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These are websites and software that have really helped me get my business growing.

Getting started online, many years ago, there were very few resources available on how to design and build websites that were actually of benefit, not a cost cow, to my business. The sites and software below represent the fruits of my research in over a decade of internet business activity.

You could do no better than to check them out yourself...

 

Websites

SiteBuildIT! - the definitive one-stop shop for businesses looking to capitalise on an internet presence


Ted Nicholas - the direct marketing billionaire whose ideas on communication and message acceptance have influenced just about every successful entrepreneur in the last 20 years — whether they realise it or not! I cannot over-estimate how important his books and tapes are.


Marlon SandersMarlon Sanders - one of the best marketers I've ever had the good fortune to study. He has both off- and online marketing experience spanning back well over a decade and has a distinctly "tell it like it is" approach to imparting knowledge. His " The Amazing Formula That Sells Products Like Crazy !" eBook is fabulous! And his tongue-in-cheek Unified Field Theory of Marketing is brilliant - I constantly refer to it.

Currently Marlon is offering 11 drop dead mind boggling bribes just for taking "The Amazing Formula That Sells Products Like Crazy!" for a test drive. And his Push Button Letters are really powerful and so simple to pop out!

His style is not for everyone, true, but if you are ready for someone who has 'been there, done that' and has a mission to show you how to 'do it' too, then Marlon's your man!


InfoGuru - Robert Middleton's fabulous site full of marketing resources for professionals, such as accountants, psychologists, marketers and other business consultants


International copywriter Shel Horowitz's Frugal Marketing site offers hundreds of informative articles for marketers and entrepreneurs, all at no charge.


High Rankings.com - Jill Whalen's excellent site built around Search Engine Optimization. Her report, 'The Nitty-Gritty of Writing for the Search Engines' is brilliant and a must-buy for any serious online business!


Joe Vitale - a master copywriter and a bit of a guru for me. His ebook Hypnotic Selling Stories is an marketing classic!


Heidi MillerHeidi Miller runs a great podcast ("Diary of a Shameless Self Promoter") and blog, looking at marketing issues from a trade show industry veteran's perspective. Full of useful insights and tips, I thoroughly recommend her website and podcast.


Internet Marketing Centre - The late Cory Rudl's great site - full of internet marketing ideas, software and courses. He makes over $6M US a year from his purely online marketing activities, and with only a handful of staff, so I kind of think he has a bit of a clue about what he's doing...


Anne AlexanderAnne Alexander at authentic-alternatives.com agrees with me that the golden key to your success is your ability to communicate with the full spectrum of personalities. Anne helps you discover time management skills to get control fast! She offers powerful time-management skills and tips, as well as links to top time-management resources. She is also launching a great new site dedicated to solo women entrepreneurs - good on ya, Anne!


Six Sigma Online: Six Sigma is a highly disciplined approach that enables businesses to focus on creating and delivering nearly-perfect products and services.  The underlying idea being that if you can measure how many "defects" you have in a process, you can systematically figure out a way to eliminate them and get as close to "zero defects" as possible.  This concept is the motivating factor why employers today are increasingly searching for candidates with this type of certification. This is a great site where you can train, online, to achieve various recognised SixSigma qualifications.


Jan at The Presentation Advisor - Step-by-step how-to information for facilitators, trainers, public speakers and presenters. Discover how to create and present great workshops, seminars and presentations with confidence. Excellent content on her site, well worth a lengthy look.


www.4-small-businesses.com - Ideas, tips and really competitive best-of-the-best recommendations to help entrepreneurs and small businesses succeed.


Seminar Direct markets the promotional seminars of financial advisors, financial planners and insurance professionals. Our direct mail marketing systems will fill the room for your next seminar. Seminar Direct's system takes you where you want to go RIGHT NOW!


Make Your Site Sell! - with new updates for 2004, this eBook package is fabulous (and you can download a free, trial version here). Team it with its sister eBook, Make Your Knowledge Sell


Niche Marketing Research Center
Provides tools and information for successfully running a small business on the Internet. Features NicheFinder marketing research software, and a free Beginner's Guide to Niche Marketing e-book by Helen Salamakha and Val Danilchuk.


GI Business Data Solutions - Need a reliable database tailored to your specific needs? Our professionally designed Access database solutions are robust, affordable and very user-friendly. Free business software. Free Quotes!


 

Software

Make Your Site Sell! - with new updates for 2004, this eBook package is fabulous (and you can download a free, trial version here).. Team it with its sister eBook, Make Your Knowledge Sell


CloudMark - my favourite spam filter that slips quite nicely into Outlook and saves me hours a day!


WorldMerge - personalised mailing list software to keep in touch with prospects and clients


GoBookings - Click here to start your own online Booking System


Zone Alarm Pro - firewall protection for your pc - if the hackers can't see you, they can't hack into your computer


Vet anti-virus software - You cannot afford to be without virus protection. Ever!    I thoroughly recommend you update your virus data files on a daily basis.


Adobe Acrobat - the market leader in content-protection software. Your reports can contain spreadsheets, text files, images, sound files and even movies - all protected by Adobe's software

 

 

Reports I have written:

Measuring the impact and ROI of social media
Measuring the impact and ROI of social media - for Ark Group
Making social media work for your business
Making Social Media work for your business - for Ark Group
Social Media: the new business communication landscape
Social Media: The New Business Communication Landscape - for Ark Group
How to get started with podcasting in your organisation
How to get started with podcasting in your organisation - for Melcrum Publishing
How to use social media to solve critical internal communication issues
Contributing author to How to use social media to solve critical internal communication issues - for Melcrum Publishing

How to use social media to engage employees
Contributing author to How to use social media to engage employees - for Melcrum Publishing

Contributing author to How to communicate with hard-to-reach employees - for Melcrum Publishing

 

 

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