Marketing and Finance (MAF) Podcast

Three rules for simple marketing communications and renaming protection insurance - MAF129

In this show, it’s just me and the mic.

Let’s talk about three rules for keeping your marketing communications simple and whether we should find a better way to describe protection insurance.

Welcome to episode 129 of the marketing and finance podcast.

As you know, as well as working as a consultant, I’m also the marketing director of the Protection Review. It’s just under two months until the Conference and Dinner on 19 July. So I’ve been inspired to record this show based on a few protection articles I’ve written recently. So, let’s talk about simple marketing communications.

We chat about:

  • The three rules of simple marketing communications
    • Always talk in the language of your customer
    • Don't use jargon, gobbledegook and management speak mumbo jumbo
    • Don't succumb to the curse of knowledge
  • Whether “financial rescue” is a better way to describe protection

Links and Show Notes.

For links to the books and apps mentioned, please visit http://rogeredwards.co.uk/MAF for the show notes.

What is the Marketing and Finance (MAF) Podcast?

The podcast for ideas and inspiration on marketing your business and growing your business, and for discussing topics on all things finance.

The MAF Podcast is a 30 minute radio show you download from http://rogeredwards.co.uk/MAF, iTunes or Stitcher Radio.

Each week you'll hear interviews with business experts, marketers, entreprenuers and journalists. Interviews to listen to in the car, on the train or on the treadmill. Or even in the bath!

We talk about:

  • How you can grow your business using content marketing and social media
  • How you can keep your Marketing strategy and communications simple
  • Topics, issues, products and business models from the world of finance

You’ll take away one or two big ideas that you can apply to your business. So you can keep marketing your business to keep growing your business.

I’m your host, Roger Edwards.

A marketing guy from Edinburgh, Roger helps people keep their marketing simple in a world where complexity threatens to stifle business success.

An experienced marketing professional helping businesses with their marketing strategy, content and social media.

Roger clocked up many years in the ‘big corporate’ world as marketing director of several UK financial services brands before setting up his own consultancy. Some of you might remember me as the Marketing Director and Managing Director of Bright Grey and Scottish Provident.

He now uses his expertise to guide his clients in designing engaging campaigns and is known as a prolific content creator, podcaster and a speaker.

Please subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes and I’d be grateful if you would leave a review. http://rogeredwards.co.uk/itunes

Fancy Appearing on the Show?

Would you be interested in appearing on the MAF Podcast? Have you an exciting marketing or finance story to tell? Do you fancy drawing out some inspirational ideas that MAF listeners can take away to use in their own businesses? Do please contact me if you want to get involved. http://rogeredwards.co.uk


Col Gray on why and how financial professionals should build a brand - MAF128

In this episode, my guest is Col Gray.

We talk about why and how financial professionals should build a brand.

His "Super Hero Brand Formula" is the best I've ever come across. Better than the complicated intellectual approaches of mega global brand agencies.

Actually, Col's thoughts don't just apply to financial professionals, they'll inspire anyone who runs a business. Full stop.

Welcome to episode 128 of the Marketing and Finance Podcast.

We chat about:

  • Why it's important to stand out and how your brand can make it happen
  • A brand is more than just a logo
  • Col’s 5 stage "Super Hero Brand Formula" he uses to build his clients' brands
    • Your super power
    • Your purpose
    • Your personality
    • Your costume
    • Your stories

Who is Col Gray?

Col is a graphic & brand designer whose passion for branding is as big as his beard.

He's the owner and head honcho of Pixels Ink design studio in Dundee.

With 18 years of commercial design experience under his signature baseball cap, he helps his clients tell their story through branding; creating deeper, meaningful connections with their customers.

He also speaks at conferences, events and workshops, helping businesses and entrepreneurs to rock their brands. Watch out, he sometimes takes to stage in a superhero onesie.

Links and Show Notes.

For links to the books and apps mentioned by Vicky, please visit http://rogeredwards.co.uk/MAF for the show notes.

What is the Marketing and Finance (MAF) Podcast?

The podcast for ideas and inspiration on marketing your business and growing your business, and for discussing topics on all things finance.

The MAF Podcast is a 30 minute radio show you download from http://rogeredwards.co.uk/MAF, iTunes or Stitcher Radio.

Each week you'll hear interviews with business experts, marketers, entreprenuers and journalists. Interviews to listen to in the car, on the train or on the treadmill. Or even in the bath!

We talk about:

  • How you can grow your business using content marketing and social media
  • How you can keep your Marketing strategy and communications simple
  • Topics, issues, products and business models from the world of finance

You’ll take away one or two big ideas that you can apply to your business. So you can keep marketing your business to keep growing your business.

I’m your host, Roger Edwards.

A marketing guy from Edinburgh, Roger helps people keep their marketing simple in a world where complexity threatens to stifle business success.

An experienced marketing professional helping businesses with their marketing strategy, content and social media.

Roger clocked up many years in the ‘big corporate’ world as marketing director of several UK financial services brands before setting up his own consultancy. Some of you might remember me as the Marketing Director and Managing Director of Bright Grey and Scottish Provident.

He now uses his expertise to guide his clients in designing engaging campaigns and is known as a prolific content creator, podcaster and a speaker.

Please subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes and I’d be grateful if you would leave a review. http://rogeredwards.co.uk/itunes

Fancy Appearing on the Show?

Would you be interested in appearing on the MAF Podcast? Have you an exciting marketing or finance story to tell? Do you fancy drawing out some inspirational ideas that MAF listeners can take away to use in their own businesses? Do please contact me if you want to get involved. http://rogeredwards.co.uk


Vicky Gunn on marketing planning, hiring experts and brightening up beach huts - MAF127

In this episode, my guest is Vicky Gunn.

