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Having a taster menu item

Let me get my regular meal but also let me try something new without risk.

It’s the opportunity cost, at the cost of getting my regular tasty meal I could risk it (to get something better) BUT lose out on a guaranteed (or at least I feel guaranteed) meal.

It’s the same process that anyone goes through when swapping suppliers.

So how do you overcome it? Offer a taster menu, your regular meal with a taste of a new one.

A little bite, a snippet, enough to get a gist of it.

January 31st, 2011

Video. It's a massive opportunity.

Check out the most viewed videos on YouTube.

Do you think you could do better?

Probably. Actually most likely.

It surprises me (it really does) that more people don’t take advantage of this. Especially super high value content. Extra tid bits for tv shows, behind the scenes for upcoming movies, studio sessions for bands, product demos. Give it a go now.

(after I wrote this the Jesters popped up, an Australian tv show sharing full episodes online, for free – now I want more!)

January 17th, 2011

Starting the waterfall

When overwhelmed looked at what creates the waterfall, what one problem when solved will solve all the others.

As a startup this is usually just sales, if you have sales, everything else tends to fall into place.

I was reminded of this as we met with an augmented reality company, who said users tended to just focus on the software and lose focus on their surroundings.  Which actually meant they performed much better, as they focused on one thing, and everything else fell into place.

It’s like playing a racing game, you can focus on trying to beat your competitors, watch the clock, avoid obstacles, use boost and upgrades to win OR you can focus on great driving and just that.  It’s great driving which wins the race and everything else falls to the wayside.

Focus on the one issue which drives success of everything else. Finding this issue or problem, which in solving, solves all your others.

January 16th, 2011

Finding what you're looking for

If there’s enough people doing it, you will find what you’re looking for. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy as people will want that attention and try to monetise it.

It’s the same with interest in any area, you can probably find people/books/ideas to re-inforce it…

That’s why knowing and keeping an internal scorecard is so important, what is of value to you, what do you or your organisation stand for, identifying where you do/don’t stand and sticking to them.

Just because there are enough people doing it, making money (or look to be successful), doesn’t mean it’s for you.

January 13th, 2011

Change is a math formula

From Alan Webber’s 52 Rules of Thumb:

“Change happens when the cost of the status quo is greater than the risk of change C(SQ)>R(C)

It’s that second part that sounds out to me, really looking at and investigating – what is the true cost of the status quo.  What happens if you don’t move forward?  Can you really live with that? Will your organisation survive if you don’t?

January 12th, 2011

Dealing with rejection

What do you do?

1) Pick yourself back up

2) Review/reflect on what went wrong

3) The most crucial part: make changes

4) Try something new

January 11th, 2011

The best Christmas email I've ever received

A Christmas email which actually genuinely bought a smile to it’s receivers.  From Kiva:

Twas the Night before Christmas……and all across the map,
Not an entrepreneur was resting,
Not even a quick nap.

They have work to be done,
Opportunities never sleep.
With visions of better lives,
Their commitment runs deep.

This holiday season,
Kiva simply wishes to say:
Of you, our lenders and borrowers,
We are proud every day.

Kiva wishes you Happy Holidays, and a safe and healthy New Year.

A christmas email any entrepreneur is likely to forward on (which should always be the aim right).

January 10th, 2011

Products that work better when THEIR friends use them

Not your friends…

But their friends.

The related products.. the products that make your existing purchase better.

It’s amazing the effect that it creates, you buy one, then you buy another. Soon you have the whole family. Kind of like Barbie, and Ken, or iPhone and Macbooks or ….

January 9th, 2011

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