I’ve spent the last few days catching up on Michael Stelzner’s Social Media Marketing Podcast. The podcast is a wealth of information on digital media’s most effective tactics and strategies (if they are used wisely and surgically, of course).
Today, I listened, specifically, to the podcast with Zach King, a filmmaker who has used his talents to conquer the new world of Vine video.
Mr. King said something that stuck out (paraphrased): “If your target audience isn’t on Vine [i.e. the younger demographic], then perhaps you shouldn’t be on Vine. It’s not smart to try to be on every social media platform.” (something like that)
The message is this: Use the tactics and strategies that increase effectiveness as it relates to your goals.
Only use the marketing platforms that drive your business forward.
Commit full resources to all of them? No.
Sales and New Marketing Both Suffer from the Shiny Object Syndrome
Every new sales book that comes out touts itself (or convinces reviewers to tout it) as the greatest new development in sales since whatever the other most recent sales movement was.
The same holds true for marketing.
We get nudged off of a consistent course by grasping at the next thing that sounds like it’ll hold a silver bullet.
The newsflash is this: there is no such thing as a silver bullet. You might find a little fortune or favor here and there, but there is no silver bullet.
Be Honest About What Is Effective
As they say in recovery, the first thing one must do is admit there is a problem.
In sales and marketing, the first thing one must admit is which activities produce the most compelling results. You’d think we’d be happy about finding the one thing, and we’d be uber-disciplined about doing the one or two things that generate the most results.
The problem is that the one or two things require the most sweat. The activities that move the dial nearly always cost us. They take time. They take focus. They take courage.
What strategies and tactics are the most effective in your work?
Are you doing them?
By the way, Zach King’s Vine channel (or account or whatever) is ridiculously cool. Here’s a fun example: