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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Know Your Competition Online



by Dr Greg Chapman


One of the best ways to understand why someone should buy from you, and what are your points of difference, is to study the competition. What is it they are doing well, and what are they doing not so successfully?

The internet makes this very easy. You can see what the competition are telling the market place, although it is quite common that people have excellent offline marketing and have just thrown up a website as an afterthought. But if online marketing is an option for your business, and there are only a few for which this is not true, the very best in your sector will show you how it’s done.

Recently someone visited my website and downloaded the preview of my bestselling book- The Five Pillars of Guaranteed Business Success. This happens so frequently I really don’t pay much attention on a day to day basis to who is signing up. But this person immediately unsubscribed after downloading the book. Which had never happened before. It was a minute after the download- not enough time to read a 40 page preview. So I checked him out. It was one of my competition checking me out! More...


Tuesday, April 09, 2019

How Small Business Davids can overcome Big Business Goliaths


by Dr Greg Chapman


In the story of David and Goliath, young David challenged the mighty Goliath. King Saul wanted David to wear his armour so that he could fight Goliath in the traditional way. But David chose to forgo the armour, used a weapon of his choosing, and relied on his own speed, and was ultimately successful in slaying the giant Goliath.

Small business owners viewing the Goliaths of their industry slugging it out using all the marketing weaponry in their well stocked armoury, can be daunted by the battles raging around them. And if they choose to fight them with the same weapons, they have much to fear. For large businesses, economies of scale is their most potent weapon. A very powerful weapon. But like Goliath, their strengths are also their weaknesses.

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Ad of the Month - Reverse Engineered


by Dr Greg Chapman


If your product is an input where the final outcome is multiple steps away, your contribution to the ultimate benefit could be lost to potential buyers.

In this ad, we start from the outcome and work backwards to the advertiser’s input, making clear how they contributed to the ultimate benefit.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Great Strategies for Increasing Your Prices

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by Dr Greg Chapman


Why can some of your competitors increase their prices while you have to struggle even with your current ones? Do you find that when you lift your prices, you lose sales? Are most of your customers only interested in price? Are you a Price Taker?

In this interview hear Dr Greg Chapman reveal the some of the best strategies for increasing your prices.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

They Always choose to pay more



by Dr Greg Chapman


The Gallo brothers were one of the pioneers in the Californian wine industry. They are now the largest family owned wine business in the world. But it was not always this way.

Ernest Gallo once called on a customer in the midst of the depression. He gave him a tasting test, one from a 5c a bottle wine (this was the depression) and the other from a 10c bottle. After tasting both, the customer chose the 10c bottle. More...


Monday, March 11, 2019

Pricing Strategy: Breaking the connection with Cost - A Case Study

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by Dr Greg Chapman


I recently purchased a video recorder from a well known electrical goods outlet. It was a big name brand with great features and a huge improvement on our old one which was nearly 10 years old and was now becoming unreliable. It was a good unit, but now was old, tired and out of date, and was not a great match to our spiffy new TV.

So after doing the deal with the salesman, and before I could walk off with my new unit, he asked, do you want to get a warranty for a free replacement if it has any problem at all in the next five years- only 50 bucks extra on top of the $500 I had already agreed to pay. What a deal! (This was on top of the usual manufacturer’s warranty.)

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

How to Increase Prices Without Losing Your Clients

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by Dr Greg Chapman




An interview with Dr Greg Chapman by the Sydney Morning Herald





SMH: What are the key considerations when businesses set prices?




Dr Chapman: The starting point is that you must understand your margins – and the gross profit you need to cover your overheads to generate a target net profit, after you have paid yourself a decent wage. This analysis helps set targets to stay profitable. For many businesses, they find that they are not charging enough to stay in business.

Then you must understand the competitive environment and your own Points of Difference without which you will only sell on price. This is about the value you provide the purchaser – you want the purchaser to focus on the value you provide rather than how much it costs to provide it. If you don’t know the true value of your product or service- will the buyer?

 SMH: Why do businesses seem to get this wrong?

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Pricing Strategy - Creating Massive Price Increases


by Dr Greg Chapman


Every business would like to be able to increase their prices. How much would you like to increase yours – perhaps by 15% or 25%? How about increasing them by 100% or even 1000%? To achieve massive increases, you need to think differently.

Consider the example below of a fairly basic product, the humble shower head. Let’s play a guessing game on the price of these showerheads. Which do you think is the cheapest?

Monday, February 25, 2019

Ad of Month – Be interesting


by Dr Greg Chapman


Today advertising is all about holding the attention with the viewer who is just one click away from changing the channel or following another link, leaving your message unheard.

In this ad, rather than asking questions to build desire such as “Do your clothes make you look old and boring, etc… well look at our exciting new fashion range”, it tells a story about a situation with which we are all familiar. How will this mother deal with it? Does it have a happy ending? What are they advertising?

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Almost Magic Circle of Price



by Dr Greg Chapman


There are laws of nature we all learnt about at school. Newton's laws of physics the laws of thermodynamics and Boyle's laws in chemistry, plus too many others to remember. But there are laws in marketing as well, and here I am referring to the almost magical Circle of Price.

Someone certainly deserves a Nobel Prize for this one.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Are You Using Scripts - Words that Sell



by Dr Greg Chapman


A sales pipeline can have many steps, and the secret is to optimise each one. So let’s look at a single step.

How well do you and your team deal with your current and potential customers? Do you leave contact with your customers to chance, or do you have a set, uniform approach, especially when dealing with enquiries from those who haven't dealt with your company before? More...


Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Top 10 Australian Small Business Blogs Award



by Dr Greg Chapman


The Australian Small Business Blog has already been recognised as one of the top 100 small business blogs globally (see the award to the right) but it has now also been awarded as one of the top 10 Australian small business blogs as well.

Thanks guys for the recognition. You can check out the other 9 blogs here, also great reads (not least because some have published my works as well!)

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Marketing Moments - How to Give It Away to Get It Back!


by Dr Greg Chapman


One of the most powerful marketing tools you have at your disposal is the use of the knowledge that you already possess. Yet how you use that knowledge as a strategy to grow your business is often overlooked. In this podcast I discuss how to leverage this knowledge to position you as the authority in your marketplace.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Ad of the Month – When Points of Difference don’t matter


by Dr Greg Chapman


You have a service might not be that different from others, so what do you do? Perhaps make a comparison with what life would be like without any of these services, and then highlighting your own. That’s what these very slick French ads did.

Friday, January 18, 2019

How does Your Business Compare? – Free Performance Benchmarking


by Dr Greg Chapman


While owners work away in their business every day, they would love to know how they are doing compared with their competitors. Wouldn’t it be nice if they let them have a peak at their books, but that ain’t gonna happen!

But what if someone had compiled the data of ALL your competitors which would allow you to see how you rank? A database of every competitor in the country! Wouldn’t you like to get your hands on that?

Well you can, and best of all, it’s free! So who has this data, and why are these being so generous with it? To answer the second question first. You have already paid for this data, that’s why it’s free! So who is this benefactor? The Australian Taxation Department.

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