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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:

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

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

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May 28, 2019


Ansoffs Matrix (created by Igor Ansoff in the 1960s) is a Marketing model that stands the test of time and we’ll see why later on. But first, we’re going to have a chat with Leonard Kim about all things Influence.

Leonard is the Managing Partner of InfluenceTree an organisation that teaches you how to build your brand. Be it personal or business. But that isn’t the end of his story – as you’ll find out, the stories we tell are important – as Leonard has been featured in Inc. Magazine, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Fortune and the Huffington Post. He is also been recognised as one of the top writers in the fields of Marketing and Business Strategy.


Happy Marketing!



- Fear – Do something about your own fears. Don’t just face them, embrace them and work through it. Fears can be false indicators, yet these usually end up being the best things we ever do!

- When writing his book - Ditch the Act (link is in the show notes), Leonard spent the time to get the material he needed, then looked at the structure, placed the info into chapters (using bullet points initially) and then made it make sense, chapter after chapter – small, manageable pieces. Which is so similar to writing Marketing exams and assignments. A lot can be taken from this.

- When looking to utilise an influencer with the B2B space, in any industry you need to consider the following:

            - Does this person like or use our product or service

            - Will they stay loyal and be an advocate

            - Check out the audience – Are they right for your brand

            - How much influence do they actually have!

But, the most important takeaway here is that you should look internally for your influencers and make your employees the advocates.


Top Tip – Ansoffs Matrix

As we found out at the start of this episode, Igor Ansoffs Matrix has been around for over 50 years, but is still used today in academia and practice.

So what is it and how can it be used. Firstly, the link in the show notes will take you to a diagram of this model, which you may find useful while listening to this explanation. OK, got it, nice one.

In its essence, this model can assist with strategic marketing planning when looking for growth opportunities. It is split into four distinct strategic directions depending on four factors:

Products – are they new or existing

Markets – are these new or existing

Depending on the market and product or service your are focusing on will determine the overall strategic direction that should be the main focus of the business and your marketing strategy.

For example, for a new product that is entering an existing market, a product development strategy is required. This could mean a number of things such as line extensions or product developments due to R&D and feedback, where the company is looking to introduce these developments into an existing market where the brand is already know.

Understanding all four strategic outcomes from this model:

Market Penetration

Market Development

Product Development


Means we can look to utilise tactics that compliment this direction making the strategy much more manageable and achievable. But like any good strategic model, we can only come to these solutions and decisions once we have done our research, our situation analysis and understand where we are and the potential gaps in the market that could be exploited.

Leonard Kim
Twitter: @MrLeonardKim: 

Ditch the Act: Reveal the Surprising Power of the Real You for Greater Success – Leonard Kim:
Limitless – Laura Gassner Otting:

Ansoff Matrix:

Music Featured on this Podcast:
Sleepy in the Garden
Lobo Loco
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