What’s your measure?

There’s plenty of measures you can measure in your business. And only one of them is money. And, in fact, if you’re smart you actually know that it’s never about ‘the money’, it’s about profit which is the money left over after you’ve paid for everything else. So for sure, measure your profit (and make sure you have some!) if you want to see how your business is doing.

But there are other measures too…

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They’re behind you!

The end of your nose (if you don’t already know) is where your Thing is. And sometimes it’s that, or your ideal clients for your Thing, that are literally right there in front of you. Or in some cases, right behind you, waiting in the wings where you haven’t seen them; but they’ve been there all along…

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Going first

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Sometimes it is up to you to go first.

There might not be an example you can follow. Your idea might be just that—YOUR idea. So you have to do it.

Often when you work out what your Thing is you look around for examples of other people doing it so you can see how it’s done, or see how you want to do it differently, to make sure you stand out.

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Are you selling a cake or a recipe?

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Here’s what I see a lot… people marketing recipes: the ingredients for a cake – the step by step pieces you need.

But what a cake lover is more interested in is the finished article – what a cake lover buys is a CAKE! I get a lot more excited looking at a slice of carrot cake than I do a bag of flour, eggs, sugar, some carrots, a wooden spoon… and yet this is what I see a lot of people are ‘selling’ – the ingredients.

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It’s BIGGER than you think!

Yes, I know that you are supposed to get ‘small’ and specific with what you do—you can’t be everything to everyone, after all. BUT sometimes you can think too small.

Now, when I say small what I really mean is ‘blinkered’—if you’re good at something and that’s what you ‘do’, it’s sometimes difficult to see everything that’s ‘around’ what you do—but that’s what your Thing is: everything!

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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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