Persuasion

The Secret of Making Sales Without Selling (Is To Distract People From Realizing You’ve Sold Them)

Spike Jones

“I always aspire to that, where it feels like the film was made by the characters as opposed to the filmmakers. I try to be invisible.” – Spike Jonze, Born Oct. 22, 1969. When you create marketing messages for clients, it should be this way, too. You’re creating a message from the client to their …

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This One Word Describes The Only Thing Worth “Selling” (No Matter What Your Product Is…)

Charles Revson

“In the factory we make cosmetics; in the drugstore we sell hope.” – Charles Revson, Born Oct. 11, 1906. This is something to remember for all you would-be copywriters out there. The product is the product. It has features and aspects and components. Even a digital product has a page count or a domain name …

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Every Snowflake In the Blizzard Feels Unique and Special

Harvey Pekar

“Everybody’s like everybody else, and everybody’s different from everybody else.” – Harvey Pekar, Born Oct. 8, 1939. As a professional person expert, I can tell you that the second part of that quote is what people believe is true about themselves. “I am unique. I am special. I am different. I stand apart.” And note, …

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Say it. Then say it again differently. And yet again, but not the same, and Etc…

Paul Weyrich

“The average voter has to hear a point seven times before it registers.” – Paul Weyrich, Born Oct. 7, 1942. Repetition is key. Repetition is key. If you want your message to be received… Repetition. Is. Key. Here is the rub. The trick to making this work is that you can’t just say the same …

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Why We Buy: To Forget We Will Die

Steven Pinker

“We’re living in primate heaven. We’re warm, dry, we’re not hungry, we don’t have fleas and ticks and infections. So why are we so miserable?” – Steven Pinker, Born Sep. 18, 1954. Why not, Steve? Because we are all damned with the inescapable knowledge of our own eventual demise. It’s a pants-shitting fear that constantly …

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No Message Stands Alone – All Communication is CONVERSATION

Maurice Chevalier

“An artist carries on throughout his life a mysterious, uninterrupted conversation with his public.” – Maurice Chevalier, Born Sep. 12, 1888. A business has a conversation with the market, and with its prospects, and with its customers. That’s what marketing and advertising and selling IS: a conversation. Social media and Internet-based marketing in general has …

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