3 More Key Elements to Expanding your Advertising Effectiveness

22 02 2011

Last week we started a new discussion on 7 Key Elements to Expand your Advertising Effectiveness.  We discussed the first two elements, providing the main idea and admitting to your limitations.  This week we are going to continue with three more key elements to expand your advertising effectiveness.

You will find, as you work with your customers, that as they trust that you have their best interests at heart, they will spend more with you over time than they would have if you required them to make a large, one-time purchase.  Each time you offer a step-up program, you are allowing them to test what you say to be true and you are providing them with a level of security, knowing that they can back out if you do not provide what you promised.

Once you have your customers starting to make larger and larger purchases through your company, the third key element to expanding your advertising effectiveness is to make your big idea (the first key element) exclusive.  Identify your unique competitive advantage and let your customer know that if they take advantage of what you have to offer, then there is a good chance they will have a leg up on their competition.   Let your potential customers know that this offer is not provided to anyone, but only to a select few, who really see the benefit with your offerings.

Are your customers the savvy business people you expect them to be?  Have they tried to overcome their particular challenge and failed in the past?  Keep your customer focused on what they gain if they are successful in utilizing what you are offering.  Be sure to keep them aware of what may befall their business if they do not continue on the planned route.  Are their competitors nipping at their heels and they can’t seem to get ahead?  Reiterate what your solution can do for them, and your solution may not be available to their competition.  Also be sure to emphasize that you would only wish to work with them if you can show positive results.  You are in this business together; you need them to want to win as much as you wish to win.

Now that you have your prospect’s attention, the fourth key element is to demonstrate that you have the credentials to back up the claims you have made thus far.  Provide solid reasons for why you are qualified and back those reasons up with testimonials from others that you have helped.  This is where it is important to be factual, and provide solid, verifiable numbers that prove you can do what you claim you can do.

Remind your prospective customer of the years of management experience or industry experience you are offering to them.  Point out the number of very satisfied and exclusive customers.  If you have any specific case studies, or examples, this is where you would include that information, again, being careful to not divulge too much specific information on your current, active customers.

The fifth key element to expanding your advertising effectiveness is to identify your motivations for making such an incredible offer.  By now your customers are wondering why you are offering such a good deal.  They will want to be sure you are going to provide real value for their money and time spent.  Your customers will also need to be reminded why your offer is better and will help them more than any other offers made by your competitors.

You should reassert that your offer is exclusive, and only certain customers will qualify for your product or services.  You want them to know that this is more of a partnership, and not just a one-time business deal.  If you help them to explosive growth, you both will win.  The key is to be sure your potential customer knows that this is either a limited-time offer or that this offer is only open to the very few qualified customers.  By reminding your prospects of the exclusivity of the offer, you re ultimately reassuring them that your services will not be available to virtually everyone on the planet.

Next week we will finish this series on the 7 Key Elements to Expand your Advertising Effectiveness.

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4 Points to Building Success

18 01 2011

How many times have you asked yourself why you want to be an entrepreneur?  The bigger question is, how many times have you asked yourself WHY are you struggling to be a successful Entrepreneur?  So many people are striving to be their own boss, and many are not achieving the success that they expected.   This week we are going to cover 4 points to building success.  These points are designed to help you focus your ideas and differentiate yourself from all the other entrepreneurs struggling for a dollar out there.

As we have covered in several prior posts, there are many misconceptions about how to run a successful business.  Many people believe that if they find “just the right product” it will sell itself, and their work is done.  How many people have you met who have tried to sell you on an idea that will have “products flying off your shelf”?  Did you ever try any of those items?  Did they actually “fly off the shelf”?  Odds are, you have tried many business ideas and most of them have not panned out.  Even worse, as you try different strategies to build your business, sometimes your business will suffer.  There are so many people running around promoting false beliefs, mistaken points of view and just plain bad business practices.

Many businesses don’ t succeed because they are based on those erroneous facts.  As you may have always know in your heart of hearts, one key to business success is to differentiate yourself from all the other businesses trying to sell essentially the same thing you are.

In order for your business to become successful, you need to embrace the fact that you cannot purchase opportunities, you have to create them.  If someone is offering you the next best opportunity, then obviously, you will not be the first one to market with the opportunity.  If this is such a great opportunity, why are they offering it for sale to YOU?

Ask the right questions.  Making money, and creating a successful business is not as simple as picking that one hot opportunity and riding it out to success.  If you have to ask what the next best opportunity is, you are asking the wrong question.  By asking what the next hot idea is indicates that all you want to do is to grab onto one opportunity, ride it until it is no longer producing and then jump to the next best thing.  This will not build customer loyalty, and worse, it does not support any solid business plan.  If you are constantly jumping from one ‘hot’ idea to another, there is not flow to your underlying business plan.  You are just lucky if you make money.  Nine times out of ten, your business will succeed for a little while, but it will fail in the long-term.

