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The analogy between fishing and marketing isn’t new. A simple internet search offers hundreds of thousands of examples of people philosophizing about how marketing is an art like fly fishing. They advise you to know your fish, go where the fish are, pick the right kind of bait, and be patient.

“People develop their own techniques that they’re not going to tell others about,” advised Jared Brown, an avid sportsman from Waco, Texas. “There are certain things [in the market] that are designed to catch fishermen and not fish. There’s no substitute for experience.” Through our discussion, I learned a lot about large-mouth bass, the colors of bait that work best, fishing magazines, water temperatures, and lakes where he’s seen success.

Fishing clearly takes a lot more time and patience than I ever imagined, and many of the people I spoke with kept coming back with the same quote: “That’s why it’s called fishing and not catching.”

You’re an event organizer. You need to fill your event as quickly as possible. With everything you’ve got to do to make it successful, participants need to jump in the boat. You need a marketing plan where your rod and reel is a stick of dynamite and a map of where to throw it in the water.

So how do you improve your chances to catch participants as quickly as possible?

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