Marketing Lessons From a Lovesick Teenager

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When I was a lovesick teenage boy, I listened to one song more than any other: “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” by the Animals.

It usually worked like this: I had a crush on a girl. She didn’t have a crush on me. That made me sad. I’d come home from school, close my bedroom door, put my Animals record on the turntable, and play the song:

Oh, I’m just a soul whose intentions are good
Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood

Lovesick teenagers long for someone who can understand them. They loathe being misunderstood.

Same goes for your prospects.

If you understand your prospects…

…and if your content shows them that you understand…

…they will appreciate you more. They will tune in to what you’re saying. They will ask to hear more. They will act. They will buy.

I love how marketing expert Dave Dee put it in his great book Sales Stampede:

“People who feel understood by someone have a tendency to trust and like that person. And, if they like you, and they trust you because they know that you truly understand them, then they will be far more open to the solution that you provide to them through your product and service. People buy from people whom they like and trust.”

Amen, Dave.

One of the best ways to show prospects you understand them: Craft stories that reflect their feelings — that reflect the journey they want to take.

I’ll show you how to do that if you attend my free training: “How to Harness the Magnetic Power of Storytelling to Captivate Prospects and Inspire Them to Act.” (Details and registration here).

In less than 45 minutes, you’ll learn simple ways to show prospects that you truly understand them so they’ll be far more open to the solution you provide.


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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.