The Marketing Merry-Go-Round

Your marketing plan should be a nice ride that people stay on until they’re ready to get off.

You don’t decide when they get off—they do. And when they do get off they either head straight over to you and say “I’m ready—let’s go” or they say “Thanks so much for the ride” and walk away. You don’t want them jumping off and running away to escape your marketing, you don’t want them being forced off either—especially if they were enjoying the ride—and you also don’t want to suddenly change the ride into something they don’t want to be on.

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There’s nothing wrong with change (just not all at once)

Your Thing evolves. You evolve. You grow, you adapt, you stretch, you get even clearer on what your Thing is. So yes—you change.

Now this sort of change is NOT the same as constantly changing your mind. That’s just confusion…

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The £50 Chow Mein

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If you want to charge more for what you do, then do it.

You will need to match up the experience to the price tag, but I’ll bet you have something absolutely special enough to charge more for, so all you’re getting wrong is the positioning and the message.

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We don’t all suit the same vehicle

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I enjoy walking, I also like to drive, I love taking the train and if it means I’m going on holiday somewhere amazing I can tolerate a long-haul flight. These are all different vehicles that suit me at different times for different reasons.

You will also like to travel in certain ways.

Just like you’ll like to market and stand out like a business celebrity in YOUR way too.

Your marketing vehicle MUST be one you want to drive or ride in.

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Looking from the other side (for easy Marketing content)

When something is your Thing you look at it from ‘your’ side–the side where you know how it works well, what to do to get the results, and usually the ‘easy way’. So when you’re putting together marketing material, you need to look from the ‘other’ side.

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Cause a Reaction

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Your marketing should cause a reaction. You should cause a reaction.

If you want people to take action you need them to react (clue is in the word ‘act’).

Now this might mean you need to have a different point of view. It might mean you have to be the person that says out loud what everyone else is only thinking. Maybe you need to step away from the crowd and start a new movement; wear something different, do something different, be something different.

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