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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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Jul 30, 2019

Links
Mark Shaw
https://www.linkedin.com/in/markshaw101/

Books:
Simon Sennek: https://amzn.to/300rZDj
Seth Godin: https://amzn.to/2RPR7K9 

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This episode is all about people. People online, people on social, people in……yep, real-life, real people imagine! Not only will we look at this element of the Extended Marketing Mix, but this topic is what our next guest is all about.

Mark Shaw is known for his out spoken posts on social media, but he is also known as the Anti-Social Speaker, why?

After numerous, unrelated jobs, Mark became one of the UK’s leading authorities on social media and for 10 years was the ‘go to guy’ for the BBC, Sky News, journalists & businesses. Now, he is trying to expose the frailties behind what a lot of Marketers see as their only comms channel – social media. Mark is not anti-social media as he is anti-what social has become.

 

Takeaways

- When using social media as part of your marketing communications, although you should always remember… it is a social platform, from a business perspective you need to ask yourself – Does it drive the needle nearer to our main objective? If not you need to start questioning your motives and strategy! This isn’t to say all posts should be salesy, far from it. Be helpful, engage and be social!

- But how do you get noticed on social platforms. Here are Marks top tips:
 - Stand for something
 - Be exciting in a way that resonates with your ideal clients
 - Value your audiences time as much as you value your own 

- And finally we’ll end with a great quote from Mark ‘If you want to lead the Orchestra, you need to turn your back on the audience’. That's not to say ignore your tribe, the people you want to be speaking with, no. It simply means, be you, do you, this is your niche as there is no one else like you on this planet.

 

Top Tip - The 7 P's - People

The final P. People. Where do people fit into the extended marketing mix? This was originally introduced as part of the extended mix for services but I feel it’s as relevant within a product-based company as it is a service.

People form part of the service you are offering,  be it a health spa or a retail outlet. But they are much more than just ‘people’. These superstars determine the level of customer satisfaction or dissatisfaction that is created every time they come into contact with one of your or their customers.

Think of a bad experience you’ve had and I can almost guarantee it either included someone doing something poorly or unprofessional – not to the level you expected, or they were part of the solution – either positively or negatively. That is how important ‘people’ are. 

In order to get this element of the mix to a high standard, it all starts with hiring the right people, with the right attitude and skills so they can deal with customers professionally and most importantly of all - in line with your brand values. 

A great way to highlight this is the service you would get in McDonalds and at the Ritz. Both may be impeccable, applaudable, but they would both be very different experiences, conforming to each companies brand values.

 

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