‘Email marketing’ shouldn’t be a dirty word.

February 14, 2017 in Rules of Engagement

One of my partners at Bee has been getting a lot of calls from car insurance salespeople, all representing different brands. He sold his car two years ago and has no plans to buy another one in the near future.

We were all amused at first by how patiently he answered these calls.

“No, Ma’am, I don’t need car insurance. I don’t own a car currently, and have no plans to buy one. You have the wrong information.”

The repetitiveness of these calls and his refusal to get annoyed had me intrigued (and annoyed on his behalf). They’re just doing their jobs, he said, with an inaccurate list someone gave them. It isn’t their fault their brand doesn’t have a problem spamming people. Continue reading »

5 apps every small business owner should know about

January 10, 2017 in Small Business

Running a small business is challenging. You often find yourself pulled in different directions, struggling to keep up. You have limited resources – more often than not, its you and may be one more person from each department managing the different aspects of your business.

If it all seems overwhelming sometimes, take a deep breath. You’re not alone. Every small business is in the same boat as you. You can, however, find your edge with a careful selection of apps that will help you get things done.

So which apps are best? That depends entirely on your business and your preferences. There are several lists of the best apps for each type of requirement online. We’ve put together our own list of favourites – we’ve used every single one of them and recommend them highly. Continue reading »