I came across an article today suggesting a brain checker tool to help avoid dementia.
I covered this topic in another of my blogs back in 2019 when another report came out stating Scientists have long found a possible link between anticholinergic drugs and an increased risk of dementia. A study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine on Monday suggests that the link is strongest for certain classes of anticholinergic drugs — particularly antidepressants such as paroxetine or amitriptyline, bladder antimuscarinics such as oxybutynin or tolterodine, antipsychotics such as chlorpromazine or olanzapine and antiepileptic drugs such as oxcarbazepine or carbamazepine.
Study is important because it strengthens a growing body of evidence showing that strong anticholinergic drugs have long term associations with dementia risk,” said Carol Coupland, professor of medical statistics in primary care at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom and first author of the study.
We wish it wasn’t the case but, unfortunately, memory loss is a hot topic. People have countless questions about brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. What really causes it? Read more
So the Alzheimer’s Research UK has launched a new app which gives people of all ages tips on how to keep their brains active and to reduce the risk of dementia.
The brain checker tool encourages people to do more to look after their brains, and offers suggestions to stay sharp.
Dementia is the term used to describe a set of symptoms that over time can affect memory, problem-solving, language and behaviour.
The disease is progressive, which means symptoms may be mild or even unnoticeable at first, but they get worse over time. There are many types of dementia but Alzheimer’s disease is the most common. The next most common is vascular dementia
Well excuse me.. In March 2015, researchers published a prospective cohort study in JAMA Internal Medicine called “Cumulative Use of Strong Anticholinergics and Incident Dementia.”
The University of Washington and Seattle healthcare system, Group Health, conducted the long-term study which tracked 3,434 men and women who were aged 65 and up, and had no dementia when the study began.
The team accessed every participant’s history of drug use for the previous decade, including both over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Over a 7-year timeline, they followed up with all the participants every two years, during which 797 participants developed dementia (637 of whom developed Alzheimer’s disease).
As researchers looked back on what those 797 individuals took, anticholinergic drugs became the main suspect. The most common anticholinergics participants used were tricyclic antidepressants, first-generation antihistamines, and bladder antimuscarinics.
Compared to those who didn’t take anticholinergic drugs, people who did for as little as three years were 54% more likely to develop dementia.
What Are Anticholinergics? Usually, these types of drugs are prescribed to treat problems including urinary incontinence, Parkinson’s disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD).
Anticholinergic drugs’ main purpose is to block the actions and effects of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter which causes muscles to contract, activates pain responses and regulates endocrine and REM sleep functions.
It’s just a natural fact of life – as we age, our bodies’ ability to produce acetylcholine decreases. Since the brain actually contains many acetylcholine-producing cells, as Harvard editor Beverly Merz highlights, “blocking its effects can deliver a double whammy to older people.”
It was suggested that if you want to keep your head clear and brain functioning as highly as possible, steering clear of anticholinergic drugs seems ideal.
However, it is important to recognize that the long-term study revealed only a small portion of drugs was interfering with cognitive function. So, please discuss with your doctor if you’re thinking of getting off any prescribed medications.
I know that we have to try all avenues to help combat what is now the fastest growing health problem around the world.
Almost everyone has a mobile phone, a good percentage of owners pay games on their phone. We have the highest users of technology and evening is becoming automated. So if we are already using technology how is just a checker going to help? Just asking
As the word recession is on the lips of so many economists and financial institutions, businesses are beginning to explore new and innovative ways to stay afloat. One of the most trending methods used in recent years is artificial intelligence chatbots. These chatbots allow customers to interact with a computer system that can mimic human conversation, providing them with real-time discounts on products and services.
There are many benefits of using AI chatbots for business owners. Some of these include:
1) Increased Sales: Chatbots can help businesses increase their sales and footfall by up to 30%. This is because they provide customers with instant access to discounts on products and services.
2) Greater Customer Engagement: Chatbots keep customers engaged by allowing them to actually talk to a computer system that mimics human conversation. This creates a more personal connection between customer and business owner, which can result in increased loyalty and repeat business.
3) Reduced Costs: The use of chatbots helps reduce costs for businesses by automating routine tasks such as customer service inquiries or sales enquiries. This allows business owners to focus on more important tasks while still providing great customer service.
