1. Recognise the Dynamic Nature of Your Ideal Client
- Key Insight: Your understanding of the ideal client is not static; it evolves over time as your business and the external environment change.
- Strategy: Regularly reassess your client profiles to ensure your messaging and offerings remain relevant. Reflect on changes in their needs, preferences, and the challenges they face.
- Exercise: What are the real problems your client is facing? Write down as many phrases that you think/know your client says to themselves when they’re feeling challenged by the problem you solve. Hint: They probably don’t have anything to do directly with your solution (eg. singing lessons help someone become a better singer but the reasons someone might sign up for lessons could be that they got laughed at the last time they sang in public and they don’t ever want to feel so ashamed of their voices again)
2. Prioritise Authenticity and Personal Connection
- Key Insight: Genuine human connection transcends transactional relationships, fostering deeper engagement and loyalty.
- Strategy: Imagine engaging in conversations with your clients as you would with a friend in a coffee shop to access that more natural language. Use authentic communication to build trust and relate to your audience on a personal level.
- Exercise: Reflect on your last three social media posts/emails to your list. Were they authentic and personal? Note down what seemed to resonate and what could be improved. Hint: Look for the responses where your ideal clients are using language like “You read my mind!”, “I so needed to hear this today”.
3. Deep Dive into Client Problems
- Key Insight: Understanding your client’s problems is more critical than focusing solely on the solutions you offer.
- Strategy: Listen actively to your clients’ concerns and feedback. Identify commonalities in the challenges they face, and tailor the way you market your solutions to address these core issues effectively.
- Exercise: How does understanding these problems on a deeper level change the way you think about your offerings?
4. Sneak in the Veggies: Covertly Address Real Needs
- Key Insight: Clients might not always recognise what they truly need, focusing instead on perceived solutions.
- Strategy: Market to what clients think they need but deliver what they actually need. This approach ensures you meet their immediate expectations while guiding them towards deeper, more meaningful outcomes.
- Exercise: Draft a new description for one of your offers – how can you phrase things so that you speak to what they want without misrepresenting what you do or overwhelming them with what they don’t realise they need yet?
5. Storytelling as a Connection Tool
- Key Insight: Personal stories and experiences resonate more deeply than abstract concepts or features.
- Strategy: Share stories of discovery, failure, and success related to your offerings. Let these narratives showcase the journey and transformation experienced by those who engage with your brand.
- Exercise: Write down a personal story related to your business or solution. How does this story illustrate a transformation or key learning?
6. Update and Adapt Client Profiles
- Key Insight: As your business grows and the market changes, so too will your ideal client profile.
- Strategy: Make it a routine practice to revisit and update your client profiles, taking into account new insights, trends, and feedback.
- Exercise: Conduct a survey or have a chat a few clients to gather fresh insights. Update your client profiles based on this new information.
7. Build Trust Through Shared Experiences
- Key Insight: Sharing common struggles and solutions can create a sense of community and trust between you and your clients.
- Strategy: Openly discuss your own challenges and how you’ve overcome them, inviting your clients to see your offerings as tried and tested solutions.
- Exercise: Think of a challenge you’ve faced that your clients might also be experiencing. Plan how you can share this experience and the solution you found. Hint: Don’t get hung up on specifics, talk about the emotions and thoughts you experienced.