Ben Temple

  • Nigel Temple posted a new activity comment 7 months, 4 weeks ago

    Hi Chris, Thanks for asking this. I wonder whether Ben Temple @admin can help to answer your question?

  • Nigel Temple posted a new activity comment 2 years, 5 months ago

    Our eldest son is a website developer. Ben @admin …can you shed any light on this for Susan?

  • Nigel Temple posted an update in the group Group logo of Strategy and PlanningStrategy and Planning 3 years ago

    Are you happy to give your ideas and knowledge away for free? Do you sometimes wonder how many of your business / professional secrets and hard won experience you should be sharing? Where is the dividing line between ‘what I am prepared to give away for free’ and the Intellectual Property that you charge for?
    @penrynian @dkl @karin @david-willis @k…[Read more]

    • Hi Nigel, Do you have any advice re protecting intellectual property? Thanks Margi

    • You would need to check this, Margi, but I believe that you can freely use the ‘TM’ symbol on your material. Using the legal profession to register trademarks etc is expensive. if you have something specific in mind, by all means either respond to this thread or email me.

    • Nat replied 3 years ago

      I’m happy to share tips and information. It connects me with my peers and helps establish my name for those who might need my help one day. It’s astonishing how much some of the top experts in my field share but, in reality, they’re only giving us the basics. It’s their delivery that’s the hook. When I need copywriting training, I turn to them.

    • Thanks for this, Nat. I have found that the more I give, the more I get. In addition, the ‘giving’ part requires continual learning, which of course is a good thing. Much of the sharing requires writing, in the form of blogs, articles, newsletters, guides, e-books and printed books. I am happy to report that this brings me a sales lead a day, on average.

    • dkl replied 3 years ago

      Once something has become common currency in the public domain I will share, providing that the info is not entirely complete and comes with a hook. When I am fortunate enough to have something new I am very sparing about what I say until I have made some money out of it.

    • Hi David, Yes, understood. I am working on something at the moment which I am so excited about that I will explode if I don’t get it out there soon. I typically share 90% of what I know. From time to time, I feel that I have to ‘monetize’ my IP (in this particular case I think that it will be a workshop; however, it could also be a book).

    • I am happy to give things away for free. This is partly because it is highly unlikely I will ever post anything original but good posts enhance credibility. Often when something of great value is posted, further information about the topic is needed anyway and so the post may attract interested potential customers. David Eaton.

    • I have found that when I write, I learn. I am happy to share what I learn and this generates a feedback loop in that the people I share with, often share in return.

    • I just genuinely like to help people so happy to give some advice… need to add more advice on my PR website … my main bit of advice is to promote your promotion and that’s even easier now with social media!

  • Nigel Temple posted an update in the group Group logo of PromotionPromotion 3 years, 2 months ago

    Do you use Google AdWords (or have you done so in the past)? How much do you spend each month? What are your objectives? How do you measure success? What do you think of the ‘new look’ Google AdWords?
    @penrynian @dkl @karin @david-willis @karen-kimberley @margi-ross @davidsmestratgy @raymondo-marcus @digitaldave @admin @boomytokan @michael-horlock[Read more]

    • I’m afraid I bin the offers. Have steered clear- hardly ever click on paid listings…which I believe is the norm.

    • I think that you mean the vouchers for say £75 pounds worth of free Google Adwords advertising? Yes, I know what you mean about not clicking on Ads in Google, although I do this from time to time. I am involved in AdWords campaigns for a couple of private clients and the stats are interesting, i.e. impressions, click throughs and conversions.

    • I’ve tried a couple of times but without managing to get it working…and then got busy and forgot about it. Id be interested to hear if people think it works well. I remember Mark Arnold used to use it for training and coaching but sadly he is not around to ask anymore!.

    • Hi Karen, Yes, I know the feeling! I think that Google AdWords is complicated and I wonder whether anyone else finds this to be the case? Clearly, a lot of enterprises use it and it takes time to set it all up and then monitor it. A key issue is that you can track everything – including sales leads. Kind regards, Nigel

    • I have not got round to this. Is it less important for B2B than the consumer market?

    • Google AdWords can be effective for B2B marketers. Once your new website is live, as well as writing blogs and using social media etc, I suggest that you get hold of an AdWords voucher and experiment with it.

    • I’ve never used them.

    • No, I haven’t used AdWords – I’ve recently learn’t more about FB ad’s – no they didn’t deliver quite what I expected / hoped for, but I will know better for next time and will likely use them once I’ve made a few changes to my website!

    • It is a good idea to experiment with 1 step and also 2 step advertising. 2 step offers something really tempting for free in exchange for a sign up. The big question is: what could you offer for free?

    • What sort of monthly spend? Are they in a competitive market?

