Is your business a little shop of horrors?
Friday March 9th
Written from a hotel in historical Phuket Town, Thailand, as the first of the Songkran rains begin.
You ever watch 'Little Shop of Horrors' before?
It's about a shop assistant in a struggling store on Skid Row called Mushnik's Flower Shop.
The assistant buys a strange new plant during a total eclipse of the sun which turns around the stores fortunes, alongside getting the attention of his co-worker crush at the same time.
Long story short, this plant ends up becoming sentient, is named Audrey II (after the co-worker crush, Audrey) and becomes a huge crowd magnet for Mushnik's... oh, and the plant needs to be fed on a steady diet of humans too.
Now, I had it up on Foxtel last week and a couple of things stood out that's useful for any business owners:
THE BASICS OF ADVERTISING AND ADS: THE Offer
Sunday, June 11
Written from my ‘makeshift office’ on the first floor of a guesthouse in Old Quarter Hanoi, Vietnam.
This will be contrarian for some.
I talk about a product whose offering may be considered ‘racist’ or ‘demeaning’—yet it depends entirely on where you see this product and from what frame of mind you see it.
It’s also a contrarian article because it will make some people feel stupid.
You see, for these people, they’ve focused on the wrong things for so long that they can’t afford to be wrong—purely because of their ego.
They’ll finally realize why their ads haven’t been pulling in the results they’ve been looking for.
Yet they thought they were doing ‘everything right’.
So, with this in mind, let’s get on the right track:
The Basics Of Advertising And Ads: The List
Monday, May 29
Written from a traditional Thai desk overlooking the Banglamphu canal in Bangkok, Thailand. It's a hot, humid day; overcast with a breeze.
Today I’m going to explain the first of three parts that make up any advertisement—the list.
The second most important part of an ad is the offer…
… and the third most important part of an ad is the creative.
Together, these three parts make up the core of any advertising campaign.
Copywriting legend, John Francis Tighe, called these three parts all working together the ‘3-Legged Stool’.
It’s these three parts that will make—or break—your ads and the results they provide you.
Sunday 14, 2017
Written from a table in my garden—overlooking rice paddies and mountains in the Isaan region, Thailand.
First, I must take a moment to say happy Mother's Day.
It's somewhat a shame I'm in Thailand because I can't actually be with my mum to celebrate with her.
If you can see your mother, do so.
Now, I'll tell you something about my mum quickly before I get to my point...
As ludicrous as this sounds, it’s true—to an extent.
The Foreign Ministry of Japan has done the unorthodox and indeed hired a hit-man in the best interests of Japan—but what could force such a strong-handed response?
And, considering I’m writing about it, what does it have to do with marketing?
You’ll have to read on to find out, as this example shows how picking your target and being precise—just like an assassin—can be the difference between success and failure.
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