Seasons greetings (all year round)

As I write this, it’s December and so there’s a very obvious seasonal feel to a lot of marketing messages everywhere I look. But it’s not just the Christmas and New Year holidays that can lend themselves nicely (sometimes too nicely!) to promotions and connected offers.

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When clarity is everything

I get like this–when I can’t ‘see’ clearly, I stall. Sometimes it’s what to do next, sometimes it’s a name of programme, or a venue, or a price, or a marketing message. It could be big barrier or it could be a small stumbling block, but if I can’t see clearly ‘what’ or ‘how’, I can get stuck.

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Get Real!

Now, I’m all for wearing my slippers while working (yes, I wear slippers) which is perfectly acceptable when you’re in your office at home, as far as I’m concerned. But sometimes you can get great results with your Thing when you get out into the ‘real’ world. And it’s easy to forget (I do).

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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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Thing first, niche second

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Now I know a niche is as important as the next marketing/sales/business guru but there is an order to these things that may well be the difference between driving yourself mad and your sanity (and success).

For me the ‘right’ order is Thing first and Niche second.

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Same Thing. Different Recipe.

Much as I would love them to request raw veg and seeds, sometimes the small people want cake. And, specifically, last weekend they wanted brownies. So I of course had to oblige (nothing to do with me wanting to eat any, of course **coughs**). I don’t have a go-to brownie recipe in my head so I dug out my cookbooks–which are a rather eclectic selection I have to admit–and compared recipes.

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