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How To Sell More, Faster And More Efficiently

By: Dave Dee on: August 7th, 2014 1 Comment

“One night a year all crime—including murder—is legal for 12 hours.”

That is in the description for the movie trailer for “The Purge: Anarchy” currently in theaters.

Maybe you’ve seen the ad for the movie? It shows total chaos and innocent people trapped on the streets among people committing horrible crimes. Pretty frightening stuff, especially if you put yourself into that scenario.

Talk about triggering emotion!

Movie trailers are a great example of tapping into deep emotions that get reactions from their viewers and make them want to see a movie.

Whether a trailer is so scary you can’t bear to look or it is so heartfelt it makes you cry, the makers of movie trailers are masters of using emotion to sell viewers on watching their movies.

Appealing to your target audience’s emotions is a critical key ingredient that will help you sell more of your products and services, faster, and more efficiently.

Emotions are strong feelings that move people to action. So when you create promotions and ads that arouse the right emotions, you’ll get your prospects to buy what you are selling.

How do you do that? Today I’ll walk you through a simple two-step process that will allow you to not only trigger emotions, but trigger the RIGHT emotions that will get your prospects and customers to move to action.

Step 1: Identify the buying emotion. If you’ve studied copy at all, you likely have witnessed this done. In fact, two emotions commonly used are fear and greed. And don’t get me wrong, these are two emotions that work well. However, it’s important to remember that these aren’t the only two emotions people have, nor are they always the best or most effective triggers. In fact, if these are the only two trigger emotions you use, you will likely lose out on a big portion of sales.

People feel a range of emotions from anger to happiness to sorrow to laziness. When creating your marketing, you first need to identify the correct emotion (or emotions) that will stimulate your prospect or customer to buy.

Remember that the buying emotion is often made up of a mixture of emotions.  When you use a mixture of emotions, you’ll not only reach more of your target audience, but you’ll reach them on a deeper level and invoke more sales.

How do you identify the right buying emotion?

  • Study high-converting promotions.  By looking at promotions you know have been tested and are working, you can identify core emotions that are working well with your target audience. When picking promotions to study, it’s not a requirement that the product and service matches yours. Rather than that, look at who the promotion is targeting and whether that is a match for your target audience. What emotions are they tapping into?  Would these work for your product or service?
  • Find out what your target audience is saying. Hang out where your target audience is, “listen” to what they talk about and the way they talk.

For example, you can visit online chat rooms where your target audience hangs out to find out what they are saying and the way they say it. To do this, just visit a chat room that matches your topic. For instance, if you are selling financial products, you might hang out in the MSN Money chat room.

Step 2: Utilize the buying emotion to build desire.  Once you’ve identified the correct mixture of trigger emotions that make up your buying emotion, you’ll use them to build desire for your product or service. The idea is that by the time your prospect gets through your ad or promotion the emotion is so strong he can actually picture himself experiencing the scenario you’ve painted for him so much so that he is driven to make a purchase.

For example, an ad for a supplement that helps with joint pain might depict someone in their sixties with a before and after scenario.  The first scenario depicts the main character in pain, sitting on the sidelines and unable to participate in activities she enjoys. The person may even look older or unhappy. The after scenario depicts the same person smiling and enjoying life—gardening, riding bikes, and hiking. More than one emotion is tapped into here, and the desire to avoid pain and feeling old along with the desire to be able to enjoy life is so high by the end of the ad, that the prospect can picture him or herself being able to get back out and enjoy life again that he is driven to purchase the product.

If you want to persuade people to buy more, you must understand the emotions that spur them to take action. Discover the triggers that do this, and how to evoke those emotions, and you’ll sell more, faster, and more efficiently.

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Four Reasons People Aren’t Buying From You (And How To Change That Now!)

By: Dave Dee on: August 5th, 2014 1 Comment

In a minute I’ll talk about an experience I’m sure you can relate to.  But before I do that I want to make sure you don’t miss the live webinar I have today with Frank Kern where he’ll reveal his system for Mass Conversion.  All the details are below, but click here now to get all the details for this event.  Onto my story…

Recently, a friend told me about a scene he’d witnessed.