4) Update offers, run promotions in real time without spending huge sums of investment in paper and ppc adverts
The Launch of the Shoppers Discount Club ￼
After a significant period of closures during lockdown with many customers opting for online retailers to meet their needs, retailers have struggled to incentivise those shoppers back in-store.
Diane Shawe founder of the Shoppers Discount club App was inspired by the use of QR code technology in the hospitality sector, so the company set out to deliver a benefit to retailers using the same technology people had become so accustomed to. Diane was delighted to bring her background in technology and retail together to be able to offer retailers something which will truly make a difference and provide the much needed solution stores need to increase footfall again.”
The app provides bespoke, QR codes and POS material for shoppers to display intheir store fronts. These QR codes host live discounts which shoppers can redeem in-store and are fully-customisable to retailers, allowing them to discount certain products to yield increased profits.
“With the rising cost of living, everyone is looking for a deal” states Diane.
Additional benefits for retailers include the ability to personalise discounts to different target audiences, including pensioners, students, traders, local residents, or government workers, making offers as targeted and relevant as possible. Retailers also keep 100% of their profits compared to other online discount offerings.
Overall, conversational chatbots offer many benefits for businesses looking to survive the recession and thrive in today’s economy. They allow businesses to offer greater value to their customers while reducing costs, making them an essential tool for any company looking to stay competitive in today’s market .
All of your arguments boil down to three questions. If all your answers are no to all three questions , there will most likely be a problem.
Conflict is difficult to resolve if viewed in as Who wins or Lose.
Most of the time, it involves both logical and illogical feelings. That thing you’re arguing about, whether at home or at work, is about what’s said and what’s not said. It is about what is visible and what is hidden.
The problem is that most of us focus on the surface and ignore what’s beneath. That is a mistake. So how can you move to resolving emotionally entangled conflict?
Oprah Winfrey is someone I admire because she is no stranger to conflict, and she is in a good position to comment on it given her background as an interviewer. She has addressed complex issues such as suicide, infidelity, mental health, sexual abuse, and others, all of which involve deep-seated conflict.
She’s interviewed nearly 30,000 people via her shows,” she says, ” they all had one thing in common.”
What exactly was it? What did everyone have in common, whether a firefighter or a PhD, a dental hygienist or a software engineer?
“They all wanted validation,” Oprah says.
She wasn’t referring to ego-stroking compliments like “You’re such an amazing wife” or “I can’t believe what an incredible boss you are.”
No, she was referring to something more fundamental, and crucial, when it comes to connecting through conflict: validating what someone is saying and validating that it is important to you.
When Oprah spoke at the Stanford Graduate School of Business about career, life, and leadership, she mentioned this. She specifically stated that all of your arguments boil down to three questions, and only three questions:
Did you hear what I said? Did you notice me? Did what I said make any sense to you or matter?
In other words, whether your partner is upset because you arrived home late yet again, or your employee is trying to convince you that they need another member on their team, what they really want is to be seen. Being heard.
They want to know if you’re really listening to them and care about what they’re trying to tell you.
This does not imply that you must grovel or strikeout, or that you must immediately change the topic or become accusational (for example, by bringing up a previous situation or disagreement).
It does, however, imply that you should begin by not defending yourself or addressing the “content” of the argument.
If you truly want to calm the person down and resolve the conflict quickly, the best thing to do first is to make them feel understood—and that what they’re saying matters to them.
“You are correct; I have been working late a lot. I know it’s inconvenient not to have me home for dinner. I want you to know how much it means to me.”
“I understand. On the team, you’ve been juggling a lot lately: managing schedules, responding to clients, and liaising between the team and the engineering department. I see and appreciate everything you’ve done.”
According to Oprah (and every other psychologist ever), when someone feels that you see and care about them, its a game changer. The nervous system of the individual relaxes. Their tone becomes softer. The problem appears to become more manageable.
You can most likely relate. If you dig deep enough, almost always, when you have a problem with someone, it’s because you didn’t feel seen or heard.
It’s not just that your previous partner use to ignore; you felt overlooked, unimportant, frustratingly angry or powerless.
When you feel like the other person is seeing you and listening to you (deeply listening, not just saying they’re listening) when you share your distress, you begin to feel different.
You no longer feel alone; you feel as if they’re on your side.
You are feeling supported.
Try it with your children, your husband, your wife, your boss, and your friends, as Oprah suggests. Verify them.
