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Fractionation: Using the Secret Facebook Strategy in Persuasion

Facebook Friends

You’ve got a bunch of friends on Facebook. You don’t really know most of these people but you consider them your friends. Never met ’em. Never heard of ’em. But almost all of them resonate with you as far as politics or your feelings about children or business.

Facebook has algorithms that present people and promotions that they KNOW will resonate with you. Sure, the algorithms grab people whose posts you like and people who like your posts. They give special bonus points to people who comment on your stuff and the stuff on which you comment.

Pretty soon you “like” every single person in your stream. Like, like, like, like.

In fact you see people in your stream that you don’t know at all. You don’t EVER remember liking any of their posts or pictures but there they are. Why? Because they are determined by Facebook to resonate with you whether you know it yet or not.

Facebook is the premier fractionator on the planet.

Facebook shows you ads from other Facebook users that are “targeted” to you. Male, 45, lives in a city, likes sports, strong opinions about politics and likes posts about travel.

Facebook knows you will not like liberal ideology or people who put up food posts. So Facebook doesn’t show you what you don’t like.

And that means that you become smaller and smaller as a human being but bigger and bigger in your social circle that Facebook has created for you.

Facebook knows one thing about you that most people don’t know about themselves. People feel comfortable and safe with people who are like themselves.

People with extreme views on religion, abortion, music, politics, tend to show up in the streams of friends with the same extreme views. And you like the heck out of those people’s posts.

Permanent Way to Profit

It’s really pretty simple.

Things have changed dramatically in the last 10 years.

Today, the fastest and most permanent way to profit is with fractionation.

Fractionation is the somewhat “natural” division(s) of a demographic to which you can choose whom you or your product/service will “fit” best with, or, to whom your demographic will find because you/it appeal to them.

You’re going to discover some significantly cool new ideas in this article that I’ve only touched on in the past and that people who use the phrase, “Long Tail,” only marginally understand.



  • I wear a lot of t- Shirts.
  • I have a lot of t-shirts.
  • But I don’t wear just any old kind of t-shirt…
  • I’ve seen racist t-shirts.
  • I’ve seen pure white t-shirts.
  • I’d never wear either.

So, there are lots of kinds of t-shirts out there I’d never put on. I have a few “kinds” of t-shirts that I wear. I will select t-shirts from the kinds of shirts that I like to wear, the others have a zero chance of being purchased.

Fractionated Markets

The billion dollar t-shirt market is fractionated into styles and personal branding (stuff that resonates with your identity.

You might wear a Raiders, Jets, Chargers t – shirt. You might wear a shirt with a religious or political message. You might wear something with an anarchist bend.

When a specific fractionated market intersects with me, or I go to the t-shirt market, a sale might be made. (Here’s a secret, I have hundreds of t-shirts because like coffee cups people send me t-shirts from everywhere with messages that fit my brand. I really don’t buy t-shirts and certainly haven’t for a decade.)

Aside from those shirts that are specifically custom made for Kevin Hogan by friends and fans, I am part of a specific fractionated market of t-shirt wear-ers that wear t-shirts like I do….

It’s as simple as that.

I have two dozen t-shirts with imagery of or from The Beatles on them, for example.

For The Beatles stuff, we’ll call that the Q part of the t-shirt market. I’m in the Q part of the t-shirt market. One humble t-shirt wearer in a fractionated part of the overall market. Lots of people wear stuff like this with their “favorite band” embossed on the front. Pretty common, pretty simple. PURE IDENTIFICATION with a FRACTION of the market and PREDICTABLE future purchaser of other items related to what’s on the t-shirt.

If some generic t-shirt guy is hawking a bunch of styles, the chances of me seeing one I’d wear are almost zero.

He’d make more sales if he laid them out or if the hawker (sales guy) is hawking Q style shirts (dull gray, shirts with McCartney on it, branded shirts with small logo’s of cool places I’ve visited in the left hand corner).

How does Facebook use fractionation in the T-Shirt Market?

They show you what amount to custom made t-shirts with your last name or your first name or your nationality with content that represent almost exactly what you think. They know because you have searched for or found and liked similar content in the very recent past.

Now, something closer to…”home”… Turn the page. 

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If Kevin Hogan Sold Real Estate…

I think selling real estate is a cool profession, though I’m not sure I’d love starting at square one in 2020. That said, let’s see what would I do if I had to…

First, I rarely think short-term, in anything. Important to understand big life frame: Long-term.

The “quick buck” frame of thinking leads to having to make more “quick bucks” and becomes a cycle that is almost impossible to escape from.

I like having control, so I think long-term.

And because being a real estate agent requires long-term thinking and planning and strategy, it’s very possible that I might succeed in “real estate.”

There are all kinds of buyers and sellers in the real estate market. There’s what, a million real estate agents in the United States?

Sounds right.

There will be some that make money. Most won’t. Same for every profession, of course.

There are some simple facts about real estate.

