Instagram and business: Is it worth it?

Instagram and business

Instagram and business: Is it worth it? Should I be on Instagram for my business? As a business owner, you’re always looking for new ways to reach your target audience and grow your business. Instagram has over 1 billion monthly active users, so it’s no surprise that it’s one of the most popular social media […]

Here’s why creating content is hard

Here’s why creating content is hard Do you struggle with creating content for your business? A lot of the time I see business owners really struggle with writing copy and creating content for their own business and it ends up in the too hard basket. Why? Because creating content can be overwhelming and frustrating. It’s […]

Maximising your sponsorships

Maximising your sponsorships Have you ever consider sponsorships as part of your marketing strategy? Sponsorships are more than handing over money to an organisation and expecting the leads and sales to roll on in! So where do you start? Like any marketing activity sponsorship should have a strategy and budget behind it. In other words: […]

Finding time to do marketing

finding time to do marketing

Finding time to do marketing Are you doing everything but your marketing? Small business owners tell me all the time that they really struggle with “finding time to do marketing”​.  So, here’s the process that I follow to make sure my marketing gets done! Step 1: start with a plan Start with having a marketing […]

3 simple ways to grow your email list

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3 ways to grow your email list Are you struggling with growing your email list? We all know that, when it comes to marketing return on investment, email is considered number 1. Again, and again! If you don’t currently use email in your marketing, find out more about why you should be including email in […]

Silly Season Marketing

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Silly Season Marketing Five+ tips to help you with silly season marketing Silly Season is only seven weeks away which means the big fella is on his way and you need to start your silly season marketing NOW!!! Whether you call it Silly Season, Festive Season, Christmas or Yule this time of year is a […]

Fabulous five types of social media posts

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The fabulous five types of social media posts Have you seen those social media calendars that show the different types of posts you can do? Have you wondered what makes the posts different? Well today’s your lucky day – we’re going to explain the different types of social media posts you can do. The fabulous […]

Play where your ideal customer is playing on the socials

play where your ideal customer is playing on socials

Play where your ideal customer is playing on the socials Where should I play? One of the questions we get asked a lot is ‘How do I know which social media platforms I should be on?” In other words, where should you play? The most important thing here is play where your ideal customer is […]

Setting Social Media Goals

Setting social media goals

Setting social media goals Start with the end in mind When it comes to setting social media goals, you may have heard lots of marketers say start with the end in mind.  There’s a reason we do this.  We need to know what you want to achieve with your social media, because that will influence […]

Ten terrific blog topics

Blog topics. We often here people say, “but I don’t know what to blog about”. So, here’s ten terrific topics on what to blog!

YouTube Marketing

There are some really good reasons that you should be setting up a YouTube Channel for your business. 1. It’s more than cat videos!

Who is your target market

We talk all the time about knowing who your ideal customer is – who your target market is. Why? Here’s a couple of reasons.

Working from home tips

Working from home tips. If you’re new to remote working (working from home), here’s a few tips that we use at starfish marketing.

Social Media Goals

Social Media Goals? This is one of the topics we are covering at our upcoming workshop, How to Plan, Create, & Schedule Your Social Media Like a Pro.

Planning your social media

We’ve been getting a few questions about planning your social media. Specifically around how to work out what types of posts to share on social media and how to plan them and schedule them out.

How to be awesome on Instagram

How to be awesome on Instagram. Are you making the most out of your awesomeness on your Instagram page? Here are three tips to help you be Instagram awesome

Using Instagram story polls

Using Instagram story polls. One of our favourite things about Instagram is how easy it is to use story polls.

Why should you join Instagram?

Why should you join Instagram? Reasons why and how to use Instagram. Instagram is a pretty big deal these days. 1 billion people use Instagram every month!

23 marketing freebies

23 marketing freebies to use in your marketing. From social media scheduling to graphic design tools, to video creation, and more. 23 marketing freebies!

What is meme marketing?

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Did you know that meme marketing is a thing? Yep. Businesses are using memes strategically in their marketing. So, what makes memes so special.

Marketing your business on a budget

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Marketing your business on a budget. Contrary to popular belief, marketing your business on a budget can deliver great results. Here are five budget marketing tips.

How do you do a brand audit?

How do you do a brand audit? The word “audit” can be scary. But doing a brand audit is an important part of creating consistency all through your business.

