Top of Mind: Use Content to Unleash Your Influence and Engage Those Who Matter To You - Deepstash

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JOHN HALL

"When helping others becomes the framework through which you interact with the world, you’ll find yourself at the top of many minds."

JOHN HALL

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JOHN HALL

"If you can tangibly improve your target audience’s quality of life, even in ways that seem minute, they’ll begin to think of you as a positive force in their lives. Do this consistently and your audience will reward you with top-of-mind status."

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What being top of mind means

What being top of mind means

Being authentic, honest, and truthful is your best promotion, because if your customers trust you, then you will be the first thing that comes to their minds in case they need your goods or services.

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Focus on building trust

  • Since today’s customers are not passive; they are even more suspicious of salespeople who don’t ask for permission to invade their privacy; a salesperson's job isn’t anymore that of a marketing rep, but the far more humble and noble of being a friend.
  • Customers today don’t like to buy from people who are intrusive. You can trick them once or twice, but the minute they find out, you’ll lose them for eternity. Them and about a million other people who’ll find out about it on social media. So instead of tricking them – earn their trust.

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JOHN HALL

"Authenticity is the foundation of your relationship with your audience. But for the relationship to flourish, it’s not enough to simply be authentic; you also have to deliver tangible value."

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Selling 101 has morphed into Altruism 101

Selling 101 has morphed into Altruism 101

To get to your customers’ “top of mind,” you need to earn their approval. And you can do that the very same way you would get the approval of people you’d like to be your friends: by expressing genuine concern about their likes and dislikes, by establishing a type of communication between you two that’s based on mutual trust and commitment.

Most importantly, by helping your customers from time to time without seeking any compensation.

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JOHN HALL

"When you educate people, you are empowering them. … Content’s potential as an educational tool is limitless. Use it to share whatever knowledge you have that others will find valuable."

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Share your knowledge, experiences and resources with your audience

Staying in touch with the needs of your audience and sharing information they can use is one of the best ways to give to and help them.

The most scalable way to help them is through creating and publishing content. You can exponentially expand the number of ways you can help people and the number of lives you can effect through content.

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Create a writing ritual

Create a writing ritual

Creating written content is a daunting task for many of us, from the solopreneur to the CEO. Lack of time and inspiration keeps us procrastinating and pushing this critical activity further down our to-do lists. Fear of being a bad writer also sabotages our efforts.

Try the practice of “morning pages”. Rather than waiting for inspiration to strike, it’s easier and more helpful to adhere to a habit of daily writing. Writing every morning encourages and allows for more creativity and it will also help to dispel the fear of writing.

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JOHN HALL

"Like helpfulness, authentic likability is a practice. It can’t be forced, but it can be developed through everyday thoughts and actions."

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Likability and familiarity

  • Likability matters. It’s hard to trust someone you don’t like. Finding that balance starts with understanding yourself and your personality and exactly what kind of “likable” you want to be.
  • Familiarity is the other side of the likability coin—it evokes a sense of closeness, a feeling of genuine connection. Familiarity emerges at its purest in face-to-face conversation.

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Brand and thought leadership

Brand and thought leadership

If you treat your brand as an afterthought, you’re simply fortifying the barriers between yourself and opportunity creation. A vibrant, flourishing brand is one of your most powerful tools in creating trust and opportunity.

Take a look at Tesla. If you’re not a luxury electric vehicle industry insider, you may not know much about the inner workings of the company. Chances are, however, that you’re familiar with Elon Musk’s reputation as a rocket scientist/climate activist/genius innovator.

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Content triggers

Have you ever read an article that feels like it was written especially for you? Maybe it answers a specific question you’ve had on your mind for a while or it gives you some piece of advice that seems tailor-made to your life situation.

When this happens, it creates a sense of connection to the author that makes you want to read everything she’s ever written and anything she’ll ever write.

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Education is the most important trust point

Education is the most important trust point

That is because knowledge is power. When you educate people, you are empowering them.

One of the most effective and easily scalable ways to unify these practices is through high-quality digital content.

Content’s potential as an educational tool is limitless. Use it to share whatever knowledge you have that others will find valuable—industry insight, best practices, experiential learnings—and they will reward you with trust.

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