He was in a restaurant when a man slammed his drink down, began cursing and more or less started to freak out.

From what my friend could tell, the reason behind it was that the guy was so certain he was going to close a deal, he purchased a new car.

The deal apparently fell through and now sitting with a new car payment and not sure how he was going to pay for it, he went a little berserk.

I could sympathize with him.

I remember having bills that I didn’t know how I was going to pay.

I also remember days where I was so excited about a prospective event, I was sure I was going to book that I already had the money spent—at least mentally—before the deal was done and on the books.

Can you relate?

Kind of like in the movie Christmas Vacation where Chevy Chase goes into a tirade after instead of receiving the big bonus he was counting on, he receives a gift for the jelly of the month club, it’s not uncommon to feel a big letdown and a lot of disappointment when something potentially big like that falls through.

Unfortunately, the problem with too many businesses and entrepreneurs is that they are great at marketing, but NOT at closing the sale.

Which means they get prospects on the hook and can feel the excitement of reeling them in, but in the end, they lose them and are unable to get them to take action. This means A LOT of money is being left on the table.

Not only that, many will blame the marketing; saying it doesn’t work.

In fact, they may try a string of different marketing techniques and repeat the cycle over and over again.
Instead of using this shotgun approach to their marketing, what is really required to dramatically increase sales and maximize the return on your marketing dollars,is to know how to close more sales.

So how do you do that?

1) Remember the cardinal rule of selling. I find it common for people to switch into high sales gear when they think someone is interested in their product or service—spouting facts and figures or listing their credentials and so forth. The big thing to remember is that “People love to buy, but they hate to be sold.” So the real key is to use sales and persuasion techniques that allow people to buy—rather than to be sold.

2) Prove it. What are others saying about you? And how easy is it for people to find what is being said? Whether I’m planning a trip or looking at trying a new restaurant or considering using a new service professional, I want to know what type of experience others have had.

What about you?

The businesses who make it easy for me to find the social proof I’m looking for by including reviews by customers right on their website or in their sales materials are more likely to make the cut when I’m making my list for consideration.

3) It’s about them, not you. No one cares about your credentials. No one cares about all the reasons why you think they should buy. I love food and let me tell you I don’t care if the most famous chef on the planet cooks a meal for me himself—all I really care about is the experience I have and whether I like the food served. The truth is what people really want to know is what you can do for them. So make it about them, not you.

4) Do something to make them thank YOU. Yes, you want to show appreciation to your customers for their purchases. But ideally what you want to do is to make your customer so happy with the results or experience they receive from you that they are profusely thanking YOU.

If you want to get more out of your marketing dollars and are tired of feeling the excitement of a potential big sale only to have it end in disappointment, then you’ve got to get good at selling. Using the techniques I’ve shown you here will get you started on the right path.

And joining me and Frank Kern today during a FREE webinar we’re doing will give you even more ammunition for closing more sales without making people feel pressure or using hype or other “salesy tactics.”

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• The holy grail of direct response (totally NEW stuff Frank calls Dynamic Behavioral Response)

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Five Stealth Persuasion Secrets That’ll Get Your Prospects To Buy From You

By: Dave Dee on: August 2nd, 2014 4 Comments

While interviewing Founder and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment Peter Guber the other day, I asked him about his new book and why he wrote it.

His answer revealed an important point as to why anyone who wants to be more successful should create an information product—whether it’s writing a book, creating a webinar or recording something on audio.

He said that writing a book (i.e. creating an information product) is another means of advancing the thought process and putting it in a format in which people can use those ideas.

In other words, for himself, he did it as act of self-discovery and to advance his own personal knowledge and understanding of the subject.

For others, he did it as a means of giving people meaning to the information that he was sharing.

I love the answer he gave, because it makes total sense. Through the process of creating an information product about a subject, you learn more about it which helps you to formulate new ideas and advance your own knowledge.

And for others, it gives them another way to digest your information that will also help them formulate new ideas and have a better, more advanced understanding of the a subject.

This is a key concept to understand.

Because as business owners, we ALL need to educate our consumers better.

