The Screwtape Emails: Much About Nothing

    The Screwtape Emails: Much About Nothing

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    There are right and wrong ways to go about marketing, and the pitfalls are many. A lot can be learned by seeing how not to manage your marketing. This original blog series weaves together an entertaining story that will help you navigate 21st-Century marketing with a view from “the dark side,” as “Screwtape” teaches his apprentice “Wormwood” via email how to sabotage your marketing. Enjoy…

    PART FIVE:
    To: Wormwood
    From: Screwtape
    Subject: Much About Nothing

    My dear Wormwood,

    Alright…I couldn’t resist following up my last email about wrecking the home page with tips on making the about page dry, boring and disjointed. It’s too tasty to pass up and, besides, I do not fully trust your amateur skills to thwart the Enemy’s plans to help the Patient write a good home page.

    Call this Plan B…and just know that Plan C is pain and suffering for you (I say that with all due affection).

    Should your efforts to geld the home page fail, you can target the ever-present about page. Here are a few tactics to employ:

    • Break the joints

    The best about pages are “team” pages. They weave together the personalities of the office, with a thread that ties everyone together as a mosaic of the brand (under no circumstances allow the Patient to write as elegantly as this!). Instead, influence each staff member to write their own bio, about themselves instead of their role on the team and their relationships with co-workers. Under no circumstances allow humor or personality to make these disparate bios a joy to read.

    • Take the pictures…

    …as in, take control of the pictures. Make sure some people on the team submits a clipped and grainy picture from a family picnic, or at the amusement park with awkward background props; put these next to stiff, formal suit-and-tie photos, and you’ve got a recipe for a cake frosted with suck. Do not allow the Patient to think, ‘hmmm. What if we hired a photographer to do a photoshoot where all our photos are consistent and professional quality?’ Extra points if you influence stiff, cardboard poses instead of letting each person’s genuine personality come through.

    • Keep it stale

    The about page is “done.” If we add new staff at all, or remove past employees, it will be “one of these days.” And, we already paid the photographer, so that photo of you eating a corn dog on the beach will be fine. This is the usual entropy of the about page. Even if it starts high class and interesting—human nature being what it is—it’s likely to descend into mediocrity.

    Mediocre is our favorite color.

    Your affectionate uncle,

    Screwtape

    P.S. Get it? Medi-ochre…Oh, forget it.


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    Content vs. Connection

    Content vs. Connection

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    For years now, we’ve heard “Content is King,” with the result that myriad businesses have dumped considerable time and money into “Content Marketing.” Indeed, good content is key to a successful marketing strategy; the problem is that now, “everyone” is doing it! The marketplace is cluttered with a dizzying, ubiquitous cloud of great content, diluting the efficacy of any particular business’s efforts to be noticed.

    Content may be king, but without engagement, there is no kingdom to rule! What is engagement, you may ask? It is what the “Wizard of Ads,” Roy H. Williams refers to as being more interesting than the thought currently occupying someone’s mind. Engaging your audience means, first of all, being impossible to ignore so that you can get their attention above all the competing voices, and then most importantly, making an impact on their emotions. All decisions are emotional, and the logical mind justifies the decision.

    Here are three steps to engaging your audience so that your awesome content (a given these days) has a chance of leading you to sales conversions:

    • Get Attention: No, we’re not talking about the “sad little attention getters,” as Williams calls them—all caps, bright colors, loud noises; we’re not talking about cheap interrupters most people will despise. What you need are relevant messages communicated in a way that’s very different than how your competitors are communicating. Geico brought slapstick humor into car insurance, Old Spice upped the ante ad ridiculum to catapult a musty old brand to dominance. To break the cognitive filters every human being’s mind on the planet puts up to protect them from information overload, you absolutely have to stand out. Go against the grain—and, by the way, avoid clichés like, “go against the grain!”
    • Inspire: Not every ad has to be a tearjerker, or a goose-bump generator; you can also inspire laughter, anger—any number of emotions. The important thing is that you do inspire emotion in your audience. If you can cultivate the right response, you’re 75% of the way to the sale.
    • Engage with your audience: Know your audience, speak their language, and then interact with them. It is essential for any business to make their audience feel important, listened to, understood. All politics aside, Gillette reported an $8 billion loss, mainly due to their recent “toxic masculinity” ads. Without taking sides on the issue, and from a purely marketing standpoint, offending your base (mainly men) is not a good idea. Uphold your principles and beliefs privately; when it comes to your company, serve your audience as a trusted brand that accepts them for who they are. Gillette has tried to foist change upon their audience, but the result was that their audience changed brands!

