Posts Tagged ‘Sales Copy’

What first catches your eye when you pick up a newspaper or magazine or when you pull up a website? My guess is that the big, bold letters printed across the top of the page first get your attention.

newspaperThat is the primary purpose and goal of a headline - to grab the reader's attention.

Creating headlines may take time, but it's well worth your while to spend time getting your headline right. People won't read the rest of your web page if they aren't drawn in right from the beginning.

One way to accomplish this is to create a headline that declares a big, bold promise. Headlines are at their best when they reveal the relevance and benefits to the reader up front.

Make your biggest promise and state your best benefit right away, in your headline.

Be thrifty with the number of words in your headline. The fewer and the catchier, the better. While it's easier to describe your offering in hundreds of words, people don't have time or the attention to read more than a handful.

If headlines prove to be daunting for you, Headline Generator Pro is a program that can generate a variety of suggested headlines for your promotion very quickly. Based on your answers to four simple questions, it creates headlines using tested and proven headline structures. You may not like some of them, but others are real gems.

Major companies pay big money to marketing experts for catch words and phrases that will make people stop and take notice. This program will cost you a lot less and save you valuable time.

When you construct your headline, include a pre-head and a subhead. The pre-head is the line right at the top of the page that flags those people you are targeting. This line needs to be really relevant to your target audience. For example, "Attention: Trainers, speakers, coaches, consultants, and therapists."

You can also use terms that describe what your target market is currently experiencing in your prehead: "Attention: Frazzled, overworked working moms." "Attention: 50-somethings who are going through a life change."

The sub-head is a mini headline that comes after the main headline. It enables you to elaborate a bit more on the headline. Use the subhead to add in some extra information about your offering and establish your credibility

Your subhead should follow naturally from the headline, keep people reading, and lead them into the body of your squeeze page.

Take the time to create compelling headlines. Pay attention to what you say and how you say it in your headlines so that you will get your visitor's attention. Once you have their attention, you can present the finer details of your offer. The more they read, the more they'll want to be involved with you.

Bernadette Doyle created Client Magnets to help self-employed people solve one of their biggest business problems: attract a steady stream of clients www.clientmagnets.com.

Writing a sales letter is a practice in anticipating what your prospects will think, and overcoming their objections. When you're writing your sales copy, it's invaluable to be able to put yourself in your prospects' shoes and predict what they'll think when they read your copy. It may be difficult to predict all of the objections that your prospects will have to your sales letter, but one thing you can easily manage is this: catch the catch. Explain why you're offering such a great deal or such a great product to your prospects, or they won't believe your pitch.

Prospects Look Out for Deals that are Too Good
From an early age, most of us are told "if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is." By adulthood, most people feel that they can judge whether a deal is good or not, but that little doubt lurks in the back of most people's minds. If you do a great job of establishing the value of your product, and justifying your price, people might have trouble trusting you or your sales copy. If you make your product sound "too good to be true," you have to explain yourself to your prospects or risk loosing sales.

Reasons for Offering a Great Deal
A few key phrases can help diffuse worry over a deal being "too good" and convince your prospects that you're on the up-and-up. With one technique, you explain to your prospects why a product like yours normally costs more, and how you've managed to change the production method to realize a cost savings. Then, you can say something like "I can pass along my cost savings to you." This lets the prospect know that you know you're offering a really good deal, and gives them a reason for you offering a good deal. If you don't explain this to them, they'll think that you've misrepresented the value of what you're selling, and will turn away from your product.

Another technique involves presenting yourself as the "good guy" and responsible community member to your prospects. For example, you could tell your prospects that a colleague has recommended that you charge more for your product, but you're "not greedy," so you've chosen to offer it for less. One successful copywriter said "This is such a valuable skill set that I'm offering it at this price so as not to price it out of the hands of the people who need it most."

In most cases, it doesn't really matter how you overcome the "it's too good to be true" objection - just that you address it somehow. When you re-read your sales letter, look at it from the eyes of a potential prospect. If you find yourself thinking "What's the catch?" then you probably need to re-work your copy, or add in some language explaining why you're offering such a great deal. With this technique, you can overcome the mental objections of the prospects, and you're that much closer to making a sale!

Bernadette Doyle specializes in helping entrepreneurs attract a steady stream of ideal clients. If you want to get clients calling you instead of you calling them, sign up for her free weekly e-zine at http://www.clientmagnets.com

moneybucketIMAGINE THIS: You need to transfer water from one location to another. So, you set about filling a bucket with water from the hose…but straight away, you notice that the bucket isn't holding water. A series of holes are allowing the water to quickly drain out.

Now you have two choices: you can continue on with the Swiss-cheese bucket, running as quickly as you can to get from point A to point B, while retaining as much water as possible; or you can take the time to plug each hole, one at a time, until you have an implement that saves you trips, time, and wet feet.

Your business is that bucket. If you pour money into finding the one big thing that will draw in a stampede of people, you will waste much of your investment.

But, if you take the time to give attention to each detail of your business, find flaws, and plug those flaws (one at a time), you will arrive at an effective system for making product sales and booking reservations for your next live event.

Maybe you're carrying out many of the necessary points, but they need to be tweaked for effectiveness. Or, maybe there are areas that you haven't even thought about. No matter your booking saboteurs, here's a list of strategies for plugging your bucket's biggest holes:

• Follow up: Following up with every website visitor (specific to their buying or non-buying activity) can be indispensable in establishing connections that result in future bookings.

• Ask for feedback: When you know why someone didn't book a seat for your workshop or buy your product, you can apply that information to future marketing efforts. People aren't going to offer feedback unless they're prompted to do so.

• Make yourself available by phone:
Use an open phone line to quell fears, answer questions, and to make yourself available to the portion of the public that doesn't feel comfortable booking or purchasing online.

• Simplify your sales page: Everyone that considers opting in (via the web) isn't going to have a PhD. Make it easy to sign up, and keep the language simple enough for a 10-year-old to understand.

• Use a stick strategy: When taking reservations for seminars that are weeks or months into the future, stay in regular contact with your customers, to avoid buyer's remorse (which may result in cancellations).

Those are the biggest plugs for buckets leaks, but here are some smaller, yet still important, remedies for common leaks:

• Establish a database: If you operate on the assumption that you simply need to put the information out there, and people will buy, you will lose bookings and sales. Know who you've marketed to, and use that information to implement the five major bucket leak fixes.

• Use a case study: Your first successful event or launch might be the hardest to accomplish, but once you do it, be sure to showcase it. Use it as example of what your future clients and attendees will experience.

• Plug holes before working on visuals: Too often, business owners spend money on having logos designed, images uploaded, and catchy headlines written – all before they have a solid marketing plan in place. It's always more cost effective (and generally effective) to find a plan that works, and then wrap your public image around that.

• Make special offers that are specific: Discounts offered to the general public don't make anyone feel special, but when you offer free items, or discounts, to an exclusive group, they'll feel like parts of the club (and more inclined to be parts of your workshop).

Often, entrepreneurs are so busy with attraction methods, that they forget how to treat prospects once they've attracted them. Work on your bucket list. Tackle one hole at a time, repair it, and then move on to the next. Before you know what happened, you'll be carrying bucket loads of clients and bucket loads of money!

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