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How to Get an A+ in Sales and Marketing

Dec 7, 2007
As a youngster, you know you have to study to do well in school. If you want to get a good grade, you work hard to learn, grow, and use the information you have acquired to pass the exams. As a child, you simply wanted a good grade. How much more important is sales and marketing to your business, the source of your livelihood? If you want to get an A+ and succeed in business, you need to do your homework in marketing research, customer wants, and how to surpass the competition.

You have a perfectly marvelous idea for making a living doing something you really love. You are excited to get started. You want to open your business yesterday, and start making profits. Wait! Did you do your homework and make sure the public will be as excited about your product or service as you are?

Before investing too much time and energy, and spending your hard-earned cash, find out if a market for your product or service is really available. Your business may be geared to serve your local community or be a worldwide venture. What you need to discover is whether your target customers will actually buy the product or service you have to sell. Also, will the initial interest lead to business in the long-term? Do your homework?

As part of your homework, you will also need to discover what the customer wants. Yes, you may have a great business venture in mind, but does it need modified to reflect the needs and wants of the general public. If you can supply a genuine need/desire with the public, and still realize your dream job, it will be a win-win situation for you and your future clientele. But, you have to do your homework first.

Okay. You have done two-thirds of your homework. But, in order to finish the assignment and ensure you get a good business grade and make a profit you must determine how to surpass your competitor in all business aspects. Ask yourself three questions, and find out the answers before you go any farther down the entrepreneurial road.

1. What is the competitor doing right?
2. What are the competitor's weak points/
3. How can I take the answers from the first two questions, and make my business so successful it will blow the competition away?

Once you have done your homework to check out the competition, discover what the consumer wants, and determine whether the customers will actually part with money for your product or service, you can give yourself an A+ for your first assignment in sales and marketing.
About the Author
Paul Sutherland is an Accelerated Business Growth Coach. His company - Daniel Thomas International - www.dti.eu.com helps corporate and SMEs to grow their businesses with tried tested and proven techniques and strategies, increasing their bottom line profits in 90 days or less?

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