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How to attract the customers you actually want

Are you attracting the customers you actually want? We all know that running a business can be tough. First you need to find customers and when you have them, you need to keep them coming back. When it comes to marketing, both to new and existing customers the natural tendency is to tell the world about your products and…

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How the Exeter Chiefs won the Premiership

As the mighty Exeter Chiefs secure their third Twickenham final in as many years I thought it appropriate to pour a cuppa and put pen to paper. I recently attended a networking group which Chris Bentley, formerly of the Exeter Chiefs, now a partner at Smithkin Baker and working with Air Marketing spoke about his…

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LinkedIn – A B2B Marketers Dream?

So I first wrote this article a number of months ago for Smart Insights but I wanted to share it here as many of you are unlikely to happen across it there. I hope you enjoy and get something useful from it. Having trained hundreds of people over the years on how to get the most from…

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Communication Tips from a Master

A couple of years ago a good friend put me onto Andy Bounds. He knew I was into marketing and comms and was always trying to find new ways to better myself. I rarely sign up to newsletters but I trust this friend so I gave Andy’s weekly email a shot. Two or so years…

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7 ideas for positioning yourself as a thought leader

Lets break it down for a second. Thought suggests musings. Thought suggests insights. Thought suggests a point of view. Leadership is all about getting others to follow you, often blazing a path. Put the two together and you have content which is created with the purpose of getting others to think and follow if they agree. It…

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5 reasons you should consider improving your LinkedIn skills

You may have seen that I’ve recently launched an online course on how to improve your linkedin skills. You can find it here: https://www.udemy.com/linkedin2017 I’ve been teaching our clients how to get the most from this powerful platform for many years now. I’ve been on the platform myself since the mid 2000’s. Its the most important…

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Making over 100k from LinkedIn and creating an online course

Last year I generated over 100k’s worth of business from LinkedIn alone. Want to do the same? Read on… I’ve been using LinkedIn for business since the mid 2000’s. Whilst many others discounted this network, preferring instead the more glitzy and slightly cooler networks like Twitter and Facebook. I pursued all of them, trying to work…

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Nine things that changed my life in 2016

So as another year draws to a close, it’s time for my customary post about the things that changed my life this year. If you’re interested in previous years then you can check them out here: ’09, ’10, ’11, ’12, ’13,’14,’15 Ok so lets get on with it, here’s the run down (no particular order):…

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So I started a YouTube Channel!

My first four YouTube Videos are live and I’m loving the feedback I’ve had already – its quite humbling and suggests that its certainly worth persisting with. To bring you upto speed you can check out my channel here: https://www.youtube.com/c/alastairbanks For ease though, here are the first four videos – please forward on to students with…

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