7 Steps to Build Your Marketing Machine – Step 2

My last post introduced the issue of the Tradesmen’s Death Spiral and how building a systematic marketing machine was ONE way to help arrest the downward spiral and start to build a better business. In step 1 we discussed FOCUS. Pick who is your ideal target.  Study their needs, fears and aspirations in great detail…

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7 Steps to Build Your Marketing Machine

There is a problem in the building trade.   It has affected many business owners in recent years and although the horizon is looking a little brighter going into 2013, the problem still exists. A typical story goes like this: You miss that job you thought you would get. The phone is not ringing as much…

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Soft Strategies to a Strong Culture

The renowned business strategist and author, Tom Peters visited NZ a few years ago.  Typically his writings are aimed at bigger businesses, however this time he presented a paper in which he outlined 56 ideas that any and all companies should consider incorporating into their culture, to create a sustainable aim of EXCELLENCE. Here are…

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Take a Couple of Minutes to Transform Your Company’s Reputation.

Chances are you use, pretty much, the same materials as all your competitors and follow similar construction techniques to complete projects.  How then can you stand out from your competitors, that doesn’t take a million dollars to achieve? One idea is to develop an MVA for your business and make it part of your daily…

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The Silent Killer in Your Trades Business

Your business can be viewed as a bucket.  In the top your pour revenue, which comes from your sales process, then deduct the direct costs of producing that revenue.  Unfortunately everyone’s bucket leaks and so the amount left over (as net profit) is often a lot less than it could be and what is required…

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Make 2013 Your Best Year Ever

Wednesday night I ran a workshop for 30 Auckland Certified Builders entitled, “Make 2013 your Best Year Ever – Build Your Marketing & Sales Machine”.  Received good feedback and some interested in having me help them improve their marketing and sales results, so was well worth the effort put in to put all the content.…

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Put the SUCCESS in Succession Planning

According to a study by the Centre for Small Enterprises at Massey University, during the next 10 years 64% of business owners intend to exit their businesses.  For the North Shore, where I live, that means about 16,000 businesses may come up for sale (or other exit option) during the next 10 years.  That’s 130…

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