Entrepreneurs who are fortunate to partner with Venture Capital and Private Equity firms must identify the Gifts of their current and future staff to rapidly grow their companies to supersede ROI expectations.
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Assume Your Market is People Like You, Then Fail
Face reality. As an entrepreneur, you should assume none of your customers is like you, yet I find that most entrepreneurs assume just the opposite. Customers donâ€™t have your technical base, the passion, and interest in your solution. In fact, even if they did, they couldnâ€™t find you in the clutter. An underrated portion of every startup effort must be about communication and marketing.
By habit, people market to customers like themselves, because they know what they like and need. The challenge is attracting customers not like you, since that isnâ€™t so intuitive. Kelly McDonald, who runs a top ad agency, takes on this challenge in â€œHow to Market to People Not Like You.â€ Her focus is on companies facing change, which of course includes every startup. Here are my key recommendations from her book:
Get out of your marketing â€œcomfort zone.â€ Go beyond the â€œspray and prayâ€ approach to marketing (spray your message out there as widely as possible and pray it sticks). A better approach today is â€œnarrowcastingâ€ â€“ learning as much as possible about your target audience, and communicating to them frequently, richly, and relevantly.
Get to know the customer youâ€™re not getting, but should be. Donâ€™t guess, or let your own biases be your guide. Go online and read everything you can about the group you want to target. Attend events, meetings, and gatherings of your potential customer observe and talk to attendees. Donâ€™t forget to ask them what they want and need.
Tweak your product or service offerings. This process alone communicates validation that you are actively reaching out. It says â€œI see you, I value you, and I want you.â€ People will pay a premium for what want, so you need to accurately tune and relate your offering to their values, needs, and wants.
Make sales and customer service friendly. Little things make a big difference, so you need to tune your operational readiness and support to these new customer segments. Maybe your shopping bags need handles, or your employee attire needs adjusting. Donâ€™t forget showing respect for other cultures, values, languages, and priorities.
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