This blog started out as an experiment. I was inspired by a little book called The Tao of Twitter, and I thoroughly recommend that you read it too.
I have learned so much from that book, and indeed the author of that book, who is now also my friend, Mark Schaefer. It was a conversation with Mark about ‘Authentic Helpfulness’ one of the principles of his social media strategy that led to the formation of the Oiconf (Online Influence conference) that has been such a huge success, and recently taken on by the lovely Paul Shepard of Coup Media
The original idea of this site, ‘Completely Free Sales Advice’ was as simple as the title implies. Completely FREE marketing advice. I have had great fun over the last couple of years trying to help people out with this stuff, and I want that to continue. But I also think its time for the blog to broaden a little and include more of me. So thats why it has a new title and sub heading. Not sure anyone will notice, but still!
In truth, its always been more a vehicle for my perspective on all sorts of stuff than its been anything else, and these days its unashamedly that. Oh, and if you still want completely free marketing or sales or social media advice, then feel free to contact me!
As well as all my sales and sales management and general management experience, I have studied marketing to post-graduate level. My latest interests have included consuming vast tracts of blogs and books on so called social media marketing or content marketing, which ever you prefer, so you don’t have to…
By day I run South West Wales Media – A portfolio of websites and titles that include the largest selling Welsh newspaper, The South Wales Evening Post, its sister titles The Llanelli Star and The oldest newspaper in Wales, The Carmarthen Journal.
Previously, I ran the biggest commercial radio station in Wales, Real Radio for the Guardian Media Group.
I’m married and I have two brilliant kids, twins aged 8. In my early forties I fight with my weight and fitness and when Im doing well I cycle (MTB) and golf. I do those things when Im not doing so well too.
The idea of the blog is to have fun, and to help people, I really hope you enjoy it.
You can contact me directly and I’ll do my very best to put you, your business your marketing and / or social media strategy and your sales effort on the path to greater success.
Leave a comment on the blog, on the Facebook page or Tweet me at @MrTonyDowling or if you’d prefer, please email me on TonyDowling@completelyfreemarketingadvice.com and I’ll speak to you in confidence.