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Be Different with Your Business

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Marketing is often misunderstood, with many thinking it’s the leaflets, advertising and promotion that you do for your business. But it isn’t. Marketing is everything you do, from the product you decide to sell – whether it’s a premier product or cheap as chips product – to the way you invoice, and the very culture of your business. Because it’s all of that which affects how you act, and so how you’re perceived by your potential customers.

And I saw a brilliant example of a company that absolutely nailed this when I went down to visit Innocent’s Head Office in London this week – what a great place! If you’ve never looked at how they market themselves, do take the time. I chatted with Richard Reed, one of the co-founders, who’s a warm, fun guy, and the sense that *everything* the company does is done well permeates the walls.

Innocent actually started by going to a music festival where they took two bins, one with yes on it the other with no, and asked the question to everyone who bought their drinks, should we quit our jobs and set up in business making these full time? Read More »

Do You Know Where Your Business Sits?

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So, within your marketplace what is your product or service offering, who is your target market, what turnover do you need to generate to get you the profit and lifestyle you want, and what are the time scales for you building this?

You have to completely understand the marketplace you’re in, so consider what your key features are and how you compare to your competitors in terms of market share, quality and price. What are the main differences between you and your competitors? This will all give you a feel of how best to understand your position within the marketplace. As an example, I’ve included a graph of car manufacturers (this above is in no way is gospal but gives you an idea) … Read More »

Have You Created a Battle Plan for Your Business?

Creating a plan for battle is essential. No army would ever engage in a battle without knowing as much as they possibly could about their supply lines, the terrain, and the opposing forces they faced.

Once they’d gathered, or even guessed at the information that they didn’t have, they could draw up a plan for battle and how they were going to win.

The plan would take into account their own strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, and only then would they be ready. Of course plans rarely survive intact after the first contact with the enemy.

In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

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What’s Slowing YOUR Progress…

You’re procrastinating. 

Right now, probably.  

Me too. I started the day with a worthy goal. A proper plan. I was going to spend the whole day working ON my business. No distractions. Diary clear. Staff briefed.  

But there’s a problem. A big problem.  

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The Two Things As A Business Owner You Must Protect or Risk Failing…

It’s incredibly hard being an entrepreneur.

Anyone that pretends it’s easy, and that riches beyond your dreams are there for the taking is a charlatan. Getting even a single additional customer can often be the damned hardest thing.

Which is why you need a fortress. Not one formed from stone with flags on the battlements. No, you need a fortress to protect TWO THINGS:

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As a Business Owner Are You Living The Dream?

You see, everyone needs to get away every now and then.  No matter how much you enjoy the things you do on a daily basis, you need to make sure you’re getting enough ‘down time’ too – it is so important for your own wellbeing and also for that of your business.   

I’ve had some of my most successful and inspired ideas while I’ve been away relaxing.

Me and Fliss had a few days away in Ludlow not long ago, the room we booked had a terrace and a hot tub, it was great to just get away and just chill out.

When was the last time you had a change of scenery and took some time out?  When was the last time you really felt as though you were ‘living the dream’?

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The Correct Way To Tie Your Shoelaces And Grow Your Business

Business Success I wanted to share a three-minute video with you today about the correct way to tie your shoelaces.

Now, I can just see the look on your face right now – you’re probably wondering whether I’ve finally gone and lost my marbles but stick with me a second.

It turns out that there’s a ‘weak’ form of the knot we usually tie our laces in and a ‘strong’ one.  You’ll have to watch the video to find out which you produce (!) – but the reason I wanted to share the video with you isn’t because I’ve suddenly developed a fascination with shoes or shoelaces.

It’s the last line the presenter Terry Moore delivers.  He says, ‘Sometimes a small advantage some place in life can yield tremendous results someplace else’.

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The Importance of Responding to Changing Markets

Let’s be honest. Sometimes as business owners we can get a bit comfortable with the current status quo and not responding to changing marketsreally pay attention to changing trends, new technology, updated legislation and a whole host of other things that are potential opportunities or challenges.

Take Webber Carburettors as an example. In my late teens I owned a Mark 1 Escort (I loved that car!) and the company was extremely well-known, and were *the* leading performance carburettor manufacturers.

So, of course, practically every young male including me wanted one of its kits on their car. However, following a hugely successful period for the business, the market began evolving. Technology and stricter emission requirements meant carburettors were unable to compete, and were replaced by fuel injectors.

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How You Deal With Bad Luck Will determine Your Success

I was listening to somebody complaining about their bad luck yesterday. If I’m honest, they had had a tough time, Welsh Guards Ken Adamsbut – like most things – their perception of it all made it ten times worse.

They could have chosen to see their challenge as an opportunity but instead it reinforced their view that the world was a tough place, which got me thinking about how some people really roll with the punches while others get KOd first time.

Often it’s the challenges we face which turn out to be the very best things to happen to us – personally as well as professionally. Divorced? It leaves you open to meet someone more perfect for you. Bankrupt? Tough lesson, but you get to start over with a hell of a lot more wisdom. Redundancy? Take the cash, and the time, to reinvent your career… You get the picture.

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Are You Sure You’re Charging Enough?

Where your pricing sits is an indicator of how good you are, average pricing? You’re are average, well you’re Price Increaseprobably not but that’s what people perception will be, and price perception is key.A recent story showed that the majority of people can’t tell the difference between expensive and cheap bottles of wine.

In an episode of ‘Observatory’ on the hit YouTube channel ‘Vox’, 100 people tasted three bottles of wine priced at $8, $14 and $43 respectively.After a series of questions, tasters rated the least expensive and the most expensive exactly the same. Which begs the question, what’s the point in buying expensive wine when, taste-wise, you’re likely to get a similar experience to cheaper alternatives?

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