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Your Business Shouldn’t Run You, Great Example Of How To Get Work Life Balance

What if your business didn’t control your life? Brazilian CEO Ricardo Semler practices a radical form of corporate democracy, rethinking everything within the business to promotes work-life balance — and leads to some deep insight on what work, and life, is really all about, this is well worth watching, what can you do differently?

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What Attitude Are You Adopting In Your Business

During the recession in the 1990s there was an insurance company on the east coast of America and, like most Attitude In Businessbusinesses, they’d been hit hard and were struggling. One day, the owner came into work, looked around the office and noticed, not surprisingly, that the sales people were flat, the atmosphere was glum, and that it just wasn’t a great place to be.

But then he had an epiphany. Even if these were good times, even if there was no recession, they would have practically zero business coming in because of everyone’s attitude. And he went on to think that if his guys were like this, then the competition must be similar, which meant that no-one was out there actually selling to potential clients.

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How To Stand Out From The Competition

We’ve already mentioned about the importance of building your list, so you’re probably thinking ‘great, what now?’ Alan Adams & Richard ReedFor most clinics these will be high income people who are incredibly difficult to get in front of. It’s not a problem though; it’s all about how you contact them. You just have to turn up in a completely different way that makes you stand out and get a response, even if that response is telling you to clear off! In my experience, though, the worst case scenario is that you’ll get a polite no from the very person you’re targeting. There are a few strategies but some variety on lumpy mail always goes down well, or even a shock and awe package, let me explain…

I’ve been interviewing some of the country’s top business people for an NLP modelling project on the mind-set of the super successful. The idea is to find out what’s happening on an unconscious level that makes these people really excel at business and to find out what the common traits among them are, as well as what they have in common that will be an important marker. Once we’ve learned all of this, essentially we have the business holy grail – a blueprint for success. The problem is these people don’t know me, they get a barrage of requests for different things, are really time pressured and they have the ultimate gatekeepers whose sole job is not to let anyone near them. So how did I do it?

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Love, Children, Monsters and What This Has To Do With Business

We’ve all been there. And we all know how it feels. That moment when something that you love deeply, that’s tied up completely in your hopes and dreams for the future, and something that you’ve invested so much of yourself in that you just can’t imagine ever walking away, breaks down.

For many entrepreneurs this relationship is with their business. It started as a beautiful if demanding baby. But it also took everything you had, and something that used to matter so much ends up causing so much stress, worry and heartache that we just feel we can’t continue anymore.

And so we start thinking about walking away. We forget the potential our business has to provide us with the lifestyle we deserve. The pay-back that our families deserve for the time and effort we’ve already given. And we focus instead on the Dr Frankenstein’s monster its become – running amok and seemingly destroying everything that we hold dear.

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How Best To Use Magazines or Flyers

How Best To Use Magazines Adverts or Flyers

Magazines Adverts or Flyers that your ideal clients read, can be Magazines Adverts or Flyersanother great way of developing leads, although it’s easy to get it wrong. I see far too many businesses just throwing their money away with the type of advertising they’re doing, and the places they’re doing it, and as with all marketing it’s essential that you measure the return on investment you’re actually getting.

Now, bear in mind that when you place an advert, its aesthetics are one of the least important factors to its success. Much more important is that it contains some sort of offer – this can be a money off or percentage discount, but if you think back to the other blogs, we’ve talked about giving a high perceived value but lower cost product or item away. So, something that perhaps retails at £80 but which may only cost you £30 would certainly grab the reader’s attention. In my opinion, 10% of offers are very, very weak, so do always try to go for the perceived value offering.

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Labels Can Help You Get More Engagement From Customers

Get More Engagement From Customers

When we think about labels we tend to think about brand labels. However , More Engagement From Customers can be achieved by labelling them – although it More Engagement From Customerssounds odd – can have hugely positive results. Not only can it get them to engage with you more , but chances are they’ll also spend more money with you.  So, if you’re not labelling your customers you really are missing a trick.