I notice you. I understand. And what you say is important to me.
Influencer marketing is not an emerging trend anymore but a strategic part of companies’ overall digital marketing budget.
While a decade ago, influencer marketing did not exist, the adoption of influencer marketing is rising fast and 93% of marketers use it today.
Ignoring the benefits of influencer marketing campaigns can spell doom for companies and social influencers. But what is influencer marketing, and how can you develop an influencer marketing strategy that works for you?
What is influencer marketing?
Influencer marketing is a marketing strategy in which brands partner with social media influencers to promote their products and services.
Influencers have an engaged and large following on social media platforms due to their knowledge, expertise, or unique point of view. They typically share content with their followers on diverse social media platforms such as:
• Online blogs on WordPress, Wix, or other online content management websites
To strengthen your influencers online conversational marketing strategy you now need to consider seriously introduce A.I Technology. A Conversational Chatbot can interact with all your followers simultaneously providing them with advice, links, offers and much more.
Has there ever been more pressure to have a full and luscious head of hair?
In the randomised study of over 2,000 women in the UK, more than one in five said they are suffering from hair loss or hair thinning. When you add in the number of women who have suffered from this in the past and post covid side effects the figure rises to almost 30 per cent.
A further 25 per cent who did not have the problem themselves knew friends or family who did.
The emotional toll can be devastating: many of those the researchers spoke to described how they had begun to withdraw from everyday activities.
As many as 51 per cent say they now shy away from having photos taken, 47 per cent say they avoid social events and 40 per cent said the same for meeting new people. Anxiety and embarrassment were also common responses to developing the condition. So how can hairloss be related to liver disfunction or long term constipation? Read full blog here
Constipation affects 25% of the population mainly women.
A topic not often discussed because most people think of constipation as a symptom rather than the cause of their health problems. And for many functional gastrointestinal conditions like gut pathogens, leaky gut and food sensitivities, this is definitely the case – which is why you might want to get tested and uncover the root cause of your constipation.
But for now whilst we are on this subject, constipation itself can also be the root cause of other symptoms and conditions and can wreak havoc with your insides, stemming from one of three main issues;
1. Toxin reabsorption in the colon, including excess hormones, that would normally be excreted in the stool. 2. Imbalance of intestinal flora, including a reduction in healthy species and overgrowths of unwanted bacteria or pathogens. 3. Structural and physical effects of large hard stools and the straining that commonly accompanies them.
It is these mechanisms that can cause a whole range of unwanted symptoms and are the side effects of constipation on the body that you may be struggling with right now…
Summary: Side Effects of Constipation
In summary, the side of effects of constipation include:
• Weight gain
• Bad skin
• Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
• Brittle nails and thinning/falling hair
• Poor immunity
• Estrogen dominance
• Structural conditions (haemorrhoids, rectal prolapse, and anal fissures)
• Fecal impaction (bowel obstruction caused by poop that has hardened in the colon)
• Anxiety and depression
So What Can You Do To Help Yourself?
Are you Tired of Products for Constipation that just Don’t Work? Tired of laxative tablets, prune juice, teas, and enemas that don’t provide relief? Well it all boils down to being strategic about the products you take and in what order.
I am going to recommend a 45 day program with two types of Colon Detox and cleansing capsules. Mainly because I have tried it myself 4 years ago and now I don’t have any problems.
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Businesses, Enterprises, Organisations of all sizes and legal formats now find themselves post pandemic with increased online activity from current and new customers wanting information, customer services, services fulfilment and much more at an all time high.
As a result of this the last few years have set up scenarios where businesses and customers are mutually ready to adopt conversational automation.
A.I Chatbot for Business: Industry reports that today, just being present online is not enough. Businesses need to provide a 24/7 conversational availability, which is what customers expect across messaging platforms, social networks, websites, and other digital channels.
Virtual Speedy Services has looked at the top ten industries that are adopted conversational AI on various social media platforms like facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram or providing a link instead of their business website.
1. Social Media influencers
There is a growing number of social media influencers who have now amassed a huge following sometimes in the millions. In order to stay connected with their fans and streamline any endorsements, products or promotions they can stay fully connected in real time with their followers using A.I. Chatbot technology.
