Think you need a marketing expert? Think again.

It might interest you to know the following points, neither of which are very flattering to our current masses of “marketing gurus…”

The difference between marketing and marketing communications

One: they may believe what they do is marketing, but there’s a good chance it’s marketing communications, which is only part of the story.
Two: if they know that what they do is marketing communications but they tell people they do marketing, they’re telling a porkie**.

But in fairness, it’s not that simple.

What does “marketing” really mean?

So that you don’t have to take it from measly old moi, here are some very respectable definitions: [Read more…]

Small business: how to write better training for your staff

Running or working in a small business and want to know how to make your words work better for you? Here’s a brand new series just for you.

This time we’re looking at how to write training that works better…

How to write better training for your staff

You may only have a few employees, but keeping them well trained is a key investment in the success of your business. And as many experts suggest, training your people is not an invitation for them to move on to better things.

On the contrary: there is an old joke which may be amusing, but holds true … [Read more…]

Social media: why you should advise, not adVERTise

Have you ever been guilty of confusing social media with free advertising? This guy did…here’s what he posted in the discussion thread of a locality group on one of the very large social media platforms…

Social media: why you should ADVISE, not ADVERTISE

Tips on car maintenance, or very short case studies, work well on social media.

Hi there everybody. I just wanted to quickly advertise my business. [Read more…]

Why network marketers are gagged from writing nearly everything

Welcome network marketer Jenny Hall, who shares an honest appraisal of how network marketers should go about promoting their wares – and how they can avoid being cited as the “bad guys…” Over to Jenny…

Why network marketers are gagged from writing nearly everything

Network marketing companies have to be extra-vigilant to ensure their promotional material is ethical and honest.

The marketing message disasters we see today…

Have you ever seen anything like this online? [Read more…]

Why you should break these 6 rules in writing

***There’s plenty of information around on how to write correctly for business and social purposes. But if you follow those rules, you risk writing like a clone of everyone else. With so much of ourselves being shared in text form online, how can we get across who we really are as individuals?

Why you should break theses 6 rules in writing

It helps to learn writing rules first before you can break them effectively

The answer? Learn how to break the rules so you can express your own personality – as well as communicate your essential messages. Here are some ideas to help start you off on that journey… [Read more…]

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