- buying too little
- buying the wrong stuff
- skipping add-ons
Does the list get you thinking about your own coverage? Probably. That makes the list effective.
Your WorldWhat mistakes do your current and potential clients make without even knowing? Make a list and share it with them. A list from a credible third party is even better. You can even take an article from a third party and add to it.
Can you contradict conventional thinking? For instance, Malcolm Gladwell argues that in 50 years Steve Jobs will be forgotten but Bill Gates will be remembered. You might not agree, but don't you want to know why Malcolm said that and perhaps give your opinion? Here's disagreement from Forbes. As a side benefit, Malcolm is getting free publicity.
Types Of ListsYou can make different types of lists:
- the biggest mistakes
- the biggest surprises
- the most common ______
- the newest ______
- the most overlooked ______
If you’re short on ideas, setup Google Alerts for relevant daily updates. All free.
Who's Fault?If your clients aren't educated on what they need or may want, how can they make optimal decisions? They might buy less or buy wrong because they don't know any better. When the fire truck is at the door, it's too late to upgrade the home insurance.
If clients don't understand, they can't tell their connections to follow their lead. Buyer
- The wake-up call to homeowners insurance (boston.com, June 2012)
- Gladwell: In 50 years, people will forget Steve Jobs (CNN, June 2012)
- Why Malcolm Gladwell is wrong about Steve Jobs, in three words (Forbes, June 2012)
- Three ways to beat the market leader
- Three overlooked ways to a competitive edge
- Three marketing essentials for today
- How do you show passion in your work?
- Google Alerts: track what matters to you
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