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September 25, 2018

Predatory Marketing: How to Increase Your ROI without Spending Another Cent [with Examples]

Predatory Marketing, Marketing Strategy

Predatory marketing is what the big and memorable brands and fast-growing startups use to differentiate themselves and cut through the marketing noise. It’s all about striking at the weakness that arises from your competitor’s greatest strength.

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September 18, 2018

LinkedIn for B2B: Tips to Get the Most Out of LinkedIn for Your Business

Marketing Strategy, Digital

You have a great product. You know that it can compete in the market. But none of it really matters if no one knows about it. That's why companies with the most quality leads grow and win. In this article, we will unpack one of the most effective platforms for B2B lead generation.

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September 14, 2018

How to Find Your Next Big Step Change [Podcast]

Business Strategy, Step Change, Marketing Strategy, Creativity, Digital, Culture & Leadership, Business Growth

Our CEO, Ashton Bishop, reveals what businesses can do to find their next step change, and how to implement the Big 6 Challenges for business growth in this 7-minute Marketing the Invisible podcast with Tom Poland.

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September 7, 2018

Integrated Marketing Communication: How to Reach Your Target Buyers at Every Touchpoint

Marketing Strategy, Digital

With so many delivery channels to think about today, how do you know which marketing channel works best? The straight answer is, you don’t. Your best shot at success today is having a multichannel marketing approach to ensure you are frequently where your customers are.   

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September 4, 2018

What Is Brand Positioning?

Branding, Marketing Strategy

Are you proactively influencing how your target audience sees your brand in relation to all the other options available to them (a.k.a your competitors)? 

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August 23, 2018

7 Lead Nurturing Best Practices to Boost Your Conversions

Marketing Strategy, Digital

So you already have a killer inbound marketing strategy. You may find yourself wondering  why you’re still having trouble getting your qualified leads down the pipeline. Why aren’t they converting?

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August 16, 2018

Should You Invest in Video Marketing for Your Ecommerce Business?

Marketing Strategy, Creativity, Content Marketing

When it comes to showcasing your brand to your audience in the best way possible, videos are still unrivalled.

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July 24, 2018

Ecommerce Marketing Automation: Best Practices You Should Know

Marketing Strategy, Digital

Marketing automation assures us of one thing: it’s a powerful, remarkable, personalised way to engage with your audience. And if it’s done right, it can give you an edge over the competition in the war for customer attention.

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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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