Ban the brochure speak! (& 10 tips on how to avoid it)

I can’t stand brochure speak.

You know that beautifully crafted tidy copy that is full of neat words and clever phrases and lots of ‘we’: “Jargon jargon jargon ‘we’ do this and we’ve been doing this for 1000 years and we are the best…”

That is brochure speak. And you’ll find it out and about not just in brochures but it lurks on websites and flyers and adverts and sales & marketing materials across the land.

Here are 10 tips to avoid it!

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Using what you’ve got

When looking to create new products and services, do make sure you’re using what you’ve already got first. The same is true for marketing content and pretty much anything–until you’ve exhausted new markets and new audiences, it’s a really good idea to use what you’ve already got.

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You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone…

Quite often (mostly!) when you work out your Thing, you do that and forget everything else that came before it as if it wasn’t enough. And true—it wasn’t enough for you (hence why you kept looking ’til you found your Thing)—BUT it most certainly was enough and useful too.

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Just make it up!

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Now, I am NOT suggesting you lie about what you can do, but I am totally OK with you inventing a new market to own. I am also OK about you making up a new way of doing Things—specifically YOUR Thing.

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Timing is everything

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It’s not that people don’t want what you’ve got. They might absolutely love your Thing, they just aren’t ready… yet.

This is why you need a wave of marketing… a rolling wave of you showing up, sharing, teaching, guiding, coaching, mentoring, cheerleading, whatever-it-is-your-Thing-looks-like-ing so that when someone IS ready they know where to find you.

I don’t know when you’re going to be ready. I don’t when the person next to you is going to be ready. All I know is that I can be ready. Ready and waiting with open arms ready to find your Thing or get you famous as a business celebrity :)

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Is anybody there?

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Very often there are more people listening, reading, following, watching, and noticing you than you may realise. But too often we can worry about ‘what we see’ and not what we don’t see.

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