I arrived in Australia yesterday and as I get older, if I don't follow my own travel rules, I tend to get 'jet lag' and yes, I broke the rules and it is my own fault.
There are a few things I do that ensures that I never get jet lag:
Recently, one such technology asked for Marketing Eye's competitors, and did an analysis on where they sit from a digital perspective compared to Marketing Eye Atlanta. It was fascinating. Our company is a mere 4 years old in the US, and in year one, we realised that we outperformed all our competitors on Google listings/rankings and all areas of social media. It was something we were very proud of, as we don't spend all day pushing this medium, but a bit over 30 minutes in total including writing this blog.
The turmoil we are experiencing now, is nothing short of scary. What if one of these "fools" actually sends off a bomb and it heads in our direction? I'm scared, are you?
Then a staff member decided that everyone loved her so much, that they wanted to set up an instagram account - and not give me the passwords. It was quite funny at the time, as they dressed her up and took the most adorable pictures. Like a true professional, Pippa Smith just stood there and looked at the camera.
We were all meant to be doing the things we are doing, for the time we are doing it. That is a fact.
It's hard running a business, and even harder to manage the fact that many entrepreneurs and CEO's want everything 'yesterday' and are impatient by nature. That same impatience often makes them very success, as does their attention to detail, but when it comes marketing, unless you have an unlimited budget, it is impossible to be an overnight success.
As an owner of an agency, I know this thought process too well.
It takes a good 20 to 40 hours minimum to write a marketing strategy, and that is after research and a 4-hour workshop. To expect that to be finished overnight in itself is impossible and would be only at the determent of the client. No-one is that good, that innovative and creative to put their knowledge into a strategy that is campaign driven to drive leads. No-one. We could put 20 people on the one strategy and it still would not be right after a week - and that is fact.
I come up with my best ideas away from the office. Not sitting at my desk under pressure.
A few years back I donated my time, money and resources to an outback town to encourage entrepreneurship. Out of that business incubator, there are a number of businesses that are still developing and will in the years to come, grow into businesses that employ people, create opportunities and sell to the world. I'm very proud to have met the incredible people who put up their hands and were part of this movement where they decided to make a stance against long-term unemployment and the drawn out drought that is still affecting their livelihoods.
Last night I was reminded of a man who took his cattle to the ship to be loaded, only to be told that they would die should they land in Asia as they were too skinny. The stevedore suggested that he took the cows off the boat and shoot them all.
As a customer, it is confusing and very few companies have fine-tuned the art of simple. We all learn at University to "Keep It Simple Stupid" - the KISS principal, but too many of us have forgotten that and perhaps we no longer believe it to be relevant. I do. Confusing the client, and our clients confusing their customers is a huge mistake and only when a customer identifies this do they start the breakthrough to achieving their next step towards achieving their ultimate marketing goal.
Mostly, the lack of understanding is of who you really are, and what is your purpose. Many people espouse to know what their purpose is, but how many of those same people can put their hand on their hearts and say, that this is why they were put on earth, and follow through with that mission until the very end?
Marketing Eye Sydney is looking for a passionate and innovative individual who is ready to drive change and take their career to the next level. Why are we looking to recruit you? We’re expanding our office and in doing so, we need you.
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