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July 12, 2018

The Ultimate Guide to Creating Actionable Buyer Personas

Marketing Strategy, Digital

Buyer personas. Either you have them but your team doesn’t know how to use them, so they’re good as gone — or your team simply skipped creating one to get to the ‘real work’.

While many companies are aware of the general importance of personas, they don’t fully understand what it is they’re trying to do when they create them.

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July 5, 2018

How to Build Your Marketing Plan for FY19: Marketing 2.0 Breakfast Session

Business Strategy, Step Change, Marketing Strategy

Today’s customers and prospects know exactly what they want and go online to find it. To market your business in this new age, you need more than just the right message to stand out and drive customer loyalty. You need to do more than just create the right offer.

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July 3, 2018

How to Successfully Launch a Product Online [with Case Studies]

Marketing Strategy, Digital, Business Growth

Even Amazon‘s $685 billion market value couldn‘t save the Amazon Fire. Launching a product online takes a lot of work — and it‘s something that can elude even the largest companies in the world.

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June 7, 2018

Video Storytelling: How to Make Serious Topics Interesting [with Examples]

Marketing Strategy, Creativity

As more brands turn to video to get their content noticed, the need to put out engaging content is no longer an option but a necessity.

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May 3, 2018

Why You Need to Identify Your Customer’s Pain Points: Insights from Kevin Roberts

Step Change, Marketing Strategy

In the second part of this series, Insights from Kevin Roberts, we ask the former CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi what goes on in his head when he talks to clients.

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May 1, 2018

What Makes a Great Marketing Strategy?

Marketing Strategy

Look into any business and marketing is usually the first budget to be ignored — or cut out entirely. 

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April 26, 2018

What Makes a Great Marketing Plan? [Template]

Marketing Strategy

Have you ever tried driving to a new place for the holidays without a map? Going about with your business without a marketing plan can feel like that. Sure, you might eventually get to your destination — but you risk making some costly and time-consuming turns along the way.

Wrong turns like creating a product only to find out there was no substantial demand for it or pricing your services too low.

Having a great marketing plan and executing it well can give you the confidence that you’re on the right path and that you’ll get to your goal effectively.

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April 24, 2018

The Change Chain: A Model for Moving Minds

Branding, Marketing Strategy

What really makes people decide to buy? And no, it doesn't have a lot to do with singing kittens riding bikes. Find out what does work here:

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April 12, 2018

Why Your Marketing Plan Will Fail [Marketing Plan Template]

Marketing Strategy, Scale

Marketing without a plan is like trying to chop down a tree with a crowbar. You might get there in the end, but there’s a better way.

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March 28, 2018

Email Analytics: 5 Email Marketing Metrics You Need to Measure Your Success

Marketing Strategy, Digital

If you think that email marketing is dead and that using email to reach your audience is an outdated approach, here are some statistics to prove that it’s here to stay and it’s not slowing down anytime in the future.

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March 13, 2018

When Is It Right to Use Public Relations to Build Your Brand?

Marketing Strategy

Public relations is a very important tool when you want to build brand awareness and be recognised as an expert. But is it right for your business now?

In 2017, a mattress war exploded when local mattress seller Koala threw massive shade at high-end bedding giant De Rucci. If you’ve been travelling from Sydney to Melbourne, you may have seen these somewhere near the airports...

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March 9, 2018

Why People Buy: Here's What You Need to Know about Buyer Psychology

Marketing Strategy, Invisible Marketing

KitKat wasn’t always the behemoth brand that it is today. It used to be floating around with all other Nestlé products, struggling to gain traction and make a name for itself. Like KitKat, many businesses often have a great idea or product but often find it difficult to get people to buy. Because the truth is, it’s often the best marketing, and not the best product, that wins.

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January 30, 2018

4 Pharmaceutical Marketing Strategies to Make Your Product Stand Out

Marketing Strategy

On a degree of difficulty scale, marketing prescription pharmaceuticals rates high on the list. It’s an industry like no other — categorised by heavy restrictions, a shed load of data, and an audience that is limited and hugely intelligent.

To top that off, there’s also limited time to monetise the new drug before generics flood the market.

So in a few short years, your marketing campaigns need to shift choice away from the incumbent, educate those at the upper end of the knowledge chain, build brand loyalty and value above just price, and remain within the confines of the MA code.

It’s not a task for the faint of heart.

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January 9, 2018

The Modern Marketer’s Guide to Developing Growth Strategies

Marketing Strategy

Marketing has changed. It used to be a distinct element of an organisation with a simple focus: getting goods and services from concept to customer.

But the world has changed, and so too must the way we view marketing.

As silos crumble around us and the world becomes more connected, integrated, and seamless, it’s becoming harder to see where one thing ends and another begins.

Which is why marketing needs a rethink.

And that rethink starts with a new definition.

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December 14, 2017

The Power of Predatory

Predatory Marketing, Marketing Strategy

Webinars deliver tremendous value both to the business and the audience. It’s a great and cut-through way to share, engage, connect, and educate your audience wherever they are in the world. That’s why we’ve always been fans of webinars.

Recently, Step Change had the privilege of leveraging the power of webinars.

