MARKET LIKE MY GRANDMA (Old School Techniques from My Great-Grandma Angie)

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You probably won’t believe this, but there was a time when I was terrified of marketing. The very thought of it made me cringe.

I hated talking to people about my business because I didn’t want to be known as “THAT” girl.

Well …

Long gone are the days where I keep my mouth shut about what I do for fear of how others may perceive me; now I seize every opportunity to share with others how I change lives through my work with SheRISES. (I also had a no-fluff business coach who straightened me out!)

When I stepped up my marketing game I realized that all I had to do was follow my great-grandmother’s marketing tips. Say what??

Yes. I was thumbing through some old photos of her and suddenly realized that she was a marketing genius. Here are 4 tips that I stole from my Grandma Angie:
1. HAVE A STRONG SCENT: Your grandmother probably wore a strong and very distinctive perfume. You know, the kind of perfume that lingers long after you’ve hugged her. My grandmother wore CHANEL 5; she was a sophisticated and classy woman. Just thinking about her, invokes the delightful fragrance. Grandma Angie’s house carried a distinctive smell as well. When I walked into her house it had a peculiar smell – like that old fashioned moth ball smell. I actually squirmed at the aroma when I was younger; however as I grew older, I came to appreciate and welcome the smell of my grandmother’s house. I instantly knew I was back in Florida when I walked through her door. Even now, whenever I’m in a store and I come across the distinctive “moth ball” scent, I immediately think about my grandmother. From a brand perspective, this taught me to carry a scent and to create a brand that has a smell (literally and figuratively). Does your brand have a scent?

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2.BRING YOUR SIGNATURE DISH TO THE TABLE: I don’t know about your grandmother, but my great grandmother had a signature dish. Her collard greens were delicious, and her country time iced tea was absolutely amazing. This might make you laugh, but my grandmother was also known for “stockpiling” before it became popular by the extreme couponers. Her kitchen was laid out like a grocery store and everybody knew it. Let’s pull out the marketing secrets from this tip. You must have a signature program, service or product and a distinctive way in which you do business. My signature programs are the 5-Figure Radiant Rebrand Business System & the 6-Week Female Success Brand & Personal Power Program. I hand select every woman that I work. All of my clients know that I don’t come into coaching calls unless I receive their application. No application, no call. Period. My 5-Figure Radiant Rebrand Business System teaches clients how to use a spiritual and stylish approach to add 5K every month over the next 12 months, attract premium paying clients and build a brand their clients love and adore. What’s your signature program, product or skill?

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3. ESTABLISH YOUR DISTINCT STYLE: My grandmother always wore these floral and plaid print cotton and polyester housecoats (Dusters). As a child I believed she had hundreds of them, but I’m sure it wasn’t that many. When customers see you and your brand (your skill or product) there should be a consistent visual identity to help them instantly recognize and relate to you.Your goal is to project an image that represents your values and establishes your unique beliefs. Clearly my grandmother was going for ease, comfort and a dash of style. Your brand image is all about how your customers perceive and experience you. How do your customers see you?

4. ESTABLISH YOUR PERSPECTIVE: Every grandmother has her point of view and she has a special way in which she sees the world. If I ask you to recall a saying or a deep-seated belief that your grandmother has, without hesitation, you’d be able to fire off several grandma-isms. In business, if you don’t have a unique position or view-point your customers won’t recognize your brand value and you won’t be remembered. As you talk to your customers about what you do, your goal is not to convince them to like you, your goal is to gain their respect and trust in you. Most grandmas have something to say about everything, and whether you agree with her opinion or not she’s going to give it to you. Your brand needs a stance and a point of view. Establish your own expressions, brand phrases, and mottos. Leave your trail of thinking in every business conversation. This will do wonders for your brand.

Brilliant Thinker, leave a comment and tell me which marketing tip resonates with you the most? What tips can you steal from your grandma?

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11 comments

  1. Have a strong (distinctive) scent was my favorite. I still remember my moms scent. She went to be with Jesus 38 years ago. Everything about this article was great. It makes me stop and ponder, “What scent will I leave behind… today, next year, and after I am physically gone from this planet?”

  2. This was awesome! My mother was known for her green beans! There were a few things that resonated with me the most that I found myself taking pride in as an event producer. What I want people to remember me by is the joy in the air, the heartfelt love, the feeling that they’ve received something memorable and definite hugs from me. Of course, they will be able to walk away with a parting gift. I use to be known for flower petals whenever I decorated events as well as my signature being a flower on my shoulder. I may get back to that!

    1. Yes, I remember the flower. Why did you stop wearing it? Did you evolve into a new signature look? Or did you already get the results you wanted? Thanks for sharing your insights. We can learn a lot from our grandmothers.

  3. YES YES and did I mention YES!!!!!!!!!!

    This was so juicy, fun to read and POWERFULLY filled with great tips!

    HAVE A STRONG SCENT was my fav!

    That moth ball scent though…..YES!
    Your so right too….it creates room for appreciation and brand identity!
    LOVE!

    Great post Queenie!

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