Yes, it probably seems too early for this type of assessment but really it’s not. When you look at the calendar and realize that we are entering in the busiest time of the year: Halloween! Thanksgiving! Holiday Season! New Year’s Eve! Egad, it’s a good thing we are beginning now.
Let’s begin by doing an honest and in depth analysis of what has been working for you in your business this year. Ask yourself the following questions:
- What offering has created the most profit in your business this year?
- Which segments of your target market responded to your marketing?
- Which new offers stimulated the most business this year?
- What parts of your marketing hit home runs for you?
It is also beneficial to take a look at what didn’t work for you this year. Ask what actions you could change to make them more successful, or if you want, stop those facets of your business that your target market doesn’t relate to. Of course, you do not use what didn’t work in your business as a way to beat yourself up.
I am talking about a process that is designed to help you make the best decisions for your business. It is the intention of this conversation to give you a game plan that is robust so you end the year on the highest note possible. The best possible scenario is for you to end the year totally satisfied about what you accomplished this year. By doing this type of analysis you will be able to plan for the advent of 2016 fully informed about what direction to take.
This is also a good time to put your marketing plan in sharp focus. And of course, continue to market your business. This is not the time to lean back and relax—this is the time to be present and clear in the market place.