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How this 39 second video works so effectively

I made a 39 second video recently which packs a punch and does a great deal of heavy lifting for me. It follows a certain formula I use when making a particular type of video. Let me explain. I have previously written about the video formula which involves 3 steps: When I was I believe […]

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Blogging Online Marketing Small Business

Why my chatbot Watson is back (and the surprising reason he went away for a while)

When I made a chatbot (Watson) for my websites with the IBM Watson Assistant programme in November 2018 I was stunned as to how intelligent it was, and the potential it offered.  I was also stunned by the reaction from some humans. Let me explain.  Watson’s intelligence is founded upon Natural Language Processing which is […]

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Digital Marketing Small Business Video Marketing

Avoid the familiar mistake of seeking perfection in your marketing

I read an update on LinkedIn the other day from a small business owner who has evidently embraced video marketing as part of her marketing strategy. This is a first, crucially important step which I am repeatedly banging on about and encouraging on this blog, on my YouTube channel, on my Instagram, and anywhere else […]

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Small Business

Spare a Thought for the Publicans

Imagine being a publican at the moment. Imagine you are in a sparsely populated rural area and there is a couple of generations of the same family working in, and trying to extract a living from, a pub. Things are tough enough to begin with, especially since the drink driving laws have tightened up in […]

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Small Business

Flashbacks at the filling station

I went up the street last week to pick up some milk at the filling station and suffered flashbacks. You see the petrol station I visited is just up the street from my office and it is one I developed when I bought if from my dad back in 1996. I spent the following ten […]

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My Content Marketing and Brand Building Strategy for 2020

It all starts with an idea or an observation. The observation could be a change in the law, a decided case in the WRC or civil courts, a social change, something I learned over the last 30 odd years in business, or an idea from a book I’m reading or listening to. Then I write […]

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Self Improvement Small Business

Start With Why-Is Simon Sinek Mistaken?

Reading “Start With Why” by Simon Sinek at the moment and am struggling a little bit. I am only half way through and hope I can accept, or reconcile, the hypothesis put forward by Sinek. His proposition is that people do not buy what you do, they buy why you do it. He points to […]

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Digital Marketing Small Business

Marketing is about values-here’s the 2 questions you need to answer

Steve Jobs put it best of all when he explained how marketing was about values. You need to know: Who you are, and What you believe When Jobs was launching the “Think Different” brand marketing campaign in 1997 he said, To me, marketing is about values. This is a very complicated world; it’s a very […]

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Small Business

Do You Need to Carry Out a ‘Vulnerability Audit’ in Your Business?

When I was building a block of apartments in Edgeworthstown, Longford in 2006 I made it my business to learn how to drive a teleporter. A teleporter, as you probably know, is like a bit like a cross between a digger and a forklift because it is essentially a tractor with an extendable boom and […]

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Things I Will Unhesitatingly Spend Money on Every Day

Are there things in your life that you would never hesitate to spend on? Leaving aside the basic needs of food, shelter, security there are some things that I spend money on every day or week. And I do so without question, unhesitatingly. What are they? Books I never hesitate to spend on books. I […]