If you want to have a successful business, you must be a visionary, not an opportunist.  How many successful people have you met who are only in business until the next big thing comes along?  Usually those successful people are the ones who created that next big thing.  They are the ones who came up with an idea that nobody else thought about, or nobody else combined to make a success.  Odds are, these successful entrepreneurs are the ones who came up with the new idea, and didn’t “borrow” or buy the idea from someone else.  These entrepreneurs saw a need and found a way to fill that customer need.  They fill the needs better than anyone else currently in the market.

Design your business to solve a bigger problem.  Even in a business segment with a lot of competition, there is always an opportunity to provide a better solution to a common problem.   Listen to your customers, listen to what your customers say about your competition.  Look for the underlying problem that is not being addressed by either your business or your competition and go about solving THAT problem.  Look for the solution to a standardized frustration.  If there is a problem out there that most everybody just assumes you “deal with” perhaps the solution to that problem will be the next “HOT” opportunity.  By providing solutions to customer frustrations, you will not only become more successful, but will have the undying gratitude of your customers.  This alone will make you the best business opportunity in town.

Reviewing these 4 points to building success will help you to continue to grow and improve your small business.  If you are in the market for starting a small home-based business, we have several business opportunities that may work well.  If you don’t see exactly what you are interested in, please feel free to contact us with any questions you have.  If we do not have the specific opportunity, we may know exactly where you can go to find what you are looking for.

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Building Your Business Success – Part 2

11 01 2011

Last week we began a brief discussion of how to build your business success

Key to Business Success

for 2011.  We reviewed the concept of what Commitment means to your small business success and that you personally are responsible for your small business success.  This week we are going to finish the discussion on Building your Business Success for 2011.

Actually anybody who starts a small business can be successful.  The differentiating factor is, how LONG will your business be successful.  Again, it does partially go back to that commitment thing.  You may be successful when you first start your business, but you must remain committed to your business success.  True business success is also founded on solid business basics.  If you do not have a good grasp of business basics, it would be wise, even before starting your own business, to take a class or two, or take a seminar to learn and master the basics of business.  Without business basics, you may be successful for a little while, but your lack of basic business knowledge will most likely get you in more trouble and could ultimately contribute to your lack of long-term business success.

We must all continue practicing and reviewing and mastering the basics of business.  Without a well established / thought-out business foundation, everything you build, will most likely not stand the tests of time.  Keep up on your basics.  If you don’t know, be sure to ask a trusted source that will help you master your business foundation.  With a strong business foundation, all the work you do for your business will be successful.

Focus on Continuous Growth

Another key to building your business success (and not just making a New Year’s Resolution) is to focus on growing throughout the year, and ultimately growing for the next several years.  Do not just focus on growing your business for this month or the next.  You need to have a long-term view of where you want your business to go if you want your business to grow.  Focusing only on the month-to-month growth will not provide you with enough time to really refine and define what direction you want your business to grow in the years to come.  If you focus 2-, 3-, 5- and even 10-years in the future, then the short-term setbacks will not be so difficult to resolve.  By looking at the long-term, you can look past the immediate obstacles and focus on how to obtain that long-term goal.  By having long goals, you will find it is much easier to get past the little stuff.  If you only look from month-to-month, the problems that may crop up will most likely appear much larger than they actually are.

Lastly, it is never too late to make your business successful.  You may have had a really bad year in 2010, but that doesn’t mean you will have a bad year going forward.  Review your business plan, identify what went wrong and more importantly, look for WHY you did not follow your business plan or why you were not successful last year.  If you can identify WHY things didn’t occur (this is different from placing blame) then you can identify what you need to do to avoid that obstacle going forward.  Even if you had a decent year last year, it is not too late to revisit your business plan and adjust for any new plans or ideas you may have.  Again, be sure to keep the long-term view when reworking your plans.  When in doubt, enlist the assistance of other experts in  your field of business, to help review what you have and where you want to go.

Here is to your continued business success in the new year.

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5 Obstacles to Success

15 12 2010

This week is the first in a three-part series where we review 5 Obstacles to Success in growing your business.  As you are most likely aware, there are many obstacles to be overcome while growing your own home based or small business.  Many are not of your doing, but there are some that you may personally be responsible for.  We are going to review 5 obstacles that you may have personally introduced to your business.

The first obstacle that we all have to overcome is that of Fear.  When you are considering starting your own business, the biggest fear you may have is that of losing the money that you invested.  Nobody likes losing money, and it is a very legitimate fear.  The key to being successful in business is learning to manage that fear.  You do not really want to lose your fear, just learn to control your fear and to mitigate your losses.  Being afraid to lose your money is a reasonable fear, but you can’t be afraid to take chances.  If we were afraid to take chances, we would probably all still be living in caves.

