A Copywriting Headline to Help Overcome Procrastination

Being on the lookout (e.g. having your marketing radar always set to ON) for smart marketing you can modify and use in your own business is a worthy use of your time and attention.   If you’ve been reading my article posts over these past several years, you know I am constantly advising business owners to be on the lookout for smart marketing they can replicate in their own business.

Here is such an example of a simple, yet powerful copywriting headline worthy of your attention.

I found this print ad for The Stuttering Foundation and immediately thought the headline was a great one to add to my swipe file, since it goes to the core of a common human trait – that crosses ALL industries and niches – inertia and procrastination.

Unfortunately, none of our businesses are immune to our prospects and customers not doing what we ask them to do, even when it’s in their own best interest to respond or do something now.

Each of us has to be constantly motivating people towards the desired outcome and this particular headline does a good job of this because of its direct, no-nonsense message.

What I like so much about this ad’s headline is the ease of which ANYBODY can tweak and modify for their business. For example, with just a few seconds of thought I came up with these variations:

There are many ways to help your elderly parents. Doing nothing is not one of them!
There are many ways to lower your taxes. Doing nothing is not one of them!
There are many ways to reduce your business benefits expense. Doing nothing is not one of them!

 

You get the idea.

Now it’s your turn. Think of your own business, take this […]

5 Marketing Game Changers for Your Business

I cannot help myself, but I love talking to entrepreneurs and business owners. It tends to drive my kids nuts, especially when we’re at a new restaurant or store, but I cannot help myself. I find these conversations quite interesting and as you would expect from me, I usually start to asking the owner various marketing questions.

Unfortunately, many times I hit a wall where the owner expresses reluctance and staunch stubbornness to even consider trying something new in their marketing efforts. Running and marketing your business with blinders on is inefficient and detrimental to your bottom line. Now I’m not saying you need to pay attention to every shiny object that hits your email inbox, but being open to learning and trying new things is an inherent trait for successful entrepreneurs.

The challenge comes down to knowing where you should spend your time and money and in this article my intent is to showcase five marketing game changers you should thoughtfully consider for your business in 2015. These are not the sexiest strategies and there’s a 99% chance you’ve heard me preach about them in the past, but I’ve seen success after success with these strategies with my Private Client Group members and others I know, that you would be foolish not to spend quality time considering how to use them in 2015.

Each of these strategies can work for you. They can increase your level of influence. They can drive new prospects into your business. They can help you connect with your best customers and offer them the products and services they want, but only if you figure out a way to use them. So with that in mind, here are five key marketing strategies […]

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    Marketing Contest: Can You Identify These High Impact Marketing Strategies?

Marketing Contest: Can You Identify These High Impact Marketing Strategies?

In the past, I’ve shown several advertisements for the Jitterbug cell phone because their ads typically follow good direct response marketing laws and design techniques and this recent ad is no different.

This ad in particular, does two very smart things, which both represent powerful strategies for you and your business and rather than just share them, I want to get you thinking and seeing if you can figure out what they are.

Click on the above image to enlarge the ad so you can read it easier and see if you can figure out one or both of the key marketing strategies this ad showcases.

Three tips for those up to the challenge:

One of the strategies is something I talk about on a regular basis and is something every business owner should be doing with every one of their marketing campaigns.
The other strategy is an engagement technique.
And finally the two strategies are NOT design or layout strategies. So while this Jitterbug ad does a lot things right when it comes to making it readable and easy-on-the-eyes, these are not the techniques I want you to grasp from it.

I have two valuable prizes for the first two readers who correctly identify the two strategies. I will update this article later this week on Thursday and highlight the best suggestions from readers and give you the final answers (along with my analysis).

To play along, simply type in your answer(s) below and check back this Thursday.

Thursday Update and My Analysis:

First off, thank you to everybody who submitted their answers to this contest. There were a lot of smart insights and feedback on what makes this ad from Jitterbug so well done and worthy of your study.

However the two BIG […]

Take This Simple Direct Mail Test & Avoid Costly Mistakes

I will make a professional disclaimer right from the start – critiquing 99% of the direct mail that lands on my desk is like fishing out of a barrel – there’s really no challenge to it, because most of the direct mail being sent is so bad.

So the purpose of this article is not to illustrate my direct mail prowess, but instead offer you a simple, one-question direct mail test (and reminder of what NOT to do).

Ready for this simple direct mail test…?

Question: Does your direct mail look like this?

Answer: I sure hope not!!!

If your lead generation direct mail looks like the two samples above, please do yourself a big favor and STOP!

You will save yourself time, money and frustration.

And you will save the poor souls who have to now throw it, unopened, into their recycling bin.

Friend, if you read my blog articles and/or are a High Impact Marketing Club member, I’m guessing there’s a good chance you would never send out direct mail like this – ever. These two examples of Big Dumb Marketing (BDM) perfectly illustrate what’s so wrong with much of the marketing business owners attempt on a daily basis.

