Successful Business Ingredients

The ingredients of business are pretty basic. Most of the foundations of planning, operating and sustaining a successful business are as they’ve been for a realllllly long time.

Marketing is one of those basics.

Marketing is:

  • Communication
  • Dialogue
  • A many-wayed avenue
  • Dynamic
  • Exciting
  • Methodical
  • Necessary
  • Productive

Marketing isn’t:

  • Advertising
  • Sales
  • “Only” any one thing
  • Nothing – aka “cheap” (as in ‘talk is cheap’)
  • Something everyone can do successfully

When you want a firm foundation, you must look to those who are the experts in the areas in which you can reply upon. Every business owner and operator should interview candidates for services and goods – everything from insurance agents to concrete providers, from web pros to marketers.

You want the best you can afford, when you can afford it for what you are working on. As well you should.

Ask valued friends, colleagues and other qualified people for their referrals. DO NOT ask your neighbor who isn’t in the same realm, or your cousin who is still in school , or even a best friend who can’t wrap their head around what you’re after. Ask people who will have an informed suggestion backed up by credible information, whether it’s from their own experiences or directly from another they know.

Marketing is communication. Well thought out professional marketing strategy and tactics help business flourish. Poorly executed ‘plans’ spell disaster.

Here’s what some of our fine clients and partners have shared about working with us.  Follow up with recommendations – ultimately your decisions are your responsibilities.

A few go-to resources I’d recommend to look at the foundations of business include:

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Success Formulas

Challenge. Solution. Invitation.

Lisa conducting a useful marketing workshop at SBDC, Medford OR.

Lisa conducting a useful marketing workshop at SBDC, Medford OR.

This is the success formula for nationally recognized Lisa Manyon, “The Business Marketing Architect.”

Lisa got tired of the negative model of problem, agitate, and solve. I agree. We spend way too much time being negative instead of channeling that energy into what we CAN do.

Ditch the can’t – go with the can.

Read more about Lisa, her message and brilliant services here.

Marketing is communication. Knowing this and how to do it effectively as it suits your goals is key to success.

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Staying At The Top Of Your Field

Staying at the top of your field of work means continual education. Education comes in many shapes and forms, some very easy to identify and some more ethereal.

Lisa leading her talk at SBDC, October 2014.

Lisa leading her talk at SBDC, October 2014.

Case in point: I went to a marketing workshop a few weeks back hosted by the Small Business Development Center, Medford OR. They’d brought in a national presenter who gave us an hour’s worth of Great Stuff.

Lisa Manyon, Write On Creative, shared her insights on Marketing Messages with Integrity and Messages That Matter. A few things I really appreciated about her talk were a positive can-do message and audience participatory style.

Much of long-lasting learning is hands on – at a minimum: brains on. In person, butts in seats, get up and move, talk, and in general participate. Your learning is your responsibility.

I’d invite you to look for specialists like Lisa. She’s competent, real, and helpful. Pros are always worth the attention and investment – note: Always interview your potential pros. A short (15 minute) exploratory meeting is the best first step after you’ve researched a bit and narrowed your choices.

 

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