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Your Marketing Messages Need to Attract And Repel

The ultimate objective of your marketing is to attract only those people you want to do business with. By that I mean you don’t want to attract the pain in the arse clients one comes across only too often.

You know the sort I mean.

  • The sort who have no money
  • The sort who want to do everything just the way they’ve always done it
  • The sort who always cancel your meetings
  • The sort who don’t pay your bills
  • The sort who don’t treat you with respect

I could go on but you know the sort of clients I mean.

How do you attract clients?

The first thing to do is to understand your ideal customer in minute detail. The more you understand your prospect, the more you can get inside their head and the more you can offer solutions to the issues they have.

For this purpose I always recommend that you create an avatar of your prospect – are they male or female, how old are they, what do they do, where do they live, how much do they earn, do they have kids, married or single, what are their hobbies etc etc.

Once you really understand them, you should be able to identify what you can provide for them, what problems you can solve and what benefits you can deliver. If your marketing messages address these points then you should attract the people you want.

So how do we repel the clients we don’t want?

Whatever you do, you don’t want to start alienating people. You may not want them as customers, but you don’t want them bad mouthing you.

So in your marketing communication you identify the characteristics you don’t want ie like the ones above and you simply list them. Having said that you don’t say “If you haven’t got any money, I’m not interested in you”.

You should phrase it something like this:

Our marketing services produce the best results for companies who:

  • Have at least £5000 to spend over the next 12 months
  • Have an established business turning over at least £250,000
  • Are  serious about growing your business and not just thinking about it
  • Are open to new ideas and marketing strategies
  • Understand the benefits of working with an external marketing consultant

As you read these bullet points it’s almost impossible not to answer the questions as you go, to either qualify or disqualify yourself.

Assuming you’ve done your profiling right, the attraction part of the communication should have drawn the reader in so he’s saying “Yes I want some of this”. The second part will either qualify him or disqualify him.

If he’s qualified he’s now an ideal prospect for you and if he’s disqualified then you’ve saved yourself a load of heart ache, wasted time and aggravation.

Next time you’re writing a marketing piece, make sure you include both attraction and repulsion elements.

 

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The Ultimate Marketing Weapon

99% of your website visitors will leave without making any kind of contact.

This is a criminal waste.

These people are interested in whatever it is that you sell. They must be – they’ve already made the choice to visit your website once.

They are prime prospects.

Wouldn’t it be fantastic if you could track these people and have another go at selling them the idea of doing business with you?

Well what do you know – you can.

There’s a relatively new innovation called Remarketing, which not surprisingly Google are leading on, where you can track your website visitors and re-present your marketing messages to them.

This is one of the coolest developments in marketing in recent times and is something all business owners should be using.

How does it work?

Someone visits your website and a cookie (just a small snippet of code) is placed in their browser. They then leave your site and wend their way around the internet. Inevitably they will land at some stage on a site owned by or partnered with the Google Display network.

At that stage the cookie is read, which triggers your remarketing ad to be displayed.

So now they suddenly are presented with your ad – promoting a business or service that they’ve already shown interest in.

So imagine the scenario.

Someone who’s in the market for what you sell visits your website. Being one of the 99%, they’re not sufficiently grabbed by your website so after a while they leave and head off into the ether.

Say they now, for example, visit the site of a national newspaper who happens to be a Google advertising partner. At this stage Google reads the snippet of code, realises that they’ve been to your website and so serves up your ad.

Just think what impact this might have on your visitor. He’s on the site of a large and prestigious daily newspaper and suddenly he sees your ad. Seeing you in such exalted company, he now thinks “I’d better reassess my view of these people, there’s obviously more to them than I realised. Perhaps I should have another look.

The way it works means that your website visitors will see your ads pretty regularly and on some high profile partner sites. This gives your business a sense of scale. It can appear that you’re all over the internet which can cause people to change the way they see your business. Suddenly you seem much larger and more worthy of consideration than they had formerly thought.

The other great thing about remarketing is that you can set it up with amazing precision. In the example above, even if the daily newspaper is a national site, you can set up your remarketing campaign to only show your ads to people within a set geographical area.

So how much does remarketing cost?

Unlike traditional advertising where you pay for the space irrespective of how many people see or respond to your advertising, remarketing works on a pay per click model so you only pay when someone clicks on your ad and goes to your website. There’s no wastage or inaccurate targeting – you only pay when a serious potential customer responds to your ad.

You also are in complete control of where you send them. You can send them to a standard page of your website or to a specially constructed landing page – you’re in charge.

