Entrepreneurial Marketing Secrets: Recognizing Opportunities

sunbirdAmy Wilkinson, author of The Creator’s Code, recently wrote on LinkedIn about the ability to recognize competitive imperfection in a marketplace as a major element of entrepreneurial success. Marketers can learn much from her analysis of what separates the most successful entrepreneurs (like Jack Ma and Elon Musk) from the also-ran’s.

Extraordinary results come from what she calls entrepreneurial alertness, a kind of hyper-awareness of opportunities that results from atypical business thinking. And by atypical, she means something beyond logical analysis and strategic planning (which are great for peak corporate performance, of course). True discovery requires a different set of skills. This different way of thinking—or perceiving the world, really—she breaks into 3 patterns of architect, sunbird and integrator.

What can any marketer learn from this? As creative types, we need to be alert to the possibilities to forge new connections with our customers. One way to do this is to draw connections that otherwise would not be seen. By connecting customers to what they need, the marketer can in effect be the architect of new business. The concept of alertness evokes Maria Konnikova’s explanation of peak brain performance requiring focus and mindfulness; her book Mastermind devotes much space to the concepts of awareness, perception and cognition.

Just as focused attention and careful thought can lead to visionary business solutions, they are also the ingredients of creativity … the fuel of marketing. In other words, marketers that can see the whole picture have the ability to spark groundbreaking creations by connecting spaces previously left separate. All marketers should be excited about their potential to reshape the world according to a unique vision. You don’t have to be Jack Ma or Elon Musk to create new connections to your customers. Harness your inner mindfulness to recognize and articulate something your company can offer that your competitors don’t … then tell that story as loudly as you can.

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About Paul Richlovsky

Paul purposefully merges a creative writing and teaching background with his decade-long marketing career. He advises clients on content strategy, editorial direction and PR/distribution. He is a perpetual critical thinker who has written/edited hundreds of blog posts and multiple long-form marketing guides, including those aimed at audiences as varied as healthcare, higher education, financial services, B2C brands and manufacturing. With a BA in English from the College of Wooster, he is also the author of a collection of poetry, "Under the Lunar Neon."He gets really excited about the science of elite performance, usability, brand voice, headlines, digital governance, ballroom dancing, bachata, racquet sports, and romping with his niece and nephews.

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