Defining your brand

Defining your brand

Defining your brand. Your brand should be a true representation of who you are as a business and how you wish to be perceived.

Facebook is removing Likes!

Facebook is removing Likes. Facebook has announced Australia will be one of the first countries to trial remvoing viewable Likes…

What do emojis mean?

What do emojis mean?
Did you know that this emoji ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ was named word of the year by Oxford Dictionary in 2015?

Our favourite “free” social media tools

Our five favourite “free” social media toolsWe love social media and all the opportunities (and fun) it brings. And because we love to share the love, and our mission is to make a difference, here are our five favourite social media tools.Freebie Alert!Most of these tools have both free and paid versions, so you can […]

The basics of setting up a Facebook Ad

The basics of setting up a Facebook adThe most important thing in setting up a Facebook ad  is to identify the goal. What do you want to achieve? If you don’t know what you want to achieve, then how will you know if your ad is successful or not. You should also know your ideal client. […]

What is a Facebook pixel

What is a Facebook pixel?
Have you heard of the Facebook Pixel, but always wondered what it is?

LinkedIn Vs Facebook

LinkedIn Vs Facebook. There are differences between the two that are important when it comes to using either (or both) platforms with your marketing.

Why is social media so important?

Why is social media so important?
Have you been wondering why is social media so important for business? There’s a really simple answer.

How to create your content

How to create your content If you love creating stuff, this is probably the funnest part of content marketing (yes, funnest isn’t technically a word but sometimes you just have to break the rules). Before you get to the fun though, make sure you’ve got your content strategy and content plan in place. If you haven’t done […]

Building your content plan

Building your content planBuilding your content plan might seem overwhelming, but it can actually be pretty easy.   First, make sure you’ve got your content strategy in place. If you haven’t done that yet, check out our previous articles on Great Content Can Help Grow Your Business and Creating Your Content Strategically.  If you’ve already got your […]

Creating content strategically

Creating your content strategicallyAre you creating your content strategically? Last week we talked about three ways great content can help you grow your business. However, the trick is you need to have a strategy behind creating that great content!Your content strategy is different to your content plan. Your content plan is more along the lines of […]

Content is King

Content is KingHave you heard the expression “Content is King”? It’s often used when referring to marketing activities – particularly in the digital marketing world.(If you’re interested in an explanation of where the phrase came from check out this article from Textbroker.) So, why is content king?To put it simply, great content can help you grow your […]

Top two tips to stay competitive

Top two tips to stay competitiveAre you finding it challenging to stay competitive? Have you noticed that over the last few years the digital world has become very crowded? There is so much information, so many apps, an enormous number of platforms out there, its hard to get your head around and to know what to focus […]

Three reasons to use email marketing

Three reasons to use email marketingEmail marketing is dead! You hear it all the time, but in reality, it’s not the case. When done right, email is one of the most cost-effective ways to connect with your existing and potential clients and customers. According to Campaign Monitor, “Email marketing is the king of the marketing kingdom with […]

Three people, three years, three lessons learnt

Three people, three years, three lessons learntAs I come up to our two-year anniversary of starfish marketing making the leap from just over 12 months of side-hustle to “going solo”, I’m reflecting on three lessons learnt. We have grown from one person to three people in three years. Something that I didn’t project happening as quickly […]

Nine free things to help you with your marketing

Nine free things

Nine free things to help with your marketingRecently I met with Jade, a local business owner, comedian, student (studying her MBA) and wearer of many hats. Like a lot of us, Jade likes to do things herself. However she was feeling frustrated with her marketing. We had a catch up to see how starfish marketing might […]

Planning & thinking differently

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Planning and thinking differentlyTomorrow the starfish marketing team will come together in our Albury office for a planning and thinking differently day. This will be the first time the three of us will be in the same location at the same time. (For those unaware we have three locations, Albury, Canberra and Rutherglen.)All three of us are […]

Finding your right marketing platforms

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Finding your right marketing platformsIf you’re hearing that you must be doing all the socials, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn, etc and you’re feeling overwhelmed, give yourself a break.Why?Because you really only need to focus on where your market is. And your market (your ideal customer) isn’t going to everywhere. Most likely they’re going to be […]

How to schedule Facebook posts

How to schedule Facebook postsAre you spending too much time manually posting on Facebook? Scheduling your Facebook posts can save you a stack of time. And time is money. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to schedule your Facebook posts. Step 1 – Create your posts Go to your business page Click on the Publishing Tools tab […]

