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4 Unethical Growth tactics

4 Unethical Growth Tactics Entrepreneurs should never indulge in Growing a business is no easy task as it feels like there are too many things that need to get done at the same time. There is the stress of handling the day to day administrative duties, managing money and thinking up strategies to grow the business. Sometimes, in thinking up strategies, we may indulge some bad or terrible ones without even realizing it. They are often so common that we may not think twice about their effects when we do them so in this article, we will be taking a look at four unethical strategies which entrepreneurs should never indulge. ADDING PEOPLE TO YOUR EMAIL LIST WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION In most places around the world, it is unethical to add people to your mailing list without their permission. However, I’m being specific about the ‘grey’ area, where individuals we have…

3 Reasons your Marketing agency Fails

It is a fact that digital marketing is at the heart of business growth and brand awareness in today’s fast-paced, highly competitive and technology-driven market. Businesses, both large and small, startups and existing ones, leverage digital marketing tools to acquire and retain customers, build more robust customer experience, improve their brand presence and edge out their competitors. To meet up with these needs, they employ the services of either a professional digital marketing firm or a digital marketing expert. However, many business fail despite employing the services of these professionals and most have either been frustrated or ultimately edged out of the online market space because of ineffective marketing campaigns. Other reasons stem from non-purposeful digital marketing strategy to the incompetence of the digital marketer. Looking at these reasons in detail: LACK OF A PROPER DIGITAL MARKETING STRATEGY Digital marketing requires creative, sustained and quality strategy. Most businesses make…

3 Tips for Developing a Successful Marketing strategy

A marketing strategy is a combination of all the actions that connect the products and services a business offers to clients or potential clients. Marketing is a major determinant of sales. Little wonder why firms make high capital investments in their marketing strategies. The goal of any marketing activity is to generate more leads and revenues. The right marketing strategy should inspire the curiosity of the target audience. Although marketing involves a lot of technology and innovation, some basic truths guide the development of an effective marketing strategy. Tips for creating an effective marketing strategy are highlighted below. # Highlight the goals of a marketing campaign Organizations carry out several marketing campaigns. Some to introduce a product, others to improve revenue generation. More often, organizations run several marketing campaigns simultaneously. It is easy to say a marketing campaign is aimed at improving general sales. Outlining the targeted percentage increase or…

3 Essential Personalities every Marketing team needs

The marketing department of any organization is tasked with maintaining existing client relations and providing more client relations. Members of the marketing team are the frontline soldiers of any organization; they must thus be up to the task. Certain components of human resource and skills make an effective marketing team. The marketing team of an organization should include creative thinkers, strategic planners, witty spokesperson and a coordinator. This article highlights some of the essential positions that should be on an effective marketing team. Team manager The ideal marketing team manager should possess a few the characteristics of every other member of the team in addition to leadership skills. This is the person that takes the ideas created by the team to the board. The team manager is also involved in the creative process of developing marketing campaigns. Personal attributes of the team manager should include attention to details, high intellect,…

Traditional Marketing vs Digital Marketing (P&C)

Traditional and digital marketing are two ends of the marketing spectrum which involve different methods and tools. Business owners are always at the point of deciding whether to incline more to digital marketing or stay with traditional marketing. This dilemma is even more for businesses built in the industrial age that has relied on traditional marketing for a long time. Traditional marketing uses more traditional advertising tools such as television, radio, newspaper, magazine, and billboard. Until the popularity of this Internet, this form of advertising was generally accepted and effective. Digital marketing, on the other hand, uses Internet-based methods to advertise products and services. Digital marketing includes the use of social media, blogs, applications, and emails to reach the target audience of a product or service. Today, most people are online more than they are reading a magazine or paper. This trend has increased the focus on digital marketing. However,…

Writing the perfect “About Me” Page

Writing anything nowadays with the variety of content out there is already difficult as it is..but being able to write a text that it capturing and encompasses all your qualities whilst attracting interest is truly a complex task. The “About Me Page” on your blog is a very important part of your blog, site or even LinkedIn profile when it comes to presenting yourself. Your blog’s “About Page” is likely to become one of the most useful and popular pages on your blog. Say what?! It’s where new readers visit to learn more about you and why they should stick around (and what’s in it for them!). So let’s focus on some very useful tips you could all use to improve your “About me” page on a number of platforms. Tell us what you think of our tips and let us know if you also have any suggestions ! Feel free…

The Importance of HD Images

I am sure you have heard the saying, “a picture is worth 1000 words” ..well that is not exactly true nowadays, it is more like “An HD Picture is worth a million words”. People nowadays have a very low attention span which makes memorable images more important than ever. Scientifically a large part of our brain is geared to focus – mainly -visually, which hence lets us recognise objects of familiarity in only 100 milliseconds, making images the perfect way to communicate in today’s fast paced – NOW,NOW,NOW world. So it is quite obvious that ..photos have taken over  the internet the past few years (the same is being projected about videos which are equally if not more rich visually) so let’s have a look at three important reasons you need to use HD images Attention driven Using images can be a great way to capture the attention of your…

The Benefits of Consultancy

Whilst interning at CFM group I have noticed the importance of consultancy. The benefits and reach of consultancy can be exponential from a client’s rapport to a company’s reputation and even from a personal development view point. It seems to be when a company can achieve this component and successfully penetrate it; magic can happen. Here are five benefits of a marketing consultant: To help determine which marketing mediums will be most effect for your business To teach the critical elements of a good marketing message, suitable to your business Applying what you need to know for your marketing plan and how to execute it The use of Simple methods for reactivating old customers with innovative solutions Understanding where to place your advertising for maximum exposure As much as consultancy can be lucrative for business practice it must be tested, tracked and intricately planned. Knowledge and creativity is what makes…

Why you need a better Content Strategy

Content strategy refers to the planning, development, and management of content—written or in other media. Why do you need a visual content strategy if you already have a content marketing strategy for your business or brand though? Well, one could find a number of reasons. For example, according to CMI, only 32% of B2B marketers have a documented content marketing strategy and 51% of these marketers say that creating a visual content is a priority that they will focus on the following year. Video and Visual marketing in general is becoming a more and more prevalent trend in nowadays marketing so let’s have a look at some of the reasons why you should also consider why you may need a better visual content strategy in our Infographic below. If you have any thoughts or additional tips, join in the conversation in the comments section, subscribe to our blog for free, or simply click here to arrange…

LinkedIn Algorithm – How does it Work?

It used to be that you only add the contacts that perhaps can offer you something in terms of employment or people you have worked but I strongly  advise my clients against that practice nowadays. LinkedIn is all about networking and one of its most powerful tools is the connections one is able to make with other professionals of a variety of industries as well as the relationship he maintains and builds with them through his posts, articles and other interaction. So one might argue, “ok then, I might as well add as many contacts as possible to maximise the views of my posts or content in general. The more the contacts I have, the more the likelihood of my articles being seen by a greater audience. Well, it is not exactly that simple. Having spent quite a significant time studying and analysing some of the documentation put out by…

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