    • I would start small and test Google Adwords. You will start to receive stats as soon as the ads go live. It is a good idea to run at least two ads for comparison purposes. You could start with, say, £100 per month. Yes, the clients I am working with are in competitive marketplaces.

    • A timely question (although my response is delayed somewhat by the dreaded lurgy that I just managed to shake off).

      I operate in a very narrow technical niche, and my WordPress site is well optimised thanks in part to guidance from Yoast.
      (Also from a certain Mr Temple)

      My AdWords campaigns are live and have been for a few years now.
      One of the…[Read more]

    • I need help with this!! Not something I even want to learn… !!!

  • Do you ever find it hard to remain positive, enthusiastic and motivated towards your future business success? There are times when sales are down, your energy levels are low and the world seems to be conspiring against you.

    During the 30 years that I have been running my own business, I have seen numerous ups and downs. Booms and busts, low and…[Read more]

    • Hi Nigel
      Thanks for this and for your wisdom and kindness: it’s so needed. I was thinking recently that there might be a need for a group in MC called ‘spirituality and business’. So much business and social media advice out there is very ‘whizzy’. It’s like saying you can and must plant your potatoes (goods) at any time and if you get it right…[Read more]

    • Hi Margi, What an interesting idea. Would you like me to set this group up for you? Kind regards, Nigel PS Thank you for your kind words.

    • I admire your virtue: I’m afraid that I am more mercurial. When the wind blows in the right direction I race, when it is flat I chill. This way I only spend a small amount of my time being the victim of my own expectations. Don’t worry if your light does not shine everyday, introspection and feeding off the energy of others is good for the soul.

    • Interesting. There are lots of things I could/should do better, admin wise. but my passion for my work is always paramount. On Saturday, I had finally been sent the logo for a show, from the graphic designer who designed the poster, I was working on in a layered form, so that I could do some simple animation and tricks. I doodled on the laptop on…[Read more]

    • I have noticed that the amount of interest shown in my business by prospective customers is proportional to the amount of “stuff” I output. I mean blog posts, LinkedIn updates, new web pages, email updates etc,
      However, it is definitely harder to find the physical and mental energy to do the basics when you’re feeling lower than a rattlesnake’s…[Read more]

    • Thank you Nigel, it’s not always easy to focus on what perhaps needs to be done, especially with so many distractions competing for attention. Having the mental strength and belief in what you are doing undoubtedly helps. I agree, physical fitness certainly contributes towards mental capacity. A book I read recently, helped me change my…[Read more]

    • Hi Nigel, Thanks. Sorry for my late reply. Yes, please set up the group. It would be good to have a place for people to comment on what they find difficult or easy from a spiritual point of view.

  • Nigel Temple posted a new activity comment 3 years, 3 months ago

    Hi David, Thanks for asking this. As you know, I use the online graphics solution https://www.canva.com
    Here is a interesting blog that they have written on choosing website colours:

    Website Color Schemes: The Palettes of 50 Visually Impactful Websites to Inspire You


    PS If you search for Colour Wheel you will learn a great deal about colour theory and which colours work…[Read more]

  • Nigel Temple posted an update in the group Group logo of PromotionPromotion 3 years, 3 months ago

    I had an interesting discussion with one of our members last week regarding marketing in the month of August. “We are not like France, where everything shuts down for the month of August,” I said. “Many companies stop promoting themselves during this month which means that your messages are more likely to get through.” Any thoughts about this?…[Read more]

    • Priorities change perhaps at different times of the year, so whilst some of my woodland events don’t happen during August, I’m still busy at shows and festivals and yes, there is some promotion, planning and preparations for Autumn events and courses http://www.davidwillis.info/bushcraft-activities/

    • Thanks for sharing this, David. Have you heard of ‘documenting’ – in the context of blogging, Tweeting, Instagramming, Facebooking etc the things that happen to you during the day? You would take photos and videos and comment on whatever is in front of you. Some people use smartphone cameras, whilst others use a GoPro https://gopro.com so that…[Read more]

    • Web site and content to play with from Wednesday.

    • Hi David, I am looking forward to seeing the new version of your website go live! Kind regards, Nigel PS Please let us know when you blog within the new site and we will share it via our Twitter feed.

    • I do have plans for some updates and marketing orientated work. Ironically, this morning I had to have two new tyres fitted and one of my clients who I did some work with earlier in the year is in the unit next door. While I was pondering a “just happened to be next door” cold call, the sandwich van arrived and out came a couple of the guys. Next…[Read more]

    • Hi David, It’s amazing what can happen when you are out and about! I am glad to hear that you are still a keen networker. Kind regards, Nigel

    • I think this will be on my learning list, cornerstone content. https://yoast.com/what-is-cornerstone-content/
      Any thoughts?

