Renée 🐝 Cormier

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Seven Marketing Tricks Everyone Should Avoid!

Seven Marketing Tricks Everyone Should Avoid!


Social Media Tip # 16

Don’t send spam to people.
Nobody will be interested in you
until you show your interest in

Every business person needs to know how to market their business. These days, if you are selling something, then you definitely need to know how to maximize the internet to generate leads and ultimately sales. It always amazes me to see the number of people who market their businesses in the most inefficient ways. I think the reason people engage in useless marketing efforts is because they are either too lazy to do it right or too naïve to realize their offer is not as uniquely compelling as they think.

When we speak of marketing, we often hear the terms inbound and outbound, but what does that really mean? The easiest way to explain it is to tell you that inbound marketing is permission based and designed to pull people in, whereas outbound marketing is more about pushing a message out and interrupting people. The problem is, nobody will tolerate being interrupted anymore. Time is a valuable commodity. We skip past television commercials, hang up on telemarketers and delete unsolicited emails. This means that inbound marketing efforts are what businesses need to be focused on and in case you don’t believe me,  there are plenty of studies published on the internet which reveal the effectiveness of inbound marketing over outbound marketing.

Here is a list of a few things people do to promote their businesses via the internet that smart marketers avoid at all costs!

Spam: Spam comes in many forms. We tend to think of unsolicited email as spam, but direct messages via Twitter and LinkedIn for example, can also be spam, even if the product you are selling is really good! Someone once said to me, “Tellin’ ain’t sellin’; askin’ is!” If you’re not asking questions to learn about your prospect’s needs and desires before you actually tell them anything about your business, then you are sending spam. If you are intruding on someone’s time to talk about your business, then you are spamming. If you don’t want to spam people, then offer something unconditionally, to people who actually ask to receive it.

Advertising: Traditional advertising such as radio, television, direct mail and billboards are a complete waste of money in terms of how much revenue they actually generate versus inbound efforts. Internet advertising can also be a waste of money. The trick with successful internet advertising is that it must be inbound in nature (i.e. offer something instead of sell something) and highly targeted to the demographic that will most likely be interested in your offer.

Blanket marketing: I just made this term up because I don't know a better way to describe it. It happens to me all the time; especially on Twitter and the biggest offenders are network marketers. They never look at my profile and simply assume that I am interested in being a network marketer. Then they offer me irrelevant content like their free network marketing tips or they try to sell me their network marketing lessons. I hate that. I am all over the internet and there is absolutely nothing in any of my profiles or on my website that indicates that I have even the slightest interest in network marketing. These people are either misusing their auto responders or just cutting and pasting the same response to anyone who follows them. “Hi, I see you’re into network marketing…” Really? Lately I have been responding by sending them my Social Media Marketing Tip # 16 meme.

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Over posting on social media: Every platform you use in social media is unique. There are optimal times to publish and types of content that are not suited to all platforms. Bombarding people with content all at once might seem like a great way to let everyone know you exist, but too much content in places like Facebook and LinkedIn can cause you to lose followers. I often see people posting the same thing on Twitter ten consecutive times (within three seconds). It’s aggravating but it is only going to appear in my feed for about fifteen minutes and then I won’t likely see it again. So what did that accomplish? It is a short lived result that only annoys people. Any time you annoy people you hurt your business. Try to space out your posts throughout the day and if you must publish several times in a row, then vary the content and limit it to three posts within 15 minutes.

Using an offer as click bait: I hate these. Making an offer that is not an offer at all doesn't make you more desirable! In this case, the marketer asks you to click on something to get something for free but when you do, you discover it doesn’t even exist. There are lots of offers of things to purchase, lots of flashy ads and no compelling reason to want to stay on the site. People don’t like to be duped and they don’t like to be sold to. Besides, you can’t sell to people if you haven’t established any trust. If you lie to me from the beginning, I am certainly not going to spend any money on your products or services.

The lure and pitch webinar: People in the self-help arena use this one all the time. They get you signed up for a free webinar that will take up an hour or two of your valuable time to learn how to empower yourself in some way. The main purpose is to sell you something like a video series or tickets to an event in some wonderful American city. I have trouble with the lure and pitch when the pitch is an hour long. No real information is given, but there is a lot of selling. One of these guys even had a young woman tell her story about how she didn’t pay her bills one month in favour of purchasing a $1000 video series. Of course she watched all her videos and followed the program and became an overnight success. This is unconscionable to me. Slime marketing at its finest. I clicked off the webinar and lost all respect for this person. I am sure several people purchased something, but how many did he completely turn off? I am guessing many more.

Email marketing: Sometimes email marketing is good. Done correctly it can be very helpful to your business, but more often than not it becomes spam. The key is to first get permission, then give, build trust, keep giving and gently offer something to buy. To get permission, offer something to help build an opt-in email list. Don't ever email without permission. Never export your LinkedIn contacts and send out random emails to people who are not interested in you. I know, you are connected, but this is not always because you are so gosh darn amazing. People who have thousands of LinkedIn contacts won’t know anything about you so if you send them a newsletter or advertise a course you are giving, they will delete your email or worse, report you, if you are both Canadian. Besides, bothering people will harm your reputation and it really won’t make you very much money.

