Name My Hospitality Services

I am coming up with serviced apartments for executives & business personnel in Nagpur, MH, India. I am searching for a name for my Hospitality services which ll be sober, attractive but not flashy, easy to pronounce and with an Indian touch.can u suggest any? also if u can suggest a suitable tagline…

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Jay’s Answer: Given you want a name with an “Indian” touch, you’re likely best served by talking to a local Indian marketer who both understands your audience and is well-schooled in Indian culture.

And whoever you work with will need a lot more information/discussion with you to arrive at a name (and tagline) that addresses your needs well, including: who specifically is your audience, why they’d choose to rent from you, what makes you unique, and why they’d pay for your offering.

Social Media To Promote Equality And Diversity?

How can you promote equality and diversity when communicating with your customers via social media?

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Jay’s Answer:  For a moment, ignore the tool (social media). Focus on the message itself. How can you promote equality and diversity in all your conversations (not just externally)(and not just “talk the talk” but also “walk the walk”)? And then from the perspective of your customer, why should they care about this message from you? Once you deeply understand the answers to these two questions, then you have the seeds for sowing in all your communication, and for instilling it in your social media channel(s) as well.

How Long Should Your Newsletters Be?

How Long Should Your Newsletters Be
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How long your newsletter should be is based of the perceived value of what you’re saying. If you’re sharing a cure for a perceived painful condition, your reader will spend more time reading. But since most of your newsletters won’t be full of amazing discoveries, my rule is: Short enough to convey the message, and long enough to have some details.

Since everyone is deluged with emails and newsletters, if you make it obvious that a quick read won’t take more than a minute or two – your readers are more likely to read your writing (since it’s not such a large risk of their time). But if you waste their time too often, they’ll stop reading and/or unsubscribe.

Remember: It’s not really about length at all. It’s really about how effectively compelling your writing is.

P.S. This advice applies not only for newsletters, but also: emails, advertising, and speeches.

Getting Past The Gatekeepers

Get Your Marketing Message Past The Gatekeepers
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One of the hardest issues in your marketing is getting your message in front of decision makers. Since decision makers are often deluged by requests for their time and/or attention, they likely have gatekeepers to buffer them from those outside the organization. So, how can you get your message seen by the right person?

Do your homework. In many cases, people approach the head of an organization thinking that this person is the appropriate decision maker. In many cases, it’s not. It may be a product manager, a VP of Finance, or another leader within an organization. Figure out who the right person is first. Be sure to also be aware of what the company’s upcoming plans are – so you can be sure you’re up-to-date with their direction.

Be nice. Once you reach the gatekeeper, respect their time. They are paid to deal with people like you daily. Quickly explain your “offer” and benefit, and then listen to their response clearly – echoing it back to them if necessary. Then follow through on the next steps.

Be persistent. Even if the gatekeeper loves your offering, it’s likely your single communication is likely to be forgotten. Follow up as you promised regularly. If you can’t get their attention and they definitely are interested in your offering, consider a daily communique. Go for “no”.

Be convincing. Ensure you’re not repeating the same message with each conversation. If you’ve done your homework, you’ll likely have a list of benefits that the organization would likely reap and the proven social proof to highlight your capabilities.

Be varied. Email is easily sent, and easily ignored. Pick up the phone and call (at different times of the day and different days). Fax. Mail a letter. Send a package.

Go around. A warm introduction to the person of interest is much better than trying to wrangle your way in from a cold call. If the person will be attending any workshops or conferences, be there and meet them face-to-face. Use LinkedIn’s InMail to reach the decision maker directly.

Recognize these same tactics to go around an organization’s gatekeeper you would also use to convince someone to buy from you (since each of our minds is also a gatekeeper to ourselves).

Creative Fundraiser/Donation Names & Titles

I work as a senior Marketing Manager for sports broadcasting company called SEN. SEN is a local (DMV area) version of ESPN featuring upcoming young athlete talents (high school and college students) in order to promote, educate, advertise and highlight these young talents to other schools and recruiters and possibly professional sports teams. We are currently working towards designing a fundraiser or donation line in order to raise revenue that would go towards production, media coverage, social media networking and advertising these young athletes on a national scale. Since this is a start up business that just began in January we are working with very limited funds. I need a catchy name for a fundraiser campaign or donation line so that people may be able to sponsor and donate to our company.