2. Using conversational A.I for e-commerce
The e-commerce industry is on a roll with exponential sales growth. The worldwide e-commerce retail sales amounted to £3.00 trillion in 2019, which is expected to reach £6.00 trillion by 2024.
Despite this growth rate, e-commerce businesses are struggling to maintain their sales cycle with traditional channels such as social media, emails, and phone calls. Not more than 1-3% visitors feel engaged enough to fill those static forms. If you also rely on these platforms, you must be struggling with the same problem.
Relying only on the human-driven sales and support system which are becoming more and more expensive can’t lead a business to success at profitable scale. E-commerce brands such as Shopify giant brands have created a new form of transformative digital customer experience with A.I chatbot.
Conversational A.I is helping e-commerce companies to
Every company needs a smoothly running HR department to ensure long-term success. During the process of recruitment, HR managers have to take care of hundreds of activities. And the success of those activities defines the future of a company. Finding the right candidates, ensuring policy compliance, resolving queries and conflicts- all these activities ensure that a business can run without any interruption.
Many organisations have started using conversational A.I for futuristic and proactive HR activities. Companies that use artificial intelligence for HR are able to increase their productivity by 45%. HR teams are saving almost half of their time usually spent on managing talent and answering repeative questions and queries. Hence, they can spend more time strategising, planning, developing, and recruiting talent.
With A.I deployed to your Customer services and HR activities, you can-
Attract more relevant prospective candidates
Reduce the hours spent and scale up the recruitment process
Qualify candidates based on automated background checks
Answer their questions with personalized interactions
Help candidates with paperwork, onboarding, and company policies
With Virtual Speedy Services, you can adopt an A.I-powered Customer Services or HR chatbot for more human-like engagement of candidates, customers and employees. An A.I that can find what they want in real-time and help them instantly rather than letting them go through an endless cycle of emails.
4. Conversational A.I for Distribution and Manufacturing
The distribution and manufacturing industry involves large-scale customer queries and operations. Manually handling interactions causes reduced results due to delayed responses and inefficient processes. With everyone having a mobile phone to hand they react by calling instantly when wanting assistance
To match the scale of manufacturing, enterprises are deploying AI in their digital conversations. Various tasks across marketing, sales, and support are being automated using AI chatbots for business.
Using Virtual Speedy Services conversational A.I platform, your manufacturing business can-
Run conversational marketing for more qualified leads
Take care of supplies and inventory with AI-enabled ERPs and legacy systems
Automate 90% of repetitive customer support queries
It’s hard enough for doctors and nurses to ensure accuracy in every minute detail of their jobs. At the same time, they have to invest 1/6th of their working hours into administrative work. For instance, even the small task of arranging doctor’s appointments requires a lot of attention. Any mistake during manual entries can result in serious problems for patients.
Thankfully, now your hospital staff can automate many such tasks with A.I-powered chatbots. Instead of manually filling forms, hospital staff can simply let the self-service A.I bot schedule meetings for patients as per the available time slots and much more.
Conversational A.I can offer complete automation to the healthcare front-office. Patients don’t have to rely on calling the staff to get information or wait for responses regarding transfer requests, discharge, and consultation requirements. Everything is processed and conveyed by an A.I-enabled virtual assistant.
With AI there for patients 24*7, hospitals can send on-time alerts and receive urgent requests to respond without any delay. AI bots are designed to update records, manage medical history of every patient, notify them about prescription refills.
Every prospective customer adds a big amount of money to an estate agency’s revenue. So, businesses can’t afford to lose those leads on social media and websites due to the nonresponsive approach or abandonment due to waiting too long..
Beautiful images and too much information can’t do the trick if customers want to ask questions for quick and relevant answers. In that case, they’re likely to enjoy an instant conversation with A.I that understands their requirements, rather than browsing through the long web pages.
Virtual Speedy Services can give that ability to estate agents businesses with conversational A.I, so they can have more qualified leads ready for nurturing and more satisfied clients.
In the travel and hospitality industry, businesses work for 8 hours while customers wish for assistance 24*7. This presents the challenge of losing more than half of your potential customers. Even the best of contact forms on your web pages can’t give you more than 1 to 2 percent of sales.
An A.I chatbot, on the other hand, lets you engage potential leads, qualify them, and convert them into sales. Not only that, but conversational A.I can also be there to answer customer queries 24*7 to enhance their travel experience without you lifting a finger.
