Nobody Loves an Advertisement, They Love A Story #MarketingTips

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Nobody Loves an Advertisement, They Love A Story

I know, right?! People still seem to get taken back by this statement when I say it. I stand firmly behind it, the days of getting sold are coming to a very abrupt end. Inbound is making up a ton of the leads that are transpiring into the almighty sale. Think of it logically…..do you really wake up in the morning and confess your love for that first advertisement that appears in your Facebook news feed or that little mobile banner ad on your local weather app while you are on the toilet?! Hell NO! I know you do not. We are slowly trained to condition our brains to avoid the advertisements UNLESS we are choosing to make the decision to pursue the product on our own accord. Funny how that works, EH?

Now, let’s wake up again and start over, when you see that furry little kitty or puppy post on your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram feed, you tend to smile and even share that onto your almighty timeline…why, I wonder?! That is because it evoked some sort of emotion to make you feel compelled to relate with the piece of content or post. That little kitty or puppy automatically reminds you of your own pet, or a pet that you recently lost or a friend’s pet, it helps your mind automatically correlate to a certain feeling, time and emotion. This is what we call storytelling, the ability to articulate a thought, idea or opinion and convey the message through the proper context. Since we were young, all we did was read stories, so our minds are trained right off the hop to love and appreciate a great story that does not start with a pitch!

How does this relate to your business, whether that be an auto dealership, real estate brokerage or just your local cookie company? It relates because you have a product or service and simply want people to be interested enough to come in and try it out. The “sell” is really the story as to why they should come in and spend their hard cold cash on your product or service.

Things to consider when crafting your story as to why people should come in and check out your product:

1. Who would my product or service benefit? (No, not everybody, be more specific)
2. What need or desire does my product fulfill?
3. Who is a large segment of my buyers? (age, location, interest, etc.hbb)
4. Which platforms am I going to use to share my content? (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat etc.)
5. What is the proper context to syndicate my content? (If your customer is on Facebook, but you are pushing out on Instagram, then clearly, not good)

In 2017, contextual marketing is more and more relevant as the days of “spray and pray” marketing to the masses are coming to a close, it is all about personalization and even though it creates a crap load more work up front, the results on the back end will be very pleasing.

Let me know your thoughts! Do you love an ad?

Ep 08: Nice Feet, Event Marketing And Nobody Likes An Advertisement! Inbound Marketing Is The Start of The Trust Cycle

img_3717 In this episode of The Ryan Holtz Show, I talk about nice feet and how that could be a way to gage someone’s character. I also give three tips to use social media and digital marketing to increase “foot” traffic to your next event. I would love to know what you think and if feet are really that important what they do actually say about a person. I also chat about how nobody likes an advertisement and the trick to great marketing is inbound and position your product or brand to be in front of the client or customer when they are in the market for your product or service.

[VIDEO] Being Great or Acting Great? If you are in business, then you must be bold. People will treat you as you act. Life of an Entrepreneur. Refer to “Chris Eubanks London Real” interview on YouTube

Being great or acting great? Is there a difference and more importantly, does it matter? If we truly believe that perception is reality, then being and acting great could very well lead us to the same result. I recently watched an interview on London Real with Chris Eubanks who is an amazing boxer in Britain and a true class act. Chris’s mild manners and bespoke attitude are a huge contrast from volatility and ferociousness in the ring. In a way, it kind of makes sense. The interview in this interview kept reading articles and statements about how people thought he was “great”. You could tell that Chris was almost uncomfortable with this notion and repeatedly said that he was not great, but simply acted great. He said that is he acted great, then people would think he was great and if that happened then he actually was great.

As entrepreneurs, creative, marketers and business owners, it can often be isolating as you do not get the “water cooler” talk that often comes with the situation of being employed for someone else or simply an employee. As a result, we have to pull inspiration from different resources and outlets often leaving us in a state of be wilderness and maybe a tad of humor and weirdness. After all, as business owners, we really are weird and that is okay. It is why we are entrepreneurs, in most cases, we make terrible employees and that is a statement all to itself.

