|Focusing your vision, achieving results|
-- Rosalynn Carter
by Robert Middleton
Apparently I was the consummate trick-or-treater. I would work very hard to get all the candy I could (collected in a large pillowcase) and then went home to catalog all my booty into various categories: 20 suckers, 15 tootsie rolls, 32 candy bars, etc.
What I realized was that I still have this tendency to be very organized, and it's helped me be a better marketer. I have very clear goals, I keep good statistics and track results almost obsessively.
The ah-ha that I had was that if people were more aware of various childhood talents, they could probably tell what kind of marketing they would do best at, enabling them to capitalize on their strengths.
I don't make any claims for scientific categorizations, but I'm willing to bet you'll see yourself in here somewhere. And these categories don't mean that you'll automatically be good at this type of marketing, just that you have talents in that direction.
As a marketer, you'll do the best with networking. You have a natural talent for meeting people and striking up friendships and keeping in touch.
You feel it's who you know, rather than what you know that helps you be more successful.
The pitfall for a Relationship Marketer is that you can make networking an end unto itself. That is, you'll join various groups, become an officer of organizations and spend huge amounts of time while forgetting that the purpose of networking is to connect with potential clients.
As a marketer, you're able to use visuals to attract and persuade. Your business card, brochure and web site are all elegant and attention-getting. Every marketing piece you put out draws people into your world.
The pitfall for the Aesthetic Marketer is that you can get too caught up in form over substance. You need to make sure your marketing materials contain relevant, persuasive information as well as look attractive.
As a marketer, you are well organized and on purpose. You know what you want and you are very focused on getting it. You have a talent for bringing together ideas, resources and people to make something happen.
The pitfall for the Project Marketer is that you can get so involved in the project that you forget that the purpose is to persuade prospects to take action. A project can't be an end unto itself, but a means to an end.
As a marketer, you'll do better as a member of a group. Going it alone is not for you. You like clear division of labor and spreading around the responsibility. You can see the big picture, you just don't want to do it all.
The pitfall for a Team Marketer is that if you are an Independent professional, you may feel isolated and overwhelmed. You need to work at building a virtual team of competent vendors and experts.
As a marketer, you are talented at using the written word to persuade. You enjoy models that explain your approach or process. You go to great lengths to present ideas that demonstrate what you can do and how you can do it.
The pitfall of the Academic Marketer is just the opposite of the Aesthetic Marketer. Your marketing can come across as cold or dull. You take too long to get to the point. You need to work at packaging your message more attractively.
As a marketer, you're most comfortable giving talks and presentations. You know you can win over prospects if you can give them a demonstration or motivate them to take action. You love being a star and inspiring people to be the best they can be.
The pitfall for the Presentation Marketer is that you can get caught up in looking good. You can become more of a performer than a marketer and put on presentations that entertain but don't really persuade.
Those are six marketing types that I'm familiar with. I'm sure there are more. (Please share them with me.)
If you become aware of your particular marketing strength or talent, work to develop it to its fullest. But at the same time, realize that each type has it's limitations. The best marketer is someone who develops several of these talents (we all have more than one) to become truly effective at attracting new clients.
A warm welcome to our new Coaching Tip of the Week subscribers who I met at Keefe Tech Tuesday night during my program "Empowering Yourself." I enjoyed sharing my tools for gaining control of your life and participating in the new openings, ideas and visions that people experienced.
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