Direct Mail Marketing and Wine Labels - What's Your Big Idea?
Not long ago, I read that well-known California winemaker Rodney Strong had passed away. While recounting his professional career, the article cited Strong's innovative direct mail marketing tactics.
"Strong developed a marketing strategy that involved direct mail in which he offered to sell wine with a buyer's individual information on the label – 'From the wine cellar of so-and-so,' or 'A gift from such-and-such corporation'."
The program continues to this day, as living testament to its effectiveness.
That story got me thinking about the way we market our products and services in relation to their uniqueness.
Why do so many companies today waste time and money marketing average products and services to hard-to-impress consumers? Why don't more companies follow the Rodney Strong model (remarkable product / service idea first; marketing second)?
Marketing the Remarkable
Here's the idea again:
Come up with a remarkable product or service, and then start telling people about it. Word-of-mouth will take it from there.
How Do You Measure Up?
Or think of it this way...
If you stripped away all the marketing glitz and set your product on a shelf by itself (or described your service on a plain piece of paper) -- would it seem remarkable? Would it impress members of your target audience? Or, are you relying on your marketing to add the pizzazz?
Instead of struggling to promote something average, dig deep to find the above-average aspect of what you're selling. If there isn't such an aspect ... go back to the drawing board and make one.
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