Clarity Creates Understanding.
Understanding Creates Trust.
Attraction Leads To Employment and Referral Recommendations
Blah, Yada! If you’ve been around the block, you know about the importance of sharing the benefits of all your features. It’s wise. Do it!
If you want to pogo to the pro level, you’ll want to focus your brand, marketing, presentations and conversations with the clarifying lens of context. First features, then context, then benefits.
Context Sharpens Clarity
Minus context, our messages are recieved as fuzzy, out of focus and either uncertain, untrue or BS.
Fuzzy: Mortgage rates are at an all time low. Mortgage rates are at 5%, buy now.
Focused: Mortgage rates are at an all time low, can you believe they’re interest rate is only 5%? That means for every $1,000 dollars borrowed on a 30 year loan, the monthly payment would be a mouse sized $5 per month. A $300,000 mortgage payment would only be $1,500 a month in principal and interest. People can afford to buy homes they only dreamed about when rates were higher and appreciation soared.
Fuzzy: We sell homes for Top Dollar.
Focused: We sell homes for Top Dollar. That saying is cliche’. To separate the bullshit artist from the performers, take a look at the track record for the Original List Price to Sold Price Percentage. Our firm is averaging 96.5%, which is higher than our competitors and the MLS average of 94.5%. Take a look at this graph. What this means is that with an average sold price in our market of $332,094, a 2% difference would equal over $6,000 in net proceeds for the seller. Take a look at this chart*.
Fuzzy: The Federal Bailout only costs $700 Billion.
Focused: The Federal Bailout only costs $700 Billion. If paid back at a hefty rate of $1 Million per day, it would take 1,923 years to pay it back. That’s with no interest.
Fuzzy: Today we’re going to look at 8 homes.
Focused: I spent yesterday afternoon doing research for our house hunt. There were 38 homes that fell into your price range and general criteria. I eliminated 8 of them because they backed to a busy street, which you didn’t want. I whacked 7 of them because you want a master-up and these were down. 12 didn’t have a pool and 4 have dated kitchens, which you hate. So that leaves us with 8 homes that closely match all the things you want. I have these two here I wasn’t sure about, take alook at this information and see if you’d like to include them. [For added context, I’d show them the individual printouts of the eliminated homes, with a big red Sharpie slash through them.*]
Fuzzy: We sell homes fast.
Focused: We sell homes fast, with favorable terms. The Average Number Of Days On Market (DOM) for all Active Listing Inventory in The Woodlands is 127 days. In our market, The Woodlands TX, the DOM for sold listing average 87 days. Our average is 79 DOM. Here’s a printed chart comparing our Average DOM to our competitors*.
*NOTE: Generally speaking, we believe less about what sales person “tells us” and more about what a sales person “shows us”. Anytime we can use third party proof, we should.
Clarity Creates Understanding
Including context makes an otherwise featherweight message heavywieght with meaning. Meaning leads to understanding.
Understanding Creates Trust
When we understand, we’re more likely to trust the message or the messenger.
Lack of trust blunts our ability to connect and retards progress. In some cases, lack of trust prevents progress completely. In worst case scenarios, lack of clarity and trust causes people to runaway from, avoid and or, ignore the messenger.
Our subconscious radar is keenly tuned to detect bull-shit, we ping constantly for suspicion, cynicism, doubt and uncertainty. We are bombarded with thousands of marketing messages a day. Generally we ignore the common, avoid the uncertain and shun the unsafe. As sales people, if what we share is perceived as common, uncertain or unsafe, we’re in BIG trouble.
We’re attracted to people and things that ring safe. We’re attracted to people and things we trust. We buy things and hire people we trust. We also share, refer and recommend trustworthy things and people to other people we trust.
Including context in your marketing messages isn’t that difficult. Don’t get me wrong, it takes effort and commitment, but it’s not hard, it a matter of execution and habit.
Here’s A Simple 5 Step Process
- Evaluate your marketing messages. Examine what you write, what you say, how you present, how you market and advertise.
- Look for the loosely defined and fuzzily described.
- Figure out how and where to add context.
- Add context.
- Re-create, Re-Launch, Re-Engage and reap the rewards Context > Clarity > Understanding > Trust > Attraction > Employment and Referral Recommendation.
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