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Feb 27

Keeping Appointments

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I have written a number of times about the importance of keeping promises and commitments to customers and others.  Scripture gives a very pointed perspective on keeping your word when it says “They make many promises, take false oaths and make agreements; therefore lawsuits spring up like poisonous weeds in a plowed field.” (Hosea 10:4, NIV)

Feb 23

The Effect of Department Stores’ Falling Sales

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You’ve heard that “a picture is worth 1,000 words.”  In the case of department store sales, it is true. Woolf Street posted a chart that helps us visualize their predicament. (See chart below.) In 2004 retail store sales surpassed department store sales, and the trend has accelerated. Clearly this trend is not going to be reversed.

Feb 22

Skipping Prayer Time

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The other day I woke up late and started my day significantly behind schedule. I had a phone message that needed attention and a number of e-mails in my inbox that required responses as well as a full schedule for the day. In an effort to save time, I read my scripture study quickly, with little attention, and skipped my regular prayer time.

Predictably my day didn’t go well. I started behind and seemed to get further behind at every turn. I went from one ineffective action to another, accomplishing little.  Halfway through my day I realized what my biggest issue was. I failed to honor the Lord by giving Him my attention first.  I didn’t commit my entire day to Him through prayer.  I confessed my shortcomings, reread my scripture, and prayed through my prayer list for the day. While my day was still off-balance, the Lord provided peace for the rest of my day.

This reinforced a key Bible verse that most of us know: “pray continually.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17, NIV) It is a good reminder for me and the rest of us.   When we slip, we need to stop what we’re doing, confess our shortcomings to the Lord, and alter our path. On this particular day I never fully recovered but when I stopped and took time I didn’t believe I had, my day improved. A wise pastor once preached, “The more responsibility you have and the busier your schedule with more demands on your time requires more prayer to accomplish those activities than when you have little to do.”  This was good counsel.

I encourage you to place personal devotional time on your schedule and maintain that commitment as a high priority. My experience is that my days go better when I do.  I believe yours will also.

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Feb 20

Selling Social Media to Lower End Clients

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I received a question from “Mike,” who runs a small business that creates websites for other businesses. The presenting question was “Would it be wise to use the weekly throw away newspaper to follow-up with advertisers and potential customers?” The idea was that he quickly could see whether an advertiser listed a website and contact them if they did not have one.

My perspective is that most of these publications are read by people with a lot of time on their hands and without much money. I also believe that most of the advertisers in these publications operate on a shoestring budget and sell to people without a lot of money. Generally, this does not provide a good context for increasing revenue.

Feb 17

Use Black Background to Highlight Product

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A long time ago, I worked part-time for a coin dealer. One of the first tricks I learned was to place a nice coin on a piece of black velvet. The black background blocked out distractions and highlighted the coin in the best possible way. The black allowed the customer to focus entirely on the coin.  Jewelers typically use the same trick.

You can use the same technique with photos for a catalog, eBay, or your website. Put the product on a black background. This will avoid excess clutter which is distracting.  The obvious exception would be situations where clothing is on a model or you are demonstrating something like a lawnmower where you want to show how it cuts grass.

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“The Lord spoke to Isaiah and said, ‘Present your case,’ says the LORD. ‘Set forth your arguments,’ says Jacob's King.” (Isaiah 41:21, NIV) In the marketplace we need to present the strongest arguments possible for a product or service.  Part of that argument is to use a background to highlight our products.

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