Business can be tricky. One of the more challenging areas can be that of marketing. There are so many different strategies and tactics to choose from, it can be difficult to know which one is best for your particular business. Even when we think we have a winning plan we can often second-guess ourselves. We will go from one particular marketing strategy to another, without putting enough effort into any one approach to produce results.
Or sometimes we spend too much time talking to ourselves and over thinking things. We are thinking about the article we just wrote for our website and if it is good enough to publish. Maybe its the latest draft of our marketing tag line and we wonder if this version will finally connect with our prospects and clients.
Tag lines, blog posts, and marketing strategies are all important. But in determining whether or not we’re going to get clients, there are some other factors we should be also paying attention to.
Here are a number of critical factors we don’t tend to think about enough when it comes to building our business:
All these factors are human qualities, not tools like a website or brochure, or tactics like making cold calls or attending networking events. But just like marketing tools and tactics, qualities can be developed. You don’t have to be born with them.
You can build your courage by taking small risks and building up to larger ones. Or by learning new skills in an unfamiliar arena.
Trust can be built by reflecting on and acknowledging the helpful advice you’ve gotten, valid choices you’ve made, or productive work you’ve done. Keeping a success journal can help you focus on the positive rather than the negative.
Persistence and consistency are disciplines that can be learned through practice over time, substituting helpful habits for unhelpful ones, and boosting your performance by relying on support and accountability from others.
Empathy can be developed by getting to know the people in your marketplace at a deeper level. Go where they go, do what they do, read what they read. Get inside their heads and hearts to grasp where they’re coming from. And make sure you haven’t chosen your target market just because you think that’s where the money is, instead of because you have an authentic desire to serve that group.
These five qualities are ways of being about marketing, not ways of doing it. Yes, the doing is important. If you simply sit in your office and be brave, trusting, etc., without taking any action about getting business, new clients will not magically appear. But if you try to just do marketing without these being qualities in place, it’s quite likely you will ultimately fail at it.
Try this experiment for one month -– whenever you find yourself becoming discouraged, uncertain, fearful, or avoidant about marketing, stop what you’re trying to do and spend a day focused on building whichever of these five qualities seems most lacking. It’s my bet that by the end of the month, you’ll find that marketing has started to become easier and more productive.
And that’s what it really takes to get clients.
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