Strategy & Planning

Social Selling: LinkedIn for Sales Prospecting – Part One

September 20, 2017

    Yesterday I was giving a full day Advanced Workshop/Presentation to the Sales Institute of Ireland on Social Selling Through LinkedIn.  It was being run in the absolutely gorgeous newly renovated rooms in the National Concert Hall in Dublin.  Lots of light, huge airy room, massive screen, great coffee and pastries and then I […]

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Design Your Own Personal Branding Strategy:

October 7, 2016

Everything’s so loud now and so instantaneous that it’s getting harder and harder to stand out. The level of competition is fierce, it’s global and it’s To be seen, to be heard and to be valued amongst your competitors in the eye of a small number of potential clients. Branding on a business-level is common, […]

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5 LinkedIn Company Page Tips to Enhance Your Marketing

May 20, 2014

Do you use LinkedIn for business? Do you have a LinkedIn company page? In this article, I’ll show you how to get the most from your LinkedIn company page, in five easy steps. Why a LinkedIn Company Page? The benefits of a well-oiled LinkedIn company page include engaging followers with company news, updates, events and relevant content. […]

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Building a Dynamic Social Media Strategy for 2014

February 10, 2014

Written as a invitational feature article for Women Mean Business Magazine March 2014   SMEs no longer have a choice on whether we DO Social Media, the real question now is how WELL we do it. Most businesses are dabbling in Social Media strategy but there are so many choices out there; LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, […]

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How to Maximize the Reach of Your Social Media Posts

February 21, 2013

One of the most pressing questions whether you’re a social media newbie or a social media maven is: What’s the best way to post information or share content to optimize your reach? A study was recently conducted with more than 200 companies to determine how social media professionals may optimise their engagement with both business-to-business […]

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A 10 Step Social Media Marketing Guide for B2B

December 6, 2012

Here are 10 very simple steps to make sure that your social media marketing programme starts smart, has a strong launch and allows you to get the most from your new B2B communications. 1. Determine Social Media Marketing Programme Goals Though it’s a brand new era, the place to begin is with the age-old exercise of […]

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10 Tips for an Elevator Pitch that Gets Results

November 10, 2012

So, what do you do when you’re at a conference and are hit with the inevitable question “What do you do?” Do you captivate strangers right off the bat? Do you get people asking questions and following up with you later?  Your elevator pitch is a powerful marketing tool that tells your story in less […]

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Top 10 Tips for Networking Like a Pro

October 15, 2012

1.    Be Prepared Savvy networkers always have their networking tools with them at all times.  The Networking tool kit includes: Your elevator pitch, an ample supply of well branded business cards with all your relevant details, any pertinent collateral material (flyers, brochures, etc), your marketing message for the event – three bullet points you want people […]

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Top 8 Ways to Get the Most Out of a Conference

October 15, 2012

Attending a conference with other participants from around the country such as the upcoming National Women’s Day conference or this week’s International Web Summit in Dublin opens up a world of opportunities for growth, learning, and fellowship. Why not take a little time to plan ahead so that you can maximize your results from attending. […]

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A Five-Step Guide to Reinventing Your Business

November 11, 2011

To most business owners who have spent years and thousands of euros building their brand and developing a client base, chucking it all away to reinvent your business probably seems like the height of insanity. And if you do it on the fly or haphazardly, it probably is. But there are many reasons to tweak […]

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Top 10 Reasons to “Start Up” in a Recession

October 29, 2011

More publicity… Less competition… Talent waiting to be scooped up… Here’s why starting up in a recessed economy may give your business a better shot.  Do you have one good reason to start your business right now?Regardless of what people around you (including the media) may say, right now is the best time to get […]

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Four Small Business Marketing Steps

October 25, 2011

Wonderful flashy graphics, bright colors and spinning messages, they may look great but do your potential customers actually know what you are trying to say? I think the biggest mistake we make in marketing is making everything so difficult for consumers to understand that they just  don’t get what it is we do.  And if they don’t understand it, […]

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Naming Your E-Business

June 30, 2010

Choosing a name for your e-business requires just as much time and effort as naming a brick-and-mortar store. Here’s how to get started.Q: I’m opening an online store and was wondering how important the name of an online business really is. Should the name reflect what the business sells, or is it better to come […]

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Choosing a Perfect Name for Your Startup

June 30, 2010

You have a great idea for a new business, you have a plan for how you’ll go about it, you may even have funding, customers and a web site design… Now you’re only stuck on one thing – choosing a name!We’ve spoken to entrepreneurs, marketers, strategists, branding experts and design gurus to get some structure […]

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8 Mistakes To Avoid When Naming Your New Business

June 30, 2010

When choosing a name for your new company, keep these tips in mind to help you find one that will work now and in the future.Naming a business is a lot like laying the cornerstone of a building. Once it’s in place, the entire foundation and structure is aligned to that original stone. If it’s […]

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Perfect Business Name in 6 Easy Steps

June 30, 2010

Naming your business is one of the hardest tasks when you are starting up – no matter how creative you are.  Carol O’Kelly, founder and CEO of Redstorm, a marketing company in Dublin, Ireland, that specialises in branding strategy, has been an expert in naming products and companies for over a decade.  Here are six […]

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Starting a Social Media Strategy

March 31, 2010

Remember social media networking takes time, the more involved in it you and your organisation become, the more time it will take. The more successful you become within the social media world, the more interactivity you encourage, the more successful you will become but it will take still more time.  So, the key success factors […]

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Choosing a Business Mentor (and Getting Them to Choose You)

March 25, 2010

Once you’ve decided you want a business mentor and understand the value of having one, how do you go about finding the right one? It all depends on how selective you want to be.  A number of Web sites and organizations offer free mentoring.  Some will offer a great deal of information about your potential […]

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Working with a Business Mentor – How to create a mutually rewarding relationship

March 25, 2010

A mentor will become not only your advisor, but your friend and confidante. That doesn’t happen instantly—building trust and personal interest takes time. You set the tone at the outset of the relationship by demonstrating your commitment to the process. How can you best establish the base on which to build a solid mentoring relationship? […]

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The Value of a Mentor for Your Business

March 25, 2010

Your friends and family, the Web, periodicals, and even casual acquaintances can provide you with a steady daily flow of information regarding news, industry developments, and opportunities. Industry analysts, consultants, employees, and good networking contacts can share their expert knowledge with you regarding particular situations and needs you may encounter. But only a mentor can […]

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Tough Love in Tough Times

March 25, 2010

If your company is on life support, don’t expect sympathy or gentle encouragement from George Cloutier, the CEO of American Management Services and author of Profits Aren’t Everything, They’re the Only Thing. The no-nonsense consultant advocates a severe, business-first philosophy that might shock small-business owners—and, possibly, revive their fortunes. In an interview with Kermit Pattison […]

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