How am I perceiving my business?

Here’s a great article about how to perceive your business. Perception is everything. How am I going to look at this business of mine? Is it going to be looked at as a challenge, or will it be looked at as an opportunity? Why have I started a business? To make money, or to become successful?

Why are we even starting a business? Is it passion, are we driven to do something new, or as Steve Jobs put it make a dent in the universe? Start a business, grow it and then do an IPO – world domination next!

For many the reality often has little to do with passion! It has more to do with being a back-office manager, than an entrepreneur – why is that?

In the daily grind we lose our passion and are now driven more by necessity and other secondary business considerations, like accounting and red-tape.

Shouldn’t it be easier to run a business?

I believe it is, if you manage to keep yourself from losing your business focus and with that control of your business.

How do you do that?

You need to think ABOUT your business, not IN your business.

It starts of with having a plan and sticking to it, until you change the plan. Don’t let the plan be changed by circumstance, you need to stay master of your plan.

For this to work you need to take time out, go for a walk and think about your business. Don’t do it in your office and switch your mobile off. If you are really lucky and you have a business mentor, take him/her on this walk with you.

Given the right focus, you will soon work out what you need to do and then the sky is the limit.

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Promote your Business Using the Web

Here’s a great article about promoting your business online. There’s no doubt your marketing and promoting methods will be a major factor in whether or not your business succeeds. If you need some guidance, or advice, feel free to call the Fortune DNA offices at (702) 637-4040 for a free 30 minute consultation.

If being ‘tech savvy’ is not your forte, then it might be wise to start thinking more about ways the internet and digital media can help promote your business, as there is an increasing number of new marketing opportunities out there which are fairly cost efficient – especially if you are willing to be a bit creative. Many of you readers probably have some kind of idea of how the internet works and the opportunities that are around, as you happen to be reading this article (I assume), on the internet.

Even though there is time and money that needs to be invested, when used correctly, marketing via the internet can provide even smaller businesses a decisive boost and advantage over competitors. Nowadays, barely anyone is arguing over the tremendous importance of incorporating the internet into main business promotion strategies.

Being found on the web

Even when the bakery store around the corner has its own web presence, being non-existent on the internet in today’s digital age is simply not an option. Just like your business not being added to the Yellow Pages a decade ago, not having your business placed on Google Maps or on online business directories can turn your business virtually invisible, as consumers now use the internet as their first point of reference when searching for companies. Smartphones providing consumers with the internet wherever they go is a likely reason for this trend.

Therefore it is not surprising that an online advertising strategy for any business involves the creation of a user friendly and well organised website. Not only should users be able to easily find the business website that they are seeking but once on there, they should also be able to find the information that they are searching for. If not, then in today’s fast-paced and competitive world they are likely to move on to find the business of a local competitor. This is why knowing how to give users exactly what they want and keeping things simple, remains to be the most important guideline when designing a webpage and for an online marketing strategy in general.

Social media marketing and promoting deals

In saying that though, a good website doesn’t come cheap, especially for new and smaller enterprises. If investing thousands of dollars for a website is too unrealistic, don’t forget that social media marketing and promoting your deals on voucher sites like these can prove just as effective. With most internet users connecting themselves to social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, businesses can easily reach loyal or new customers and maintain interest.

Though, at the end of the day, word of mouth is still the best form of promoting your business. Publicising discounts of your establishment via the web, has proven successful for new businesses, leading new customers your business, restaurant or service. Although social media has grown at a tremendous pace during the last years, do keep in mind that some demographics may not use it actively. So depending on your target demographic may mean that in order to reach as many customers as possible, an integrative marketing approach is needed.

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