Finding and Motivating Your Target Audience: Niche Marketing At Its Best

As an entrepreneur, one of your greatest challenges is the
choice of where to put your advertising and marketing
bucks. Who/what/where is my market? How do I reach
them? What do I say to excite them? the wrong answers
can cost a lot of useless expense and time as you learn this
critical field. many companies have gone under for lack of
mastering these efforts.


Have you ever watched a TV commercial and thought to
yourself, who on earth would buy that? If so, you’ve seen
an ad carefully targeted at a group which has different
needs and desires than you do. If your response was, Boy
I’d sure enjoy that or I’m going to call them tomorrow, the
ad had YOU squarely in its sights.


Advertising agencies discovered long ago that the fastest
way to move someone into action (buying) is to discover
something that is very painful to them, then disturb that
person about it. If they stirred up emotions about a wound
(i.e., a deep desire going unfilled or an unaddressed fear)
and then showed the prospective customer how to heal that
wound or fulfill that need through a product or service, the
person felt COMPELLED to buy . buying became a MUST

This discovery has been refined over the last fifty years into
a fine art. the purpose of the following is to introduce you to
this system so that you can discover people’s deepest
needs, wants and wounds and heal or satisfy them with
your product/service.


Advertisers understand this. it helped AT&T increase their
long distance calls over 500% in certain areas. this is what
helped Dr. Pepper move from the #9 soft drink to #5. Levis
501 Jeans used this information to double their sales in a
six month period of time.

As a result of this information, you will:
1. be able to determine the distinctions used by advertisers
to motivate our entire nation. You’ll never see a commercial
again without determining its target market(s) virtually
2. be able to create power levels of rapport by
knowing a person’s deepest emotional needs.

3. be
able to determine who is your actual target market.
Use this information in your direct mail, face to face
negotiations, in and outbound telemarketing, advertising
and marketing campaigns, strategic alliances.and in your
personal life.


There are four distinct lifestyles, the last broken into two
slightly differing types.

1. BELONGERS – 38% of the country.

LIFESTYLE: Hard working, 9-5 types. Midwest values,
traditional, blue collar workers. they DO NOT LIKE
CHANGE. You’ll find no Mercedes in this group, no use of
crystals. These people are NOT out to change the world.
They belong to social clubs, play softball, shop at K-Mart
and Sears. their primary automobiles are – you guessed it –
Ford, Chevrolet and Chrysler.

HIGHEST VALUE: FAMILY (Is it any wonder the major
political parties constantly push family values, though they
carefully *never* define what those values are?)

PSYCHIC WOUND: Traditional values are not happening
any more.

KEY WORDS: Picnic, time together, patriotic, family.

Typical commercial appealing to this group: AT&T’s Reach
Out and Touch Someone series. They’re warm and fuzzy,
*very* family and friend oriented and appeal to the desire for
connectedness. Family scenes tend to be country and/or
small town oriented with lots of children and grandparents.
Also recall the Kodak Moments series. Can you see how
these ads appeal to this large group? the political ads,
conversely, are aimed at how these things are under attack
or no longer valued. they appeal primarily to fear.

2. EMULATORS – About 10-15% of the country

LIFESTYLE: Young, the 16-38 age range. they model
themselves after successful people. they are money and
business motivated, materialistic and wannabes. they
tend to move quickly, feel driven towards success and have
strong sex motivated desires. In cars, their choices include
Camaros, Mustangs, Firebirds and maybe leased late
model Beemers.

HIGH VALUE: Desire to be confident.

PSYCHIC WOUND: Lack confidence (and know it).

KEY WORDS: Someday, I’m going to. I want. be like.

Typical commercials appealing to this group: Coors Lite.
It’s action driven, sexy, young. ZIMA Malt Drink follows this
pattern. Nike ads, too, featuring Michael Jordan. Cool.
Action driven, often young people in the series doing cool
things. especially watch for ads which have young, beautiful
and sexy people. Calvin Klein’s ads are targeted to this
group. and just watch Melanie Griffith in her Revlon series
about Don’t lie about your age.defy it. Almost all cosmetic
ads are in this group. Notice, too, the driving music behind
these ads.

3. ACHIEVERS – again, about 10-15% of the country

LIFESTYLE: #1 in their fields, know they’re the BEST.
Economically top performers, $100K+ annually. this group
tends to be 40-55 years of age. their auto choices? top of
the line Mercedes, Jaguar, Rolls Royce. and guess what
brand of mustard they prefer?

HIGH VALUE: Being unique, standing out, king of the hill.

PSYCHIC WOUND: Don’t want to be one of the pack, part of
the herd.

KEY WORDS: Unique, decision maker, leader,
international, CEO, prestige, quality, different, take it to the
next level, being in the vanguard.

Typical commercial appealing to this group: Lincoln
Continental. Note its tag line: Make your mark. Cadillac
also targets this group, as do the DeBeers diamond ads
which often speak of 25th wedding anniversaries. See how
they go straight at this age and financial range?

10-15% of the market, fastest growing segment in the US.

LIFESTYLE: Not money oriented, tend to be college grads,
grew up in the 60s, don’t trust government programs.

Type a: never left the 60s, long hair, not into career,
sandals, Tie-dyed T-Shirts, Grateful Dead concerts. they
often prefer used cars, VW vans.

Type B: got into the system, cut their hair (not always) or
trimmed their beards neatly, some wear suits, believe in
change-the-system-from-within. their car choices are
Volvos, Saabs and Subarus. (From direct observation, it
would seem that Berkeley, CA, is the Volvo Capital of the

HIGH VALUE: Intelligence, Integrity

PSYCHIC WOUND: Being seduced or manipulated by the
system in any way.

KEY WORDS: Mission, change the world for the better,
natural, balance, nuturing, good person, outdoors,
environmental, poor, homeless, global warming, recycling,
pollution, etc.

Typical commercial appealing to this group: Chevron
People Do ads showing scenes of environmental purity
next to refineries. Coors Regular with cool, clean flowing
streams. Ads which are low key and which stress you
Already know What’s Right, or you Can’t be Fooled. So
even though this group detests being manipulated, they, like
everyone else in the world, can be approached


Note that these are all general categories. People are not
totally one thing or another, so individuals can be part of
more than one grouping. often you’ll see commercials or
ads which are targeted toward more than one group using
mixed words and images. the viewer simply picks out
those which appeal directly and rejects the others.or
doesn’t even see or respond to them.

So observe the advertising going on for awhile, see how it is
put together and then go forth and do likewise. Find YOUR
target market and aim all your advertising, marketing and
promotional energies and dollars specifically at them.
You’re bound to have success

Finding and Motivating Your Target Audience: Niche Marketing At Its Best

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