Being Original Is Overated

There’s nothing like being inspired to maintain a blog. If you have ever dabbled in marketing or websites, you probably have had some motivation or goal to keep up a blog.

I’ve been there too. I’ve had numerous blogs that I’ve had the ultimate goal of contributing to every single day.

In most cases, I’ve failed miserably.

Recently I did some reading though and I think I came across the main deterrent to having a consistent blog.

Trying to be Original is Your Problem

There is this goal that we all have to create new content and ideas the world has never seen before. With the world at our fingertips and the internet is an equal playing field, I think we start to romanticize the opportunity.

What this ends up looking like is you sitting in front of a computer, trying to think of a whole new blog post idea that’s funny, new, and never been seen before.

This is the equivalent to trying to come up with a new invention every single day, its nearly impossible, especially when you have a bajillion other things to do during your day.

Before you know it, you have 2 – 3 blog posts published over a year ago.

Understand that Creativity is Not What You Think it is

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.” — Steve Jobs

I wanted to start off this section with a quote I found from a great post that helped motivate me to write more.

Steve Jobs to many people is seen as the human embodiment of creativity. However, with this quote, I think it starts to bring the bar of creativity much lower.

Not to say that creativity is easy, but as we’ve discussed before, people seem to think of creativity as this super high bar that only years of pain can attain.

Change Your Frame of Mind

You don’t have to reinvent the wheel to be creative. You can simply just make improvements and combine different things to make something new.

So how do you translate this creativity into your business and blog?

A piece of great advice that I read from the post I cited earlier is to combine aspects of your professional life and happenings in your daily life.

For example, if you went to a coffee shop and had terrible service, you can relate that to your own clinic in a blog post. You can write about how your clinic takes certain steps to make sure that what happened to you, doesn’t happen to your customers.

Leverage What You Already Read & Consume On A Daily Basis

There is a lot of great content out there. Whether it be books, articles, TV shows, or podcasts. You most likely partake in this content as well.

Many of these pieces of content deal with the same thing that you are trying to accomplish.

They’re trying to create great content so that their users can engage and form a deeper bond with the brand. Much in the same way your veterinary clinic would like to engage more with the community and your current clientele.

This is where you truly have to be creative.

Don’t be creative in the sense that you need to think of something entirely new. Be creative in how you connect 2 different topics.

How I Connected My Favorite TV Show with my Profession

If you’d like an example, here is a running series I just started about The Simpsons and how it relates to Digital Marketing and Business.

How I was creative with it was not by trying to teach boring marketing and business lessons through clips of the Simpsons. Rather I found areas of the show that highlight everyday struggles and frustrations of marketers and entrepreneurs.

It’s much more of an amusing series than it is educational.

Alright, I’ll finish my shameless plug. But if you ever want to take a look, you are more than welcome to give it a read 🙂

Which brings us to the last point.

You Miss 100% of the Shots You Don’t Take

Creativity is all about being vulnerable. You cannot wait to come up with the perfect ideas. Because they never come and before you know it, months pass by and nothing has been done.

The only way to get your marketing efforts off the ground is to put yourself out there. Write posts. Some will be corny. Many won’t even be looked at. The point is that you have to keep doing it.

Once you continue producing content you will have attained a great level of experience and have a huge bank of content to show for it.

Specials and Deals Are a Terrible Marketing Strategy

A marketing campaign based on specials is not a marketing campaign. It definitely isn’t something that builds a brand either.

I have had the great fortune of working with clients for a number of years. In this time, I have run a variety of marketing campaigns and deals. This is what I have learned.

Building a Brand Isn’t About Price

Giving discounts or lowered prices on your products/services will never differentiate you. That’s something that they taught us in business school.

If you think your going to beat your competitors on price, you will not last long.

Price is an overrated. It does not have as strong a hold on our day to day decisions as we think. Now, this may sound contradictory to everything you know, but it really does make sense.

Money has been shown to not be a great motivator in the workplace. It doesn’t motivate creativity and it certainly does not dictate our purchasing habits.

To punch the point home, how many times have you gone to Starbucks to buy a coffee that is 5x more expensive than buying a black coffee from your local donut shop.

Your Marketing Needs to Go Beyond Price

Saying that, your marketing cannot be all about price. There has to be much more. What does your clinic/brand stand for. What words or message does your brand send with your marketing.

When your creating your marketing strategy, think about what you will represent. To belabor a company that is always used in every case study, we will use Apple.

Apple stands for innovation and superior design.

They don’t give try to out price their competition, but rather beat their competition through their brand.

For your business you have to determine what attributes you would like to stand for. Does your clinic want to represent itself as the most technological savvy clinic for the most tech savvy pet owners?

Or maybe you want to be more of a family clinic where the whole family comes in together.

Stand for Something

One of the hardest parts of digital marketing is standing for something. This is because you will have to eventually siphon off certain parts of the market.

Think about Apple. Their brand alienates those who do not like technology and want simple, easy to use tech.

Your own clinic needs to stand for a certain brand and then understand that the implications will not outweigh the major benefits of having a strong brand that represents a concept or attribute.

Excellence in Marketing is Doing the Small Things Everyday

I have this joke. When the moon comes up, some people turn into werewolves. For me, when night falls I don’t turn into a mythical beast. I turn into a pig. A big, fat pig.

What I mean is I eat everything in site.

