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Successful Onboarding

Successful Onboarding: Strategies to Unlock Hidden Value Within Your Organization

Mark Stein and Lilith Christiansen
  Fact: 1/3rd of all external hires are no longer with the organization after 2 years. What can you do about it? In a word: onboarding; although poorly understood, subject to narrow definitions, and with limited best practice understanding or management rigor. Consultants Mark Stein & Lilith Christiansen have worked with leading companies on it, and they've synthesized their work into a ready to use system.
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The HR Answer Book

The HR Answer Book: An Indispensable Guide for Managers and Human Resources Professionals

by Shawn A. Smith, Rebecca A. Mazin
  The HR Answer Book addresses 200 questions that every employer needs to deal with, from recruiting and hiring to discipline and termination, compensation and benefits to training and employee relations. Accessible and concise, this on-the-job companion offers expert guidance on all types of "people" issues.
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3 Secrets Marketing Agencies Need to Know

November 30 2019 - Marketing agencies face a variety of challenges. In the age of the internet, many businesses believe that the occasional Facebook post is all the marketing that they need. Therefore, that can make running a dedicated marketing agency increasingly frustrating. However, as marketing continues to grow in terms of importance, more businesses than ever are looking at making improvements to their marketing strategies, and that means potential customers for your new agency. Whether this is your first attempt at launching a business or your fiftieth, here are the secrets that all marketing agencies need to know if they want to secure their future growth.

Have a plan

A business plan is a vital document that too many businesses fail to develop. Business plans should never be looked at as just something to throw at loan companies in the hopes of securing investment. Instead, they should be a continuously updated and fine-tuned tool for ensuring that your business is performing at an optimal level. Marketing is a tough sector, and if you want to make success more likely then you need to develop a business plan that breaks down the details and includes potential risks. If big-name brands like Toys R Us can be mismanaged into the ground due to a lack of business planning then your marketing agency runs the same risks.

Get Your Bank Balance in Order

It might be tempting to rush to your launch day and hope for the best. You might feel that you are losing out on potential customers if you spend more time planning than you do on selling your services. However, financial mismanagement is the leading cause of business failure, and that means you're going to need to pay close attention to your money if you want to improve your chances of success. If you're bootstrapping your agency, then finances will be especially tight. New businesses often hinder themselves with a lack of monetary backing, with startups like Arrivo crippling themselves before they even reached full launch. Look at potential sources of business loans such as biz2credit.com that will keep you afloat in the first year of your agency.

Keep Up To Date

You might have a business management or marketing degree, but it's not going to stay relevant forever. Marketing trends change very quickly, and if you want to stay ahead of your competitors then you need to keep up with what businesses and consumers alike are looking for from brands. If the Borders Group of bookstores had kept more up to date with evolving consumer demand then they might not have had to close their stores in 2011. There are many ways to stay up to date with the most important marketing trends as they emerge. Set up news alerts on Google, network with industry leaders on your social platforms, and attend marketing events that focus on the bleeding-edge technologies and trends that will keep you in the loop and ahead of your competitors.

Running a marketing agency is much like running any kind of business. Failing to plan and simply hoping for the best is never going to be as valuable as having a strong awareness of strategy, finances, and modern consumer trends. While there are many factors that you are going to need to address as you plan the launch of your marketing agency, build a stronger foundation with these three secrets and your agency will be stronger and more durable.





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