“Business owners – what keeps you awake at night? Whatever it is – I’d like to help”
“Have you ever left a restaurant wondering why you ordered so much?
I know I have.
You order with good intentions – but you literally can’t fit in everything you’d like to.
A lot like life, really. And that’s why I’ve launched this new site. Let me explain.
Over the years, I’ve created a huge amount of marketing material: videos, PDFs, case studies and Q&As.
I’m hugely biased, naturally. But I believe these little gems will help you solve any marketing conundrum – and come out with a profit. So a while ago I crowbarred them in to a membership site.
But it all went wrong because of one disastrous factor I had overlooked: lack of time.
Lots of people subscribed. But hardly any – and I mean this – used all that material. In fact, most subscribers watched less than 30 minutes of video a month. They just didn’t have the time.
Some poor souls paid happily each month and never logged in – a classic case of other people’s money – like their bosses’ – I suspect.
In my younger days, I would have been perfectly happy with this arrangement. But not now. The biggest thrill – and pleasure – I get is teaching.
So I wondered what I could do.
Give it all away perhaps? Not a chance: who values free information? Though I concede it’s smart to give some away.
Lower the price? This seemed obvious to me. At my age I far prefer the people who want to learn but can’t afford to, rather than the people who can, but don’t.
In this month, with brand spanking new, bite sized content, I cover:
- What to spend your marketing money on. When everyone is zigging, it’s sometimes smart to zag.
- How a little bit of planning can go a long way. I’ve always surprised myself , and my financial director, when I take the time to plan.
- Money squandered by the lazy. I see this time and time again and it drives me insane.
- How to avoid vampires that suck away your writing substance. These ghouls still keep me awake at night.
- Two roads to copy disaster. And they are not what you think.
- Why people really respond. It’s all about them…
- A great formula for sales letters and landing pages. As I said, I’m biased, but this is worth the subscription price on its own.
- Time is money. Especially so with copy.
- The 5 elements of success. Only four are needed, but the fifth helps.
- What we can all learn from Leonardo da Vinci. A genius tells you how all marketers should think.
- The market stages. Critically important – but often overlooked. Don’t make this mistake and make things unnecessarily hard for yourself.
But never mind that. One demonstration is worth more than a mountain of promises. So here’s a snippet from the first month:
Still not convinced?
If you rummage round in the vault you’ll find stuff that’s available nowhere else:
- Your Profit Centre
- Get on with it
- Interview – Rowan Gormley, founder of Naked Wines and co-founder of three Virgin firms.
- Introduction to Marketing – Part 1
- Introduction to Marketing – Part 2
- Introduction to Marketing – Part 3
- Introduction to Marketing – Part 4
- Long copy versus Short copy
- Try an editorial style…
- The Element of Surprise
- Do what a salesman would do
- Don’t ever give up…
- Treat customers as people
- Introduction to Marketing – Part 5 – Testing your Judgement
- Introduction to Marketing – Part 6 – How much is a customer worth to you?
- The customer as an individual
- The value of incentives
- Emotion in business
- Month 3 Short Video 1
- Month 3 Short Video 2
- Month 3 Short Video 3
- Interview – Srikumar Rao – best-selling author – and the only business school professor with his own Alumni Association
And it doesn’t stop there. I do confess, it’s information overload, unless you are obsessive with learning (as I was when I was a younger man) Here’s what I mean:
- Introduction to Marketing – Part 7 – The Magic Crossroads
- Introduction to Marketing – Part 8 – Your Priorities
- The most powerful word in marketing
- The obvious is always overlooked
- Audio Interview – Clayton Makepeace
- Audio Interview – Ken McCarthy
- Introduction to Marketing – Part 9 – Your Priorities
- From who?
- Who What Why Where When
- How long should your copy be?
- Ask for a reply
- Do not use jargon
- How to get action
- The most powerful word in marketing
- Three Simple Steps
- People are your business
- Book ideas
- Learn from your mistakes and my flops
- Failure to measure
- Edit and charm – two important lessons
- People’s nature never changes
- What is great selling? – New podcast
- Rory Sutherland on Branding
- Troy White Audio Interview
- Brian Thomas Interview
- Peter Hobday Interview
- Michael Leander Webinar
- B2B Webinar
- Hargreaves Lansdown Letter Analysis
- Rory Sutherland Video
If you’re serious about studying marketing – I’ll bet the shirt on my back you won’t find a better resource than ‘the vault’.
But remember, the vault isn’t the main event.
Every month you’ll also get one hour’s worth of brand new content, just like the video above.
And it’ll be on a subject I know will have an impact on your business. Because these principles work any business – large or small, in any country, no matter what you sell, or what it costs, whether it’s a product or a service.
It’s the stuff I wish I was spoon fed when I was running around like a mad man in my first business – which went broke, by the way – a nightmare it took me seven years to recover from
Drayton Bird – The Golden Key Contains: Videos, Audios, PDF´s, Documents