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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Make yourself scarce! and sell more…

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Now I am not suggesting you go hide behind a curtain or under your desk when a client comes near you or shut the door to your ‘shop’, but I am suggesting you are not ‘always available’.

By making yourself scarce you can sell more. Sounds like it doesn’t make sense but it works. It’s all about economics and influence…

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When Less is More

I am a bit of a stuck record on this–do LESS types of marketing but do them MORE. Trying to do every type of Marketing you can think of is going to exhaust you (and your Marketing budget, too!). Unless you have a big team of marketers working for you trying to get every single type of marketing working, or a huge budget to spend with agencies, chances are you’ll be spreading yourself too thin and not getting the impact you want to.

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Step back and sell the benefits

Transformations are what sell what you do. Features need to be listed of course, but it’s the results that count.

Typically we buy results – the transformation – more than we buy ‘what it is’.

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What’s the result?

I’m not actually that bothered HOW you do it, I just want to know it works. And I know you know it works, so why are you spending so much telling me about how it works. I’m not actually that interested. I mean I might want to know the details AFTER I’ve decided I want the result. But I’ll buy the result first.

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Are you special? Can you explain your uniqueness?

I was reminded again at the weekend (I am being Masterminded by Jonathan Jay) how important is it to be unique in business. We were talking about USPs, and why a business owner must know what their USP is before they can market their business with success.

USP stands for Unique Selling Point, or Unique Sales Proposition. I was reminded how hard it is to define these — to really make them totally unique.

It is quite easy to come up with a USP only to realise under scrutiny that it’s not, in fact, unique and could easily be applied to other businesses. So it was good to have the Mastermind group of business owners challenging each other to be unique.

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