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Same Ole ... Same Ole: 1987 Revisited

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The newsletter I picked up while cleaning a box I found in my basement read: The Marketing Communications. It was dated 1987 and was written by a man named Pete Silver.

The title of this particular edition was 99 Ways To Out-Market Your Competition. It was written nearly twenty years ago. I read each numbered entry with great interest.

  1. Learn how to say who you are, what you do, and what your business does in less than 30-seconds. (Hmmm. Have you ever heard that one before?)
  2. Distribute more business cards. (Now there is a novel idea!)
  3. Plan creative ways to get more free publicity. (Interesting thought.)
  4. Become more active in trade organizations. (Duh!)
  5. Strive for perfection the way your telephone is being answered. (A no-brainer.)
  6. Interview job candidates thoroughly. (Have you heard anything new yet or anything you consider to be earth-shaking? I didn’t think so. Remember, this was written twenty years ago.)
  7. Check the appearance of your office ... and yourself.
  8. Produce a reader-benefit newsletter.
  9. Mail your newsletter to a well-crafted list.
  10. Write thank-you notes promptly.
  11. Clip articles of interest and send them to names on your prospect and client list.
  12. Invite a wide variety of guests to your “open” house.
  13. Use the best business stationery.
  14. Recruit the best people.
  15. Use radio effectively.
  16. Use the power of personal networking.
  17. Use direct mail effectively.

I’ll stop here to make my point.

Anything new? Nope.

All good advice? You betcha.

Did you read anything that you readily agreed to but also agree that you are failing to implement that particular suggestion? I am afraid to ask.

There is nothing new under the sun except maybe something called Twitter. The growth and success of your business has, is and will continue to be directly connected with your ability to deal with people sincerely, honestly and effectively.

Your biggest problem remains: ...Not enough people know you are alive.

I was reminded once again by Pete Silver how incredibly simple this thing called marketing is.

Now get up. Get out. And make more people glad they know you. There is almost four full months remaining in 2009. You can’t afford to waste a single minute not spreading the word.

Thanks for listening.

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