Marketing is for life… not just for Christmas

You might be forgiven for thinking that some people only market their Thing on special occasions like Christmas as that’s when you hear from them for the first time in ages. They may pop up with alarming regularity at seasonal events and then fade away in between. But consistency is the key—show up every week, regardless of the season.

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The pushmi-pullyu of marketing

It’s not just you that’s part of your marketing—there’s also the person you’re marketing to.

If you are constantly marching forwards with your marketing, and there’s no ‘thinking’ space or ‘feeling’ space where someone can make a decision that suits them and, worse still, they feel like they’re being led blind in a direction they don’t want to, that’s when your sales will suffer.

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The magic online customers

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Now, I am not saying you can’t find customers online (you can, of course) but, depending on your Thing and your business model, you don’t need to think this is the **only** place you can find some ideal clients.

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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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Drowning not waving…

It’s all about perspective.

I always say that your Thing is your filter on the world and how you see things differently. That’s why your Thing is very often a different way of working, a different order, different detail, different language or a different approach entirely to how something is done. It’s your take on the world, not necessarily a brand spanking new eureka moment Thing. Which of course is all about perspective.

Sometimes when your perspective is very different to everyone else around you it can be hard to share. Perhaps you don’t want to ‘stand out’ or be different. For many of us it’s inbuilt not to be a show off or get noticed to much. Certainly in my life experience that didn’t always end well (it does now, but not back then).

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Give them what they want (but make it what they need)

You should always be listening to your market and offering products and services they want. That’s common business sense. That said, sometimes you may know that what they (your market) ‘want’ is not what they ‘need’. The trick here is a to strike a balance and meet them where they are, then gently ‘steer’ them to where you know lies a better answer.

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