Tell it how it is – When being serious makes the difference

The tone of your messages and your marketing means so much. If you want to get heard try a different tone now & then to hit home. There is always a time when you need to tell it how it is.

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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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Build your own ride…

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The ride is, of course, the main attraction and the 3 minutes of thrills and spills you’ve been queuing so long for. And when you get on the ride sometimes you love it and wish it lasted longer, and other times you are very happy that it’s all over with quickly! But was it worth it either way? Was it YOUR ride?

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What to do when it’s not working…

First of all, we need to define ‘it’.

If ‘it’ is your Thing, then we need to make sure you’re super-clear on what you do that’s brilliant that ADDS VALUE or GETS A RESULT for people. It might be that you’ve stayed too ‘big’ with it and that’s overwhelming you. It might be that you’ve gone too ‘narrow’ with it and there’s not enough there to keep you busy/entertained. Take a look and see where you are with the size and scope of your Thing and if it’s enough to create that value and results for others.

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What are you selling under the counter?

This is one of my favourite expressions when I’m letting someone fabulous know they are keeping their Thing a secret UNTIL clients work with them.

I know it makes sense to save your really good stuff (after all it might sell out!) but how is anyone going to know about it if it’s not on show in the window?

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Thing first, niche second

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Now I know a niche is as important as the next marketing/sales/business guru but there is an order to these things that may well be the difference between driving yourself mad and your sanity (and success).

For me the ‘right’ order is Thing first and Niche second.

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