Don’t you think it’s time you started remarketing?
Mike Jennings
Marketing Consulting Expert, Lead Generation, Business Development, Marketing Strategy, Get More Clients, Increase Revenue

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What Keeps Them Awake At Night?

Marketing is all about relevance.
Your messages need to be absolutely relevant to your target audience so that their response is
“this guy’s talking to me. He understands my issues”.
As a marketer this is what you need – to really understand the deep fears and motivations of your prospects, the fears that keep them awake at night and which you have the solution to.

Now to do this you need to have a very clear picture of who your target audience is. This is where creating an avatar of your prospects is important. By this I mean you need to create a very detailed picture of your ideal prospect.
Is this person male or female? How old are they? How much money do they earn? Do they have kids? What sort of house do they live in? What job do they do etc etc. Only once you have this detailed picture can you get inside their heads to know what motivates them and what their deep fears are.
Now, the point here is that the real fear may be different to the more obvious one that immediately springs to mind.

Let’s look at an example.
A business person’s first level fear is that if they don’t get more customers the business will suffer and they may have to lay off employees.
That’s a real fear but the more horrific fear is that he will be letting down (by laying off) people he considers almost like family – a very deep, very powerful fear that cuts beneath the surface issue.
If we can get to the psychological root of the issue, we can position our solution as addressing that fear.

Tapping into that fear is powerful.

So how do we get to the deeper fears that your prospects have?

Start with a fear or a problem your prospect has.

Then ask yourself ”If they don’t solve this problem, what will happen?” or “If this fear comes true, what will happen?”
We now need to dig down one more level.
To do that you need to put yourself in the shoes of the prospect – which is why it’s so important to create the avatar and to have the deep understanding of who your prospects are.
What you come up with now is the deep fear. The real thing they’re scared about.
And it’s almost always an emotion.

So how do we communicate this?

The fact is that we need to handle it very carefully. What you don’t want to do is wade in with something like “I know you’re afraid of letting down the ones you love.”

No, in our communication we want to communicate three points.
1) I understand. One way to do this by telling a story about someone who is very similar to them who has this fear.
2) It’s OK. You’re not alone. Lots of people have this fear.
3) Here’s a solution that’s worked for them, and I think you’ll find it helpful.
Done in this way, the recipients can say to themselves “that’s precisely what I’m thinking/feeling.”

This enables us to enter that conversation that’s already going on in their heads and positions us as the perfect solution to their problems.

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Turn Luke Warm Into Red Hot

We all want red hot prospects.

– Red hot prospects want what you sell.
– Red hot prospects are willing to pay the price you want to charge.
– Red hot prospects are likely to spend the most money with you.
– Red hot prospects are of course the most likely to become customers.

So when we describe a red hot prospect what do we actually mean?

A red hot prospect is someone who needs what you sell, they generally know a lot about you or your product, they’re positively disposed towards you and they probably are happy with the prices you want to charge them.

The question is do you get enough red hotties or are too many of your prospects luke warm? Or even worse do you simply not have enough prospects?

So what’s the secret?

The trick is to have provided all the information to answer all your prospects’ questions, to have overcome their objections in advance before you ever speak to them.

So how do you do this?

Write down the 5 concerns or objections that people have about your product or service. Just ask yourself the question “what would stop me from buying this?”

Price is always likely to be one of the factors. So what are the others?

Having identified the issues, you need to develop real answers that address and overcome the concerns that would stop people from buying.

You have to be brutally honest with yourself and identify the real concerns – not just the easy or obvious ones and make sure your solutions are convincing and persuasive.

Price should be one of the easiest to overcome. If you list enough benefits that you deliver then it becomes easy for people to see why you charge the price you do.

Remember benefits are usually the answer to the question “why should I care about that?” I don’t buy an ergonomically designed chair because it’s ergonomic – that’s a feature. I buy it because it supports my back.

In addition to listing all the benefits you deliver, another really good way to address the concerns that stop people from buying is to offer a guarantee and if relevant a free trial.

The purpose of a guarantee is to take away all the risk from the buyer so that if the product doesn’t live up to expectations they can get their money back and obviously the free trial let’s people try the product either at home or in the office for long enough that they can be certain that it’s right for them.

What’s next?

You now want to ensure that you manage to communicate your solutions to your prospects to turn them from luke warm to red hot.

There are a number of ways you can do this.

Firstly you can create an FAQ page on your website and drive people to it via a link in your email marketing or auto responder sequence.
You can make each point the subject of a blog and cover them off that way or you can make each one a subject in its own right in an email and send them out to your list.

The point is that if you work out convincing answers to the concerns that people have, you’ll have done a lot of the selling before you ever start the sales dialogue.