You need to make some time in order to grow your business. I can show you how but you need to get it done. Yes, there will be more to do but once the basics have been done, you will in time realise the effort you put in now will, save you much more time in the future.
  3. Read on, I will guide you!
HELP & SUPPORT
You may be worried about “losing customers” with the Referendum looming. You may rely on exports in your business, you may be afraid you could lose clients if there is another recession. Retaining clients is fundamental to business growth. If you are concerned about this and can’t find the answer in what you watch or read, please let me know. There is always a way! I will reply to every comment.

2) STOP ANY INEFFECTIVE MARKETING NOW!

Traditional marketing is broken and 95% of businesses are doing it wrong.

In Dan Kennedy’s Income & Wealth Pyramid, business owners can be split into the following categories…

20% are broke and stuck
60% are surviving but constantly struggling
15% earn a good living
4% are prosperous
1% are minted!

Why is the split like this?

I believe (so does Dan Kennedy) it is because the 95% are still trying to market their wares using “traditional” marketing techniques done the “old way” or strategies used by corporates. Allow me to explain.

The perfect analogy for just one of the key mistakes 95% of businesses make when marketing themselves, comes from Ryan Deiss of Digitalmarketer.com

“In the world of dating, would you go up to a complete stranger, and without introduction ask them to marry you?”

Of course you wouldn’t, but this is exactly what the 95% of businesses do! Look around at advertising on TV, in magazines and online. BUT also look at the 5%, you will know them when you see them!

Let me give you a few examples of how to do it right:

  • It’s the lawn care company that offers a free analysis followed up with a report on how to keep your grass tip top
  • It’s the dental practice that offers a free dental hygiene treatment followed up with discounted tooth whitening
  • It’s the supermarket that offers products at cost or below cost, to get you in the store, what do you do when you are there? Of course, you buy something else (or if you are like me you look for whatever else they have on offer) Somehow I always seem to spend more at ASDA than I do at Sainsbury’s, why is that when ASDA prices are generally lower when you look at individual products?

All of these can be compared to going out for a coffee with your date first. Free trials, low cost initial offers and freebies that, although they cost the Company little – offer huge, specific value to their client.

Can you see the difference?

This is just one example of how the 95% are doing it wrong. The key takeaway is they are all low commitment introductions. We are not really asking the prospect to take any risks or invest any money but we are proving how we can help them solve their problems.

BACK TO BREXIT/BREMAIN & BEYOND…

Am I concerned if we exit or remain in Europe?

NO – WE CAN THRIVE EITHER WAY!

Am I concerned that if I keep going as I have in the past that I will never reach the levels of success I desire for myself, my family and most importantly, my clients?

YES I AM

I had my best year last year, earning more than I have ever done in my career BUT although I know I can do it again, I don’t want to work that hard again (I was booked solid for most of the year). I was doing as opposed to marketing. I was fooling myself that I could work my way to financial security, I can’t and neither can you.

WE can do something about it!

I have set my personal benchmark at £100k+ profit. You should too! I don’t care what you do, you can do it!

If you want to join me on this journey, start by signing up below…

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£100,000 profit per year mark.

If each business reaches this £100,000 target, that will boost our economy by £10m and help safeguard our livelihoods and our children’s future prosperity! Just imagine what we can achieve if everyone works together to smash it!

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Content in Context

Business Growth through positive user experience…

Use keywords in context

Whether your audience is human or technological, keywords must be used in the proper context. And, if content is King, context is Queen. Both combine to provide the ‘user experience’ and the user experience is what, at the end of the day, decides whether your business is a soaring success or a faltering failure.

Get your content found

‘Findability’ may not be in the dictionary yet. But it should be. It’s a crucial component of your success (or otherwise) on the Internet. If you can’t be found, you can’t make money. And, if you don’t make money, your business will flop with a resounding ‘kkkkkeerrrrrrflump’.

There are 3 main ways people find what they’re looking for online:

  1. they browse using various adaptations of related terminology;
  2. they ask whether it’s Google or fellow users; and
  3. they search – in both structured and unstructured ways

This is where Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) plays its part.

Website content must be formatted, labelled, organised and connected to make it easy for both humans and technological tools to find what they’re looking for. It’s important to remember one thing: users are the ones with the money.

If a search takes too long, they’re likely to abandon it and go elsewhere.

That’s why it’s so important to get your site set up to meet your visitors’ needs.

Good SEO contributes to a positive user experience.

Visitors may be blissfully unaware of the concept of SEO but they will be VERY aware of time passing.

SEO is more valuable than many people might realize. Good SEO is imperative!


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You do NOT have a problem with Sales & Marketing, you have a problem with Systems

Let me prove it to you…

I know this is a bold, broad brush statement but let me share with you a typical example of where a business is stuck at the pre 6 figure stage.

Reached a plateau?

In this story my imaginary friend Josh, who runs a cleaning business, is frustrated. He is frustrated because he has reached a plateau.

Lack of time?

You see Josh is so busy running the business that he does not have time to take care of his marketing.

Fed up?

Josh, like many other business owners, has tried SEO and local SEO and yes he is now on page one of Google and Bing for his target, local keywords. A small number of enquiries come through his website but the majority of it is marketing companies trying to sell to him, he’s fed up!

Let me show you a better way to achieve Business Growth…

Myself and Josh went for an imaginary pint and I asked one question.

“If you could personally meet every single visitor (who was ready to use your services) coming to your website, would you still have a growth issue?”

His answer was, of course, “NO!”