A sample of what I can chomp through on cheat days are:

  • medium pepperoni pizza from Pizza Hut
  • milkshake from Baskin Robbins
  • Tacos from a local hole in the wall
  • Hot Cheeto Fries
  • Pieces of Milk Chocolate
  • Drumsticks from Costco

My problem? I’m a guy of extremes. If I have pizza one day, I can easily have it every single day.

So why am I going into detail about my disgusting habits with junk food?

It’s because I always tried to fight it with these big proclamations. You know, those times when you say your never going to eat ice cream again. Your not going to drink again.

You might say it with complete earnest at the moment, but after a good night’s sleep you know that it will wear off.

I Got Over My Craving By Doing the Small Things

After years of messing up, I just decided that I would take small steps/goals:

Goal 1: Only consume junk food at the end of the day

Goal 2: Junk food only on Friday, Saturday and Sundays

Goal 3: Junk food only on Friday & Saturday nights

Final Result: One cheat day every Sunday

The point is, big goals don’t happen overnight. They happen when you make small changes every single day.

How to Commit to Marketing

Sit down and decide what is the first step that you can take every single day to do marketing. For me, its always been to write. If I write every single day then I feel like I accomplished so much.

For you it doesn’t have to be abut writing. You could decide to take a picture with a client every day or maybe to save the best article about pet health every day

Just Pick One Small Activity That you can Repeat Every Day.

The key to success is to not add layers. For example, when I write I do not edit, I do not publish. I don’t do anything like that. All I do is I write continuously even if I feel like the piece is terrible.

Whenever you start adding too may layers, things get complicated and overwhelming.

If you have too many layers, the simple, repetitive task becomes too much. You have to spend too much energy and before you know it, your exhausted.

Add the Extra Steps/Layers Later

So if you are taking a photo with a client a day, only do that! Do not post it on Facebook. You’ll find yourself stuck with trying to write a good caption or debating when the best time is to post.

Get rid of all the extra stuff. Just focus on taking the picture.

At the end of the day, your just trying to develop the habit and the skill. Once you get used to taking the photo a day, it will become 2nd nature. Then you can add the habit of writing a caption.

Before you know it, you can create an entire post in one day or post engaging content on social media with ease.

In the same way you don’t do an entire body workout in one day, you got to think the same with your marketing. Don’t try to do it all at once, especially if your not use to it.

Start small, and you’ll develop a strong marketing channel for your clinic over time.

Social Media Is About Consistency Not Quantity

Last night I conducted a social media audit. The point of the audit was to better understand the current social media presence for a client that Ron and I recently had signed. The new client’s major emphasis was Social Media. They wanted to be a part of the social media game, so naturally I needed to see how all the competitors were doing. After looking through about 8 different companies and all of their social media accounts, it offered a nice reminder to what separates the good from the bad. That thing is consistency.Continue reading

How Your Business Can Participate during Appreciation Days

Its hard to think of how to give value. Everyone tells you to do it, but that is like when people say be healthy. What does that even mean? Well today I have some quick ideas on how to get your business to participate in global or community celebrations and to provide value. This will help save you from those days of creative and content back log.Continue reading

SnoopaVision: April Fools from YouTube

Today is the day I hate. Where everything is a lie. Things I read on social media reach a level of absurdity that somehow makes you want to go back to the normal weird level of Facebook. On a day like this, where people are scheming to make jokes, your darn sure that some really lame stuff comes out. Just ask D’Angelo Russel of the Lakers, who played a prank that went very badly.

YouTube Gets It

Luckily there are people who get it. Companies who help relax my eyes from the constant rolling. Saying that, man I got to say Google and YouTube get it so right. Today they launched Snoopa Vision. As a California native I thought it would be something totally different, but what actually was put together was a pretty entertaining campaign. I probably spent a good 10 to 15 minutes just looking through it all.

The introductory video was made extremely well and they actually put the effort into applying SnoopaVision to popular videos on YouTube. They have 10 videos that you can watch in 360 degrees with Snoop Dogg offering his commentary. Honestly, even without the 360 views, the commentary would have been cool enough.

Why This One is So Much Better Than the Rest

I think there is something about pranks. Knowing that someone is pulling your leg and causing you stress, discomfort, or anxiety at your expense, for their laugh has some give and take. You like to know that the person doing the prank or joke puts time and effort. If you are a fan of The Office, Jim Halpert offers probably the best example of tasteful pranks. While Michael Scott has terrible ones.

The point is, YouTube did an amazing job because they actually put time into creating a high-quality prank. It’s so thorough that they actually have content. The campaign features a celebrity, amazing technology, and entertainment. That’s what it should be all about!

It’s a Track Record

This isn’t the first time Google has killed it with April Fool’s Jokes. One of my other favorites was launched in 2012, with Google Chrome’s Multitask mode.

I will admit. I totally fell for this one when it came out. I’ll sheepishly concede that I did go looking for a second mouse. Only after showing my dad the video and accidentally scrolling down to the comment section did I finally start putting two and two together.

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It’s okay though! It marked the first year I started noticing the Google April Fool’s Pranks!

There’s So Many More

Google is such a large company that they can invest in so many awesome April Fool’s Jokes. Here is a list by VentureBeat that has all of their pranks this year.

Why You Need to Follow DJ Khaled on Snapchat

We haven’t talked much about Snapchat at Ron Wave Design. However, for today’s post, we had to get into it. The reason is because of one man. His name is DJ Khaled. Yes, I’m talking about that one guy who was on all those songs from 2006 – 2010. You know the ones where he’s randomly screaming, “We The Best!”

We’re Not Joking, Give Him a Follow

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