Here are my notes from Mail Box Millions 2.0 event in Cleveland, June 2019.
It was the year 1991, We received a package from India. It had some pictures, sweets and a VHS video tape of my cousin’s engagement. (Since we had been unable to attend the ceremony for my paternal aunt’s daughter a few weeks earlier, she sent us a recording of the event).
There are significant reasons why marketing metrics are critical. If you don’t know what works, what doesn’t, what’s weak, what’s healthy, you’re in the dark. You’re missing out on pertinent information when you don’t use them.
I travel a lot for work and often meet some enthusiastic and extremely bright practitioners all over the country. An underlying struggle I see all of them face is being unable to market their practice to reach a broader set of patients. As a marketing expert, this is something that breaks my heart to see - a 100% competent medical professional worrying about who their next client is going to be.
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Meeting and marrying the right person is a lot like marketing. Done correctly, both will turn out well. Done poorly, and well, you know what that might become.
Most small business owners, from retail, manufacturing, grocery or hair salons seldom think about these 3 essential phases of marketing when they are throwing money at their challenge of getting and keeping customers, clients or patients.
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I was speaking to the children of a neighbor recently, and I asked them if they had ever been to a circus. I mentioned the animals, the clowns, popcorn, peanuts, soft drinks, and taffy apples. That’s when the fun began. Their father and I were astounded when the lid came off the jar.
The discussions that ensued, sometimes multiple and concurrently as to the need to go, the desire to go, how old does one have to be, why should they want to go, can we go now was deafening. There were questions about how it could possibly be fun with all the noise, smells, and scary faces of the clowns got tossed around too.
This is a question you better know the answer to if you ever want to close those leads and convert them into paying customers, clients, or patients. If your leads are alive, dead, or on life support is as critical as it gets when attempting to grow a business.
As the corporate world is slowly dismantling itself through continual layoffs, downsizing, even insolvency, those who still have years of productivity in them are heading for self-employment in the field of coaching. You want to be a Coach, Do You? What was once a closely guarded group of industry experts and psychologists is not so private and specialized group.
Today’s consumer is ravenous about research. Regardless what they are in the mood to buy, they’ll spend some length of time checking the product or service online, and asking their friends and family what is preferable, item A or Item B. What they wish to purchase is being evaluated more so than in the history of commerce. The internet has created the opportunity to put before consumers no end of content for purposes of engagement, information, education, and directly asking for the purchase. Does yours have a chance at being found?
Marketing campaigns are funny creatures. Many, many of them fail flat on their expensive faces. Talk to 90% of small business owners if they have tried Facebook or Google ads. The single most frequent response is “yes, and it was a disaster. I spent a fortune and the results were terrible.”