This won’t be a very long section. It covers a simple, yet often abused, principle of good business.
You know how investment advisors and financial planners tell their clients and customers to diversify in order to protect against financial disaster striking any one asset?
How the ancient Greeks split up their merchandise that was being transported to ships? They knew, if a ship sunk, this would prevent an entire quantity of a commodity going down.
Diversification just makes a good sense.
How does this apply to you?
Your marketing and prospecting are your investments in your business.
If you only do one or two things, and something changes or goes wrong…you’ll be a dead person!
You can not only do one or two things! First of all, it’s never going to get you to the income heights you’re capable of. Secondly, it makes poor planning to count on one or two things to consistently work. Life isn’t that smooth. I wish it were, but it ain’t!
I have DOZENS of different marketing strategies always going on. I am either too paranoid or too intelligent (not sure which) to ever rely on any one thing. Jerry Garcia said:
Dan Kennedy asks this question and makes this analogy, which is brilliant:
“What if you had only one door to get into your business, and they chopped up the road, blocking the entrance to your “store” (or whatever)? How would people “get to you” to do business with you? But, if you had ten or fifteen doors and they blocked a few off, people would at least get to you through those other doors!”
Most people in business do a couple of marketing concepts and expect to build a solid foundation.
A very important exercise is to study where you get your clients/customers/patients from as a percentage of the total market. If there are too many sources about 10-15%, then you are not diversified.
Ideally, you would want to have no one source to be above 5% of the total. For example:
Sales Rep A has received 18 new clients/customers/patients for the year, broken down as follows:
33% 6 people previously known (i.e. family, friends)
17% 3 schmoozing
11% 2 networking
28% 5 referrals from clients/customers/patients
11% 2 referrals from outside professionals
There are two conclusions that can be draw from this analysis:
This is apparent from the lack of both numbers and types of activities to generate clients/customers/patients.
Ok, you are going to hate me for saying this, but:
NEVER PULL ALL YOUR MARKETING EGGS IN ONE BASKET!!!
One of the most common things we see is a direct correlation between how many marketing secrets a business professional uses, and how much money they stick in the bank! The more secrets they use, the higher their income!
For example, one client we worked with said he was grossing about $100,000 before he met us. Yet, he was really broke because of some personal problems, so he couldn’t afford to do a lot initially. He started with one little ad and got a response or two; gradually, he reinvested his profits into adding a new secret every month or two.
“Walk before you leap, “ they say! Anyway this client now grosses $25,000 per month!
How does he do it? He simply added more and more secrets and delegated any of the work that he didn’t need to do himself! But he started small. He was only spending a few hundred dollars per month to get going.
The key is to make a commitment to add more secrets, when and if you can afford to, and/or you have to set up help to do the grunt work! While it’s impossible to identify all the different ways business professionals can get involved as “consultants” in their respective fields, it’s not impossible to use creative thinking to find what wor
The choice is yours. Anyone can do this. If you’re broke, it’ll just take a little longer.
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