Tactical marketing

Why “marketing” doesn’t work

Why “marketing” doesn’t work

In my 18 years plus as a marketer, I’ve heard a lot about how marketing is rubbish: “We tried marketing and it didn’t work”; “We hired a marketing consultant and it was a waste of money”; “Our marketing person doesn’t give us results”; “We don’t do marketing.” So, what’s behind…

Is your marketing built on strong foundations?

Is your marketing built on strong foundations?

If you’re finding that your company’s marketing isn’t quite achieving the goals it needs to, then before you build more of the house, look at what your marketing is built on. 1. Do you have a Marketing Plan? Does your business have a marketing plan that clearly lays out what…

Are you making these common marketing planning mistakes?

Are you making these common marketing planning mistakes?

Because marketing is often perceived to either be a woolly, creative area of the business or a dark art that swallows time and money with little return, many SMEs fail to plan their marketing effectively. Here are the five common mistakes they make and how you can overcome them. Mistake…

Marketing skills your business needs

Marketing skills your business needs

Whatever size your SME is, there are core marketing skills that you need in the organisation to ensure that your marketing is going to be effective. These skills can lie with one person or a range of people, both internal and external. If you don’t have them all in-house, then do consider training…

Start-up business? My five top tips

Start-up business? My five top tips

Setting up your own business or going freelance can be tricky. You’re skilled in the service you offer or have excellent products but how do convince people to buy them? Here are my top five pieces of advice. 1. Stop trying to sell First, get your head straight: you are not…

Let’s write a Marketing Plan! Three ways for getting an effective plan in place

Let’s write a Marketing Plan! Three ways for getting an effective plan in place

Planning is a good thing. Without a plan, it’s too easy to fall prey to “magpie syndrome” choosing marketing tools because they’re new and exciting rather than to serve a specific purpose for your business. There’s loads of advice on how to create a great marketing plan, but when it…

Will this actually work? Your marketing checklist.

Will this actually work? Your marketing checklist.

You’ve created your piece of marketing. It’s ready to go. But you hesitate. You aren’t sure. You are wondering, “Will this actually work?”. Well, before you hit GO, run through this checklist of four key questions to help you get your answer. 1. Why are you doing this? What is…

Adapt, reuse, recycle: making your content marketing work hard

Adapt, reuse, recycle: making your content marketing work hard

Time is precious. So when your organisation produces a piece of content marketing, you need to make it worth it. Really worth it. So, once you produce a great piece of content marketing, you must use it again. And again. And again. Unsurprisingly, Bryony Thomas of Watertight Marketing is the Queen of…

Five ways to take calm, confident control of your marketing

Five ways to take calm, confident control of your marketing

Marketing is one of those disciplines that can soon get out of control. Whether it’s because you are working hard but finding your marketing doesn’t pay off, or because you are trying to keep pace with your ever-changing customers’ tastes and needs, marketing can soon seems like a chore and a…

KMS Marketing has helped us focus our business and use marketing and PR to achieve tangible resultsMartin Ayreton
Director, FTP Concepts

Kara is a good strategic thinker, who warns us about the implications of taking certain routes if they wouldn’t benefit the business.Simon Fairbank, RSL

Kara and KMS Marketing provide honest, professional, expert advice on how we should structure marketing and PR for our business

Simon Fairbank, RSL