What to do when your Marketing isn’t working

Now here’s the thing with Marketing–for some reason, we’ve been conditioned to expect it to work ‘instantly’. In technical (ish) terms, that’s called ‘Direct Response’… in the olden days, this looked like an ad in a magazine with a ‘reply coupon’ or a postcard you sent off to get details, or an offer you could phone up and buy right away. And yes, of course we still have ‘instant’ marketing today–there are ads online (in Facebook and Google, etc.) that often will ‘sell’ directly as a result of you seeing them. But most people take a while…

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Your Thing must be sold

If you don’t have a clear name for your Thing–an obvious package or product, a clear sight of it on the shelf/in the market, a clear offer–then it’s really hard for people to buy.

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Don’t DIY if it’s not your Thing

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Don’t DIY if it’s not your Thing. Not only will you be too busy doing ‘stuff’ that you won’t have time to do your Thing as much, but you’ll be using up valuable headspace even thinking about it (while not even doing it!).

Get in an expert, someone who’s Thing it is, and stop doing stuff just because you can.

Your mission is to do your Thing, not get busy with DIY that’s not making a difference.

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Listen very carefully (your market is speaking)

Most of the answers you need for your business are all around you–it’s often simply a case of listening more carefully.

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It’s a new dawn…

with a new dawn and a new day you have new opportunities, but you don’t need a new Thing.

Your Thing is your Thing is your Thing.

If you are keen for a new Thing, I’d argue you’ve not found yours yet. If you’re just keen for ‘new’ then look at what needs to be new and what doesn’t.

Because there’s “shiny object” new, and there’s “Let’s just try something a little different, based on what we know already works” new. The latter new is a much better and more productive new.

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Do it again!

Now I am the world’s worst (or best?) at coming up with new ideas.

I am always excited about the next thing. What I can do that’s new. And I always want to move forward. Keep it going. Bigger, better, bolder, brighter. But actually this can be exactly what not to do in business.

If you have something that works – keep doing it!

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