Want to reach your customers? You gotta run.

Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up.
It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed.
Every morning a lion wakes up.
It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death.
It doesn’t matter whether you are the lion or the gazelle.
When the sun comes up, you better start running.

African proverb

Getting your message out to your target audiences must be an important priority in your business. If you drag your heels reaching out to your clients and potential clients, you can bet your competitors are working to fill the void.

Why the urgency?

Because no one is holding their breath waiting to hear from you.

Important ideas have to be repeated  often

At Wellons Communications, we believe in the Rule of Seven: Seven impressions are required to effectively communicate an important thought or concept.Lion gazelle

The core message can be the same, but it needs to be conveyed at least seven times to break through the “white noise” of communications.

So how do you know when you have achieved the Rule of Seven?

Results.

Whatever metrics are important to you should either change (or remain the same) when your target audiences have absorbed your message.

What kinds of results? Sales should show positive results. Awareness should increase. Perception of your service or product should be aligned with how you want your product or service to be recognized. Customers and clients should be more attuned to what you are can do – and are doing – and why you are important to their welfare.

We get those results

Our organization conducts communications programs that strive for positive marketing results, not simply publicity or news coverage that puts you in front of your audience on a one-time basis.

The only reason you are in business, after all, is to sell something. And our job is to help you sell it.

We go about it from two vantage points:

1) Creating opportunities for you to tell your story and create awareness of the benefits of your product or service
2) Removing any barriers from your ability to reach your key audiences

We aggressively seek and capitalize on communications opportunities that can benefit you and obliterate any barriers (e.g. misconceptions, underutilization of available resources, competitive claims) that can stand in the way of your business.

So what’s stopping you?

One of the most common barriers to marketing success is getting timely approvals to launch messaging programs.

Plans can reside inboxes for weeks before reviewed and Okay-ed. Decisions on strategies and tactical programs can be pushed off until “we get it just right.”

Meanwhile, your competitors are running circles around you. They are getting closer to reaching seven points of contact with your target audiences before you.

Like the gazelle and the lion, you have to run fast

Today’s hyper-speed communications environment demands that you work fast.

Our team at Wellons Communications recognizes how important that is.

Like the gazelle and the lion, we run as fast as we can every single day and craft programs that our clients may have not yet considered.

Find out just how fast we can move. Give me a call at 407-339-0879 or email me at will@wellonscommunications.com to learn more about what we can do to help boost your marketing communications.

Say it again…and again…and again…

When you step back and examine what you say to potential customers, how consistent is your message?

Does your message say the same thing every time?

Or does it introduce a new thought to an audience that requires some time to absorb?

The wisdom of The Rule of Seven7

One of the tenants to which we adhere at Wellons Communication is The Rule of Seven.

The Rule of Seven says you need seven points of contact with your audience to convey your message.

Why does it take seven times to get your message across?

Because in today’s communications-centric world, people are overloaded with information. Emails, tweets, cable TV, apps, newspapers, and magazines…the list of the different media that impact consumers is long. The list of information they project on a daily basis is even longer.

Because there are so many messages impacting us daily, saying the same thing over and over again is critical to get one’s point across.

Fighting message fatigue

One of the characteristics aggressive marketers exhibit is that they are often the first to grow weary of message consistency. The general feeling often is “We’ve already told ‘em that,” followed by the launch of a new and different message.

The reality is that potential customers, as well as current customers, may not have seen your original communication — or are so busy dealing with their own business that your message has not had time to sink in.

We believe that consistency is key to effectively conveying whatever it is you want your audience to know about you. And that means sticking with a sound strategy and message without growing weary of saying it over and over again.

What’s the one thing you want your audience to know about you?

One of the benefits of stating — and repeating — your core message is that you take ownership of your communications.

That notion is comparable to the oft used “elevator speech” concept: if you have 30 seconds to tell your story, what would you say?

Drilling down to your core message, and re-stating it at every opportunity, helps you meet the Rule of Seven and reinforce the key principle that makes your business unique and even more importantly, valuable to your potential clients.

Fight the urge to keep changing the message

Marketers are smart people who have a lot of ideas and are eager to try them out to see if they can improve marketing results. That intelligence, however, can be a detriment if messages keep changing constantly.

Customers and potential customers don’t require a hit on the head to understand what you are saying. What they do require is seeing and hearing the same thing on a regular, consistent basis. It’s a philosophy that effective advertisers have used for more than a century and one that is adaptable, albeit in a different fashion, in publicity and public relations.

We encourage staying the course and communicating in a regular, organized, and consistent manner. It’s easier on your audiences to remember what you are saying and when they need you, easier to remember who to call.

If you are in need of well-crafted, effective communications that are results-oriented, call me at 407-339-0879 or email me at will@wellonscommunications.com.

Like the communications programs we advocate, we will consistently answer the call, always in the same fashion, and then look for new and innovative approaches that will help stretch your marketing dollar and improve results.