Uphill Struggle or Downhill Slalom?

We can all climb a mountain if we put our minds to it (and backs into it) BUT sometimes, surely, it makes sense to take the cable car? I mean it’s there… would seem silly not to use it. And sometimes in business (and life!) even though there’s a cable car up our mountain, we either don’t see it OR choose not to use it. Are we mad?

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Tightly wrapped packages sell well

When you can tightly package what you do and can explain it easily then you’ll sell more of it.

Much as many of us don’t want to think what we ‘do’ can be put into a box, actually if you do that you’ll sell it much more easily.

When you wrap up what you do and present it to people in such a way that they ‘get it’ quickly, easily and can clearly see if it’s what they need, they are much more likely to buy it.

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Detours and Diversions

I am sure it’s happened to you too?

You know exactly where you want to get to—you even have the map—then something unexpected happens… the road is closed.

You get diverted. It might be a technical detour, it might be a timing detour, it might be a team detour, it might be a marketing detour… but it is just a detour—you’re still headed the same way. Or at least that’s the plan…

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The Business of Helping

Most businesses are in the business of ‘helping’–helping other businesses, helping people, helping society, helping the world, some kind of ‘helping’ is usually the result of what they do. Whether that’s helping with a product, system or service… it’s usually there to ‘solve a problem’.

So why is this important to understand? In Marketing terms, it’s important that you absolutely know and can demonstrate the ‘problem’ that you solve and how you ‘help’.

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When new business is staring you in the face… and you look the other way!

Lots of businesses are turning away customers every day… and they probably don’t even realise it.

I’ve made a few calls over the last few days to travel companies (not all my own holiday research, I have to point out!), and it was incredible the number of the companies that didn’t even take my contact details. I could have walked away from them forever.

Here’s the range of responses I got…

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I can’t be bothered.

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I can’t be bothered being anyone other than me.

Talk about hard work.

But I still catch myself changing my tone, or coming over all ‘marketing’ sometimes. And I think WHOA what is that all about? Why am I being someone else when I do my marketing, or start talking about my Thing.

Waaaaay too much like hard work keeping that up.

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