In fact, educating your consumer will make him/her more loyal to you. The more loyal a consumer, the longer they will stick with you. The longer they stick with you, the more they will buy. The more they buy, the bigger champion they become. The bigger champion they are, the more likely they are to refer people to you. (And let’s not forget that referred customers tend to be more loyal and spend more.)

So creating information products is about much more than trying to make a buck or two. Done right, creating information products will advance your own knowledge, plus it will help you to create better (and more) customers.

But to do those two things, there’s something you’ll want to do in every info-product you create and that is…

You’ll want to persuade.

For example, if I go to the orthodontist to get braces for my son and the orthodontist asks me what kind of braces I want with no explanation of the difference, I’m likely to go with the least expensive choice that will get the job done.

If he takes a little time to explain the difference, I may choose a more expensive option, however it will depend on a lot of factors including if I feel I have enough information to make a good decision.

But if the orthodontist gives me a book that explains all the different choices I have, what his philosophy is for how he chooses braces for his patients, and what his beliefs are about the different product lines based on his experience, then I have a lot more information to make a better decision.

Am I right?

Now let’s say that the orthodontist believes Invisalign Braces are the best choice in most cases. Despite that being the more expensive choice, I am likely to take it since the orthodontist has now laid out his philosophy and the reasons why this is the best choice.

And because the orthodontist took the time to lay out all the choices, he may have an even more advanced understanding himself as to why he feels that way.

Sure, the orthodontist could explain all of that in person, but let me ask you something—

Where will I be more likely to feel like I’m being “sold” and where will I feel like I’m being “educated”?

Option1: When the orthodontist tells me in an appointment what he feels is the best option?

OR

Option 2: When I am handed a book that explains all the options and I have time to absorb the information?

Option 2. Because I’ll have all the information in front of me and will feel I can make a more educated decision.

Taking all of that into consideration, here are some things to include that will help you achieve those two goals:

1)      Sell them on your concepts. If you pay close attention, you’ll notice that Dan Kennedy’s books, courses, news-letters, articles, etc. all explain and educate people on his concepts. That repetition helps people better understand these concepts and advances their success.

What concepts do you want your customers to understand? Know what these are and make a list of them so you can refer and be guided by them.

2)      Sell (or re-sell) them on your philosophy. This is another thing Dan does well. Everyone has a philosophy of how and why things should be done. What’s yours? Be sure to have a good understanding of this and incorporate it into your products so that your customers can adopt it too.

3)      Re-sell your products. Reminding people what your product will do for them will help your customers get more out of your product because not only will they know what to expect, but subconsciously they will be looking for it.

4)      Sell them on the opportunity your product or service provides. It’s not just the physical value that your product or service brings to your client, customer, or patient. What opportunities will they experience as a result of using your product or service? For example, will they experience more freedom and fewer struggles?

5)      Sell them what’s next. Once you have laid out your philosophy, concepts, their choices, and so forth, you want to be sure and include the steps for what they should do next. You may even want to include a limited time bonus gift to create some urgency to take the next step.

Create info-products that “sell” these five things and you’ll help advance both your understanding and your customer’s…and when you do, you’ll not just make a sale, you’ll convert a prospect into a customer, which is an entirely different thing.

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Bonus For Investing In Info-Profit Recipe

By: Dave Dee on: July 30th, 2014 No Comments

The video below is your bonus worth $497 for investing in Info-Summit. In this video you’ll get the four steps to getting your info business up and running in the next 60 days. Please do not share this page with others.  Thanks and Enjoy!

A Horribly Neglected Ad Strategy That Still Gets The BEST Results

By: Dave Dee on: July 29th, 2014 2 Comments

Recently, my good friend Frank Kern told me he ran the single most successful test he has done in 15 years.  Here’s how the test came about…

Frank analyzed an ad that was responsible for growing a tiny company into a BIG company by generating some three million leads (from that ONE ad)…

It was also the inspiration for ads created by David Ogilvy, one of the most sought after advertising executives of all time.

In fact, Ogilvy took this ad, analyzed it, perfected it, and systematized it. He then used this system to create 17 ads which were responsible for growing Ogilvy into a 1.4 Billion (with a “B”) business back in the 1970’s.

Despite how wildly successful this ad system was, it, and the system Ogilvy developed from it, were largely forgotten about as people moved on to the “next new and shiny object” placed in front of them.

