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Anatomy Of A Great Business Card – Infographic

Looking to design a business card, have a look at the infographic below of the anatomy of a great business card.
Anatomy of a Business Card Infographic

How to leverage testimonials and case studies in a retail shop

This is a BRILLIANT example of a retail shop that knows the value of testimonials and “case studies”… It is so good, it’s self-explanatory!

Testimonials, Case Studies, Retail

Testimonials, Retail, Tackle Shop

Give and you shall receive… licks

Even though I don’t own a dog, I love em! I especially enjoy visiting Paddington Pups as you can see below. I mean c’mon – life doesn’t get any better than spending it with happy, playful puppiess and dogs who love you unconditionally.

Paddington Pups is raising money and awareness for the Millan Foundation setup up by world renowned dog whisperer, Cesar Millan to provide financial support for animal shelters and groups engaged in the rescuing, rehabilitation and re-homing of abused and abandoned dogs.

Locals are invited to bring their puppies pooches for a $10 hydrobath tomorrow from 10 AM to 1 PM in Milton / Paddington (Brisbane) Queensland. All the money raised will be donated to the Millan Foundation and passed on to the RSPCA shelter at Wacol.

It gets better.

Anyone who has their dog washed will go into a draw
to win two tickets (valued at $290) to see
Cesar Millan Live at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Thursday November 17 – courtesy of Paddington Pups!

The reason I’m blogging about this is because Paddington Pups is not just a doggy day care. It’s owner, Bree Robbins cares about her clients – dogs (and their owners). She makes sure her team takes a proactive role in community based activities as part of their holistic approach to dog care and education.

As I blogged about previously on the Paddington Pups blog, there is a lot to be learned from The Dog Whisperer, but if you want to grow your business, you also need to learn to give back to the community because it’ll come back to you tens time over.

Don’t do it to get something back – pay it forward and let the ripple of positivity make it’s way through ‘the universe’.

If we all do our share, this will be a much better place for all – INCLUDING dogs and puppies!

Marketing Tip: What sells, what doesn’t

When I came across the article shown below, I just though there was a marketing lesson in there somewhere… Can you find it? Read the article and try to find the lesson, once you think you have it, click on the read more button.

Lady Gaga Covers

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Qantas Message: Volcanic Ash

This is an example of a superbly written explanation. It’s direct, to the point and reinforces why Qantas remains the safest airline in the world.

I teach Killer Kopywriting to business people and will make sure they read this as a perfect case study example.

I wasn’t affected during this period, but I have to be honest – I would rather be safe than sorry. Even if the other carriers were flying without incident.

Hindsight is always 20-20. I like the fact that Qantas stood their ground and stuck to their principles.

SAFETY FIRST.

Qantas, Copywriting, Exponential Programs

Belief Builders and Credibility Creators

There is a four step process everyone goes through as they make a purchase.

  1. Consider – Before anyone makes a decision, they must consider this opportunity. Most salespeople skip this step to their detriment.
  2. Decision – This is when the ‘sale’ takes place. However, most ineffective salespeople skip the consideration stage and try to force the decision that was never even considered.
  3. Commit – Without a commitment, a sale is not a sale. As many as 20 to 40% of sales are lost due to a lack of commitment requested of the purchaser.
  4. Resolve – Making sure the commitment is followed up and followed through to its conclusion to ensure the sales is completed. Up to 10% of sales are left unattended and therefore lost.

Consider – or lack thereof is the number one source of lost sales, by a long shot. Anecdotally, as many as 4 out 5 sales are lost because the prospects never considered the offer being presented in the first place. Without it, there is no decision to be made.

So how does one go about having people consider their offer or proposal? Continue reading ‘Belief Builders and Credibility Creators’

How To Brand Your Company 3 of 4

I recently recorded a 1-hour Momentum MasterMind Session for our Business Mastery Platinum Program Members called “Bland to Brand”. It was a powerful session that highlighted the 8 mistakes people make naming their business and the 19 Steps to Naming Your Business. If you’d like to get your hands on this program, give us a call.

