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Dear Joe,

Thank you so much for passing on my details to the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development, Executive Director, Small Business Victoria, Roger Arwas.

Whilst many companies look at the festive season as a time to wind down and enjoy the fruits of the year, there still are a few of us that take this time to have a cold hard look at ourselves and make some very tough decisions.

Every month I go through the arduous task of checking Marketing Eye’s google rankings.

It’s important to our organisation, as we are advocates of not spending money on adwords or external seo optimisers and believe a well built website that is seo’ed is all that a business needs.

mellissah-smith01What typifies a small business varies from country to country but there are almost 2 million in Australia if you incorporate sole operators and consultants in the mix – or at least so they tell me.

Marketing Eye is always the last to market ourselves, but having put together some ‘hairy audacious goals’ for 2010, we are looking at every possible avenue to market our business to small to medium sized businesses.

Having just received information pertaining to a client of Marketing Eye’s that had a section on their website whereby visitors could lobby to have their local shop store a particular beer, I was surprised by the number of people who are loyal to a brand.

mellissah-smithWhere did you come up with the idea for running an outsourced marketing company?
After running a creative marketing agency for 5 years primarily focused on big corporate, I realised that there was a need in the market for small to medium sized businesses to have an experienced marketing manager at an affordable price.

Making marketing affordable for all companies has been our mandate and as such Marketing Eye has developed a number of models to help small businesses with all areas of marketing.
We keep everything in-house including public relations, advertising, branding, web development, film production and multimedia – allowing us to keep the costs of these services down. It works and clients appreciate that their brand is being managed under one roof.

Why would companies decide to outsource marketing rather than insource?
When a company gets to a certain size, they should have a full time marketing resource. However, it’s the time between startup and reaching this point where businesses struggle with their marketing and growth plans. This is where an outsourced model fits in and helps businesses achieve their goals.

I had the pleasure of attending the Malcolm Turnbull Dinner last night held at the Crown Casino in Melbourne to raise money for the Australian Liberal Party.

Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef is as my good friend Steve would say ’sweet’ but after a day or two , I have to best honest – what’s next?

This morning I didn’t want to get out of bed. It’s cold, my bed’s warm and the TV was on.

Eventually after my alarm bell rang for the 9th time, I hopped out of my snuggly bed and headed for the shower as I do 7 mornings a week.

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