That is until Frank ran across it again and decided to do a test.

Here are a few things that Frank says about why this worked so well and why this strategy will work better than just about anything else you can try these days:

It didn’t try to sell anything. The ad wasn’t full of hype or sales tactics. In fact, it didn’t try to sell anything at all and instead gave away something free to the reader. Plus it didn’t use any fancy copywriting techniques. It is a simple, basic and non-sophisticated formula that you could use in all types of media.

It focused on the right kind of value.  Typically an ad will deliver “practical value” which means the ad addresses the things your product or service does. For example, a restaurant will cook you a meal. A coffee maker will brew you a cup of coffee.

But what fuels a buying frenzy is when you deliver intrinsic value. This is the unseen value which can really drive frenzy and get people clamoring to pay you more for your products and services.

For example, suppose you want to have steak for dinner. You can choose between Longhorn Steakhouse or Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. They both will cook you steak. They even have similar items on the menu such as a baked potato, salad, and a center cut steak.  But Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse charges much higher prices, and people are willing to pay it. Why? Because Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse has that “unseen value” associated with having a higher intrinsic value.

It addressed reader skepticism.  Now more than ever, people are skeptical. They don’t trust marketing and advertising. Rather than ignoring this fact, the ad addresses this skepticism right up front by telling people why they are doing the ad.  This confronts the obstacle head on and eliminates their skepticism before continuing on with the message.

It explained why not all the information was included in the ad. It gave a logical explanation for why all the information the reader would need was not included in the ad—therefore giving the reader a good, solid reason for why they should contact the company for more information.

The headline uses presupposition. The headline uses the brilliant technique of presupposition. It presupposes that you want to know something about the topic and it also presupposes that there is something you don’t know. This is a great technique that will increase your readership and raise curiosity.

Use these strategies to generate more leads, customers, and create a frenzy that causes people to want to pay you more for your products and services.

Yesterday Frank released a brand new video where he took this concept from a theoretical level down to “how you do this in your business.”  This was in all honesty one of the best trainings I’ve seen in a long time (I took two full pages of notes) and right now he’s giving it away.

Click here now to get the video.  Yes, to get the video you have to give an e-mail address, but if you don’t like it, and don’t want more, just unsubscribe immediately.  You’d be crazy to do that, in my humble opinion, but it’s an option.  In this short video he explains the concept of an “internal decision trigger” where in essence you get the prospect to sell themselves your product or service.  In a word it’s amazing.

NOTE: If you’d like the template and swipe file Frank created from the Ogilvy ads, he’s giving them away free right now along with the swipe file of the Ogilvy ads, and the case study of the test he ran using the template. You can get them all at no charge by clicking here NOW.

Make Them Buy Now Launch Details

By: Admin on: July 28th, 2014 8 Comments

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If you’ve participated in the past you know that you could be getting four and five figure checks for months after a launch ends because of continuity programs and lead funnels.  For a full three months after people opt-in to the launch you get paid on every product they purchase and you get paid for up to 12 months on any subscriptions!

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It gets even better:  Our marketing discussion will be professionally recorded and each of our top 4 sellers will be given a copy to use, no strings or royalties attached, however they see fit.  That means they not only get a high level marketing mastermind meeting, but they’ll also walk out with a totally new product to market!

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Anyone who:

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Elvis May Have Left The Building, But He Still Has Loyal Followers Who Buy

By: Dave Dee on: July 27th, 2014 1 Comment

Sixty years ago this month, in July of 1954, music history was made when the then unknown Elvis Presley recorded the first commercial song of his career.

The song—“That’s All Right (Mama)” set him on a path to superstardom.

In fact, many still consider him to be the undisputed King of Rock and Roll.

Elvis still holds records for “the most Top 40 hits (114), the most Top 10 hits (40) and the most weeks at Number One (80).” (These is for the Pop charts and only in America. He was also a leading artist in American country, R&B, and gospel fields and his chart success in other countries was substantial.)

In fact, in 2004, the Recording Industry Association of America announced that Elvis had become the bestselling solo artist in history.

Twe-e-e-n-t-y-seven years after his death.

Even in death, his stature grows.