    Is Content Marketing still relevant? Is content still king? Yes to both. However, making your content engaging gains devoted followers for the king!

    Call SalesFish today and our high-touch, dedicated team will assist you in assessing your strategic sales goals, and the marketing and sales tactics best suited to your specific needs. And, yes, we will also advise you on the best A.I. tools that actually work and complement the real people in your business!


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    The Power of Local Connection

    The Power of Local Connection

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    In nature, as in business, there is an invisible web of energy containing intricate and often surprising connections between seemingly unrelated parts. Science, for example, is discovering numerous amazing interactions between plants in local communities. If one plant is attacked, it secretes various chemical messengers through the soil and air to help neighboring plants prepare and defend themselves.

    Connections like these, often unnoticed by the average person, help members of a community thrive because of energy and information from various sources. Others may languish if they are not involved in enough local synergistic energy exchange. The same can occur in the digital world, which has a huge impact on the ability of your business to thrive and sustain momentum.

    How well are you leveraging your interconnections and communications in the digital realm?

    National businesses with huge budgets and nationwide connections sometimes intimidate local businesses. But, at the local level, the advantage can be gained by the little guy—for who has a better sense of the local community than a local business?

    Local businesses can leverage their unique community insights and networks in order to generate valuable search traffic, and build brand visibility in their communities. One of the very best ways to do this is through high-quality content tailored to powerfully impact local search engine results and follower engagement.

    Many businesses miss out on easy opportunities to develop valuable content and recognition based on their participation in or sponsorship of community events. A local bike shop could blog about and share on social media their sponsorship of a triathlon with hashtags included. The post could discuss how the bike shop can help with training for a triathlon, due to their various championships in bicycle racing, training expertise, and cutting-edge equipment. After the event, the blog could display pictures of participants, perhaps mentioning that some of them have gotten coaching by the shop in cutting-edge interval training.

    Local business owners tend to get involved in local causes and organizations, and blogs and social sharing are great ways to promote this involvement. For instance, the bicycle shop may be advocating for a bike path that would make it easier for clients to avoid traffic and get to the store more safely when riding their bikes. A blog post focusing on an upcoming meeting in a local neighborhood can not only help raise awareness for the cause, but it can also raise the profile for the bicycle shop by capturing searches related to the local bike path. Promoting events can extend audience awareness of a local business by leveraging locally trending topics on various social media. This gives your local content the opportunity to be exposed to the extended network of your clients and customers, reinforcing your brand’s relevance in the interconnected digital community.

    Call SalesFish today and our high-touch, dedicated team will assist you in assessing your strategic sales goals, and the marketing and sales tactics best suited to your specific needs. And, yes, we will also advise you on the best A.I. tools that actually work and complement the real people in your business!


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    The Screwtape Emails: Homepage Wrecker

    The Screwtape Emails: Homepage Wrecker

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    There are right and wrong ways to go about marketing, and the pitfalls are many. A lot can be learned by seeing how not to manage your marketing. This original blog series weaves together an entertaining story that will help you navigate 21st-Century marketing with a view from “the dark side,” as “Screwtape” teaches his apprentice “Wormwood” via email how to sabotage your marketing. Enjoy…

    PART FIVE
    To: Wormwood
    From: Screwtape
    Subject: Home Wrecker

    My dear Wormwood,

    Do you know how to be a “home wrecker?” Ah, it’s not what you think. We’ve mastered the art of interpersonal conflict and infidelity, but that’s not your area of assignment. I’m talking here about the ubiquitous home page of the Patient’s website.

