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To post or not to post? How much of your brilliance should you share?

As a business, how circumspect should you be about posting online your brilliant discoveries, unique looks and ideas? Hatta Byng, the editor of House & Garden magazine, advises you keep your most stylish rooms or best finds to yourself to avoid them becoming: "less desirable and far too of the moment" - a veiled reference… Continue reading To post or not to post? How much of your brilliance should you share?

Influencer marketing: It’s just a marketing channel

There is a lot of hype about influencer marketing these days and some marketers are getting into a right tissy about it, claiming the number of views will make or break a brand, worrying over the loss of control of marketing messages and stressing about how to discover and select the right influencers. These concerns… Continue reading Influencer marketing: It’s just a marketing channel

Leadership in Uncertain & Risky times: Brexit

Right now, in the UK, we can't stop thinking about and discussing the direct and indirect impacts of the decision of the UK to leave the EU, especially with all the unknowns, twists, complications, and deals or no deals.  So I'm sparing a thought for the UK Executives whose job it is to lead, manage… Continue reading Leadership in Uncertain & Risky times: Brexit

Great Idea! So why no sales? ….

So you've spotted a market opportunity! There is clear customer need which is under-served and you have a product for this untapped opportunity, hooray!  You develop your tech, launch your product and eagerly wait for the orders to come rolling in ... but, the problem is, they don't.  After your initial burst of enthusiasm, its… Continue reading Great Idea! So why no sales? ….

Beyond ‘Customer Needs’

When I'm discussing their marketing strategy with entrepreneurs, I often refer to 'customer needs' but recently I was given reason to reflect on whether I've been using the terminology too narrowly - are decisions to purchase or consume driven solely by having products and services which customers want, or prefer, see benefit from, or achieve… Continue reading Beyond ‘Customer Needs’

Persuasion Pointers

The founder of the Private Equity firm I used to work for hugely favoured backing CEOs who had, at some point in their career, worked in sales.  Why?  Because he recognised being able to persuade people of an idea being a winning one is critical to entrepreneurial success.   Entrepreneurs who are comfortable with selling… Continue reading Persuasion Pointers

Stress & the CEO: What role for the NED?

There's no doubt its a tough job being a CEO, but it goes stratospheric when you have to manage a game-changing situation that has the potential to destroy or seriously damage the size and shape of your organisation.  Take the challenge of access to capital for instance, as it is one of the top concerns… Continue reading Stress & the CEO: What role for the NED?