The one I know best, and keep in mind every day is this one:
PEOPLE ARE LAZY, UNINFORMED AND SELFISH
Is it a bad thing? No. It’s just what I start with when developing relevant communications plans for every audience.
Let’s break it down in stages.
People are lazy-
That means, they’re not going out of their way to find your messages, read your messages or respond to your messages.
- Since yesterday, almost 2,000 junk emails have accumulated in my spam box
- Since I’ve been back from Oklahoma, 5 newspapers are waiting for me to read
- On the NY Times homepage, I often just skim the most emailed news stories to get my intel
- Design media plans that are interactive with your audience and encourage people to opt-in for more details.
That means you should never assume they have any idea who you are or what you do.
- Word of Mouth is the most trusted source of information when consumers decide which products and services to buy.
- Read my White Paper on Word of Mouth Marketing or, if you prefer to do-it-yourself, find the people that know the most people and have them spread your messages. And make your messages informative, relevant and just a little bit fun.
That means that’s enough about me, let’s talk about me
The average American is exposed to about 3000 advertising messages a
day, and globally corporations spend over $620 billion each year to
make their products seem desirable and to get us to buy them.
Create your messages using the WIIFM rule: What’s in it for me. You have 3 seconds to get me attention. Use them wisely.
Take a test- look at the last 3 important emails you sent out to a group and analyze them against the above— How did you do?
Happy Mothers Day!