How Authority Marketing Can Help You Stand Out.
Why do a few businesses grow while the majority do not? What do the top few have in common? They focus on Authority Marketing. They recognize a fundamental principle: the more doors their business opens, the more people will walk through that door to become a customer.
How Do You Stand Out?
Only 4 percent of the 28 million U.S. businesses exceed $1 million in sales. Only 0.4 percent exceed $10 million, and only 17,000 surpass $50 million. These ratios are similar in other developed countries.
“If you want to be seen as a thought leader in your field--a person of outstanding authority whose observations are accorded instant respect, whose pieces of advice are almost treated as commands--then you need to make it clearly known. And one of the most powerful ways to achieve this rare stature is through book authorship. Bottom line: people have to know you're there. And your book is the way to do it.”
The Big Secret: Authority Can Be Manufactored
Every entrepreneur, CEO and professional must understand that Authority does not happen blindly. It is no accident, rather a deliberate creation – the result of explicit intent. Authority is established, in part, by achievements, awards, professional designation and experience.
Of course, you may spend half a lifetime building this line of Authority for yourself when out of the blue, another person in your profession with less than half of your experience may skyrocket past you in Authority ranking.
This “Super Authority” may seem sudden to others, but it’s the product of deliberate actions, of positioning yourself in a broad range of effective marketing campaigns and using unfair advantages to outflank and distance yourself from the competition.
Simply put, Authority can be—and often is—manufactured.
The Foundation of Authority
Nothing builds authority more rapidly and effectively that being the author of the book on the topic. To build authority, celebrity, and expertise, your book must read and look as good as any you would find on the front table of Barnes & Noble.
Pillars That Build Authority
Branding & Omnipresence
To be seen as authority, you must have a larger-than-life brand and be everywhere. Branding is your logo, look and feel, color palette, website, collateral materials. Omnipresence is deploying those assets to show up in many places.
Authorities constantly publish useful content for their consumer public. The content should come in multiple forms and multiple sizes. Content marketing includes articles, books, blogs, podcasts, whitepapers, and more.
PR & Media
Being interviewed and featured in the news - radio, television, print, and online is the fastest way to build credibility for an individual or an organization. When consumers see “As Seen On/In”, it immediately builds confidence and trust.
When speaking you are automatically seen as an authority by the audience. Speaking can create income streams through speaking fees, product sales, and leads generated from the audience you spoke to.
Outcomes of Authority
As the authority in your field, your business will attract higher quality and quantity leads. Authority provides a magnetic pull, creating interest in place of resistance. Given the choice, consumers prefer to select the person and business with the highest authority, celebrity, and expertise.
No Trust = No Sale. If the prospect doesn’t trust you and your business, they will not buy. If you look like every other company in your industry, they will see you as a commodity, and buy the lowest price. Authority builds credibility and believability. Authority puts you in a category of one.
Customer Retention & Referrals
Keeping customers and having them refer friends and family is paramount to business success. To do this, you must be a person of outstanding authority whose observations are accorded instant respect and advice is almost treated as a command. You must be a person customers are intrigued with, impressed by, and proud to talk about. This is Authority Marketing.
Grow Your Business With Authority Marketing
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As the leader in your industry, community or marketplace you can position yourself and your business as the undisputed expert, influential authority and in-demand celebrity. This Authority position moves you to new heights and makes marketing, selling and building trust with customers dramatically easier and quicker than ever before.
“The simple truth is, if you aren’t deliberately, systematically, methodically — or rapidly and dramatically — establishing yourself as an Authority, at least to your clientele and target market, you’re asleep at the wheel, ignoring what is fueling the entire economy around you, neglecting development of a measurably valuable asset.”