Part of the discussion involved the persona that we create within the branding exercise…

I was accepting invitations from people to link to me on LinkedIn.com. and was amazed at the wide variety of photos people have on their profiles… I am not sure if they know what it does for or against them.

You be the judge.

Which one is the IT Specialist?

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How To Brand Your Company 2 of 4

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. That’s why branding is so important. In today’s post we’re going to take a close look at YOU… The image you project to the world – your suspects and prospects.

What Image Do You Project To Prospects And Clients?

How To Brand Your Company 1 of 4

Today’s post will make you laugh. They were sent to me by David Cordover, from Chess Kids. Chess Kids provides the opportunity for all children to Build their Mental Muscles™ by learning and playing chess. It’s a great introduction to a special series of blog posts on branding that I have lined up for you.

Have a good chuckle!

Be careful in this financial storm!

Be careful in this financial storm!

"... Can you hear me now?"

"... Can you hear me now?"

Hopefully this was LAST year's theme and not THIS year's!

Hopefully this was LAST year

This could be the logo for 2008's stock markets...

This could be the logo for 2008

Ford = Fix Or Repair Daily

Ford = Fix Or Repair Daily

Even the top end of the market has been affected!

Even the top end of the market has been affected!

What goes down must come up, but when?

What goes down must come up, but when?

Was 3M, now downgraded to 2M!

Was 3M, now downgraded to 2M

The economic crisis has taken a bit out of everything!

The economic crisis has taken a bite out of everything!

16 Ways to grow your business

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If you could do just one of these things a day, imagine what would be possible:

  1. Write a new short blog post about something you saw through Google Alerts.
  2. Post a useful comment on a forum or blog that your perfect customers commonly frequent.
  3. Send a Top 10 list or helpful article to your clients and prospects.
  4. Make one phone call to a new buyer to thank them for their business. Continue reading ’16 Ways to grow your business’

Sydney Business Mentor Makes Headlines In Victoria!

Business South East Magazine - Cover SmallAs a reader or subscriber to this blog, you’re well aware of the Exponential Strategies I teach my clients. One of the foundational principles is to create value and the leverage will come, on its own, as if by magic. I have several award-winning clients, but one sticks out right now well above the others BECAUSE Ray Keefe is the first one to fully leverage the value of the many awards he has recently won…PLUS…

He’s taken it one step further to include me in his exponential approach.

You can read all about it in the article “Mentor engineers success” in this month’s edition of the Business South East Magazine.

As you read through the brief article, you’ll recognise this as FREE ADVERTISING for both Successful Endeavours and Exponential Programs.

It’s a win-win-win situation.

We both win and YOU win.

You win because you get undeniable proof what I teach works. You get someone else’s perspective on what it means to be mentored by a business coach, straight from a client, in a completely different setting and context.

You can’t buy that kind of advertising.

So there you have it, one MORE REASON to contact us about our business mentoring services – by the way, when you qualify, our Platinum Program comes with a 300% Results-Based Guarantee!

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Business Coaching Case Study: How To Become An Expert

I was recently working with a client, Bree Robbins of Paddington Pups in Brisbane. As her business coach and mentor, we were discussing how she can differentiate herself within her existing product and service offering.

I’m not advocating this is the primary theme, but rather a secondary or additional Pathway to Profit™.

When a dog attends a doggy day care it’s not just about having someone else bear the burden of keeping it for you. There are many socialisation skills your dog will benefit from.

For Bree to become an expert, she needs to start documenting what she already knows about dog socialisation skills. For example:

  • What are the steps to proper socialisation?
  • How is each one of the steps approached and how do you know it’s been ‘passed’ to move on to the next one?
  • What is necessary for each stage to occur?
  • What are the variables to be played with?
  • What are the most popular conditions to overcome?
  • What are the % of the most common afflictions?
  • What is the diagnosis and prognosis for each?
  • Aggression and unruliness, what are the tell tale signs?
  • Sources of the unwanted behaviour?

By documenting her expertise, Bree is able to demonstrate her level of skill and mastery across multiple media, including her blog, direct mail, classes and of course YouTube.