    • Hi David (Strelitz),The concept of Cornerstone content is certainly worth studying and thank you for sharing https://yoast.com/what-is-cornerstone-content – which is well worth reading. Wikipedia has a great many pages which fall into this category. For example, if you search for Abraham Lincoln – Wikipedia’s page comes up 1st on Google. It…[Read more]

    • Well, I posted an article what I wrote on LinkedIn a few days ago, and it seems to have hit a nerve with a few people dotted all over the world. It received more comments and shares/likes than I have seen previously.
      So I am now thinking of ways to follow up on this and jangle a few more nerves. Even if it is August (not long till Christmas now…[Read more]

    • Hi Phil, Regularly sharing content, posting your own articles and engaging with members within LinkedIn certainly helps. As soon as you receive a comment within LinkedIn, I recommend that you respond – as this increases the ‘comments number’ (i.e. yours + the commentators).

    • Lees competition at this time! However for me a lot of media are away… getting ready to go away…. or catching up after being away …. I would say never stop …. however it can be challenging especially at Xmas time too…. everyone is on wind down mode and got other things to think about too!

  • Nigel Temple posted a new activity comment 3 years, 4 months ago

    Hi @admin any feedback on Phils’s question?

  • Nigel Temple posted a new activity comment 3 years, 5 months ago

    I am not sure, Phil so I am asking Ben @admin for feedback.

  • Joanna Temple posted an update in the group Group logo of WordPressWordPress 3 years, 5 months ago

    WordPress Beginner / Intermediate course with Ben Temple @admin Thursday 29th June 10:00am – 4:00pm

    Events

  • Nigel Temple posted a new activity comment 5 years, 6 months ago

    Thanks for sharing this – much appreciated; @admin – do you have any feedback for David?

  • Nigel Temple posted an update in the group Group logo of SEOSEO 5 years, 8 months ago

    Here is a Google page which shows you whether your website is mobile friendly:

    https://www.google.co.uk/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/

    As mentioned by David Hogg @horizonimaging Google is making big changes on April 21st and there may be adverse effects on your rankings if your site does not work well within mobiles. Any questions just ask.…[Read more]

  • Joanna Temple posted a new activity comment 5 years, 8 months ago

    Here is a Google page which shows you whether your website is mobile friendly:

    https://www.google.co.uk/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/

    As previously mentioned, Google is making big changes on April 21st and there may be adverse effects on your rankings if your site does not work well within mobiles. Any questions just ask. Our resident…[Read more]

  • Nigel Temple posted a new activity comment 5 years, 8 months ago

    I think that your new website looks great, David. It would be a nice touch to add your phone number and ‘Email us’ within the URHCorner of each page (within the masthead). Will you be adding YouTube videos (via your own YouTube channel)? Sadly, I can’t provide iPhone feedback, as I have an Android phone. Perhaps @admin can help with this? All the…[Read more]

  • Nigel Temple posted an update in the group Group logo of WebsitesWebsites 5 years, 9 months ago

    @admin What is a responsive theme within WordPress and what are the benefits? How important are smartphones, from an SEO perspective and what percentage of searches are now undertaken via mobiles? Can you share some examples of responsive sites with us?

  • Nigel Temple posted a new activity comment 6 years, 1 month ago

    Hi Phillip, Well done with regards to launching your new website. I know how much time and effort these projects take. Here are some feedback and ideas for you, below. All the best, Nigel PS Thank you for the chocolate that you sent to us!

    * The current headline on your homepage reads: “P & P Maintenance Services – Our Profile ” …this is n…[Read more]

  • Thank you to everyone who attended the LinkedIn seminar yesterday at CIM. Several of you asked for a delegate list. Scroll down to discover who was there! Do connect with each other via The Marketing Compass website and of course LinkedIn.

    @richard-allan @abibell @amanda-bouch @mark-bugden @nigel-cairns @susan-coote @allancooteharvard-co-uk @truf…[Read more]

  • Nigel Temple posted a new activity comment 6 years, 2 months ago

    I have found this WordPress help page for you: http://en.support.wordpress.com/publicize/

    Another way of doing this is to select and install a WordPress plugin, i.e. https://zapier.com/zapbook/linkedin/wordpress/ (however, I recommend that you get feedback from Ben @admin re this!)

  • Joanna Temple posted an update in the group Group logo of SEOSEO 6 years, 4 months ago

    Hi Rob @rwillox and Ben @admin Could you advise Steve on this question regarding subdomains versus sub directories? http://www.marketingcompass.co.uk/groups/seo/forum/topic/seo-on-mobile-website/

  • Joanna Temple posted a new activity comment 6 years, 4 months ago

    @admin Hi Ben, as our resident WordPress expert, could you please advise David? I understand that his site was coded from the ground up in html.

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