How to Get Different

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How to Get Different

Happy Friday, all!

The new year is in full swing, which motivates people to start on the right foot. And for a lot of you entrepreneurs, that involves setting the proper foundation for your business. And I have just the podcast episode to help you do that.

This week, I welcome Mike Michalowicz back on the show. Mike is the mastermind behind Profit First Professionals and the author of books for entrepreneurs and small business owners. In episode seven, Mike talked about his Profit First system and his experience growing several multi-million dollar companies.

Now Mike is back to talk about his latest book, Get Different: Marketing That Can’t Be Ignored! Mike shares the research and insights he learned when writing the book, and he offers his tips for creating an effective and radically different marketing system.


Episode Highlights

Small businesses have a responsibility to market.

Mike researched the concepts behind Get Different for a decade. In that time, he learned that while small business owners provide better products and services than the competition, many are afraid to market themselves.

“We have a responsibility to market,” Mike said. “If our prospects can’t find us, they’re going to find something that’s perhaps inferior. That’s their problem, but it’s our fault.”

Mike recommends that small business owners speak to their community with integrity and honesty because they need to hear our voices.

“We have to step up and become noticed,” he said.


Use the DAD framework for effective marketing.

Mike created a catchy acronym that gets down to the essence of effective marketing: DAD. The acronym stands for the following:

●      Differentiate — Reach your community by doing something unexpected

●      Attract — Create marketing that speaks to your audience

●      Direct — Give specific, safe, and reasonable instructions

“Simply ask, does DAD approve?” Mike said. “It has a little bit of a creep factor, but that helps make it memorable.”

Many small business owners already incorporate one or two of the DAD elements into their marketing but not all three. As a result, they think their marketing is a failure.

“All three have to be present,” Mike said. “It’s like a checklist.”


Launch many marketing experiments but few plans.

Marketing plans are essential, but many small business owners prematurely launch a plan.

“We prematurely go into a plan, but we don’t know if it’s going to work,” Mike said. “So the plan is to throw everything against the wall and see what sticks. That is a horrible plan.”

Instead, a marketing plan should aim to amplify what already works. Mike recommended running many marketing experiments to determine what works and what does not.

“We should be constantly experimenting, but we should be very selectively and carefully planning,” Mike said.


Target 100 prospective clients.

No one can serve everybody, Mike said. That means small business owners must find their target audience. Mike recommended doing this by identifying the clients who love you the most and finding out where their connection points are.

Then, Mike suggested testing marketing with a sample size of at least 100 people in your target community. He chose that number after looking at the work of experts, including probability specialists.

“While that may not be a perfect indicator, that will be far more adequate than a random sample of one or two,” Mike said.


Quote of the Week

“We have a responsibility to market. If our prospects can’t find us, they’re going to find something that’s perhaps inferior. That’s their problem, but it’s our fault.” – Mike Michalowicz


Task of the Week

Mike is the go-to guy for everything you need small business. Give the episode a listen if you haven’t yet. Also, you can check out his other resources here below.

●      Episode seven: Being Profit First with Mike Michalowicz

●      Get Different: Marketing That Can’t Be Ignored!

●      More of Mike’s books: Profit First, Clockwork, The Pumpkin Plan, Fix This Next, The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, Surge

●      Profit First Professionals


●      Mike’s Twitter: