Tag Archives: Planning

Why You Should Learn HTML

Do you have a website or are you planning on creating a website in the near future? You owe it to yourself to at least learn some basic HTML (HyperText Mark-up Language). Even if someone else is creating and maintaining your website there are some basics you should know. What if that person is not available and you need to add or make changes to your website? I’ve always believed if you have a business, computer, website, or whatever, you need to know how it works. Don’t depend on someone else. Besides why pay someone else when you can do it yourself free of charge.

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Website Basics

The Basics

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If You Do No Other Preparation

Far too often we see small businesses rush into doing things without planning and preparing. Unfortunately, marketing is a great case in point. Many small businesses set up shop and then hurry to get a brochure made up, develop a web site, and get out and start networking without much planning or preparation. And then they wonder why their results are so poor.

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Defining Moment

Do you know your audiences? I mean really know them. I’ve just been working on a project for a client to help him position his financial planning business and to determine who his key audiences are.

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Keep Motivated To Succeed Online!

Starting and managing a business takes motivation and talent. It also takes research and planning. Although initial mistakes are not always fatal, it takes extra skill, discipline, and hard work to regain the advantage. Take time beforehand to explore and evaluate your business and personal goals, then use this information to build a comprehensive and thoughtful business plan that will help you reach these goals.

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Got Web Traffic but Still Low Sales? Ten Ways to Selling Success – Part 1

Have you put a lot of effort, time, and money into your site and are frustrated with lackluster sales? Are you planning to put a new Web site and don’t know where to start?

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The Do’s and Dont’s of Creating Lucrative Business Partnerships

I run a small meeting, event and conference planning company based in the New York City area. As an entrepeneur and small business owner with a limited advertising and marketing budget, developing business partnerships has been really helped me to get the word out about the services that I offer. For example, I have aligned myself with a DJ company as the preferred planner for their clients and am actively receiving business and referrals from this source. Also, due to my partnership with a travel agency, I am now handling meetings, conferences and events for inbound corporate groups from abroad. Forming strategic alliances has been and will continue to be a significant part of my long term business plan and model for exponential growth.I have practiced the proverbial “art” of building non-competitive alliances with like minded companies, not just as a new entrepeneur, but also as a business building tool in all of my previous positions. While, on the whole, this strategy has yielded very positive results and significant revenue, there have been some negative consequences. So, I would like to share with you a very basic list of “do’s and dont’s” for creating successful business partnerships.
Do seek out companies where your services would be a natural addition to the resources currently offered. For example, if you are a catering service specializing in healthy cuisine, you might want to partner with health club to offer special incentives to gym goers.
Do choose organizations whose business ethic and overall image are at least generally compatible with yours. The last thing you want is to be associated with an organization who has questionable business practices. Although you may financially gain from such a partnership in the short term, that type of “bad business karma” can only affect you negatively in the long term.
Do determine beforehand whether you will be operating under the aegis of your own company or your partner’s organization. If you are ABC company and your partner is XYZ corporation, will you be marketed seperately as ABC company or an extension of your partner XYZ Inc.? Are you looking strictly for access to new clientele or for an opportunity for exposure as ABC company?
Do specify how referrals will be passed to you. Will clients be contacting you directly or will the initial inquiry pass through your partner?
Do specify your payment structure in writing. Will you paid directly by clients that come to you or will the billing process take place through your partner’s organization? If you are not being paid directly, what is the billing and payment cycle through your partner’s company? What percentage of commission, if any, will you owe to your partner for business that comes in through their company?
Don’t dismiss partnerships with companies, organizations or individuals with whom you don’t have an immediate and obvious synergy. Be open! Be creative! Explore! For example, I am in the process of working with several business coaches to create seminars on how to host successful product launches for home based businesses.
Don’t neglect to do your research. Ideally, partner with an organization that you are familiar with and whose services you have either used personally or in a business setting. (Or, get at least three referrals from others familiar with your potential partner’s services and business style.)
Don’t accept verbal assurances, particularly where commission and payment structure is concerned. Even if you know and trust your partner, having a formal written agreement is insurance against misunderstanding.
Don’t hesitate to question a partnership that is not living up to your expectations. Strategic alliances are a two way street. If your counterpart is following your business agreement, politely remind them of their reponsibilities.
Don’t reveal any information, resources, benefits etc. that make your value proposition unique until you are 100% sure how that information will be used and presented by your business partner.In short, strategic alliances can be an effective method of marketing, advertising and sharing resources. Whatever form your business partnership will take, be sure that expectations are clearly defined on both sides.

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Two of the Biggest Hurdles

As I was preparing for a presentation recently, I was trying to figure out why small businesses have trouble marketing themselves consistently. If we know we need to be marketing, why don’t we just do it? Is it for a lack of planning or that we’re just not sure what to do or where to start?

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