Have a listen to a podcast interview that I recorded with Chloe Thomas on Apple, Spotify, Google or the player above. This was a really enjoyable podcast to record with great questions, (hopefully) unexpected answers and definitely some fun tangents. Enjoy!
Do your values Zuck?
The other day I was listening to Mark Zuckerberg on The Tim Ferris podcast talking about values and he made a really good point that really got me thinking. Values have been important to Pooch & Mutt from day 1, they have always been integral to the business, but like Continue Reading
Employer Brands and The Real Reason Elon Musk talks about Mars.
A few years ago, on a course at The London Stock Exchange, I was introduced to the concept of Employer Brand Strategies. This was something new to me, which I found especially surprising, as I have spent so much of my career developing, implementing, learning about, writing about, and talking Continue Reading
Evolve to Succeed podcast interview
“Life-work balance, not work-life balance.” Apple: https://apple.co/3yL5aGkSpotify: https://spoti.fi/32e4TiNGoogle: https://bit.ly/33xWEi7
9 tips to successfully run a company remotely
A few years ago I was recruiting a member of the Pooch & Mutt sales team and had a chat with one of our advisors. I told him that we were being asked by some candidates if they could work remotely and asked if he thought it would be a Continue Reading
How to make better business decisions by playing poker
In the pre-pandemic world, I used to meet up with friends maybe once or twice a year and play a game of poker. For me, this was less about the poker and more about the occasion, seeing people, having a chat… as we all know men find it very difficult Continue Reading
The future of Brand Purpose in a Purpose-washed world
According to Entrepreneur.com “80% of Purpose-led brands outperform the market” According to Deloitte Insights “Purpose-driven companies… grow three times faster on average than their competitors” According to Forbes “Consumers are 4-6x more likely to purchase, protect and champion purpose-driven companies” And therein may lie the problem… the cat is out Continue Reading
Understanding cashflow part 2: How loss-making companies grow.
This is part 2 of an article on cashflow. Click here to read part 1. I had this explained to me using the example of a supermarket. Let’s say you open a supermarket and stock it with £1m worth of goods (I have no idea of the value of goods Continue Reading
Understanding cashflow part 1: How profitable companies run out of money.
Nobel-Prize-winning physicist Richard Feyneman said “if you think you understand quantum mechanics, then you don’t”. The same is probably true for most of us with cashflow. We think we understand it… ‘make sure more money comes in than goes out’… but most people, and most entrepreneurs, don’t. When someone tells Continue Reading
Raconteur: Putting sales at the heart of strategy
Pet food brand Pooch & Mutt puts sales centre stage to accelerate growth. Founder Guy Blaskey says: “Instead of spending hours debating between two products or marketing approaches, you can stick both on Facebook or Google and with a £50 ad budget find out what customers think.” Mr Blaskey believes Continue Reading
The Telegraph: How to navigate the bumpy road of scaling-up
Guy Blaskey is the founder and managing director of Pooch and Mutt, a dog food brand that he set up in 2008 and is now registering an annual turnover of £4.5m. He admits that he made many mistakes before unlocking the keys to growth. “When I started, I thought that Continue Reading
How to create a basic marketing strategy
There are no people out there desperate for your product or service, despite what you may think. However groundbreaking/ incredible/ amazing your product or service may be, people who don’t know about it are probably getting on OK without it, in blissful ignorance. Before the car people were happy to Continue Reading
The Telegraph: Online advertising tips
Borrow ideas from other sectors Pooch and Mutt, a healthy dog food company that wants to challenge the leading pet brands, has used a range of online advertising campaigns to grow brand awareness. “We run ads on Facebook and Google AdWords, with our current campaign returning £25 for every £5 Continue Reading
Smarta.com: Business advice from Ancient Rome
This article by Guy Blaskey was originally published on smarta.com Stoicism is a school of philosophy that is looked over by many philosophy professors and students. Unlike other schools of philosophy the stoics were less bothered with searching for the meaning of life, and more bothered with how they should live Continue Reading
Sage: Going for Growth
This article was written by Guy Blaskey for the e-book “Going for Growth” published by Sage. Before we start to look at marketing for growth it makes sense to look at marketing in general, what is, why it exists and where it has come from. In ‘the good old days’ Continue Reading
Evening Standard: How you can find out is your product will be successful before spending (a lot) of money on it.
This article by Guy Blaskey was originally published by the London Evening Standard If we knew what products were going to be huge successes and which were going to be total flops before we spent money on them it would make business life a whole easier. It’s difficult to predict the Continue Reading
Virgin: How to make your ideas work
“I work on the basis that if you ask friends and family they will tell you what you want to hear, and if you ask anyone else they will tell you what their ‘predictable’ and ‘rational’ self would do, but anyone who has read Dan Ariely’s ‘predictable irrational’ knows this Continue Reading
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