More than 29 Million people have watched this Youtube video about the Purple Mattress Protector pitched by a female Sasquatch.
The creators of this video understand that you can’t be boring if you want to get attention for your product or service.
But it’s more than a visual gimmick. The script for the video is a straight pitch from a mom extolling the virtues and benefits of the Purple Mattress Protector.
Most TV commercials are 30 seconds long but this video is 3:43. You can’t take your eyes off it, and I admit I’ve watched it several times.
So, as an independent professional wanting to attract more clients, what does this mean to you? Am I suggesting that you hire a Sasquatch to pitch your professional services?
No, but I am suggesting your marketing could be a little more creative, eye-catching and benefit-oriented.
The second law of attracting more clients is: “You must not be boring.”
But I’ve noticed that this is the prime feature of most promotion and marketing for independent professionals:
It’s mind-numbingly boring.
Why? Because it’s all about you or about your process. And nobody really cares about that. They care about how you can help them.
The Purple Sasquatch video gets this. And in the opening of the video she addresses the problems with other mattress protectors:
“Did you know that the wrong mattress protector can ruin the feel of your mattress?
“Hi, I’m a mom, one of the hardest jobs out there.
“This is Junior. Junior’s a sweetheart but he can wreak havoc on our mattresses. Which is why I got the Purple Mattress Protector.
“Nobody likes sleeping on a plastic bag! Other protectors turn your bed crinkly or stiff and they make your mattress noisy, hot and uncomfortable – like a Nickleback concert – or the first year of my marriage!
“A mattress protector that ruins the feel of your mattress makes about as much sense as my husband’s conspiracy theories.”
Now that our Sasquatch mom has established the problem with other mattress protectors, she extolls the virtues of the Purple Mattress Protector:
“The Purple Protector is stretchy so it can let your bed do what it was designed to do.
“The Purple Protector enhances your Purple bed or any other bed. It’s soft and flexible so it doesn’t take away from the supporting power your mattress.
“It cradles your pressure points when you lay down instead of making your mattress hard and uncomfortable – like watching Transformers IV through the window of an RV.
“And the stretchiness means it’s super durable, which is nice because Junior has vivid night terrors about deforestation.”
The pitch about the protector’s benefits incorporates some sly humor that fits with the visuals of the video.
Could you do something similar with your marketing copy? Of course! (Without going over the top.)
The first part of your copy should address the problems or issues your prospective clients are currently experiencing. This is what one of my clients wrote:
As a top executive or leader in your organization, you’re often faced with leaders and managers who are not performing at the level you need them to.
I am often called into a company when they are experiencing people issues and challenges such as the following:
Someone in your organization is not communicating effectively. It’s hurting productivity, spoiling relationships and impacting morale. You wonder what you can possibly do to help them get along and interact more successfully.
No sly humor here, but it directly addresses a very real issue experienced by leaders and managers. Then you can explain the benefits of your solution:
My executive coaching services help leaders improve their communication skills and enhance productivity.
Executive coaching gets to the heart of the matter, addressing behaviors that don’t work and offering new ways to interact effectively.
When we work with leaders, we help them tap into their strengths, leverage their relationships, and communicate authentically and powerfully.
And that translates to a more productive, profitable company.
Notice that none of this copy talks about your process (that’s boring), but addresses the results the leader can expect if they get executive coaching.
So, don’t be boring. Take a page from our Sasquatch mom and talk about what your clients care about: value, benefits, and results.
Cheers, Robert Middleton