Posted on 11:34am Friday 10th Dec 2010
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Posted on 2:49am Thursday 25th Nov 2010
We have run 3 of these events now in Dorset and they have proven to work best on a Thursday, our next one is planned for 13th January 2011. I thought I'd share a bit of the feedback from the last session so you can 'read' what you have been missing!
It was so nice to see you all today and I really enjoyed our brainstorming session and hope you all got something out of it today. I have copied you in, Joanne but it was all agreed that we missed you hun and we hope that you are ok.
So.... in brief, Maggie (www.maggieayre.com) you were asking about how to improve your media prescence.
Try not to pay for any advertising, issue press releases monthly if possible and if they can be related to any ongoing media stories all the better. If you find that some paid adverts are worth trying don't pay full price. A tactic to consider is saying "I haven't any money left in my advertising budget right now but please contact me if you have any last minute spaces". Negotiate even then - they want the space sold.
It was also suggested that you become the expert in your field... why shouldn't you be. Someone has to be, so it may as well be you! I love that saying Darren (www.darrentoms.com)..
Darren mentioned about making videos/audio downloads etc which can then be bought worldwide. Darren and Lara (www.larawillamscoaching.co.uk) both mentioned about a couple of gurus (apologies I can't remember the name but maybe you could give us the links)
I know I had talked about meeting with MP Tobias Ellwood last Friday about the shop local campaign, but I forgot to say I gave him a copy of the business mums journal and explained that we were a dynamic,enthusiastic and devastatingly beautiful group of women and had a devilishly handsome dad within our group!!!.. lol..lol.. He did look at it with interest and said that his wife would be interested in that too.
Anyway please feel free to fill in the gaps, and thanks again for a very enjoyable hour and a half. Look forward to seeing you all soon.
Hi Heather, and everyone,
Thank you for your amazing help yesterday. As it was my first brainstorming my plan had been to listen in and contribute where possible but instead I took over the discussion topic and gained a huge amount from our time together!
I look forward to helping you guys in the future wherever I can. A great meeting.... I intend to become a regular attendee.
Personal Trainer and Nutrition Adviser
Sound like your cuppa tea?? See you on the 13th January then!!