The business of problem-solving

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Every business solves a problem–they solve it with a product or service that does something to fix or improve a situation, a result, an outcome, a feeling, something. This is how value is created–you have a problem that needs resolving, you go and find a product or service that can do this, you’re happy to pay as you can’t do it yourself, or do it as well/quickly/cheaply/cleverly, etc.

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What to do when your Marketing isn’t working

Now here’s the thing with Marketing–for some reason, we’ve been conditioned to expect it to work ‘instantly’. In technical (ish) terms, that’s called ‘Direct Response’… in the olden days, this looked like an ad in a magazine with a ‘reply coupon’ or a postcard you sent off to get details, or an offer you could phone up and buy right away. And yes, of course we still have ‘instant’ marketing today–there are ads online (in Facebook and Google, etc.) that often will ‘sell’ directly as a result of you seeing them. But most people take a while…

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Always share the next step

It’s funny–very often I see people do the equivalent of walking away before finishing a conversation (or even a sentence) when writing copy or ‘doing’ Marketing. It’s a bit like if I started to share with you the 3 best ways to get new clients and just…

…didn’t bother to tell you what they are!

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Pushing elephant-shaped buttons

If you’re in the business of helping people, or another business, move forward or make change or just do something differently, chances are you need to push some buttons to make that happen.

And I’m not talking about giving them a gentle poke and running away—I am talking about ‘in your face challenging them about what’s working, what’s not working and HELLO? WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?’ button pushing.

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Do it again!

Now I am the world’s worst (or best?) at coming up with new ideas.

I am always excited about the next thing. What I can do that’s new. And I always want to move forward. Keep it going. Bigger, better, bolder, brighter. But actually this can be exactly what not to do in business.

If you have something that works – keep doing it!

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Where can be as important as what

Where I do my Thing is hugely important to me. And it might be for you to.

The way you know it’s important is how you feel when you’re doing your Thing in different places. If some places don’t feel right, or you don’t feel you can fully ‘do’ your Thing there, then you’re probably a ‘where’ person too.

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