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  • March18th

    Here are some BASIC and FUNDAMENTAL Concepts of Marketing.

    Definitions of Marketing-

    The super basic definition- Managing profitable customer relations.

    “Broadly defined, marketing is a social and managerial process by which individuals and organizations obtain what they need and want through creating and exchanging value with others.”

    “Marketing is the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large.”

    What is a Market?

    The set of actual and potential buyers of a product.
    These people share a need or want that can be satisfied through exchange relationships.

    2 of the most important questions to ask before you can create your marketing strategy:

    What is our target market? (What specific customers will we serve?)

    What is our value proposition? (How can we serve these customers best?)

    A company’s value proposition is the set of benefits or values it promises to deliver to customers to satisfy their needs.

    This is also referred to as a USP- unique selling proposition. This forms the core of your marketing message. Sometimes you can encapsulate your usp into your businesses tagline. This should also be what is conveyed by the headline you use on your web site or in any ad campaigns.

    5 Steps of the Marketing Process

    1.) Understand the marketplace and customer needs and wants
    2.) Design a  customer driven marketing strategy with the goal of getting, keeping, and growing target customers
    3.) Construct a marketing program (4 P’s) that actually delivers superior value
    4.) Build profitable customer relationships and customer delight
    5.) Reap the rewards of these strong relationships by capturing value from customers

    * Notice that the first 4 steps are all about value for the customer.
    * The 4 P’s are Product, Price, Place, and Promotion

    The Marketing Process

    Situation Analysis
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    Marketing Strategy
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    Marketing Mix Decisions
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    Implementation & Control

    I will write future posts going into more detail about many of the above elements.
    This is just an overview.

    – Credit for many of these general concepts goes to the book
    MARKETING- An Introduction By Armstrong & Kotler

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    For a Great Free Online Course on the Fundamentals of Marketing– Go to:
    http://www.smallbizu.org/m101/

  • March15th

    A funny video about SEO, blogging, marketing, tweeting, etc… Creative delivery.

    So many new inside jokes for tech savvy geeks. Gotta give it to Hub Spot for being creative in its gorilla marketing tactics. ūüôā

    I’m gonna give the link love song some link love…

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbfXUrtnynE]

  • March3rd

    What do desks and altars have in common?

    I have kept an altar in my room since the age of 17. On it I have many beautiful representations of what I see as sacred, profound, and divine. It is a spiritual anchor in my room even if only as a visual reminder. During the period when I was meditating daily, I would sit every morning first thing in front of my altar and center myself in this practice. Thus the altar was associated with introspection and connection to something greater than my chatty mind.

    It occurs to me that the person praying at their altar and an artist setting up at their easel to paint and an entrepreneur at their desk working are all engaged in much the same thing. They are using the visual cues and physical features of a specific space to help them to focus their energies.

    MEDITATOR               CENTERS SELF                AT ALTAR
    ARTIST                         CENTERS SELF                AT CANVAS
    PROFESSIONAL        CENTERS SELF                AT DESK/WORK SPACE

    So let’s focus on the workspace or desk as an altar to efficiency and inspired success in our work. Besides the obvious elements of computer, pens, files, staplers, etc… what can we surround this space with that will help us stay connected to the deeper motivation behind our work?

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    SOME VISUAL ANCHORS to consider putting in YOUR WORK SPACE:
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    * Your MISSION STATEMENT, Life Purpose, or Artist Statement– This summary of your essential commitment underlying your work can serve as a profound reminder of why you are hacking away at your to-do list.

    * Your GOALS– I have noticed a huge difference in my realization of goals since I have started writing them out clearly in bold pen and hanging them up to see on a daily basis.(Picture below is of a template I created for this purpose, which I am happy to give you- just email me at muse at catalystarts.com and I will send it to you)

    Goal template created by Audette Sophia of Catalyst Arts

    * Your VISION BOARD or a Bulletin Board– A vision board is a collage or what you are creating in your life for the coming year (6 months, 3 years, fill in time period) I will dedicate another post to the process of making a vision board, and I teach workshops on that topic. I will include a picture of mine as an example. I also have a bulletin board in my office that I use as an inspiration board and to put key flyers, cards, etc… on. If the work you do at your desk is mainly just to bring in money, then make a little visual reminder of what you are making/saving money for.

    vision board


    * PICTURES of  ROLE MODELS & or your CHILDREN
    – to remind you who’s shoulders you are standing on, and who will stand on yours. Hang up a picture of anyone who exemplifies grace and success and will inspire you just by seeing them. This can also be a place to hang up an image of Christ or the Buddha, or the Earth, or any spiritual symbol that touches you. (They are role models too after all)

    * SYMBOLS of PROSPERITY & SUCCESS– Surround yourself with a couple tasteful objects that represent these things for you. In feng shui they say that purple and gold are good colors to put in your Prosperity Corner, as well as succulent plants and round objects.

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    It certainly can’t hurt to put more intentional and beautiful things in your work space, and it may just work a little practical magic and bring more of the profound into the mundane and more of your deeper motivation into your daily action.

    To Your Success!