Twenty Keys to Success

I subscribe to the guerrilla marketing email news updates. I found this one pretty good and worth passing along. All though a lot of it seems basic its nice to get a reminder.

[B]1. Marketing Plan[/B]
It only has to have six sentences listing your purpose in marketing, prime benefits, target audiences, marketing weapons, niche, and identity.
[B]2. Marketing Calendar [/B]
Determine your marketing for the next 12 months. For each month, list your marketing thrust, media, and results. Improve it at the end of the year based on results.
[B]3. Name of Company[/B]
Bad names are hard to spell, pronounce, remember, and believe. All the others are good names. Your job: select any one of the good names and none of the bad ones.
[B]4. Niche[/B]
The Madison Avenue buzzword for this is “positioning.” Your niche is what you stand for, what makes you different; the first thought you want to enter your prospect’s mind.
[B]5. Benefits List[/B]
This is a simple list of all the benefits that you offer, not only your main benefits. It will serve as ammo for those who will create your marketing. It’s no time to be modest.
[B]6. Research Studies[/B]
Your best research comes from questionnaires that you prepare, asking lots of questions to your customers. Analyzing it, you’ll learn exactly who should be your target market.
[B]7. Quality[/B]
Quality is the price of admission for doing business in the 21st Century. Quality is not what you put into your offering, but what customers get out of it. Of course it’s job #1.
[B]8. Designated Guerrilla[/B]
Someone has to ride herd over your marketing program. If you’re too busy, delegate it to another guerrilla, in your company or out. The best designated guerrilla is always you.
[B]9. Competitive Advantages[/B]
Here is where you hang your marketing hat. Your competitors may offer the same benefits as you, so differentiate yourself and stress a competitive advantage.
[B]10. Networking [/B]
Join a group of prospects, not peers, then ask questions, listen to answers, take notes, contact who you met, and gauge your success by business cards you got, not gave.
[B]11. Elevator Pitch [/B]
If you had a mere ten seconds to tell what you do for a living, what would you say to make the asker want to learn more about you? Tha answer is your elevator pitch.
[B]12. “A” List Customers[/B]
All customers are not created equal. Some buy more, refer more, are easier to deal with, and keep coming back. Treat your “B” list customers like royalty, your “A” list like family.
[B]13. Past Success Stories [/B]
Everything right that you’ve done in the past is another weapon in your marketing arsenal. Lean upon these tales in your marketing because prospects need signs of your success.
[B]14. Service[/B]
The only definition of service that makes sense these days is that it’s anything the customer wants it to be and not what you have been doing in the past. Be clear on that.
[B]15. Email[/B]
It gets higher response rates than snail mail, is less intrusive, does not destroy rainforests, and doesn’t even need a stamp. Truly, it’s the brightest star in cyberspace.
[B]16. Guarantee [/B]
People expect it but you’ve still got to stress it. The longer your guarantee, the more enticing it will be and yet the fewer people will ever ask for refunds. Ain’t that sweet?
[B]17. Follow-up [/B]
Nearly 70 percent of business that is lost is due not to poor service or shabby quality, but because of apathy after the sale. The opposite of apathy is follow-up. Follow-up rocks!
[B]18. Free Consultations [/B]
It’s hard to say yes to the offer of a free sales presentation, but simple to say yes to the offer of a free one-hour consultation. During that hour, don’t sell. Prove your expertise.
[B]19. Speaking at Clubs [/B]
Many local clubs will be delighted for you to speak to them for free. Just speak for 30 minutes and don’t make a sales presentation. Instead, demonstrate that you’re The Man.
[B]20. Customer Mailing List[/B]
It’s worth more than its weight in platinum, especially if it is bulging with information about each customer. It’s free to compile such a list and insane not to. A real duh.

Awesome post… and a great reminder

How do you go about subscribing to that…

what does it cost, do you require a membership??

No its totally free… I have been signed up for years… I think if you just go to there site there is a box to put your email add in somewhere.

Oh cool, i’m gonna try that out.

Cheers chris :slight_smile:

Im printing this one out.

Sweet synopsis.

Yeah, I’m printing it out too, good stuff.