What a waste! A marketing fail not to repeat

I am not saying you need to run a 24-hour business—that’s why websites were invented after all—but let us know in any advertising if you’re not going to be open and don’t waste our time. Have your opening hours for phone calls in your ad OR point us only to your website (and let us know what we can do there).

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They do exist… (your ideal clients)

Just because you haven’t met them yet doesn’t mean they don’t exist…

I say this all the time to my clients about their ideal clients. It’s easy to think and plan from where you are (and the clients you already have and know) but that can close you off to new and bigger things.

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The 3 Stages of Selling

For me there are 3 stages to ‘selling’. Now, don’t think I am about to launch into a “How to close in 3 easy steps” guide here–so not my Thing when it comes to sales. What I am talking about instead is the 3 stages people (by people, I mean ‘prospects’ if we’re doing sales speak) go through when they are buying.

Or, at least, this is how I see it…

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How do you do?

How do you do what you do?

This is a really important question to ask yourself as it will really help you with your marketing and get you noticed.

Share the details, the thoughts behind your process, your procedures, the details, the ‘little things’ that you do to make how you do what you do different.

I am guessing that whatever it is you ‘do’ there are also lots of other people and businesses that ‘do’ it too.

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Make yourself scarce! and sell more…

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Now I am not suggesting you go hide behind a curtain or under your desk when a client comes near you or shut the door to your ‘shop’, but I am suggesting you are not ‘always available’.

By making yourself scarce you can sell more. Sounds like it doesn’t make sense but it works. It’s all about economics and influence…

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Give them what they want (but make it what they need)

You should always be listening to your market and offering products and services they want. That’s common business sense. That said, sometimes you may know that what they (your market) ‘want’ is not what they ‘need’. The trick here is a to strike a balance and meet them where they are, then gently ‘steer’ them to where you know lies a better answer.

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