Education_vs_Sales-Based_Marketing by georgetitan


Education vs Sales-Based Marketing

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The marketing paradigm that can literally make or break your coaching

The correct answer to this question can completely change your coaching
business forever. It can change your perception of your business. It can
change your focus in your business. It can change how you go about
operating your business. And most importantly, it can determine the
success or otherwise of your business...

Life Coaching, Coaching, Improvement, Marketing, Education, Business,

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What’s the single most important process determining whether or not your
coaching business is successful?

The correct answer to this question can completely change your coaching
business forever. It can change your perception of your business. It can
change your focus in your business. It can change how you go about
operating your business. And most importantly, it can determine the
success or otherwise of your business.

We asked dozens of coaches this question and got a broad array of
responses. But only 4% of them were even close to the mark! Most coaches
answered: quality service; number of clients; pricing; branding;
advertising copy.

…And whilst all these issues are critical, the single most important
process is your marketing methodology. Whilst you must have all the other
elements as well, it’s your marketing methodology that ultimately
determines the success or otherwise of your business.

Let us explain…

Nearly all coaches use a marketing methodology that’s a sales-based
marketing methodology. This is understandable as most traditional
marketing methods teach sales-based marketing methods. We’re all impacted
by sales-based marketing at every turn – on TV, newspapers, magazines,
billboards, radio – everywhere. And when coaches research marketing
methods, they are most likely to learn about traditional sales-based
marketing methodologies – print ads (in newspapers, yellow pages,
journals, magazines etc), direct telephone calls, radio, flyers, direct
mail letters, etc.
But there are several extremely powerful forces at play against coaches
employing a sales-based marketing methodology…

Most coaches invariably feel uncomfortable delivering a ‘sales pitch.’
Coaches generally have better technical skills than marketing skills.
They’re therefore uncomfortable talking about themselves and endorsing
the quality of their product. This means they don’t close, and comes
across to prospects as a general lack of confidence in themselves, and
their product and service.

Sales marketing is extremely expensive – narrowing your net margin on
your service. The more you spend to get a client the less net profit
you’ll retain at the end.

Generally people are very sceptical and defensive against sales
approaches. This exponentially increases the barrier of making a sale.
When you employ a sales-based marketing method, most prospects have
already closed themselves off to learning about your services due to
their natural tendency to put up a defence against sales-based marketing.

There is no trust and rapport built through a sales-based marketing
approach. For a prospect to buy from you, there needs to be an element of
trust. Your prospect needs to trust that you can deliver on your promises
and that they’ll gain a positive return on their investment. This level
of trust is extremely difficult to build through a sales-based marketing

You build no reciprocal obligation on the prospect to investigate your
offer or purchase from you. It’s a natural human tendency to reciprocate
in kind what’s been given to you. You can not build reciprocal obligation
through sales-based marketing.

You attract price sensitive shoppers and ‘tyre kickers’ that take up a
lot of your time and result in extremely low conversion.

It’s difficult to maintain contact with prospects for long enough to
build rapport and trust – it generally takes 4 to 6 contacts before a
prospect will buy from you.

So, we can hear you shouting “If sales-based marketing is not going to be
effective, what’s my alternative to get clients?”

And the answer is… Education-based Marketing. Education-based marketing
is simply the process by which you attract and convert highly-qualified
clients by giving them what they want – valuable information and advice
that solves their problems - and removing what they don’t want, a sales

Education-based marketing is generally undertaken by delivering
Credibility Marketing techniques such as public speaking, information
based teleclasses, publications, networking, hotlines, free educational
give aways (such as reports, assessments, tools, ecourses), etc.

As opposed to sales-based marketing, education-based marketing means…
- You give your prospect what they really want – highly valuable
information. And you take away what they don’t want – a sales pitch.

- You maintain your dignity and feel good about yourself as you never
make an effort to sell.

- Your brand recognition and respect will skyrocket! Education-based
marketing is the ultimate brand builder. By positioning yourself as the
‘expert’ or ‘specialist’ by solving, through your education products, the
most pressing issues your niche confronts. You become the only logical
choice in your market.

- You can establish yourself as a credible authority as prospects depend
on you as a reliable source of valuable advice.

- You significantly reduce your marketing costs – and can in fact get
paid to market yourself. This vastly compounds the net worth of every
client you attract – you can actually earn double the net profit with
only half the clients!

- You don’t have to seek out new prospects – prospects come to you (to
have their problems solved).

- You can maintain (mutually beneficial) contact with your prospects
through the sales process because they don’t feel pressured by a sales
pitch and value your information and advice.

- You reach prospects early during the first stages of their decision
making process.

- You attract ‘moderately interested’ prospects that may otherwise be
afraid to call you but are not afraid to request your information.

- Due to the high level of trust and rapport built early on you’ll be
perceived as an adviser, not a salesperson, making added-value sales
dramatically easier.

- You dramatically increase your referrals from prospects as they feel
loyal to you – due to a relationship built on trust and reciprocal
obligation and your efforts to help them – even if they don’t hire you!
And your referrals will come much earlier in your relationship.

- You gain compounded advantage as your information is passed freely
between prospects within your niche.

- You gain a competitive advantage because not many competitors are using
education-based marketing.

- You achieve a highly leveraged advantage as you can put forward your
marketing even when you are not present.

- You save valuable time as you often are delivering your message
directly to your most highly qualified target audience.
As you can see, education-based marketing is the exact opposite to sales-
based marketing, and can make an extraordinary difference to your
business, and your enjoyment of ‘doing’ business. So, ask yourself, “How
much education-based marketing am I currently doing?” and “How can I
develop a marketing plan significantly comprised of education-based
marketing methodologies?”

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