The next obstacle to your personal business success is Cynicism.  If you start believing all the “nay sayers” about how they knew someone who knew someone who failed in a startup home business, you will never succeed.  The people that are always telling you that your ideas won’t work for a myriad of excuses are the truly frightened people.  They don’t want to see you try because you just might succeed. These so called friends will provide you every reason under the sun for why your idea won’t work.  When in doubt about what to do, the only people you should take advice from would be experts in the particular field that you are in.  You do not buy a house from a car salesman, nor would you got to the local auto mechanic when you need to have a medical procedure done.  All other people who do not have specific expertise or experience may not help you and they may even cause you more problems in the long run.

It is important to do your research, and to ask a lot of questions.  It is also OK to talk to people who tell you your idea may not work.  The difference is how you handle the information you receive.  If you are able to learn from the mistakes of others, or even learn from your past mistakes in order to improve your business success, then that is a good thing.  You need to learn to identify what you really want and then be able to stick to that list of things you absolutely want.  How many people do you know that will give you every excuse in the book for why things didn’t work for their business?  How many of those people took that failure as a reason to build a new business with a modified business plan?  Did they learn from the mistakes they first made?  Were they willing to try again, using a different angle of attack?  There are many experts in many fields.  Learn from them, they too most likely made many mistakes before becoming successful.  Find out how they kept on and do what you can to be successful too.

Next week we will continue this series with two more obstacles of the 5 Obstacles to Success.

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3 Marketing Tips to help grow your business

26 10 2010

This week we are going to cover 3 marketing tips to help grow your business.  If you are like many small and home based businesses, you have most likely struggled with getting your product, services or ideas out to the general public.  There are many, many different marketing techniques to get your business advertised, but for many, money is the determining factor.  This week we are beginning a brief series on some marketing tips to help grow your business and not break your bank.

1 – To begin with, you need to have the right marketing message and present it at the right time for your customers.  You do not want to advertise the latest big cars when the gas prices are going through the roof.  The key is to be sure your business offers a solution or solutions to the problems consumers are facing today, not what they faced yesterday.  Don’t spend your hard-earned money on trying to build your image…yet.  You can build your image more effectively by word of as your business grows instead of hiring an advertising agency to promote you.

2 Test the market by trying some direct response marketing pieces.  Keep the cost of printing to a minimum, offer free reports, a free consultation, or some type of coupon to draw people to your business opportunity.  Try a few different direct response offers, and most importantly, keep track of which offers you made and how you sent them out.  Once you receive responses back, track which ones were your most successful and then work to improve upon those.  Do not spend time on ineffective direct response ideas.  If you didn’t get any response, toss that idea and move on to one that did generate interest.

3 – Once you receive responses from your marketing pieces, it is critical that you follow-up with your leads often and quickly.  Ask how they would prefer you to stay in touch with them.  Some may prefer a monthly newsletter, others may prefer a weekly e-mail or a phone call.   Tally the results with what your customers ultimately purchase.

Lastly, ask your customers how they found out about your business.  Was it through a friend, an ad they had seen in a local paper, or some other means of advertising that you have employed?  Do not jump from one advertising piece to another unless you have carefully documented the success and failures of what you have completed.  Very important – do not do major changes to your marketing pieces.  Do little changes and measure the results.  You will be amazed at how one small change can lead to large results.  If you change too many things at one time, you will have no idea which specific change generated the improved business.

Next week we will continue with additional marketing tips to help grow your business.

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Improving your business (attitude)

17 10 2010

This week’s blog is meant to be more inspirational than instructional.  Hopefully it will be both, but you never know until you read the whole thing.  Most of the blogs posted here are on how to improve your business, either on-line or as a regular store front.  Going through the motions of improving your small business is not necessarily going to allow your business to grow.  There is another aspect (other than the technical stuff) to growing your business, and that is your business attitude.

Your business attitude has a lot to do with how well your business will grow.  Granted, you may have an absolutely awesome business idea, you may have the first product to ever hit the market, and you may have an innovation that will make the world a better place to live, but if your attitude is not in the right place, odds are that your business will initially grow and then get stuck.  You will try all of the tricks that the “experts” suggest to get your business growing (like some of the tips that have been provided here in past posts) and you may eve obtain marginal improvement.  Yet with all of that work you have done, it still seems that your business is not growing enough, or is not growing at all.   It may seem like you cannot increase sales, no matter what you do.

Have you checked your business attitude lately?  Do you blame the economy for your bad business decisions?  Is it the “economy’s” fault that your business is not growing anymore?  The current economic situation could very easily be part of hwy your business has not grown, but in an economy like we currently have, there are other avenues which you can possibly take that would help to kick-start your business again.  Are you the victim of the bad economy or are you going to turn the problem around and become victorious over the economy?

