Marketing guru Seth Godin blogged this week on seven marketing sins, and shared what he thought businesses should not be doing with their marketing. There’s some gold in here, so I had to repost it.
We as creative writers and producers could do well to bear some of these in mind when we’re advising our clients and creating their ad campaigns; it’s all about helping them to tell a story.
The seven marketing sins.
Impatient... great marketing takes time. Doing it wrong ten times costs much more and takes longer than doing it slowly, but right, over the same period of time.
Selfish… we have a choice, and if we sense that this is all about you, not us, our choice will be to go somewhere else.
Self-absorbed… you don’t buy from you, others buy from you. They don’t care about your business and your troubles nearly as much as you do.
Deceitful… see selfish, above. If you don’t tell us the truth, it’s probably because you’re selfish. How urgent can your needs be that you would sacrifice your future to get something now?
Inconsistent… we’re not paying that much attention, but when we do, it helps if you are similar to the voice we heard from last time.
Angry… at us? Why are you angry at us? It’s not something we want to be part of, thanks.
Jealous… is someone doing better than you? Of course they are. There’s always someone doing better than you. But if you let your jealousy change your products or your attitude or your story, we’re going to leave.
Of course, they’re not marketing sins, they’re human failings.
Humility, empathy, generosity, patience and kindness, combined with the arrogance of the brilliant inventor, are a potent alternative.
Watch the video here.