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Seth Godin shares the most powerful billboard ad imaginable:

“Free coffee, next exit”.

That’s all you’ll need. Particularly (as Godin says) if your message is typeset correctly and the coffee is good.

Godin’s point is that, too many times, we over-explain. We doubt the power of our offer, and drizzle verbiage over it to assuage our doubt. Result: diluted messages.

Next time you work on marketing material (a billboard, an ad, your website), remember the lesson of “Free coffee, next exit”.

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Simplify. Boil away the fat. Keep only the essence. Don’t use a hundred words when five would do the job.

You probably won’t beat “Free coffee, next exit”. But you’ll boost the power of your marketing messages. Guaranteed.

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The Best Billboard Ad in the World

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The Best Billboard  Ad in the World

Seth Godin shares the most powerful billboard ad imaginable:

“Free coffee, next exit”.

That’s all you’ll need. Particularly (as Godin says) if your message is typeset correctly and the coffee is good.

Godin’s point is that, too many times, we over-explain. We doubt the power of our offer, and drizzle verbiage over it to assuage our doubt. Result: diluted messages.

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Next time you work on marketing material (a billboard, an ad, your website), remember the lesson of “Free coffee, next exit”.

Simplify. Boil away the fat. Keep only the essence. Don’t use a hundred words when five would do the job.

You probably won’t beat “Free coffee, next exit”. But you’ll boost the power of your marketing messages. Guaranteed.

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Thinking of Liquidating? Wilkerson’s Got You Covered

Bil Holehan, the manager of Julianna’s Fine Jewelry in Corte Madera, Calif., decided to go on to the next chapter of his life when the store’s owner and namesake told him she was set to retire. Before they left, Holehan says they decided to liquidate some of the store’s aging inventory. They chose Wilkerson for the sale. Why? “Friends had done their sales with Wilkerson and they were very satisfied,” says Holehan. He’d enthusiastically recommend Wilkerson to anyone looking to stage a liquidation or going-out-of-business sale. “There were no surprises,” he says. “They were very professional in their assessment of our store, what we could expect from the sale and they were very detailed in their projections. They were pretty much on the money.”

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