Saturday, June 15, 2013

'Cease the Stupid Stuff' In Your Business

We live in a world of change. Shift happens! Competitors comes from all around the world, which means that many American companies are in trouble.

Many choices are being made which can be contrary to each good enterprise sense and constructing buyer loyalty.

Most organizations' advertising is normally an exercise in determining what to do to get current or potential clients to spend more dollars with them.

I'm suggesting that as a substitute of fascinated with what to do, figure out what to stop doing. In different words, stop doing the "stupid stuff."

Not doing the silly stuff means finding out what prevents clients from spending money with you and ensuring that that motion or response by no means happens again.

This is an instance of what I name "silly stuff." Some airlines now want to cost customers who want to converse to a stay agent.

That's stupid stuff in two ways. First, they've chosen to penalize customers who want to continue getting what they've always gotten - one-on-one attention. Worse, they've accomplished it by saying they may cost extra for this previously normal stage of service. How many prospects will they lose because of this determination? I do know of at least one.

There are more refined, but no much less damaging, stupid things businesses have to stop doing.

Take, for example, the new Wheaties boxes. Normal Mills not too long ago introduced Wheaties containers with pictures of the U.S. Olympic gold medalists. One was lacking: Paul Hamm. Why?

This was Common Mills' response to my inquiry:

"Selecting a Wheaties Champion has never been a simple process, particularly when we've witnessed so many excellent performances by so many championship athletes. However it simply is not potential to honor each champion on the Wheaties box."

In order that they depart off the first U.S. man to win the Olympics all-around gymnastics championship in one of the sport's greatest comebacks? His return from a disastrous fall to a close to-perfect excessive-bar routine received near-common praise and, for many of us, outlined the word "champion."

However there was controversy. As most of you realize, a South Korean gymnast claimed that a scoring error value him the gold and appealed to the Court docket of Arbitration for sport. The court just lately dominated that Hamm can hold the gold medal.

Though the medal was disputed, it was not due to something Hamm did or did not do. Nonetheless, Normal Mills decided to do the "safe" thing. However by being protected and leaving out Hamm, Wheaties is alienating the thousands and thousands of consumers who see him not as controversial, however as a hero, and losing prospects within the process. Now that is "silly stuff."

So start stopping! Cease saying "No" and begin using the word "Yes." Cease charging for providers that almost all of us suppose are free.

Discover out what exasperates, discourages, hassles or confuses your prospects and cease it.