The pushmi-pullyu of marketing

It’s not just you that’s part of your marketing—there’s also the person you’re marketing to.

If you are constantly marching forwards with your marketing, and there’s no ‘thinking’ space or ‘feeling’ space where someone can make a decision that suits them and, worse still, they feel like they’re being led blind in a direction they don’t want to, that’s when your sales will suffer.

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I can’t be bothered.

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I can’t be bothered being anyone other than me.

Talk about hard work.

But I still catch myself changing my tone, or coming over all ‘marketing’ sometimes. And I think WHOA what is that all about? Why am I being someone else when I do my marketing, or start talking about my Thing.

Waaaaay too much like hard work keeping that up.

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What to do when it’s not working…

First of all, we need to define ‘it’.

If ‘it’ is your Thing, then we need to make sure you’re super-clear on what you do that’s brilliant that ADDS VALUE or GETS A RESULT for people. It might be that you’ve stayed too ‘big’ with it and that’s overwhelming you. It might be that you’ve gone too ‘narrow’ with it and there’s not enough there to keep you busy/entertained. Take a look and see where you are with the size and scope of your Thing and if it’s enough to create that value and results for others.

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Step back and sell the benefits

Transformations are what sell what you do. Features need to be listed of course, but it’s the results that count.

Typically we buy results – the transformation – more than we buy ‘what it is’.

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Structure sells

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When you have a fabulous Thing–especially when it’s simply something you see and get that other people don’t see or get–it’s important to build structure around it when selling it.

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The DFS effect. What happens when you’re always on ‘sale’

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I see it all the time. I even take advantage of it. Some businesses have too many discount sales and special offers – in fact it can seem like a permanent sale. I call this the DFS effect :)

But what happens? – no one buys at full price.

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