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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 Does Your Business Culture Compare To These Guys?

I’ve been talking about the importance of nailing your culture and another brilliant example of how you can steer the culture of a business and benefit from the hugely positive impact on the people in it is Seattle’s Pike Place Fish Market, which is now world-famous.

Read the short book Fish by Stephen C. Lundin, Harry Paul and John Christensen to learn more about how they achieved the culture they did, but it’s a wildly successful, fun, and bustling place, with a joyful atmosphere and fantastic customer service.

The team literally throw fish from one side of the market to the other, and they get crowds of people coming down to see the action and even get involved. However, it wasn’t always that way, it used to be just a job to the employees and not a great one as it was often cold and smelly.

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In Business Everything Matters, Even How You Make The Tea

I recently dropped off a present to the guys at Mooch Creative, after a previous visit gave me déjà vu. The first time IMooch Creative Dan & Mark visited, I was kindly offered a cup of tea – which I gratefully accepted – and I saw one of the team then take themselves off to the kitchen area where they waited for the kettle to boil.

It reminded me of a manufacturing client I had years ago, and showed to be another example of how it’s the little things that can really hurt you (not physically).

If you are facing somebody and they threw an axe at you, you’d instinctively move out of the way sharpish so that the axe didn’t hit you. While thankfully there aren’t too many axes in business, there are lots and lots of opportunities to get paper cuts and this is what can damage your business. Read More »

Fear Of Rejection Holding You Back?

Fear of rejection is a big one in every industry, simply because so many people just hate asking for the sale or the money, actually 80% of sales are lost because no one asked for the sale and this is why thinking about your sales process and having scripts to work with are so important

Jia Jiang has a rather entertaining and insightful opinion on rejection, after he went out of his way to be rejected for 100 days straight, well worth a watch.

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By Alan Adams

How To Set Your Businesses Pricing

If you’re unsure about your pricing, take a look at your much bigger competitors or even those of a similar size. Now,Business Pricing you do have to compare apples with apples, but looking at their delivery, how far away are you from them? Do you really understand your marketplace? And are you constantly attending courses to evolve your knowledge and understanding of your industry best practice? To stay fresh? Do you understand the strategy behind what you’re trying to do? If so, you’ll absolutely wipe the floor with the majority of your competitors.

Also, if your client comes back and says your pricing is a bit on the high side (I’d always say that you should be in the top third price wise), ask them what they think their budget could stretch to. I’d never suggest reducing your price but you could offer to ‘part fund’ the first three months of the treatment to show the value that you bring (remember FS from your V x D + FS > R sales equation). This is also known as their puppy dog sales tactic, so, someone comes into a pet shop because they’ve been dragged in there by the kids and the kids are pestering for a puppy. The pet shop owners says take the puppy for the weekend, the kids

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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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How to Convert More Leads

Convert More Leads into Paying Customers

Getting new leads is important, however, you also need to convert more leads into paying customers and this is Convert More Leadssomething business owners fall foul of.

We all know that it’s the small stuff that makes the differences, research done by Dr. Robert Cialdini, Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University examined the donation process of the American Cancer Society, and how a small change delivered drastically different results.

This Convert More Leads

Below are two scripts used to wrap up a door-to-door donation request.

  1. “Would you be willing to help by giving a donation?”
  2. “Would you be willing to help by giving a donation? Every penny will help.”

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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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