Business Coaching Case Study: “Race The Base” For Charity

This is a great idea to raise funds for charity. I share ideas like this with you to show you that when you adopt Exponential Mindset Thinking™ you can and will become more creative and innovative. Exposure to new and different ideas stimulates your Reticular Activation System (RAS) so it gets easier and easier with time. Like a muscle, your brain can be trained to seek out new ideas. Enjoy this video and let me know which one you think won the race.

$5,000 Guaranteed In The Next 12 Months

We’ve all heard of the classic money back guarantee, but where else have you heard of someone guaranteeing results? That’s exactly what we’re doing for our next 2 programs – Etch-A-Sketch Thinking In The iPad Age and Become The Next Corporate Rockstar.

Exponential Programs - Etch-A-Sketch IconEveryone gets to a point where they run out of fresh new ideas. What if there was a way to always have ideas ready to be deployed? What if these strategies were proven to work? How about is they were GUARANTEED to work?

That’s the premise of this unique event. We’re GUARANTEEING that you will produce at least $5,000 in the next 12 months as a result of attending the program. There is no legal fine print, no strings attached.

We can and are putting our money where our mouth is. No hype. No exaggerations. No smoke and mirrors. A simple iron-clad Results-Based Guarantee.

You can click on the image or this hyperlink > Etch-A-Sketch Thinking In The iPad Age. When all is said and done, if we’re willing to GUARANTEE $5,000 in the next 12 months, you can only imagine how much we expect you to make!

Business Building Bootcamp Graduates show how it’s done

Every year, we stage the Exponential Business Building Bootcamp which is 3 full-on days where entrepreneurs and business people get together to learn the best strategies that are proven and tested to work. Each time it’s staged, there is new content, examples and case studies from real Australian businesses just like yours. Case studies that defy the odds and in some cases are so astonishing that unless you met the business owner face-to-face to ask him or him how she did it, you’d never believe it was possible let alone THAT EASY.

That being said, HUNDREDS of people have attended Bootcamps, but only DOZENS have attended more than once. Most people think once the box is ticked, that’s it. “They know it all.”

That’s like thinking one tennis lesson is enough to make you Roger Federer or Serena Williams.

Today’s post is two examples from multiple Bootcamp attendees…

Business Growth Strategy Case Study #1: Bree Robbins of Paddington Pups

At the Bootcamp, I use antimimeticisomorphism examples that show how thinking differently can trigger innovative and creative ideas. One of the images was appropriate for Bree since she owns a doggy day care in Brisbane. The day after the Bootcamp, I sent her the impossible dog photo along with some links and voila! We both optimised our search engine rankings.

On the last night of every Exponential Business Building Bootcamp there is a session on Internet Strategies where participants can ask any question to increase their online traffic, sales and/or conversions. The Internet Marketing Strategies we teach are proven and tested for real brick and mortar businesses – not the spam0like ‘link building’ and other affiliate marketing strategies associated with get rich quick schemes. The strategies we teach are based on leveraging my 1 Percent Improvement Doctrine.

Business Growth Strategy Case Study #2: Gavin Buckett – The Gourmet Guardian

Another Exponential Growth Strategy, among the HUNDREDS covered at the Exponential Business Building Bootcamp is the strategy of preeminence. We spend all morning of day one covering all the tips and techniques to make sure you become the ultimate source of information, knowledge and expertise in your industry or market. The reasons you want to do this are beyond today’s blog post, but what I wanted to show you is how a multi-award winner takes action.

As part of  the Exponential Business Building Bootcamp there is Pre Program Preparation™ and Post Program Planning™ that ensures participants get the maximum out of the event. Today, Gavin responded to message #9 with the following:

“The statistic I found WHILE AT THE BOOTCAMP is that out of 2070 members of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST), only 25 (1%) have a cooking qualification/ experience. That means that 99% of my professional competitors have not worked in kitchens and food businesses.

Bare that in mind when you next go to the supermarket and try something new – 99% of food technologists have no practical cooking experience.”

