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Realise Business
E-newsletter  |  November 2018
The holiday season is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about how you are going to leverage the opportunity in your business.
Whether you have a restaurant, café, shop or operate a professional services business, the holiday season is a great time to increase your brand awareness, touch base with your clients and make the most of the festive spending. To find out how you can make the most of the holiday season in your business, check out the articles and top tips below or book a session with one of our business advisors now!
Don’t quite understand what support our business advisors can provide, check out this month’s featured business, Carlingford Automotive Mechanical Repairs – “Sara, our Business Advisor, has opened my eyes to the opportunities and how to grow my business sustainably and systematically – it’s been a real mindset shift for me”.

We have a new advisor on board, Katherine Blizard. Scroll down to book a FREE session with her today. 

Carlingford Automotive Mechanical Repairs growing their family business in Parramatta.

Ian and Sevan purchased Carlingford Automotive Mechanical Repairs in February 2018. Having worked as a mechanic for over 25 years, including owning a petrol station, the couple decided to create their family business together in Carlingford.

'When we received news about the Realise Business Support we jumped on the opportunity and it’s the best business decision I have made all year.'  Click here to read full story.

Connect with your clients during the holiday season

Christmas is a great time to reconnect and build relationships with your clients. Customer retention is a critical part of business growth and success, especially when acquiring new customers can cost as much as five times more than retaining your existing ones!

Building relationships is something you should do all year round but there is no time like the present to kick things off. The trick here is to make your Christmas message personal, sending an email or card is great, but personalise it. A personalised approach will capture your clients' attention and your business will really stand out! Snail mail is a great way to go, let’s face it the only mail we get in the post these days is bills, so a handwritten card will certainly be well received!

And if you need some help with your relationship building communications, get in touch with one of our Business Advisors they are experienced in helping you to do what you need to do to ensure your business flourishes, not just during the holiday season but all year round.

Christmas social media campaign – top tips

  • Post your holiday season opening hours.
  • Run a competition – run an advent calendar campaign to win a prize everyday – prizes such as a discount or gift vouchers. 
  • Christmas is the time for giving – so be sure to feature your social purpose as part of your social media story-telling during the festive season.
  • Promote your top selling products – consider Facebook advertising but make sure you invest your marketing dollars wisely and target your market. Check out these free Facebook resources:
  • Set yourself some sales goals for the holiday season
Need help with any of these tips? Contact our Business Advisors for your free business support sessions.
Who are Realise Business?
If you haven’t heard of us before, Realise Business has been providing trusted business advice, education and support for thousands of businesses across Sydney since 1989.

How can we assist you and your business?
Realise Business has been appointed by Transport for NSW to deliver FREE business support services to businesses to prepare for Parramatta Light Rail construction.

Meet your Business Advisors

Sara Berry

Sara has worked as a marketing professional for 26 years across a number of industries including retail, professional services, restaurants, banking, insurance, travel and engineering. Sara is a small business owner and is experienced in creating tailored solutions to a specific business need. She works with small business owner’s to identify ways in which their business can cost effectively grow their brand and increase their relevance to the customer, and is a digital marketing specialist.
Book your advisory session with Sara

Katherine Blizard

A multiple business award winner, including Wentworth Courier Business of the Year 2008-13, Restaurants & Catering NSW Winner 2009-2011, 2014, Restaurants & Catering National Winner 2012-2013, and the National Telstra Women’s Business Awards Finalist 2010; Katherine built her business Ampersand into a brand that was renowned for its customer service excellence as well as its sensational coffee.
Having been at the coalface of business for 14 hours a day, Katherine offers a highly-relevant perspective that continues to encourage, teach and inspire business owners. Through her individual style and approach to coaching she has helped many small business owners to follow a more successful path.

Book your advisory session with Katherine

Realise Business Support – some practical ways we can help:
  • Plan and develop your social media content for 2019
  • Work with you to set your business growth goals and achieve them!
  • Develop your actionable marketing plan
Other opportunities will be rolled out in future issues  - so keep an eye out for the next edition!!

How to market your restaurant to tourists

As the festive season is also the season for tourism, there is no better time than now to refine your Google My Business listing.

Not surprisingly, the internet has had a massive impact on tourism, with google search being the number one source of information for tourists visiting a new places. Make sure your business is found on a Google Information Search.
Click here to read more.
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