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Challenge all of your current marketing materials. Remember, it's intended audience that counts. What's in it for them? Why should they care?
Listen, if your marketing is consistently generating all high-quality leads you can handle, then don't change a thing. But if you haven't quite figured out how to generate a constant supply of leads for your service business, then you owe it to yourself to challenge your current marketing tools by putting them to "So What?" test.
Try these ideas:
* Challenge all of your marketing tools that aren't contributing to consistently generate leads for your service business - even ones that have worked in past. Could you improve message and get a higher return? Put it to "So What?" test.
* Try X's and O's test (especially with last letter you wrote). Mark an X every time your marketing piece mentions your name, company name, or words "I" or "me". Mark and O every time it mentions prospects name, company name, or word "you" or "your". If X's out number O's, rewrite it before using it again.
* Try gathering up a group of people you can trust to give you very honest feedback. You're not just looking for proof readers, but individuals who will give you honest feedback on whether your materials pass "So What?" test.
* Be prepared for some negative feedback, but more importantly, be prepared to do something about it.
* Don't just accept opinions, but try to get down to realistic response. For example: "I think this part is too wordy and detailed." (opinion) versus "I got pretty lost and confused with level of detail in this part." (response)
* Remember that it is intended audience that counts. If it's not clear who message is intended for when it's received, then how can it pass "So What?" test.
(c) - Kevin Dervin, KPD Marketing
Kevin is focused on helping businesses that are ready to grow, but struggle with how to consistently attract more clients. Visit http://www.proven-small-business-marketing-solutions.com for more information you can use to grow your business. Visit http://www.ABCDgrowth.com and subscribe to his free ezine.