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What Your Small Business Can Learn from a Heavy Metal Band

Written By: Catherine Morgan | No Comments

Carol continues to prove you can learn lessons that translate to your business pretty much everywhere. In her recent post on entrepreneur.com, “3 Lessons Every Entrepreneur Can Learn From Metallica,” Carol begins:

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (no pun intended!) for the past 36 years, you’ve probably heard of Metallica, a heavy metal band that is one of the “Big Four” credited with bringing heavy, thrash metal music to the forefront of the music industry.

Despite ever-shifting music trends, drastic changes in how music is consumed and infinite competition, the band still manages to top charts and sell out tours year after year. And, since many of the challenges they have faced are similar to what most small businesses have to face, here are some lessons that your business can learn from Metallica.

1. ” . . . And Justice For All”

Small businesses often think that they need to broaden their product or service offerings to appeal to many different demographic groups and types of consumers. But, it’s much better for your small business to follow Metallica’s example and make sure your offerings appeal to a particular niche. It may seem counterintuitive, but capitalizing on a specific niche allows you to create a sense of deep sense of community and brand loyalty.

It’s always easier to get customers that already love you to buy more than it is to court and convert new customers.

So, Metallica doesn’t try to capitalize on the various music trends and release dubstep or rap songs, in addition to their albums and tours. Instead, they sell products that shape a full lifestyle for their target audience, offering complementary products for their fans like shirts, wearable merch and posters . . . they even license their brand for pinball machines.  

2. “All Within My Hands”

Small business owners often feel they have to do everything themselves. They think they have something to prove and help is the bad kind of four-letter word. But, there’s no way Metallica could create their songs, drive their tour bus, set up their elaborate stage show, sell their tickets, create their merchandise, do their PR scheduling and more all by themselves. Understand when you need help.

You can read the rest of the post here.

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Catherine Morgan is the editor of Business Unplugged ™, an engaging speaker, and the founder of Point A to Point B Transitions Inc., a virtual provider of coaching services to individuals who are in business or career transition. Catherine is the author of the eBook Re-Launch You: Discovering Your Point B and Embracing Possibility. An experienced independent consultant and former employee of three of the former Big Five consulting firms, Catherine combines strategy development with accountability coaching. Her productivity tips and career transition advice have been featured on WGN AM 720 and WIND AM 560 The Answer in Chicago, and on WCHE AM 1520 in the Philadelphia area. Catherine speaks frequently on topics related to productivity, career transition, small business, and entrepreneurship. She doesn’t take herself seriously, but takes her subject matter very seriously.