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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

A plan is also essential for your business as it’ll give you direction and a strategy to work to. Read More »

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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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 Closest You’ll Get to a Silver Bullet in Business

Big changes in business happen through careful thinking.Silver bullet for business

Big change comes from knowing what you want to achieve and why and how you want it to happen; making conscious decisions and then driving through the implementation.

Big change doesn’t happen through procrastination or New Year’s resolutions.

Right across the country ‘normal’ people began this year with the intention of sticking to a resolution or two. Most would have been broken by February. That’s because too many resolutions are based on what people think they should be doing rather than what they actually want to be doing. Sure, they’re well-intentioned but the result is they’re not 100% committed; not thought through and they fall at the first hurdle.

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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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Why Organic Growth Can Be Dangerous

Bombshell Alert Ever heard the saying ‘nothing worth doing is ever easy’? Bombshell alert – if building a business was easy, everyone would do it. It takes a certain amount of courage to become financially responsible for yourself, and it takes even more courage to be disciplined enough to do the things that others aren’t willing to do now, to secure your financial future.

And if you’re employing staff, you’re financially responsible for them too. Their mortgages rely on your business and your decisions. If you haven’t already been through tough times, you’ll probably be in for some, whether its challenges with cash flow, waiting on decisions from others as to whether you get that dream client, or just plain and simply being let down by people.

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Principle Number Two To Getting Better Results

LikingGetting people to like you is another way of building relationships, the activators for liking are similarity, praise and cooperation.

There’s a story about a large US company who were acquiring a lot of the businesses through purchase, this required the CEO of the company to negotiate with the owners of the companies he was buying. The chairman of the CEO thought that the negotiation processes were taking a bit long and suspected that the CEO was the issue.

Robert Cialdini was called in by the chairman to see if he could do anything to speed up the process, Cialdini watched some videos of the CEO in the negotiation process.It became apparent that he was a bit aloof and not very engaging with the person he was buying the business from.

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