Looking from the other side (for easy Marketing content)

When something is your Thing you look at it from ‘your’ side–the side where you know how it works well, what to do to get the results, and usually the ‘easy way’. So when you’re putting together marketing material, you need to look from the ‘other’ side.

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I have a plan and I’m sticking to it

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Anyone who is consistently successful at anything has focus. They have a plan. And they stick to it. And guess what? Your plan might be different to my plan, and in turn someone else’s shiny plan won’t help you in the slightest. Because it’s not YOUR plan.

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Location Location Location (where it matters)

Apart from being one of my favourite telly shows (who doesn’t love a bit of Kirstie and Phil banter while snooping round other people’s houses?), Location Location Location is an important consideration too when working out where to sell your products and services. I’m not an expert in Retail, but I know enough to know it’s important to choose a location that works–lots of foot traffic, easy parking–that sort of thing. And location is as important when you offer a service too.

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Getting your ‘business head’ on (and why you need to keep it on!)

This morning I visited my friend Nicola, who’s just started running her own business (she’s my hairdresser), and it was great to hear that she’s already got her ‘business head’ on, and is busy working out how she’s going to start differentiating and improving her salon.

She’s taken over an existing business, and this of course can have its upsides and downsides — the upsides being that she is making money from day one (quite useful!), but the downside being that there isn’t a blank page to start from to do everything your way from the outset.

But here’s some things that we talked about that made me confident that the salon is only going to get better and more profitable…

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The £50 Chow Mein

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If you want to charge more for what you do, then do it.

You will need to match up the experience to the price tag, but I’ll bet you have something absolutely special enough to charge more for, so all you’re getting wrong is the positioning and the message.

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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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