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Hello, I’m the Lego Master of Marketing! 

Odd statement to start a profile, but go with it, it’ll make sense.

You know when you have loads of Lego all over the floor and it just looks like one big pile of nothingness. Not only does it look a mess, it’s a pain when you stand on it.

I take these bricks and start to make sense of how they all fit together.

If your marketing feels like a pile of painful Lego, let’s chat and get those building blocks fitting together: peter@marketingstudylab.co.uk

Why is this an issue?

The biggest problem facing todays marketing departments is the severe lack of qualified marketers, which usually happens by accident.

It’s not your fault, this usually happens by accident.

Perhaps there was an immediate need to design a website or create some literature and you needed someone to coordinate this – before you know it, Mark is the new marketing department.

Maybe your business has experienced some rapid growth, expanded and was looking to promote within or Andrea from customer service fancied her hand at marketing and is now in charge of all corporate comms.

Or perhaps your competition is way too active on social media and you feel you need to be present on this platform as well. Get Hayley to post ‘stuff’ – she’s young enough to understand how to do this. 

You get the idea!

These circumstances lead to 100s of hours of wasted time and money by focusing on the short-term tactics rather than a long-term strategic approach that will make a difference.

Even worse than this, the misplaced management of employees creates missed business opportunities, leaving money on the table that many didn't even know was there!

Hello, I’m Peter!
I can help with this.

I’ve been there, seen Marketing Departments churning out worthless tactical marketing communications that do nothing but damage a company’s reputation, wasting peoples time and reducing, not building long-term brand value.

I specialise in training programmes that will alter the mind-set of lost / forgotten / unqualified marketer's, by developing the skills needed to confidently create successful, long-term marketing strategies that generate business opportunities.

How is this done? Tell me, tell me now!

Quite simply by removing the pain points and problems than many marketers face as they haven’t had the training or been given the opportunity to develop their marketing skills through;

Strategic Marketing Planning
Professional Marketing Qualifications
Marketing Training Days
Mentoring
Tutoring

Any business that is not benefiting from the opportunities marketing will create is missing out MASSIVELY! The chances are that the marketing tactics that are being deployed focus on pushing the wrong messages of ‘Buy. This. Now’ to the wrong people (who don’t even care you exist), creating minimal awareness and even less success.

Positioning a company through a strategic marketing approach, not only carves out a point of difference for a company to differentiate themselves from the competition, but creates a unique proposition within the marketplace that highlights the problems it helps to fix for those that care enough to seek out this solution. Moving a company from a wasteful and unwanted push strategy to one that creates value where customers will actively gravitate towards this value proposition.

This changes your marketing and the marketing department from being viewed as a cost centre that haemorrhages money, to the department that creates value and saves money in the long-term.

And here’s a little bit of social proof for you:

‘It is refreshing to see someone with a passion for the profession producing such valuable content for others to learn from.’

‘He was genuine and very honest in his approach and it was a pleasure working through this with Peter. An ‘out of the box’ thinker, he enabled me to consider different approaches'.

Happy Marketing
Peter

www.marketingstudylab.co.uk

I would love to get your feedback on how I can improve the podcast or what you would like to hear in forthcoming episodes so either leave a comment or contact me directly - peter@marketingstudylab.co.uk

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Sep 10, 2019

Guest and Episode Links
Monique Russell
https://www.linkedin.com/in/clearcommunicationcoach/
https://clearcommunicationsolutions.com/

Books:
The Success Principles – Jack Canfield: https://amzn.to/2TWKIgV

 Enjoy the Episode - Happy Marketing!

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Intro

How credible are you? How important is credibility for your business. We’ll find out later when we take a look at Credibility, the four and final C of Marketing Communication.

But first, let’s meet Monique Russell an Executive Communications Coach. Sounds very prestigious doesn’t it. Well, what Monique does is help corporate professionals improve their communication skills and to date has taught over 2,000 people globally. Monique has also helped inspire parents who were stuck on how to motivate their children, which she is tremendously proud of and rightly so.

But I want to get into the type of communication skill you, the listener need right now, in business and in education, especially if you are new to a business and want to make that great first impression or just simply communicate with your colleagues more effectively. 

Takeaways

- Here are Monique’s tips for what to do when starting a new role and it’s quite extensive:

- Ask questions, pay attention to what is around you, share strengths and experiences, keep on learning and understand the work culture – is it for you? Do you fit in?

Did I miss anything?

- You need intention and action to be noticed. Take ownership of building social relationships. Make the effort and try talking face to face rather than remotely, it can make a huge difference 

- And finally, the dreaded M word. Meetings. Monique gave us a few short, handy piece of advice to keep these on-track and worthwhile:
- Always have an agenda
- Set a timeframe
- Give the meeting a purpose and have an outcome
- Provide a short recap for those ongoing meetings or for any newbys that may be joining you

 

Top Tip - The 4C's of Marketing Communication: Credibility

Have you even gone to purchase something from somewhere not credible? Seen some comms, thought it looked dodgy and bought it anyway… actually don’t answer that. Whatever you get up to in your own time is your own business, it’s not for here.

But if you haven’t, there is a reason for that and that’s because communications need to be credible to stand any chance of long term success. Yes, you can fool some people, but not for very long and not with any type of long term commitment from them.

But how do we do this. To gain credibility you need to become credible within the mind of the customer. This can be effected by a whole host of elements – the words you use, the font type, colours, images, sounds, smells and even the people that endorse your products or services… the influencers.

With all this in mind, the one thing you need to keep front and centre when making your communications credible, are your customers – what will resonate with them, what do they find credible? Answer these questions and you’ve hit the credibility mother-load… all you have to do now is be credible in your actions before, during and after purchase.

Out of all the C’s of communication, this one, credibility, for me, is the one that will provide long-term success, an affiliation with your customer, turning them into advocates and it is just damn ethical to be credible!

Music Featured on this Podcast:
Sleepy in the Garden
Lobo Loco www.musikbrause.de
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