For car dealerships, maintaining an ongoing relationship with customers is a must to keep on receiving revenue by fulfilling maintenance and repair requirements. At the same time, they need to ensure that no prospect goes away due to complications or wrong information.
Without any conversational automation, car dealerships struggle to capture leads and convince them to book a test drive due to delayed or no response. Often customers choose multiple channels to connect with a dealership and feel frustrated if they are restricted to a single channel for conversation.
So, automobile dealerships are now transforming their approach with AI-powered chatbots by integrating them across multiple channels for a unified customer experience. They are using the predictive intelligence and data segmentation capabilities of AI to find, track, and nurture leads.
The year 2020 was an eye-opener for many institutions that neglected the digital student experience for a long time. From primary schools to higher education institutions, all are now trying to establish a digital presence that can manage the immediate requirements for information by student.
A.I chatbots can help educational institutes:
Improve the quality of student query support
Increase admissions with conversational academic marketing
Attractive landing pages and regular social media promotion can’t do much if an instant conversation isn’t possible in the insurance industry. People decide to buy insurance from a company that gives them top-notch experience, answers questions, and resolves confusion.
To enable such prompt service and support, insurance companies now adopting conversational A.I. Instant interactions are improving engagement on websites, social media, and digital ads. Using this 24*7 availability, insurance companies are able to-
With a conversational A.I platform, you can generate leads on every channel and simultaneously nurture those leads with personalised interactions and help with transactional activities 24*7. But in todays world not everything is about leads.
Callers usually have questions, problems or want some information which is often hard to navigate via a mobile phone on a website.
It was statistically proven that most people respond to text messaging or prefer to engage in messaging on their phones, this is one of the main reasons why A.I conversational technology is proving popular
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Recent survey showed that 90% of ecommerce websites generally looked the same. And played little to no role in a customer’s decision to chose who they will purchase from. This means that thousands of pounds spent per month on traditional advertising has little to no contribution on over all profits.
But despite these setbacks, some businesses are earning more profits than ever while spending less time and resources then their competitors. No matter where your business is located, and no matter what condition its in, you can attract high paying customers in droves using little to known but effective techniques I’ll introduce just a couple of them to you now.
Did you know that many of your customers are willing to pay you more and buy more of your products if you simply presented it in the right way to them. You can also acquire more customers by simply marketing smarter and more efficiently as well.
One way to immediately increase your front end sales is to improve your sales letter offering.
Take control of your headline
You donʼt need to test and tweak a million different things until you start to doubt your own offerings, in order to bump up your conversions the ﬁrst thing you want to do is just test and tweak the headline. Leave everything the same …just start changing the headline and see what happens.
You test your headline ﬁrst or in some cases your email subject heading and you do that simply by just making a more powerful, more compelling headline that in my opinion should solve a problem for the reader. Once you have control over your headline then you can start testing the body of your content.
Use A.I technology by introducing conversational marketing
Start engaging with your social media followers especially if you have thousand of followers across your social media platforms?
Did you you can have a conversation, pass on details, resolve problems, show videos, get visitors to schedule appointment themselves, buy from your store, register on your courses, competition or events and much much more without you lifting a finger. A.I online virtual assistant can help you to:-
➢ Qualify your website visitors and direct them to what they want
➢ Increase your website or social media conversions
➢ Build a bigger email subscriber list
➢ Collect valuable feedback data to improve visitor experience
➢ Give them quick answer to questions
➢ Present a more streamlined buying experience
➢ Resolve complaint or problem in real time
➢ To get a more detailed answer to a query
➢ Link to calenders, videos, courses seamlessley
➢ Reduce your online admin time by 50%
Test your offering
The Key To It All. By testing your offer I mean you might want to, say, instead of selling an eBook for £12.99 – you might want to offer a physical version of your package for £27.00 + shipping and handling. You could offer three easy payments of £9.00 by a paypal subscription to a persons credit card. See?
Thatʼs actually £14.00 in total …over double the price …using a risk reversal offer that seems cheaper at ﬁrst glance.
In fact, that offer would probably convert better. So it’s important to tweak your offer a lot. In the words of Dan Kennedy, “ITʼS THE OFFER, STUPID.” Iʼll give you another one.
Trial offers are another fantastic way to persuade potential customers to register, use your services and you can then up sell them afterwards (no spamming)
Testing your offer structure.
