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How Properly Focused Marketing Can Change Your Business
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7 Things About Marketing Plans Your Competitors Don’t Want You To Know
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4 Steps To MacGyver Your Sales Strategies
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Three Marketing Plan Success Stories To Inspire You
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Who Is Your Ideal Customer?

How Properly Focused Marketing Can Change Your Business

I don’t know any small business owner who truly says that they have too much work.

Even if they are at the upward gradient of their growth phase, more is always better, and especially when they start to peak or plateau, more is definitely better.

Yet, not many small business owners think about their marketing in any serious, consistent manner. Often, their growth is through a number of factors such as excellent service resulting in referrals, unique products or services filling a vacuum, a market devoid of good competition, even luck.

From time to time, they may find themselves in a quiet period so they “do some marketing” by calling clients they haven’t heard from in a while, putting an advertisement in the newspaper or a trade journal, advertise a “sale”, or send out leaflets. Then, for whatever reason (other than by accident such disparate and inconsistent marketing is working) the business picks up again, and the need for marketing is forgotten.

The problem with this inconsistency is that you are not in control, and in business, you should always try to be in control of your own destiny, especially at the front end of being able to control your income.

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7 Things About Marketing Plans Your Competitors Don’t Want You To Know

If there’s one thing about marketing plans, they’re not very obvious.

Tell me if you know for sure that your competitors have marketing plans?

You don’t see them, but sometimes what you see is a marketing strategy that you admire – why didn’t I think of that?

Your true competitors have marketing plans – trust me. By “true” competitor, I mean the ones who are not going broke, who are not struggling day-to-day and just getting by. I mean those who are doing well, and dare I say it, doing better than you – what have they got that I haven’t got?

Instead of asking these, what I call, “catch-up” questions, ask what they know that you don’t know; what are they implementing that you are not.

Yes, your successful competitors do have marketing plans and this is what they don’t want you to know.

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4 Steps To MacGyver Your Sales Strategies

I wonder if you have to be a certain age to understand the reference to MacGyver?

You know, that 80’s series where every week “Mac” found himself in a tricky spot and somehow used whatever was available to get himself out of it?

Oh, never mind! You can Google it!

I want to talk about how you, as a small business, can MacGyver or innovate new sales strategies.

But before I start I want to make clear that I’ll be talking about sales strategies, not marketing strategies this week.

What’s the difference?

Marketing is about the whole system of filling your sales funnel – of making people aware of your business and your products, of defining who is your target market, of understanding what your product means to your target market, creating focused messages to warm your potential customers and getting them to your business so that your sales process can start.

The sales process is about having that final sales conversation, about collecting your warm targets and helping them make their final decision to buy. Sales strategies are initiatives you can take to encourage existing customers to buy more from you, or to tip an interested potential customer into becoming a new customer.

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Three Marketing Plan Success Stories To Inspire You

As you know, Teik Oh Dot Com offers an online workshop program called SMART Marketing to help busy small business owners write their focused marketing plan . It is based on my book of the same name available from Amazon.

You will also have read and seen my blog posts and YouTube videos on the 7 easy steps to follow to write your focused and actionable marketing plan to grow your sales, and you may even have subscribed to my freebies on winning more customers using the SMART Marketing Plan techniques (if you haven’t you can get them here for free). Teik Oh Dot Com is all about giving small business owners practical and useful tools to improve their businesses and build success.

One of my subscribers who read these posts suggested that I write about some examples of how people used the SMART Marketing Plan formula to increase their sales.

What a great idea! I’m calling you out, Richard!

So here are some marketing plan success stories to inspire you.

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Who Is Your Ideal Customer?

If you try to sell to everyone you will sell to no-one.

This is because your message, in trying to appeal to everyone, appeals to no-one because it is diluted by too many generalities and too many confusing messages.

It is a busy world out there with every business and competitor trying to grab the attention of customers. You need to stand out by appealing directly to your customer’s needs. This means that you need to understand d exactly who is best suited to be your customer – your Ideal Customer.

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