SFR: 148 The Purple Ocean – Stephen Larsen

SFR: 148 The Purple Ocean

Jun 12th, 2018 anchorwave

As I was preparing to go speak, I had an epiphany about the way to teach offer creation in a more simple way. Let’s combine the risk of the red and best of the blue…

A few days ago I was in San Diego preparing to go on stage. If you’d seen me, (and I’m kinda glad you didn’t), you might have thought I was a bit strange.

There I was with my headphones on, eyes closed, intently focused on getting into the zone. Pacing around the room to music like a crazy person.

Steve Larsen Pointing up while wearing headphones

I love speaking because there’s a sort pressure cooker effect that happens before I talk on stage. Somehow my neurons start firing extra fast, and all these ideas begin to percolate in my head.

I become obsessed with how to get my message across clearly and in the most beneficial way for my audience.

If you’d been a fly on the wall… (shhh) you might even have seen me dancing.

I do whatever it takes to get those connections firing in my brain. I’m fixated on making hard to chew concepts as SIMPLE and exciting as possible…

‘Cause ‘ain’t nobody loves a yawn fest.’


So, picture me, shaking my moves and freaking out about the Red Ocean versus Blue Ocean idea that Russell talks about in Expert Secrets. It’s such a great concept!

Cartoon illustration of a guy fishing in an ocean with a shark

The Red Ocean is a PROVEN Market.

The Red Ocean is safe because you already know that people want the product. However, it’s risky because tough competition means that you’ll have to compete on price.

So the chances of you making a whole lot of money are slim – #urrrgh!

The Blue Ocean is a NEW OPPORTUNITY for your market!

The Blue Ocean is where you’ll find yourself if you create an offer that’s prolific – Something different to what’s already out there.

Sure, there’s a lot less competition… BUT, you’re still taking a RISK – because your offer isn’t proven. How do you know if anyone actually wants it… or what they’re willing to pay you for it??? *Fatal Flaw Alert*

Then, it hit me!

Here’s the Equation:

Red Ocean = Product Security + Intense Competition = RISK


Blue Ocean = No Competition + Less Market Security = RISK

‘Holy Batman… It’s Catch 22!’

Steve Larsen pointing at the camera with a batman suit behind him

So, what do you do…

How do you combine the Security of the Red Ocean with the Opportunity of the Blue Ocean? Can you minimize risk, serve more people and MAKE MORE MONEY?

Is it even possible?

Relax! This is where my pacing, dancing, and obsession pays off 😉

‘Welcome to the Purple Ocean of Opportunity’

Cartoon of a gay fishing in a purple ocean

The Purple Ocean is a mixture of the Red & Blue Ocean…

Think about it…

You mix the best aspects of the Red and the Blue Ocean together, and you create the Purple Ocean!

‘The Purple Ocean provides the Security of the Red Ocean with the Opportunity of the Blue’

So, you might be thinking, ‘Yeah, this sounds great Stephen, but how does it work?

Let me explain:

Recently, when I’ve been putting together my offers, I’ve been using the Purple Ocean Concept to great effect.

My students have been feeling its impact too. It’s sooo incredibly powerful!

How to Create a Purple Ocean Offer

  • When you create an offer, make sure that you take elements from the Red Ocean and combine them with elements from the Blue Ocean that you want to guide your customers towards.
  • The mixture of the elements from the Red and Blue Ocean creates a Purple Ocean Offer. This provides the SECURITY and SAFETY of the Red Ocean while gently guiding your customer over to the prolific NEW OPPORTUNITY of the Blue Ocean – where you have more control and less competition.
  • Your customers will often guide you and let you know which elements of the Red Ocean are needed to help make them feel safe and secure.

Entrepreneur’s Dilemma

‘If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.’ – Henry Ford

It’s fascinating to look at the significant industry shifting products, like the iPhone, because they often follow the same Purple Ocean method.

Picture of a billboard on the side of a building that is showing Steve Job's face

Steve Jobs had a vision of what was possible. He produced an entirely revolutionary product. However, he made sure that his product fulfilled the needs of Red Ocean customers as well as the those of the more innovative early adopters.

‘You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.’ -Steve Jobs

Jobs recognized the same issue as Ford and, as an entrepreneur, you need to do the same.

It’s your job to hold a vision of what’s possible for your customers – while adding the safety and familiarity of the Red Ocean elements to your offer.

That way you help your customers to transition to your New Offer in a stress-free way.

For Example:

If your customers are convinced that the only way to make phone calls is with a mobile service provider, then you have to make sure that your offer includes the SECURITY of that service.

You can then throw wi-fi calls and FaceTime into the mix – and gradually win them over to the NEW and the prolific.

Freaked out, scared customers who are unsure of your product are the least likely to part with their cash. They’ll refuse to buy into your vision – however amazing it is.

They’ll keep their money in their wallets until they find a solution that fits their preconceived ideas.

Think about how many people resisted getting an iPhone (or even a Smart Phone) when they first came out! It was just too much for them to take on board: ‘Why would I want to FaceTime anyone- my phone is enough for me.’

A guy using a magnifying glass to look at a phone

Looking back on my MLM product, this is exactly the approach I took:

A customer would reach out and say, ‘Steve, this looks great… but does it do ‘this’?’

Very quickly I began to notice the elements I needed to add to convince my customers to buy. It was always elements from the Red Ocean, so I’d pull them in and add them to my stack …

And without knowing it, I created a Purple Ocean where they could feel both safe and excited. BOOM!

Even with a small ad budget, my product made $100,000 in its first month, and $25,000 – $50,000 each subsequent month. It’s doing really well…

Even with a ‘broken funnel’ (more about that in my next post)

One of the main reasons for this success is the Purple Ocean that my product is swimming in!

So before you create an offer stack…

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Are your customers looking at your offer in a suspicious way because it is too prolific/ new/ revolutionary?
  • What is the ‘current’ Red Ocean norm and is your offer too far away from it?
  • What elements from the Red Ocean can you add to your stack to help your customers feel safe – to help them make the transition to your Blue Ocean more easily?

Honestly, try it – I think you’ll be amazed at the structure and clarity it will give your offer creation. And, most importantly, the effect that creating a Purple Ocean of Opportunity will have on your wallet!

I know this is going to help you CRUSH IT with your offer creation. Until next time… Go Kill It!

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