Fear Factor

Fear Want to know what sabotages most marketing efforts?  It’s not the competition, the small budget or too much work, so you can’t be proactive. So what is?


There is a sweeping attitude (although many who have it won’t even see that they’ve been infected.) that it’s better to be safe, bland and expected when marketing.   Many marketing execs and even some agencies are just not willing to stick their proverbial neck out and risk being bold or different.

What is there to be afraid of?  You might get noticed? You might inspire reaction from your consumers? You might get someone’s attention? 

You don’t have to do it the way you’ve always done it or how your industry does it. I’m not advocating being wild just for the sake of it.  Do it in your voice.  Have a good strategy.  Just deliver the message in a way that is a surprise. 

Take a look at your recent marketing efforts.  Are they staid?  Expected?  Would you notice them if you were the audience?  Do you make a bold statement?  A startling promise? Do you say something that you haven’t seen someone else say this month? 

If not, the fear bug might have bitten you.  Want the antidote?

Resolve to stick your toe in the waters of bold. Come on in, the water’s fine!  You’ll love being heard for a change. 

Next post we’ll talk about Fear’s partner in crime – comfort.

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