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To tickle your customers’ wants, get some Dad in your ads

Good advertising should generate the same kind of buzz inside you as when your Dad used to arrive home from work. Mum knew everything you needed; Dad had just what you wanted. Like the keys to the car, or $15 for the movie ticket, or the magical ability to build a go-cart out of the washing basket and wheels off the lawn mower.

The secret of successful marketing: Think more like your mum

Just as good mums know their children so well that they can anticipate their next move, you also need this anticipation in your advertising and marketing campaigns. You need to know the next move of your clients before they get there. So when they are renovating their kitchen and they ask themselves the question, "Where do I go for my tiles?" you are the voice in their head. As strange as this might sound, to rid yourself of ADD1, you have to become your mum.

New SMEs are more likely to have ADD

Ok, so I’m not talking about 10-year-old boys on Ritalin selling lemonade on the corner of a suburban street. I’m talking about small and medium enterprise with Advertising Deficit Disorder. Chances are, that’s you.

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Five essential ingredients for a humming homepage with James Tuckerman [FREE...

Most homepages dedicate too much of their valuable space to predictable and generally unhelpful information, such as the purpose of the business, their products and services, their achievements and needy invitations to ‘buy, buy, buy’ or ‘contact us for a free consultation on no obligation quote’. Effective homepages focus on the needs and wants of the customer.

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New Zealand’s Xero eyes US IPO, further disruption as subscribers increase...

Xero recently held its annual meeting in Wellington, during which the company revealed some interesting details about its future. As has been widely suspected, the...

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