Cheese, cheese and more cheese

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Now I love cheese. Nothing gets me more excited than a cheeseboard of stinky, oozy, mouldy cheese and some delicious crackers BUT I am so over the cheese when it comes to marketing.

WARNING: This may turn into a bit of a rant.

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Are you playing in the right park?

I know your park is special and has everything in it you like to play with. Perhaps it’s got sparkly swings, or a huge football pitch perfect for 5-a-side; it might have a deep treasure-digging sandpit or a roundabout that goes reeeeaaaallllly fast. And I know you think your park is the best, and that everyone should come and play in it. But it’s not always as easy as that, as not everyone sees your park in the same way. Bit like your Thing really…

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Ban the brochure speak! (& 10 tips on how to avoid it)

I can’t stand brochure speak.

You know that beautifully crafted tidy copy that is full of neat words and clever phrases and lots of ‘we’: “Jargon jargon jargon ‘we’ do this and we’ve been doing this for 1000 years and we are the best…”

That is brochure speak. And you’ll find it out and about not just in brochures but it lurks on websites and flyers and adverts and sales & marketing materials across the land.

Here are 10 tips to avoid it!

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It doesn’t have to be shiny and new

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Having a signature dish or programme gets you noticed and remembered. If you are changing your recipe all the time then how do we know what your brilliant Thing is? Being in your spotlight means being consistent and having a clear signature that we can see. If you are chopping and changing all the time it’s confusing for us and it’s diluting your brilliance.

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What are you waiting for?

I ask this question a lot.

I ask myself, I ask my clients, and I ask (in my head!) this on behalf of people I see who are stuck, or afraid, or unsure. The reason I ask this question a lot is that sometimes there isn’t actually a ‘good’ reason to wait. There may well be an excuse (or lots of excuses) but very often, when it really comes down to it, there isn’t actually a real reason.

So what are you waiting for?

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Your Thing needs doing! (often)

If you ever have a moment—or a day (or a week!)—where you find yourself doubting your value, what your Thing is worth or even if you have one, ask yourself when did I last DO my Thing.

It pays to do your Thing (and do it often).

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