You might be asking, what or how does watching an interview on a professional great boxer help with running a business or succeed in capturing your online customer’s attention in the digital marketing world? I am happy that you asked. Truth is as a business owner, you are running into several situations which are dark and completely foreign. If you are a business owner that is striving for innovation in their particular industry, whether it be automotive or real estate, then you literally might be cutting and forming new territory and that is a challenge all to itself. When moments seem tough and uncontrollable, we all must ask our self and remind our self why wen entered into this particular genre of life, entrepreneurship. Anyone who has ventured out knows that there is much sacrifice that comes with this sort of lifestyle. An example is I am sitting on an airplane right this minute to complete a digital marketing campaign for the Toronto Fall RV Show while my wife is 16 days from giving birth to our first child. The ying and the yang is in true effect. I get many privileges and flexibilities with being my own boss, but I also have to sacrifice to stay in the game and strive. Are you great? Or do you act great? In regards to myself, I do not have an answer, but I do know that I want to act great and bea leader in all categories of my life. Business is great, family is everything though.

Drop me a comment and tell me what video or article that you pull inspiration from to keep aspiring to your goals.

Uh oh! Beginning of The Trust Cycle: Using Social Media & Digital Marketing to Engage Your Customers

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Uh Oh! Platforms, wires, people huddled together trying to get those extra few bars of battery life at the airport. This truly is the digital connection economy. Hopping on an airplane witnessing passenger reactions when flight attendants tell them no monitors are available to view shows. Their only option is to download the app and view on their laptop, iPad or smart phone device is sobering to say the least. For the “millennial” this is just normal life, but as a fellow entrepreneur and marketer, I wonder how they feel or how I would feel if I was in their position. Needless to say, this is our new reality, so let’s make the most of it.

When talking sales or execution of a marketing strategy, the funnel is always brought up. What people tend to forget is the way someone comes into the funnel has completely changed. They are entering the funnel wayyyyyy before they meet you, they are entering digitally on their own terms, in their own time. This is HUGE! Does social media sell and what the hell is the ROI? Well, those are great questions, but it is accurate to say that social media, search and display are the beginning stages of the trust cycle, so if you want to say hello to your customer, I suggest you get social and start building trust. By doing this, I do not mean come outta the gate swinging and asking them to buy your sh*t, but rather to establish some value and authority in your chosen space.

Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube are known as social media networks, but make no mistake, they are platforms where people spend a ridiculous amount of time and breath on. We call these platforms, and there are three main stages to platforms: traction, maintaining and expansion. Out of these three, traction is the hardest. Think about trying to lose weight, hardest part is literally getting started. This is part of human nature, if we do not see immediate results or get the desired reactions from our pees, we often dismiss our initial reasons for starting out on the venture. Traction is social media or plat forming is no different as it takes time, dedication and constant thumb exercise. Hah did you get that joke? Are you thumbs hurting? I know mine are!

When tackling you’re your social media strategy for your real estate company or automotive dealership, think of it as a going on a date for the first time. The initial first 5 minutes of the interaction will often likely determine the outcome of what that encounter will look like as it goes on. Ask yourself how you can provide value and gain trust with your customer when making posts or curating your content. Remember, this is not a game, it is all about interacting with people! People are not dumb, they know when someone is trying to sell them, stop it! Seth Godin say’s it best, we are in a permission economy!

Get out there and build some trust!

Come say hi to me.

Keynote Speaker: Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association of Saskatchewan & Ontario | Digital Marketing

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Back to school for the kids and back to busy for the adults! September brings us into fall and our beloved holiday season full of activities and events! I am delighted to be a keynote speak for The Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association of Saskatchewan and Ontario in September. Working with the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association of Canada has been amazing and a ton of fun. It has introduced my company into the RV industry. Working with some of the RV dealers has been thought provoking and igniting as they to have customers that are shifting to digital at high numbers during their discovery portion of their RV search. I always like to say in my presentations that marketing to a buyer when they are about to make the purchase is simply to late. We must market to them prior.

I recently just got back from making my keynote presentation in Regina for the RVDA of Saskatchewan and it was an amazing group to speak too. Many of the RV dealers agreed that digital is where they need to go, but some simply felt overwhelmed and unsure of how they should go about it. It all really starts with getting educated and learning first steps of transferring your advertising budget into digital.

I will be speaking to RV Dealers in and around Toronto and Ottawa about how they can use social media and digital marketing to increase their online foot print and sales.

Anyhow, message me here if you have any questions.