“For it is in giving that we receive.” – St. Francis of Assisi
Today, with the sheer amount of advertising and promotional content online, standing out has become a real challenge for businesses. However, one effective approach to break through this clutter is to offer genuine value to your audience before asking for anything in return.
When you provide free, high-quality content or services, you’re making an investment in your relationship with your audience. It’s a clear signal that you’re not just in it for the sale, but genuinely care about their needs and interests.
Successful entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk is a prime example of this. Before promoting any of his products or services, he consistently shares valuable content and insights. This strategy has allowed him to build a loyal and engaged fan base, making his promotional efforts more effective when he does decide to sell.
Why is offering value first such a powerful strategy?
- Building Trust: Offering value without immediately asking for something in return demonstrates your credibility and reliability. When people see that you’re willing to provide them with useful content or services without a catch, they’re more likely to trust your brand and what you have to offer.
- Establishing Authority: Consistently sharing your expertise and knowledge positions your business as an industry leader. When you’re seen as an authority, potential customers are more likely to turn to you when they need solutions.
- Encouraging Reciprocity: When you provide something of value for free, people often feel inclined to give something back, whether it’s their time, loyalty, or eventually, their business.
Action Step: Think about what your business can offer to your audience this week. It could be a helpful guide, a free online workshop, or even a complimentary product trial. By taking the initiative to give, you’re setting the stage for a more engaged and receptive audience.
Offering value first is more than just a marketing strategy; it’s a way to build strong, lasting relationships with your audience. To learn more about this approach and its benefits be sure to check out our book of the week: “Launch” by Jeff Walker.