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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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A Basic Overview of Marketing and General Data Protection Regulation

We’re getting closer to the 25th May, and I think there are few small business owners out there that haven’t heard of GDPR. Something that hasn’t been discussed too widely regarding the update to Data Protection is the impact that GDPR will have on our marketing efforts.

I will say that I’m not a GDPR expert, and I’m certainly not a lawyer, so this is only my interpretation based on current ICO guidance and that of data protection lawyers sharing their expertise. I would recommend that you do your own research, ask the ICO questions and get as much knowledge as you can before making any decisions for your own business. Read more

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When was the last time you were Smart with your Marketing Strategy?

It doesn’t matter where you are in your business right now, or how far into a new year we happen to be, there’s never a better time to look at your business goals, marketing objectives and combine both into a strategy than ‘now’.

A SWOT analysis is a fantastic way of evaluating where you are and planning where you want to be.

Identifying your strengths, weaknesses, threats to your business and the opportunities available is a great way of seeing your market position at a glance. Read more