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Do you have excited, hungry prospects – knocking at your doors, just waiting to get a piece of what you have on offer?     Or does it feel more like your prospects are suffering from a touch of sluggishness, or a loss of appetite for your offerings?

Buy

Give your prospects enough compelling reasons to want to buy.

Your prospects should be jumping at your product, and if they are not, it's time to do some serious "tweaking" to your current marketing efforts.

Step 1:   Give Your Prospects A Reason To Buy

Let me ask you — Are you motivating your prospects enough, or in the right manner so that they want to buy what you're offering? If your prospects aren't acting, perhaps you're not giving them enough compelling reasons to do so.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself (and answer them honestly) to discover new ways to motivate your prospects …

•      "How can I present my product or service differently?"

•      "How can I ask my prospects, in a new way, to change the way they operate, to do things differently?"

•      "What alternate forms of motivation can I explore?"

•      "How can I communicate the rewards differently?"

•      "How can I more clearly communicate the high cost of doing things the old way to my prospects?"

•      In short, "What do I need to do differently?"

Step 2 :   Get Clear About The End Reward

For the benefit of yourself and your prospects, it can be helpful to paint a mental picture of the end reward.   Often, prospects cannot be motivated to purchase unless they can gain a solid grasp of how their lives will change once your product or service is integrated.


Step 3 :   Challenge Negativity, Focus on the Positive

Often, our human nature dictates that when we come upon an obstacle, or obstacles, we tend to fall into dialogue that sounds like, "It's hard," "This is difficult," or, "It's impossible."

Many times, conversation among professionals can further negative attitudes about obstacles.   If you're hearing things like, "No one's moving right now," "Nobody takes professionals like us seriously," or "They don't know what they're missing," you run the risk of being pulled into that mindset.   And from that mindset springs prospect inactivity.

This phenomenon has been referred to as the "conspiracy of mediocrity," and there's really no better way to describe it.   After all, what better way for your competition to pilfer success than to convince you that your own hopes of success are unlikely to be realized.

When you encounter these attitudes, it can be helpful to remove yourself from the pervading negativity, and to instead focus on how you can make your company the one that's breaking through that negativity.

Don't allow yourself to be sucked into the conspiracy.   In order to reap rewards for you (and your clients), it's imperative that you begin to challenge common beliefs that pervade the air of your particular niche.   Determine for yourself whether a principle is true or false.

If you want to motivate your prospects to buy, you must relieve them from the burden of listening to the same old song.   You must play a new tune, change the key, or even invent a new type of music.   If you take the time to really listen to what they're asking for, and answer those needs, it won't be long before they're back on their feet, feeling better, and jumping on your bandwagon (which is, by the way, quite handy at steering around those pesky obstacles).

Bernadette Doyle is a marketing specialist who helps entrepreneurs become client magnets and attract a steady stream of their ideal clients. If you’d like to receive invaluable tips and advice on how to attract clients with ease, register at http://www.clientmagnets.com

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Tuesday, 27th July, 2010

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It's a disservice to let interested consumers walk away without securing the benefit of your fabulous products or services. They came to buy from you. Give them what they need to say "YES!"

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• And most important, how to share the wealth of your wonderful and unique talents and receive wealth in return!

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Bernadette Doyle
www.clientmagnets.com

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What is your definition of opportunity?

Imagine that it's a typical week for your website – the one that you have planned, designed, to which you have driven traffic, and through which you have made booking and registrations possible. Let's assume that during a given week, 100 visitors cross into the realm of your site; 2 of them make the decision to purchase; however 98 of them leave without investing in your product.

What number captures your attention in the above example? Is it the 2 buyers? Will you wait for another 2 buyers next week? Will you count on luck, or "spray and pray" to deliver a sprinkling of voluntary customers next month, and next year?

Or, do you view the 98 departees as 98 new opportunities for sales?

In truth, your best profit potential lies in the 98 visitors who chose not to buy. If you plan well, after they leave, you will have 98 names and addresses that can lead to potential sales. All you need to do is have a plan for following them up. Just think – if you can get even 2 of those 98 to say "yes," you have converted a larger percentage than you did with your sales page alone.

Here are some points to show why you should be following up:

  • When you follow up with website visitors, you are targeting prospects who have already expressed an interest in your product. They clicked, which means, at the very least, that they are curious. For my regular readers, you know that this means you have gathered an audience of people with "raised hands."
  • Targeted follow-up correspondence answers questions that many of your visitors are not willing to ask (and many people have the same types of questions). Every time you answer a question, you take the opportunity to dispel an objection or a fear.
  • Follow-up breeds interaction, which begs conversation. Think of your follow-up e-mails, postcards, and teleseminars as ice-breakers in a conversation that everyone wants to have, but no one knows how to broach.
  • Marketing research doesn't lie. It tells us that more follow-ups equal more conversions. Stay relevant in the minds of your prospects, and you'll be the first person they turn to when a problem arises.
  • Follow-up is a circular phenomenon. It gives you the information you need to devise better methods of follow-up. When questions are posed, and objections voiced, you are given valuable insight into the minds of prospective clients. With this information, you can plant more seeds and dispel more fears.
  • Follow-up contact is an invaluable vehicle for conveying the idea of urgency. If a conference is set to take place 6 months from now, people will put off registration. But, if you can communicate a special offer through follow-up correspondence, you will light the fire to sign up. Often, discount deadlines and space limitations work well.

To increase conversions and increase your sales, it's absolutely necessary you follow-up with all your prospects – even the prospects that don't buy from you. You cannot follow up too often – you just need to vary your medium to keep your prospect engaged.

Don't hesitate to use the invaluable follow-up for attracting and retaining clients. Leading prospects to your door is never enough – you must give them the incentives to revisit, and to invest.

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

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