A SWOT analysis is a simple way to discover positive and negative factors in any context. Specifically, it’s a 4-quadrant diagram that will force you to critically examine your circumstances and find out which obstacles must be overcome or minimised
Setting your goals is one of the most important activities you can do in your business. Laying down plans for your business and drawing up a list of goals will help you stay focused and will prevent your business from becoming stagnant. Your business goals keep you moving forward and set the stage for ongoing success.
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Choosing a name for your small business is probably one of the most fun and exciting aspects of starting a small business. But naming your small business is also serious business 💶 Your decision could affect your ability to reach a broader audience and grow 📈 The key is to find a name that fits… Continue reading Naming your Small Business (Short Read)
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The world of business is changing rapidly and it can be a real struggle to keep up to date with the latest trends and developments to attract and maintain your existing customers. A business needs to continuously adapt to new marketing channels, in particular the ever growing online market that is expanding at an incredible… Continue reading The Challenges Facing SME’s
Happy customers can make your business! One of your business goals should be to satisfy your customer needs so that they come back for more, whilst spreading the word about their experience to others. Have you been in the situation where a customer buys something from you but never returns for a repeat purchase? Here… Continue reading Customer Service To Build Relationships
Now that Christmas is nearly over and we are fast approaching 2018, the New Year is a perfect opportunity to develop a plan to get your business operating as efficiently and effectively as possible. As you prepare to take your business into 2018, it’s time to create a plan for how you’re going to best… Continue reading Get Your Business Ready for 2018
All businesses have weaknesses, strengths along with opportunities and external threats so if you want to sustain and grow your business, it’s imperative that you identify and manage these effectively especially when looking to achieve long-term success. A Business Health Check involves sitting down and asking yourself some key questions about your business and as most… Continue reading What is a Business Health Check?
Marketing is changing rapidly and with so many emerging technologies and platforms to leverage, there has never been a more exciting time for businesses to connect with new and existing customers. However, the key to successful marketing is to identify which platforms and technologies present the best opportunities for your business and your potential customers.… Continue reading Predicted Marketing Trends for 2018
November is a great month to market your products and services by creating some excitement around the many events occurring during the month. Take the opportunity to publish and distribute event related content with the overall goal of attracting, engaging new and existing customers. Here are some important events and dates to help inspire your… Continue reading November Events to Market Your Business
If you are having problems with your craft sales or experiencing a downturn in sales, then take a few minutes to read these common mistakes and hopefully they'll point you in the right direction. Are you under price and undervaluing your product? If you are under pricing it says you don’t believe in your product. Customers will pay a… Continue reading Common Mistakes When Running a Craft Business
Rosser Reeves considered by many as the father of modern advertising was quoted as saying "adverting is the art of getting a unique selling proposition into the heads of most people at the lowest possible cost" Your unique selling proposition (USP) is what makes your business stand out from the crowd and tells your customers… Continue reading How to Discover Your Unique Selling Proposition (USP)
If you are running an SME, continuous improvement and development is the name of the game as businesses are not static. It is important to accurately identify if your business is either on an upward track or if it is on its way down. So making consistent improvements to make your business better and continuously… Continue reading Tips on Improving Your Business
The sales funnel, which is sometimes referred to as a marketing funnel or revenue funnel, illustrates the idea that every sale begins with a large number of potential customers, and ends with a much smaller number of people who actually make a purchase. Sales funnel stages will vary according to your business and the products… Continue reading Understanding the Sales Funnel
Your website should be one of your most valuable tools for your business to use to connect with customers, inform them of what services you provide, build credibility and how they can contact you, ultimately driving more business your way. If you website is not giving you the value you need and attracting customer queries, then it’s… Continue reading How Effective is Your Website
A business plan is a written description of the future of your business. It is an essential road map for business success and without one, the business will lack direction. This living document generally projects 3-5 years ahead and outlines the route a company intends to take to build customers and grow revenue and profits. Consider your… Continue reading How to Begin Writing Your Business Plan