Are you selling a cake or a recipe?

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Here’s what I see a lot… people marketing recipes: the ingredients for a cake – the step by step pieces you need.

But what a cake lover is more interested in is the finished article – what a cake lover buys is a CAKE! I get a lot more excited looking at a slice of carrot cake than I do a bag of flour, eggs, sugar, some carrots, a wooden spoon… and yet this is what I see a lot of people are ‘selling’ – the ingredients.

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Seasons greetings (all year round)

As I write this, it’s December and so there’s a very obvious seasonal feel to a lot of marketing messages everywhere I look. But it’s not just the Christmas and New Year holidays that can lend themselves nicely (sometimes too nicely!) to promotions and connected offers.

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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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Don’t believe the Hype

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The Hype often tells us ‘this is easy’ and this is ‘simple’ and that is very probably true for the person saying it.

I, for example, find it very easy to write copy, set up web pages and run webinars, etc. For some people (and I talk to them every day), even one of those things seems impossible :)

So don’t always believe the Hype ;)

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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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How to say “No” (nicely)

Your Thing isn’t for everyone. And not every ‘opportunity’ is right for you.

Sometimes you need to say “No” to prospects (sometimes for your own sanity!)… sometimes a prospect just isn’t the right fit–they might not be ready, or committed, or at the right stage of the ‘problem’ to truly benefit from your Thing.

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