Go ‘Old School’

Now look, I know it’s not the ‘cool’ thing to do marketing-wise… that would be funnels and split-testing landing pages and the live videos on Facebook… BUT a good old-fashioned phone call can go a long way.

As can ‘real life’ networking.

Or what about a letter in the post?

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When it’s about you and when it’s about them

When you need to get noticed for your Thing, this is when it’s about you. You need to tell your story and explain your ‘Why’ so that the people who need you and your Thing can find you.

But you also need to make it about them.

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Sound advice on what NOT to do in business — some good New Year resolutions for 2009

I was reading the UK Business Forum ‘Round-up of 2008’ email today (part of the very useful www.businesszone.co.uk), and this article was the one that caught my eye.

Now I love a to-do list as much as the next person (OK so I probably love them more), but I really loved the idea of ‘What to include on your not to do list’. The article was written by Robert Craven, who is MD of The Directors Centre.

Here’s what I nodded my head at…

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What’s the result?

I’m not actually that bothered HOW you do it, I just want to know it works. And I know you know it works, so why are you spending so much telling me about how it works. I’m not actually that interested. I mean I might want to know the details AFTER I’ve decided I want the result. But I’ll buy the result first.

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Start big, sell small

This is something I encourage when working with clients who find the concept of ‘upselling’ somewhat icky. It’s actually something I encourage even if they like selling, as for me it’s sensible and smart, and sets out your full Thing (even if then people choose to buy less of it).

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Pushing elephant-shaped buttons

If you’re in the business of helping people, or another business, move forward or make change or just do something differently, chances are you need to push some buttons to make that happen.

And I’m not talking about giving them a gentle poke and running away—I am talking about ‘in your face challenging them about what’s working, what’s not working and HELLO? WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?’ button pushing.

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