Just how many camera puns can I squeeze into an article based on the continuing success and innovative future plans of a cracking Australian Professional Photography business?
None whatsoever, there’s really no need, we’re all grown-ups here.
Instead, I’ll just simply announce that in today’s all-new Martin Print Case Study, we focus on……no, sorry, that one was purely accidental. I’ll start again.
I meant to say that in today’s new study, we take a close-up look at the developing story of Zenfoto.
Roy Leigh’s long-running family business delivers a fresh new angle in professional photography which really puts his thriving small business in the big picture.
By sharp contrast, his entrepreneurial son Nikias Leigh, is now focusing on developing a visionary new franchising model for the business.
We caught up with Nikias for a candid chat about the background of this thriving family business, in which he sheds new light on the future plans of Zenfoto.
Phew! A couple may have crept in there, but I think we got away with it…..
Some of us are more photogenic than others.
The last time I had my photograph taken was a couple of weeks ago, whilst I was on holiday.
I was just reaching the end of a momentous 300-mile coastal walk (it might have been slightly less, I’m just going on what it felt like to me – probably best to knock a couple of noughts off that figure) and I had decided that I wanted my photograph taken, as I stood majestically on the clifftops.
I politely asked a passer-by if he would do me the honour of taking my camera and capturing this glorious moment. I was hoping that the resulting photograph would accurately depict me as the magnificent explorer, proudly celebrating yet another adventurous achievement, as I stood at the very edge of the clifftops and gazed out to sea in search of my next triumph.
It didn’t quite work out like that.
In the third chapter of our 976-part Beginner’s Guide to SEO Tutorial (Ok, calm down, I’m only joking – I’m sure we can wind it all up in less than 900 chapters if we cut out all the lemon sponge cake jokes), we take a look at the power of Meta Tags.
What exactly are they? How can we use them to reach an effective compromise between the search engines and your readers? Do they even work anymore, or are they an outdated concept from a bygone era?
Martin Print digs out a pair of infra-red glasses, and investigates the mystery of the invisible keywords….
In the previous chapter of our ongoing SEO Beginner’s Guide, we took an extensive look at the power of keywords in content, and examined why it’s one of the most important and powerful factors to take into account when considering your Search Engine Optimisation techniques.
We also nearly managed to squeeze out our top tips on how to get a perfect lemon sponge cake every time, but we ran out of space again. I’ll try my very best to spill the beans on this winning sponge strategy later on, but I can’t promise anything.
Don’t get all confused about beans though, there are definitely no beans involved, trust me.
There’s a BIG revolution coming to the Australian world of Small Business. It’s still a few years away, so there’s no need to panic just yet and get yourself all in a flap – but here at the Martin Print Newsdesk, we reckon that it’s vital you start thinking about your plans now, if you want to be ready for the future.
The long-awaited rolling-out of the National Broadband Network is already underway, and looks set to change the business landscape forever…..
Our Newsdesk hounds and sniffer dogs have reported recently on the promising growth of Australian Small Businesses with an online presence……but we’ve also expressed concern that the majority of small businesses still don’t seem too keen on making the lucrative jump into Cyberspace.
But why are all these people so reluctant to embrace the obvious advantages of the internet?
The reasons are many and varied, and unfortunately, quite valid in a lot of cases.
Poor signals, slow speeds, and unreliable service, are all regularly cited as major factors in turning people away from taking their business to the worldwide web.
Even those who are lucky enough to be able to access good quality high speed broadband are often put off by the sheer expense of it all.
In far too many cases, small businesses seem to come to the conclusion that having any kind of online presence simply isn’t worth the effort.
That’s all set to change with the arrival of the National Broadband Network.
Ok….so after reading my recent article on how A Little Smile Goes a Long Way, you’ve all decided that funny Business Cards are the future, and now you all want a humourous business card of your own.
Great stuff. But how exactly do we go about this? Where does the inspiration come from to dream up a bold and original vision that is guaranteed to raise a smile with your new customer base?
Martin Print puts on a silly clown mask and considers how YOU can take the right path in dreaming up your own unique comical concepts, without slipping on the comedy banana skin…..
I’m thrilled to report that I had a terrific response from my recent article on Humour in Business Cards. Our phone lines have been buzzing, our mailbags have been overflowing, and our inboxes were crammed so full that we temporarily broke the internet.
It took a little while for us all to realize that we’d accidentally wandered into next door’s offices again. Fourth time this month. You’d think they’d have developed a sense of humour about it now, but no, we were escorted from the premises in the usual heavy-handed manner, and were given the usual threats about getting the authorities involved.
It seems as if nobody’s allowed to make an honest mistake these days. They even made me put the banana back in their fruit bowl.
Everyone likes to think they know how to party. But, you know, some people are better at it than others.
In the case of entrepreneurial brothers Peter and Dean Salakas, they’ve swiftly scaled the dizzy heights of Small Business success to become the number one name in Australian party suppliers, with some very big news just around the corner.
But the real Party People story stretches back further than you may think, and involves a certain character from the 1980’s called Patches the Clown.
Martin Print Case Studies catches up with Dean Salakas for a custard pie and a bowl of jelly, to reveal the roots of this incredible non-stop party – and you’ve all got an invitation….
Crossed wires again. Probably my fault.
I thought I’d been given an invitation to a Small Business party in Sydney.
I was hoping that this was going to be a rare chance to show off my best frilly party shirt, and exchange fascinating anecdotes with like-minded entrepreneurs about the benefits of colour-coded invoice books.
