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New Marketing Habits: Slowly but Surely

Posted by Deidre Rienzo on

I’ve heard it takes around 30 days for something to become a habit. 

With 35 days passed at the end of week 7, I actually feel like I’m beginning to develop some good habits (for once)!  Marketing Mentor is not paying me to say this—but the Grow Your Business  Marketing Plan + Calendar is actually keeping me moving in the right direction.  Just having the words in front of me helps me to stay on track. 

I’m not perfect.  I don’t do every task on my list every single day.  But I do them most days.  And doing something most days over a period of weeks is a big deal for me. 

Here are the things I’ve been doing on a regular basis:

Writing goals: I’ve been writing my goals.  This is something I’ve never done before.  But instead of writing my goals as if I want them to happen, I’ve been writing them as if they have already happened.  “I got 5 new clients this month!” and “I made $$$$ this month!”  I can imagine myself saying these things at the end of the month, and it helps me to approach them with confidence.

Checking blogs/sites:  I check Biznik regularly- it’s my favorite.  I read articles, leave comments, and send messages to people.  I’ve moonlighted with other sites, but Biznik is the one I keep going back to.

Googling myself:  As of today, my website is #7 in Google for “virtual marketing assistant” and #1 in Yahoo.  Not bad for a site I put up 7 months ago.  I've noticed higher rankings since I've starting creating more incoming links to the site.

Exercising:  I do some exercise every single day (just about.)  I force myself to go to the gym or go for a walk, and I always feel better afterwards—not just because I’ve exercised, but because I had the discipline to get myself out the door.

Socializing:  I’m not attending networking events per se because my prospects are in the US—but  I am getting out and meeting people.  I’m taking salsa class on Monday nights and making it a point to talk to new people every week.  Tonight, I’m attending a event in for Americans living in the Dublin area. Ps. is a great site to find events to attend.

Prospecting:  I have a favorites folder where I’m adding the prospects’ websites.  I’ve got 27 of them so far.

A structured workday: I’ve been starting work every day around 9am and ending by 7pm, give a little take a little.

Accepting:  I’m doing better at accepting that I’m not going to be perfect every day.  I look at each good task like a drop in the cup.  Every good thing I do simply adds, and nothing takes away. 

Evolving: I’ve noticed that some of my clients are web design companies who want to offer additional services to their clients, such as pay-per-click advertising, article and press release writing and submission, and keyword rich web content writing.  I’m starting to consider these web design companies as a new potential market, and I’ve started to prepare a proposal specifically for them.

Are you following your plan?  Are you finding that you are developing some good marketing habits?

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