Last Updated Nov 12, 2008 8:33 PM EST
And even in a tricky market, I don't buy into the any-customer-is-a-good-customer philosophy. Not if you want to command a premium anyway.
In the same way that our ideal clients shouldn't have to stumble across us by accident, nor should our non-ideal clients be continually welcomed with open arms, or retained to the detriment of our enjoyment or income.
The fashion industry are a good example to peruse.
They use a number of clear signals to appeal to their desired target audience and let their non-ideals know the score. They use strong audience focused imagery and language in all their marketing material. They reinforce this with music, attitude and sizing in-store.
As consumers we're rarely left in any doubt regarding "is this for me?"
So what's the equivalent in your business? Where might your marketing signals need a refresh?