The Blog

I find writing leads to clarity. Heres a place I’ve been getting my thoughts down since 2009. 

LinkedIn Online Course

Making over 100k from LinkedIn and creating an online course

By Alastair Banks | Apr 29, 2017

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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Bespoke Tailor or Off the Peg Suit?

By Alastair Banks | Mar 24, 2017

Over the last 3 or so years a question I’ve been asked more than almost any other is whether someone should opt for a bespoke website or an off the shelf platform such as wordpress. Given I must have answered this more than a few hundred times now its surprising its taken me so long to put pen…

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5 Must-Haves for your Website in 2017

By Alastair Banks | Jan 10, 2017

Its a new year and that means one thing – you should be thinking about your digital strategy. And if you’re thinking about your digital strategy you should probably be thinking about a new website. And if you’re thinking about a new website you should probably know the key factors to consider for 2017. Well…

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Nine things that changed my life in 2016

By Alastair Banks | Dec 31, 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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Targetted Ads on Facebook and YouTube

Facebook Ads and YouTube PreRolls

By Alastair Banks | Oct 18, 2016

You may well know that my wife and I are expecting our second child anytime now, the due date was actually Saturday, which has been and gone. So I took the opportunity on Sunday to go and shoot some Ads for Facebook and do a YouTube PreRoll. I wanted to talk to you about how I’ve…

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Managing your sales pipeline

By Alastair Banks | Sep 1, 2016

Today has been a day of sales activity at Optix. I thought I’d share my thoughts and experience of CRM and how to setup your pipeline. I hope its useful.

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Sharing my appraisal template

By Alastair Banks | Aug 30, 2016

This week is appraisal week, or as we call them at Optix – Yearly Catchups. We’ve spent the last ten years honing our template for this annual event and today I share that on the vlog for you to do what you will with. Enjoy 🙂

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HR in a small business

By Alastair Banks | Jul 30, 2016

An afternoon of HR – Here are a few takeaways or ideas for you.

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7 Tips for Money Management in a Small Business

By Alastair Banks | Jul 29, 2016

Today I look back over the last 16 years and consider the best money management tips I’ve picked up. Enjoy

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