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Jay’s Answer: 

  • Be SENsational
  • See SENsations

New Bus Route College Marketing To Parents

The school is is establishing two new school bus routes through the NE suburbs, in addition to the already existing bus route. This has come about following feedback and demand from parents surveyed. It is intended to begin the bus services in 2014.

Can you please provide ideas for a full scale marketing program (Web, Social Media, Print, Guerilla Marketing, Direct marketing, Press Release etc) for the new and existing College families?

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Jay’s Answer:  If there was feedback and demand, then it seems that there’s a market that’s ready. Do parents/students need to sign up for the route? Do parents need to pay for the service? Can you make the bus ride launch unusually FUN (live music, food, sing-along, etc.)?

How To Get More Travel Clients?

We are into a small business or I would say have begun a business of travel and Overseas education Consultancy along with IELTS Coaching classes. For IELTS we keep getting 1 or 2 students a month. My question is, What can be the best way to bring perspective clients or candidates to our office looking for Study Visa or overseas education. Although we keep getting phone calls for the same, but most of the time either they are fake calls or the clients do not show up after getting all the information. Don’t understand why.

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Jay’s Answer:  It sounds very frustrating. My guess is you haven’t sufficiently pre-qualified your prospective clients. People will show up if it’s clear they are the right people and it’s worth their time. Your job is to identify the right people and convince them of the value of talking with you.

To start with, I’d suggest putting more information about your services online (your “Top 10 Questions” for example). Next, for those interested in talking further, they should provide you with some answers (that are easy to validate) to key questions: contact information & why they want your help. Then, conduct an over-the-phone interview, ensuring that they’ve read through your online information first, they understand what you do, and you understand the value to them.

Please Suggest A Tagline For My Travel Company

Please suggest a tagline for my company named “Travel Fizz”. We provide travel services like air tickets and holiday packages, but we stress on Student Visa Consultancy for those looking for overseas education. That includes complete career counseling and Visa filing. We cannot use the word “Immigration” in tagline.

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Jay’s Answer:

  • Visa Assistance Our Specialty
  • We Help You Learn Abroad

Find Your Marketing Blind Spots

Find Your Marketing Core Message
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We all suffer from some form of “bias blindness” – a psychological perception that we better understand a situation more than others do. We see how other people’s thinking is “off” and we “know better”. This is likely true in your own business marketing as well.

First, when looking at your recent marketing materials, what are your unspoken assumptions? Examples may include: the reader’s expertise, the reader’s beliefs, the reader’s interest, the reader’s intelligence, and the reader’s awareness. Is there a way to make your unspoken assumptions explicit without affecting the quality of your message?

Next, repeatedly ask the question “So What?” when reading through all of your key marketing messages. The goal is to understand what key concepts are underlying your points. Often, we assume (incorrectly) that the reader understands these same points and knows the implication of not following your wisdom. The result is that your marketing doesn’t resonate with your audience. Make sure to drill down to get to the root benefit, and make sure that’s what you convey.

Finally, make sure you make it obvious what you want your reader to do next (your “call to action”). All too often in marketing and in speeches, people leave the audience struggling to figure out what do to next. Do you want someone to download a whitepaper? Call for a free consultation? Join your mailing list?

Don’t assume people can read your mind.

Selling Under Your Umbrella

Selling Under Your Umbrella
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Over time, your company has likely introduced an ever-increasing variety of products or services. As you’ve expanded your offerings, you may have cluttered your message. Instead of selling something to a narrow group of people, you may now be trying to appeal to a wider audience. The end result is that your “umbrella of offerings” is now likely to be confusing.

When you started out marketing your brand, your goal was to clearly convey a message to a specific audience. You spoke their language. You understood the benefits to your offering, and could simply articulate it. But over time, if you weren’t careful, you’ve likely muddied your messaging.

Now, your core audience is likely not to be interested in everything you’re selling. So you’re now speaking more generically, trying to span different audiences with vaguer language to somehow make your eclectic collection seem more coherent. But since each audience likely has its own language, problems, and aspirations – trying to jam everything into one umbrella under your “quality moniker” is likely not to create sales.

So, what can you do? Go narrower to go bigger.

For example, your home page should be considered a “super landing page”. It shouldn’t try to tell your whole story & showcase everything. Instead, it should be a funnel to direct visitors to the part of the website that they would care about. Silo your visitors using different signups (and segment them in your customer database). Analyze your SEO (search engine optimization) to find out what your true organic traffic is looking for. Measure & repeat.

Turn your umbrella into a rainbow of opportunity for your business.