ASH AMBIRGE

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Don’t Sell a Product—Sell a Person Their Identity

In: Online Marketing

It’s been a while since I read the New York Times Insider subscription that I’ve been paying for since 2015.

It’s $45 dollars month, so from time-to-time, I think to myself: Meh, guess I should cancel it. You know, to be a financially responsible person and all. (I’ve heard those are some good eggs, those folks.)

But then every single time I go to pull the plug, something stops me. I realize that I like giving money to The New York Times. I realize that I like being the kind of person who subscribes to The New York Times.

And suddenly, canceling a subscription isn’t about the money, anymore: it’s my about identity.

This is precisely why the best brands take sides; why the best brands draw a line in the sand. Because they know that when you buy from them, you aren’t just buying a product—you’re buying a statement about yourself.

And if what you sell doesn’t represent anything?

Then what they’re buying doesn’t, either.

And soon, it won't just be a branding problem—it'll be a revenue one.

Nov 17

2017

Read This if You Need Eyeballs On Your Stuff But Have NO EFFING IDEA HOW TO GET ANYONE TO PAY ATTENTION TO YOU SO HELP YOU VODKA.

Nov 17, 2017

I just got done doing a live video sesh with my Unf*ckwithable Girlfriends, and one author got on and was telling us that she’d recently attended a comic convention where her ideal target market was hanging out, making it much easier for her to sell her books—as opposed to getting on the giant black hole […]

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Apr 3

2014

Difference Isn’t About Being Different.

Apr 3, 2014

You know what I’m passionate about? Elephants. Big, giant, hot chartreuse, polka dotted elephants. In the room. Online. Where there’s at least one Nigerian Prince sending out emails with the salutation, “Friend.” (Oh wait, that was me.) Right now, the elephant in the room I’m sitting in is the increasingly common practice of—how should I […]

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Jun 11

2012

How to Get Your Message HEARD

Jun 11, 2012

So, I’m flying from Costa Rica to Ecuador this afternoon. I like to leave these little announcements on the blog in the event of my sudden (and unreported) death, kidnapping, violent torture and just to give my ex-boyfriends a little extra something to be bitter about. If I never post again, will someone at least […]

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Sep 6

2017

Marketing Is Fucking Weird, Isn’t It?

Sep 6, 2017

Marketing is fucking weird, isn’t it? Everyone’s really anxious about it all the time, and it makes lots of people go into hiding and never, ever, ever want to come out. (I think they imagine others looking at them and pointing and growling, “Youuuu dirty rotten slimmmmmmmmmeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.) But I gotta say: marketing gets really easy […]

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Oct 17

2011

Cut The Fat.

Oct 17, 2011

Cut the fat. Give yourself the white space you need in order to grow. And… …pursue what you’re really here to pursue. Hint: It’s probably the one thing on your to-do list that doesn’t have any guidelines, instructions, paths to follow or tried and true ways of doing it. And that’s exactly why you’re procrastinating […]

In: Online Marketing

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Feb 2

2012

Is This Simple Thing Preventing You From Getting More Clients?

Feb 2, 2012

So once upon a time I dated a guy with lots of tattoos who worshiped his mom. Wait. Wait a minute. That has nothing to do with the story. Rewind. Back up. Let’s start again. *clears throat*– Once upon a time, my official job title was “Director of Business Development.” There. That’s better. Right story. […]

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Sep 10

2018

Know Who Your Haters Are

Sep 10, 2018

Tiffany’s doesn’t try to sell diamonds to a sixteen-year-old girl. Nor are they offended, nor worried, when teens aren’t flocking to their stores. Tiffany’s knows that sixteen-year-old girls most definitely aren’t their market. And I also imagine that, were a sixteen-year-old girl to proclaim that Tiffany’s sucks absolute DONKEY BALLS, they wouldn’t take it to […]

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Feb 26

2012

Why Sucky People Get More Clients Than You

Feb 26, 2012

Your ability to get clients has nothing to do with the quality of your work. There, I said it. Bold statement. I brought this up the other day in my Behind Closed Doors group, and I want to bring it up here, too. ::   A lot of your future and continued success depends on your ability to […]

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