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August 2013 Blog Posts (31)

Facebook changes - we’ll make the most of the new rules for your business page

Facebook terms and conditions surrounding Business Pages have changed over the last couple of days.  These changes affect contests, promotions and offers.

You might have heard about them, and wondered what on earth all the fuss is about. There's been a lot of talk about third party apps that might have…


Added by Lisa Chaffey on August 30, 2013 at 6:52 — No Comments

A way of being

Take a look at our event Sunday September 8th at Bray and if you want a new approach to your life to enhance your enjoyment instead of stressing, ruminating, not sleeping, worrying about all its details, come and join us for the day.  It costs £87 and it will be the best spent amount on yourself for a very long time.

Added by Deborah Wharton on August 28, 2013 at 15:26 — No Comments


£21bn = the estimated cost of cybercrime to UK businesses according to a government report.

Cyber threats pose a tangible and significant risk to UK business by targeting organisations valuable assets such as data and intellectual property, as such UK businesses are feeling the full force and cost of cybercrime.

Every day, numerous IT systems are under attack or compromised across the globe. Whether that’s a hacker who compromises your systems and/or data, or a hacker who is…


Added by Scott Sayce on August 22, 2013 at 11:10 — No Comments

Marketing Advice UK | Free webinar - Why most marketing does not work and what to do about it...

Just a reminder that I am holding a free webinar tomorrow evening at 8pm.  We have 85 seat taken up, so only 15 left.

Here's what I am going to cover: 

1. Why most marketing advice does not work

2. Why using typical marketing strategies is no longer enough

3. How to use the six steps of Prudent Marketing

4. How to overcome one of the biggest problems most businesses face - creating…


Added by Steve Mills on August 22, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

Marketing essentials to get you started!

Having an amazing product or offering a unique service is great but without marketing how are potential new customers ever going to know about it?

As more and more business owners recognise the importance of having an online presence, we are always being asked ‘What do I need to get started?’ Obviously every business is different but here we have…


Added by Lisa Chaffey on August 21, 2013 at 13:30 — No Comments

Key Performance Indicators

What are key performance indicators?

  • Key performance indicators (KPIs) are the few (six to eight) vital measurements that tell you whether your business is going in the right direction or not
  • They form a dashboard for your business

How can you identify your KPIs?

  • Start by writing down the things that limit your growth, the things that limit your profitability, the things that irritate customers in your industry…

Added by Nick Bettes on August 20, 2013 at 19:05 — No Comments

Is Social Media taking over your life?

Social media is an important business tool, but when it starts taking over your life it’s time to take a step back. Do you recognise any of these classic symptoms that you may be addicted to social media?

The first thing you do in the morning is browse your news feeds 

Its ok to admit it.  We do it too. But think about it…


Added by Lisa Chaffey on August 20, 2013 at 11:30 — No Comments

In Berkshire with Sign-A-Rama Thames Valley


I met with Simon Butcher of Sign-A-Rama Thames Valley see yesterday and we had a great discussion on the different shop fascias, vehicle graphic and exhibition banner products that he can supply. Definitively worth a look at the website as there’s so much he can do.


The meeting also gave me the opportunity to discuss our new client referral initiative, a great way to help develop…


Added by Paul Brooks on August 20, 2013 at 11:29 — No Comments

FREE WEBINARS- Employers Best Practice for Recruitment and/or Auto Enrolment

FREE Webinar: How to choose the best person when recruiting


Tue, Aug 27, 2013 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM BST


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FREE Pension Expertise Webinar: Everything you and your business needs to do for auto enrolment.


Wed, Aug 28, 2013 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM…


Added by Tim Drake on August 19, 2013 at 14:48 — No Comments

How To Have Great Testimonials

No matter how good we are at telling people about our products and services, it’s always heard with a degree of scepticism; After all, we would say we’re good, wouldn’t we! But if your current and past customers say you’re good... it’s a lot more believable.

