"If it weren't for change there'd be no butterflies!"
by Skip Cohen
It's January 8, and time is flying by faster than I'd like! While I know time never slows down, procrastination is a luxury. This time of year, we all go through the same process - We think about the previous year, set goals for the new year, and then work on what we need to do differently to make this year even better.
Maybe everything in our skill set was right for last year, but now we need to expand to focus more on marketing to a broader audience and offer more diverse products/services. Or, perhaps the product line is fine, but we need to find more ways to reach more people.
We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done,
cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through
the rooms of our lives...not looking for flaws, but for potential.
This is a short post on this first Marketing Monday of 2024. Its purpose is to plant a few seeds to think things through before you jump back into expanding and building in a new direction too rapidly. What if you change virtually NOTHING to start the year?
Here's my point - every year is a struggle to grow your business. Some years growth is faster than others, but overall it's the same process. Maybe you need to pat yourself on the back and take some time, without interruptions, to analyze how you really want to achieve your goals. If last week was the time to recharge, then this week is a prep week. Where are the best possibilities to find areas for growth through diversity and increased brand awareness?
There's a great buzz in the industry this year, and there is lots of optimism for 2024. Two great conventions, IUSA and WPPI, are coming up with opportunities to spend time with your peers and so many of the key vendors and educators. At the same time, social media is exploding with opportunities, and even direct mail has the potential for targeting campaigns as you launch a new year in business.
Don't rush to change things in your business just for the sake of mixing things up a little. Every business has a formula, and no two artists are the same. The key is to implement things that work best for you and, at the same time, help you expand your reach.
What a year this is going to be!
PS If you're stuck on ideas in the new year and need some help, you know where to find me. Just IM me on Facebook, and I'll get back to you.
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