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First, Develop A Secure Marketing Mind Set!

Jan 22, 2008
Starting a new marketing endeavor? you need to develop a marketing mindsetlong before thinking about anything else. Often times people fail in business because they wait too long to get serious about marketing, to put their market thinking cap on long before the first expenses are charged. What are some essential elements in developing a marketing mindset?

For starters, serious entrepreneurs need to develop strong self confidence and courage. We are talking borderline delusional here. Because when you first start marketing a new idea, especially when that idea is unique, you may meet with great resistance from distributors, advertisers, customers and so on. You will have people second-guessing you. You will have people walking away. You must have the self confidence to be able to make firm and final decisions knowing full well that you have considered every possible alternative and this action is the best solution.

You must remain objective when you listen to the advice of others. Be satisfied with your own decisions. Research your market and then listen to the criticism or advice of others. It may be helpful or it may not. Not everybody who offers advice knows what they are talking about--at least not in the proper context. Case in point: a winery owner may know what you, a repair shop service, are doing wrong. But are the principles offered truly applicable with these very different services?

There is a need to be cautious with your time. You will have many people in your daily routine that will steal time away from you if you let them. It is recommended that you limit your attention to paying customers, to seriously interested customers and to other vendors who will directly help your business. This is why many business owners hire a staff--so they can concentrate on only the most imperative day-to-day decisions. Business owners are advised to screen and "qualify" potential customers before investing minutes or hours of time.

Some business owners allow themselves to drift into a lull. This may happen as the result of not managing time properly (chatting away with friends) or becoming discouraged. What will always help your business, whether it's struggling or successful, is to approach your business with a sense of urgency. Develop attitudes that say "Let's get it done today!" and "Let's not take no for an answer!" Every day in business (unless you're closed for the holidays) should be an emergency situation where you're struggling to make ends meet. Because in actuality, you are.
Develop these attitudes and motivations before you begin. A secure marketing mindset is required before you get started in marketing.
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Srini Saripalli is a technologist, marketer & Success Coach. Referred by many as "Success Engineer", Srini specializes in Marketing & Sales Success. He shares his sales & Marketing strategies on Success Engineer and his blog
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