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Useful Links & Recommended Websites

Useful Links

Recommended websites

On this page, you will find a list of websites that I recommend.  I hope that they help you grow your profit, by helping you to reduce costs, or increase sales.

The Prudent Marketer blogger.com blog.  For the latest tips, strategies and ideas from Steve and other leading marketing experts.

http://marketing-consultant-blog.blogspot.co.uk/

Conversion Rate Optimisation – Ever seen those websites where someone pops us and says how can I help.  You can ask questions live, on the internet with a real live person.  These are great for CRO (conversion rate optimisation), in other words getting more leads.  Check this site out for a 30 days trial…

https://www.livechatinc.com/pricing/

The LinkedIn Academy – Steve’s website which is dedicated to helping people use LinkedIn to grow their business.  Join The LinkedIn Academy and get lots of free tips.

www.thelinkedinacademy.com

LinkedIn – The world’s leading social media website for business

www.linkedin.com

Business Connections Live – A fantastic business TV channel on the Internet.  They are live every Wednesday at 7pm.  Check back issues for my interviews.

http://businessconnectionslive.com

Run a Domain name check to see if you are blacklisted anywhere –  First go here:

https://mxtoolbox.com

Then check the IP address of your office at  https://www.whatismyip.com/

Then having got your IP address, enter that here: https://mxtoolbox.com/blacklists.aspx

This will tell you if your email and/or domain is getting blocked, or blacklisted anywhere?

Opal Flame – Customers of our audio marketing programmes are continually complimenting the amazing quality and clarity of the material.  Robert always comes up trumps.  I am always amazed at his intuition in putting together the best edits.  He is more than a sound producer; he sees the bigger picture.

www.opal-flame.com

Smart Numbers – This is a fantastic resource for business who want to use different telephone numbers in order to track their marketing results.

http://www.maincoms.co.uk/smart-numbers/

Nightingale Conant – They sell fantastic marketing, management and personal development CD’s, DVD’s and other audio programmes. They normally offer a 30-day trial before you buy so if you don’t like the programme, you just return it to them.

www.nightingaleconant.co.uk

Institute of Sales and Marketing Management – They run great seminars and the mag is also good. Worth looking at if you are in sales or marketing.

www.ismm.co.uk

Word Tracker – The website provides a keyword search optimisation service.
www.wordtracker.com

SunZu – is an on-line networking club. Well worth checking out for your business.
www.sunzu.com

Elance – A great website for sourcing services worldwide.  Develop your own worldwide small business.

www.elance.com

ClickBank – This website has products that you can sell on your website for a commission as an affiliate. Often commissions are in excess of 50% of the product

www.clickbank.com

Fiverr – This is a great website with people offering to do things for you for $5!

www.fiverr.com

A great website for finding experts to outsource your needs to.

www.peopleperhour.com

SalesForce – The worlds leading CRM Software

www.salesforce.com

Build A Brand – A site to get design done cheaply

www.buildabrand.com

oDesk – This website matches people with a job; build a flexible workforce based on skills, ratings, and reviews

www.odesk.com

Twilert – Provides you with alerts from Twitter. In other words, when someone uses words like “does anyone know someone who can help me to _____” it alerts you.

www.twilert.com

Klout – Gives you a score in terms of how well you are doing on social media

www.klout.com

Echo Live Scribe – This site sells a pen that enables you to take meeting notes and upload them onto your computer. Then, with just a click of a button, it can turn your notes into typed text or a report.

www.echolivescribe.com

Zip Shot Tripod – This website is where you can buy a great little tripod that folds away very small and is ideal for  producing your YouTube videos

www.zipshottripod.com

 

The FD Group – Looking for a great part time FD?   Talk to Trevor Wilson at The FD Group

www.thefdgroup.co.uk

Solways Printers – If you are looking for top class printing, then Tim is your man at Solways Printers

www.solways.co.uk

Tony Robbins – Great for tips and advice on personal and business development

www.tonyrobbins.com

Blogger.com – Get a free blog. You blog to get onto the first page of Google. It is owned by Google and it is free. Very powerful!

