Step 7 – Living By the Calendar

calendarIt’s tough to get around to marketing. We get it. You did not start your business because you were dying to get your hands dirty with blogging, copywriting, and selling. But you soon found out that your business would die if you did not. So, what to do?

The secret to getting marketing done is to make it a habit. Or, if we may roughly paraphrase Aristotle – “We are what we repeatedly do.”  Marketing, then is not an act, but a habit.

Most of us have more experience trying to break a bad habit than establish a good one. The secret is to create a system and practice until it becomes second nature.

When it comes to marketing, we’ve learned that small business owners can move towards making marketing a habit by doing these three things.

1. Monthly Themes: Choose one marketing need – redo your website, write your marketing kit, create a new customer process – and make it the theme for that month. You can even plan out the next six months this way and you’ll stand a better chance of actually getting these done. This is a great idea when it comes to getting your entire staff focused on one thing. The problem comes when we try to do it all at once. We get overwhelmed and don’t get anything done. Make it simple, take the long view, and watch what happens.

2. Weekly Reviews: When it comes right down to it, once you’re clear on your marketing strategy, marketing itself becomes a set of projects. When you start to look at marketing as the habit of focusing on a group of projects, you can begin to break those projects
down into action steps or tasks. Your weekly marketing review should include everyone in your organization and post the simple question, “What needs to be done next?” to each project on your plate.

3. Daily Appointments: While you may have many things on your daily calendar, make it a habit to schedule one time slot dedicated solely to marketing each day. This is the only way to keep the focus where it belongs – on constant advancement and improvement.