What do you do? It’s the most critical question you’ll ever answer if you’re a small business owner. You probably know the answer, too. You’re a mortgage broker, you sell baby toys or you own a bookkeeping service, for example. But if you give that answer to people, you probably won’t make them customers. Heck, they may not even understand you.
What you do has nothing to do with how you should market yourself. No one wants to know what you do, not really. People want to know what you can do for them. There’s a difference. A great message tells people how you can change their life. It lets your business shine. Your message needs to be out there, everywhere, making it easy for people to understand and love your company.
So Be the Best, Right?
Most businesses make a ton of mistakes when coming up with a marketing message. They choose generic concepts that don’t carry much weight in consumer perception, like affordable, quality and best. So what? Telling people about how good your business is really does nothing to increase sales. Everyone is the best. Everyone sells quality. No one wants to hear it.
People want businesses to pay attention to them. They want to know someone is listening and that someone can solve their problems. They want to hear that your business understands and that you have the match to their wants and needs. That’s where marketing comes in. Your message, your brand and your slogan should be able to convey to consumers that you have exactly what they want.
Straight From the Heart
The best messages trigger emotional reactions. They speak to people’s hearts and souls, stirring up a feeling. In just a few words, you can make a consumer feel emotion that goes beyond the product or service. Your brand might invoke confidence, or reassurance, or happiness, or wealth, or the envy of all their friends.
Your message has to stick in the minds of consumers. People have to associate that message with your brand and your business each and every single time. They have to not only read it or hear it, but they have to feel it deep down. A good message solidifies the association consumers make with your business. It taps right into the emotions. And it works.