Are you playing in the right park?

I know your park is special and has everything in it you like to play with. Perhaps it’s got sparkly swings, or a huge football pitch perfect for 5-a-side; it might have a deep treasure-digging sandpit or a roundabout that goes reeeeaaaallllly fast. And I know you think your park is the best, and that everyone should come and play in it. But it’s not always as easy as that, as not everyone sees your park in the same way. Bit like your Thing really…

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Have they got their hands up?

If you don’t want to tear your hair out with your marketing, I’d highly recommend you only focus on people with their hands up (or at the very least on people who have them hanging loosely by their sides!).

And then there are the other people–the people who have their hands firmly pressed down against their sides. Under no circumstances are they interested in your Thing. Not now, not ever. They just don’t get your Thing, they don’t want your Thing, they don’t need your Thing. Your Thing is not for them. So don’t market to them!

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It won’t always work

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Making mistakes doesn’t mean you aren’t doing your Thing, or that you don’t have a great business. It just means you tried something and it didn’t work. That is all.

Now it might be that you chose the wrong time, the wrong offer, the wrong price, the wrong message, the wrong media, the wrong delivery method, the wrong title, …who knows? It might just have been the wrong day!

It doesn’t mean what you are doing is wrong. It just means something in the variable of what you did wasn’t right (and when I say right I mean right for your market—your ideal clients).

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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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The £50 Chow Mein

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If you want to charge more for what you do, then do it.

You will need to match up the experience to the price tag, but I’ll bet you have something absolutely special enough to charge more for, so all you’re getting wrong is the positioning and the message.

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Get on with it!

There comes a time with every idea that you need to get on with it. Of course you want to plan, work out the details, explore the options, do some research, perhaps even do a little bit of learning to make sure you’re all set. BUT there will come a time when you simply need to get on with it.

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