Our CEO, Ashton Bishop, presented “Predatory Marketing: Repositioning the Competition to Build Business” to 76 CEOs, CMOs, and Marketing Directors for a series powered by GoToWebinar.

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December 13, 2017

How to Use Emotive Storytelling for Your Holiday Marketing

Branding, Marketing Strategy, Creativity

As the holiday rush pours in, you need to do more than the usual to make an impact in your holiday marketing.

To make a lasting impression that leads to conversion for the holidays, you have to be able to capture interest and emotionally connect with your audience to elicit a response and get them to engage.

The most effective way to do that is through emotive storytelling.  

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November 2, 2017

How Much Should You Spend on Marketing?

Business Strategy, Marketing Strategy

In the never-ending conversation regarding marketing budgets, you may be tempted to look for ways to cut corners. Reducing or maintaining your marketing budget heading into the next fiscal year could have a more substantial impact on your company’s growth than you realise.

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September 6, 2017

How to Define Your Brand to Make You Stand Out

Branding, Marketing Strategy, Brand Archetypes

Your brand is anything that comes from your company as a specific source. To the consumer, it symbolises what they can expect when they do business with you. And in today’s crowded marketplace, it’s more important than ever to ensure that your brand stands out from the crowd. 

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August 29, 2017

How to Craft a Unique Selling Proposition

Marketing Strategy

Are you selling a product or a service? If you are, then you know that having a selling proposition will make an impact and ultimately make the sale. However, it is not enough to just have a selling proposition. It needs to be enticing. It needs to be original and clever. And most importantly, the message needs to make customers buy.

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August 24, 2017

Where to Spend Your Marketing Budget: Part 3

Marketing Strategy, Scale

So you’ve been telling your audience lots of things about your business. But the thing is, is what you’re saying valuable to your customers? Does your message resonate with them? And does your message differentiate you from the other brands?

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August 14, 2017

Full Use of MDF: How to Make the Most of Joint Marketing Funds

Technology, Marketing Strategy, Digital

Every cent your company leaves on the table is a missed opportunity, allowing your competitors to gain resources and customers that could have been yours. If you work with a vendor or manufacturer, there is a good change that you are not using potential marketing funds that are available to you.

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August 1, 2017

Connecting People to Business Strategy: The Advanced Course (Part 4/5)

Marketing Strategy

What should you strive to work on in the first 12 months to successfully connect your team with your business strategy?

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July 25, 2017

Invisible Marketing in Financial Services: Finding the Hidden Triggers that Make Us Buy

Marketing Strategy, Invisible Marketing

Invisible Marketing is the messaging customers don’t see. And this is the key to a step change for the Financial Services industry.

At Step Change, we deliver it through a workshop on behavioural economics, and it’s one of our most intellectual perspectives on marketing. Our clients usually ask us, “How do I apply invisible marketing to our brand, products, and our marketing?” Well, if you have a product that isn’t tangible, or if you need to elevate your brand to number one, this is a critical thought process for you.

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July 11, 2017

4 High-Value Marketing Questions Every Startup Should Ask

Marketing Strategy

I came across this question from a budding entrepreneur in an online community of marketers: “I just launched my own consultancy, and I am curious: Do I focus on reaching out and getting clients? Or do I build my brand online with the aim of acquiring clients that way?”

It’s a great question. It’s just not the first one I’d be asking. Here’s why.

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June 16, 2017

How to Beat Amazon in Australia: Get Predatory Marketing

Predatory Marketing, Marketing Strategy

The retail giant is making its long-awaited move into Australia, bringing its new brand of instant retail distribution to Down Under. While previously only available with expensive shipping and sales in USD, the average Australian consumer will now have easy access to products from around the world in local currency and a higher level of convenience.

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June 9, 2017

First Steps in Connecting People to Business Strategy (Part 3/5)

Marketing Strategy

What is the one thing you can do to really connect your strategy to your workforce, the ones who will help you execute it?

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June 1, 2017

Driving Breadth and Depth of Engagement with Service-Based Businesses

Step Change, Marketing Strategy

Oftentimes, leaders and executives of service-based businesses get fewer opportunities to engage with their clients. So how can you ensure that your team are really building high-value relationships with them?

In two minutes, Step Change Founding Partner, Jeff Cooper, shares this and more.

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May 26, 2017

3 Reasons Why the Future of Business Is Green

Marketing Strategy

The world has embraced the truth about how finite our natural resources are. In the real-estate world, professionals from architects to engineers to property managers know that there’s a huge opportunity for businesses to address this concern.

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May 23, 2017

The Big 6: The Growth System for Leaders of Challenger Businesses

Step Change, Marketing Strategy, The Big 6 Challenges

Too many professional services and consultancies have become hyperspecialised to the point where too many missed the end business result they are driving. At Step Change, we’re here to inspire step changes in your business and your people, and that means looking at your business more holistically than a typical service line specialty would allow.

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May 19, 2017

On Strategy and Execution: Which Is More Important? (Part 2/5)

Marketing Strategy

Many businesses succeed because they have leaders who are eloquent visionaries. They inspire their people with their brilliant strategy to reach their goal. And most importantly, they know that strategy alone is not enough to win. Execution — and how well their people understand this — is the key. So when it comes to people, which is more important — strategy or execution?

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