Episode 1 of “The Grow Show” is NOW OUT!

Today we launched our BRAND NEW Podcast called “The Grow Show”. This fortnightly show will feature some of the top business owners to help you grow yourself, grow your business and grow your community!

The first episode of “The Grow Show” with Brad Burton is now live on iTunes and Audioboom. Brad is The UK’s #1 Motivational Business Speaker, founder of 4 Networking and currently changing the face of the self-development world with his Now What? Club.

In this podcast, we talk about Brad’s journey, lessons he has learned and how he is helping people with Cards On The Table and Now What? Club.

Click here to listen to the podcast on iTunes!

Please listen to the podcast and let us know what you think! If you like it, please share it with your friends and subscribe to the podcast so you don’t miss any!

Your Daily 1 Minute Tip Video Series is starting next week!

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Starting on the 1st of April, we will be bringing you a daily 1-minute video to help with your marketing. Each of the videos will feature a hint, tip, insight or strategy which will help your digital marketing, website, networking or your business in general.

These will be uploaded on my YouTube channel and Facebook Page at 7:00 am each day!

Click here to subscribe to our YouTube Channel!

Here’s a little video explaining what you will be watching in this series…..

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I hope you enjoy the series and if you have any questions you would like me to answer, let me know!

See you over on YouTube or on Facebook!

How are you improving yourself this year? 

I am a big lover of self-development. I love to grow as a person and really enjoy learning and then passing on what I have learnt to others.

I use the following methods to develop but there are so much more out there:

  • Read books, E-Books and blogs
  • Listen to Podcasts whilst riding or driving
  • Watch Ted Talks and other videos.
  • Attend networking meetings and talk with others in your industry or related industry
  • Watch presentations about personal stories and insights into different professions

Everyone learns differently so it’s best to find the way that suits you the most. Once you have found the way that works, keep doing it.

Hope this has been useful and let me know how you are developing you and your business this year!

What happens to your social media when you’re ill?

Do you have days when you cannot be bothered to go onto social media?

I know I have so I thought I would write about it!

If you run a business then you need to be prepared for the days where you fall ill or, on the other extreme, get too busy to market your business. Suddenly you don’t have enough time to get everything done. When this happens normally the first thing to be dropped is social media, blogging or anything thing else that doesn’t give you an ROI straight away.

I hear this all the time as I talk to people about social media and it infuriates me.

Why? I used to hold down a full-time job and run a marketing business (before focussing on my business full time) and still used to send out more content than most people. At the peak, I was producing two blogs and newsletters, running a Networking Hour on Twitter, two radio shows, one podcast per week and running social media accounts for clients. If you do more than that, please let me know and I will buy you a drink!

If you want to do something then you will!!

Now, I get that some people can’t manage that level of content all of the time but it’s not that hard when you have a plan. That way, if something did happen, you could still manage the content that needs to be sent out to your customers.

Here are my 5 top tips for managing your content when you are ill or busy:

1. Schedule as much as you can so you know that your content will go out. This is great for blogs, podcasts and social media.

2. Have a library of content (blogs, podcasts and videos for example) that you can call upon if you need too. That way you are not panic writing when you are not feeling up to making even a cup of tea.

3. Have your key messages for social media to hand so if you need to pass it to someone, you both know the same message is being said. There are people who can help you do this from a few days to weeks. Especially when you are busy, this could really help you out.

4. Have a marketing plan for the year to anticipate busy periods. That way you won’t be in the position that you are “too busy” to create content. I am a great fan of planning in writing blocks when it is quiet and building a bank of material I can use.

5. Cross pollinate your content. Blogs can become videos or LinkedIn articles as well as newsletters to send out to mailing lists and all of these can filter down into tweets and Facebook posts.  Use what you’ve got across all your platforms. Also, if you are exhibiting or speaking at an event then you have so much content that you can use.

I hope this helps and if you have any questions then let me know.

5 Ways to get involved with Grow Marketing and Media in 2019!

At Grow Marekting and Media, we want to help as many people become confident using social media for their business or community project. This includes what to post, what content to create and giving then new and exciting skills for them and their team to use.

So, we have five simple ways you can get started with straight away to make sure 2019 will be a great year for your social media.

