In today’s Mind Readings, some thoughts about your marketing and the importance of consistency. When you’re inconsistent in your marketing cadence, what message does that send to your audience?
Can’t see anything? Watch it on YouTube here.
Listen to the audio here:
- Got a question for You Ask, I’ll Answer? Submit it here!
- Subscribe to my weekly newsletter for more useful marketing tips.
- Find older episodes of You Ask, I Answer on my YouTube channel.
- Need help with your company’s data and analytics? Let me know!
- Join my free Slack group for marketers interested in analytics!
What follows is an AI-generated transcript. The transcript may contain errors and is not a substitute for watching the video.
Christopher Penn 0:15
In today’s mind readings, a bit of a mess, scolding, almost, of dedication and consistency.
I got an email newsletter today from a company I’ve done business with in the past.
I hadn’t gotten an email newsletter from them in a while, it’s been a least a couple of months, if not more.
And you could tell that they just, you know, tossed it out there.
And there was a couple of news articles, you know, summarize and an opening greeting from some salesperson.
And then, of course, a big old sales pitch in the middle of it.
And it bugged me, it bugged me because when you are inconsistent in your marketing, and when you are undisciplined in your marketing, you’re saying, you’re implying a whole bunch of things that you probably don’t want to be implying remarketing.
Number one, your lack of consistency shows a lack of dedication, right, that shows a lack of discipline internally in your marketing team.
And as with all indicators, it’s one of those things that makes you question Well, if the company can’t even send out its newsletter on time, on a regular basis, if it’s just sort of an afterthought, why would I want to do business with them? Because maybe, maybe all their stuff is like that, maybe they’re just a crap show everywhere within their companies, right? So that’s one thing that that lack of consistency, and that lack of discipline, in their marketing, may be indicative of bigger problems, right? It’s like, going out on a first date with somebody and they just start stealing all the food off your plate, like is this gonna be a thing? This is an indicator of a lack of boundaries, that that could be concerning.
But the bigger thing that bugs me is that this email, both the lack of consistency on the content, and it shows a lack of respect to the audience shows a lack of giving value to the audience, the intent of this company, and the intent of the marketing team of this company is very, very clear.
They are like that one friend who only reaches out to you when they need something, right? Otherwise, you never hear from that friend.
And you like them again.
When you’re not consistent when you are giving.
And when you’re not delivering value with your marketing, you’re implicitly saying that your audience only matters to you when you need something from them, right? We all we got to hit our sales numbers for the quarter, send out some emails, right, or our numbers are down this month, send out some emails.
Instead of saying we need to provide value to the people who have consented, who have who have volunteered to get stuff from us.
We need to keep providing the value and a lot of it over time consistently, in a dedicated way, so that they understand we value them so that they understand we think highly of them that we respect them.
And when you do that, when you show that respect to your audience and give them value, and don’t ask for as much back as in terms of value as you give, then asking is easier.
Right? It’s much easier to ask for something, when not to say that your relationship with the audience should be transactional.
But if you’ve been giving value for 52 weeks, and you’re a big ask every 13th week, it’s still kind of a 12 to one ratio, right of you.
You’re giving you’re giving you’re giving you’re giving, can we ask for something you’re giving, you’re giving, you’re giving you’re giving Can we ask for something.
That’s the best way to make sure that your audience feels respected, feels valued, understands the value you provide wants you in their inbox or in their social media channel or the YouTube channel or wherever it doesn’t matter.
It’s all it’s all agnostic.
But when you give way more than you take, and when you give consistently, you’re saying to the audience, this is a mutually beneficial relationship.
Right? This is, this helps us both.
Christopher Penn 5:03
And your audience and your numbers should reflect that.
Right? If they don’t, you may need to check the value proposition of what you’re asking for.
Because you’re asking for a whole bunch of money.
And you haven’t given equivalent value, there may be a disparity in the exchange of value there.
But especially when it comes to email marketing, create that discipline internally.
email marketing, if you’re if you’re doing it well.
email marketing should not be an afterthought.
It should not be just something to check off on the weekly checklist of things to do, it should be something that you’re giving to somebody.
Right? My friend Ann Handley says email newsletters are distorted by marketers, right? Marketers focus so much on the news part, and not enough on the letter.
And I don’t know about you, but most of the time, when I do get letters from people, they’re written to me, right? Whether it’s an email or a paper, or what have you.
And when you approach your email marketing with that same lens, that same perspective, and you’re writing a letter to your friends, essentially, every week, every month, or whatever, give value in the same way that you would give value to in a letter you would actually write to your friends.
And yes, you could have some news in there too.
Hey, we’ve got this new thing on sale, that’s fine.
As long as it’s not the majority of the of the content, right, the content puts the audience member first, and gives them the value that they expect and earns you a place in their brain so that when they have a need, they know who to call.
Don’t be like this other company that is the desperate friend.
Desperate acquaintance really because at that point, that person is not a friend.
Don’t be the desperate acquaintance.
Don’t be the stalker.
Acquaintance is like, only shows up when they need something.
It’s not a good look for a person and definitely not a good look for your brand.
Thanks for watching.
You might also enjoy:
- How to Measure the Marketing Impact of Public Speaking
- You Ask, I Answer: Google Tag Manager and Google Analytics Integration?
- B2B Email Marketers: Stop Blocking Personal Emails
- Best Practices for Public Speaking Pages
- The Biggest Mistake in Marketing Data
Want to read more like this from Christopher Penn? Get updates here:
Get your copy of AI For Marketers