I can’t believe it!
In over 30 years’ of consulting to small businesses on their growth strategies, I have worked in the UK, the US, Asia and Australia, and while the largest majority of small business owners understand the need to plan and budget, and even gradually realise the value of systems and organisational structures, most of them still question the need for a marketing plan.
It doesn’t matter where they are – I think deep down inside they just think that marketing is something that “happens” when they start their business. They have something good to sell. They believe in the vision and values of their business. Build it and they will come – and if they don’t come as quickly, ok, we’ll market….we’ll advertise!
Sorry people – advertising is not marketing.