Graceland, Elvis’ white columned mansion and estate, has become one of the most visited private homes in America with over 600,000 visitors every year paying anywhere from $15 to $72 to tour the home. And according to Elvis Presley Enterprises is one of the five most visited home tours in the United States, and is the most famous home in America after the White House.

After fans tour Graceland, they are turned loose to shop in the Graceland gift shops.

In 2012, overall Elvis business, including royalties and licensing, totaled $57.3 million.

Search for “Elvis souvenirs” in Google and you’ll get 1,060,000 results. In fact, there are whole businesses created for the sole purpose of selling Elvis items such as “Elvisly Yours” and “Elvis Collectibles.”

Visit Elvis fans’ homes and you’ll find whole shrines built around him—with posters, paintings, collectibles and framed pictures. Some fans even attribute a sacred character to certain objects associated with Elvis. Extreme fans go so far as to collect items from Elvis’ personal life such as toenails and his used water cups.

Fans recount stories of Elvis and re-tell his life story.

Every year there are pilgrimages to Memphis on Elvis’ birthday (January 8th) and the anniversary of his death (August 16th).

The man has a herd of committed followers, that’s for sure.

And while I’d probably apply for a restraining order if someone expressed interest in collecting my toenail clippings for display in their house, can you imagine developing a loyal following like that?

What would that do for your business?

Fans that continue to buy and re-buy your products or re-packaged items and build shrines in their homes of you for the entire world to see—spreading the word about how great you are.

What would that do for your bottom line?

Well we might not be able to get you quite to “Elvis stature,” but we can help you discover how to build a relationship with your customers so that they will want their pictures taken with you and will build mini-shrines at home or in their office.

This is the kind of herd you want to build. Because a herd like that will stay with you forever.

Isn’t that what you want?

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Here are four things you can do to build a big, loyal following starting today:

Target the people most likely to benefit from your product or service. When building your list, create offers which your target audience are most likely to receive an IMMEDIATE result. People who have success quickly using your products or services are more likely to trust that they will get results with future purchases from you. This can turn them into hyper-responsive and loyal fans.

Attract your BEST prospects. Who are your ideal clients, customers, or patients? Create a system for attracting these customers and these alone. One mistake I often see is that business owners think they should try and attract as many people as possible. As a result, what happens is you end up with people who are not a good fit for you or are “bad apples” that talk bad about your product or service. This only hurts you. Focus on the people who will love what you have to offer and avoid the rest.

Use both offline AND online list-building methods. It’s tempting to rely on online methods only to build your list, but you’ll build a much bigger and better list if you combine both online and offline. Plus you’ll build your list faster.

Invest in relationship building strategies. If you want your list to stick around for years and years and continue buying from you, you’ll want to spend time and money investing in the types of marketing that will build your relationships with your list such as giving them great, relevant, and free content or following up after a purchase to see if they have any questions about how to use their purchase.

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A Big Persuasion Secret You Can Learn From Hanging Out With Kids

By: Dave Dee on: July 24th, 2014 4 Comments

One of my favorite traditions is spending one on one time individually with each of my kids.

Whether it’s taking my son to a major league baseball game or taking my daughter to the theater to watch a Broadway show, I love spending time alone with each of them and being truly present when we are together.

Years ago, it wasn’t that way. I still spent one on one time with each of my kids, but not really “be with them” because I was worried about money or where my next client was coming from. I spent more time focused on worrying than on what was really important.

Now that I have systems in place that work like clockwork to attract my ideal clients, my life and income are different.

More importantly, my relationship with my children is better and even more rewarding since I now focus on them entirely during this special time with them.

There is actually a great sales and persuasion secret hidden in my story.

The key here is in the outcome—that our relationship is more rewarding.

Not only do good things happen when I’m with my children, but I find that because of this sales and persusasion secret, good stuff happens everywhere I go. For example, I’ll go to a restaurant and get a free dessert. Or I’ll go the theater and my seats will be upgraded.

How does this happen? Well, whether I’m hanging with my kids or out getting a steak at my favorite restaurant, I am very friendly, I am present, I ask questions AND I bring people into my reality. This is cool stuff so let me explain each piece of the puzzle so that you can use these techniques to make your customer relationships more rewarding.

