Getting ahead in business oftentimes means forging the right kinds of relationships. There are many opportunities for partnerships where both parties can enjoy some mutual benefit. A recent example that I noticed was on The Colbert Report.
Stephen Colbert collaborated with Jack White and Third Man Records to produce a new song. It’s not a “serious” single that will get a lot of radio play, to be sure, but there is something huge that can be gained for both parties. First, Stephen Colbert gets a Grammy winning artist to help him produce a very high quality and professional song, even if it is meant to be funny.
Second, Jack White has the opportunity to not only promote his record company — Third Man Records — but he also has the opportunity to push the Black Belles. This band of goth-style girls provide the music for Colbert’s song and they feature prominently in the cover art. Without the “Colbert Bump,” the Black Belles likely would not get the same kind of attention as they have been in the last week or so.
Regardless of the kind of business that you run, it is important to seek out these kinds of mutually-beneficial collaborations and partnerships. It really is a win-win situation for everyone.