Sometimes people describe a problem, but still leave the audience as cold as ice. It’s because they describe the problem in the wrong way. So what’s the right way?
A TALE OF TINDER
When I read most company’s websites, I have to assume that they are hoping for a miracle to happen. What is the miracle, why is it unlikely to happen and what do you do about it? Read on.
Your brand messaging has to run through your business like a stick of rock. There no use having a genius name and strap line if everything else is boring.
LIFE IN PLASTIC, IT’S FANTASTIC
There are some brand tag lines that seem to have been around forever. Newsflash: They have! Why do they do this and why does it work?
THE RESTAURANT OF MISTAKEN ORDERS
In a restaurant where what what you order may not be what appears ten minutes later, there lies a great marketing lesson. Sometimes it’s not enough to appeal to your target audience
If you spend your life worrying about what your competition are doing, you’ll never separate yourself from them. What should you do instead if you want to stand alone?
THE TWO-FACED BASTARD
How we see people isn’t how they see themselves. What we think is their problem may not be what they think it is. Deciphering how your prospects are talking to themselves is your unfair advantage.
THE BIG IDEA
At the core of every great brand is a Big Idea. It’s sits at the heart of a big audacious vision for the brand. It’s what gives it direction and its what makes it’s audience swoon. Let’s take a look
BREWDOG: TWO PINTS OF LAGER AND AN ARGUMENT PLEASE
More than five billion people have access to the Internet. It’s noisy! It’s hard to get noticed. Brewdog, the brand we love to hate, is a great example of what messaging in 2022 should look like if you want to overcome this.
HOW TO WRITE A HEADLINE LIKE DON DRAPER
Most people, when they write a headline, do what’s comfortable. They talk about the product. But it’s the emotional headline that grabs attention. Here’s a simple way to write a headline that people can’t ignore.
WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU’RE TALKING TO LIKE THAT?
Most people’s description of their ideal customer is guess work. But without an accurate description of your ideal customer your campaigns will never be as successful as they could be. So how do we produce a detailed, ridiculously accurate buyer persona?
KANGAROO PENIS ANYONE?
Every purchase has a moment, when something happens, and the buyer is triggered to take action. Understanding how and when this moment happens is like having Krytptonian cells. Let’s dive in and see.
THE INNER CONVERSATION (VIDEO)
We all see the world differently. Sometimes in very surprising ways. But if you can work our how your prospects see it, that’s gold dust. This video describes how a big brand did this with huge success.
SOMEONE PASS THE TOFU
People hate being criticised. But sometimes you can use other peoples’ criticism of you to your advantage. Read how The Guardian pulled this tactic off triumphantly when they were attacked by a senior politician.
HOW TO LIVE ON THE TIP OF EVERYONE’S TONGUE
The first thing people do when they decide they need to buy something is to ask their friends for a recommendation. How do you ensure that you’re the first name they think of?
MORNING GLORY: THIS IS HOW YOU CREATE A MARKET CATEGORY
Competing for demand in an existing market against an established leader is fruitless. If you can’t win your category, you have start your own category that you can win. Here is a great first-hand case study of how it’s done
NO PISSING IN THE POOL
If you don’t stand for something, you stand for nothing. But before you can tell your audience what you stand for, you have to know the rules you live and die by. We call these The Pool Rules
WHY MALE STRIPPERS DON’T DRESS AS TAX INSPECTORS
Most messaging and content on the Internet leaves us cold. It doesn’t challenge us in any way. So what do we have to do differently to everyone else to get peoples’ attention?
HOW TO CREATE AN ELEVATOR PITCH THAT WILL MAKE PEOPLE LISTEN
You find yourself face to face with the CEO of your perfect customer. You’ve got one minute. If you want him remember what you say, don’t do what everyone else does, do this.
IF YOU WANT TO BE A CHALLENGER BRAND, THEN BEHAVE LIKE ONE
How did a start up brand succeed where one of the world’s most recognisable brands failed? The answer’s simple. They understood the laws of categories.
BELIEFS ARE YOUR NEW SUPERPOWER
People are attracted to brands by something way beyond the product. If you can unite a tribe around beliefs, it’s like having a Marvel Comics super power. One for the Gaga fans!
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