Marketing tactics and strategies seldom fail overnight.
Instead, they become a little less effective over time. The decrease in effectiveness is usually so gradual that for weeks, often longer, you hardly even notice it. Then you look at your sales leads, your upcoming sales meetings and your sales figures and the reality of the situation kicks in.
Your marketing is no longer effective and you’re about to feel some real pain, unless you resolve things.
One guy went 5 months without a sales lead, before he contacted me. He said, and I believe him, that he hoped it was just a long blip, and that things would pick up ‘next week’. It was only after his bank refused to increase his lending that he reached out for help.
That months-long period is how marketing problems usually manifest themselves. There’s a slow, very gradual decline in results. Then suddenly the numbers punch you in the face. It’s at this point, where most business owners will take action.
Other business owners do things differently.
Here’s what I see regularly, with new clients. They have been keeping an eye on their marketing and the results generated. They then paid extra attention as soon as they saw a negative pattern emerging. The moment they believed there was a bigger problem ahead, they contacted me.
So, why do most small business owners hesitate?
There are a number of reasons behind the decision of some business owners, to wait longer than others, before proactively taking control of their problem.
Here are the reasons I hear most commonly from new clients.
- Some are sat on a fat bank account, which decreases their hunger to fix things. They’ll try to ride it out.
- Some hate the idea of change, so leave it as late as possible.
- Some have far less motivation or need to make money, as the vast majority of their family income is from their life-partner, wife, husband or parents.
- Some have a well-paid job and their business is really just a hobby or pastime.
It boils down to different circumstances and different attitudes.
Whatever your current situation or mindset, marketing problems are easier and faster to resolve, the sooner you get started. Because the moment you start doing the right things correctly, you change the direction of your business.