Knowing and doing are very different things…

I know loads. About all sorts of things (not just Thing-related). But knowing and doing and two very different things.

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Are you special? Can you explain your uniqueness?

I was reminded again at the weekend (I am being Masterminded by Jonathan Jay) how important is it to be unique in business. We were talking about USPs, and why a business owner must know what their USP is before they can market their business with success.

USP stands for Unique Selling Point, or Unique Sales Proposition. I was reminded how hard it is to define these — to really make them totally unique.

It is quite easy to come up with a USP only to realise under scrutiny that it’s not, in fact, unique and could easily be applied to other businesses. So it was good to have the Mastermind group of business owners challenging each other to be unique.

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Location Location Location (where it matters)

Apart from being one of my favourite telly shows (who doesn’t love a bit of Kirstie and Phil banter while snooping round other people’s houses?), Location Location Location is an important consideration too when working out where to sell your products and services. I’m not an expert in Retail, but I know enough to know it’s important to choose a location that works–lots of foot traffic, easy parking–that sort of thing. And location is as important when you offer a service too.

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Doing a U-turn

Sometimes it’s going to make perfect sense to do a U-turn, or a right turn, or a sideways step, or any kind of change in direction that makes sense for you. But with such a big change can come hesitation, resistance or downright refusal to budge.

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Keeping your eyes open

I know EXACTLY what an ideal client looks like for my business. So when one sits down next to me and starts talking to me, or emails me, or messages me on Facebook, I know to have ‘that’ conversation. ‘That’ conversation is the one where I ask them to make a decision to do something about finding their Thing or not.

When you know what you’re looking for, it’s easy to see… so here are some things to set your radar to spot.

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What counts as Marketing?

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Anything that gets you in front of the right people at the right time, with the right message that connects with them and they are in a position to take action, is good marketing (in the world of business according to me).

For me, it’s also about being consistent—consistent in your message and your communications.

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