With 2009 coming to a close and a brand new year filled with many changes and opportunities just around the corner, it’s a good time to review the strategic objectives of your organization. Is there significant variation between actual performance and your initial baseline? Do any changes need to be made to existing processes? What are realistic 2010 expected values for apps written, leads generated, and retained customers? These are just a sample of questions we all must ask ourselves when evaluating where we’ve been in 2009 and where we want to be in 2010.
That said, it’s also a good time to refer to some great resources for brainstorming new strategies or tweaking existing ones. One great reference that I highly recommend for your holiday reading list is the book The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries and Jack Trout. Those of you with formal marketing education most likely have the laws engrained in memory by now, as the book is a staple of marketing classes at universities. The book is getting long in the tooth (1993), but its laws are timeless. Here are the 22 marketing laws you need to know:
1. It is better to be first than it is to be better.
The laws may not easily be understood at first glance, but contemplate on them you'll see their application to your business in time. For those of you interested in learning more, the book provides more details and excellent examples of each law. Keep these laws in mind and 2010 will be that much more fruitful for you and your business.
Mutual of Omaha Companies News:
Health Care House Bill v.s. Senate Bill: NPR has an excellent comparison chart showing the differences on how each addresses key issues. Check it out here.
Medicare.gov Launches Hospital Compare: This tool allows you to find information on how well hospitals care for patients with certain medical conditions or surgical procedures, and results from a survey of patients about the quality of care they received during a recent hospital stay. Click here to view it.