Expect the Unexpected

Of course, being British I have this expectation built in when it comes to the weather (expecting the unexpected!), but it’s a good way of thinking when it comes to business too.

Much as it’s important to have a plan—and it’s always a good idea to have a goal—sometimes something will just ‘show up’ that is unexpected.

This can be good unexpected or bad unexpected…

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What to do when your Marketing isn’t working

Now here’s the thing with Marketing–for some reason, we’ve been conditioned to expect it to work ‘instantly’. In technical (ish) terms, that’s called ‘Direct Response’… in the olden days, this looked like an ad in a magazine with a ‘reply coupon’ or a postcard you sent off to get details, or an offer you could phone up and buy right away. And yes, of course we still have ‘instant’ marketing today–there are ads online (in Facebook and Google, etc.) that often will ‘sell’ directly as a result of you seeing them. But most people take a while…

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They do exist… (your ideal clients)

Just because you haven’t met them yet doesn’t mean they don’t exist…

I say this all the time to my clients about their ideal clients. It’s easy to think and plan from where you are (and the clients you already have and know) but that can close you off to new and bigger things.

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Your greatest hits ROCK!

It took me a while to work this out (a while where I was doing a LOT more work that I needed to) but that’s just how it goes when you’re a creative type and you like to create…

Every time I had a new event, or planned a new launch, I literally did just that–came up with something new. BRAND NEW. Hands up I did over and over for a while until I realised it was the greatest hits that everyone wanted…

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On your own? Don’t let that stop you!

Do you sell you? Of course you do, you’re a business celebrity!

But are you only selling you – your time – and nothing more? That’s not good – as you’re putting a limit on what you can do and who you can reach, not to mention a limit on your income.

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Your Thing must be sold

If you don’t have a clear name for your Thing–an obvious package or product, a clear sight of it on the shelf/in the market, a clear offer–then it’s really hard for people to buy.

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