*All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone. I do not have issue with how anyone else runs their business, the following is a statement regarding decisions I have made with regard to how I choose to conduct my own business.*
So for the last few days, I have been thinking about online marketing and my feelings towards it. For those of you that don’t run your own business or play in the entrepreneurial space, I will let you in on a secret.
You are being manipulated, in fact we all are. If you have ever handed over some of your hard earned cash or given your email address to an individual or organization after reading/seeing/hearing one of the following phrases (as an example), then you have been manipulated.
· Limited time only
· Only 3 spots left
· Hurry before it’s too late
· Just for you
· Today only
· Enter your details here to receive your FREE….
· Only $1/$2 etc
· Sale on NOW
This alone is not the news, I’m sure, dear reader, you are aware that many tactics are used to help you part from your money.
This marketing, exampled above, plays into our fears, our fear primarily of missing out, or being left behind, FOMO as it is called, is a powerful motivator for many and those selling know this. I have spent the last two years learning about people, how they decide things and how their brains work, mostly about how much of a role the subconscious plays in our everyday lives.
We make most decisions from our emotional ‘left’ brain, specifically, in this case buying decisions. However, our speech and language centre is in our ‘right’ brain. Ever been so angry you couldn’t speak? So wowed that ‘I have no words’? This is because emotion doesn’t have language skills, it’s a ‘feeling’. Imagine you buy a pair of beautiful shoes (maybe a motorbike/console games/something you had to have), they are just gorgeous/awesome/amazing. You bought it because you ‘fell in love with it and HAD to have it’. Then after the purchase, you justify it with language, ‘Yeah but, I did NEED another pair of those shoes because….’, ‘It’s a limited release and they won’t make any more of them’, etc. We have all done it. We buy on emotion, either moving towards something we must have or because we don’t want to miss out on having it.
There are many books and courses available on the psychology of marketing and selling. My Facebook feed and email are bombarded with ‘systems’ to help me ‘increase sales’ and ‘get more clients’ in my ‘sales funnel’. ‘Sales funnel’, consumers/customers/clients have become a commodity. I have been taught how to create an advertisement in Facebook or Google, to get you, dear reader, to ‘click’ and be taken to a ‘landing page’ with an ‘opt-in’ where you will have to give me your name, email, and perhaps mobile number to access a FREE report/ebook/quiz results/checklist/etc. You will then be ‘subscribed’ to my ‘list’, from where I can then keep sending you the next piece of marketing ‘content’ I have created. It takes 7-11 ‘points of contact’ for people to make a purchase, I have been taught. A point of contact is any time you are experiencing my business, expertise, read something I have written, watched a video, speak to me on the phone, for example.
The reason I am telling you all this, and risking serious unpopularity in my peer group, is because, I can’t do it to you.
After over a decade as a Paramedic, consistently voted, ‘the most trusted profession’ in various states and countries, year after year, I can’t knowingly manipulate you. I must practice my business with the same honesty and integrity as I have always done in my previous roles.
I have really struggled with this decision as I DO need more clients, I DO want to bring in income for my family, but more important than all of that, I HAVE TO be able to live with myself. It has been implied, by a very small minority, that my ‘business’ The PTSD Coach, could be seen as taking advantage or cashing in on the suffering of my former colleagues and those in similar roles. My belief is, if I manipulate you, my beautiful potential clients, into engaging with me by using what I know about how you ‘decide to buy’, then I would be.
And I won’t do it. I can’t do that and look at myself in the mirror with pride.
In conclusion, you will not see a box that looks like this anywhere else on my website (this is just a model).
The picture on your left isn't me! But don't let that stop from feeling connected and warm towards her.
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That I may or may not
You will not see ‘offers’ from The PTSD Coach on social media, I will share my own videos, blog posts and openings for new clients.
What you will see is that I will have a 30 minute conversation with you at no cost, so see if we are suited to working together.
My sessions are $200 each and go for around an hour (sometimes longer if you need it- everyone leaves feeling better than when they walked in).
I am putting together an online personal development course, modelled closely on the exact processes that helped resolve my PTSD, this course will have a cost, one cost, for everyone, regardless on when you ‘join’.
If you want things for free, please visit my ‘Resources’ page where you will find videos expressing my opinions and positions on PTSD related topics, I hope these help you decide that I am the right person to help guide you on your Path to Recovery.
I will run this business from the heart, with the same honesty and integrity that I had when I was a Paramedic. I trust that this will be appreciated and understood and those that want genuine, well-intentioned assistance will find me and be brave enough to make the call/send a message/email me.
With love, light, honesty and integrity,
Lisa ‘The PTSD Coach’ Westgate