Rules Vs Principles

Marketing is too full of rules and not enough principles.

Let me "mansplain" it to you.

In the words of Robert McKee, author of "Story",

A rule says you MUST do it this way.
A principle says "this works...and has throughout all time."

What are some "rules" in marketing?

You must nurture your email subs with "valyoo".
Always have a tripwire in your funnel.
Red CTA buttons are the best.
Long copy doesn't work anymore.
Video always beats writing.
Email marketing is being replaced by Facebook bots.
A 5 day soap opera sequence is the best type of email.

What about some principles?

Questions engage people and get attention.
Stories persuade us naturally.
People buy for emotional reasons over logical.
We pay to solve problems and the more urgent the problem, the more we'll pay.
Curiosity is a powerful force for selling.
People buy things for their own reasons not yours.

See the difference?

Rules are always absolutes. Only a Sith deals in absolutes.
Principles on the other hand are as true today as they were 20,000 years ago.

So what's the point?
Well, the first is if somebody is telling you how you MUST do X or Y, chances are good they don't know what they're talking about.

Secondly, the more you focus on principles, the more likely you'll be successful - especially in advertising and sales.

Try developing a checklist of proven principles every time you write an ad - if you like, maybe I'll create one to give away.

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Underwater Real Estate

In the 1920's, there was a "goldrush" most people have never heard of.

The sale of "Underwater Real Estate."

It sounds ridiculous thinking about it, but some con artists walked away with millions of dollars.

While their unsuspecting victims lost their shirts.

As they say, history always repeats itself.

I look around and see all kinds of examples of "underwater real estate" being sold.

Dan Kennedy coined the phrase "market to message match".

And the marketing results triangle which consists of market, media, and message.

Out of those 3, one is always presented as the newest shiny object.

Media.

In reality, media is inert without the other two forces in place.

For instance, all kinds of people think Shopify and Clickfunnels are going to make them instant millionaires.

Just more examples of underwater real estate being sold.

You need to get hip on the fundamentals of business so you don't get taken advantage of.

Here's a mini lesson.

Media consists of two things.

A place that attracts the eyeballs of a definable segment of the market...

And a delivery mechanism between the market and your message.

Nothing more.

One day it was a caveman drawing on a wall.
Then it was some Egyptian dudes writing out scrolls.

All the way up to telephones, fax machines, email, smart phones, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and so on.

The people who take the hardest hit are always the ones who focus on media first.

They never see the inevitable coming.

In the 80's, they were giving away television space.
Now it's insanely expensive.

In the early 2000's, you could buy Google adword keywords for a penny a click. Now a few clicks of the same keyword could cost you hundreds.

Facebook is heading in the same direction. It's not a matter of "if" but when.

Back in the day, you could make thousands of dollars as an affiliate using SEO tactics too - until one Google slap took it all away.

Shopify is heading in the same direction.

Now, what's the opposite of investing in underwater real estate?

Simple - focus on the other two sides of the "results triangle".

Market and message.

For starters, they change MUCH slower.

A message that sold to a market 100 years ago, will still sell to them today with a few tweaks in the language.

A market is a significant segment of the population who shares the same desires or problem with money to buy... and they can be reached affordably with advertising.

There will always be opportunities had by focusing on what the market wants and crafting the right message to appeal to them.

Just like there will always be another media popping up with boatloads of people yapping about how great this one is and how the rest are dead.

All of my courses focus on either the market or the message and if you don't know where to get started, here's something that will help fast forward your results.

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