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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A niche is not enough

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If you really want to get noticed in your market then a niche is not enough.

Absolutely you have to have a niche, no arguments from me about that, BUT you have to let people know you’re there, in that niche, doing your Thing, and you’re the perfect person to help.

So what do you do?

You get a Fame Name, you use your PSP (Personality Selling Point) and you become a Business Celebrity.

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Teach don’t Preach

If your Thing is something ‘new’ or a new angle on some-thing,then you may need to teach your audience about it. This is NOT the same as preaching to them about it.

So set out your classroom and educate your pupils so they see for themselves your Thing is an answer.

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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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The Business of Helping

Most businesses are in the business of ‘helping’–helping other businesses, helping people, helping society, helping the world, some kind of ‘helping’ is usually the result of what they do. Whether that’s helping with a product, system or service… it’s usually there to ‘solve a problem’.

So why is this important to understand? In Marketing terms, it’s important that you absolutely know and can demonstrate the ‘problem’ that you solve and how you ‘help’.

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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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