Three Heinous Marketing Mistakes Made by Healers, Part Two
This is the second in a three-part series about mistakes that entrepreneurs with healing practices often make.
The first mistake, which I covered last week, is about being afraid to market, being shy about marketing and not doing the research to become knowledgeable about marketing.
The second mistake, our focus for today, is sort of the opposite problem.
Don’t become a spammer, or an in-your-face-business-evangelist, no matter how excited you are about your product or service.
If you are paying more attention to the size of your mailing list, rather than the quality of your mailing list, you are making a mistake.
If you are sending newsletters to thousands of people but getting an open rate of less than twenty percent, you are not marketing, you are spamming.
If you invite folks to your webpage and then require them to sign up for some free offer before they can read about your services, you have clearly demonstrated your questionable priorities.
And, if your freebies really aren’t free, or aren’t valuable, you are guilty of some of the oldest tricks in the book.
P.T. Barnum was right, there is a sucker born every minute. But do you want your client base to be full of suckers?
If you are guilty of these sorts of high-pressure marketing techniques, you get a gold star for enthusiasm and hard work. If your tactics are working for you, and you are OK looking at yourself in the mirror, that’s your choice. However, there are considerable drawbacks to these types of techniques, and, once you are labeled as a spammer you will lose a lot of ability to promote your work at all.
Sometimes we become spammers unintentionally. I woke up the other day to find myself included in a very large group message on Facebook. The healer was marketing a webinar. In her great wisdom she felt the best way to do this was to send a group private message to eighty of her closest friends. When she realized how poorly received this was, she apologized, saying that she didn’t realize what she did was wrong. If even one of those eighty people reported her to Facebook for spamming, her marketing problems were only just beginning.
She was guilty of spamming, but she was also guilty of last week’s mistake; failure to do research and learn how to market.
Getting labeled a spammer is a very real risk. In the past year I have tried to partner with two different organizations whose URL could not be included in my weekly newsletter because the URL was already identified as a spam site. It’s hard to promote an online event if you can’t send the URL to your client base.
The other risk of these kinds of marketing mistakes is that you will simply look cheesy. If you want to be the “Amway” of your particular modality you certainly can, but you will end up limiting yourself more than you will be helping yourself.
Find the balance that works for you. Quality is better than quantity. Classy is better than cheesy. Do get your word out. Don't be a spammer.