“Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed — else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.”Dwight D. Eisenhower (34th President of the United States from 1953-1961)
Every 4th of July, with barbeques blazing and skyrockets soaring, here in the states, we sure know how to celebrate our freedom. And fortunately for us, the extent of our freedom goes way beyond that very special day. As Americans, our civil liberties grant us the right to be, do, or have whatever we want, so long as we abide by our laws and no one gets hurt in the process.
Our limits become only the ones we set upon ourselves — both personally and professionally. So in essence, freedom is not enough; it’s how we exercise our freedoms that make us truly free.
Let me explain.
Whether you are either an independent professional or a small business owner, your freedoms of speech and self-expression allow you to promote and “brand” yourself and your business pretty much however and whenever you choose.
Essentially, you’re the artist. You paint the picture you want your target market to see. Then you show it to them whenever you want.
Now unless you’re playing out a specific game, withholding that picture from those who could clearly benefit from it is simply negligence — that is, once again, so long as you don’t have a specific reason for doing so.
As a marketing coach and consultant, it amazes me how often I see businesses for whatever reason being stingy with their marketing, yet complaining that business is slow. I’ve heard 1001 excuses why they couldn’t market themselves… “I have no money”… “No time”… “I don’t know how”… etc. etc. etc. I’m sorry but with today’s resources available, especially with the availability of the Internet, there just is no excuse.
Educate Your Target Market
I firmly believe that it’s our duty as business people to consistently educate our target market on what we make possible for them through our products and services — our marketing is simply a vehicle for communicating that.
As a free market society, it’s sometimes easy to forget just how good we’ve got it. Imagine a world where you weren’t free to market your business. How would your target market find you? How would they know to even look for you in the first place? How long do you honestly think your business would last? — Probably not very long.
Well lack of marketing will most certainly bring the very same result. But what’s worse is you having a choice of either success or failure and choosing failure by opting to not market yourself effectively.
In our free market society, your marketing becomes the sustenance needed to make your business not only survive, but thrive. Stop nurturing your business by not marketing, and it will most certainly wither and die.
In a nutshell, effective marketing builds strong roots, and strong roots bear healthy fruits.
So in closing, I’d like to leave you with some questions to ponder. Are you fully leveraging the freedoms available to you and effectively marketing your business? If so, how and how often? Do you have a marketing plan? If so, does it position you to fully leverage the freedoms bestowed upon you?
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