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Have you considered writing a book to help expand your business?  I have lots of innovative ideas to grow my own business and provide valuable information to assist business leaders.  One of my objectives for the coming year is to publish several books related to innovation for small- and medium-sized businesses.  I have already outlined one book that I expect to publish within the next two months.  And, I have scheduled more books to write in the coming year.

 

Have you considered writing a book to expand your own business?  Here are some reasons to consider publishing a book:

  1. A book positions your business as a leader in its market or industry.
  2. A book establishes you as an expert in your field and a credible business leader.
  3. A book is the ultimate business card.

In the past, publishing a book has been time-consuming and expensive.  However, with today’s electronic publishing systems, publishing a book can be quick and inexpensive.  The Kindle platform has a huge following and provides a great mechanism for publishing books.

My first book is for business leaders who want to learn techniques for applying innovation to grow their business.  I was able to outline the entire book in a weekend, and now I’m writing the content for the various sections of the book.

Watch for my book in the near future!  Please leave a comment below and tell me about your book plans for the coming year.

Following business trends (both general trends and trends in your particular industry) is important to the health and long-term success of your business.  Staying aware of trends does not mean that you need to be on the “cutting edge” of every trend.  But, you need to watch those trends so that your business does not become obsolete as your competitors leverage those trends to their advantage.

There are many examples of businesses that failed, at least in part, because they did not recognize trends in their own industry.  Blockbuster Video is one example.  There are many stories and theories regarding the reasons for the downfall of Blockbuster.  But, most business analysts agree continue reading…

I’ve read many articles about small businesses using new techniques to attract new clients or customers.  Some of these techniques are relatively simple, but produce a significant boost to the business.  A simple innovation in your business can help distinguish your products and services from those of your competitors.

Here’s an example of a local restaurant in my town that’s offering a new service to expand its sales.  The restaurant is a family-style restaurant that, until recently, did not offer continue reading…

Implementing an innovation strategy in your business may seem overwhelming at first.  I talk with many business leaders who are unclear about how to leverage innovation in their company.  I often hear something like “We are not a technology company, innovation doesn’t apply to us.”  Nothing is further from the truth.  All companies can benefit from innovation, regardless of size, industry or location.

Many business leaders fail to implement an innovation strategy because they don’t know how to get started and believe that it must be a time-consuming process.  However, the innovation process can be separated into a series of small steps that continue reading…

An Innovation Strategy provides many opportunities to reduce your company’s expenses. Properly managed innovation can streamline internal procedures, enhance the product development process, and simplify manufacturing operations, all of which can reduce business costs.

Innovating internal procedures includes managing the flow of information and documents throughout the company, and managing the handling and prioritizing of internal tasks. In some situations, innovating an internal procedure eliminates several steps or bottlenecks in the existing procedures. The streamlining of manufacturing and development procedures can accelerate the manufacturing or development time and cost, which results in a cost savings to the business.

When evaluating a business procedure, look for steps in the procedure that are not necessary, and eliminate those steps.  I have worked with several clients that were preforming internal procedures that were unnecessary.  When asked why they were performing the procedures, a common answer was continue reading…

Innovation provides many ways to increase revenue in your business. Properly managed innovation can increase sales of products or services.  An increase in sales can result from new products or services, as well as the introduction of new features for existing products or services.

Increased business revenue can result from:

  1. New customers that are attracted to the innovative products or new product features.
  2. Existing customers that purchase more of the new products or purchase the new products in addition to the products they previously purchased.
  3. Existing customers that purchase more frequently due to the new product innovations.

For example, certain individuals may not have purchased a particular type of electronic device due to perceived problems or confusion with operating the device.  However, when a version of the device with an innovative user interface is developed by a new company, these individuals purchase the product from the new company due to the ease of use.  In this example, the innovative product brings new customers into the market and increased revenue for that company.

When developing an Innovation Plan, be sure to consider opportunities to increase business revenue with both existing customers and new customers.  Also, consider how innovative products (and product features) can attract new customers who have not previously purchased products in your market.

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