What counts as Marketing?

2

Anything that gets you in front of the right people at the right time, with the right message that connects with them and they are in a position to take action, is good marketing (in the world of business according to me).

For me, it’s also about being consistent—consistent in your message and your communications.

Continue reading...

2 steps forward and 1 step back

Are you dancing?

Taking 2 steps forward and 1 step back in a cha-cha style? If dancing’s your Thing then that’s allowed :) but if your Thing is anything else, it’s not!

1 step followed by another step is what it takes to keep moving into your spotlight.

Continue reading...

Getting your ‘business head’ on (and why you need to keep it on!)

This morning I visited my friend Nicola, who’s just started running her own business (she’s my hairdresser), and it was great to hear that she’s already got her ‘business head’ on, and is busy working out how she’s going to start differentiating and improving her salon.

She’s taken over an existing business, and this of course can have its upsides and downsides — the upsides being that she is making money from day one (quite useful!), but the downside being that there isn’t a blank page to start from to do everything your way from the outset.

But here’s some things that we talked about that made me confident that the salon is only going to get better and more profitable…

Continue reading...

What’s the one thing?

4

As someone who has a thousand ideas a day (you might be the same?) I am never short of options when it comes to ‘how’ to do my Thing. I could write a list of never-ending hows, if I’m honest.

But as I am sure you know, trying to do everything (just like trying to market to everyone) typically gets you nothing or no one. You need to focus to get results.

Continue reading...

Being nicely irritating

There’s something about marketing that many people don’t like. And that’s doing it too much.

There’s nothing that sends people into a bit of a panic more than when is enough enough? how many is too many times? and what if I’m being annoying?

Because you’re never going to please all of the people all of the time, doesn’t mean you can’t please some of the people some, if not most, of the time if you are talking to the right ones.

Continue reading...

Be Bold! (or just move things a little!)

Sometimes it’s absolutely the right time to do something big, new and bold. Other times it makes sense to just move things a little bit. But you do need to move – onwards, upwards, sideways, longways, anyways :)

Standing still might seem like a good idea if you’re having a wobble or a panic or just not sure about something, but actually it’s very rarely the best plan. If you stand still you can’t see what’s possible, you can’t tell if something is a good idea (or not) until you try it. Keeping yourself in one place (literally or metaphorically) isn’t always a safe plan. No one wants to be a sitting duck!

Continue reading...