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Modern Myths and Ice cream.
Posted 5 June 2019 | Branding, Business, change, Design Theory, marketing

Modern Myths and Ice cream.

If you put 21 people in a room, give them a list of Ice Creams and ask them to put them in order of preference Vanilla will always win – it’s the average, the norm, the least controversial or debatable.

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Appreciation, who needs it?
Posted 30 May 2019 | Business, change, Consultancy, Passion, Pricing, Why

Appreciation, who needs it?

Ok, we’re creatives so it’s all about the work, the passion, oh! And the money – just because we’re artists doesn’t mean we can live on fresh air. So do we need to be appreciated by clients as well? Or is that asking too much?

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Adapting business behaviour – Where experience comes from…
Posted 23 May 2019 | adapting business behaviour, Business, change, Design Theory, Passion, Why

Adapting business behaviour – Where experience comes from…

I was a slow learner when it came to reading. My mother – concerned about this, as she was about every aspect of our education, took to sitting on the end of my bed, knitting, while I read aloud from Shadow the Sheepdog by Enid Blyton.

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Quick Tips for better E-mail Marketing.
Posted 22 May 2019 | Business, e-mail, MailChimp, marketing, Small Business, Small Business Advice

Quick Tips for better E-mail Marketing.

I’ve very briefly touched on this subject before in my blog ‘Marketing Ideas to Help You Grow’, but wanted to take the time to give some quick tips to help improve those open rates for you!

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7 Questions Agencies Are Tired of Clients Asking
Posted 15 May 2019 | Business, Established SMEs, marketing, Passion, Pricing, Small Business, Small Business Advice, SME, Why

7 Questions Agencies Are Tired of Clients Asking

Here at Blue Strawberry Elephant, we believe that design should be accessible to all business owners whatever their level of understanding because it’s essential to their business growth. We want to make it clear; in our studio, there are no stupid questions.

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Social Media & E-commerce Business Enterprises
Posted 8 May 2019 | Business, E-commerce, Established SMEs, marketing, Small Business Advice

Social Media & E-commerce Business Enterprises

The current figures estimate 90% of businesses will be using some form of social media for customer service by 2020 and people spend up to as much as 40% more with companies that they have engaged with on social platforms.

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A Beginners Guide: Instagram for Business
Posted 1 May 2019 | marketing, Small Business, Small Business Advice, SME, Social Media

A Beginners Guide: Instagram for Business

It might be the platform of choice for younger generations but with its monthly active users reaching 1 billion in 2018 and still climbing – it’s clearly attracting more and more people every day.

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A Beginner’s Guide: Facebook for Businesses
Posted 25 April 2019 | Business, marketing, Small Business, Small Business Advice, Startups

A Beginner’s Guide: Facebook for Businesses

If you take care of the following, even if you go no further, at least you will look professional to your potential customers.

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Marketing ideas to help you grow
Posted 17 April 2019 | Business, e-mail, MailChimp, marketing, Small Business, Small Business Advice, SME

Marketing ideas to help you grow

If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed with options for planning the year ahead, swamped by conflicting information and lost in a sea of voices telling you how to take your business ‘to the next level’; this one is for you.

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CYCLING SHEFFIELD 2019 team launch at Ambulo.
Posted 10 April 2019 | Business, Events, Networking, Passion

CYCLING SHEFFIELD 2019 team launch at Ambulo.

Cycling Sheffield is something very close to our hearts and a team we are incredibly proud to support, as rather like us- they’ve built a reputation for punching above their weight.

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You Can’t Be Everybody’s Cup of Tea.
Posted 28 March 2019 | Branding, Business, Consultancy, Passion, Small Business, Small Business Advice, SME, Why

You Can’t Be Everybody’s Cup of Tea.

Without being pedantic, about brand awareness and word of mouth – those conversations between non-customers and their friends who may become customers – if you aren’t pushing the right buttons with people who need what you do, you can bet your bottom quid your competitors will be.

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Try the Tuna Steak
Posted 21 March 2019 | Branding, Design company testimonials, Testimonials

Try the Tuna Steak

What has that got to do with the price of design? Well – stay with me here – I’m taking the scenic route.

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Buy before you try?
Posted 14 March 2019 | Testimonials

Buy before you try?

One question was running through my mind as we were adding Testimonials to our re-invented website. How do you gauge quality before you buy?

