The Wright Rule: Go Where the Eyeballs Already ARE!

 

First I want to give thanks to Responsible Marketing Blog for giving me the idea for this post. You can read the entire post here, its a good post!
http://responsiblemarketing.com/blog/?p=652

This is a scene from the movie The Jerk starring Steve Martin:

Navin Johnson: The new phone book is here! The new phone book is here!

Harry Hartounian: Boy, I wish I could get that excited about nothing.

Navin Johnson: Nothing? Are you kidding? Page 73 – Johnson, Navin R.! I’m somebody now! Millions of people look at this book everyday! This is the kind of spontaneous publicity – your name in print – that makes people. I’m in print! Things are going to start happening to me now.

 This is the kind of thing we do when we mistake being busy for creating results. We all want to be ‘out there’ however, what does out there really mean? Do you want to see you name on the internet? Just because you SEO a media release and see it listed on Google doesnt mean anyone is reading it. Just because you blast it out to 50,000 outlets doesnt mean they will read or use it.

The Wright Rule is ‘Go where the eyeballs Already ARE” I need to make a t shirt or something. I have one sponsor who can afford to be everywhere. The rest of you have to pick and choose. So if you have to choose, be where the eyeballs already are.

What is your plan for 2009? Yes, you need to plan for media, it doesn’t fall out of the sky on you. You plan it and work your plan. If your plan includeds Oprah or Larry King and you haven’t even been on your local are TV Shows, your plan is not only faulty but foolish.

I watch people completely waste their opportunity on Fox News, or CNN because they were not media trained. Get yourself ready for the media opportunities.

More about that later……

Tell me, whats on your media plan for this year?

How Often Should You be in the Media

Updated: Seth Godin’s How Often Should You Publish?

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Comments by Dr. Wright

How often should you publish?

How many movies should you star in next year?

How many records should you release? How many songs should you write?

How many times a week should you post to your blog?

And when should my next book come out? Or your next newsletter or that next cartoon? What about Nike–they launch more than one product every day. Is that too many?

Ask yourself , how often you should be in media? What is too much?

A lot of the stuff marketers make is unanticipated, impersonal, irrelevant junk that consumers merely tolerate.

But some of it is not spam, it’s content. Stuff worth reading, worth paying for (at the very least, worth paying attention to.)

So, how often?

This discussion is usually filled with superstitions, traditions and half-truths. Daily comics come out every day because that’s when newspapers always came out. And newspapers came out once a day because it was too expensive to publish three times a day (and advertisers and readers wouldn’t support the extra expense.)

When movies were met with great fanfare and often stayed in the theaters for months, it was suicide for a big movie star to do three or four movies a year. But in a DVD/YouTube world, there’s not a lot of evidence that this pace makes as much sense. Saturday Night Live was on every week because there’s only one Saturday a week, but if it had launched today, it’s hard to see the benefit of it being a weekly…

I’d like to propose that you think about it differently. There’s frontlist and backlist.

Frontlist means the new releases, the hits, the stuff that fanboys are looking for or paying attention to.

Frontlist is also the new interviews you have out.

Frontlist gets all the attention, all the glory and all the excitement. They write about frontlist in the paper and we talk about the frontlist at dinner. Digg is the frontlist. Siskel and Ebert is the frontlist.

Backlist is Catcher in the Rye or 1984. Backlist is the long tail (the idea) and now, the Long Tail (the book). In a digital world, backlist is where the rest of the attention ends up, and where all the real money is made.

Backlist doesn’t show up in the news, but Google is 95% backlist. So is Amazon.

The backlist in media is anything that gets on the web. Podcasts are online forever. So are blog interviews.

Sitting in a meeting yesterday, I brainstormed a term, “haystack marketing.” I googled it to see if someone else was using it. You guessed it–number one match was an article I wrote eight months ago. Google doesn’t forget even if you do.

When getting more media, it is best to have something you are known for. Start with one thing. Media=TV, radio, blogs, magazines, newspapers, and podcasts.

Take some to think about your specific backlist media and post them. You might inspire others!

Next Post will be about the Strategy that Seth Godin suggests!

 

Book Review of Subliminal Persuasion By Dave Lakhani

I just read Subliminal Persuasion and I have to say for business, it is one of the best books I have read in a while. This has been a good summer for books too! I was surprised to see that Lakhani actually shares some valuable secrets. This is not a reflection on him personally, most books that say they have secrets, and then share the stuff that does not matter or does not work anymore.

 

I hate Guru’s that share the strategies worked in 1902 and pass them off as salvation for your business. So , stop it with the Brooklyn Bridge sales stories already! The reason this book is valuable to Wright Place Viewers is because it will give you an education about advertising,  motivation and why things work. He has a great chapter about Product placement. Product Placement is what made our High Tea Show the best ever this year.  People need to understand why the things in the book work. Many people feel like they are set up to take advantage of product placement opportunities, When they really are not.  Learn about leverage in business with some great examples and action plans to make the information you learned work for you. Learn how branding really works and why it is not about your logo and tag line.

Dave Lakhani

As a Wright Place Viewer, you should be a reader. Seriously, you have to keep up.

 

Investing in books and live seminars will keep you up to date. I highly recommend this book and have also posted a review on Amazon. I appreciate that Lakhani is very upfront and has something to share with you. He does not mince his words, so you if do not wish to be confronted about some of your attitude towards your own business, leave this book alone. It will change how you see yourself, your business and your behavior.

 

This article was written in 2008 and was updated in 2017.

 

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