“I Can’t Stand Marketing!”

That was me just a couple of years ago. That’s what I would say time and time again. “I can’t stand marketing!”

I didn’t understand the word, I didn’t understand what I needed to do and I didn’t understand why everyone kept telling me that I was such a natural marketer. What??? A natural marketer? What was wrong with these people?

Turns out they were right. Turns out my perception of marketing was what was wrong.

We hear so much hype about marketing, it’s no wonder we’re all walking around confused and frustrated about it: social marketing, online marketing, direct marketing, blah, blah, blah. But, you see, these are simply ways to market – they are marketing vehicles. Marketing itself is a combination of two straight-forward strategies. Are you ready? Here they are: positioning and teaching.

POSITIONING (in terms of marketing) means that you must be clear about who you are, who you serve and what you stand for.

TEACHING (in terms of marketing) means that you must be able to explain to clients what you do and how you can help them. This must be a clear and consistent message!

Your website, blog, social sites, networking events, online video, etc. then provide the platform for your positioning and your teaching. It is through these vehicles that you then position yourself and teach your market about your product or service.In fact, once you get clear on your positioning and how to teach your clients (or potential clients) it’s simply a matter of choosing which marketing tools or vehicles will work best for you.

For example, one of my clients has positioned herself as an expert in elementary education, and she already knows how to teach educators about how her services and products can help them. Now all she needs are vehicles – tools – through which she can display her positioning and share her teachings. She has decided to use her website, blog, Facebook, LinkedIn, tradeshows, conferences and (to my sheer delight) video as her marketing tools. These tools combined with her expert positioning and clear, consistent teaching (content) about her expertise makes her marketing super effective.

TAKE ACTION:

Make a decision to be consistent about your positioning and teaching in every marketing vehicle that you use.

Whether you are designing your website, writing a blog post or filming a marketing video, remember to convey  who you are, who you serve, what you stand for, and to explain what your service/program is and how it can help your ideal client . That’s the essence – the foundation – of marketing, and the more you practice and refine your positioning and tweak your teaching about your service or product, the more fun things get. Yep, FUN! (Warning … you might actually start liking that word, marketing!)

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2 thoughts on ““I Can’t Stand Marketing!”

  1. Great post, Pamela.

    So many coaches are intimidated by the idea of marketing themselves. It seems so…foreign. You’ve nicely broken the concept down into bite-sized pieces. Positioning and teaching are fundamental, but they’re also powerful.

    A mindset shift that will help coaches view self-promotion in a better light is this: if you’re providing a truly valuable service (of course you are!), you’re actually doing your audience a DISSERVICE by not using the available resources to attract those you can serve.

    Thanks sharing this!

    • Thanks much, Donnie! Yes, so many coaches are intimidated by marketing and, sadly, many don’t take the time to study marketing on a deeper level. Mindset combined with a real strategy is soooo important!

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