Instead of offering a trial, you could ask for a fair sum upfront £99.99 …and then gave them the big box of stuff as a bonus. They get the same thing but you simply structured the offer differently. Just imagine if you got 100 people to take your service there and then online, fees right up front. No trial, no launch, no afﬁliates you could see just how profitable and structured your offering truly is.
The number 1 complaint about launching and running a online #business or posting links is generating enough enquiries to make a #sale! and capturing contact details to respond
There are many different statistics that suggest why franchises are such a popular option in the UK for aspiring entrepreneurs and have higher success rates than running your own independent business. In fact, according to What-Franchise 80% of new franchise businesses are still running after their first five years. However, with so many to choose from, how do you know which one will be right for you? You can learn more about why franchises have much higher success rates below and also where you can find the best franchises for sale in the UK.
Why are franchises more successful than other business opportunities?
Buying a franchise is one of the safest ways to run a business. There are many reasons why franchises are more successful than other business opportunities, such as buying a company for sale or starting up your own business from scratch, but today in this article, we will list the five main reasons franchises tend to have such high success rates in the UK.
Franchises are supported by a proven system.
When you buy a franchise, you’re buying into someone else’s proven system. Franchises are tried and true, which means they already know what works and what doesn’t—so that can save you a lot of time and money. For example, when buying a franchise, don’t try to reinvent any wheels; accept what is working for them and change only things that won’t disrupt their growth. It might seem obvious, but many entrepreneurs try to do things their own way—which means it can take twice as long to get going, or the chance of failure can dramatically increase when you buy a franchise. You don’t have to worry about this since all you need to do is successfully replicate the proven system to get customers through your door as early as possible.
Some franchises offer pre-built marketing tools.
Franchises give you access to brand-name products that may already be market-tested. In some cases, like Subway or McDonald’s, these brands are easy to recognize and well known by consumers. You’ll also have access to a company-branded marketing kit that can get you started with your advertising efforts immediately. To help ensure franchise success, many franchisors take a hands-on approach with new owners and offer lots of training and support during the first year of business. This is in addition to any experience you may gain while working at a franchise location part-time before purchasing it full-time.
Franchises are usually cheaper to start than independent businesses.
Starting a new business costs a lot of money, and most small businesses operate on thin margins. Franchises can offer their start-up packages at relatively low prices because they already have equipment and employees. This doesn’t mean that franchising is cheap; however, it can help you save money when compared to starting your own operation from scratch. The average franchise for sale in the UK usually costs around £10,000 to £55,000. However, every franchise is different, and you need to remember not all franchises are created equal each one is different. For example, some franchises might be very expensive depending on their brand recognition and location, but there are some low-cost franchise investment opportunities that usually cost £1,000 to £10,000. The bottom line is every franchise is different. This is why it’s crucial to do research before investing.
Franchises save time and money upfront.
You’re not on your own when you buy a franchise. The company that owns it will help you get started, offering training, business planning, and marketing support. All of those things cost money—and require time—but when you buy a franchise, you don’t need to worry about spending either. That gives you more time and money to focus on building your business into something profitable. In many cases, a franchise can also help new owners land their first customers since they already have brand recognition in their community or market segment.
It’s easier to get access to funding with a franchise.
You’ll be able to get access to funding easier with a franchise, mainly because there are support networks behind your franchisor. Also, banks are more likely to provide loans to someone who has invested in a proven system rather than starting their own business from scratch. Many franchises will provide you with advice on applying for financing and give you tips on what types of businesses work best with their brands. And if things don’t go as planned, many will offer help in finding investors or other capital sources should you need it down the road. In short, franchise owners are somewhat protected from market fluctuations and competition—and can focus more on doing what they do best: making money for themselves and their franchise brand.
Every New Year, I have always checked for the top business growth tips and trends. This year I have decided to present my own because we the business community are stillliving in unprecedented times of uncertainty, fear, transformation, deception, confusion, and outright disruption of the old world ways of doing business.
I am Diane Shawe founder of Virtual Speedy Services Ltd (which I gave birth to during the first lockdown) and author of ‘Answer 77 Questions about your business to avoid business failure’ shares her top small business growth strategies for the year ahead.
