The ONE THING That Matters Most When Selling

Selling more, personal brand, persuasive selling platformOn February 28, 2009 an American icon passed away. He left us with years of his wit and wisdom, but his most important lesson for business owners was hidden behind the veil of the new style of radio program he created.

This sales-boosting and brand-building secret was summed up in one simple statement. And in that statement is all you need to be focused on ALL day, EVERY day to sell and grow your business most effectively.

First… the man behind the wisdom

I’ll share the statement in a moment, but to fully appreciate and apply it you first need to know a little more about the man behind the wisdom.

The man was Paul Harvey, host of the famous “The Rest of the Story” radio show. With the unique format of his radio show, Paul entertained AND sold like none before. He had a strategy and system that perfectly complimented his “folksy” personal brand.

He was known for the catch phrase he used at the beginning of his programs,”Hello Americans, I’m Paul Harvey. You know what the news is, in a minute, you’re going to hear … the rest of the story.” The last item of his broadcast, which was often a funny story, would usually be preceded by “For what it’s worth.” And he always ended, “Paul Harvey … Good day.”

At the time of his death he was arguably the most famous radio personality in America with his show syndicated on over 1,200 stations. And right up until his death he was still doing his show and selling products… and even vaulting unknown brands into national prominence. (Think Bose)

Paul Harvey’s career was not without controversy though. He publicly took strong political positions, advocated for the Vietnam War, and was fiercely critical of political and other public figures.

The strategies

Yes, as you see — Paul Harvey practiced all the elements of Tribal Seduction:

A strategy and system built around his Personal Brand (Persuasive Selling Platform)

  • He was transparent letting his persona and personal views shine through without shame (invaluable to gathering a tribe of true Loyals)
  • Paul chose (and stuck with) the communication channel that best suited his Persuasive Selling Platform
  • He chose the communication channel that provided the best access to his Tribe (primarily Baby Boomers and older)

The “ONE THING”

But what’s that one statement that encapsulates all you need to be focused on ALL day, EVERY day to market most effectively?

It comes from

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Entrepreneur / Speaker / RaceCar Driver

Deborah Cole is founder of RPM Success Group ® Inc, the leader in Social Media software, training and consulting for maximizing small business profits. Coach Deb authored the best-selling books "Secrets Of Online Persuasion" and the 1st book published on Twitter, in 2008: "Twitter Revolution" Visit her NEW Blog CoachDeb.TV to see the latest videos on Social Media Marketing.

Want to attract more customers for your business? Find out how to do it now with your FREE "FLIGHT PLAN" at QuanSite.com, the world's leading New Media online marketing software.


Are You Losing Your Tribe With Words; or Winning Their Loyalty With Blood & Broken Bones?

We all know proof sells by building trust. You can provide proof in the form of words, pics & testimonials. But when it comes to proof, nothing has more of an impact than your ACTIONS!

And there’s a certain type of action that wins you a Tribe of Loyals who stick by you through thick-and-thin… even in the tough New Economy we’re all facing. It’s a level of committed action that bonds you and your Tribe together.

Let’s have a quick meeting on the beach & you’ll see what I mean:

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Now this doesn’t necessarily mean going out and getting in actual physical duels or fights for your Tribe, industry or niche. That probably wouldn’t be good for business unless your Tribe is fans of UFC (Ultimate Fighting) or WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment)… or the Jerry Springer show. LOL!

Seriously though! How many of us really go out into the marketplace and get bloody for our Tribe. Standing up for the rights of Loyals of our Tribe or our Tribe as a whole. Taking the arrows leading the charge on a topic, cause or opportunity affecting our Tribe.

A practical example of getting bloody for your Tribe…

Listen… to survive and succeed in business in the New Economy it takes more exceeding of expectations & delivering an outstanding quality of product or service. That’s a basic expectation that must be met. More importantly, there’s no “blood on your face” and hence no emotional bonding. One simple way to get both is to advocate for the rights and needs of your Tribe.

For example, I’m vigilant in advocating for the rights of small business owners with state and Federal government. I take action not just because I’ve been an entrepreneur since starting my  first business at age 12; but because I know we as a group are in the cross-hairs of the looters in office.

I’m passionate about revealing the path to prosperity, which is now contrary to common consensus. I don’t care if I turn off some who “don’t get it.” Their opinion doesn’t matter to me. I only care for the Small Business owners and solopreneurs who battle to overcome barriers carelessly thrown in their way on a daily basis… and any entrepreneur who knows me knows I’m willing to “get bloody” doing that.

How do you get bloody for YOUR Tribe?

Realize this truth — people may buy from a good marketer or salesperson. But they will only stand loyaly behind a leader in good times and bad. And a leader has to be willing to get bloody and risk broken bones.

  • How have you gotten bloody for your Tribe in the past? Could you do it again? Or maybe even on an ongoing basis?
  • What are you doing to go beyond boring words to prove yourself to your Tribe?
  • What could you do to win the trust of more members of your Tribe turning them into Loyals?

Share your experiences, thoughts & ideas in some graffiti in the comment area below. Let the tribe know what you’re willing to do to win their loyalty. ;-)

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Coach Deb - Deborah Cole


Entrepreneur / Speaker / RaceCar Driver

Deborah Cole is founder of RPM Success Group ® Inc, the leader in Social Media software, training and consulting for maximizing small business profits. Coach Deb authored the best-selling books "Secrets Of Online Persuasion" and the 1st book published on Twitter, in 2008: "Twitter Revolution" Visit her NEW Blog CoachDeb.TV to see the latest videos on Social Media Marketing.

Want to attract more customers for your business? Find out how to do it now with your FREE "FLIGHT PLAN" at QuanSite.com, the world's leading New Media online marketing software.


Tribal Seduction in Sydney: Marketplace Molesters vs. Tribal Seducers

What makes a Marketplace Molester? And how do Tribal Seducers act in contrast? Knowing the difference can set you up to attract crowds of raving fans… or be scorned and hated by the masses.

Here we’ve got some examples of a Marketplace Molester, Physical Spammer, and a legendary Tribal Seducer in and about Sydney.

Now with New Media… it’s easier than ever to be a Tribal Seducer. Why would anyone want to take the Marketplace Molester approach?

Have you seen them?

So know that you know what a Marketplace Molester looks like in the real world, can you think of some that you’ve seen online?

What about Tribal Seducers — online or off-line? I bet they’re fewer you can think of. But the ones that do pop to mind, you’re probably a fan of (or at least respect.)

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Coach Deb - Deborah Cole


Entrepreneur / Speaker / RaceCar Driver

Deborah Cole is founder of RPM Success Group ® Inc, the leader in Social Media software, training and consulting for maximizing small business profits. Coach Deb authored the best-selling books "Secrets Of Online Persuasion" and the 1st book published on Twitter, in 2008: "Twitter Revolution" Visit her NEW Blog CoachDeb.TV to see the latest videos on Social Media Marketing.

Want to attract more customers for your business? Find out how to do it now with your FREE "FLIGHT PLAN" at QuanSite.com, the world's leading New Media online marketing software.