Five Universal Traits Of Your Target Market
No matter your industry, product, or service…
ALL target markets share five common traits.
And by target market, I'm referring to the super-specific group of consumers your product or service is aimed towards.
It's vitally important to understand these ideal prospects, because you simply cannot afford to market to everyone.
In fact, the ONLY way to compete in today's age is to hone in on your specific market!
And to do that you need to clearly understand and be able to communicate these 5 universal traits (which apply regardless of age, gender, location, social position, or education level).
Internalizing these common trait will help you laser-focus your marketing, advertising, and social media messaging so you can reach directly into the hearts and minds of your target audience.
Okay, let's begin with…
1. They are in pain
Everyone is experiencing some kind of pain—right now!
It could be physical, emotional, or psychological.
Maybe it's just a deep-seated insecurity that everyone feels at one time or another in life.
What they’re looking for is relief from their pain.
Sometimes I hear marketers say…
“Hey, I don't want to lead with negativity. I want to be that person that gives people a sense of hope. I want to give people a sense of feeling good about their lives.”
Nothing wrong with that!
You may be cheerful, excited, and living a great life full of time and financial freedom.
Things might be rolling along great for you.
If so, that’s awesome!
But to be an effective marketer…
You have to meet people where they are, NOT where you are!
Most people don't wake up thinking to themselves…
“Man, I sure wish someone in business would call me, so I could get rid of my money today.”
They're not looking for your business, your product, or your service.
What they are looking for is a SOLUTION to their pain.
That's one of the most important distinctions entrepreneurs and business leaders must understand.
So when you're marketing, you must offer solutions.
When you're doing a Facebook Live or talking to somebody face-to-face, remember: even if they're putting on a happy face and pretending that life is grand and everything is perfect, they are still facing challenges.
They are in pain.
Even though we live in that Facebook world where everybody posts 5-second snippets of their lives that are dramatically awesome, most people are living mundane, humdrum lives.
What they're looking for is a solution to their pain.
Does that mean that you need to be overly negative or full of doom and gloom?
Not necessarily, no.
But if all you talk about is how great things are, or how wonderful life would be living on the beach working only two hours a day, you’re NOT going to connect with your target people!
Even though they might think the idea is really cool, most people can’t imagine that kind of life for themselves.
What they want to know is…
“What's in it for me—right now? I’m experiencing pain and I want to get past it!”
When you address their pain in your marketing, your goal isn’t to make them feel worse about their situation.
But it is about waking them up.
Remind them of what brought them to you, what their pain is, and what relieving that pain might look like for them.
2. They're going to be guarded
Most people have been inundated with marketing message, after marketing message, after marketing message, all their lives.
They’ve heard it all – inflated promises, broken promises, etc.
And they’re jaded. Skeptical.
Who wouldn’t be with all the stuff we are pounded over the head with, day in and day out?
You have to meet people where they are.
You have to understand how to influence people, not coerce them or manipulate them or beat them over the head.
You have to use influence with them, while being 100% truthful.
Operate with integrity, from a place of true empathy, where you really do care about them.
Show them the way through and out of their pain.
That’s what they come to you for.
The most influential way to break through someone’s skepticism…
…is to ask questions…a LOT of questions!
Ask questions in all your messages—your ads, your blog posts, your conversations, your live videos.
Isn't it interesting that if you lead with a question, it engages people?
Right now, we're operating in an age of abundant information.
We have more than enough information. More than we’ll ever use in our lifetimes.
The most powerful question occupying most people’s mind is this…
What's in it for me?
When you ask questions coming from a place of genuine curiosity, people open up, lower their guard, and become more open to possibilities about solutions for their pain.
3. They're going to lack clarity
Even though people are clear about their pain…
They’re skeptical of information, and they're not clear about what they need to relieve their pain.
When tons of people offer tons of conflicting information, what happens?
People get overwhelmed. They get confused.
They shut down.
So offer them clarity.
Meet them where they're at!
Remember, they're in search of information.
And “more information” does not equal “more value.”
When people are overloaded, they get stuck.
If you overwhelm them with information, you’re essentially keeping them stuck.
So don’t give them 92 steps to build a business…101 questions to ask new prospects…the top 50 objections your customers have.
That’s too much to process!
They might like or even love you.
They may be grateful to you for giving them all that information.
But at the end of the day, it won't move them forward.
You want them to start taking forward steps to relieve their pain
So provide them with clarity.
Keep it simple. Keep it short. Address their pain directly.
Give them one or two key pieces of information. And ask questions.
When they arrive at a place of clarity, they'll start moving closer toward a buying decision
To create influence, show people exactly what they're looking for.
They're not looking for a guru.
They're not even looking for an expert.
They're just looking for somebody with a CLEAR answer.
YOU are a person with the clear answer who can lead them.
4. They want to be led
Does wanting to be led make people weak, meek, or blind sheep?
People are just looking for guidance.
They might be future leaders in the making.
They might be people who are currently leading somewhere else in their lives, but if they're coming to you, if they have somehow opted into your site, if they're following you on your blog, or if they're showing up to your Facebook Lives, there's something about you that is compelling to them.
Own your position as a leader.
You have to say to yourself…
“Listen. I'm here to lead. I genuinely care about these people. I believe in what I've got. I understand that what I have actually has value to people. It's my job to show up every single day with that passion, with that concern for people, and share it with them openly.”
Remember, people want to be led.
It doesn't mean that someday they won't step into a leadership role of their own.
In fact, people who honestly show up wanting to be led generally make better leaders themselves.
Leaders are good followers
They’re good students.
They know how to model the leaders in front of them, and understand how to apply what they learn to their business.
I truly believe that YOU are a leader.
Embody that attitude and posture in everything you do, whether it's writing ad copy, recording a video, meeting somebody face-to-face, conducting a webinar or Facebook live—conduct yourself as a leader every single day in your business and in your life.
5. They are human beings
When you start looking at ad metrics or talking about click-through rates, it’s easy to dehumanize your market.
You’ll think and talk about your market as nothing more than numbers—as possibilities to make money.
But remember: on the other side of every email address, opt-in, or click on your website or link is a living, breathing human being.
The people who are looking at what you have, interacting with you on your Facebook Live, leaving comments on your blogs or News Feeds, or sending emails or private messages, are REAL human beings.
Yes, they may have insecurities that can come off as ego, fear, or self-defense.
Meet them and interact with them where they are.
These are human beings with real fears, hopes, dreams, and desires
Take a step back and remember what it is that brought you to this industry.
Was it just the money?
Or was it more about helping other people and creating a beautiful life for yourself by helping other people create the same thing for themselves?
Your role is to help them build a bridge between the pain of where they are now to the kind of life they truly want.
These are just five characteristics that all target markets share.
Your own target market might have 125 key traits, but to keep it simple, I wanted to explain these basics and encourage you to incorporate these key traits in your messages.
Whether it's marketing, advertising, video, blog posts, status updates, webinars, or Facebook Lives…
Whether it's a face-to-face conversation, or a phone, Skype, or Zoom call…
Remember it's essential for you to OWN your role as a leader and help people get where they want to be by showing up and being authentic in what you have to offer.
Now, recall how I told you that…
You simply cannot afford to target EVERYONE!
Yet, isn't this what most networks do?
All too often, they chase down absolutely everyone, without first qualifying them or even seeing if they are serious about working the business.
Most networkers end up prospecting and recruiting the people who are most likely to waste their time and never do anything.
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As always, I wish the best for you,