Help yourself, the buffet’s open

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Someone has to go first, and being overly polite about it might mean you miss out whilst it’s hot, or at least stay hungry for a bit longer. So let’s all tuck in.

The buffet IS open and there is enough for everyone. Of course, now I am not talking about food… I am talking about the market and there being plenty of work for everyone to tuck in to. But you have to go get your food to be able to eat it.

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Every customer has their own agenda

Everyone who buys your product or service has their own agenda — they want ‘their problem’ solved, or ‘their need’ satisfied. This explains why customer segmentation is so important if you want to sell more to your best customers…

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It’s not always going to make sense, but start anyway

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It doesn’t make sense for me to take a holiday to Australia–for a start, it’s a bloody long way away (swearing necessary to convey distance!) and that flight is a bugger (again, swearing required!).

BUT it always makes sense to me when I get here as I love the energy, the scenery is amazing, and it’s just where I love to be. And this is the same for where you want to be in your business.

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Be Bold! (or just move things a little!)

Sometimes it’s absolutely the right time to do something big, new and bold. Other times it makes sense to just move things a little bit. But you do need to move – onwards, upwards, sideways, longways, anyways :)

Standing still might seem like a good idea if you’re having a wobble or a panic or just not sure about something, but actually it’s very rarely the best plan. If you stand still you can’t see what’s possible, you can’t tell if something is a good idea (or not) until you try it. Keeping yourself in one place (literally or metaphorically) isn’t always a safe plan. No one wants to be a sitting duck!

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The Marketing Merry-Go-Round

Your marketing plan should be a nice ride that people stay on until they’re ready to get off.

You don’t decide when they get off—they do. And when they do get off they either head straight over to you and say “I’m ready—let’s go” or they say “Thanks so much for the ride” and walk away. You don’t want them jumping off and running away to escape your marketing, you don’t want them being forced off either—especially if they were enjoying the ride—and you also don’t want to suddenly change the ride into something they don’t want to be on.

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Where is your destination?

Sometimes we are so involved with the journey and activity of our business we forget where we are heading.

When you love what you do (as is always the case when you are doing your Thing) it’s easy to do it a lot and get busy. But busy-ness without direction can mean taking your eye off your goals.

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