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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Why I’m a big fan of Twitter (and how I use it for business)

I do like Twitter and what it can do for my business. Twitter is huge and growing every day — there’s a lot of people to Tweet to.

Here are a few ways that I use Twitter — and that any small business or individual can use it for too…

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It’s a new dawn…

with a new dawn and a new day you have new opportunities, but you don’t need a new Thing.

Your Thing is your Thing is your Thing.

If you are keen for a new Thing, I’d argue you’ve not found yours yet. If you’re just keen for ‘new’ then look at what needs to be new and what doesn’t.

Because there’s “shiny object” new, and there’s “Let’s just try something a little different, based on what we know already works” new. The latter new is a much better and more productive new.

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Run past the finish line

While I have completed a few 10ks in my time, I would never put myself in the category of being an athlete. What I do know about races though is that you don’t slow down when you see the finish line—you keep on running, and if you have it in you (there’s always that little bit in reserve, right?) then actually you speed up when you see it.

And you need to do this with your business goals and your marketing too.

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A small step in ANY direction is better than standing still

Ever been in ‘analysis paralysis’? Where you seem to have so many choices you don’t know which to pick (so you choose none)? Ever just had a head FULL of ideas, or options, or advice, that you end up panicking and doing nothing? I know I’ve been there…

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Putting the lipstick on

Sometimes what I do is just ‘putting on lipstick’. Your Thing might be like that too?

My Thing is that I ‘find’ people’s Things–I don’t create them/make them/invent them as they are already there. But what I do (as an outsider, which makes it a lot easier) is to ‘see’ what people don’t see for themselves. And then the next stage is usually to tidy it all up and ‘put on lipstick’.

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