In a presentation at Cebit 2015 on Tuesday, I shared the value of marketing automation implemented correctly in a business. Rather than use another case study, I used my own company, Marketing Eye, as an example of how to implement marketing automation and gain immediate results.

To give perspective; Marketing Eye has a substantial amount of traffic coming to our website each month, mainly due to the popularity of this blog and the effectiveness of our SEO team.
Many businesses were in rebuild mode last year and are slowly creaping back from the economic turmoil of the last few years. It's been trying times and like most entrepreneurs, I am cautious about what lays ahead.

A reluctance to too much risk in the business is something that has held me back time and time again - and with good reason. I want to scream from the rooftops that I am ready and prepared to take risks to achieve my ultimate goals, but I know that it is fortuitous that I hold back and think through things a bit more deeply.
Apr 24, 2015
We are embarking on an influx of new employees. Reflecting on our growth and what it means to the business, I am more determined than ever to get our onboarding process right.

Fortunately, marketing is our forte and as such, there are a few things that we can do to make the onboarding process memorable.
Apr 21, 2015
Marketing practices within the workplace must continually evolve and this evolution must occur through legitimate avenues to education because an education without substance is no education at all.

So when you look at subscribing to education programs, ensure that they are legitimate and conducted by experienced industry professionals.

Apr 16, 2015
In the past few months, I have had a business that is fairly much smooth sailing. We are adapting to our growth issues and ensuring that we streamline processes and constantly improve what we are doing in every facet of the business.

It's interesting to go through this process and realise that after 10 years, some sort of switch has been turned on, and we are picking and choosing our clients. We can't scale fast enough to cater for our burgeoning growth. Scale for most businesses isn't hard as long as you have the right processes in place. But for us, it is extremely difficult. 
Apr 13, 2015
Right now Marketing Eye has such an amazing team. I don't say that lightly, as to be frank, this has not always been the case. We are growing exponentially with more leads than one can handle, and as such have not one, but nine positions available.
Apr 10, 2015
What was once a hobby can now be a lucrative career, as social media becomes a unique branch within a company’s communications department.

If you don’t believe me check out all the ads for social media experts that now pervade They are many and varied and companies will pay six figures for the right person.
Apr 09, 2015
I must confess, I am a slow adopter of Instagram. It's not because I didn't believe that it is a good marketing medium or any less of a social media must-have than Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook - but due to the fact that there is only so many applications a person can learn well before you have a major overload and start becoming ineffective.

My business does a little B2C but to be totally honest, we are more B2B marketers than B2C.

Instagram has more than 75 million daily users, and accounts for more than 13% of all internet users. So, why did it take so long to adopt this powerful marketing medium? The truth is that many marketers are slow and lazy for that matter, and have not adopted this medium as fast as they should have and are now failing to provide clients with the right marketing mix to powerfully promote their products and services.
Apr 06, 2015
The long road to establishing a commercial version of Marketing Eye magazine is now complete. It took almost six months to get it publishing ready, but after losing a bit more hair and seeing the ones that I have left go grey (almost), it was well worth the effort.

By putting this magazine together, I have learnt a great deal about marketing, about the client services sector and about staying the course, even when the Tough Mudder founders seem to have come along and put insurmountable obstacles in my path.*
I see and hear it all the time. “Our eco product just doesn’t sell as well as our normal brands” and “people are just not that into buying eco products”.

Comments like this just confirm that the marketer (and the company) are treating eco brands as ‘brand extensions’ the way Coke treats its Zero and Diet products. But eco, green or ethical products cannot be treated in this way.  Coke’s eco plastic bottles still contain a beverage with a long list of health impacts – and people looking for healthy, sustainable alternatives will never reach for a bottled soft drink.
Mar 31, 2015
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