What I most often see businesses using are unattributable one-liners: “Excellent service at a great…


Added by Rob Pickering on August 19, 2013 at 11:57 — No Comments

The Importance of Effective Marketing

Why is it that prospects need to hear your message so many times before taking any action? If you are doing your marketing well, targeting the right people and have created powerful marketing materials that use language your target audience relates to, why don’t they jump to their feet the first time they see your message?




Added by Lisa Chaffey on August 19, 2013 at 11:50 — No Comments

Don't miss out on half price Sage training



For just £100, you can enjoy a full day's training, completely tailored around you. This is ideal for beginners and those with no prior knowledge. Courses will cover the following:


  • Setting up of customer and supplier records and inputting sales and purchase invoices
  • Entry of bank transactions and reconciliations
  • Setting up and maintenance of nominal accounts and chart…

Added by John Sharp on August 19, 2013 at 8:28 — No Comments

Raise your Game - By Steve Mills The Prudent Marketer

Let’s face it – times are getting tougher, and they may yet get worse. As far as small businesses are concerned, this is bad news, and many are already starting to suffer. Businesses within a range of industries and fields are reporting a downturn in the market as a result of widespread economic volatility that doesn’t just stop at the UK’s borders. 

This essentially…


Added by Steve Mills on August 18, 2013 at 16:55 — No Comments

LinkedIn Training Berkshire

Some of the reasons to use LinkedIn as part of your marketing


  1. The use of Social Media websites is quickly becoming the No1 way that businesses market themselves on-line
  2. LinkedIn is the world’s No1 Professional Social Media networking site
  3. There are over 100 million members worldwide and this is growing all the time at a rate of one new member per second
  4. Used effectively, LinkedIn is a great Search Engine Optimisation Tool and can help small…

Added by Steve Mills on August 16, 2013 at 22:47 — No Comments

LinkedIn: Should you upgrade to a Premium Account?

I'm often asked whether it's worthwhile upgrading to a Premium account on LinkedIn.  My usual response is that if you're job-seeking, it's probably worthwhile.

I've always been happy with the free version but having read the attached article perhaps it's time for a re-think...

3 Reasons to Upgrade to LinkedIn Premium

Added by Barbara Patrick on August 16, 2013 at 7:00 — No Comments

Independents Insurance Solutions - Need To Know - E magazine – Issue 5




It has been all too easy for individuals to bring a ‘no win no fee’ action against a business when an individual has been injured due to the alleged negligence of the company and this of course can have a direct affect on your insurance costs. 


A major change in the legal system has been long overdue and we therefore welcome the Ministry of Justice reforms that came into effect on 1 August 2013.   These…


Added by Paul Brooks on August 15, 2013 at 15:00 — No Comments

Printed or online? There’s room for both

It can be difficult deciding how best to communicate with your customers. You want to keep up with the connected and instant world of online information yet you know many customers probably still appreciate a hard copy document they can read away from a computer screen.

Choices, choices

With information easily available on PCs and mobile devices and people comfortable with the technology, it’s no surprise businesses find it easy to communicate online. The question of…


Added by Tim Wickham on August 14, 2013 at 9:44 — No Comments

What insurance should I consider as a Start-Up?


Insuring a new business needn’t be complicated and a little time spent planning what needs to be arranged from day one, will avoid unnecessary problems in the future.


If like many start-ups you are going to work from home, you will almost certainly find that any existing car or household insurances will need to be upgraded or changed.


For car insurance, the policy will need to be extended to include business use – even if the only business journeys…


Added by Paul Brooks on August 12, 2013 at 13:00 — No Comments

The Door to Design website goes live

I'm delighted to announce the launch of the Door to Design website.

We've been working with owner Katja, to help showcase their projects going their forward so it's going to be a website which evolves pretty quickly.

If you'd like to discuss your requirements for a website, feel free to get in touch with me direct.


Added by Chris Lunn on August 12, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

Do You Have Results or Excuses?

Do you have all the results you want? Or are you substituting results with excuses?

The problem with excuses - or ‘reasons why not’ - is that they prevent us from taking exactly the action that would be needed to achieve the results.

Think about some aspect of your business that you would like to have better results with. It could be having more customers or more…


Added by Rob Pickering on August 12, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

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