Marketing is for life… not just for Christmas

You might be forgiven for thinking that some people only market their Thing on special occasions like Christmas as that’s when you hear from them for the first time in ages. They may pop up with alarming regularity at seasonal events and then fade away in between. But consistency is the key—show up every week, regardless of the season.

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What I didn’t learn at business school (but know now!)

While I did learn a LOT of theory and case studies of big business, and if required I can write out a cashflow forecast and balance sheet by hand, what I didn’t learn was any of the actual practical ‘stuff’ that business owners—especially small owner managing solopreneurs like many of us doing our Thing actually need to know.

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Slower is better than stopping

Today I went for my first ‘proper’ run in a long time (that’s running for the sake of running, not because I’m cutting it fine to catch my train). I’m married to a ‘proper runner’ who ‘pops out for a 10k’ 2 or 3 times a week, so it’s a little intimidating when I know my ‘run’ could be outpaced by a walk at times. But when you decide on something you want to do, it’s a good idea to just do it–any way you can.

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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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What’s the result?

I’m not actually that bothered HOW you do it, I just want to know it works. And I know you know it works, so why are you spending so much telling me about how it works. I’m not actually that interested. I mean I might want to know the details AFTER I’ve decided I want the result. But I’ll buy the result first.

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What’s on Repeat?

Is there something in your business that you do over and over and over and over again?

Maybe it’s explaining how something works to your clients? telling your story? explaining the results that are possible from working with you? a ‘piece’ of your Thing?

Maybe it’s more general than that and it’s how your business or your industry works? Maybe you’re having the same sales conversation over and over?

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