A question about brand

A question about brand

A question about Brand I was recently asked a question about branding. It was: “If a BRAND is more than just a logo and a set of colours, what other things can we design, build or decide – that positively affect how people feel about us? That help us stand out?” That question was followed […]

Marketing activities you can do on a budget

Marketing Activities you can do on a Budget

Marketing activities you can do on a budget When it comes to marketing many people think that you need to spend ENORMOUS amounts of money. And let’s face it – not all of us (especially smaller businesses) have enormous amounts of money to spend. However, there are plenty of marketing activities you can do on […]

Marketing Goals

Marketing Goals Before you begin… Marketing goals – where to start when talking about marketing goals? Well, we all know that having a marketing strategy is vital to the success of your marketing. And if you didn’t know that, well… you do now 😊 I know I quote this stat aaaaallll the time, but it’s […]

What does Instagram no longer being a photo sharing app mean?

What does Instagram no longer being a photo sharing app mean? Instagram: no longer a photo-sharing app The Head of Instagram recently announced that Instagram is no longer a photo sharing app. What does this mean? If we read between the lines, it means Instagram is becoming more like Tik Tok. It doesn’t mean the […]

Who are you? What does your brand say?

Who are you? What does your brand say about you? Did you hear that song when you read the title of this article? “Whooooooo are you? de do de do… No, just me? Oh well – I must have watched too many episodes of CSI in my past. Anyway, onto “Who are you?”.  Today, I’m […]

Identify your ideal target market – 5 questions to ask

Identify your target market Let’s talk about fish When it comes to marketing it’s very tempting to promote your business everywhere and market to everyone. I mean who doesn’t want all the business you can get? Right. However, when you think about it, do you really want to compete with all the other businesses out […]

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 […]

How do I know who my target market is?

Who is my target market

How do I know who my target market is? Who is my target market? How do I know who my target market is? This is probably the question I get asked the most by business owners. And it’s not a simple answer. Let’s start by saying I have to admit that I don’t necessarily like […]

Why you need a marketing strategy

Why you need a marketing strategy If you’ve been wondering why you need a marketing strategy, here’s six good reasons. It’s a roadmap that helps you understand your market and therefore tailor your product/services to better meet their needs, which in turn increases your revenue Having a marketing strategy in place makes it easier to […]

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 […]

Email nurture campaigns are just like dating!

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Email nurture campaigns are just like dating! What!!! How can email nurture campaigns be just like dating? Stay with me here. Like dating, you generally start out with a goal. In the dating world, the ultimate goal may be to get married. Or it may be to just have some fun getting to know different […]

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 […]

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

marketing platforms

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 […]

Magical Marketing Fairies

Merry Christmas from Mell & Kaitlyn

Magical Marketing FairiesWhat a year it has been. There were some big changes with starfish marketing as we grew; set up an office in Dean St, Albury; and welcomed Kaitlyn to the team. And we updated our branding! To our fabulous fabulous clients thank you for having us as your Marketing and Social Fairies this year. We […]

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, […]

Friday 13th and Marketing

Friday 13th

Friday 13th and MarketingFrom a marketing perspective, Friday 13th being unlucky is quite interesting as it’s a fairly global phenomenon. So how did it start?   Well, apparently no-one really knows where the superstition all started. But, one of the most popular stories stems from Friday 13 October 1307, when hundreds of Knights Templar were arrested […]

GDPR

GDPR

Have you heard about the GDPR?Or the General Data Protection Regulation?The GDPR, while essentially an EU law has the potential to impact all businesses globally. So, if you haven’t paid much attention to it yet, please read on. This information is really important and it will help you protect your business. Disclaimer: Please note that I’m […]

Funk up your LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn

Funk up your LinkedIn profileWe all know social media is an important business marketing tool, and playing where your market plays is a key aspect of choosing which social media platform to “play on”. If your market is the business world then having an up-to-date LinkedIn profile is more important than ever.Why is having a LinkedIn […]

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?

marketing mix 7Ps

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

video on mobile phone

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

marketing campaign aspects

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 […]