Making irresistible treats is one thing, but using a cookie cutter approach to your business is a recipe for disaster outside of the kitchen.
"Being a cookie in your business will lead to failure. Here's a better recipe.
I've just returned from the National Gift Basket Convention. This is obviously a gathering of business owners looking to build or enhance their business. For those who may think a gift basket business is just a hobby - think again. Many of these folks have developed some seriously huge businesses. Classes revolve around professionally creating the product, financial implications, marketing the business and more.
Perhaps you've been to conferences like this for your industry. It's a great way to get motivated by peer interaction and discover new techniques and resources to grow your business.
However, I see many people come out of an event like this and enter directly into the danger zone. They take what they've learned and without any further thought, implement it into their business ... versus ... taking responsibility for the information, determining whether it should or should not be applied to their business and in what manner ... and implementing it as it fits for them.
Seth Godin states the result of this action in the first sentence of this quote:
What you want is the result stated in the last sentence. You can't get this from anyone but me. Back to the gift basket conference. If I still owned my gift basket business, the last thing I would want to do is put in play everything exactly as I've just been taught. I would be a company without distinction.
Why would people buy from me versus anyone else? Instead, if I took the information, adjusted it to my own gift basket style/customer service style/marketing messaging style, then I've strengthened my business and enhanced my uniqueness. So when people are buying from me, they are receiving something they can't get anywhere else. This is the recipe for success.
It's important for every single business. How do realtors or bankers separate themselves from their competitors right in the same market? These industries all have competition steps away anywhere they turn. Every realtor is unique just by personality and how they go about helping a client buy or sell a house. Bankers are different from one another in the atmosphere of the bank, the products available and the customer service they provide.
So, as much as I love cookies, please send them to me ... but don't be one!
What would it be like to start your own business?
Whether it’s part time for extra cash or full time to replace your 9 to 5, I’m here to tell you it’s achievable.
We’ve seen many of our customers build an entire business around the use of the ribbon printer. Either they print ribbon for others, and/or they customize products they make or sell with personalized messages, logos or photos.
Let me introduce you to a couple of them.
What's in a name? Everything!
If you don't believe me, watch what people do when they pass a retail display with any item that has names on it. You know, the circular displays of small license name plates, mugs, keychains, etc. People can't resist the urge to stop and look to see if their name is there.
You may even be guilty of it yourself. There is something irresistible about seeing your name in print. It always amazes and entertains me when I'm at a trade show demonstrating the Ribbon Print machine. We give out samples showing name customization with an attendee's name.