Last month, a team of marketers we know well were in their office, brainstorming ideas for a new campaign.
Part way through the session, a member of staff tossed out a great idea for a headline and the team leader said...
"That's brilliant...now let's see if we can make it true."
Two of the team laughed.
Most business owners start with "What can we say that IS true?"
This seems rational and honest.
But it leads to boring ideas, boring products, boring ads, boring businesses.
A better way is to start with what is NOT true (yet!).
Start with the biggest, boldest, most perfect promise, idea, offer, or ad...AND THEN WORK BACKWARDS to make it true.
How can we change our offer, our product, our disqualification process to MAKE it true?
What would we have to do for this to be true?
You end up with better ads, probably a better product, often a better service, and usually better customers.
In one of his excellent blogs, Roy H. Williams said a couple things about this idea that had me nodding vigorously…
"If you have nothing to say, don't let anyone convince you to say it.
Boring, predictable messages, in emails, on blogs and social media, make you seem smaller and duller. They waste your time and your money and achieve nothing.
Entertainment is the only currency that will purchase the time and attention of the busy public. Are your ads entertaining?"
If you start with what's ALREADY TRUE and try to push that boulder up the hill, your ads and emails and posts are probably boring.
But if you turn off your internal editor and start with what COULD be true and work backwards...now you get to tap into the weird and the wonderful... and that can lead you to all sorts of exciting places!!
Think about it!...
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Hello! I'm Penny from thebestof Sudbury, shouting about the best local businesses from Hadleigh through the Clare. When I'm not doing that, you'll find me knitting socks or tending to my 6 chickens
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