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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.

Oct 19

2018

Make 50% of the Population Hate You

“Make 50% of the population hate you.” My editor reminded me of this the other day when we were talking about the main argument of my book. (And then I immediately wanted to tongue her.) Because that’s what arguments do, after all: they stand in opposition to something. They take a stand, plant their flag, […]

In: Online Marketing

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Oct 29

2014

So, People Suck at Talking to Each Other

People suck at talking to each other. I’ve thought about this post for days now, and turns out? That’s my grand epiphany. My big, profound opening line. As a professional communicator & copywriter, trained linguist, PR expert and author of that filthy blog, “The Middle Finger Project” (my hooligan credentials), I get paid to say […]

In: Online Marketing

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Oct 10

2012

Why “Business As Usual” Is Usually Killing Your Business

Fun is underrated. It’s no longer enough to do a good job, provide good customer service or deliver on time. Those things aren’t competitive advantages; they’re the expectation. And since they’re the expectation, you’re not impressing anyone. What isn’t always the expectation, however, is how fun it’ll be to do business with you. Not just pleasant. […]

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Jan 30

2012

Don’t Stand Out – Stand the Fuck Up.

So. If you recall, in the last post, I made up a ridiculous scenario where you were headed to your fake neighbor’s house for dinner, whose guts you may or may not have secretly hated. She was serving you quiche, at which point you made a face that slightly resembled this—> ?!?!?!?!!!!!. As a result, […]

In: Online Marketing

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