She's an accountant who's worked in big corporates and the public sector.

Recently she started a business hiring out candy-striped beach huts. Sounds quirky and it is. We chat about marketing planning, hiring experts and how to brighten up industries and brands people perceive to be dull.

Welcome to episode 127 of the Marketing and Finance Podcast.

We chat about:

  • How planning ahead for 3 to 6 months can accelerate your marketing output
  • Communications and the importance of individual connections for making change happen
  • Choosing experts to help you with your business - what to look for and the questions you want them to ask you
  • How to brighten up your brand if you work in an industry people perceive to be "dull"

Who is Vicky Gunn?

An experienced CIMA qualified senior finance professional, Vicky has a track record in delivering strategic finance and commercial advice to drive contribution to the bottom line.

Having progressed her career through UK and international leading brands within both the private and public sector, as an agile business partner and natural leader, I have developed a strong customer-focused mindset.

Vicky's great at influencing and managing complex internal and external stakeholder relationships.

She's recently left the public sector and runs a successful company renting out beach huts where each hut is a quirky, colourful experience appealing to families and beach lovers of all ages.

Links and Show Notes.

For links to the books and apps mentioned by Vicky, please visit http://rogeredwards.co.uk/MAF for the show notes.

What is the Marketing and Finance (MAF) Podcast?

The podcast for ideas and inspiration on marketing your business and growing your business, and for discussing topics on all things finance.

The MAF Podcast is a 30 minute radio show you download from http://rogeredwards.co.uk/MAF, iTunes or Stitcher Radio.

Each week you'll hear interviews with business experts, marketers, entreprenuers and journalists. Interviews to listen to in the car, on the train or on the treadmill. Or even in the bath!

We talk about:

  • How you can grow your business using content marketing and social media
  • How you can keep your Marketing strategy and communications simple
  • Topics, issues, products and business models from the world of finance

You’ll take away one or two big ideas that you can apply to your business. So you can keep marketing your business to keep growing your business.

I’m your host, Roger Edwards.

A marketing guy from Edinburgh, Roger helps people keep their marketing simple in a world where complexity threatens to stifle business success.

An experienced marketing professional helping businesses with their marketing strategy, content and social media.

Roger clocked up many years in the ‘big corporate’ world as marketing director of several UK financial services brands before setting up his own consultancy. Some of you might remember me as the Marketing Director and Managing Director of Bright Grey and Scottish Provident.

He now uses his expertise to guide his clients in designing engaging campaigns and is known as a prolific content creator, podcaster and a speaker.

Please subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes and I’d be grateful if you would leave a review. http://rogeredwards.co.uk/itunes

Fancy Appearing on the Show?

Would you be interested in appearing on the MAF Podcast? Have you an exciting marketing or finance story to tell? Do you fancy drawing out some inspirational ideas that MAF listeners can take away to use in their own businesses? Do please contact me if you want to get involved. http://rogeredwards.co.uk


Caroline McKenna on financial services marketing lessons from the non-profit sector - MAF126

In this episode, my guest is Caroline McKenna.

We talk about the marketing lessons financial services companies can learn from the non-profit sector.

Welcome to episode 126 of the Marketing and Finance Podcast.

We chat about:

  • Differences between the non-profit sector and commercial organisations
  • Learning from the personal, almost intimate, feel of a charitable enterprise
  • How the "Ice Bucket Water" challenge defines a topical grass roots approach to marketing and highlights "the human touch"
  • The 7Families campaign and how it points the way to engaging marketing in the financial services sector

Who is Caroline McKenna?

Caroline is the founder of Social Good HQ which is an online learning academy for non-profits organisations and a manager at the Dundee International Women's Centre.

Her background is running and managing a wide range of businesses from Corporate, SME and not-for-profit organisations has allowed her to connect with amazing people and deliver results. She specialises in working with non-profit trustees leading the development of company strategy in addition to overseeing the implementation of company long and short term plans.

Links and Show Notes.

For links to the books and apps mentioned by Caroline, please visit http://rogeredwards.co.uk/MAF for the show notes.

What is the Marketing and Finance (MAF) Podcast?

The podcast for ideas and inspiration on marketing your business and growing your business, and for discussing topics on all things finance.

The MAF Podcast is a 30 minute radio show you download from http://rogeredwards.co.uk/MAF, iTunes or Stitcher Radio.

Each week you'll hear interviews with business experts, marketers, entreprenuers and journalists. Interviews to listen to in the car, on the train or on the treadmill. Or even in the bath!

We talk about:

  • How you can grow your business using content marketing and social media
  • How you can keep your Marketing strategy and communications simple
  • Topics, issues, products and business models from the world of finance

You’ll take away one or two big ideas that you can apply to your business. So you can keep marketing your business to keep growing your business.

I’m your host, Roger Edwards.

A marketing guy from Edinburgh, Roger helps people keep their marketing simple in a world where complexity threatens to stifle business success.

An experienced marketing professional helping businesses with their marketing strategy, content and social media.

Roger clocked up many years in the ‘big corporate’ world as marketing director of several UK financial services brands before setting up his own consultancy. Some of you might remember me as the Marketing Director and Managing Director of Bright Grey and Scottish Provident.

He now uses his expertise to guide his clients in designing engaging campaigns and is known as a prolific content creator, podcaster and a speaker.

Please subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes and I’d be grateful if you would leave a review. http://rogeredwards.co.uk/itunes

Fancy Appearing on the Show?

Would you be interested in appearing on the MAF Podcast? Have you an exciting marketing or finance story to tell? Do you fancy drawing out some inspirational ideas that MAF listeners can take away to use in their own businesses? Do please contact me if you want to get involved. http://rogeredwards.co.uk


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