What to do when your Marketing isn’t working

Now here’s the thing with Marketing–for some reason, we’ve been conditioned to expect it to work ‘instantly’. In technical (ish) terms, that’s called ‘Direct Response’… in the olden days, this looked like an ad in a magazine with a ‘reply coupon’ or a postcard you sent off to get details, or an offer you could phone up and buy right away. And yes, of course we still have ‘instant’ marketing today–there are ads online (in Facebook and Google, etc.) that often will ‘sell’ directly as a result of you seeing them. But most people take a while…

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Un-learning is the best learning

I have been doing a lot of un-learning recently. Or, to put it another way, learning to do things NOT the way I had been doing them (for a long time!). Which is the best learning I think. Although hard…very hard!

What I wanted to write about today is un-learning. The picking apart of what you do now and making it better. And I wanted to talk about how uncomfortable that is!

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Here’s the Thing… I can’t help you

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I can only help you if YOU want help.

Yes, this seems obvious, but it’s still all-to-often that I’ll have someone ask me for help and then they won’t accept it. Sometimes the acceptance is in the form of me asking for money, but sometimes it’s actual advice I give away for FREE and yet still I get objections.

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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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Keeping your eyes open

I know EXACTLY what an ideal client looks like for my business. So when one sits down next to me and starts talking to me, or emails me, or messages me on Facebook, I know to have ‘that’ conversation. ‘That’ conversation is the one where I ask them to make a decision to do something about finding their Thing or not.

When you know what you’re looking for, it’s easy to see… so here are some things to set your radar to spot.

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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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