Tell it how it is – When being serious makes the difference

The tone of your messages and your marketing means so much. If you want to get heard try a different tone now & then to hit home. There is always a time when you need to tell it how it is.

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Business Celebrity Marmite (some love it, some don’t!)

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When you become a business celebrity it’s important to know you turn into marmite (not literally, as that would result in quite a sticky mess!) but metaphorically – some people will love you and your Thing and others will not like it at all. But that’s OK. It’s all part of being a business celebrity; […]

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What are you selling under the counter?

This is one of my favourite expressions when I’m letting someone fabulous know they are keeping their Thing a secret UNTIL clients work with them.

I know it makes sense to save your really good stuff (after all it might sell out!) but how is anyone going to know about it if it’s not on show in the window?

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Are you special? Can you explain your uniqueness?

I was reminded again at the weekend (I am being Masterminded by Jonathan Jay) how important is it to be unique in business. We were talking about USPs, and why a business owner must know what their USP is before they can market their business with success.

USP stands for Unique Selling Point, or Unique Sales Proposition. I was reminded how hard it is to define these — to really make them totally unique.

It is quite easy to come up with a USP only to realise under scrutiny that it’s not, in fact, unique and could easily be applied to other businesses. So it was good to have the Mastermind group of business owners challenging each other to be unique.

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Are you selling a cake or a recipe?

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Here’s what I see a lot… people marketing recipes: the ingredients for a cake – the step by step pieces you need.

But what a cake lover is more interested in is the finished article – what a cake lover buys is a CAKE! I get a lot more excited looking at a slice of carrot cake than I do a bag of flour, eggs, sugar, some carrots, a wooden spoon… and yet this is what I see a lot of people are ‘selling’ – the ingredients.

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Put your blinkers on

Blinkers give a single focus—they don’t pretend nothing else is happening, they just allow you to block it out to make it easy to look ahead only at where you’re going.

I need Blinkers sometimes (OK—all the time) as I am one of those creative types who has a million ideas a minute and would try and do all of them given half the chance. But you know what they say about Jack of all trades and that’s the same as being pulled in every direction you can think of, as you never actually get anywhere…

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