Would it be fair to say…..

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I told you so…..

In one of my earlier posts on this blog I wrote about how to rebuild GM.

My ideas centered around shrinking GM to just three core brands.

Basically it was simply going back to how the original creator of GM, William (Bill) Durant started the company.

For some reason beyond my belief though, GM still wants to hold on to GMC.

This could work if they make only a specific heavy duty truck.

However, if GMC makes any kind of product that is similar to their other products, more specifically Cheverolet – then they will strip sales away from the other brands.

In truth, now is not the time for the General to get sentimental with it’s brands.

By it’s own mis-handling of their company, they are now forced to take a hard stance in order to get back to profitability.

And if I were talking to the heads of GM, I’d simply tell them to pay attention to your customers.

There were plenty of indicators that consumers were falling out of love with the products that GM was producing long before they made it to the situation that they are in now.

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Add an exta stream of traffic to your blog

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Here’s a “look Ma, no hands” approach to getting traffic to visit your blog.

Communicate with the people whom you would like to drop by your blog.

Visit their blogs and join in on the conversation that’s going on there.

Post your comments to their blogs.

Do a google search for blogs that are based on your topic of choice and start communicating.

This will breed trust in you from the owners of that blog over time.

Oh, and don’t spam the blogs that you do find.

Forget about buying some nifty piece of software to make posting quicker, easier and faster.

Do the grunt work yourself.

Show the blog owner that you are a real person with opinions and views.

And pretty soon traffic will start to trickle in.

Then that traffic starts to gain momentum, and you will start to gather a following.

From there it’s just rinse and repeat.

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Learn the often missed warning signs that can lead to success

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An often missed warning sign that most people overlook when it comes to creating their own success is to simply find a product or service in a particular market that is creating a “disruption,” and either work with that company or sell their products or services.

By a disruption I mean that the normal way of doing things can be done in a much simpler way that is totally different then what people are used to.

For example.

How could apple come in so easily and take market share in the phone industry from well established phone makers like nokia and motorola?

Apple did it by creating a disruption.

They changed the way you used, and thought about your cell phone.

Touch screens, simple interfaces. These things allowed you to do the same things as handheld and flip phones, make calls, access stored information on the phone – but just more efficiently.

In fact, if you want to learn more about how to successfully create disruptions in markets, than apple is a good company to follow and study.

They also created a disruption in the music handset market with the ipod.

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