Welcome to the world’s best, certainly most practical, marketing show. Tim Reid here (you can call me Timbo) - I’m the founder and host. In its 7th year, The Small Business Big Marketing Show is laser-focussed on helping you, the motivated business owner, implement clever, effective marketing ideas that you can use to grow your business into the empire it deserves to be. Or maybe you’re a startup looking for mind-blowingly good marketing ideas that don’t cost a fortune. Well, you’re in the right place. I’ve been in the marketing game (and it is a game :) for 30 years. I also speak at business conferences globally and I know just how many business owners find marketing a dark art. So listen in as I ask successful business owners and entrepreneurs the questions we all want the answers to - How do I get more customers? What’s the best marketing to do? Where do I start with my marketing? How do I create a viral video? How do I use social media effectively? How do I scale my business? How do I make a million dollars!! So, if you're ready to take your business to the next level with some highly effective marketing, then you're in the right place. Enjoy!
August 16th, 2016
Episode 333 of 364 episodes
Sam Reid is the co-founder of cider brand Willie Smiths. I meet Sam at the recent Telstra Business Awards in Tasmania. Now, one of my jobs as the emcee was to announce the finalists for each category and read out a short bio about their business. [Tweet "Find out why the @williesmithscider brand is so loved #marketing #podcast"] Each business always got a round of applause … although some got a bigger applause than others. Willie Smith’s Cider got the biggest by far …. Quite heartfelt, it was! So, in kicked my marketing brain. [Tweet "'We’re all about trying to be memorable' @williesmiths"] What are they doing that other businesses aren’t? What makes them so special? Basically … Why all the love?! [Tweet "'What excites me is to create new things' @williesmiths"] At the end of the night I suggested he come on the show and reveal his secret sauce. “Hell yeah!” was his measured response. So, here’s Sam Reid, co-founder of Willie Smith’s Cider. [Tweet "'Show staff love and respect, and get it back in spades' @williesmiths"] Also in this episode of your favourite marketing podcast, I share my top 10ice-breaker questions that I use during pre-interview chats, and in general when meeting people for the first time. They get past the surface and fast-track getting to know someone at a much deeper level. And I even give you my answers to each of the questions. Yep … it gets personal! Let's do this! EPISODE TIMELINE 02:12 Welcome & overview04:36 Today’s guest introduction -Sam Reid of Willie Smiths05:53 Interview with Sam Reid of Willie Smiths46:07Insights in to WebCentral&Designcrowd48:02 My Top 3 Attention Grabbers frommy chat with Sam Reid of Willie Smiths50:50 My Top 10 Ice-Breaker Questions57:40 Wrap-up and insights in to next week’s guest EPISODE SPONSORS WebCentral- Exclusive listener offersGet your online marketing sorted with these exclusive listener offers. Designcrowd - Save up to $100 on your first design.The world's #1 custom design marketplace - beautifully simple &cheap. We love cheap! RESOURCES & LINKS MENTIONED Willie Smith's official websiteJoshua Nichols on how to create an amazing customer experienceArthur Greeno on why a business should break Guinness World RecordsDave Munson on how to create engaging business stories that sellMy Top 10 Ice-Breaker Questions blog post (add your own questions here)How to outsource to The PhilippinesCornerstone Business Solutions official website MY TOP 3 MARKETING ATTENTION GRABBERS Sam’s tip on how to attract and retain great staff - Let people add themselves and their personality to your culture. Have them solves problems in their own way, in their own style. It’s incredibly empowering for them. The bottomline - stop trying to micro manage everyone. Free yourself up so you can create new things - I love Sam’s passion for creativity and innovation. The Festival wouldn’t have happened if he hadn’t created space between the day-to-day running of the business, and time to think. Who’s guilty of not doing this? I am. But when I do find time to sit and think; or walk and think; it’s bloody beautiful. So … here’s a couple of ways to create that time - 1. Be less controlling, and trust that your staff will solve problems in their own way; 2. Offshore process-driven tasks - Identify all those tasks that are taking up your precious time and money, and send them to places like The Philippines. We’ve covered this at length in past episodes - but if you want to cut to the chase, check out Cornerstone Business Solutions- an off-shoring business that I have an interest in, I believe in it so much. “We’re all about being memorable” - Are you? If not, why not? I’m guessing as a listener of this show you are constantly looking for ways to stay on your customers’ shopping list. Whether it be through offering an amazing customer experience (like past guest Joshua Nichols of Platinum Electrics); or breaking Guinness World Records like past guest Arthur Greeno of Chick Filay; or creating amazing stories that emotionally engage your customers like Dave Munson does of Saddleback Leather. There’s no shortage of ways to do it, so just choose one and get on with it! OVER TO YOU … What was your biggest marketing learning or ah-ha moment from this episode? Leave your comment below. My guest and I respond to each and every comment.