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Who Shouts Loudest – Start up tips
Posted 6 February 2019 | Small Business Advice, SME, Startups

Who Shouts Loudest – Start up tips

Who is this for? Small Businesses / Start Ups
What is it About? Start up Advice
Reading Time Less than 200 words – 2 Minutes

“The Wren, one of our smallest birds, has a pound for pound voice 10 times louder than a Cockerel.”Funny that isn’t it – have you ever seen a Wren?They weigh about 12 grams, are 12.7cm long and have a wing span of 16.5 cm – about 2/3rds the size of a Robin, or if you’re not into your birds – a wren could easily fit into the mug you have your morning cuppa in – and you wouldn’t notice it till it threw the teabag back at you.

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You Need More Tools – Web Design
Posted 6 February 2019 | Web Design

You Need More Tools – Web Design

Who is this for? Businesses Looking for a Website
What is it About? Why Use A Full Service Agency For Web Design
Reading Time Less thank 600 words – 3 Minutes

If a kitchen fitter turned up with a van load of 2 x 4 and a Tenon Saw – no pre made doors or drawers, no handles, no other tools – not a screwdriver, drill, plane, hammer or the tool box they should be in – you might wonder how he’s going to complete the job.Just as a kitchen can’t be put to use if all you have is the frame for a carcass made from 2 x 4, however skilfully put together with beautifully crafted Tenon Joints – likewise a website isn’t usable if it is just neat rows of code.

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6 Marketing Tips to boost your business
Posted 30 January 2019

6 Marketing Tips to boost your business

Who is this for? Businesses new to all out marketing campaigns
What is it About? Where to start with marketing
Reading Time Less than 1000 words – 4 Minutes

Anyone who has tried to drop a few pounds, eat healthier and get fitter, know the results are often not what was hoped for – but not for everyone. A lot depends on where you’re starting from.There’s a big difference between:A lifelong athlete suffering a minor injury, illness or boozy holiday getting back into training. And:Someone who has spent decades sitting still to socialise, work and travel – overcoming that sedentary lifestyle to reinvent themselves.It’s the same with marketing your business.

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Why Should I Go To Networking Events?
Posted 22 January 2019 | Events, Networking

Why Should I Go To Networking Events?

Who is this for? SMEs, Startups
What is it About? Networking Meetings
Reading Time 2 Minutes

You know the kind of thing – a waste of an afternoon better spent playing email tennis with your regular clients, or worse – early business breakfast club that costs you a much-needed half hour under the duvet for very little return!

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Why do I need a website – 8 reasons your business needs a website
Posted 17 January 2019 | Small Business, Web Design, Websites, Why do I need a website

Why do I need a website – 8 reasons your business needs a website

Who is this for? Starters, Growers, SMEs
What is it About? Why do I need a website
Reading Time 2 Minutes

Why do I need a website

There’s no denying that branding is both the foundation and core of any successful business model, it inspires teams and promotes your values as a company to ensure the world sees you, the way you see yourself! Everything else – Signage, Liveries, Sales Literature….and of course, a website – are “vehicles” to carry your Brand to your Audience. But not just any website will work, THE RIGHT website for YOUR business is essential for business growth.

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Circles – How to develop ideas
Posted 9 January 2019 | Branding, Business, Consultancy

Circles – How to develop ideas

Who is this for? The Growers, The Ambitious, The Brave
What is it About? How to Develop Ideas
Reading Time 5 Minutes

How many ideas have you had that got no further?

How many ideas have been brought to you that you thought too risky, or expensive or ridiculous?

How many times has a really big bold idea been brought to you that you got really excited about only to allow yourself to be talked out of it?

When you bring an idea to the table you should be able to explain where you think it might benefit the business, but possibly not much more, the discussion that follows between you and your partners, co-directors or trusted employees could whirl out of control achieving nothing except the inevitable “but we have paying work to do…”

Explain, ask for initial thoughts (to drip into your circle) and then keep the Circle solid by getting a development plan…

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Find the Passion – go with that.
Posted 3 January 2019 | Established SMEs

Find the Passion – go with that.

Who is this for? Searchers of Truth
What is it About? Creating Tailored Communications
Reading Time 3 Minutes

Every now and then we all get the opportunity to refer someone to someone else. 

Many in business have made a profession out of “networking” – to me, its just something you do – help people out, introduce one person you like to another person you like, as and when a need arises.

A couple of years ago I introduced two of our friends to each other, both nice guys, both running established SMEs, each of whom have passed me very useful information, insights and contacts over the years.

One of them – Steve Pearson, owner of Valve & Process Solutions, needed a Forklift Truck for the new warehouse facility in his rapidly growing company. The other, Shaun Hessey, MD of family firm Peterman Forklift Trucks, advised Steve, arranged the appropriate machine, and Steve’s team, who thought they might use the truck once or twice a month for the heavy lifting and moving, are now using it every day…

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