If it won’t sell in ‘real life’, it won’t sell online

Online isn’t a magic pill of marketing–it can’t make a bad product into a good one just because it’s available online.

What you want to know BEFORE you do sell anything online is know that it’s in demand ‘in real life’.

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Ask questions. A lot of questions…

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If you’re not sure about your Thing, ask yourself these great Thing-finding questions, questions to work out your process or philosophy, questions to help you work out your best marketing, and yet more questions…

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Are you special? Can you explain your uniqueness?

I was reminded again at the weekend (I am being Masterminded by Jonathan Jay) how important is it to be unique in business. We were talking about USPs, and why a business owner must know what their USP is before they can market their business with success.

USP stands for Unique Selling Point, or Unique Sales Proposition. I was reminded how hard it is to define these — to really make them totally unique.

It is quite easy to come up with a USP only to realise under scrutiny that it’s not, in fact, unique and could easily be applied to other businesses. So it was good to have the Mastermind group of business owners challenging each other to be unique.

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Expect the Unexpected

Of course, being British I have this expectation built in when it comes to the weather (expecting the unexpected!), but it’s a good way of thinking when it comes to business too.

Much as it’s important to have a plan—and it’s always a good idea to have a goal—sometimes something will just ‘show up’ that is unexpected.

This can be good unexpected or bad unexpected…

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Re-runs

When something is good it always deserves a second (third, fourth…) viewing. I will happily sit through re-runs of Frasier, Friends & other classic TV shows. And I’m not sure I can count how many times I’ve watched Star Wars—especially now I’ve got my small people into the way of the Force!

I appreciate that not everything is worth repeating, but when you have a process or a system or a marketing campaign that works do a re-run. And then another re-run until it stops working!

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Wonderful things happen when you believe in your Thing

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No, I don’t have a magic wand that I am going to wave all Fairy Godmother like in your direction and shower you with sparkly dust to make wonderful things happen. Because I don’t need to.

There is a big difference, however, between knowing what your Thing is, doing it, and BELIEVE-ing in it.

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