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Social Signals

“The only rule is don’t be boring and dress cute wherever you go. Life is too short to blend in.” — Paris Hilton, socialite

Key Ideas:

  • Social Signals are tangible indicators of some intangible quality that increases a person’s social status or group affiliation.
  • People spend huge amounts of energy and money to send social signals (a Rolex, or a sports team t-shirt and make-up, for example).
  • Social Signals have real Economic Value, so build them into your offer if you can.
  • To build offers with signaling value, you need to understand what people want to signal to others.
  • Connect your offer to one of the Core Human Drives, and people will want what you have.

Questions for Consideration:

  • How much time do you spend watching what other people are doing?
  • Is that a benefit or a detriment to what you’re trying to accomplish?

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