As I burst through the doors with my bottle of cheap dodgy wine, my crumpled party hat, and my novelty police whistle, I realised that the wrong end of the stick was stuck very firmly in my grasp, yet again.
I was actually here to meet Dean Salakas, one half of the dynamic brotherly duo behind the recent sizzling small business success of The Party People.
How to Make Money and Pull in the Profits from Twitter.
How is Twitter working for your small business? Have you even taken the plunge and registered an account? Isn’t it all just silly pointless tweets and people trying to be clever in less than 140 characters? What good is that to a budding entrepreneur?
Martin Print rummages around the nest of a constantly growing and developing social networking phenomenon, and asks if 100 million active users can really be ignored…..
Twitter is often seen as a slightly less successful and infinitely more simplistic distant cousin of Facebook.
It’s true that Facebook certainly has significantly more active users, and a wealth of applications, games, and tools to entice the savvy social networker into signing up – even if, on the whole, it mostly boils down to you putting up photographs of your drunken mates falling down the steps, or seeing who can get the highest score on Penguin Toss or Spin The Monkey.
Twitter, by comparison, is operating on a different level altogether, and its simplicity is often its selling point.
There are a whole stack of marketing advantages in handing out fun freebies to your customers. A quality promotional gift will be genuinely appreciated by your loyal clients, whilst ingeniously raising the profile of your own business.
Martin Print takes an in-depth look at the magnetic pulling power of the promotional fridge magnet, and exclusively reveals how you can claim 100 of your own fantastic glossy fridge magnets, custom-designed with your own artwork and logos…..for FREE!
Every now and then, in the ongoing marketing adventures of every small business, there arrives an opportunity for you to drop that gigantic promotional sledgehammer just for a moment, and try something a touch more shrewd and subtle.
Whilst we all like to shout our marketing messages from the rooftops, or have aeroplanes majestically deliver our latest advertisements in breathtaking skywriting 10,000 feet high, or maybe even have our brand and logo superimposed onto the face of the moon to attract possible extra-terrestrial custom (always good to think ahead, nothing wrong with that), there still comes a time when it’s good to just calm down a bit, have a bit of a breather, and have a little think about simpler but incredibly powerful marketing that doesn’t cost the Earth.
Are funny Business Cards the future?
How can a sense of humour help us engage with our potential customers? Are we really going to reach out to a new audience by telling everyone the dodgy joke about the bridesmaid and the elephant?
Martin Print bravely tries to crack a smile, and investigates the impressive impact of humourous Business Cards…..
Do you ever wake up in the morning with a mind-melting hangover, a screaming thirst that you know will never be quenched, and a bulging wallet crammed full of business cards from people you have no memory of ever meeting?
No? Just me, then?
Right. I thought that was probably the case. I might need to make a couple of lifestyle changes. Forget about that then.
Let’s try an interactive social experiment instead. I’ll even join in this myself, we’ll do it together.
On my signal, I want you to have a proper rummage through your wallet, purse, or pockets and see just how many Business Cards you happen to come across in your search.
Ready? Okay, let’s….oh wait, this would probably have worked better if I’d remembered to put my trousers on this morning. I did wonder why I was getting so many funny looks at the sweet pastry counter.
Who’d have ever thought that selling storage organizers with crocodile and peacock designs, or selling towels designed to look like a chicken (that’s right folks, a towel that looks like a chicken!) could prove to be such a lucrative business opportunity?
Clearly, Nicole McIver knows her peacocks from her crocodiles, as she’s the entrepreneur behind the continuing success story of Wholesale Baby, delivering exclusive supplies of baby, kids, maternity and parenting products to the retailers.
Martin Print Case Studies caught up with Nicole recently, as we uncovered the secrets of how she conquered the toddler market, and tried our best to thrash out a good deal on a bulk order of funky fish shorts……
On my way to meet Nicole, several terrible things dawned on me all at once, as I found my seat on the train.
The first fact to hit me square in the face was that I was sat on the wrong train. Again. Nothing too surprising about that, though – it seems to happen to me fairly often, which is why I now factor it into my journey plans and always set off at least three hours earlier than I need to.
The second crushing realisation was slightly more annoying – I had forgotten to put my shoes on before leaving the house, and was now sat on the train, in my slippers. You’d think that I may have noticed this much earlier in the morning, especially as these were no ordinary slippers – they were, in fact, those very big and very hairy and very silly Monster Feet slippers.
Still, even this catastrophe was completely overshadowed by the third and final moment of slowly dawning horror.
With over 750 million active worldwide users – and counting! – there’s never been a better time to start tapping into the lucrative potential of the world’s biggest social networking site, and get your Small Business reaching out to the rest of the planet.
I’m sure you’ve already got a Facebook profile (if not, why not??), but are you squeezing out every last drop of potential from this powerful new force in modern marketing? Or are you just wasting time watering everybody else’s crops in the latest Farmville game, and trying to get the highest score on Starship Pirate Poker?
Martin Print dips a cautious toe into the infinitely deep waters of Social Media Marketing, and considers if Facebook can really deliver the goods without you having to pay a single cent……
It seems that everybody and everything in the universe is connected to Facebook these days.
Even my Labrador Retriever seems to have somehow acquired his own Facebook profile, although I’m still not sure how exactly he manages to update his status every day, and I don’t understand why most of his daily updates appear to be quite aggressive, bordering on the downright ungrateful.
Still, never mind, the point I’m making is that just about everyone on the planet has now signed up to Facebook (except perhaps for those few awkward souls who refuse to join in and play with everybody else) and when it comes down to it, that’s a pretty impressive potential audience for your marketing.