Data analyst Amy Webb was looking for a mate. A Jewish husband, to be precise. She was searching JDate and Match.com, but as she writes “What followed was a series of bad dates worthy of a romantic comedy.”
Enough was enough! Amy decided to apply her data analysis skills. In other words, she began thinking like a professional marketer. She analyzed the most popular profiles which are easy to identify because they come up earlier in the search. Here are some of her conclusions:
While some advice doesn’t translate readily (curly-haired women are at a disadvantage), and some would be ill-advised to follow (lie about your height), I found some surprising similarities with writing copy, especially “About” pages.
A surprisingly wide range of people like an informal, breezy style of communication. Amy calls the style “youthful,” which will make some of us want to hurl the newspaper across the room. I would prefer to say “energetic,” “lively,” and “fresh rather than jaded.”
What can we take away from Amy’s story?
Professionals like me have a hard time getting used to being informal. As Amy noticed, she had become “too stuffy and professional.” Today the word “professional” doesn’t mean stuffy, aloof or impersonal.
What impressed me most was Amy’s ability to recognize the importance of writing to sell. Many people recoil at the word “marketing,” yet we engage in these activities in so many areas of our lives. It’s refreshing to get a perspective on writing promotional copy from an entirely new and (for some of us) unexpected source.
Marketing works! Amy’s photo shows her with her husband, Brian. Success!
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If you’re an independent professional or service business owner, you face 3 major challenges.
First, your best prospects may not be looking for you on the search engines: Yahoo, Google and MSN.
Second, your prospects may not realize what you do. Many people think massage is just a feel-good luxury for rich people who have everything. In fact, massage has documented benefits for physical and mental bealth.
Third, you can’t afford to sound sales-y. You have to be totally professional.
One way to deal with these challenges is to review books on the online bookstores, such as Amazon. When you write a book review, you get to
— reach prospects who are searching for solutions but may not be searching for you. Many people think of reading a self-help book rather than hiring a coach or buying a virtual information product. They’re ready to spend.
— share your expertise and opinions. You can’t do this in an article. In a book review, you get to say things like, “Although the author advocates intensive testing for career change, my experience as a coach and consultant suggest…. and the research shows…”
— reach prospects who are ready to buy. Visitors to Amazon and other online bookstores realize they do not get anything free. They shop with one hand on their credit cards and the other on the mouse. When they see your review and click over, they will be in “buy” mode.
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