What is it with putting lipstick on a pig?
Obama and McCain both seem to love this phrase. According to Meghan McCain her Dad uses it frequently and at last count McCain used it plenty publicly referring to Hilary’s health care plan and to Mitt Romney.
What’s it mean?
It refers to dressing something up and trying to sell it as something it isn’t.
Obviously you can take this idea too far and the first thing I’d recommend is that to anyone who uses this phrase drop but don’t dump the concept.
What am I saying? Should you put lipstick on a pig?
No! But regularly businesses rename products and bring them back to life. For example book publishers look at poorly selling titles and if the book looks like it could have life they come up with a better title, one that catches attention and sells.
So don’t throw the baby out with the bath water, use this idea, just not to literally.
Does this work? Does renaming and repacking existing products or services work to bring life to a poor sales?
Yes! It’s one of the easiest ways to ramp up profits. Just don’t call it putting lipstick on a pig. And of course I’m assuming none of your products or services are pigs anyways.