Touchpoints

I was recently asked to present to a group of business leaders about marketing and the importance of touchpoints. The combined knowledge in the room, from a leadership and business perspective, was pretty impressive. However, they were facing a common challenge with their marketing. And that was that their marketing wasn’t really focused on supporting sales […]

Your brand is more than your logo

Your brand is more than your logoMany people, when they think about brand, go straight to their logo. However, your brand is more than a logo. A logo is simply a visual representation of your brand – one aspect of it. Your brand infiltrates every aspect of your business, so it’s important to get it right. However, […]

Promotion – Your number three P

Promotion

Promotion – Your number three PPromotion is your number three in the seven P’s of marketing and is most commonly, what people think of when they think of marketing. And they usually equate Promotion with Advertising, but it is so much more than that. Disclaimer: I have no research or facts to back this assumption […]

Price Number Two P

Price – Your number two PWhile price, is your number two P in your marketing mix (Product being #1), it could conceivably be the most important factor of your marketing mix.Why?Basically because it’s the element of the marketing mix that generates revenue and without revenue, we don’t really have a business.Pricing can be challenging because […]

Product – Your number one P

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Product – Your number one PFor your product – your number one P in your marketing mix, to be successful there are two key things it needs to deliver:Satisfy a specific need of your customer, andIt has to deliver on it’s (your) promiseI have discussed this many times – to meet the key factor of […]

Do you understand your marketing mix?

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Do you understand your marketing mix?Do you understand your marketing mix? Last week I talked about the importance of having  a marketing strategy. And I touched on the marketing mix, otherwise known as the 7 Ps of marketing. Over the next few weeks, we’ll look at each of those Ps in a bit more depth. But first […]

Five reasons to use video in your marketing

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five reasons to use video in your marketingIf you google “reasons to use video marketing” a plethora of articles come up, ranging from five to 25 reasons you should use video in your marketing.And, you may have noticed that at starfish marketing, we are now including video’s in our blog and social media. Perhaps you’re wondering […]

Naming your business

How to name your business

Six steps to naming your businessWhether you’re starting a new business or rebranding your business, having the right name is essential. The right name can help get your business known quickly and in a positive light – it can even attract customers. The wrong name can doom your business, creating the wrong impression and driving potential […]

Eight steps to build a marketing campaign

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Eight steps to build a marketing campaign If the thought of a building a marketing campaign give you the heebie-jeebies, don’t worry; here’s eight steps to build a marketing campaign. Do you feel like you will just be throwing money down the drain? Or does that famous marketing quote by John Wanamaker come to mind? […]

spending, spending, spending with not a ROI in sight

spending spending spending

Are you spending, spending, spending with not a ROI in site? Do you know how much you spend on your marketing activities each day/week/month/year? Do you have a limit on what you spend on your marketing? I see a lot of marketing plans that look like they have a lot of thought and research behind them. Theyhave an […]

Haaaaave you met ROI?

have you met ROI?

Haaaaave you met ROI? Yes, really haaaaave you met ROI?  If you’re a How I Met Your Mother fan you may be familiar with this saying (substitute ROI for Ted). Just as Ted is Barney’s best friend in How I Met Your Mother, ROI is your best friend in marketing. ROI is your Return On Investment. If […]

Where are you playing?

Where are you playing

where does your market play?Are you playing where your market plays? This is different to where they do their research, which I touched on last week.  Where your market plays is where they are connecting – whether it be with friends and family, with businesses, with their aspirations and dreams… the list goes on.Chances are your marketing […]

Helping hand Tuesday

Helping hand TuesdayHelping hand Tuesday – where do customers research?Each Tuesday, over on Instagram, I post a question aimed at simplifying marketing activities, and helping business owners think about what they should be considering. Sometimes I write a bit about it too. This week was one of those times.Knowing  where your customers do their research means […]

Is your inbox dictating your life?

Is your inbox dictating your life?It’s not necessarily marketing related, but I was asked today, “is your inbox dictating your life?”.  And it used to, but not any more.  Do you schedule a time to tackle your inbox or are you constantly checking it throughout the day?  Do you see an email arrive and drop everything to […]

Have you joined the party on Instagram?

Have you joined the party on Instagram?You’ve heard the saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well if there’s one social media platform out there that lives by this saying, it’s Instagram.Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms being used by business*, and there are a lot of people who […]