I Pull Back The Curtain to Reveal…

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Remember that scene in “The Wizard of Oz” when Toto pulls back the curtain so Dorothy and her pals discover the “Wizard of Oz” is merely a man?

I’m thinking about that scene for two reasons:

1) After I send this email, I’m hopping in my car with my wife to follow the gray concrete road across Kansas. We’re driving from Missouri to Colorado to visit our 24-year-old twins who have moved over the rainbow to settle under blue Rocky Mountain skies.

2) I want to pull back the curtain on some of my marketing “wizardry” to reveal some secrets that could help you grow your business.

Here’s the story behind #2…

Earlier this week, I launched a new micro-training called “The 3 Storytelling Keys to Captivate Prospects and Inspire Them to Buy — Without Pitching and Prodding.”

It’s a 12-minute video. In my email on Tuesday, I suggested you could watch the training “in less time than it takes to down your second cup of coffee.” I shared the training on LinkedIn with a similar message.

Lots of people watched the training.

One person complained. Loudly.

His gripe: I disabled the fast-forward/rewind function on the video. So he had to sit through the ENTIRE 12 minutes. (Gasp!) He wanted to skip the stuff at the beginning and jump straight to the juicy tips in the middle. I wouldn’t let him. So he was sore.

This guy claims to be a marketing expert. He told me my marketing was “low quality.”

I could have told the guy to visit the Wizard and ask for a brain. But I held my fire.

Instead, I pulled back the curtain for him and revealed some of the strategy behind the video.

I told him the training has a very deliberate structure:

  • Short (10-15 minutes; 12 minutes is best).
  • No talking heads.
  • Limited or no visuals.
  • No fast forward or rewind.
  • Very set organization and format (including testimonials before the tips).

I didn’t bother to tell him why no fast forward or rewind. But I’ll tell you…

The video is intended to provide valuable tips to anyone who chooses to watch — even if they don’t want to do business with me. But it’s also intended to encourage people who might want to do business with me to schedule a free strategy session.

The content before and after the tips spells out why storytelling is important and who is a good fit to work with me.

Someone who is unwilling to watch a 12-minute video, someone who says, “Just gimme the tips. I don’t want to hear the other stuff” — that person is a tire-kicker who isn’t a great prospect.

I disable forward/rewind to weed out the tire kickers.

And that, my dear munchkins, is Behind-the-Curtain Marketing Lesson #1:

Effective marketing not only qualifies strong prospects,
it disqualifies weak ones.

Behind-the-Curtain Marketing Lesson #2:

Adopt PROVEN Marketing Methods.

When Gripey Guy (do you mind if I call him “Scarecrow?”) told me I was peddling low-quality marketing, he was spouting a theory that it’s better to allow forward/rewind. (Note the word “theory.”)

I told him: I adopted the video structure from marketing experts who have tested different approaches.

The reason they (and I) settled on our approach: It works.

Other marketers before me released training videos with the same structure. People watched and liked the videos. Many scheduled strategy sessions. Some of them became clients.

So I went with a proven approach.

But I wanted to give Scarecrow the benefit of the doubt. Maybe Scarecrow tested the question: “Enable or disable forward/rewind. Which works better?”

So I asked him: “Have you tested the question?”

Scarecrow replied: “No. I’ve never tested that.”

Which brings us to Behind-the-Curtain Lesson #3:

Don’t let your personal opinion cloud your marketing judgement.

You may personally dislike videos that disable forward/rewind. That doesn’t mean the videos are “low quality” marketing.

You may dislike receiving marketing emails. That doesn’t mean you should remove email from your marketing mix.

If you could conjure high quality marketing based merely on what you like, business-building would be simple — so simple a scarecrow could do it.

Whenever you’re ready…here are a few ways we can help you become a storytelling stand-out so you’ll land more clients:

1) Follow Tom Ruwitch on LinkedIn and Facebook and (if not subscribed already) join our email list.

2) Attend our free training: “How to Harness the Magnetic Power of Storytelling…” Discover how to transform marketing from a confusing, resource-draining hassle into something that’s simple, fun AND productive. Details and registration here.

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Tom Ruwitch

Tom Ruwitch is the founder and CEO of Story Power Marketing. For more than 30 years, he has helped businesses grow by delivering powerful stories using a variety of different media.