Here is an important thing to remember. Anything you do that creates the perception that you are a bit slimy is bad for business. All of the marketing mistakes listed in this article can lead people to believe that you are either not very clever or not very trustworthy. I know there will be people who will probably tell me they are making money doing these things, but I contend that they would make a lot more money through smarter marketing efforts.

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Few public relations & communications specialists have as diverse a background as Renée Cormier. Add published author, employee engagement specialist, sales and marketing strategist, entrepreneur and educator to her list of accomplishments. In her career Renée has held leadership roles in sales and marketing, developed and implemented national marketing strategies and was responsible for teams as large as 28 strong. She brings a wide range of experience and talent to her work.

Renée really shines in marketing communications. She is known for developing and implementing comprehensive communications strategies and generating results through flawless implementation. With such strong business acumen, passion for her work and a natural talent for business strategy, Renée is definitely considered an important resource for her clients. Do you need help with your communications or public relations efforts? Contact Renée through her website.

It is hard to find PR people with the business acumen and the valuable varied experience that I have. If you are serious about growing your business and raising your public profile, then you should talk to me.



Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman

6 years ago #13

These are good tips, Ren\u00e9e Cormier. Knowing what not to do is as important as knowing what to do. Outdoing the competition presents challenges. Marketing strategies can make or break a startup venture.

Renée 🐝 Cormier

6 years ago #12

Thanks, Michelle, and thanks also for sharing this post. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Renée 🐝 Cormier

6 years ago #11

Thank you, Elizabeth. I believe in working efficiently.

Harvey Lloyd

6 years ago #10

I appreciate your posts and comments. They lift the fog of the many listcles that seem to go nowhere

Renée 🐝 Cormier

6 years ago #9

#6 #7 Thank you all!

Renée 🐝 Cormier

6 years ago #8

Thanks for your input, Harvey Lloyd. I try to write informative posts to give guidance people who can't afford to pay for my services. Inexperienced small business people will often put money into things that are completely unnecessary. Likewise, they will also waste their man hours doing things they feel should be productive, but really produce nothing (such as spamming people and cold calling). I want my clients to get the most bang for their buck, but marketing miracles rarely happen. Branding and lead generation are processes that takes time to develop and produce results. Having a plan of action put together in the form of a marketing communications plan is a great way to start. That keeps you from wasting effort on meaningless, random tasks and if presented correctly, would also give you a timeline to work with. It is worth paying for that if you have the discipline and man hours available to implement it. If you (or any other business owner) can't spend money on marketing, or if you are intimidated by the monumental task ahead of you, then at least take the time to learn how to help yourself. It is your business, after all. The other thing you have to consider is that if you continually focus your business efforts on performing day to day activities which are technical in nature rather than growth focused, you will not be able to expand your business. The most fun part of owning a business, for me at least, is seeing how I can make it grow. I have a compelling need to create and develop something much larger than what is in front of me. That means paying people to do things that are an ineffective use of my time. At some point you will need to take that leap. Think of Tom Sawyer painting Aunt Polly's fence. Tom was a business person at heart.

Renée 🐝 Cormier

6 years ago #7

Thank you, Sushmita Thakare Jain!

Harvey Lloyd

6 years ago #6

Wanted to offer some feedback from one small business Renee. Your post is communicated from inside a sphere you work in everyday. I am looking out from a different sphere into one that appears quite complicated, almost mystical. Not because it is, rather because of my vantage point. Small business struggles as resources are limited. A typical small business would balance an asset purchase that would enhance production or customer service against a fee for service marketing plan. Maybe not a good decision process but is typical of a small business leader. Small business gets bombarded with the marketing efforts as you have described. Just getting a business license enters you into the spam, junk mail and other spheres of influence of your checkbook. Typically the process has a numbing effect. More importantly, it is hard to distinguish the good from the bad. Maybe this is what the spammers are counting on. Having been in construction settings where the customer wanted to start now, but we couldn't finalize plans, the open-ended check book terrified them. But without finalized guidelines, there was no way to establish a cost. I get this same sensation when we discuss marketing. It seems to have an open checkbook feel. Not sure how one would close this off for their customer.

Donald 🐝 Grandy PN

6 years ago #5

Thanks Renee for this great marketing guideline. Well done.

Lisa Gallagher

6 years ago #4

Excellent Ren\u00e9e Cormier, scheduling now!

Renée 🐝 Cormier

6 years ago #3

Thanks, Don!

Renée 🐝 Cormier

6 years ago #2

That's for sure, Paul. Thanks for the comment!

don kerr

6 years ago #1

Solid advice for many here Ren\u00e9e Cormier Sharing.

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