    The home page is often the first impression, that critical influencer that (to our great glee) so many people take for granted. Let me walk you through some of the best ways to wreck the patient’s home page!

    1) Make it about him

    It’s a great temptation to start this conversation by talking about oneself: your services, your reputation, how long you have been in business. Keep the patient under the delusion that this is the best foot to put forward, and it’s sure to boot the website visitor right off the page—bounce!

    Under no circumstances can you allow the Patient to come to the realization that the best way to start any conversation is talking about the person on the other end.

    2) Don’t get to the point

    Rambling narratives are always best. Long stories about what you’re interested in (throw in a football story), droning on about your history, detailed explanations of how you operate—all of these are gold. Making the reader wait to even figure out what the heck you can do for them is what we’re after.

    3) Leave them hanging

    I’ve saved the best for last. It’s something I’ve seen so many times, and it’s delicious! Even if the Patient writes an excellent home page, focused on the audience, clearly explaining their value proposition, all hope is not lost. Try to get the Patient to provide no next step, no “call to action.” With no lead-in to the “sales funnel,” the reader gets a nice read, but nowhere to go to stay engaged. That’s pure gold!

    Wreck on!

    Your affectionate uncle,
    Screwtape

    P.S. If you fail to wreck the home page, the about page is usually an easy kill (insert evil laugh here).


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    Marketing Lessons From Winston Churchill

    Marketing Lessons From Winston Churchill

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    “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat…We have before us many long months of toil and struggle. Our policy is to wage war with all our might, with all the strength that God can give us…however long and hard the road may be.” Winston Churchill

    Our man, Winston, aka “Winnie” was no pushover Pooh looking for easy honey. Sure, Hitler totally rocked the reverse alley-oop Shaquille O’Neal slam dunks with his “Blitzkrieg” Shock and Awe warfare, but Churchill was a team player who consistently toed up to the line and hit the free throws.

    Adolf Hitler put his trust in industry and technology—Even with the war all but lost, the Nazis resorted to the V-Rocket as a tenuous last hope “miracle weapon.” Winston, by contrast, depended on the fortitude of the stalwart British and her allies; he was a master content marketer, a wordsmith who knew how to motivate with powerful language. The pen, it seems, was mightier than the Panzer.

    This is an object lesson for the business owner. There is no angle, gimmick or technological silver bullet that will bring easy money.

    According to the “Wizard of Ads,” Roy H. Williams, “Vision, passion, faith, tenacity, perseverance, sacrifice…are part of a time-tested formula for success that’s difficult to teach and painful to learn…If you simply want someone to walk into your world and say a few magic words and make everything better, you need a friend to pinch you, slap you, or shake you by the shoulders, because you’re dreaming.”

    The only power we have as ad consultants,” says Williams, “is the ability to help the client tell his story as convincingly as possible…we must have the client’s cooperation in helping us define his unique selling proposition. Too often, though, the client simply says, ‘Just bring more customers through the door. If you bring ‘em in, we can sell ‘em. What we need is more traffic.’ Gee, what a great idea. Why didn’t I think of that?”

    “No matter how dramatic the end result, the good-to-great transformations never happened in one fell swoop,” says Good to Great author, Jim Collins. “There was no single defining action, no grand program, no one killer innovation, no solitary lucky break, no miracle moment.”

    Maybe you have been going from one marketing tactic to another, hoping to find the one that will finally propel your business forward. Stop it, old chap. Think bulldog: Long-term strategy, consistent and powerful messaging and an unwavering belief in your mission.

    Call SalesFish today and our high-touch, dedicated team will assist you in assessing your strategic sales goals, and the marketing and sales tactics best suited to your specific needs. And, yes, we will also advise you on the best A.I. tools that actually work and complement the real people in your business!


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