My secret work weapon: My little brother gives me expert digital advice

In business, it's often who you know that matters, and my younger brother, Phil, is my secret weapon.

He's a director at a London digital marketing agency, Steak Digital, and with 20 years experience in the industry, he helps me to take an objective look at digital proposals and see what's going to work.

He can step away from the challenge and give an honest opinion. He doesn't tell me about 'what's hot' to impress me; he tells me what's going to support my strategy and, ultimately, drive sales.

The good thing is he's easy to bribe - for the promise of a couple of beers, he'll give me the inside view and let me ask all the questions that I wouldn't dare put to our agencies. I know he has no game plan or ulterior motive. He's not trying to win my business or influence me, he just helps me to see the wood from the trees.

Everybody could do with a younger brother like him.

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