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The latest business strategy articles, advice and insights from the ProfileTree team.

Social Sales: How Social Media Agencies Make Business Better

   Social Sales: What a Social Media Agency Can Do for Your Marketing The world of marketing has changed constantly through the years from starting with a salesman going door to door to sell his products to television advertising. In the digital age, marketing has transformed to be mainly digital and social media marketing has […]

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Sentireal: Mixed Reality in Education with Founder Nuala Trainor

Stimulation during training or teaching can often be difficult to maintain. Long gone are typical classroom lessons – now, mixed reality is taking centre stage. Mixed reality in education could be one of the most exciting developments in learning for many years. Why? In our Business Leaders interview, Sentireal Co-Founder Nuala Trainor explains how mixed […]

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Newspaper Marketing: Best Trends, Challenges and Subscription Models with John Brolly

What’s the best way to deliver newspaper marketing in a changing era for print? Is your brand consider adding newspaper marketing to your marketing strategy? And do you want to know what can the digital revolution in the newspaper industry teach us about marketing and branding? ProfileTree were given a great opportunity to learn from […]

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Euromoney: How to Do Business Internationally?

Ever wondered about exploring international markets and how your business can achieve this? A question we have often wonder has been – how to do business internationally! In this week’s Business Leaders interview, CEO Ciaran Connolly sat down with Robert Conlon, Head of Executive Development at Euromoney, to chat overseas business growth. In this extended […]

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Business Leaders: Business Broadband NI

Ever stopped to consider a modern-day lifeblood of your business? Broadband, and the right telecoms, can be part of the backbone of both keeping your company in NI moving AND having the capacity to work at your very best. Telecommunications specialist Aaron Skinner of the B4B Group spoke to ProfileTree for our Business Leaders video […]

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Newspaper Marketing: Trends, Challenges and Subscription Models for Brands

What’s the best way to deliver newspaper marketing in a changing era for print? And what can the digital revolution in the newspaper industry teach us about marketing and branding? ProfileTree were given a great opportunity to learn from the heart of the industry when marketer John Brolly of the highly-successful Irish News took part […]

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WIX Website Tutorial – How to Make a Website with WIX

Website Builder Why use a WIX website tutorial? WIX is a superb online tool which provides stunning, responsive websites using a code-free front-end technology. This allows users to build a website without website creation experience. The beauty of WIX is that it is a free method of creating a website. This applies whether you’re, for example, a photographer wanting […]

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The Business Mindset: Empowering People Through Collaboration

Sometimes, being a business owner can be a lonely job. Being able to bounce ideas off another person in the same position as you can be hugely beneficial. Not only can it make you progress better, it can also make being in business more enjoyable. In our latest Business Leaders episode, we speak to coaching […]

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Vivian McKinnon: The Benefits of Floatation Therapy

In a new Business Leaders episode, ProfileTree welcomed wellness consultant and Hydro-Ease Founder Vivian McKinnon to the studio to learn more about her work in the field of mental health. During Vivian’s fascinating interview, she touched on subjects including the aims of her other company, Wellness Consultant NI, which looks at the impact modern life […]

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Sean Connolly – Performance Consultant and Speaker

A visit to ProfileTree by performance expert Sean Connolly – who can show entrepreneurs how problems with their company are often human problems – gave a rare insight into the work and mind of a specialist whose work is appreciated across the world. Creator of the ‘Tools for Life in Business’ program, Sean has combined […]

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Business Leaders: Cathy Doherty – What is Company Culture?

When did you last REALLY take time to consider your company’s culture? ProfileTree had a chance to hear more about this vital business topic from our guest Cathy Doherty. What does great company culture look like? What types of company culture are there? And what works best for a modern business? Cathy, owner of Practical […]

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Business Leaders: Liam O’Neil – The ‘PROVE IT’ Guy

Investing in improving your employees’ well being is key to ongoing business success. While this may seem obvious – there are many businesses that are succumbed to stress, deflated by anxiety and inevitably stuck in a rut. That’s where Liam O’Neill steps in. For this week’s ProfileTree TV interview, CEO Ciaran Connolly talks to Liam […]

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Close Focus Limited: Business Advice on Brexit

The impact that Brexit will have on businesses is an uncertain prospect. For many managers and business owners alike, Brexit begs the question: what does this mean for us now and in the future? While talks are ongoing and new updates are being broadcast daily, there is no wonder why so many businesses are full […]

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How to Develop a Marketing Strategy in 7 Steps

