Serve a steady stream of snack-sized messages

Bitesized Ever hear those radio spots where the poor on-air talent is talking so fast it sounds as if they didn’t take a breath for the entire :60 seconds?

That’s an example of the "shove it all in" thinking. 

Many business owners believe that they have to cram all the facts, figures and information into every single ad, sign, brochure and web page.  They are in a panic, imagining that they might never have another chance to tell their story. 

Of course, when they create marketing tools that are over-packed, that’s exactly what happens. The audience turns a deaf ear.

When you think about creating a marketing piece — think bite-sized snacks.  One piece, one message.

Have you ever over indulged on Thanksgiving and when you finally pushed away from the table, you felt like you might burst?  Contrast that with how you feel when you eat several mini-meals throughout a day.

Your marketing tools should be like mini-meals.  Tasty treats that your audience will look forward to because they are not too filling and were created to delight the consumer.

Mason Hipp of SmallFuel Marketing, gets this concept in spades.   His excellent series, Small Business Marketing 101 breaks down his counsel into 9 bite-sized posts.  Could he have written one mammoth white paper?  Sure…but his readers would have felt bloated and saturated. 

Be a smart marketer.  Don’t drive your audience away by drowning them in details.  Give them plenty of time and space to slowly absorb your message.  One bite at a time.

UPDATE:  Got this note via e-mail: 

From a 20 year radio guy- THANK YOU!!

I loved your example of trying to get too much in a radio commercial.

The main reason radio’s getting bad press is our own dumb moves.  People as a whole are still satisfied with radio’s delivery quality- and the dirty little secret is they’re also satisfied with hearing their FAVORITE songs (look at most people’s iPod most played lists).

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