Somerset Accountant Advises: Don't Get Your Name Out There

Somerset Accountant Advises: Don't Get Your Name Out There

September 26, 2011

“If what you did yesterday seems big, you haven’t done anything today.” – Lou Holtz

Last week, I sent you this quiz, and in case you didn’t see it … take another look:How many “Yeses” can you answer?

1) I have a financial statement for my business that is no more than 30 days old.

2) I reviewed my financial statement with my bookkeeper or accountant within the last month to pinpoint the potential trouble spots and identify pockets of easy cash.

3) I know exactly which products, departments and services give me the highest ROI (return on investment).

4) I have a year-end tax strategy based on my figures to date.

5) I know how much cash I have and how much I will need next week.

6) I can sleep at night, knowing that my record-keeping will support my deductions if the IRS audits me.

If any of these are concerns for you, especially with the tax situation looming as it is, let’s discuss ways that we can fix it for you: 606-678-4372

Again, to switch gears, I want to talk about marketing, and a big myth I see. And, so you know (and as I’ve clarified before), the reason I do write about marketing so much is NOT to set myself up as some sort of guru — I’m not. But it’s one of the primary (if not *the* primary) factors in your revenue column. I can help you with the expense side … but YOU have to manage the revenue side. So, I put together ideas I see from my best clients — and I distill them into advice for you. This stuff works. And this week is about another big myth which is making ad reps rich … and small businesses, not so much.

Mark Clark’s “Real World” Business Strategy Don’t Just Get Your Name Out.

Advertising is obviously a crucial ingredient of any effective business plan, yet it actually works against many businesses, especially “small businesses”. You see, most small businesses mimic what they see the “big boys” doing (I mean, big mammoth corporations), and that’s like a thoroughbred horse jockey trying to imitate an elephant trainer.

You’ve got entirely different agendas as a small business owner. You see, to run a successful ad for a small business, it must do one of two things–and do these ONLY:

1)  Generate Sales 

2)  Generate Sales Leads. Even better–do it in a measurable, quantifiable way.

The best part–when you do this right, then you have no problem ‘getting your name out there’…but you’ll also make money in the process. Unfortunately, most businesses simply attempt to “get their name out there” and it’s very likely that they won’t generate sales OR sales leads with such advertising.

People don’t expect nearly enough from their advertising, and they don’t hold it accountable for results.  So they waste thousands of dollars, and then they start pounding their sales people for orders on the 26th of every month.

So…what about when you’re trying to generate leads? Well, don’t try to do too much. You must remember that all you’re really trying to do is get people to “raise their hands” and identify themselves as someone who has a problem – and tell you who they are. Anything more than that, will actually reduce your response.

The purpose of pure lead generation advertising is NOT for you to tell them all about yourself – not in the first step anyway.   The only purpose is for them to tell you who they are. When you do this correctly, it’s simple and effective.  And most importantly, nobody feels like you’re chasing them. And THAT’S a power position you want.