Our distractions are real. But distractions are are not unique to us or to our time. Our challenges are not greater. Our challenges are simply different. And the key to success in the face of those distractions is the same as it ever was – focus.
While I’ve attempted to make strong statements about the ineffectiveness of social media for advertising, I have never come close to nailing it as hard as Mr. Hoffman nails it in his presentation at Advertising Week Europe.
I predict our predictive future is closer than we think and that Google and others will get scary good at it. Why? Because we are willing to share everything.
Differentiation in hard in a service industry like real estate. People can’t test drive your product before buying, like they can a car. They can’t sample it at a supermarket on Saturday morning. They can’t try it on. How do you get the consumer to have an experience with you before purchase?
I have a fundamental disagreement with Spencer Rascoff’s statement, “before the internet, a great agent just had to be an information gatekeeper.” My pre-internet agent was far from being a simple gatekeeper to information.
The excuses I make for not writing are much simpler than the fear of divulging my deepest, darkest secrets. There are many excuses, but the one that has stood in my way more often than others is this: “I don’t need to say this. It has already been said.”