As you get ready for a new year, increasing revenue and growing your business, it’s time to assess how you are perceived by your clients/customers.  This is also the time to see if your marketing truly reflects all you offer.

I was reminded of this because of a conversation I had with colleagues over the holiday.  We were discussing the successes and misses of some businesses over the last year.  Of course, the first rationale was the economy.  Which is one of the lamest reasons and not even viable.  Did you know there are companies that can’t find the qualified staff they need?? Ok, I digress.

One of the businesses mentioned was a mall franchised jewelry store.  Their big campaign is they pay more for gold and diamonds.  I said that wouldn’t bring me in unless I had either to sell which I don’t.  I was asked what jeweler I use (Moyen and Company Westlake Village) and why.  The reason is the selection but more is the customization and the customer service that no job is too small, even watch batteries. I was told that the mall store customized as well.  How would I know that?  It’s never in their ads.

We all provide more services than our primary ones, but if our customers don’t know that they won’t ask. They will just go somewhere else. I have a client for whom I have done executive coaching and some compliance training.  They needed presentation skills for an executive, which is in the realm of my coaching.  For as much as they know what I can do, they still asked 1st who I would recommend, and were pleased to know it was part of my toolkit.

What sales are you missing because people don’t see all you can do?  The cleaners I use do amazing tailoring (Passion cleaners in Agoura Hills), but their ads talk about other things that don’t mean that much.  Yes, they changed the ad.

As the year begins don’t assume your customers know all you can do, ask them how they perceive you. If their perceptions don’t match your intentions, it’s time to fix your message.