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Why I Hate Kittens… in Marketing

Why I Hate Kittens in MarketingA while ago I was jarred by one of the most “what the heck?” commercials I’d ever seen. Taylor Swift was drinking a Diet Coke. And every time she took a drink there would be more white kittens in her living room. So she took a lot of drinks, and played with the kittens.

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Right Place, Right Time, Clear Message… No Impact

No Impact

When I was in college, there was a central area of campus flanked by five buildings that was called the Pentacrest. There was always a certain person with a large presence in that area. We called him the Pentacrest Preacher. Day after day he would position himself along the sidewalks of the Pentacrest when large numbers of students were walking by, shouting his message of sin and repentance. We all heard him, but there was one problem – no one was listening.

According to traditional marketing ideas, the preacher was doing everything right. He identified his target market. He crafted a targeted message with a clear call to action. He found out where his target market was located, and when they were there. He positioned himself in that place at the right time, and shouted to make sure he was heard. Right place, right time, clear message… but no impact.

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3 Elements to a Great Brand Story

Create Your Brand Story

Have you noticed that most websites are ‘Me, me, me?’ You might be selling the best product ever made, but if your site is all about how great you are, you won’t gain customers. Customers aren’t interested in how awesome someone else is. They’re interested in their own struggles.

A much better approach is for a business to have a story – complete with drama and a heroic ending – to connect with customers. Once you’ve defined who you are and who your customers are, connect the two by creating a great brand story. These three elements are key.

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