www.blogger.com

Techsmith – On this website, you can buy Camtasia screen capture video production software & other products. Camtasia is well worth looking at if you are serious about video production

www.techsmith.com

MailChimp – A website for cheap email marketing

www.mailchimp.com

 

Constant Contact – A CRM website for cheap email marketing

www.constantcontact.com

99 Designs – 99 Designs is great.  If you want something designed, you ask for a design then lots of people put forward their design.  You review all the designs that have been selected for you and then you select the design that you like and you pay for it.

www.99designs.co.uk

Fivesquids  – On this website you can get people to help you with your marketing.  Not only that, but the cost is only £5.

www.fivesquids.co.uk

PR to Go – Monitor your PR efforts

www.pr2go.com

Docmail – Print and send out postcards for less than the cost of a stamp

www.docmail.com

Freelance.com – Get a quote or find freelance work on-line

www.freelance.com

Sustainable Routes – This website offers 50/50 funding to SME’s to help them become ‘greener’ by reducing travel costs.

www.sustainableroutes.co.uk

Check out Opuzz for royalty free music

www.opuzz.com

Shocking Facts about LinkedIn

Shocking Facts about LinkedIn

  • Two new users join LinkedIn every second.
  • Unique visiting members grew 16% to an average of 97 million per month.
  • LinkedIn has a reach into 200 countries and territories.
  • 1 out of 3 professionals on the planet has a LinkedIn profile.
  • Out of 380 million users, 75% of new sign-ups are from outside the U.S.
  • Listing skills boosts your profile views by 13X.
  • LinkedIn profiles are 11X more likely to be viewed if it includes a photo.
  • LinkedIn reported 55 cents per share earnings and a 33% advanced revenue of $712 million.
  • LinkedIn found that employees are 70% more likely to engage with a brand’s company updates.
  • 8.33% of Americans use LinkedIn while they are on the job.
  • 13% of millennials use LinkedIn.
  • Total number of long form posts written on LinkedIn to date are 3 million.
  • The number of long form posts per week increased to more than 130,000, and there are more than 1 million unique members publishing long form content on their sites, a scale that we believe is unprecedented in the history of professional publishing.
  • 39% of LinkedIn users have paid premium accounts.
  • LinkedIn reports that more than 3 million companies have created Company Pages.
  • LinkedIn generates social media’s highest lead conversion rate which is 2.74% higher than Facebook (0.77%) and Twitter (0.69%).
  • Over 25 million profiles are viewed on LinkedIn daily.
  • 42% of LinkedIn users update their profiles regularly.
  • 35% of LinkedIn users access the site daily.
  • 1 in 20 profiles belongs to recruiters.
  • 42 million unique mobile visitors per month. This stat is up from 29 million a year before (This is a 45% increase in just 12 months)
  • The average number of connections on LinkedIn is 930.
  • 41% of millionaires use LinkedIn.
  • LinkedIn has established that updates that contain links to more content get up to 45% higher follower engagement than updates without.
  • Posting images has been shown to result in a 98% higher comment rate.

Linkedin Workshop

How to win £80,000+ per person, per year in leads and sales on LinkedIn

linkedin workshop

The problem

The biggest problems that small business face on LinkedIn is that they either don’t understand it, or they don’t have the time to use it. The fact is, if you sell to senior management, middle management, or business owners, then your target market is on LinkedIn.

In fact, there are 377,000,000 people worldwide and over 19,000,000 in the UK on LinkedIn. So, the question is – How can you grow your database, keep in touch with your clients, create leads, and turn those leads into sales?

Your options

There are several options for you to consider:

Do nothing and lose out on sales from this fantastic income stream
Continue as you are and win the same about of business from LinkedIn, as you currently do
Take action to improve the marketing of your business.

Need further advice?  Cal us on 01256 345 556.

 

 

LinkedIn Business Opportunities

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How Your Profile Picture Can Lead to More LinkedIn Business Opportunities

There is a connection to having a professional profile picture to get better LinkedIn business opportunities. Many of us think that what we put on our profile pictures do not matter in the long run. However, the right profile picture is actually like putting your best face forward, especially if it’s for business.

Your profile picture on your website and your social media sites says a lot about you. Remember that this is the picture that your colleagues, your boss, your potential employer, employees or potential clients are looking at. Almost all people are visually-oriented and so, our eyes usually gravitate towards photos and videos when on a website. Therefore, it would be a waste if you ignore this advantage.