The agent that is the most available to the public where buyers are “looking” is more likely to be the agent is to get a call from people who are selling.

Real Estate Market Fractionation

So what would I do if I was starting from square one?

A Long-Term Selling Plan Utilizing Fractionation

I’d start booking classes and courses in Community Education and Adult Education for miles around. I’d get into several towns/school districts, staying out of the city, focus on suburbs…. I’d teach a three-hour class on how to buy your first home. I’d offer to teach another on how to buy a home for the best price. I’d offer to teach another about how to sell your home for the best price. And if they didn’t have enough of me, of course I’d get someone to teach a class with me about remodeling or redecorating or anything that had to do with making a place that was average, better.

That’s just me.

I like getting paid to advertise.

And when you can be available to every person in a city because the government pays to put those adult-ed type catalogs in the box below the mailbox, well, that’s a good place to start.

(Your space in the catalog is paid for by the school district or the adult education facility, so this is actually a coup.)

Granted you might only earn a few hundred dollars each night you have your course, and they are all one-night courses.

One thing you’ll have is money in exchange for teaching people how to achieve their objective.

And if you do a good job, you’re at the front of the room and there would be no sensible thing to do aside from asking you to be their agent.

Legend Point: From experience, I can share with you that people ask the person who they see as “the expert” to do business with them, because THE TRUST BARRIER is already defeated.

Legend Point: Being at the front of the room at Educational Events is the fastest way to overcome the trust barrier.

I like doing stuff with a proven track record.

I would do this if I were an Attorney, a Financial Planner, a Landscaper.

I like to get paid to let people see my brand…me.

By the way.

I haven’t done an Adult-Ed type event in five years or more.

Yesterday, I was looking through my local catalog and the same people doing the events five and ten years ago are STILL doing them now; AND I found that the catalogs are getting BIGGER with more photos of instructors.

Interesting, huh?

Something is working….

In my imaginary, “Kevin is a Real Estate Agent World,” I want to deal with smart people who are willing to learn how to sell a house and STOP.



I don’t like dealing with idiots.

Stupid people screw up your day, waste your time and make life hell.

I LOVE dealing with people who want to learn stuff. Smart people.

I like people who want to do stuff that will work/be effective, if I’m involved on a project with them.

I like dealing with smart people.

How Can I Ensure I Will Deal With “Smart People”?…

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If I’m an agent and I teach a class on how to get the best price for your house, that means I’m the person showing them how to present their house, what to fix, what to focus their attention on. They will already know everything, have paid for the information and we don’t have to have the conversation when they list the house with me. Instead of a multi-hour project, it will be a one- hour visit and they will already know what to do.

Cool huh?

  • No cold calling.
  • No selling.
  • No persuasion even.

Just be an expert and develop a relationship based on trust.

So for my sake, I’d like to deal with groups of 10-20 at a time instead of walking neighborhoods and calling from a reverse directory.

Legend Point: 10-20 people who see me as an expert, or perhaps THE EXPERT in the field, who see me anchored at the front of a class room, who see me giving them TONS of information and knowledge…those people are going to be inclined to do business with me.

Make sense?

Think about it this way: Go around the city beating on doors, how long will it take to have 10 people see you as an expert who TRUST you and become interested in selling their house? A thousand? That’s what I’m thinking. MONTHS of work to get five listings instead of THREE HOURS OF WORK.

What’s cool is that this is just one evening.

Remember I said I’d do a few “classes” in each of several locations. Say 10 districts. 2-3 classes per district.. That’s 20-30 classes in a quarter. That’s about 100 people who will do business with me. (listings)

In my way of thinking, that is a very good thing.



Select Your Client Market

I’m selecting which people I want to do business with, and doing so in a way they can learn more about their upcoming adventure before they actually do it…with me.

And they, too, are selecting who THEY want to do business with! (That would be you.)

Only a small percentage of people will actually run into me using this simple marketing model, but I’m likely to get several listings (that’s where someone has you put their house up for sale) generated in any single evening all because I was willing to teach people how to buy/sell/upgrade a house.

Simple model. Nothing fancy, and it fits how I like to do business.

Repeat in 5-10 locations per quarter/catalog.

I can’t imagine the person who does this will ever send out a brochure again.

Legend Point: This is a self-selecting group of people who have decided they want to pay to learn from a professional.

The “model” can be adapted to fit other situations, like substituting dinner and presentation. You get the idea.

Being Different Pays in a Lot of Ways

One of our Influence: Boot Camp participants sat in the front row next to commercial insurance expert Sonya Lenzo and dating coach, April Braswell.

He told me this snippet….

“I emailed you last year and asked you why I should come to Influence: Boot Camp instead of going to ______ _________’s training up the road….you told me, ‘if you don’t know the answer to that question, don’t come to Boot Camp.”

Sounds like me. No doubt I said that.

Sounds like the email I got today asking for a testimonial from someone in a specific geographic location about a program I sell.

Stupidest thing I ever heard.

