How To Market More Effectively In This "New Normal"

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"Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun." -Mary Lou Cook

I'll be honest ... I hate the buzz phrase "new normal".

None of us want this present reality to remain the permanent reality.

That said, I use it because I think you understand what I mean -- the ground has shifted under our feet.

So, what will we be doing about this?

I should state from the outset: I'm not a marketing guru. But, I keep my eyes open and notice what is working!

How do you do that?

1) Share Yourself
Chances are, you're not the only person selling what you're selling, right? But people will listen to what you're saying, not only because of your content or products, but because they enjoy hearing you share your actual experience.

If you've had a specific experience that relates to what you're talking about, share it. Believe it or not, this can actually have a big impact on people feeling like they can trust you. They'll feel as though they know you more. The internet has torn down the false wall of impersonality. The pathway to profit lies behind it.

Further, here in 2020, trust is at a massive deficit. But when you share more of yourself, you signal that you're worthy of it.

2) "What's In It For Me?"
The old "WIIFM" question is one you should answer as quickly as you possibly can, in any kind of marketing piece. Marketing content which rambles on and on without being crystal clear about what the reader is getting does not get read (or acted upon), period.

Not only should your WIIFM be totally clear, but you should state it as early in your content as possible. That way, people will know why they should keep reading as soon as they start reading.

3) Be Conversational
Write like you talk. Don't use corporate fluff-speak. You're having a person-to-person conversation -- just over the internet, or through a piece of mail.

Use slang. Start your sentences with "and" or "because" if it sounds natural to you. And, most importantly, put your passion and spirit behind your words.

4) Let It Sit
Before you publish or send out your content, let it sit for a day or two. Then, come back and review it one more time before you publish it. Often, the second time around, you'll pick up on things you didn't the first time. These could be grammatical mistakes (though these aren't always a killer), or it could just be more information you can add that will make your content even better.

5) Show Your Credibility
There are so many people on the internet giving different advice, it's hard to know who to listen to. Have you helped over 1,000 people solve this specific problem? Make sure they know that. Have you been featured on Fox and CNN? Make sure that's plastered all over your website. Have you done exactly what you're teaching, in spades? Make sure they know that.

In short, the questions of, "Why should I listen to you?" and "Why should I trust you?" should be answered before you ask your readers to take your word on something.

Here's the bottom line for communicating in this "new normal": if you write in a way that really connects with your readers, you'll get more internet traffic, more responses, more loyalty, more referrals and more sales.

So write to connect with your prospects.

BE THE ROAR not the echo®

Warmly,

Janet Behm
Utah Real Estate Accountants
(801) 278-2700



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