For background sake, these are mailings from local insurance agents asking me to call them to learn how to save money on my auto and home insurance (ironically I received them two days apart). I would love to know what the results of these mailings are, but since I highly doubt the local agents or the parent company track response, I will never know. But my guess is the results are pretty bad.

If you’re new to my personal brand of High Impact Marketing, let me share the top five reasons to NEVER, […]

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    Announcing an Elite Dan Kennedy Newsletter Added to the High Impact Marketing Club Benefits

Announcing an Elite Dan Kennedy Newsletter Added to the High Impact Marketing Club Benefits

I’m pleased to announce the addition of an exclusive Dan Kennedy newsletter, that is near and dear to my marketing heart, to the already impressive list of member benefits for my brand new High Impact Marketing Club!

The newsletter is one I have been a subscriber to since 2009 and it’s Dan Kennedy’s LOOK OVER MY SHOULDER copywriting newsletter.

In addition to Dan Kennedy’s laws and principles of copywriting for more than 10 years, I’ve had the good fortune of being asked by Dan himself to speak at three of his high-ticket workshops over the years, including one dedicated to the craft of professional copywriting (picture above).  I was also asked by Dan to contribute a chapter in his Ultimate Sales Letter book (4th edition) on the topic of copywriting cosmetics (click here to read article).

To say I am a fan and life-long student of Dan Kennedy copywriting is an understatement, which is why I am so pleased to be able to include his LOOK OVER MY SHOULDER as a member benefit.

 

LOOK OVER MY SHOULDER is a Dan Kennedy newsletter focused on the craft of writing direct response copy.  First published in 2004, Look Over My Shoulder is a behind the scenes look at how Dan creates copy for his clients.  He goes into great detail into the thought process and strategy for writing engaging copy.  As you probably know, Dan is known for creating some of the highest converting sales copy and helping others do the same thing.

His fees to write copy for clients often reach into six-figure budgets and there’s a GOOD reason for that.

His copy gets attention, converts that attention into response and makes his clients (and himself) big bucks!

LOOK OVER MY SHOULDER […]

Trump’s Viral Video Task – the Right Challenge?

The other night on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice, Donald Trump assigned a task to the contestants to “develop a viral video” for the 83 year old Chock full o’ Nuts coffee company.

As soon as I heard the task, I said to my wife “That’s a ridiculous assignment” and then, much to her viewing dismay, I went into a mini rant about the state of current human behavior, how people keep themselves entertained and what viral video means to the average person.

Trump’s task was designed and delivered to tap into the notion of what a viral video is to the average show viewer. Think sad cats, talking dogs and singing cops (have you seen the recent video of the police officer from Dover, Delaware singing a Taylor Swift song and how much national exposure it has received?) Enough said.

A better assignment would have been – Go forth and create an attention-grabbing, fun marketing campaign to get 20-somethings to put down their Starbucks and try Chock full o’Nuts.

Maybe it would be a video, maybe not, but starting with the primary goal of “creating a viral video” is the wrong place to start and within a few seconds I was proven right as the two teams proceeded down the road you would expect them to go down with stupid, meaningless content.

For the average Main Street-type bricks and mortar business owner, the concept of viral marketing is often skewed and distorted by the seemingly daily media stories of sad cats getting 30 million video views and singing police officers.

In my opinion, the Celebrity Apprentice task requiring the teams to “create a viral video” further warps the concept, because it puts the cart before the horse.

For the most part, […]

Part 5 of 5: Infotail Automation = Business Acceleration!

In Part 1 of this five-part series introducing Infotail®, I described the concept of Infotail broadly and why it is an appropriate marketing platform for Main Street-type business owners.

In Part 2, we looked at the Infotail Customer Lifecycle and why it’s an appropriate goal for your business.

In Part 3, we looked at a collection of Infotail Tools.

In Part 4, we looked at Infotail Systems.

In this fifth and final part of the Infotail introduction series, I am going to wrap everything together and put the bow tie of marketing automation on it all!

Once you have the specific Infotail Tools and Systems set up for your business, the next step is to automate the systems so they happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year using a behavioral-based marketing automation platform like the Infotail Automation Platform. Behavior-based marketing means subsequent steps are determined by the action or inaction people take during your marketing and sales efforts.

True automation decreases your dependency on making sure employees do the right thing and frees you up from having to remember to do everything. For example,

Leads are being collected 24 hours a day, through various systems.
Personalized follow-up phone calls are being made without having to remind staff.
Customers are being thanked for their business 100% of the time!
Happy customer testimonials and reviews are being collected.

This is the essence of being an Infotailer!

Before we go further I want to clarify some “who is the who” language as it relates to which step the “who” is in.

