July 28, 2008
News & Opinion: Excerpt from Mind Capture
In The A.D.D. World!
"The enemy of the entrepreneur is distraction"
The three biggest challenges facing all marketers in the 21st century:
1. Attention 2. Time 3. Credibility
We're going to focus heavily on point #1 in this book. Why? The amount of advertising messages and marketing options available is staggering. Millions of dollars are wasted every day by a combination of ignorance, bad advice, lack of marketing knowledge and far too many conflicting opinions on what works and what doesn't.
Marketing is the oxygen of every successful business. Don't be fooled. The greatest product, service, widget, invention, idea is doomed if no one knows about it, and bottom line, people aren't compelled to pay any attention because the marketing function is broken! Enthusiasm without a solid plan, knowledge of the customer and the use of proven marketing strategies to build Mind Capture is a prescription for struggle, little if any profit, or chance at long-term business success.
If someone came to me with a gun and said, "Tony, give me a quick, concise book that my team and I can use immediately containing key marketing skills and things you'd use to build a cash strapped, startup business from $0 to $100,000 or more in profits in one year or less," this would be it. That's my mission: cut to the chase, trim the fat, spare you theory and lay out several solid marketing ideas and specific techniques in a black and white, noncomplex way.
It's absolutely true when motivational coach and author Tony Robbins says "Success leaves clues." From the literal hundreds of sales, marketing and promotional tactics available these days, the goal of this book is to give you a clear, concise, proven and defined marketing map that you can use to build Mind Capture, and achieve quantum leaps to achieve business success.
Sadly, marketing is still for far too many businesses, organizations and sales professionals a complex, contradictory and expensive proposition. It doesn't have to be that way. To give you some perspective on how this book was assembled and crafted for maximum impact and profits, I looked at three distinct areas:
1. A successful background in direct sales selling services in two intensely competitive industries where people were extremely skeptical to talk about or even meet with me to discuss something they used everyday in their business operations: advertising and
2. Research from over 14 years of real world trial and error application of these techniques and learning from successful clients and organizations up close and personal. In addition, since my first book Mind Capture: How To Stand Out In The Age of Advertising Overload was released I've received amazing feedback from readers
on what they've used and the results achieved.
3. Intense study and research from hundreds of books, newsletters, magazines, private seminars and up close questioning of successful businesses I've directly worked with ranging from casinos, banking, real estate to hundreds of small and mid-sized firms covering a wide range of industries, products, and services. The sorting process has been a daunting, but a necessary task to separate the gems from the massive amount of marketing strategies and information currently available.
I'm a big believer in what the great Albert Einstein said, "Make the complex simple" and here's why:
Most People I Consult, Train And Teach Can Only Integrate And Implement Bite Sized Nuggets Of Marketing Knowledge In Stages To Achieve Long Term And Significant Positive Change
In the age of instant communication, MTV, the Internet and boundless amounts of media screaming at us with the latest, greatest deal, it's very challenging for many organizations to stop, step back and focus on a logical plan which may take time to fully produce results. The "cut and run" mentality is a major problem with many marketing initiatives that sometimes take time to produce long term results. It's very tempting for people to want the latest and greatest "magic marketing pill." It's also human nature to seek out the path of least resistance. With so many competing media options, information and no shortage of opinions, the temptation to drift off course in relation to marketing is very high.
Sprinkled within many chapters and at the back of the book, you'll see mentions for additional resources to help you explore, clarify and provide even greater knowledge on certain sections within the book. Those selected are top notch, credible in my eyes and listed to save you time and provide a shortcut on your Mind Capture marketing journey. One book can't do it all. I urge you to learn from multiple experts who have the track record and world class knowledge to assist you.
Time is precious and I'd much rather recommend to you other specific experts if you want to dive even deeper into a topic area than to try and recreate the wheel or write an 853 page book.
What This Book Is Not
Academic in nature. If you have a degree in marketing from a college, way to go, we're in good company. I have one too and I bet that my daddy's bigger than yours. Get over it. I sold my college textbooks when I was 21 and haven't missed them since. No disrespect, but you'll find this book to be loaded with strategies to improve your business quickly. Filler is not permitted. A confession: Far too many authors ramble on with 300-400 page books that most people will never finish reading. Here's my philosophy to writing:
1. Similar to when I do live training, I'm interested in making the ideas presented easy to digest in chapter size nuggets, entertaining and most importantly something you'll implement into your business.
2. Most people do not like to read (I do have an audio version of this book available by the way) or they don't have as much time as they'd like.
3. I want to save you time and lay out a case as to why marketing is critically important to understand and use effectively within your organization.
I've always believed that a solid marketing foundation and the proper mindset is critical before attempting to build mastery in any subject and in particular marketing. Too many businesses and sales professionals foolishly ignore this advice and attempt to go from a skill level of two or three on a scale of one to ten, to a nine or ten without understanding the stages in between.
These Mind Capture strategies if applied and added into your business will give you a huge advantage over the competition. The balance of proof must be weighed in your favor consistently for you to achieve any longterm staying power in the crowded, noisy, and ever changing competitive market place.
Many businesses are either unaware or treat the Mind Capture strategies we'll cover together with little if any focused thought because they fall into the "we're too busy mode to learn, create and implement these into our business" mentality. This thinking grinds and disturbs me because it's laziness and a true lack of respect for the most important component of EVERY business--effective marketing!
Another goal and motive is to have you look at the strategies contained in the book as interconnected and important pieces to your current and future success. Much like a bullet proof vest is designed to protect and serve, you must be continually thinking, "which competitor in our industry or new startup is presently planning or attempting to put our product, service, business or organization in their crosshairs? Are they local, regional, national, web based or on the other side of the globe?"
Folks, this is the Information Age. The Internet is an amazing paradox. While creating new opportunities, it's also bringing new and radically different competition from all corners of the earth. The paranoid never sleep!
Some Sobering Statistics To Serve As A Warning and Wake Up Call:
According to the most recent Small Business Administration (SBA) data, for the year ending 2005 approximately 671,000 new businesses were started in the U.S. During that same time for the year end approximately 544,800 new and existing businesses went out of business.
Why is this? Simple. Lack of new and repeat business! Sure, there were other factors that contributed, but remember the old adage the customer is king. It's too bad how quickly this is forgotten by well intentioned businesses of all shapes and sizes. How and why did this happen in most cases? Marketing was either done poorly or not given much attention at all. The world is full of brilliant ideas, products and services that never see the light of day.
Excerpted from Mind Capture
Copyright © 2008 by Tony Rubleski
Published by Morgan James Publishing, LLC
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About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.