Pushing elephant-shaped buttons

If you’re in the business of helping people, or another business, move forward or make change or just do something differently, chances are you need to push some buttons to make that happen.

And I’m not talking about giving them a gentle poke and running away—I am talking about ‘in your face challenging them about what’s working, what’s not working and HELLO? WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?’ button pushing.

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Are you selling a cake or a recipe?

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Here’s what I see a lot… people marketing recipes: the ingredients for a cake – the step by step pieces you need.

But what a cake lover is more interested in is the finished article – what a cake lover buys is a CAKE! I get a lot more excited looking at a slice of carrot cake than I do a bag of flour, eggs, sugar, some carrots, a wooden spoon… and yet this is what I see a lot of people are ‘selling’ – the ingredients.

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Can you have more than 1 Thing?

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Yes I am talking about Things again. I can’t help myself. It’s what I love to do! :)

And a question I get asked often is can you have more than 1 thing? So I thought I’d share my answer here.

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Show how easy it is (simple content marketing tip)

Your Thing is super-easy for you, that’s why it’s your Thing! And a really easy way to create content is by sharing instructions–a checklist, some tips, a ‘How to’ that shows people how easy it is when they do this the way you do it.

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Have they got their hands up?

If you don’t want to tear your hair out with your marketing, I’d highly recommend you only focus on people with their hands up (or at the very least on people who have them hanging loosely by their sides!).

And then there are the other people–the people who have their hands firmly pressed down against their sides. Under no circumstances are they interested in your Thing. Not now, not ever. They just don’t get your Thing, they don’t want your Thing, they don’t need your Thing. Your Thing is not for them. So don’t market to them!

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When it all gets too much

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I’m not a robot.

I can’t work non-stop 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (although sometimes I do think this would be super handy–like the week before an event I’m running!).

And sometimes, of course, it all gets too much.

Doing your Thing too much can make you question if your Thing really is your Thing as it’s all getting ‘too hard’. Don’t let it be like that.

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