Your current business success is due to a series of choices you personally made.  You may not have specifically made a choice on some of your business dealings, but as a business owner, you are responsible for those below you and the choices they may make.  If some of your employees make a bad business decision, what are you going to do to correct it?  You cannot sit back and blame everything on someone else’s bad decision.  As a business owner, the responsibility for a successful business rests solidly on your shoulders.  Even if your business partner decides to become a flake, it is your decision on how to deal with the situation.  You can either accept the current situation, leave it, or choose to change it.

The key here is to not allow yourself to feel like you are a victim of circumstances beyond your control.  The only time that truly occurs is due to acts of God (hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, etc.).  Other than that, what happens to your business and ultimately you is based on how you choose to deal with the challenge.  You need to learn to control your business and not let it control you.

If you go through the internet reading all of the tips to improve your business and do not implement even one small idea, it is not the fault of the author that the idea didn’t work.  Gathering information and then not implementing any ideas is not going to help you to grow your business.  Your business needs you to be involved and to take an active role in its growth.  You will make mistakes, we all do.  You will encounter failures, if you didn’t you would not be learning.   The difference is that each time you fail or something doesn’t work, you make notes, get up, dust yourself off, and try again with a different angle.  Your business attitude is critical for your business success.

One definition of insanity is “doing the same things every day and expecting different results”.  If you have honestly tried one way to tackle a problem and that didn’t resolve the problem, don’t expect the next day will be any different.  You need to check your attitude, and look for alternative ways to solve your business problems.  You cannot allow yourself to be a victim of the economy, bad luck, or bad employees.  If the economy is bad (you can’t change that) find something to offer people that they need for a bad economy.  If you have had bad luck, then next time, don’t base a business decision on luck, but research and do your homework before getting involved in another business.  If you have bad employees, get rid of them, do not keep them around.  There are more than enough really good people looking for a really good business opportunity.

Do not waste your time with a bad business attitude.  Focus on what you can change (even if it is changing your attitude toward your current situation) and then move forward from there.  You will be surprised at how much growth your small business will experience.

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5 More tips for Small Business Success

28 09 2010

Last week we introduced 5 tips for small business success.  This week we are going to continue the topic, providing an additional 5 more tips for small business success.  Hopefully these simple tips will help you to focus on what is important in your small business so that you will continue to grow and be successful.

1 – After you have started your business, one key tip to keep in mind is to not borrow any family money and do not ask your family for advice.  Even though you may believe that the money you borrow has no strings attached, there are strings, there are always strings attached.  Even if you family may not have attached those strings, you will know in your heart that you owe that money and you may be your own worse enemy in terms of putting pressure on yourself.  Borrowing from a bank is much less personal, any arguments you have with your banker will remain strictly related to business. If you have a fight with family about money, you know that there will be more brought into the argument than just the business and money owed.  It is not worth the risk of ruining family relationships in order to get money to fund your business.

Also, family advice, though well-intentioned, may not be the best to follow.  There are two schools of thought here;  your family will tell you that you are crazy for starting up a new business, and not support you.  The other thought is that even if you have a really bad idea, your family will not tell you it is a really bad idea because they do not want to hurt your feelings.  By asking the advice of a third-party, you are taking the emotion out of the advice and getting pure business advice.

2 – Make sure to network with other small business owners in your industry.   Do not necessarily network with your direct competition, you do not want to provide them with your business secrets, but network with other business owners in the same type of industry.  You can then discover other resources for ideas and problem resolution.  These networking friends may also be able to point you towards additional advertising and marketing channels.  Networking provides a great sounding board for new ideas with like-minded people.

3 – Despite your desire to keep prices low, there will ALWAYS be someone else who will undercut your prices.  Unless you have other products to make up the lack of profit, do not try to cut your prices below your costs, despite what competition might do.  Differentiate your products and services by not focusing on the cost, but what value added items you have.  What additional items/services do you provide for your customers?  Many times cheaper is not better.  “Good ain’t cheap, and cheap ain’t good.”

4 – Remember, when you started your small business that your customers were in a particular mind-set.  As time goes on, customer’s tastes and desires will change.  What may have been popular when you started your business may no longer be the desired item now.  Remain flexible, be in front of what your customers want by listening to their thoughts and ideas.  You may need to adjust your products and services to suit your customer’s changing needs.

5 – Always stay informed on the small business resources available to you in your local area.  Stay in touch with your networking group to discover any new services available.  Also keep in touch with your local Small Business Association office.  These offices can point you to other types of resources to help you grow your small business.

The key to these 5 additional tips for small business success along with the tips provided last week is to be reiterate the importance of planning ahead.  You do not want to focus on today, but you want to stay focused on what will be happening to your business in the next year and next 5 years.  Stay flexible and stay in touch with what is going on around your business.

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