2022 has been a year of rapid transformation across all industries as the business community has dealt with shifting customer buying activities and economic challenges, as well as mitigating hot-button issues such as the pandemic and people’s changing conception of work life balance. In a year filled with change, there are some trends that are going to be firmly fixed into 2023 that I am certainly considering. I believe that all businesses should seriously build some or all of these points into your growth plans.
To lead your business in the right direction, here are my humble 10 small business growth strategies.
1. Prioritise your business culture
Throughout the pandemic, businesses have been dealing with “The Great Resignation” as workers are quitting their jobs at record-high rates. One of the reasons for this is that people are changing their definitions of what they consider a healthy work-life balance and what they want in a company culture.
I have certainly seen that the pandemic has shifted the way people incorporate work into their life, whether it’s moving to another county for cheaper housing or not wanting to go into the office every day.
Exploring the opportunity to do remote or hybrid work online or become dropshipping businesses.
In today’s environment, not all solutions are made equal, and culture is now a part of that. “A big factor for employees, in addition to salary and benefits, is culture (wanting more time at home with family, for instance, or having a more flexible working environment. ) so have a culture strategy in place.
2. Consider hiring more freelance workers
The number of gig workers, freelancers, and contractors has grown exponentially over the last few years, and they make up a large portion of workers within the current market.
Small business owners will now be able to bring in more specialised freelance workers to carry out tasks without having to deal with the hiring and training costs that are often associated with recruiting a full-time employee, with the importance of being agile in today’s economic environment. More people are comfortable with remote working and outsourcing their skills.
Peopleperhour.com and fiverr.com are great places to start.
3. Work with micro-influencers
While small businesses may be competing against larger businesses to work with online influencers, collaborating with micro-influencers is an option to consider.
As influencer marketing is becoming more popular than ever… micro-influencers are going to be the best option for small businesses because they don’t cost as much, and they are more open to collaborating with small businesses too.
Adding a couple of these small influencers as a part of your marketing strategy could help you reach specific audiences; growth might not be an impossible feat in 2023.
4. Leverage the way you supply your products and services.
Distributors and businesses across the country have challenging supply chain issues with the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic fallout and its subsequent economic disruptions. In 2023, businesses must be aware of scarcities within the supply chain and get ahead of manufacturing and transportation challenges by working collaboratively with their suppliers.
Checkout companies like Amazon who can provide a fulfilment service for your orders. Consider moving to a drop shipping manufacturer or warehouse so as to reduce your cash investment in slow-moving stock. If you are a bricks and mortar retail business consider launching a online store so customers can place orders.
5. Educate the client and partner with your new paradigms
It’s important to inform your clients and partners about changes you’re making to better benefit your business across a shifting economic landscape. If the changes don’t land, it may be time to consider other options,
Many businesses are painfully aware of how much the talent pool has changed. Working with potential employees and client partners to educate them on the new management styles needed, increased compensation packages, and other aspects of recruitment and retention are very important.
6. Prepare for potential contracting opportunities
Almost 80 new businesses were created every hour across the UK in the first half of 2021, according to research by iwoca – one of Europe’s largest small business lenders.
Analysis of Companies House data reveals that 340,534 businesses were registered in the UK between January and June 2021, an increase of 32% from 257,243 over the same time period in 2019.
London dominates a list of areas to start a business
Iwoca’s Small Business HotSpots UK 2021 reveals that Camden saw the largest number of businesses registered out of all UK local authorities, with 19,755 new companies – a rate of more than four and a half new firms every hour.
The second largest number of new businesses were registered in Hackney (13,646), followed by 10,151 in Westminster. London’s local authorities make up half of the top 10, which also includes Birmingham in 5th with 7,442 new firms and Kent placing 7th with 6,504 businesses.
London saw over one-third of the new registrations with 120,338, followed by the South East (37,573) and North West (33,640). The capital city also witnessed the largest increase in new business registration compared to 2019 of 59%, with the West Midlands registering a 49% rise followed by the North East (28%).
Christoph Rieche, iwoca CEO and co-founder, said: “It is fantastic to see the creation of so many businesses during the first half of this year, they are testament to the entrepreneurial spirit which characterises our vibrant economy.
“Many of these businesses will be unnecessarily constrained by cashflow. At iwoca, we turn cash flow into a superpower, enabling them to grow faster and worry less. We look forward to working with many of them.”
Why is such a growth happening?
