Here's a challenge.
Walk up to your customer-any customer-and ask them to state your tagline without looking at your business card. And watch that customer's face.
First there's confusion.
Then there's a desperate lunge at guesswork.
And finalmente, they give up in mock terror.
You see what just happened?
That wonderful tagline that's on your brochure, on your website, and your business card has been forgotten by all and sundry. None of your customers it seems can remember your tagline.
And frankly, no one should.
Because the purpose of a tagline isn't necessarily memory-based.
The main purpose of a tagline is to create curiosity.
It's an attraction device. Nothing more. Nothing less.
The tagline is supposed to draw in the customer. And get them to ask the question: ‘How do you do that?’ Or ‘What do you mean by that?’.
And having tickled the customer's curiosity, the tagline should step back and let the rest of the marketing material do the talking.
Yet despite the apparent simplicity, trying to create a tagline will drive you loco for three reasons.
Reason 1: Too many thoughts in one tagline.
Reason 2: Lack of the combination of problem solution target audience.
Reason 3: Not recognising that each product/service needs to have a tagline different from the company tagline.
So let's tackle Reason 1: Too many thoughts in a tagline.
A tagline may have rampant thoughts running through it. And you need to be able to stream down the tagline to a single thought.
E. g. : Removing the roadblocks to high-end sales and creating loyal customers.
See that? Two thoughts there. ‘Removing roadblocks’ as well as ‘creating loyal customers. ’
So choose one already. Because as you choose one, the clarity comes through. If you drop one of the two thoughts, you get a thought that's crystal clear.
You get: Removing the Roadblocks to High-End Sales.
Simple. Uncluttered. And gets the curiosity-meter beeping right away.
Which takes us to Reason 2: Lack of the combination of problem solution target audience.
So what do the problem, solution and target audience got to do with taglines?
Let's analyse the previous tagline.
Problem: Blocks to high-end sales.
Solution: Removing the roadblocks.
Target Audience: Not just any sales, but high-end sales.
And just for the heck of it, let's remove one of the elements, one by one and see if it has the same impact.
When we remove the specific target audience, we get: Removing the roadblocks to sales.
When we remove the problems, we get: Helping you close high-end sales.
When we remove the solution, we get: (Nope, you can't remove the solution without completely reducing the effectiveness).
The tagline, as you can see for yourself, is most effective when it has the combination of all three.
Yes it can run without the specificity of a target audience. And yes, we can drop ‘the problem’ like a hot potato.
You can chop and change all you like, but if it's extreme curiosity you want, keeping the trio of problem solution target makes mucho sense.
But there's still one mucho confusing factor.
It's Reason 3: Not recognising that every product/service requires a different tagline from the company tagline.
Your company tagline may seem far-reaching. After all, if you were to use the term: Removing the roadblocks to high-end sales, you'd get more than your share of attention.
But even a great line like that wouldn't do squat if you were selling a slightly different product/service.
For example, if you offered a service that showed how to ‘make effective presentations to increase sales-conversions', then your tagline has to reflect that specific audience: Those interested in presentations.
And it must address the problem involved in making presentations: This problem could be ‘fear. '
When we add up the problem solution target together and put in the dollop of the ‘individual product/service', we'd get something that looks like this:
Taking the fear out of sales-presentations.
Now let's compare the two taglines side by side.
Tagline of company: Removing the Roadblocks to High-End Sales
Tagline of specific service: Taking the fear out of sales-presentations
Do you now see why each product; each service needs to have a tagline that's related to that product/service alone?
Why? I already told you why.
The purpose of the tagline isn't some grandiose statement.
It's not even a memory hook.
It's just a way to get momentum. Just the way to get the customer moving down to the main message. So if your main message is detailing what your company excels at, then put the company tagline.
If you've got a product/service that even slightly deviates from the company message-as it will-then make the tagline specific to that product or service, and don't just slap on your company tagline everywhere.
So if you're making a presentation a specific topic tagline is a great way to keep your audience pre-warmed.
If your tagline is on your web page, the tagline is just a pre-cursor of the product/service that is to follow.
If you're about to make that elevator speech, your tagline gets the customer interested in a specific product/service before the elevator goes ‘ding. '
That's all a tagline has to create.
Nothing more. Nothing less.
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