A client wants a new brand/image/facelift. They hire professionals (either employees or consultants) to give them an honest opinion and guide them so they look great with a solid message—the foundation of their marketing program. Once they see and read the brand graphics and message, respectively, they want to go back to where they were. They resist the advice they’re paying to hear. The reason: they say people recognize their colors, fonts, logos and more. But do they?
Change is hard, but the fact is company owners that want to build a brand might be missing their target market. They might be marketing to themselves, not their target audience. Here are tips to avoid influencing yourself … and instead influencing your audience to buy:
1. Get other’s opinions.
Sometimes you get so close to the brand, you forget what’s important and have a hard time deciding on logos, graphics and language. Stop and ask people you trust for their opinion. Most of the time, there’s consensus. That certainly makes the decision a lot easier and helps to discover if the current brand/logo still resonates with your buyers.
2. Watch your language.
We all have our own industry language. Do the people you’re trying to influence to buy from you understand what you’re saying or are you talking a different language? Are you talking to yourself? You’d be surprised.
3. Trust that the people around you want you to win, too.
Wringing your hands and thinking it over for weeks on end as professional colleagues and consultants work to move marketing forward and create ROI simply delays the process to increase sales—the net effect of marketing. TRUST. Everyone is on the same team. They all want to win. They all want to see ROI.
4. Clean out the clutter.
Resist the urge to tell every detail of your story to make the sale. It can become overwhelming for the reader/listener. Clean out the clutter. Get to the emotion and tell your story—simply. Hit the high points for the prospective buyer and tell more details as you go.
5. Listen to the professionals.
Marketing communications employees and consultants are being paid to give sound advice. Listen to their opinions and recommendations.