3 Harsh Truths about Marketing (that no one talks about)

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Quick question -
  • What do you think is a harsh truth about marketing that most gurus don’t share explicitly?
I asked this on Twitter this week, and got some interesting answers.
I also gave a workshop around Early Stage Marketing inside the Indie Masterminds Community.
Where I shared what tactics have worked well for me and other community members to market their products and grow their revenue without spending money on ads.
In that workshop, the intro slide was about the harsh truths around marketing that nobody talks about.
Stuff that’s never said out loud because it’s incovenient for the influencers and the gurus.
Today I’ll talk about 3 harsh truths from that slide.
I think all solopreneurs should be mindful of these, especially when they’re starting out.
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Now let’s dive into it 👇

3 harsh truths about marketing

1. “I hope I go viral” isn’t a strategy

Going viral is great. And you should definitely get the most out of it when you do.
But you shouldn’t bank on it.
You shouldn’t just post on HackerNews or Reddit once, cross your fingers and hope to get users from there.
It may have worked for someone you look up to.
And that’s great, but that doesn’t mean it will work for you.
You need a steady consistent strategy where you put yourself out there in front of your audience every day.
And in that process, if you go viral, then definitely lean into that. But just don’t bank on it.

2. You will get hate

There are 2 ways to make more money -
  1. Sell more things
  1. Charge more for the things you sell
In both cases, you have to go out there and talk to people about the “things” you want to sell.
The internet is a nasty place, the more put yourself out there, the more hate you will get.
You will get hate for -
  • Why are YOU selling that thing? What makes you special?
  • How can you charge SO MUCH for that thing. It’s easily available in x, y, z format for free
The best way to deal with hate?
There are times when people are sharing genuine feedback, and you will be able to see it.
But most times, random anonymous strangers are just being spiteful, and you just have to get used to ignoring them.
I’ve received a lot of hate on Twitter, Reddit and Hackernews whenever I’ve tried to talk about my products, and the best way I’ve found to deal with it is just to develop a thick skin.

3. This is hard

This is so damn hard.
All those Twitter threads about marketing make it sound so easy. But in reality, doing marketing is really hard.
Especially more so if you’re introverted, but it can go against your very nature.
It takes a mindet shift, you get better with practice but it never becomes “easy”
I’ve been called overpromotional and spammy in the last year. But it’s also the time when I’ve made the most revenue from my products.
I’m not comfortable when I promote my work, but I know that if I don’t do it, then I don’t make revenue, and if I don’t make revenue, then I don’t have a business.
Simple as that!
There is 1 good side effect of marketing being hard -
  • Very few people do it consistently, so your competition reduces with time. The longer you are in the game, the better chance you have of succeeding.
So yea, it’s hard, but it’s worth it.
That’s it for today, these were my top 3 harsh truths about marketing.
I asked the question on Twitter this week, and got some very interesting answers from the community.
Also, this is the slide I talked about earlier -
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  • Or if you’re not ready for a high-touch commitment right now, you can also just  join the community
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