Leads – are targeted individuals who have raised their hand and expressed interest in what you have to offer (via your lead generation tools) but have yet to visit, or have an […]

Part 4 of 5: Infotail Systems = True Business Value!

In Part 1 of this five-part series introducing Infotail®, I described the concept of Infotail broadly and why it is an appropriate marketing platform for Main Street-type business owners.

In Part 2, we looked at the Infotail Customer Lifecycle and why it’s an appropriate goal for your business.

In Part 3, we looked at a collection of Infotail Tools.

In this Part 4, we’re going to see how Infotail Tools are used in Infotail Systems.

Once you have your specific Infotail Tools in place, like a chess match, the next move is to strategically build Infotail Systems using the tools and with the goal of ultimately automating these systems. Infotailers knows a major part of the “real value” in their business is the repeatable and consistent business systems they have in place. Infotail Systems are organized, reliable and consistent, therefore they deliver consistently predictable results. They also have the added benefit of creating business owner wealth (especially when it comes time to sell a business), business asset creation and true ownership freedom.

Which Infotail Systems are right for your business, depends on the type of Infotail Retailer you are. Here is a brief overview of the Infotail Systems we recommend for Infotailers (in alphabetical order):

“Buy the Be Back” System: This system is designed to get a “yes” from your prospect that guarantees return visit, even when they said they’re not yet ready to buy.

Customer Care System: This system is used to show customers you care about them and appreciate their business with you via a long-term nurture campaign.

Customer Delivery System: This system ensures every customer receives the same level of service as they were told about during your sales process and others have come to expect of your business.

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    Part 3 of 5: Infotail Tools – A Must Have Marketing Toolkit

Part 3 of 5: Infotail Tools – A Must Have Marketing Toolkit

In Part 1 of this five-part series introducing Infotail®, I described the concept of Infotail broadly and why it is an appropriate marketing platform for Main Street-type business owners.

In Part 2, we looked at the Infotail Customer Lifecycle and why it’s an appropriate goal for your business.

In this Part 3, we’re going to look at the Infotail Tools.

The Infotail Marketing Platform is built around a collection of proven information-centric tools designed to be used in a variety of automated marketing systems to create specific outcomes.

These strategic and proven information-centric tools first seek to inform and educate your leads and prospects with quality information before a sale is made. These tools can be marketing pieces, customer relationship building devices or process/procedures used in your business to assist in customer acquisition or fulfillment.

Your use of specific Infotail Tools depends on your goals and requirements. To give you more insight, here’s a brief overview of each these tools (in alphabetical order):

Customer Newsletters: Monthly print and digital newsletters sent to customers and prospects keeping them informed about what’s happening in your business, offering specials, etc.

Educational Short Books (shooks): Creating a helpful guide for your business is critical as an Infotailer and once completed it can be leveraged in your lead generation, new customer and referral systems.

Email Marketing: Email marketing is an effective and efficient way to follow up with leads, prospects and customers. Infotailer use behavioral-based marketing automation to ensure recipients are receiving relevant and timely emails.

Facebook Fan Page: Creating a Facebook Fan Page allows you to tap into the power of Facebook and your customers’ circles of influence.

Follow Up with Direct Mail: When combined with email marketing, direct mail is an effective marketing media. Infotailers use very […]

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    Part 2 of 5: The Infotail Customer Lifecycle – Start with the End Result in Mind

Part 2 of 5: The Infotail Customer Lifecycle – Start with the End Result in Mind

In Part 1 of this five-part series introducing Infotail®, I described the concept of Infotail broadly and why it is an appropriate marketing platform for Main Street-type business owners.

In Part 2, I want to go a bit deeper and look at the Infotail Customer Lifecycle and why there’s a high probability it’s an appropriate goal for your business.

It’s a sad matter of fact, but the typical small business owner looks at their customers completely wrong.

These average business owners think you get a customer to make a sale. The Infotailer looks at this assumption differently and knows the point of making a sale is to get a customer. This is a BIG DIFFERENCE and once understood and set as a goal, it completely changes the way you approach marketing and sales.

Most business owners think in terms of transactions, as in,

“I need to clean 5 houses today,” or “I need to serve 50 dinners,” or “I need to see 10 patients.”

This churn and burn attitude ignores the potential lifetime value of a customer and what this value truly means to a business.

The Infotailer knows an ideal customer is a vital and valuable business asset.   As an Infotailer your job is to:

Identify your target customer
Offer them educational information to get the interested in your products or services
Offer this information and capture the lead
Get them to a first-time visit to your business
Convert them to a customer
Deliver and delight them with your offerings
Nurture and get them to become lifetime customers
Make them raving fans of your business.

Essentially, you make a sale to get a customer and do everything in your power to create value and keep that customer for life. When done correctly, the lifetime value of a customer is […]

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