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Brian Tracy! Art of Marketing! Executing the “fastest and most” strategy

Art of Marketing

Chapter 15. Executing the “fastest and most” strategy

Action is the foundational key to all success. — Pablo Picasso

Nathan Bedford Forrest was secretly recommended

and later became a cavalry general

for the Confederate army during the Civil War.

His unconventional approaches to the war allowed him

to achieve a series of unprecedented victories in Confederate forces.

One of his favorite approaches is “fastest and most.”

He gathered all the troops

and put all his strength into combat readiness

before the enemy discovered the plan.

He also continuously moved his forces

to deceive the enemy

but then regrouped them at the key location,

where he always won the upper hand

over the North Vietnamese army.

In marketing,

this refers to the strategy of developing a superior product

or service and then bringing it to market in bulk,

even before your competitors know what’s going on.

This strategy aims for market leadership,

allowing you to be at the fore

front of your market segment.

It is not only a high-risk strategy,

but also a strategy that offers the highest return.

The “fastest and most” strategy is the ideal choice

for a new product or service

with a distinct competitive advantage

or uniqueness

that distinguishes it from any other product

or service being offered in the market at the time.

This strategy allows you

to gain instant market advantage

using two of the most powerful strategic principles:

surprise and boom.

If you have got a dream and you’ve got ambition,

then go for it.

You know,

unless you try,

you’ll never know. — Eddie the Eagle


Principle of surprise

As described in chapter 13,

the principle of surprise in war

is to take actions that take the enemy by surprise.

There are many ways to apply the principle of business surprise,

such as aggregating existing products

to create new and valuable offers,

or subdividing products to fit them more

in the pocket of many customers.

Sometimes, companies gain an advantage

by abandoning one market entirely

and focusing all their resources on a completely different market

—just as General Forrest has deployed his armies

to places where the enemy unexpected.

Unfortunately, many leaders underestimate the principle

of surprise in their own companies

by creating an environment that punishes risk taking.

If your manager or employee is afraid to do new things

because they are never allowed to fail,

your company will have little chance

of surprising competitors.

If the fire in your heart is strong enough,

it will burn away any obstacles that come your way. — Suzy Kassem


Explosion Principle

The boom principle involves taking every advantage of winning.

Military commanders will immediately take advantage

of any breakthrough or advantage,

pouring all their energy into the opening phase

to help them achieve a decisive victory.

This approach should also be applied in business:

Any immediate breakthrough should be followed

by a coordinated action,

whether that means increased focus on new customers

or starting a business

with new product development program

based on a successful product

that has already been introduced to the market.

It is a grand thing to rise in the world.

The ambition to do so is the very salt of the earth.

It is the parent of all enterprise,

and the cause of all improvement. — Anthony Trollope


Apple’s Strategy

Apple is a prime example of a successful “fastest and most” strategy.

Every time Apple announces a new product

or improves upon an existing one,

it covers the market with a veil of secrecy

that makes the whole world anxiously watch and wait.

Then, overnight,

the new product will be widely rolled out.

Using this strategy with the iPhone 5S and 5C,

Apple sold more than 9 million units in the 72 hours

after the announcement,

bringing in billions of dollars in revenue and profit,

leaving its major rivals behind be surprised.

How do you use the “earliest and most” strategy

to introduce your new product or service

to the entire market almost overnight?

Competitors are watching you.

How do you “trick” them spectacularly?

It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting. — Paulo Coelho

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