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by: Robert Deigh
Comedian Lily Tomlin has a great line: "I always wanted to be somebody, but
now I realize I should have been more specific."
Businesses often have a similar problem - describing themselves in terms that
are too general to be memorable and effective. "We create custom software."
"We're a health and wellness company." "We're financial experts." Unfortunately,
these kinds of descriptions are not compelling enough
In the examples above, you'd be more likely to hire companies that describe themselves this way: "We are a technology company that helps organizations save 25% in design and manufacturing costs." "We help busy individuals and families lead healthier and more energetic lives through common-sense exercise and nutrition." "We show people step-by-step how to save realistically for their future while enjoying the present."
Now create five or six very specific messages that support your overall
description. Put those messages into all of your formal and informal
communication (marketing and press materials, website, presentations, paid
advertising, sales kit, elevator speech and even your on-hold phone greeting).
Practice using your messages at every opportunity. Whether you have four employees or 40,000, the ability of every member of your team to speak in a unified voice, using the right messages, is a very powerful, competitive tool.
Enjoy the Holidays. May 2015 bring you happiness, success and great press.
Robert Deigh is principal of RDC Communication/PR and the author of "How Come No One Knows About Us?" (WBusiness Books, available May 2008), the PR guide for organizations large and small that want to win big visibility. Deigh helps organizations increase their visibility and build their brands by creating strong and positive relationships with the press and other audiences. He is also a well-known speaker and trainer on media and PR topics. Want more free info to build your business? Subscribe to Deigh’s popular monthly 1-page online newsletter “PR Quick Tips” from his website at www.rdccommunication.com. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 703-503-9321.
Contributor: Robert Deigh
Published here on: 21-Dec-14