The other 80%

I am a huge fan of the Pareto Principle–and if you’ve worked with me for more than 5 minutes, you’ll know I’ll crowbar it into almost any situation!

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Try, try and try again

The other day, Gary Vaynerchuk posted a great thing on Facebook which was along the lines of: “If this is your life’s work, don’t give up after 4 months”. And I’m sure you’ve read before about the ‘overnight’ success of people who have, in fact, been working away for years.

But that’s the point. If it was easy (like THAT easy) everyone would be doing it…

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What’s inside my head and how it can help your business

Yesterday, I got back from the first 2-day ‘Small Business Marketing Workshop’ run by the very smart Jonathan Jay in his new business venture Success Track.

The purpose of the 2-day workshop was for Jonathan to share his own experience in what does and doesn’t work in terms of marketing a business. Jonathan also offered a ‘marketing clinic’, where attendees could (perhaps crushingly honestly in some cases!) receive a critique of their current marketing materials and approach (note to anyone who attended here — you will of course get the irony of Jonathan describing this in his own words as “a clinic”!).

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It looks exactly like the photo!

There’s nothing wrong with the odd bad review—it’s just a reminder to be clearer in your marketing and message about EXACTLY what you do and for who. The clearer you are about this then the less bad reviews you’ll get. As there is nothing wrong with what you do (I am assuming this much!), it’s just you might not be the right person for that particular client. Maybe you’re too expensive for some people, maybe you’re not at the right ‘level’ they are looking for, maybe you’re too fast/slow/cheeky/boring/content rich/content poor/accessible/reclusive/outspoken/quiet/tall/short/loud/quiet, etc. You are you and you’re not right for everyone.

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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…

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Who do you want?

Knowing who your ideal client is makes a HUGE difference to everything you do in your business.

Just assume that EVERYTHING in your business works better (for that read – more easily) when you know your ideal client well. Really well.

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