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500 interviews – distilled into 8 secrets of success… July 28, 2008

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I’m always on the lookout for good stuff to feed my mind and it helps when the material is presented in a light hearte way!

a week or so ago, a friend referred me to the following video and although it is just three minutes long, I’m sure that you will agree with me that it is worth every second of your time.

Apply these secrets to your business and you will be successful. These are the basics for all business growth.

8 Secrets of Success Video

 

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Get 000’s of new visitors to your website July 16, 2008

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I’m always looking for ways to increase traffic to my website so that I can grow my business – after all, if nobody see what we have to offer, nobody knows just how good we are!

It is the same for every business -you need to build awareness that you actually exist before you ever have the chance to sell your goods and services.

If you haven’t got enough visitors, then take a look at this

  http://www.t2000ultra.com/?rid=53532

It is a simple proposition and utilises the very best viral marketing techniques.

At first, I thought it was a bit of a gimmick, but I gave it a try and now my visitors and more importantly, my subscribers and sales have gone through the roof. Yours can to.

If you want grow your business, take a look at site now;

 http://www.t2000ultra.com/?rid=53532

Tony

How will the Credit Crunch affect your business? July 16, 2008

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As always with this type of question, there is no straight answer, other than – it depends!

However, in economic downturns, there are as many winners as there are losers. The question you should be asking right now is – in which camp do I want to be?

 

 

There is a saying that “when the going gets tough, the tough get going” and this has to be your mantra if you want to be one of the winners.
It is no good complaining about the state of the economy – there are enough people doing that. It is no good blaming the banks -they’re still open for business and for good business propositions, there is always money available.

However, the days of cheap money and a queue of people waiting to help you refinance are long gone and good riddance I say.

So what can you do to ensure that you are one of the winners and that you continue to deliver exceptional growth within your business?

For one, take these five simple steps;

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it depends!Undoubtedly, the impact of the credit squeeze, the increasing price of borrowing and the continued hikes in the cost of raw materials are having a big impact on business globally.

Santander takeover of Alliance & Leicester – the impact on your business… July 14, 2008

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Today in London, the Spanish banking group, Santander agreed to purchase Alliance & Leicester, the UK banking group in a deal worth approximately £1.3bn.
So what will be the impact on the business market in the UK.

All of the press analysts have concentrated upon the mortgage assets of A&L as being the main driver of the acquisition and debated at length as to whether the deal will be good for the UK consumer.

By acquiring A&L, Santander will have taken control of two of the bigger mortgage providers in the UK, having taken over Abbey a few years ago. Both Abbey and A&L were previously Building Societies and have significant retail customer bases.

However, I think the real purpose of the A&L acquisition is for Santander to gain a foothold into the business market. A&L have a much more developed commercial proposition than Abbey and although Abbey have been trying to develop their business proposition, it hasn’t really taken off in the way that I think Santander would have liked.

By acquiring A&L, they can merge the two UK businesses together and reap the rewards from cost savings generated as a result of de-duplication across branch networks and more significantly in the support functions. But I feel far more importantly, Santander now have a valid business proposition in the UK market, one I’m sure that they will wish to develop and exploit.

So what’s the impact on UK businesses?

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9 ways to improve cashflow in your business! July 11, 2008

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Of all the business tips I’m asked about, one of the most frequest realtes to how to improve cashflow. As you will realise, cash is king – without it, you’re dead! So it is vital that you implement a structured approach to improving the cash position within your business.

Incidentally, my response to the question is to point clients in the direction of the “9 steps to improving cashflow” – see below;

Implement the following 9 ideas to improve the cashflow within your business;

1. Use cashflow sales checklists.

For sales people, get them to ask every single customer to make another add-on purchase with the one they’ve already made. A great way to do this is to have a shopping checklist of what the customer could buy.

2. Use cashflow payment checklists

. For your administration team. Have a checklist of your customers and when their payments are due. Set up reminder e-mails/SMSs/and faxes for each customer to ensure their payment is received on time…. Read more

 

Thriving in a Downturn – Part 3 – getting your head right! July 11, 2008

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I recently held a tele-seminar on this topic and was amazed at how many people in the audience didn’t grasp the importance of “getting their head right” when looking to succeed in business and drive growth within their business.

The seminar considered the impact of the ‘Law of Attraction’ on buiness sucess and highlighted a four step process to improving your future prospects – I’m in the process of setting up a download of this seminar via the website – www.businessgrowthmastery.com – so if you’re interested – keep an eye out.

It is probably wort reiterating the four step process here so that you can all start to implement it now;

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Apple iPhone 3G – is it a toy or a real business asset? July 11, 2008

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Today, throughout the world, Apple is launching it’s new iPhone – the 3G version.

The question that I’ve been asking is whether this new version can be a real business asset or just another nice piece of apple kit? Can it help you to grow your business?

I’ve been using the original version of the iPhone for the last few months and I have to say that the interface is excellent – it is really good to have everything in one place. However, I still carry a Blackberry for business purposes as it enables me to have instant access to the office and immediate notification of emails.

The upshot is that instead of taking advantage of the latest mobile technology by reducing bulk etc, I’ve been left with carrying two phones – both really good at what they do, but equally both doing different things.

I’ve just got my hands on one of the new Apple iPhone 3G phones and on first impressions, the upgrade is certainly worth the wait. More importantly, I believe that I can now rid myself of the Blackberry as the 3G version provides a similar push and synchronisation to Exchange. yippee!!!

So I believe that the new 3G version of the iPhone is now a real business asset – it provides me with;

  • a compact phone
  • an integrated ipod
  • a camera
  • instant access to emails
  • synchronisation with exchange
  • fully functional web browser
  • fully functional map/ location finder
  • a decent note capability

all delivered in an extremely easy to use, practical interface.

Well done apple for listening and for reducing the price!