Management

management courses

These courses are all about running a more professional and focused business. The subjects range from, business planning to marketing, sales and social media. All the essential components for achieving success in the future.

Want a vision and a plan to future proof your business? Here’s where to start.
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In a world where most printers offer reasonable quality print at a competitive price and with good customer service, the competitive edge can be small and it is often the little things that make the difference and offer sustainable competitive advantage. This subject embraces a range of management practices that successful printers have used to make the difference such as:Good financial management, like managing cashflow Tight purchasing processes to reduce costs Effective use of Management Information Systems

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4 Lessons
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The transition from traditional print to value added digital print requires a focus on managing digital content and becoming a communication specialist. This provides new opportunities for growth and success, however there is one major problem. In all of this disruptive change and repositioning of the industry the sales process has remained virtually unchanged and the vast majority of printers are still marketing their products and services in exactly the same way. Sales, has become the number one constraint for the vast majority of SME printing companies. They are struggling to find answers to questions like “how do I increase sales without dropping prices?” and “How do I sell the value of digital print and get away from print as a commodity?”

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6 Lessons
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It is very difficult to sell a product or service to somebody when you have no deep understanding of the world in which they operate. That's why you need to talk to your customers regularly and keep your finger on the pulse, it’s incredibly important. You must know their business challenges and what is going on in their minds to best serve them. You need to talk to them about their business, their issues and challenge, what they aspire to and what their goals are. Most importantly you need to understand what’s stopping them achieving their goals.

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6 Lessons
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In a world where most printers offer reasonable quality print at a competitive price and with good customer service, the competitive edge can be small and it is often the little things that make the difference and offer sustainable competitive advantage. This subject embraces a range of management practices that successful printers have used to make the difference such as:Good financial management, like managing cashflow Tight purchasing processes to reduce costs Effective use of Management Information Systems As the print industry transforms itself from manufacturing to services led businesses, components like, IT, data and marketing become increasingly important. This requires new people and new skills, so recruiting, managing and motivating the right staff becomes critical. Professional management of people is a blind spot for the majority of print companies.

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5 Lessons
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There are a lot of ways to add value in our industry and they all require careful planning, whether it’s becoming the most efficient, lowest cost provider in a commodity market to creating marketing programmes that integrate print and variable-digital content. Without a clear well implemented plan companies continually react to circumstances and trends beyond their control. We must all change the culture in our business so we proactively make things happen, creating positive change, because in the future good planning will be the defining factor between success and failure.

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6 Lessons
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Printers have always been focused on order taking and production. They concentrate on the quality of their print and providing good customer service and competitive pricing. But the world has changed and print has become driven by marketing and IT led services. To provide the right applications to meet changing customer demands printers need to be much more clued up on the world of digital communications and be very customer centric.Good marketing creates awareness and drives sales. Yet for most printers, good marketing means a brochure or a website or a mail shot. Today’s marketing strategies combine inbound and outbound marketing across a variety of media channels from email marketing, mobile, print and web brought together in a comprehensive plan that combines all elements so that the whole programme is greater than the sum of the parts. The principles of marketing are similar across different market sectors and print companies need to understand the basics of marketing and use these principles to differentiate, create a value proposition and develop new business opportunities.This course provides simple practical steps to ensure you have the basics in place to use marketing activities to drive increased sales and improve bottom line results.

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6 Lessons
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Most customers do not want to pay for greener print products yet they want to be seen to be doing their bit for the environment and expect the printer to absorb any additional cost. The result is that printers need to display their environmental credentials through their printed products. There is a massive opportunity for companies to stay ahead of the curve by using environmental best practice to increase the customer base and deliver improved profitability. Those who commit to changing their culture and business practices and investment in green technologies can reap real benefits in terms of both cost savings and true environmental credentials. This course will help you understand how to start reducing cost and making money from going green.

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6 Lessons
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In today's economy, printers are continually expected to do more with less; resources are shrinking and customer expectations are growing. Smaller teams with tighter budgets are being asked to deliver better, targeted results with quantifiable ROI, creating more revenue generation and providing a powerful rationale for funding future print campaigns. So how do you make a bigger impact with fewer resources and less time? The answer lies in taking the first steps into the world of Social Media. To be successful you have to clearly define what you are trying to achieve and have a strategy and the discipline to carry it through. The first thing to realize is that Social Media is not free. It has time, technology and resource implications, which need to be quantified and accounted for. But if you get it right, it can give you a new set of powerful sales and marketing tools.

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6 Lessons