Information vs. Action

If you ask me you can never give away enough information.

I am happy to share a great deal of ‘information’ for free, because I know that for it to be effective, for it to ‘do’ what it’s shared for, it needs to be put into action.

The difference between information and action is why people buy from you. And this makes a huge difference to how you market and ‘sell’ what you do.

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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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What’s inside my head and how it can help your business

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Yesterday, I got back from the first 2-day ‘Small Business Marketing Workshop’ run by the very smart Jonathan Jay in his new business venture Success Track.

The purpose of the 2-day workshop was for Jonathan to share his own experience in what does and doesn’t work in terms of marketing a business. Jonathan also offered a ‘marketing clinic’, where attendees could (perhaps crushingly honestly in some cases!) receive a critique of their current marketing materials and approach (note to anyone who attended here — you will of course get the irony of Jonathan describing this in his own words as “a clinic”!).

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You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone…

Quite often (mostly!) when you work out your Thing, you do that and forget everything else that came before it as if it wasn’t enough. And true—it wasn’t enough for you (hence why you kept looking ’til you found your Thing)—BUT it most certainly was enough and useful too.

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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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Are you asking the right questions?

It’s always good to ask questions if you’re stuck—after all, you’re not likely to get an answer if you don’t ask a question. But make sure you’re asking the right questions.

And if you’re not sure what the right questions are then find someone who will challenge you so you’ll ask questions you didn’t even know needed answering.

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