Having been in business for 10 years and totally absorbed by the businesses I already own and operate, I have had little time to think of anything else.
But like a well oiled chain, most of my businesses operate fairly efficiently and effectively without my daily input. These days I am more a problem solver than a day-to-day runner of the business.
Yesterday I was asked the question about what are the concerns of small to medium sized businesses when it comes to marketing right now.
The truth is only they know, however I have a good gauge having spoken with more than 100 small to medium sized businesses in the last month.
A couple of years ago, I was invited to be an Ambassador for Ozchild (www.ozchild.org.au).
Ozchild has a history of helping children from underprivileged environments since 1851 and now has a group of 500 volunteers and around 170 staff.
Some people turn on the television to laugh, others to be entertain… me… to be motivated.
I rarely watch a show that doesn’t have some relevance to my life. Yes, I was addicted to Sex In The City, then came Lipstick Jungle and on the weekend, the DVD for Cashmere Mafia.
I have a good friend who always talks about ‘living the dream’. He arrives at a friends house, they go “what have you been up to?”, he replies “Living the dream”. Actually, you can pretty much ask him anything and the reply is always the same. Go figure.
I have tried everything. Changed screens on my computer, rummaged to the next page in newspapers and hummed la la la in my head when my staff mention it and to be honest, tried everything in the book to avoid hearing about it.
Do company owners just not listen? Do they not look back on history and see how many companies that have gone from being small and relatively unknown to large corporates through marketing in an economic downturn?
It’s tradeshow season! There are hundreds of tradeshows each month in Australia and overseas and companies more so than ever are investing heavily in marketing themselves in this way.
International Women’s Day is upon us and although I don’t necessarily agree that we should have a day that celebrates women alone when there is no day that celebrates men, I am compelled to attend events whereby the keynote speakers are successful women.