ROADMAP TO REVENUE BLOG
Digital marketing is a lot like trying to put seven cats into a water-filled bathtub at the same time. You might get them in there OK (well, except for some nasty scratches), but getting them to stay put is another matter entirely.
“You are your own worst enemy.” This harsh reality of life isn’t as impactful when you’re not in a position of leadership. But if you are leading others in some effort—and for this post, I’m going to focus on leadership in business—your weaknesses become a serious impediment to success, because they have a direct effect on everything you’re trying to do, everyone you interact with, and especially everyone who works for you.
I’m going to tell you some secrets in this article about what it really takes to become a successful entrepreneur. Things you won’t read elsewhere. Things that make the difference between steady, solid growth and downright disaster.
Traditional sales methods aren’t working anymore. We all know what’s wrong:
Digital marketing is not easily managed. It’s got a lot of moving parts, and there are not as many hard and fast rules as we would like (or as digital marketing consultants tend to imply). In this piece, I’m going to reveal three strategies that, if you put them to use, will put you head and shoulders above your competitors.
The fundamental problem with selling—and the behavior of salespeople—is that when you are selling the usual way, someone has to win.
Love. What is love? At its most basic, it is you taking good care of someone who is depending on you. Paying attention to them, giving them the help they need, communicating with them, and being generous with your comfort and your time. In business, love is an essential ingredient, if not the driving ingredient. No one talks about it much, but it’s true. If your customers and workers feel that you’re taking care of them, they will be glad to stick around.
Nice charts, eh? I’m pretty proud of our revenue growth (as shown in the top chart) as I reflect on our first-year anniversary.
We started with clients who came with us when I (amicably) parted from the previous company I had co-founded.
That first spike came in December from additional billings due to a one-off research project I did for a global company. Then, sales went back to their normal month-by-month improvement.
As the CEO or owner of your company, you need to know if your marketing is working or not. So key performance indicators (KPIs) are important. We all know that. When it comes to KPIs for digital marketing, the problem is not so much a lack of data. There’s plenty of data, if you have the right tools and know where to look.
The best managers make it easier for everyone to do their best work; the worst managers make it more difficult, if not impossible. The companies run by the best managers thrive; the companies run by substandard managers struggle. How can you make sure you are behaving like a good manager, not a bad one?