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The Stories Of Entrepreneurs


Dreams are real. They are the movies that play free of charge in our sleep and even while were awake. Some people grab hold of their dreams while others are too afraid to believe in them. Excuses, Excuses, Excuses!

When people fail to do something, they always have an excuse. However, if analyzed closely an excuse is a self-destructive alibi for having failed to do something, especially when it involves attaining a goal. Instead of trying to persevere in finding ways to achieving goals, some resort to excuses.


You will never be a successful entrepreneur if you let people hold you down. Or if you think the little guys didn’t stand a chance. Anyone can start a business. It’s not just for the guy with the Harvard MBA. If you have the passion and dedication you can start your own business too.


We think of entrepreneurs as national assets to be cultivated, motivated and remunerated to the greatest possible extent. Entrepreneurs can change the way we live and work.

If successful, their innovations may improve our standard of living. In short, in addition to creating wealth from their ventures, they also create jobs and the conditions for a prosperous society.


Entrepreneurship is a key driver of our economy. Wealth and a high majority of jobs are created by small businesses started by entrepreneurially minded individuals, many of whom go on to create big businesses. People exposed to entrepreneurship frequently express that they have more opportunity to exercise creative freedoms, higher self-esteem, and an overall greater sense of control over their own lives.


As a result, many experienced business people political leaders, economists, and educators believe that fostering a robust entrepreneurial culture will maximize individual and collective economic and social success on a local, national, and global scale.


It is with this in mind that NATLUXMAG was founded to help inspire would be entrepreneurs, to develop the insight needed to discover and create entrepreneurial opportunities and to keep pushing, fighting and clawing to succeed in an entrepreneurial economy.

What Type of Marketer Are You?

By Ced Yong 05/01/23: Nine out of ten times, businesses fail because of one reason.

Products or services are not selling, no matter how great they are.


Or it could be a case of products and services not selling enough, or not selling fast enough. Whichever the case, the cause is typically a case of marketing done wrongly, if existent at all.


Simply put, no business today can create a product or service, and expect sales to roll in by themselves, some degree of marketing must be present. Marketing itself is also not all about selling and promotion.


The prevention of such a tragedy is marketing. Again, this might seem too simplistic a statement. There are so many methods of marketing, and marketers and quite often, an error in strategy is equally a recipe for failure. To prevent the latter, marketing must be approached with the right mentality. This begins by understanding what marketing should be. The following marketer archetypes illustrate what proper marketing is and isn't.


The Non-Marketer


Nostalgic as they might be, the non-marketer's approach of setting up and waiting for business, wouldn't survive long in today's markets.


The Non-Marketer is your medieval village storekeeper. He consolidates his products, sets up shop, and waits for business to come. Occasionally, he might perform some elementary promotion effort, such as coercing fellow villagers into buying from him. In short, however, his marketing model is that of waiting for business to arrive. The assured farmer waiting for crops to grow.


Such a marketing model has little chance of survival in our modern world if any chance at all. With millions of competitors, the technology for instant sales, and a myriad of communication channels, the non-marketer wouldn't even be noticed. His business would literally be drowned in a sea of competition. Personally, I consider the non-marketer a business plan for disaster.


The Traditional Marketer


The Traditional Marketer embraces the fundamental principles of marketing. He collects relevant information and approaches the task from the classic "4Ps" of marketing viewpoint. He produces a sellable product or service, then he sets a sensible price. Finally, he determines the ideal place of business and works on informing potential buyers about himself. Sometimes, his promotion is enhanced by endorsements such as industry accreditation, client testimonials, and so on.


This approach is the polar opposite of the Non-Marketer. Already, it reflects a shift in mentality from waiting for business, to actively attracting business. Such an approach continues to have its merits in our modern world, except, how long is it going to stay effective for an audience increasingly sophisticated and informed? An audience that is also distracted by endless alternatives on so many fronts. In order to compete with these alternatives, would the Traditional Marketer end up incurring too much cost and time? With continuously diminishing returns?


More and more so, this traditional approach might be turning obsolete.


The Savvy Marketer


The Savvy Marketer does everything the Traditional Marketer does, but he performs it with finesse. He uses modern methodologies such as surveys and focus group discussions to consolidate market opinions. He also considers every possible channel to push his offers, a strategy similar to Jay Levinson's guerilla marketing tactics. Every step of the way, he ensures he remains in active contact with the target audience. It could be said that every decision he makes is made specifically for his clientele.


In addition, the Savvy Marketer constantly relies on client opinion to refine his products and services. He cultivates the impression that it is not his product, but the product of his clients. He also doesn't solely rely on information transmission during promotion. In other words, he doesn't only distribute flyers or put up a website. He hunts for business actively. His instruments are modern channels of communication, such as social media. As much as possible, he narrows in and contacts his target audience without a middleman. Chance is given little tolerance in his marketing plan.


Most successful businesses today, big or small, are Savvy Marketers. These are the businesses that have embraced technology in the quest to shorten the journey to the customer. They make themselves available at any hour of the day, literally. They also project the image that they are natural, if not the only choice for selection.


The Evolved Marketer


The Evolved Marketer is the Savvy Marketer with one additional game-changer. He recognizes fluctuating market demand could be a destructive force, so he devotes significant effort to manipulating demand. His promotional messages are subtly fine-tuned to imply superiority over the competition. In many cases, the promotional message itself is also crafted to generate new demand.


At the same time, Evolved Marketers embrace the concept of finite product life cycles. Few things in the world sell forever, so Evolved Marketers always pave the way for future product introductions. The decline of one product is negated by the birth of another. In this way, the Evolved Marketer sets in motion a recurring cycle. This cycle ensures he never runs out of things to sell, also that he is never short of things to promote. Over time, his influence over demand generation might even lead to industry leadership. Needless to say, this is the most desirable pinnacle for all marketers.

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