Not the one where Punxsutawney Phil climbs out of his hole to predict when spring will arrive (saw his shadow today, so keep the fire going), but the movie — in which reporter Phil Connors (my fav Bill Murray) gets stuck in a small town and wakes up to the same day again and again. Same old, same old which soon becomes nightmarishly boring.
Ultimately, the endless repetition works out well for Phil Connors, but it won’t for your organization. Make sure your messages intersect directly with what’s important to your network right now. The same old, same old will generate closed eyes and ears, which are hard to open up again.
Last night’s Super Bowl ads drove this point home to me big time. The ads, which have become a focal point in their own right, were nothing more than recycled hash from previous years. They didn’t touch what’s important to people now — protecting their families in the economic crisis, family, traditions, hope, innovation, faith…
Here’s the thing: The bigger the gap between what’s vital to your base, and your messages, the more you’ll alienate them. Because you just don’t know (or care) who they are. Kind of like a bad marriage.
If you’re sensing a gap between your org and your base, then start reaching out to discover what is vital to them, so you can ID where your org can meet those interests and needs. Do it now, before the marriage is over.
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