How Well Do You Know Them?
It is often said that it is not who you know that matters, it is who knows you. Well I would like to extend this statement by saying that it is not only who you know and who knows you, but how well do you know them and they you?
In business, networking is the ultimate form of promotion. It can help you to obtain new clients, a new job, or even help you to move up the corporate ladder. It is the process of building relationships. Any time that you attend a meeting, trade show, or a social function, you are networking whether you realize it or not. It is the relationship that you have with people, a prospect or a client that makes the difference between success and failure.
Often we fail to realize the reasons that we have for doing business with an individual or a company. In the case of products that we regularly buy, what helps us to make the buying decision? There are those that will buy a specific brand of product because they trust that brand to be of a high quality or durability. There are others that will make a buying decision based on price, although this is less frequently the case. Often we simply do business because we feel good about it. In fact most purchases or decisions to do business are based on two things. Trust and comfort. Trust is a very intangible emotion or feeling. How do you measure it? How do you develop it?
Trust is measured by the feelings that are generated by a process of letting someone get to know more about you than just product, features and price. I know a gentleman who provides a seminar on selling to C-level executives. He says that to sell to the C-level executive you have to be more than a salesperson selling a product or service. To sell to the executive level, you have to be more of an advisor. You have to find needs other than the ones that you can fulfill and help them to fulfill these needs. In doing this, you become a “trusted advisor”. They feel “comfortable” that you have their interests in mind more than just making a quick sale and a commission.
In our daily process of seeking prospective clients, do we often just look for a person to pitch, or do we spend a bit more time getting to know them before we try to sell?
When we take the time to know a persons desires, dreams, and needs, and make an honest effort to help them realize that these things are important to us, we are really on the fast track to doing business with them. We are building the trust, confidence, comfort level, and most importantly the relationship that is needed to not only make the sale, but to create in them a resource for endless referrals.
As we go into the community meeting people who are prospective clients, we should keep the following in mind. The customer is a person just like me. The customer has needs other than the one that I can fulfill. Until I understand what the ultimate goal or dream of the prospect is, I cannot fulfill it with my product or service.
Selling and networking are about relationships. You sell in everything that you do whether you realize it or not. The time is now for more effective selling. Change the way you think about the prospect and the prospect will change the way that they think about you.
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How to Target a Small Niche and Start Making Money FAST
Creating a blog that operates within a big popular niche is a great way to ensure you have a high potential to make money and that you can keep growing without running out of content or new visitors.
But this is only one way to approach blogging and it’s actually quite difficult. Instead then, you might want to consider making content aimed at a small niche – and as we will see, there are lots of ways that this can lead to rapid success and lots of money!
Examples of ‘Small Niches’
An example of a small niche is anything that is very specialist or that doesn’t have a broad appeal. This might mean creating a fan site for example that focusses on a ‘cult’ film. Alternatively it might mean looking at a fringe activity or a lesser-known hobby. Either way, you now have a small dedicated audience to create content for but you won’t have as much option to grow.
Benefits of Small Niches
The great thing about a small niche is that you can very quickly become an authority on your subject. Let’s say you create a website on cryptozoology (unproven animal sightings). This is a topic small enough that those who are very passionate will be actively seeking out more content. If you come along and promise to deliver X amount of content every week, then those people will be likely to subscribe as soon as they hear of you. This runs contrary to niches like fitness where people are more inclined to think ‘not another fitness site!’.
What’s more, smaller niches give you direct access to that audience, especially if there’s a strong community.
Growing Your Audience
To overcome the potential limitations of a small niche there are also more things you can do. One is to try and introduce your niche to more people. For instance, you might find that your articles on cryptozoology are sometimes interesting to those who are fans of regular zoology. Likewise, it might be interesting to people who like ghosts, forteana and the supernatural in general.
You can even try and grow the interest in your niche and spearhead a fad or trend. This way your site becomes not just a resource but also an ambassador for your passion and movement!
And if you’re really savvy, you can pick a small niche that is already on the way up. How about virtual reality for instance?
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