I have a headache - but hey, who hasn't? With GFC, natural disasters and market crash after crash - I have to say, I have now stopped worrying about the small stuff and am trying, in vein, to not feel anything when another bout of bad news comes my way.

The US debt issue is bigger than one can imagine. It not only effects the US, but the entire global economy. To find out that our Australian dollar has fallen prey and is now on par again with the US dollar is incredibly disappointing. I have just found out how easy it is to buy everything and sundry online from the US and save big time. I now feel guilty every time I make a purchase in a store locally, because I know that I am being royally screwed when it comes to price.

Buying some perfume duty free at the airport the other week from the most gracious sales assistant, turned out to be a reminder of why buying locally, is more expensive. I hopped on a British Airways flight and the same perfume was exactly half the price in the inflight shopping catalogue. Burnt - yet again!

The recent stockmarket turbulence is a warning to everyone. Pull your pants up, and keep you head laying low. While it may have wiped billions off company valuations on the stockmarket, there is a lot more bad news to come and if you don't think it will effect you - then you are in for a rude shock.

However, everything isn't doom and gloom. A weaker dollar and lower cost base can make small businesses more competitive. This week, I have cast an eye over my small business and put in place a strategy to lower costs of running the company, ensure that every person is aware what a downturn means to not only our business but to our valuable clients and in general worked out how to work more efficiently and effectively.

It's true, there will be no big purchases coming from the Marketing Eye office anytime soon.

From a marketing company's perspective that offers an affordable marketing solution to small business, it actually isn't the worse case scenario, having a market downturn. In fact, many mid-tier businesses cut people in their marketing departments and replace them with a Marketing Eye. An outsourced model, that is more accountable and less commitment and cost, is often a great alternative to not having marketing at all in an organisation. Even small business knows that if you place all your efforts into marketing in a downturn, you will reap results.

For the US, there is a lot to be concerned with. Our small business counterparts have increases in tax both business and personal to look forward to alongside increase in interest rates as the cost of borrowing money in the US will rise. It will be heavily dependent on how the Government supports small business in the next 2 years in the US, as it is a known fact that small business has led the US out of every recession, from the Great Depression until now.

Tips for Small Businesses:

1. Look at how you can cut costs in all aspects of your business including marketing. If you are spending money and not sure of what results you are getting, then take a deeper look into why you are doing it and if it is actually necessary to the overall bottom line of your business.

2. Stay calm.

3. Work out how your small business can run more effectively and efficiently.

4. Put your marketing strategy into place NOW. Don't wait for competitors to beat you to the finish line.

5. Capitalise on your unique selling proposition and make sure it is communicated to all your key stakeholders, clients and prospects.

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Mellissah Smith

Mellissah Smith is a marketing expert with more than 20 years experience. Having founded and built two successful marketing companies internationally, she is well recognized as a industry thought leader and innovator. Mellissah started her career working with technology and professional services firms, primarily in marketing, public relations and investor relations, positioning a number of successful companies to list on the various Stock Exchanges around the world. She is a writer, technology developer and entrepreneur who shares her thoughts and experiences through blogs and written articles published in various media outlets. Brag sheet: #2 marketer to follow on Twitter (2003), Top 150 Marketers to Follow (2015), Top 10 innovative marketers (2014), 60K+ followers on Twitter with 97% authentic.

1 comment

  • Meyry
    Meyry
    18/08/11

    Stay calm, that's really brilliant advice. Many of businesses will panic at this time and may take a wrong decision. Stay calm and take a deeper look on their business before making a decision could help them survive in this situation or at least make a better decision.

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