Free Guides and Downloads

On our website, we are including FREE guides and downloads for to you learn from. These range from different topics and are updated regularly. Topics range from Networking, Podcasting, Networking Hours, Social Media Guide to what to do at an event.

14 Day Challenges

Covering topics such as Video, Creating Content, Twitter, LinkedIn to Facebook and Instagram, we cover these topics in a 14 Day Progamm that includes daily challenges, articles, newsletters and a private Facebook Group to answer all of your questions.

Book into a 1-2-1 with Gary

If you are stuck in a rut with what to post or need to be shown something regarding your social media or website, book a 1-2-1 with Gary and we can overcome this. This includes reviewing your current content, showing you how to navigate a platform to coming up with ideas for your posts.

Join the Grow Marketing Subcription

If you would like regular marketing support but you are on a budget, come and join us! For only £25 per month, you will get access to our private Facebook Group and receive a Daily Challenge and Marketing Idea, a Weekly Article and a Monthly Review Call.

Follow us on Social Media

Grow Maketing and Media is on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and Podcasting Platforms. Each will give you content for you to enjoy for FREE!

Also, come and join us in our FREE Facebook Group called Grow Marketing Community for regular updates and articles.

See you soon and remember, if you want to start taking action and getting results from your social media, let’s have a chat!!

In 2019, I’m excited about….

Here are 10 things that I’m excited about in 2019!

1. Starting my new podcast “A Day in the Life of….”.
2. Launching the new Grow Marketing Subscription.
3. Re-Launch of Grow Library.
4. Bringing in Contributors into the Grow Marketing and Media.
5. Getting more involved with community projects in Warwickshire.
6. Testing out new video techniques.
7. Doing more Facebook Lives and live streaming.
8. Expanding my network and public speaking skills.
9. Creating more marketing assets including radio interviews, articles in magazines and joint video and Facebook Lives.
10. Continuing to help my existing clients and growing my business.

So here are mine, now what’s yours? Let me know what you think and post them in the comments below!!

Here’s to a fantastic 2019!

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

2018 has been incredible and I would love to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your support this year! I have met some fantastic people at all of the events that I have attended, improved my digital skills, my knowledge and was able to promote people on-line and off-line in ways I did not imagine at the start of the year.

Without your help, I would not of been able to achieve half the things that I have

This month has been manic so I will be spending Christmas catching up with loved ones and relaxing so my body can rest and rebuild.

I hope you spend Christmas doing what you love to do and with the people who you want to spend it with.

So, Merry Christmas Everyone and a Happy New Year!

Keep posting over Christmas!

When the close of business on Friday 22nd December comes, many businesses break up for their Christmas break and be away for the business till January (apart from retailers who are in full swing and probably pulling their hair out).

Their thoughts turn to Christmas, the presents they haven’t yet purchased and what they will be doing during their break. I doubt that many will be thinking about work or their social media strategy between their break up and their return to work date.

But……

This is also when many people have more free time so they spend more time on social media. Now this might not be all business related but a proportion will be and if your competitors are not sending messages, your messages will reach more people compared to theirs.

So my main message is for you to make sure you have messages scheduled to go out on your social media platforms until you get back to work on the 2nd, 7th or 14th January!

Think about it, people are at home looking at their phones and browsing Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Surely you want your messages to reach them?

Luckily with scheduling software like Buffer, Hootsuite and the many others on the market, you can do this with little to no cost if you have the time.

Here are a few things to do before you break up for your Christmas Break:

Take a picture or a video with your team shouting Merry Christmas (another for Happy New Year)

Make sure you have messages scheduled until you arrive back at work

Write down any marketing ideas from this year that you saw other people doing (you will forget if you don’t write them down)

It’s also a great time to post about the community projects as this relates to your business but aren’t selling posts. At this time of year, this strategy works well as people are more community focused.

Also, use this time to share other people’s posts. Look at your suppliers and customers social media feeds and work out which messages your audience would like to read. Make sure everything you share will provide value to your audience.

If you are thinking to yourself that this sounds great but I don’t have the time, let us know and we can do this for you. We can use your existing content as well as generate new content for you. This can be for only a few weeks as well and doesn’t take mulch time to set up.

The main thing is for you to be able to switch off, relax and not worry about your marketing as you know it’s been managed and organised.

Hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!