Thursday, January 21, 2010

Focus: The Power That Drives Your Results

James Carville understood the power of focus in the 1992 Clinton presidential campaign when he coined the now famous phrase, "It's the economy, stupid."

Scott Brown, the newly elected senator from Massachusetts, also understands the power of focus.

In an unlikely come from behind election, Brown echoed John F. Kennedy's sentiments from years ago saying, "We can do better."

By hyperfocusing the electorates' attention on healthcare and promising that we could do better, Scott Brown is this week's Results With Radio Marketing Hero.

Under Jack Trout's premise that minds hate confusion, Brown made it clear what his position was and he owned it in the mind of the voters.

What does this mean to an advertiser?

It means that there is tremendous power in focusing your message -- not trying to be everything to everybody.

Jack Trout and Al Reis note in their book, The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing, that some of the most powerful marketing messages are those who focus on a single word:

Crest: cavities

Volvo: safety

Prego: thick

So when you want to throw everything, including the kitchen sink, into your next advertising campaign, drop back and think about finding your ONE THING you'd like customers to know about your business. (Thanks to Curly from the movie City Slickers).

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