I simply wrote back and said, “When you need the information more, right when it’s about too late, place your order.”

People walk around afraid of losing a sale.

Back to Influence: Boot Camp in Las Vegas…

There were 16 people in line who wanted to join Platinum Inner Circle. I strongly discouraged 10 of those 16 to not join, most of them were incredibly cool people but they simply weren’t ready. I’m not the perfect person at all times in life for everyone. I OK’ed 6.

People were surprised and appreciative.

Now that “cost me” $120,000 to say “no” to 10 people.

But let me ask you this…

…what do you think it gains over the course of a life when those people come back two years from now, when they truly are ready and they work with me for a decade expanding their careers, lives?

Find the Right Client

When people come to Influence: Boot Camp, it’s REAL. We don’t dink around. Attendees say it’s one of the most powerful and extraordinary downloads of information and knowledge they’ve experienced.

My publicist writes today and asks me about my upcoming “email blast” to my “list.”

I fire off an irritating email that will probably cost me a book deal.

  1. I don’t have anything I consider to be a list.
  2. I do business with people I like, I can be of value to, I can have fun with, I can care about…
  3. I don’t BLAST people I care about.
  4. I treat people I have Coffee with identically to family and dear friends.

She asked me the size of my list. (as if a “big list” will matter in an amazon promotion….it doesn’t.)

Good heavens. No. NO. NO!

I’d rather not do business with someone than have them believe that I have a “list” that I will “blast.”

“Hey let’s go blast at Kevin today.”

Sounds real friendly. Golden Rule….

I don’t think like most people.

I have Coffee with readers every Monday morning.

Other people have lists and blast them with …whatever…

But, seriously:

If something is in Coffee, you know one thing. IT IS GOOD.


And I don’t always want yes.

In fact, I probably don’t want “yes,” about half the time.

So I turn away a couple of million dollars in business per year. I’m an idiot.

And I love the people I do business with, the people I coach, the people I speak for.

I don’t want the biggest “list.”

I want the coolest people, the best friends, the most loyal customers and “fans.”

And I work to that end.

Everything else takes care of itself.

So how do you utilize fractionation for long-term goals?…

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Utilizing Fractionation Sets Long-Term Outcomes For You

Utilize Fractionation Meet Goals
Mark Victor Hansen asked me about my biggest goals.

Everyone knows I don’t even like this word (goals).

I really only have one ongoing goal and that is to do something significant that will change people’s lives in dramatic ways.

Money is fine and dandy, but money is only an exchange of value, identification or experience.

I’ll get back whatever I give in those three areas. I don’t worry about it. I don’t think about it. I frankly don’t have “long-term goals,” that I can think of off hand.

All of these things allow fractionation to occur around me.


Doing business with individuals from smaller niches or groups of people that are ‘self selecting.’

They search me out because they like me or know I can solve their problem or get them moving, or whatever.

There are other markets.

I’m not interested.

I have a few types of people who will self-select.

They wouldn’t go anywhere else except to have Coffee with Kevin Hogan on Monday, and I wouldn’t either.

Ever notice how there is no template for Coffee? That’s because there IS NO TEMPLATE.




Are you a knock off, really similar…just like…

Stop it.

Be UNIQUE, UNUSUAL, and be real.

Those things will give you that fraction of a market that will seek you out to do business with you.

I love research but I hate writing research. I’m terrible at it.

I love writing but my grammar is horrific.

I love making amazingly complex things tangible and real to people in different fields and show them how it can not only change their lives, but use information in ways to create change for others.

So I write books and create programs that are fun, fascinating and have imperfections.

It’s OK.

I know I attract a lot of people who are good grammarians because they contact me and correct my grammar, complain about the use of………….dots….and….often fix my spelling. Over the years, hundreds have offered to help me make Coffee more “readable” and my web site “profitable.”

I smile and realize that as I appreciate them, they will discover that Coffee is indeed readable, the web site is profitable and that they can be both of those things, too, if they let go of their emotional attachment to perfection – which is destroying their lives.

It’s often tragic to see, but pretty soon they get it and they begin to evolve.

Realizing the people who you want to do business with (bad grammar there) and who wants to do business with you, is the key piece of fractionation.

When you write a book proposal,the Publisher wants to know who your audience is.

Every author says, “everyone.”



You aren’t writing the Bible.

Legend Point: You appeal to a fraction of the market, and when you are aware of which factions you have strongest appeal to and which of those you respect and want to work with, you have a market.

It may not be as big as someone else’s but BIG IS NOT A REQUIREMENT.


You want to sell real estate, practice law, sell financial products or WHATEVER; BE different.

Although like can attract like, it can also attract opposites, and in my experience THOSE PEOPLE ARE FUN. They have the ego strength to be attracted to what they are NOT. That is a cool person and a faction of those fractions that interest me.

I want you to think about who YOU appeal to and who you probably shouldn’t, but do anyway.

If you can’t find points of differentiation in your products, find them in YOU and highlight THOSE THINGS to the world.



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