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5 Ways To Improve Your Marketing Efforts

5 Ways To Improve Your Marketing Efforts
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Marketing is the heart of every company, and is needed in order for a business to be successful today. Without successful marketing there is no successful business. Being that marketing is such a broad term, it encompasses so many things, such as online advertising, print advertising, public relations, promotions, and sales. The marketing process is a means by which any product or service is introduced and promoted to individuals. Without marketing, your business may provide products and services, but in the end your business could possibly fail. That’s why it is my solemn duty as an entrepreneur to provide you with 5 simple solutions to improve your marketing efforts.

1. Prepare A Budget And Plan

This will be the key element in understanding what you want your marketing efforts to look like. Having a solid budget will give you accountability as you begin brainstorming your marketing schematics. Remember you don’t have to spend tons of money to show you are professional. Whether you are a small business, or Fortune 500 company, I can guarantee that with proper financial preparation you will be successful. If available, and their time permits, bring in an accountant during this process to assist you.

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2. Find Your Marketing Niche

Often times after we prepare a budget and plan it can seem overwhelming. With so many options that are available to help you, which one is right for you? You have online marketing (social media, websites, banner ads), print, billboards, radio, television, mobile advertising, public relations, etc. The problem occurs in finding which marketing niche you want to commit to. When you can successfully focus on the option of choice, that’s already half of the work completed.

3. Research

When you find your marketing niche, research and speak with other businesses to see what they did and how they became successful through it. Research is a crucial part in the process; it allows you brainstorm and focus on the details that will help your marketing campaigns standout. There are also many government agencies nationally, by state, and locally that can provide many resources to help you.

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4. Relax And Stay Organized

I don’t know how many times I have spoken to individuals who have gotten so overwhelmed during this process. Most people forget that organization is everything in your marketing efforts. Several reasons why campaigns don’t succeed is because people become exhausted and frustrated through this process. Always keep calm and relaxed; if it ever feels as if it is becoming an overwhelming task, take some time to walk away and come back. Do something that will allow you to detox from it all; you don’t want stress to show through your marketing efforts.

5. When In Doubt, Hire Someone

If you still feel as if this is too daunting, maybe sourcing your marketing project out is your best option. Sometimes the best solutions are when you can bring a team, like Twiisted Media, in to help you. There are so many platforms out now that can offer you tons of quality services you are looking for, while working within your budget. At times this can be the best way to avoid all the other steps and stress behind it all.

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Verdict

I understand that this all can seem very daunting, but I truly believe if you follow these tips they can work for you. Sure, it’s not going to be easy, but what in life is? Remember to prepare a budget. During this process find your marketing niche and research. Lastly, relax and stay organized, because you can always bring somebody else in to help you. You can be successful with these tips; just be patient and stay the course.

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The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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