Top Gun Marketing Tips – How to Pilot Your Business to Soaring Success

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“It’s not the plane…It’s the pilot.”


So says Capt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) in the new movie Top Gun: Maverick. 


I saw it over the weekend, and I liked it. 


That quote about planes and pilots keeps knocking around in my noggin.


Maybe it’s because I’ve seen so many business people get it backwards. 


They think business success is all about the plane, not the pilot. 


Like dogs hunting squirrels, they chase after the latest, greatest shiny tools and tactics…


…The Zillion-Dollar Funnel System…


…The Sure-Fire Social Media Machine…


…The Magnificent Marketing Automation Motor…


…The Ultra-Amazing Email Engine.


Fine-tuned machinery, ready for marketing combat. 


And when they lose the battle, those marketing pilots blame the plane. 


“That funnel system didn’t work. I need a more powerful system.” 


“That engine broke down. I need a better marketing automation machine.”


“That email software didn’t work. I need better email marketing software.” 


And sometimes they blame the entire field of aviation.


“I’ve tried social media marketing. It doesn’t work.” 


“Email marketing. Been there. Tried that. Doesn’t work.” 


I ran an email marketing company for 19 years. I’ve heard it all.


And every time I heard a business person complain about the plane, I saw a pilot who was not getting the most out of their machine. 


I saw a marketer who was dishing out the same old, boring, “blah-blah-blah” content.

I saw prospects tune our and turn away.

I saw those marketing pilots throw their hands up in frustration and then…


…blame the plane. 

Then they’d grab their wallet, buy a fancier, more powerful machine, and hope that — this time — their business could soar into the wild blue yonder. 

My advice to them and you: Save your money. Quit chasing the latest, greatest, fanciest marketing machines. 


You don’t need better email marketing software. You need to write better emails. 

You don’t need a fancier funnel system. You need to create more captivating messages.

You don’t need slick social media automation tools. You need to post more entertaining content and focus on building meaningful relationships with friends and followers. 


When you’re fighting for your life in a F/A-18 Super Hornet, you can’t rebuild the engine or conduct a mid-air tune-up.

The only thing
you can control is YOU –
how you pilot that plane. 


Same goes with marketing. 


The machines can only do so much. And you can’t control that.

But you can control how you pilot the machine.

You can control the content you launch. 


You can power-up your stories.

I can help you do that. See the p.s. for options.

p.s. Coaches, consultants and other business leaders turn to me to power-up their stories because most dish out the same old boring, "blah, blah, blah" content, turn off prospects and then feel frustrated and stuck. So I help them transform content from boring to brilliant, turn the marketing process from frustrating to fun, and convert results from pitiful to profitable. Bottom line, you can fire up prospects and inspire them to hire you with story-powered content that's simple to create. I'll show you how. Whenever you're ready, here are several ways I can help you land more clients without pitching and prodding:

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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.