Gavin Buckett is The Gourmet Guardian – an Australian Food Safety Specialist. You have to admit that with a quote like this (which he has started to use in his advertising and promotional material), you are positively predisposed to consider him more of an expert. That is one of the many reasons his business is growing by more than 200% per annum. He has attended the Exponential Business Building Bootcamp 4, maybe 5 times and each time gets additional distinctions to take his sales and profitability one level higher.

These two case studies show you first-hand how quick, easy and inexpensive these strategies are – that is the beauty and elegance of Exponential Marketing Strategies. You don’t need a multi-million dollar advertising budget – you just need to THINK and ACT EXPONENTIALLY. Contact us to find out how you can join the Platinum Program – it’s not just a great program, we guarantee that for every $1 you invest, you’ll make $3 – GUARANTEED!

Transactional Relationship Marketing

Google “transactional marketing” or “relationship marketing” and you’ll get thousands of hits with titles like “relationship marketing vs transaction marketing”. Basically, transactional marketing is thought of as a thing of the past, while relationship marketing is the bright future that businesses should be striving towards.

Transactional Relationship Marketing: The Cost Effective and Environmentally Friendly Strategy

Transactional Marketing

Transactional marketing is an approach that focuses upon one-off exchanges with consumers.”

“Transactional marketing: Orientation towards single purchase. Limited direct customer / supplier contact. Focus on product benefits. Emphasis on near-term performance. Limited level of customer service. Goal of customer satisfaction. Quality a manufacturing responsibility.”[ii]

Relationship Marketing

Relationship marketing is a business philosophy which aims to develop strong relationships with a range of stakeholders, such as suppliers, media, intermediaries and public organisations, as well as with customers.”

Relationship marketing is a form of marketing that emerged in the 1980s, in which emphasis is placed on building longer term relationships with customers rather than on individual transactions. It involves understanding the customers’ needs as they go through their life cycles. It emphasizes providing a range of products or services to existing customers as they need them.”

The new kid on the block is a strategy called Transactional Relationship Marketing, or TRM. This is a process trademarked by direct mail company, Hermes Precisa (HPA).

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Exponential Entrepreneur Of The Year Winner Shows How It’s Done: Leveraging Case Studies

Sam Kritsotakis of Eskae Jeweller recently won one of six prestigious Exponential Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards. After-the-fact people often look ‘back’ and realise how obvious it is… Which is why I wanted to share with you one of the many Exponential Marketing Strategies we’ve taught him – leveraging case studies. Click on the hyperlink to read the case study that Sam has created.

You’ll quickly get involved in the situation his clients were faced with, one that is often quite intimidating for people who are focused on getting married or celebrating an anniversary. Making the right decision when it comes to customised jewellery is not easy. Sam, with his private studio makes the process personal, intimate and stress-free.

Leveraging case studies is one of the many exponential strategies I teach my Business Mastery Platinum Program Members to help them grow their businesses leveraging the 1 Percent Improvement Doctrine that wins them awards, but more importantly wins their clients hearts.

Selling To Non-English Speaking Prospects

This 4 minute YouTube video takes a fun approach to resolving the challenge of breaking the language barrier in selling to non-English speaking prospects… Sometimes the obvious is well… obvious!

Institutional Advertising Versus Call To Action Marketing

A lot of people ask me what the difference is between institutional advertising and call to action marketing. Simply put, institutional advertising is brand building and is only recommended when you have MILLIONS or BILLIONS in your marketing budget.

Call to action marketing I don’t even call it advertising because it’s unilaterally focused on getting suspects to convert into prospects (take an action to show their interest in your product/service/offer) or prospects into clients (give you their money).

A friend of mine, Andrew Powell of Montreal, Canada asked me this outstanding question with the added twist that his company, Bogdon & Gross Furniture has been building furniture for over 80 years, using the tagline “Handcrafting your dreams since 1927″ and the e-mail signature “Canadian manufacturer of solid, hardwood furniture and supplier of Koosh ® mattresses – the world’s first high resiliency, soy-based foam Mattress.”

So here is the short version of the answer – something I cover at our Exponential Business Building and Internet Marketing Bootcamps

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