In fact, research has shown that people who are labelled not only like it, but are more inclined to engage with the group they are labelled with.

To demonstrate this, a study was carried out (Motivating voter turnout by invoking the self, Stanford University) to see if labelling people as politically active voters would influence their turnout at the polls .  People were questioned about their political habits with half of this group subsequently told that the researchers had deemed them more politically active based on their answers (which wasn’t true as the y’d been selected at random) .  The other half of the group wasn’t told anything.

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Its Not How You Get Customers, It’s The Why That Counts

How You Get Customers

There’s a brilliant TED, that really covers how you get customers, by Simon Sinek called “Why Great Leaders How you get customersInspire Action”. If you’ve never seen TED it’s a great resource of snappy 18 minute or so talks about pretty much any inspiring and educational topics you can think of. Their tag line is “ideas worth spreading” and it’s definitely worth a look, no matter what your interests are. Anyway, we’re going to cover in a later chapter the importance of your clinic’s vision, mission, and culture, but understanding these things along with why you’re in business can have a huge impact on your marketing.

Knowing Your Why is How You Get Customers

In Simon’s talk he talks about the Golden Circle in which you have three concentric circles, the centre, the middle and the outside. On the outside you have ‘what you do’, in the middle ‘how you do it’, and finally ‘why you do it’ in the inner circle which is your core purpose or belief as a business. Simon explained that all really inspired companies work from the inside out, rather than the traditional model where they work from the outside in, and he gave Apple as a great example.

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The ABC of Website Design

Website Design Have Only Two PurposesWebsite Design

There are only two jobs that a website design should have, either to sell stuff so it’s an e-commerce website, or to capture the details of people visiting the website, if its does neither of these tasks you’re missing a trick and need to change it as soon as possible.

For example, It’s highly unlikely that as a creative agency you’re selling stuff online, so you’re looking to somehow capture people’s details through offering them some sort of download (often referred to as a lead magnet or in-bound marketing). If someone’s on your website there is a really good chance that they’re potentially looking to engage with someone offering your services. In exchange for a name and email address, or even an email address only (let’s face it you can normally work out the name from the email address) you can offer them some advice and guidance, for example ‘Seven Questions You Must Ask’ or ‘The Three Most Common Mistakes That People Make When Engaging with a PR Agency’. The point of the download is to offer advice and guidance, not sell to the potential client by saying here at ABC we do X. It’s about telling them the questions they should ask an agency that will gently educate them about the advantages you offer your clients over the competition.

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Position Yourself as an Expert

Advice and Guidance to Position Yourself as an ExpertPosition Yourself as an Expert

Developing lead magnets (advice and guidance) can Position Yourself as an Expert, to give to potential clients or to allow them to download off your website is an excellent way of positioning yourself in your field. The idea is that you do not sell to whoever is taking the guide but you advise them on what questions they need to ask or common mistakes people make when engaging with clinics in your sector.

I have one on my site that offers advice and guidance on how to choose a business coach, because there is a good chance that you won’t know what questions to ask to tell a great business coach from a poor one, whereas I can spot the difference quite easily

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Multitasking is a Lie

Multitasking is a Lie

I read an article recently that proves that multitasking is a lie, it said office workers, because of an array of social media available, including Twitter, Multitasking is a LieFacebook, Pinterest, Google Plus, and YouTube – to name just a few – plus texts, phone calls, and people popping in or asking questions, the average person is interrupted once every 11 minutes. This is shocking enough, but when you consider that getting focused on what you’re doing can take around 25 minutes before you’re in the zone, many office workers can spend their days without ever really being able to focus on anything that their doing

Can you imagine how that can impact on any creative agency output, and now that the idea of being able to multi task and switch between jobs to do more things has been debunked, with recent studies showing that your IQ drops by ten points each time you try, compared to smoking marijuana which only sees it drop by five points, that’s right, you’re better off smoking a joint at work than trying to multi task.

Do You Believe Multitasking is a Lie Now?

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