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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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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Weeding

Who is it that decided what plants are weeds and what are ‘good’ plants?

Some weeds are very pretty, with flowers that brighten up the garden. Some weeds smell good, look good and are hardy so thrive where other plants need lots of care. Sometimes a weed is just a ‘good plant’ that’s growing in the wrong place…

But if you know what you want your garden to look like, you don’t want weeds there.

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Why not now?

I often issue a challenge to my clients. It goes something like this… “that sounds good—so why don’t you do it now?”

Yes of course you can plan and over plan and do it ‘perfectly’ in a few weeks (ahem, months) time, but you could also do it now.

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Take time to Tidy

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I am not a neat freak—in fact, I’m pretty messy most of the time…

But I do tidy up when I need to and it ALWAYS makes a difference.

Now, you might think I am just talking about doing the filing (which is a good place to start, btw), BUT there are plenty of other things in your business that could do with a tidy from time to time that you should think about.

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Have they got their hands up?

If you don’t want to tear your hair out with your marketing, I’d highly recommend you only focus on people with their hands up (or at the very least on people who have them hanging loosely by their sides!).

And then there are the other people–the people who have their hands firmly pressed down against their sides. Under no circumstances are they interested in your Thing. Not now, not ever. They just don’t get your Thing, they don’t want your Thing, they don’t need your Thing. Your Thing is not for them. So don’t market to them!

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