May 11, 2021

EP 336: Marketing Without Scale With Brand Strategist Felicia Sullivan

EP 336: Marketing Without Scale With Brand Strategist Felicia Sullivan

In This Episode:



* Why brand strategist Felicia Sullivan doesn’t bother with using social media to find clients* How she uses coffee dates to make long-lasting relationships* Why she prioritizes consuming remarkable content and how it helps her me







In This Episode:



* Why brand strategist Felicia Sullivan doesn’t bother with using social media to find clients* How she uses coffee dates to make long-lasting relationships* Why she prioritizes consuming remarkable content and how it helps her meet the people she wants to meet* How she uses Medium to deliver remarkable content on the platform her clients are most likely to be engaging with





“Do things that don’t scale.”



That’s venture capitalist Paul Graham’s advice to new entrepreneurs.



What he means is that instead of trying to appeal to the masses or market an idea with a million-dollar advertising budget, start by wooing 1 person at a time.



I’ve always loved this advice and found it to be unfailingly effective.



But… it’s possible to take this idea too far.



When I say it’s possible to take the idea of doing things that don’t scale too far, I’m talking about the tendency to assume that you do things that don’t scale until you can do the things that scale.



For Graham’s audience, that is totally the right idea.



But for small business owners, more often than not, the idea is: do things that don’t scale—and then do them some more.



And this absolutely applies to how we build audiences or find customers.



The activities that have brought me the biggest leaps forward in terms of the size of my audience were things that came from 1:1 interactions. The things that have brought in incredible clients? They certainly didn’t scale.



It’s not that scale isn’t possible—it’s just that scale is a potential result not a method.



The best path forward for most small business owners is a marketing strategy that doesn’t scale: referrals, word of mouth, networking, interacting with people online. Even creating highly valuable podcast episodes or newsletters!



Today, I’m talking with Felicia Sullivan, a brand strategist who has built a thriving business on marketing activities that don’t scale. Felicia works with startup founders and small businesses doing $10-20m in annual revenue—folks who aren’t looking for business help on Instagram.



So Felicia spends her business development time on 3 things: coffee dates, writing long-form articles geared directly to her prospective clients, and referrals.



This episode answers some of the questions I’m most frequently asked about when it comes to marketing businesses that aren’t built on online courses (which, you know, is most of them).



Get ready to take some notes.



Let’s find out What Works for Felicia Sullivan!




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