When you want to appear like a well-respected business and to have more LinkedIn business opportunities, your photos need to have a professional look. 

This means you should put a lot of effort in your profile picture. You need to look and act the part as well. Take the following into consideration when thinking about your profile picture.

  • Wear something professional. If you were to go to an interview, what would you wear?
  • If you could, it would be better to have your profile picture taken by a professional photographer.
  • Be mindful of the background that you use in your photo. Make sure it is appropriate to your industry as well.
  • Have good lighting and make sure that it is well lit.
  • Don’t forget to smile.

You don’t need to get a lot of photos for your profile picture. You can maintain a single photo across all your accounts so that your clients will be able to remember who you are and you appear organised and consistent. When you are consistent, people tend to associate it with reliability.

Don’t forget that your profile picture is the face of your business. While some people place their logos as their profile picture, this is not really the face that most people are looking for. Having a real profile picture is desirable as people associate this with credibility and professionalism.

Do not waste this opportunity to show people about your brand and to open up more LinkedIn business opportunities. 

Take the Prudent Marketer as an example and see how Steve Mills uses his profile picture across all his online sites.

For details of Steve’s forthcoming LinkedIn webinars, workshops and his DVD Programme go to www.thelinkedinacademy.com

 

Seven reasons that you should be using LinkedIn to grow your business

LinkedIn Training

1. Networking

Networking is without a doubt one of the most effective ways of growing a business and now we can do it online and at no cost and we can build our networking locally, regionally, nationally, or internationally.

2. Website traffic

We got over 1,000 people to our website every month.  How about you?

If you are like most people, then you are not yet using the power of LinkedIn to drive traffic to your website on a regular basis.

3. Targeting your niche

PPC Advertising on LinkedIn enables you to target your niche with your advertising.  So, if you want to advertise only to Accountants in Portsmouth, or HR Managers in London, then you can do so and because it is PPC, if it does not work, you do not pay!

4. Winning referrals

Referrals and testimonials are essential to business success and there is no place better than LinkedIn for providing you with an on-going stream of referrals.  All you have got to do is to ask the people on LinkedIn who know you, like you and trust you, to take one step further and recommend you.

5. Creating leads and sales

Put simply, people how use LinkedIn correctly win business on it and people who are on LinkedIn, but don’t really use it don’t win business on it.  Sorry to be simplistic, but that is the way LinkedIn works.

6. Growing your database

How much is your business worth?  Would it be worth more if you had a larger database of people who you are in regular contact with and whom you know?  The answer is YES.  One of the criteria used to evaluate the value of a business is the size and responsiveness of its database.

7. Improving brand awareness

I often say that brand awareness is best left to corporates and that it is a code word/excuse for not creating leads.  Having said that I have over 3,000 contacts on LinkedIn who all know me and one of my PPC Adverts was viewed by 389,000 people for only £18.  Something to think about.

For details of the next LinkedIn Training check out…

 

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Improving my LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn Training

What I Did to Increase LinkedIn Profile Views

1) Amended my title.

Time: 1 minute.

When I looked at people similar to me, I saw a list that was heavily concentrated with Managing Director titles. I modified my title from the Managing Director to the highly more searchable “Marketing Advice and Training.”

2) Inserted keywords into my Name field.

Time: 1 minute.

Admittedly, it looks a little weird when people do this, but since Keywords was a clogged path to my profile, I thought that I would try. I added “Marketing Advice and Training” after my name, surfacing those keywords to the highest level of my profile.

3) Added keywords to my Professional Headline.

Time: 2 minutes.

I replaced the company names with the functions I perform, specifically, “Marketing Advice and Training.”

4) Optimized my Summary.

Time: 10 minutes.

Before this exercise, my summary contained a list of how I help business owners. But who’s searching for the terms I was using on LinkedIn? Nobody. So I spent a little time and re-wrote this section using keywords. (LinkedIn helps you to do this.)

5) Expanded my Skills entries.

Time: 3 minutes.

I gave this section a thorough refresh, hitting LinkedIn’s 50 skill limit.