So I asked another.

“If we could automate your website, every possible prospect touchpoint taken care of – all follow ups, nurturing, segmenting and customer care – as if you were speaking to them personally do you think that would work?”

“WOW Yeah definitely!”

Josh could not believe that this was possible, so I showed him how

Would you like me to show you how? If so, I have created a guide to run you through, start to finish, how marketing automation can help small businesses grow.


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What is Marketing Automation (MA)?

So, apart from the obvious, what is Marketing Automation?

Creating leads whilst you sleep Zzz…

Have you heard the one about coming to the office, switching on your email and ‘hey presto’, leads are popping up whilst you have been sleeping! Sounds like Nirvana, doesn’t it?

This Nirvana CAN be reached!

…and it’s accessible to businesses from the one-man band to the massive conglomerate! Of course there’s a but, but this but can be ‘unbutted’!

So, in a tiny nutshell, MA is a combination of technologies (on one platform) that combine and automate marketing strategies and repetitive tasks – usually Traffic Generation, Lead Capture, Customer Relationship Management, Email Marketing, Analytics and Personalisation & Product Delivery.

But without a strategy, Marketing Automation is a waste of time and money

Automation needs planning, implementing and managing and it’s all relatively simple – when you know how. There is a way that fits almost any business, a strategy that works despite age, size, financial position or current status of your business. All you need to get started is the will to take the first steps.

So without further ado, here is a brief guide to Automating Your Marketing.

The Strategy

Do not be fooled by the simplicity. The strategy is borne out of campaigns run by some of the biggest and best-known brands; it’s how they became successful! Think Netflix, Starbucks, McAfee and even Barack Obama!

It’s all contained in this simple formula: Attract – Engage – Nurture – Delight!

Some people want you to think there’s more to it… so let’s dispel that myth by examining each element.

Attract

Since starting my business back in 2005, I’ve been branded “the SEO man”. Most questions I’m asked are about SEO. Most businesses believe attracting visitors to their website/presence is the be-all and end-all of Internet Marketing. But, as you may be aware, this is only the first step.

Yes, you need to attract visitors to your website. But what they find there makes the biggest difference to your business.

if I could deliver 1,000,000 random visitors or 10 visitors who really wanted – and could afford – what you sold, which would you choose? If you chose the first group, think again. A million random visitors might look good in some stats but you’re not guaranteed to make one penny piece. Putting your money on any old horse would return better odds.

If you know every visitor is being “looked after” i.e. finding what they want and accessing all the help they need to make a purchase, you don’t need millions of untargeted visitors; you only need tens of highly targeted visitors! This is where the second section comes in to play…

Engage

So you attracted someone to your website. They want, need and can afford to buy – all you have to do is ask for their credit card details. Right?

WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

Would you ask a stranger to marry you? I hope not! But, sadly, that’s how most businesses approach Internet Marketing. Unless you sell a commodity where price is key in influencing purchases, you must dangle a carrot to get their attention because, if you don’t ‘snare them’, your competitor is one click away from stealing their business from you.

Smart companies get this; they realise any substantial, non-urgent purchase needs a carrot to dangle in front of the prospects’ nose. The digital marketing industry like to call this a ‘lead magnet’. It attracts attention, engages the prospect and makes them feel you could be a good choice for them.

Looking for examples? Download my 21 Lead Magnet ideas, here…

Nurture

You’ve grabbed their attention and offered something of tremendous value. Next is the nurture phase ie your opportunity to generate trust, demonstrate expertise and build a relationship with your prospect.

Let’s nail the concept. Here are 5 ideas to nurture prospects.

  1. Show don’t tell – instead of saying you’re the best in get reviews on independent portals (Which, Checkatrade, Trustpilot) so they can see for themselves!
  2. Case studies – similar to above but ensure they are true, honest and believable!
  3. Empathise – show you understand difficulties and demonstrate ways your clients resolve problems
  4. Introduce your product and explain how it can solve certain problems
  5. Solve problems with information related to your product – but not the product itself

There are many ways to nurture prospects. If you’re looking for ideas, use the contact page to tell me about your business and I promise to help!

In the nurture phase you can introduce your product or service. BUT don’t assume it helps everyone. A well-considered nurture sequence offers your product or components of it (e.g. a trial or taster).

Delight

Of course you want to delight customers – potential and existing – but, in terms of marketing automation, the delight phase is where you sell your wares and use offers, upgrades and cross-sells to encourage prospects to move down your funnel. So long as you provide genuine value, it’s OK to sell your product/service at this stage.

Automation: can be used to sell, upsell and cross sell; it’s ideal for keeping prospects in the loop.

Have you purchased something online and been delighted with communication regarding dispatch and delivery? Don’t think this is the preserve of E-commerce. Smart businesses recognise continued communication is key to success.

Let’s use another example. A visitor comes to your site and downloads your lead magnet. You thank them and deliver the lead magnet; you also send a welcome e-mail. Next day you send – by post or email – something of value they’re not expecting. Continue to nurture, help, give away etc until they buy something. Over deliver or, at the very least, keep your promise.

Ask for feedback so you can improve. Welcome any criticism – it’s often the most useful form of feedback! Make every customer feel as though they’re your only customer!

Are YOU ready for MA? Still not sure? Read my next post to see how it can help!


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If each business reaches this £100,000 target, that will boost our economy by £10m and help safeguard our livelihoods and our children’s future prosperity! Just imagine what we can achieve if everyone works together to smash it!

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