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Creating a Marketing Budget for a Small Business – What do I need?

Although there are free forms of marketing out there (social media, anyone?) or you can take a DIY approach to promoting your business, it’s always a good idea to have a marketing budget in place.

There will be things that come up you’ll need to fork out for – such as business cards and flyers if you have a table at a networking event, for example. Having a budget already in place for this means you’re not scrabbling around double checking your cashflow to pay for these items at the last minute.

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3 Reasons You Should Update Your Website Regularly

Your website is your promotional presence on the internet, working hard for you 24/7 to attract new leads and generate sales for your business.

Yet so many of the business owners I connect with don’t keep their website’s updated with new content, or even perform regular maintenance checks to keep it working well. Read more

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What you need to know about marketing regulations

When you’re creating social media posts, blogs and other forms of marketing for your business, it can seem easy to just sit down and write what’s in your mind. In most cases, this will be absolutely fine but there are some marketing regulations you need to be aware of to stay the right side of the law.

First thing to do before planning and creating any marketing for your business, check out the government’s website full of guidance on marketing and advertising law. Read more

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Proofreading Separates the Wheat From the Chaff – 5 Reasons Why You Need a Professional Proofreader

One service I offer that few people know about is proofreading.

Proofreading is one of those vital tasks every business owner should pay attention to, but many don’t.

Grammar, punctuation and spelling is important. Read more

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Getting Started with WordPress – Guest Post by Sarah Banks

Before we launch into the steps for building your website with WordPress, I wanted to say a little something about the different between wordpress.com and wordpress.org. What I hear you say there are two versions? Yes Read more

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Funnels and lead generation – does the salesy approach work?

Confused by funnels, landing pages and how that American style “salesy” stuff can work for your business?

Much of this is industry jargon, and chances are you’re already using a basic sales funnel to generate leads and customers for your business, regardless of what you do. Social media post linking back to your sales page is a good example, of this. But for the purpose of this blog I really want to delve into the nitty gritty of what these things are, and how using them the right way can really benefit your business. Read more

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SEO as a small business owner – 5 reasons why it’s vital

While keywords, page speed and domain authority might sound like meaningless jargon, without them your website may not be optimised effectively for search engines.

Search engine optimisation (SEO) is one of those misunderstood tasks that you should try to focus on with your website to ensure it’s getting the results you’re looking for – whether that’s more traffic or more sales. Read more

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What can a Marketing Consultant do for your business?

As you’re undoubtedly aware by now, I’m Claire Saxton, and I am a marketing consultant.

But what does that actually mean, and how can I help your business?

Well, I’m here for you to consult with about your marketing, to help you fix some issues you may be having and identify marketing opportunities you probably hadn’t considered before. Read more

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7 Top Tips for Building Your Business Brand

Branding your business.

Sounds scary, doesn’t it?

The thing is, branding is simply a name for giving your business a character – a style and voice of it’s own if you will. And when you think of it like that, it becomes so much easier to create a brand identity for your business that you, and your target audience, will fall in love with.

Here are my seven top tips for building your business brand the fun way.

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A guide to getting started with marketing for your small business

Are you a new business and unsure what marketing you should be doing?

Don’t worry, and most of all, don’t start dishing out the pennies to anyone else to do it for you just yet. You need a basic understanding of what you need to be doing for your business before you outsource to anywhere else.

You can either do the research yourself and try a few things to get an idea first, or you can hire someone like me, a marketing consultant who will take the time to get to know your business, what you want to achieve and the steps you can take to get there.

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