The #1 Reason Why Your Marketing Isn’t Working

Written by Dallas Travers, CEC

We’ve all done it or heard about it: the mass mailing. But something is essentially wrong with that statement. Why would you market yourself, your art, your career to the “masses”? That’s setting yourself up to be the needle in the haystack for someone to find. 

So instead, you decide who you want to work with and ask them to collaborate by reaching out through creative marketing. Why wait for them to approach you? You can be strategic about the kind of work you want to do and with whom right now. 

Move away from marketing to the masses and instead market to one person. One person you want to touch with your work. One person you know will become a fan. Sound insane? It’s not. It’s the smartest marketing move you’ll ever make.

When you move away from looking inward and focus on connecting to just one specific person, it will create a HUGE shift in how you market. It will take the burden off you and place it instead onto who you want to move with your work: your “Marketing Magnet”. You attract them… like a magnet. Get it?

So exactly how do you do that?

Here are 3 easy steps to creatively marketing to your target audience.

Step One:  Narrow your focus to define your Marketing Magnet.

Think of one person, real or fictitious, you are most drawn to. This could be an actor, director, friend or even someone outside of the business you admire.

Who do you most want to work with, or even have dinner with? Whose books do you love or what movies do you watch just because of this one person? Maybe you want to create a hybrid person that combines facets of 3 or 4 different people to make your ideal Marketing Magnet. Go ahead. Be creative!

The key here is to quiet the chatter.  Stop thinking of the industry and all its hundreds of gatekeepers as a whole and instead focus your marketing message on the one person you feel most drawn to – your Marketing Magnet.  Doing so will make reaching out a piece of cake because you’re no longer talking to ‘the industry’.  Instead you’re just connecting with one key person.

Step Two:  Brainstorm the interests, passions and quirks of this person.

Create a clear vision in your mind of all the idiosyncrasies of your ideal target person.  Play around with who they are, where they hang out, and what they really care about.

What do they eat, what do they wear, where do they live?

How old is this person?

How is their house decorated?

What music do they listen to?

What’s their favorite quote?

Favorite movie?

What TV shows do they watch?

Are they superstitious?

What’s their favorite holiday?

What car do they drive?

What’s their special talent?

Favorite joke?

What stations do they have on Pandora?

Favorite color?

Favorite magazine?

What kind of toothpaste do they use?

The possible questions are endless, so have fun brainstorming.  And remember… the best answers come from your imagination.  So, don’t worry about researching the ‘right’ answers.  Instead, let your inspiration guide you.  

Step Three:  Model your materials after their likes.

After you’ve clarified your Marketing Magnet, round up all of your answers on a sheet of paper and take a look. Do you see any patterns? Do they invoke any images, colors, sounds or songs?

Determine the brands your Marketing Magnet uses, buys, frequents, where they “hang out”, and model your marketing ideas around those brands.

Here’s the fun part… now you can simply model the marketing ideas from the brands that your Marketing Magnet is already drawn to. 

Go buy their favorite magazine and model your one-sheet after the cover. Use their favorite colors on your website. Infuse their favorite artists work into the design of your postcard.

Find the cover art for their favorite album and design your email template to match it.

After these three easy steps, what you have is a clear, compelling message that everyone understands and that uniquely speaks to YOU, providing a platform for powerful marketing decisions.

Your Marketing Magnet allows you to demystify ‘the business’.  You no longer have to guess how others see you or what ‘they’ want to see. You’re just connecting to one person. Also, it’s a fun, creative way for the artist in you to take care of business.

Now, go have fun attracting and connecting with your perfect audience!

Respected as one of the entertainment industry’s leading experts, Dallas Travers teaches actors the career and life skills often left out of traditional training programs. Her groundbreaking book, The Tao of Show Business, has won over five awards including first prizes at The Hollywood Book Festival and the London Festival along with the National Indie Excellence Award. She has helped thousands of actors to increase their auditions, produce their own projects, secure representation and book roles in film and television.

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