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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You wouldn’t serve a bowl of chips

It’s the ‘best dress in the shop window’ scenario, it’s the ‘fire the big guns first’ option. Don’t offer tasters of anything less than what you do that’s brilliant when you’re faced with hungry potential customers. Serve them a little bit of your steak not a bowl of chips.

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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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Why I’m a big fan of Twitter (and how I use it for business)

I do like Twitter and what it can do for my business. Twitter is huge and growing every day — there’s a lot of people to Tweet to.

Here are a few ways that I use Twitter — and that any small business or individual can use it for too…

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What I know about flow

I would love to tell you that I wake up in ‘full flow’ every single day and do my Thing with no distractions, interruptions or procrastination on my part. I would love to tell you that–except, of course, it’s not true.

What is true is that I know what to do, or at least what usually ‘helps’, to shift me into flow mode. It’s not always the same set of actions, but there are a few things I can choose from.

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Run past the finish line

While I have completed a few 10ks in my time, I would never put myself in the category of being an athlete. What I do know about races though is that you don’t slow down when you see the finish line—you keep on running, and if you have it in you (there’s always that little bit in reserve, right?) then actually you speed up when you see it.

And you need to do this with your business goals and your marketing too.

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