Lists for Successful Business Growth

I run across lists of what it takes to make a business successful pretty often. And even though most of the lists are pretty repetitive, I usually enjoy them (check out my write up from just a year ago at the bottom of this post). There is usually at least one nugget I haven’t seen before. Ultimately I write them off because they are often for an audience in the “best intentions” or “I’ll start it tomorrow” group. But Verne Harnish over to Fortune.com wrote up a list of six that I liked. Here’s an excerpt:

1. Get an edge

Find an underlying advantage of 10 to 30 times over the competition to dominate your industry. Barrett Ersek, founder of Philadelphia-based Happy Lawn, innovated a way to close sales in minutes instead of weeks using a proprietary mapping and price-quoting process.

How to figure this out? Look at your industry’s biggest cost and time constraints and challenge the conventional thinking in those areas of the business.

2. Own a phrase

Brand is about owning a word or two in the minds of your market. No confusion about what niche Trench Safety & Supply Inc. owns. J. Darius Bikoff, founder of Energy Brands, coined “enhanced waters” as a new multibillion-dollar beverage category. Chris Krause is focused on “athletic scholarships” for high school athletes.

And how do you know if you own the phrase? Google it and see if your company shows up.

3. Hyperfocus

4. Control your cash

5. Write!

Flood the digital market space with blogs, white papers, YouTube videos, and Twitter messages that align with the phrase you own (check out The Shipping Bloke blog). Then enhance your authority by writing a book like Chris Krause’s Athletes Wanted.

Published content is king in driving education-based marketing programs and in establishing you and your company as the authorities in your industry.

6. Pulse faster

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About benleeson
My name is Ben Leeson. I currently work for a large financial company in IT. I went to school at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. I graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration concentrating in HR. Professor William Brown taught me and I enjoyed his classes; even acquiring an appreciation for just about all things HR. I didn’t pursue a job in that field after college but I’ve kept up with it. This blog will further my fascination with all things HR. I hope to grow my knowledge of the area through thoughtful writings and spirited feedback. I will attempt to have a fairly routine style so anyone reading can come to expect certain segments. Please excuse my incorrect grammar and occasional misspelling.

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