Throughout the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, highway robbery was viewed as a particularly serious crime, not only because it looted goods from innocent citizens, but because it interfered with freedom of movement (and trade), which was considered a fundamental right, and neccessary for the economic success of any state.
The common call to "Stand and Deliver!" was often accompanied by the threat "Your money or your life."
It was clear: pay up of suffer the most extreme consequences.
Today, there is a level of business-minded indivuduals who consider the price to pay for marketing their business akin to highway robbery.
While Fortune 500 companies understand and appreacite marketing (Coca-Cola, already one of the most recognized brands in the world, will nevertheless spend billions of dollars next year on marketing). And on the other side of the spectrum, startups and micro-businesses clearly see marketing as a matter of survival. They know their business will disappear without it.
In between, however, there are many companies who shun investing in marketing. For them, it’s tempting to let things slide. Their business is doing O.K. and they decide not to 'waste' the money, the effort or the time.
Successful companies never stop marketing, and for three good reasons:
- Choices. Marketing creates demand, giving you the choice of which customers to pursue (and which profits to wreap).
- Freshness. Marketing keeps your message, and your reputation, "new." Ever visit a website that still has their "Celebrating Ten Years of Business, 1998-2008" on their home page? Doesn't instill confidence that they are on the ball, does it?
- Growth. Marketing is the seeds you plant today for the growth and success of your business in the future.
So next time you are deciding whether or not to part with the funds required for marketing success, decide whether it will be ...your money...or the life of your business?