9 tips for successfully charting your course in the first 90 days of 2010

  • Eliminated my business line – I use my cellphone exclusively
  • Manicures, pedicures – all done myself (which explains why it looks as if a 3-year-old painted my nails)
  • Toyota Camry was the least expensive lease, believe it or not – even cheaper than a Corolla
  • No more Nordstroms – hello, consignment shops
  • Eliminated a bunch of print newspaper and magazine subscriptions
  • Reduced my society membership fees to only those groups I truly enjoy – PRSA and ABPA
  • Very, very few dinners out – more coffees
  • Speaking of coffee, goodbye, Starbucks cafe mocha – hello regular coffee
  • Used bookstores and Amazon used books
  • Learning more web info myself, instead of paying an outsourced designer
  • Here’s an extract of an article by Linda Vandevrede on the Valley PR blog about how her spending patterns have changed this last year.

    I was also reading a newsletter from a friend of mine Chris Barrow who works with dentists and how many of them are very concerned about the start of 2010 with people cancelling appointments due to the bad weather in the UK.

    I know many people are concerned about the start of 2010 and especially if they are marketing to consumers they are concerned about the economy.

    I also predict that this next month we will start to see a number of job cuts announced so many people will be watching their wallets.

    So what actions can you take?

    1. as Chris mentions in his newsletter – don’t panic publicly – don’t let your team, customers or business associates be aware that you are lacking confidence

    2. accept that this is going to be a challenging quarter

    3. review your expenditure and explore where you can reduce this further – take a look at my example of using my iPhone to make a conference call avoiding hotel conference calling costs as an example

    4. review what your customers are investing in and make sure that you refine your offerings to what they want, need and will invest in – how can you create a new stream of revenue?

    5. tune up your marketing – invest in building your visibility and your network – that might be exploring strategic alliances or implementing a newsletter as a keep in touch strategy

    6. follow up with those warm leads you had before Christmas

    7. research your competition – get onto their newsletter lists, read their log posts or Twitter feeds and note what they are doing and how can you learn and improve upon that

    8. seek support – perhaps that is a buddy, a mastermind group, finding yourself a mentor, reading marketing books or investing in training – don’t go it alone find some people to support you through this challenging first quarter of 2010

    9. make a decision and then act on it – what three priorities do you have for the next 90 days – then clear the decks of anything else – focus relentlessly and give yourself the best chance of success – just today I turned down a potential opportunity as I know that it will take me off my course of action that I have planned.

    What other ideas do you have for weathering the rough start for 2010?

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    1. Anonymous says

      Great post to get the year started. Especially #9. My main resolution is to have better focus on a few key items instead of doing a million things at once.

      We started reviewing our expenses last year and have found a number of ways to cut back a good deal (i.e. switching to Airtricity and getting rid of the Eircom landline at home). One of the big ones is using SKYPE for as many calls as possible (business and personal), including SKYPE-to-phone as the rates are so much cheaper than Eircom. It took a bit of a culture change, particularly as we don’t have a SKYPE phone yet, but now we really prefer how it keeps track of calls and how it keeps your contacts. (It’s really fun ordering a Chinese takeaway over the computer.)

      This is a good time to look at what you do in a NEW way, especially those things that you think that you couldn’t do any other way. I bet you’ll find a good few areas where a small change can bring a big reward — even if it just means saving time or effort and not money.

      Happy MMX!

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