Want to be a great internet marketer? Be like CSI.
Ian Lurie Nov 9 2009
I’m sitting here watching CSI (ironic, since I’m going to Las Vegas tomorrow for Pubcon).
What makes this show so damned compelling? The sneak peek plus a dose of authenticity.
The sneak peek builds the connection
You have a job, a career, or a business. You love it, but you do the same stuff every day. It seems routine – why would anyone want to know about it?
Because they don’t do your same stuff every day. They do their same stuff every day.
The writers of CSI treat us like they want us to understand. We appreciate that. A connection forms.
You have to show your audience a bit of what you do. Even if they don’t fully understand it, they’ll feel you’re treating them to something (and you are). They feel like you’re giving them a personal tour of your factory, or taking them through your office.
You want them to understand what you do. They appreciate it, and a connection forms. Voila.
It doesn’t work without authenticity
But you have to really want them to understand. That’s authenticity. Folks can smell a fake a mile away.
Lots of shows try to imitate CSI. Very few succeed. Is it just because CSI is the original? Maybe a little. But the real key is that CSI feels authentic. The characters are flawed and quirky. They’re real. They don’t look like actors shoved into a script. I don’t know enough about screenwriting to know why – I just know it.
It’s not enough to just show your consumers how you make their product. They need to see the gleam in your eye, too: The look that says “Wow, Ian’s a little loopy, but he really wants to tell me about this. He really loves what he does”.
Put it together, man!
Try an experiment: The next time you’re selling, blogging or Tweeting, talk about the part of your job you really love. Give them the authentic sneak peek.
See how the audience responds. I’ll bet you close the deal.
Ian Lurie is CEO and founder of Portent Inc. He's recorded training for Lynda.com, writes regularly for the Portent Blog and has been published on AllThingsD, Forbes.com and TechCrunch. Ian speaks at conferences around the world, including SearchLove, MozCon, SIC and ad:Tech. Follow him on Twitter at portentint. He also just published a book about strategy for services businesses: One Trick Ponies Get Shot, available on Kindle. Read More