Forget about your product for a second because even with the best product in the world, your business will fail if no one knows about it.
The bottom line is those with the most leads win because leads mean more revenue. And revenue means more profit (most of the time).
As a “non-wedding vendor” some people are confused or question why I choose to put my business in front of brides. This year a quarter of my business came from the interactions I have had at the Perfect Wedding Guide wedding show & I expect that to double over the next 12 months due to the time line of the buyer. However, I don’t believe the sales will just fall in my lap. It takes a program and diligence. I’ve also found that there are 3 C’s that are essential to profit from a wedding show:
Wedding professionals can help couples navigate the onslaught of wedding-related media by serving as trusted advisors and guides.Read More
In Part One of the series, we will explore ten critical facts about the customer perception of online reviews. Understanding the client's perception of online reviews is one of the keys to success for your business. Let's face it: your online reputation can either be a blessing or curse depending on how well you grasp these facts and take appropriate action.Read More
IMAGE CAPTION – While not a wedding business, the Instagram feed @MarriedInNY does an excellent job of capturing the diversity of couples marrying at the New York City’s City Hall.
Over two million marriages take place in the United States each year. How much of that market are you capturing? If you find that your clients tend to be very similar, it could simply be that your target customer is a particular type of person. There's nothing inherently wrong with that if you're satisfied with your amount of business. But if not, there could be a significant number of potential clients out there who never approach you because your image doesn't fit with theirs.
Traveling the world gives you a broader perspective to how businesses are run in other countries when you take the time to learn more about their history and its impact on their culture long term. My first stop on my around the world adventure was Croatia. Truthfully, I had limited knowledge of Croatia when I arrived on July 29, 2017. I was aware of their most recent civil war and the fact they had been part of Yugoslavia under communist rule, but I certainly had no idea how that impacted the thinking of the citizens, especially when it comes to business.
As you ready yourself for 2017 and look back at everything you’ve accomplished during this year, do you feel as though you fell short of the goals and the success you had set out to achieve? Going forward, assess and determine where you strategies may be improved upon. The following 6 steps may be a good place to start:Read More
I don't know about you, but I love to people watch. Whether I am in a coffee shop looking out the window, riding the bus/train/metro/subway, or sitting in a waiting room I love watching how people interact with one another. That may be one of the reasons I went into marketing and communications at Purdue University, but that is besides the point. One thing I have learned watching people and their sales interactions, is you probably have no idea that you may be annoying the crap out of your client, but simply have no clue.Read More
Passion. Enthusiasm. Excitement. We work in an industry that is driven by love and the invigorating feelings that go with that emotion. Our clients almost always bring this energy to the table when planning their weddings. And yet the process often wears them down and robs them of these positive feelings. As wedding professionals, it is part of our job to maintain and grow this energy, and keep the good feelings rolling. It's in our best interests, because happy couples contribute directly to our bottom lines by spending more money upfront, and providing good reviews and referrals after the event.Read More