I recently had a conversation with a good friend. He was feeling restless about his website, his social media presence, and his overall message. He said he was feeling the need for a change, but really could not say why.

So I just had to ask, “If it ain’t broke, why do you want to fix it?”

Sometimes we get restless or itchy to make that next move. That’s OK – a little discomfort is good. Complacency is the enemy of innovation.

But while change can re-energize and re-invigorate, there’s a lot to be said for having a strategy in place before you execute.

What? Why? Where?

Many professional service firms package their services by aiming them at specific audiences or industries. These firms boast capabilities their customers or prospective customers lack, and the extra sets of hands necessary to deliver.

Their calls-to-action are direct, tangible, something members of their respective target audiences can wrap their minds around: “We’ll build you a Web site,” “We’ll create your social media presence,” “We’ll help you promote at a trade show,” “We’ll help you sell bananas.” (Well, maybe not that last one, but you get the picture).

What’s often missing from the offer, though, is the STRATEGY—the “what,” the “why, and the “where” of doing something.

Without a strategy . . .

  • How do you know that what you hired the services firm to do will actually achieve the results you want?
  • How will you know if a recommended approach is sound?
  • How will you know what success looks like (and how will you measure it)?

The fact is you don’t know.

Strategy & Tactics

Executing without strategy is like swinging from tree to tree in the jungle with your eyes closed. Chances are you’ll miss. Doing something just for the sake of “doing” is not a solution. On the flipside, engaging a strategy without tactics doesn’t cut it, either. Knowing what to do, but lacking the skills and expertise to execute, is like having both arms tied behind your back as you’re handed a vine and told to swing.

Recognizing opportunities and nuances in the marketplace takes expertise and experience. Knowing how to access and being able to deploy various resources as needed are talents not developed easily overnight. Trust me, I know. It’s taken me years to build a team of proven, trusted resources that harness both strategic and tactical aptitude.

Combine a great STRATEGY with superb TACTICS (followed with built-in, timely measures to gauge success, naturally) and you’ll be soaring through the jungle with confidence in no time.

Let’s Get Creative

Barrel O’Monkeyz can help you tailor a winning strategy, pinpoint effective tactics, and drive results. Reach out now and let’s start to make it happen.