6) Syndicated blog posts.

Time: 7 minutes.

I adapted one blog post that I’d written for my website and it got over 5,000 views.

7) Changed Profile Viewing Setting from ‘Anonymous’ to ‘Public.’

Time: 1 minute.

To improve reciprocal visits, now when I visit a profile, that member can see that it was me who visited them. Maybe some will visit me in return.

8) Added my LinkedIn account to my email signature & Twitter profile.

Time: 2 minutes.

Another minor change – While I was in profile clean-up mode, I edited descriptions of past jobs to adhere to the action/results format.

The Results

Given the minor time investment of just under half an hour, I wasn’t sure what sort of results I could expect. I basically was trying to Raise my Game and get more views. Well, small changes have made a big difference!

In the 30 days prior to the optimisation project, my profile had been viewed  930 times.  Following the exercise, my profile received 1,566 views over the same period of time and this was over the Christmas period!

I also moved to No.1 in the rankings on LinkedIn for people like me, which was an increase of 4%.  My profile was shared 56 times and I was endorsed 122 times and even better, my posts were share by 268 people.  Let’s estimate that these 268 people each had and average of 350 contacts.  That means that my posts were shared with 93,800 people.

Not bad for 30mins work!  Want to win more business from LinkedIn?  Click on the button below…









 

Why you need to be on LinkedIn

Internet Marketing LinkedIn Training

 

Marketing Tip For Berkshire Businesses: Why You Need To Be On LinkedIn

One marketing tip for Berkshire that you should take note of is to use LinkedIn as a way to help promote your business. It’s a surprise to me when I hear that many business men and women are not using LinkedIn to its full potential.  Sure, they have created their profiles on LinkedIn, but they are either incomplete or their profiles are not updated.

Why is it important to heed this marketing tip for Berkshire?

LinkedIn is very popular. Most times, when you search someone’s name online, you will mostly see the top of search results to be from LinkedIn. So you can definitely benefit from this free publicity if you create a good and professional profile.

LinkedIn is mostly free; however, free membership has limitations for the member. If you want unlimited features, then perhaps it’s worth it to pay for the monthly membership fee.

#1 LinkedIn marketing tip for Berkshire business owners

When you set up a professional profile on LinkedIn, you get to tell your readers about yourself as well as your professional background. This is like a resume for most, except that readers get a glimpse of the bigger picture.

You can even have connections with your co-workers as you list them down in your profile. They can stand as your references so that when potential employers look at your profile, they will only need to click on those connections to see that your recommendations are credible. This will serve as a verifiable and independent proof that you are someone that they would want to work with.

LinkedIn is not only useful for those who are looking for employees or looking for employment. This is also a good venue for getting leads for your business.

Let’s face it; LinkedIn is the hub for business people. Most members will have business in their minds, which means that most everybody has the same goals. This is a good thing because this will make your search for leads much easier as your audience and target markets are experienced and knowledgeable people.

There are lots more that can be done on LinkedIn. Let Steve Mills, an expert in marketing in LinkedIn, help you with this and give you the best marketing tips for Berkshire businesses.

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LinkedIn Marketing Analytics

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How to use LinkedIn Marketing Analytics to show you your personal profile, or company page have been performing.  Your company page analytics are only viewable if you are an administrator of the page and your personal analytics are  viewable at any time.

To view your analytics simply go to your homepage and click on ‘Who’s viewed your profile’ in the right hand column. You will be taken to a page telling you how often your profile has been viewed and how many searches you have been included in.

On your company pages you can click on the analytics to review information such as what industry people are from who have viewed your profile the most, and the seniority of those people. It also shows how many views each of your posts are getting and therefore what is of interest to your contacts and the market.

By using the LinkedIn Marketing Analytics you can target specific markets, or develop new markets.

for further information regarding marketing your business on LinkedIn go to LinkedIn Training.

New LinkedIn Marketing tool

LinkedIn Training
As part of my commitment to adding value to my clients and helping members of my LinkedIn Training Academy, I have produced a short video.
The video is about the new change to LinkedIn and how you can use this great new feature, to grow your business.
Take a look now on YouTube:
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If you liked it, please share it with your contacts using the social media share buttons under the video.

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