A survey I read stated that 39% of people in current jobs are going to quit within the next 12 months, which is not great for an employer, but suggests a start of a business revolution is happening.
What advice would I give to somebody looking to start a business?
There is never a good time to do it, and you just must go for it. It’s all encompassing, and it’s a phenomenon. I just decided to go for it in 2000 and have never looked back. However, you can be clever about it, though – can you cut down your hours in your current role, or could you work part-time initially? Explore your options wisely.
7. Get creative on sales and marketing opportunities
The digital marketing landscape has become increasingly challenging due to congestion and evolving regulations.
This is forcing many traditionally digital companies to explore other sales channels and marketing strategies.
To mitigate these challenges, business should engage with A.I. Conversational Marketing Technologies with its engaging methods it can help explode online conversational engagement with a virtual tool. 8. Widen your business’s online footprint
Small businesses must adapt and be “practical” when it comes to sales, as consumers continue to favour online and mobile shopping.
Businesses need to widen their online footprint to gain a significant proportion of customers from the current market,
A simple way to sell products is to have a sellers account on your popular social media or e-store platforms. To sell services, … list your company on freelance and contract websites.” Also create a blog and YouTube website for reviewing products, testimonials, advice, and tips. Become the expert in your field. Entry competitions, exhibitions, and network meetings.
We have recently launched our online store http://www.online-store.needahairmakeover.co
9. Learn video SEO strategies to rank higher on search engines
Video marketing has become an integral part of a successful marketing strategy with the rise of live videos on platforms like TikTok and Instagram. It’s estimated that by 2022, videos will account for 82% of all consumer traffic. That’s why video SEO should be a top priority for businesses in 2022.
“Small businesses that incorporate short-form videos into their website posts will see more organic traffic coming from search engines,” explained Gilmour. “As TikTok continues to grow, search engine algorithms will shift to articles and posts that include short-form videos. Short-form videos from TikTok and YouTube may even become the main point of ‘how to’ searches.”
10. Utilise partnership marketing to reach a broader audience
Partnership marketing is a strategic collaboration that gives you and your partner company a chance to reach a wider audience together, explained Diane Shawe, founder of Virtual Speedy Services Ltd.
“Collaboration with another company can aid in the development of better marketing initiatives that benefit both parties, If your target clients are similar, you may pool your resources to better your marketing techniques, build your brands and expand your audience reach.”
Start to use smart customer acquisition techniques such as collaborating with discount giants such as wowcher, groupon, or discount voucher websites to help get your business name, brand, or services directly into potential customers mobile.
“Another example, if a consumer purchases a product from you, you can provide a discount coupon that they can use to purchase discounted products from your business partner,” said Diane. “Co-branding of a product or project can also boost both companies’ marketing power.”
Virtual Speedy Services Ltd is set up to provide a suite of services for small and medium-sized businesses to help them efficiently and quickly set up or expand their business. Our core service is AI technology by designing conversational marketing chatbots to generate quality business leads or engage online visitors in real time. We have just launched the Shoppers Discount Club App. Click to find out more https://shoppersdiscount.club
Need a Hair Makeover Hair Extensions & Hairloss Specialist Salons celebrates winning the coveted prize at the annual Salon Awards for Best hair Extensions Salon West Midlands 2022
After being announced as finalist in six categories for the Salon Awards 2021
Best Salon Best Customer Experience Best Salon for Hair Extensions Best Refurbished Salon Best creative Image Best Colourist
The awards ceremony took place in November 2021 in London.
Need a Hair Makeover Hair Extensions and Hairloss Specialist Salon impressed the judge’s thanks to its commitment to meeting customer needs, making their mark as an established business locally, providing an exceptional range of hair extensions and disguising hairloss techniques to clients and for their exception salon design and interiors.
Commenting on the result, Diane, the owner said; “To be named as a winner and nominated in not just one but six categories for the third year highlights how hardworking and commitment can pay off. With hundreds of entries for each category and a panel of judges that excel at looking for the finer details, just to make the shortlist is an outstanding achievement. What also makes it more important is the fact that we have also had to deal with a pandemic and closure.”
The Salon Awards celebrate and acknowledge the success of the most creative, dynamic and innovative hair salons, hairdressers, and barbers across the country through county awards events. http://www.needahairmakeoverfranchise.co.uk-
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