I re-read the must-read marketing book Positioning: The Battle For Your Mind (#13 on my 20 Best Business Books Of All Time list) over the summer.
It inspired this simple list of naming tips (which I think is a good foll0w-up to 5 Tips On How To Name Your Brand To Be As Dominant As Kleenex).
Shake ‘n Bake (for cooking chicken) tells you the two simple steps — you shake (the herbs) and you bake (the chicken) — to make tasty chicken.
You may also consider the pain or urgency that your customer has.
For example, if you have dandruff and you want to address the flakes on your shoulders as well as shampoo your hair, Head & Shoulders shampoo is a darn good name.
Microsoft names its product because it focused on “micro”-computer “soft”ware.
Kentucky Fried Chicken is self-explanatory. People Magazine is pretty good too.
But don’t go too generic, warns the book Positioning: “Lite” beer from Miller was the industry leader but it lost its brand positioning when other beers co-opted the name (Bud Light, Coors Light, etc.).
The law sided with those competitors since “Lite” is generic and so similar to “Light” (as in opposite of heavy).
You have to grow your network to succeed in business (reminder to read about how each person in your rolodex may be worth $948 per year in income for you).
A key to being a better networker is to let people know you are thinking of them. This is because a key part of human nature is that people want to be loved, popular, etc.
This sounds easy on paper, but it’s tougher to execute.
Below are 7 effective and efficient tips to being a better networker.
Let’s say you are introduced to a new person through some type of business meeting or even at a party…we’ll call him “Mr. Jimmy.”
If you find Mr. Jimmy to be a person you want to get to know better, then ask yourself:
“Who do I know that Mr. Jimmy might be interested in meeting…and who might want to meet Mr. Jimmy?”
Perhaps Mr. Jimmy is a good potential partner, customer or hire of someone else you know.
It doesn’t matter if you just met Mr. Jimmy. This is part of the “Go-Giver” philosophy I wrote about in 7 Easy Tips On How To Be A Go-Giver (Not a Go-Getter). …
Are you leading a business, new or old?
I’ve done both: I’ve started businesses from scratch and I’ve also taken over leading a business that was already a few years into the game.
Either way, the difference between success and failure is what you and your team are working on…and when!
Caution: If you entrepreneurs out there don’t grasp this, your business is very likely to fail (especially my friend who’s spending a couple of hours a week figuring out Quickbooks instead of focusing on making money!).
My marketing-guru friend and previous business partner Eben Pagan inspired the money-making pyramid (he called it the “productivity pyramid” in his awesome GetAltitude “Top Gun For Entrepreneurs” program — it’s a neat visual using a pyramid to illustrate what’s most important to work on in a business.
I’ve riffed a bit so blame me (not Eben) if you don’t like my “Money-Making Pyramid” version.…
I’d love to see your face on a box of Wheaties.
The Olympic decathlon — a combined event of 10 different track and field races — is a perfect metaphor for business.
You can actually win the decathlon without being the best at any of the 10 races.
In fact, Bruce Jenner (winner of the 1976 Olympic Decathlon and pictured on the Wheaties box) averaged the equivalent of a little better than 3rd place in each race — and he still won the decathlon by a substantial margin.
Inspired by the decathlon metaphor, here is a 10-item checklist for succeeding in business…if you train to place in these 10 business races, you can win the business gold. …