MM #57: The Dangers of Marketing Alone

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2. FEATURE: The Dangers of Marketing Alone

Too many solo-preneurs and small business owners are trying to be lone rangers in the marketing world.

I asked my good friend Suzanne-Falter Barnes, who helps service professionals take the necessary steps to get nationally known, to share with us the dangers of marketing alone….(P.S. Make sure you get your f’ree JumpStart Kit at the bottom)

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Ever feel like you’re pedaling fast but simply not going anywhere with your marketing?

That seems to be a common theme these days, and I know why. Even though the Net is laden with marketing programs of all kinds, few of them really rise up and truly transform most people’s marketing efforts.

Why? Because even the best material in the world can’t overcome some basic problems human foibles … if you insist on implementing them alone. So that’s why even I, seasoned marketing pro, turn to coaches and consultants for help with my own marketing. And it’s making a huge difference in my business!

These are some of the dangers to doing your own marketing … and some helpful tips at the end.

1. You have no perspective. You may know your service inside out, but if you’re like most of us, you have no idea what the market will respond to. An SEO consultant I worked with recently suggested that my current Get Known Now bonus didn’t appeal broadly enough to my market … so I changed it. I’m already getting a better response.

2. You don’t have a professional overview of the market. Good consultants really know all the markets your product could appeal to. They can suggest some you haven’t even thought of, or reveal new ways to reach existing markets, based on their own research.

3. You’re not up on the latest techniques — or may lack the technical know how to get the job done. You may not even know what you don’t know, or where to find the resources that will help you. And yet, better technology and resources can make your business boom!

4. You won’t get out of your comfort zone alone. Once we step out of our comfort zones, real progress can begin to take place. Recently I pushed one of my group coaching clients to really hunker down, get serious, and define what she was all about. She kept insisting there was no market difference for her services … and then, just when she’d almost given up … we found the right place to dig to really define her brand. I know she wouldn’t have gone there alone.

5. You may think you can do it, but are secretly intimidated. Along with that comfort zone comes a sense of what we think we can and cannot do. And often we don’t even admit to ourselves where we stop. Future success remains a fuzzy, rosy blur. But a good consultant or action group will give you specific steps to break intimidating processes down AND the support to make sure you got the job done. It’s certainly OK to be afraid — if you can push through your resistance.

6. You don’t know which expert or program to listen to. Committing to a program or consultant moves you forward, because it forces you to get out of overwhelm or confusion and take concrete action steps. (And there are a lot of good programs and coaches out there … so just pick one!)

7. You lack accountability. The best part of coaching and group programs is that they give you a structure to stick to — and accountability for your promises. You need to show up and say to another living human being (or several) what you’ve done and what fell through the cracks. That’s powerful medicine for those who are inclined to break promises.

8. You may lack the discipline to measure and track everything. But when you bring in a consultant or a coaching program, suddenly everything changes. You’re suddenly taking your business more seriously, in the detached, professional lens of other business professionals.

9. Frustration can lead to inertia. We all have the tendency to give up when we experience a setback or a loss. Yet, that’s just when we need to hunker down and move forward, because that’s when we can find great lessons ahead. (See the comfort zone comments above in point 4.) Supporters who actually care about you and your progress will see to it that you keep moving on.

10. We’re often afraid to even begin. If you know you have a mission, but you just can’t seem to get started, this could be why. A good marketing program or a coach can push you over the hump to the point where you can forge ahead on your own. Think about it — if you’re not going to do this work you’re moved to do, who is?

© 2006 Suzanne Falter-Barns LLC

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Action: No more marketing alone!

Have you experienced any of these dangers yourself?

Which one has the biggest impact on you?

1) Brainstorm a list of people (specific people or general, like someone to help you with your copywriting) who can assist you in your marketing. 2) Which will you contact? Post your commitment at the


2) If you don’t have an action group, find one or create your own. If you are having trouble locating like-minded people, post at the



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2 Responses to “MM #57: The Dangers of Marketing Alone”

  1. Christy Says:

    This article was right on the money.
    I have in the last month goten out of my comfort zone and have been able to finish creating so many of the projects that I started. I couldn’t finish because I didn’t have a clear enough idea of where they were going.
    It took focus and discipline to really nail down a target market. I am now starting to market. Take a peek Thank you for all your articles over the years. You do a great job.

  2. sharon Says:


    I am ready to start marketing my coaching business. I have very little experience in marketing and would love to receive advice and brainstorm with a group of like minded individuals with a bit more experience than myself.

    My life experience has been as a trial lawyer – so I am familiar with the art of persuasion in the written and spoken form. However, my audience has now changed.

    Would appreciate to meet and speak with the “voices of experience”.

    Thank you,


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