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Does This Street Entertainer Practice Better Marketing Than Your Company?

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Does This Street Entertainer Practice Better Marketing Than Your Company?



On a recent trip to Boston, I was enjoying Quincy Market, when I came across a delightful street entertainer.  I don't know about you, but I love a good street entertainer - you know, one that engages the audience, is exceptional at what they do, and makes you want to stop and watch. What was of particular interest with this street performer, though was how much he made at the end of his gig.  I estimate that:




And let me tell you, he was talented, but he also used some great savvy marketing techniques to help him along the way.  It got me thinking, “if he can incorporate all of this in 30 minutes, shouldn’t we as small business owners be able to incorporate them daily as well?”


1) Location…Location…Location
It's not surprising that location matters in marketing, yet often we forget.  Well this performer picked his location well.  He set up at the end of Quincy market, where people are typically exiting armed with something to eat.  It was a nice open area with staggered steps that meant everyone could sit down and easily enjoy the show.


2)  Timing
It was lunch time. Peak time for large number of visitors to be found at a popular Boston destination known for its lunch fare, and a time when people are taking a break and looking for a bit of entertainment while they enjoy their culinary delights.


3)  Viral Marketing
Before you even knew he was there, you could hear the crowd cheer, making you curious as to the origin. He was great at getting the few first attendees to promote for him and as a result, increased his target audience tenfold!


4)  He Delivered
It’s one thing to attract customers, but in the service industry, you need to deliver or you won't get paid. He wowed the audience with his skills and daredevil antics, while keeping it light and full of humor. In other words, he made it worth my time and money.

5)  He told a story while he performed his service
You probably already know I'm a fan of stories in marketing. He had an impressive background that made you realize you weren't just watching any street performer. In his story, he shared his credible details in a humble format. He's been doing this for 10 years, all over the world, but Boston is his home and (of course) his favorite place to perform.


6)  He asked for what he wanted and showed the value.
Not only did he come out and justify donations but he named his price.  In a world where $2 is probably the norm, he asked specifically for $5 if they had it, pointing out, “where can you get entertainment for 1/2 an hour for as little as $5.”


His marketing paid off. After he finished his performance, I counted a good 50 people who came and donated (including myself).  I can tell some gave him more than $5 from his response and I assume some gave him less, so I think I'm conservative in estimating he made $200. Not bad for 30 minutes of work.


I know that we are encouraged these days to take advantage of so many of the great marketing tools out there like Social Media, SEO, Google Adwords and some still successful offline tactics. But every now and then, it’s refreshing to have someone remind you of the good ol’ fundamentals of successful marketing. I urge you to take a quick look at the foundation of your own marketing and see if this street entertainer has perhaps nailed the beasics better than your firm.

Cidnee is a sought after speaker on small business marketing, online marketing and content marketing.

Her style is very warm, fun, informative and simple to digest.

She has spoken at a variety of conferences including women events, travel and tourism symposiums, trade and association conferences, municipal events, and of course marketing conferences.

Having pretty much grown up on a microphone (she started in Elementary school), Cidnee loves to inspire business owners and marketing professionals to embrace the sometimes daunting and always changing marketing strategies and tactics.

With over 20 years of marketing experience there is very little she can’t talk about and she strives to always make the talk relevant to her audience.