Today, almost all businesses are concerned about how they market themselves online. However, many business owners don’t really understand how to develop a marketing strategy properly. Many people don’t realise that there’s more to marketing strategy than scheduling a few Facebook posts and hoping for the best. Instead, a proper marketing strategy means identifying the […]

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What is Brand Development? Branding and Your Business

Why is brand development vital? We use and interact with brands on a daily basis and have even reached the point where we use brand names as generic terms. Imagine unlocking this kind of popularity for your business. Instead of referring to a tissue, you would use the term “Kleenex.” On a hot summer day […]

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How to Search Using Google: Advanced Guide

How to Search Using Google? It can be difficult to find the result you need due to the vast volume of pages Google can access, that’s why advanced techniques can help cut through to the information you need. Let’s explore Google search…  How Does Google Searching Work? Most search engines build an index based on […]

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BeckettHanlon: The Journey of Starting a Worldwide Property Franchise

Ever wondered about the world of franchising? In our latest ProfileTree TV interview, our CEO Ciaran Connolly chats to business giant Drew Beckett, CEO and Founder of Beckett Hanlon, an international property franchise. In business, a franchise is a type of license that grants a franchisee access to a franchisor’s proprietary business knowledge, processes and […]

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Business Strategy Definition: All You Need to Know

Why is it important to understand the definition of business strategy? Put simply, a business strategy is the foundation of any company or brand. Building a successful business strategy is, however, far from easy. There many different models and theories to consider. In this guide, we will explore what look at business strategies and models […]

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DJI Osmo Mobile 2 UK Review: What Can It Do For You?

Why have we produced our own DJI Osmo Mobile 2 UK Review? Well, here at ProfileTree (we’re a content marketing agency in Belfast – hi!) we do A LOT of video production and video marketing. We loved seeing smartphones become more and more powerful as video tools. We especially love seeing kit designed to make great video […]

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How to Create an AI Strategy: Ultimate Guide

The rise of artificial intelligence is often referred to as the third industrial revolution. To stay up to date, modern businesses need to create an AI strategy. The trouble is, most business owners have no idea where to begin. In fact, many people assume that AI is basically science fiction. These days, there are countless […]

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Using Business Intelligence Tools: Making the Right Choice

Why seek out the business intelligence tool available for your business? Well, business intelligence is a term which has grown in popularity particularly in the last decade. The goal here is basically to make smarter decisions for your company. In this age of information, every business action leaves breadcrumbs of data behind. How can you […]

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Business Social Media Sites: An Insider’s Guide to Real Results

There’s one great reason to take a deep dive into the business social media sites available today: time and money invested in your business social needs to produce results in return. The good news? Our social media pros have compiled a simple guide to the social platforms you need to know about. PLUS quick takeaways on making each perform […]

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What is Strategic Marketing? + Planning Tips

Strategic marketing is the way a business differentiates itself from their competitors. This means focusing on your strengths, and providing better value to customers than your competitors. The goal of strategic marketing is to maximize your brand image, compared to competitors in the eyes of its target market. It does this by fulfilling three key […]

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Video Content Marketing Examples: Inspiration From the Pros

 Mastering video marketing can be very tough for some businesses. In this article, you will get to see a few examples from a range of different businesses as a way to inspire you.  What is Video Marketing?  Video marketing is when you introduce video into your marketing strategy. Video allows for an easy way to […]

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Business Strategy Insight

To be able to set up, develop and grow a successful business, regardless of the industry ─ a good business strategy is vital. Whether you’re looking to set new business priorities, outline plans for growth, determine a product roadmap or plan your investment decisions, you’ll need a strategy. Most businesses start small and stay there.

But if that’s not good enough for you — or if you recognize that staying small doesn’t necessarily guarantee your business’s survival — there are examples of companies out there that have successfully made the transition from start-up to small business to fully-thriving large business. Coming to the realisation that your organisation needs one is easy. However, creating an actual strategy is a little trickier.

While it may sound a bit daunting, iterating like this actually makes strategy easier. It will save you from endless visioning exercises, misdirected SWOT (the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analyses, and lots of heroically uninformed big thinking. Crafting your strategy in relatively small and concrete chunks and honing the answers to the five questions through iteration will get you a better strategy, with much less pain and wasted time.

Questions to ask when building a business strategy:

  • Why are you here?
  • What is your USP (Unique Selling Proposition)?
  • Who is your perfect customer?
  • Why buy from you?
  • What is your go-to marketing strategy?
  • Who are you focusing on?
  • What is your pricing?

In follow-up meetings to discuss your progress, it’s also important to revisit your action plan regularly and to continually update it. Allowing your action plan to be surpassed by developments in your company is a sure way for it to go above and beyond.