business advice

28 Jul 2017

Bicycles – How to Create Business Skills for Life

By | 2017-07-28T20:38:13+00:00 July 28th, 2017|Categories: Doug's Blog, Non-Profits and Community|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Bicycle Shop Students - Creating Business Skills

Arsheen Dhalla has been busy doing remarkable work in Zanzibar through the Daraja Foundation. Daraja means bridge in Swahili. During one of her infrequent visits to Calgary, I had the pleasure to sit down with her and listen to her story. There are many stories to tell. For the third video in the series, we decided to focus on business skills and the bicycle empowerment center.

The first time Arsheen traveled to Zanzibar in this volunteer capacity, her work primarily focused on an orphanage and a local […]

25 Jul 2017

Does Your Business Deserve the Marketing Results You Want?

By | 2017-07-26T20:06:46+00:00 July 25th, 2017|Categories: Branding, Doug's Blog, Marketing, Oilfield Pulse|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Bags Over Head - Business Deserves Marketing Results

Are you holding both the business and your marketing team accountable for marketing results? Wise business leaders understand that effective marketing amplifies the message the company is already putting out – the two must be in sync.

Know What You Control

Three things that you control determine your perceived position in the market include your

  • Business strategy and how well you execute on it,
  • Company culture and the people who make that culture, and
  • Business processes and […]
11 Jul 2017

5 Powerful Moments on the Path to Get More Clients

By | 2017-07-12T16:20:31+00:00 July 11th, 2017|Categories: Doug's Blog, Go-Giver Coach, HubSpot Agency Partner, Marketing, Sales|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Phoenix Rising From Fire - Path to Get More Clients

Most small businesses start with someone who has an innovative idea, or at least the desire to build a business around what they do. In most cases, these entrepreneurs fall into sales out of necessity. You either figure out how to get more clients, or you fail.

Our story started this way. Early successes led us to underestimate the power of mastering marketing and sales, both the skills and the […]

26 May 2017

Sharing a Cultural Experience – Amina’s Business Start-Up

By | 2017-05-26T18:49:46+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Categories: Doug's Blog, Non-Profits and Community|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

People Outside of the Global Bridges Cultural and Wellness Center

Arsheen Dhalla has been busy doing remarkable work in Zanzibar through the Daraja Foundation. Daraja means bridge in Swahili. During one of her infrequent visits to Calgary, I had the pleasure to sit down with her and listen to her story. There are many stories to tell. For the second video in the series, we decided to focus on Amina’s business story.

The first time Arsheen traveled to Zanzibar in this capacity, her […]

25 May 2017

Do You Know What Makes You Successful At Sales?

By | 2017-05-25T17:31:44+00:00 May 25th, 2017|Categories: Doug's Blog, Marketing, Sales, Working on the Business|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

2 Business People Meeting - Successful at Sales

Most small and mid-sized businesses cannot clearly define the process they use for successful sales. This lack of clarity severely limits the growth potential of an SMB. Here’s why.

I didn’t say YOU can’t sell. If you’ve been in business or sales for a few years and are still around, you’ve probably figured something out that works for you.

In fact, I haven’t met very many business owners who don’t think they can sell or at least have someone on […]

19 May 2017

3 Questions To Ask Before Cutting The Marketing Budget

By | 2017-05-19T12:49:17+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Categories: Business Strategy, Doug's Blog, Marketing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Team Meeting - Questions For Marketing Budget

Most starting and early growth entrepreneurs are focused on costs. Shifting your mindset about marketing budget can change your results dramatically. These 3 questions help you do that.

The First Questions People Normally Ask

If you own a business and someone says you should use some powerful integrated marketing software that costs $800 per month – what is your first thought?

If an online marketing firm comes to you with a proposal to increase traffic and lead generation from your website and it will cost $4,000 a month […]

15 May 2017

Get Serious About Defining Your Ideal Clients

By | 2017-10-18T16:52:05+00:00 May 15th, 2017|Categories: Branding, Business Strategy, Doug's Blog, Marketing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Define Ideal Clients - Strategic Marketing - Business Collage on Cube

One of the keys to strategic marketing is to make the best use of your limited resources for the greatest results. One of the most powerful drivers of marketing results is to define your ideal clients precisely.

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The best way to show how this works is to take you along on my latest journey to do just that for the online marketing services portion of our business.

A good strategy is just as much about what you will not […]

2 May 2017

Change or Die: Thriving In Turbulent Times

By | 2017-05-02T00:37:18+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|Categories: Business Strategy, Doug's Blog, Oilfield Pulse, Working on the Business|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Innovation and Thriving in Turbulent Times - Movie Scene Clapper

The oil and gas industry is notorious for riding the boom and bust cycles inefficiently. When oil is over $80 a barrel, the profits are large enough companies choose to ignore innovation and spend on growth instead. The problems compound the faster you grow until you can’t survive below $70 per barrel.

When prices are low, there is a slash and burn reaction because the company was never set up to be efficient. Now, the money and resources are not there to support creating efficiencies. […]

24 Apr 2017

Small Potatoes, Time, and Inbound Marketing

By | 2017-04-27T18:48:22+00:00 April 24th, 2017|Categories: Doug's Blog, Marketing, Working on the Business|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Small Potatoes, Time, and Inbound Marketing

When you make mistakes, it is best to learn the lessons they teach you. Sometimes the lessons are about something else entirely – like time management and inbound marketing.

Counting Potatoes

It all started when I was making my supper. I was a bit hungry and grabbed some baby potatoes to roast. I would usually eat one large potato or two medium ones. Baby potatoes are much smaller. Obviously, one large potato is the equivalent of about 50 baby potatoes.

Having made this mistake before, and being considerate of […]

20 Apr 2017

Show Your Humanity to Engage More on Social Media

By | 2017-04-20T17:30:44+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Categories: Branding, Current Events, Doug's Blog, Marketing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Connecting With People for Social Media Engagement - Guitar on Black Background

There are two main camps in online marketing: business is business and business is personal. The first camp paints itself as impersonal, professional, and aloof. The second acknowledges that people do business with people. When done right, letting your humanity shine through your marketing messages increases social media engagement – without losing the professional touch.

3 Examples

Virgin is Human

If you are considering any of the companies in the Virgin Group, you will probably find the personality of […]