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Making bold claims, sometimes to the point of looking ‘crazy’ to the general public, has become the marketing method of many highly successful modern-day entrepreneurs. Interestingly, the word entrepreneur can be defined in the Oxford dictionary, as “a person who makes money by starting or running businesses, especially when this involves taking financial risks.” While their methods may seem ludicrous at times, these unconventional marketing tactics often have surprisingly positive results.

A great number of lessons can be learnt from a few of today’s most ‘crazy’ entrepreneurs, particularly when it comes to rethinking your marketing strategy.

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Having run a marketing services firm for more than 20 years, I have seen an enormous shift in how businesses are engaging with firms and why a cost-analysis is imperative to staying relevant.

With so many options for businesses today, and many courting new hires in the area of marketing, there has been quantum shift in how businesses seek out a marketing firm, and why they choose one over another. Marketing firms that have been early adopters of technology, regardless of size, are emerging as the "must-have" marketing agencies for all size businesses. The use of data to navigate customer experience is critical to developing results-driven marketing strategies, so hiring a firm has become more an analysis of tech stack than people.

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Content marketing focuses on creating relevant and valuable content for a targeted audience. A content contributor can submit their content to an organisation, adding value to its blog by providing a wider variety in both style and content. A contributor not only aims to provide value to the publisher but to build awareness around their own public profile.

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The marketing industry is a difficult yet rewarding industry if you’re able to push your way through the challenging requirements for your marketing strategy to become successful. It’s common for marketing professional to have experienced failure before they’ve been able to succeed in the industry. Even the biggest and most successful entrepreneurs have experienced failure before becoming successful. 

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The marketing industry has irrevocably changed to a point that no-one can predict how far technology will go in replacing marketing professionals in part, in completely over the next 10 years. The 'fear of God' has led to many marketers choosing other paths as the reliability of the marketing profession is no longer a safe bet.
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While ‘post COVID’ is a little premature, the current sentiment in the market really lends itself to thinking about what a career in marketing looks like today.

In the past, there was almost a sure ride from marketing intern to marketing graduate, then depending on which direction you decided to head, a slow ride through from Marketing Executive to Marketing Manager. For the lucky few (those who worked the hardest), Chief Marketing Officer or as we like to call it, CMO.

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I don’t know about you, but Mother’s Day has crept up really fast and without even realising it, I don’t have a gift.

In a panic, I googled ‘best Mother’s Day gifts’ and to my shock (and horror), there was nothing interesting that would show my mother just how much she means to me.

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For years, I kept my business strategy in my head. It was a reliable place to keep it, or at least I thought. My memory is fairly decent when it comes to things that matter and reaching my business goals – matters. 

With our marketing plan, that was another story. Writing it down is what we do, and we know that it is the only way to achieve marketing goals, aligning the sales function with marketing tactics that derive results.

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In a world saturated with mass advertising, it’s hard to stand out amongst the crowd. Everywhere you look you are met with out-of-home displays, television advertisements, social media promotions – it is integrated in our every-day life! As a consumer, it’s also sometime difficult to recognise and digest every marketing attempt and therefore only the ones that stand out are absorbed. 

If you are struggling to make your mark in your respective industry and are looking for some helpful tips to outshine the competition, have a read of my following 5 suggestions.

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If you’re using any kind of digital platform, you’ve definitely heard of data analytics and why it’s a big deal, but 2021 is already presenting several massive challenges for businesses globally. 

Following increasing regulation around usage of user data and political concerns surrounding the power of big tech, many businesses are struggling to develop, measure and optimise their strategies to develop sophisticated and data rich strategies like they used to.
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The marketing strategy that worked well in 2018/2019, may not be the best course of action in 2021. For a start, the world has changed, buyer habits have become more savvy and the economy has a major influence. As a marketing professional, it is more important than ever to better read the market and all of its dynamics to ensure that previous marketing strategies are challenged and B2B businesses build-out marketing strategies that are going to better connect them with their target audience.
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In December I was introduced to Clubhouse. The latest "hot" social media site that everyone is talking about that uses audio-only to connect you and your brand with others and build relationships. The Clubhouse social media platform mimics real-life interactions with no recording of conversations allowed, no option to "save" and once the conversation is done, it's literally gone forever.
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