1)      Be fully present: As I mentioned earlier, I used to not be fully present when I was spending this special one on one time with each of my kids. I was too distracted by worry.

Now, I really listen to people and am truly interested in what they have to say (whether it’s my son or a client.) When I speak to clients, I block everything else out and focus on just them.

Most people are never present. They are too busy thinking about what they are going to say or worse, their mind is completely somewhere else. People can feel when you are really listening to them and when you are pretending to listen to them.

2)      Be friendly: Not that I would be unfriendly with my kids, but when I was worried about money and my business, I could be a bit cranky at times. Smile and look people in the eyes. I mean REALLY look into the eyes of your prospects and customers. Also, project positive and fun energy. You know the guy or gal that is always positive and the life of the party—the one that everyone wants to be around? Be THAT person.

3)      Ask questions. When I’m with my kids, I ask questions that help me get to know a ton about their dreams, goals and desires.

The cornerstone of sales is asking questions. Instead of using traditional, old-fashioned sales training questions which are self-serving and highly manipulative, ask questions that are designed to learn about what your prospect wants, needs and desires on a deep level.

4)      Bring people into your reality.  After I ask questions to my kids and they open up about what is going on in their lives, I open myself up to them. For example, I might tell a story about a challenging situation I was in when working with a client or tell them an embarrassing story about something that happened to me when I was their age.  By opening myself up and sharing personal things, they not only are brought into my reality, but they feel more comfortable with opening up to me.

When talking to a prospect or customer, you can do the same thing. For instance, a dentist might tell a story about when he had to have one of his own teeth repaired or personal trainer might tell a story about being overweight and how lifting weights changed his life. When you can bring people into your own reality and share your own vulnerability, people will connect with you more.

It’s important to note that when I’m with my kids or in any situation where I’m at a restaurant, theater, etc. I’m NOT looking to get anything. I’m not trying to manipulate my kids or get people to give me free stuff.

Good stuff just happens as result of what I do. As I’ve said before, the difference between manipulation and persuasion is intent.

My intent in all of these cases was simply to have fun, make people laugh and feel good. In a selling situation your intent should be NOT to just sell your product or service at all costs, but rather to find a solution to your prospects problems and to fulfill their wants needs and desires. This will result is MORE SALES than if you focus on just selling your product.

HUGE: You want to be externally focused NOT internally focused when selling.

Re-read the four points above and you will see they are all externally focused, focused on my kids or the people I was communicating with.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this post. Comment below.

NOTE: Tomorrow, Friday July 25th, I’m going to be speaking with Boardroom Publishing’s Brian Kurtz.  Click here to join in live for FREE.

If you don’t know who Brian is but you like the simple idea of sending out a piece of mail and making money in return then you NEED to be on this call.  Brian Kurtz has generated over $150,000,000 in sales by using direct response marketing.  Tomorrow he’ll reveal some of his strategies including giving you a glimpse into…

☞ DETAILS of a “Product Launch” selling over 200,000 units.

☞ His “Ah-Ha! Moment” about doing research to pick ‘The Next Big Thing’ to promote to his subscribers and customers.

☞ Lessons Learned in the Mailing List Business in the 1980’s that are WORTH MILLIONS TODAY in extracting huge profits and great customers from available databases.

☞ What it’s like to work with The Best Copywriters and how to get them to compete with each other for your benefit.

☞ How ANY author can stay out of the bookstore and make a fortune “direct to consumer.”

☞ AND much, much more…

Anyway, this is a one-time only live call and you’ll have the chance to ask him your questions.  Click here now to get the details and mark your calendar for tomorrow!

Three Ways Your List Can Teach You How To Yield A Better Response

By: Dave Dee on: July 22nd, 2014 1 Comment

When he started out, he had no idea he was going into marketing.

An English major, he thought he was going to be an editor or a writer or something.

But when he applied for this little publishing company that published newsletters and books, that type of job wasn’t available. So he took a job with in-house list management instead.

That was 33 years ago.

In less than a decade that “little company” did over $100 million in revenue.  Its revenues now stand at $150 million dollars a year. If you look at his product portfolio today you’ll see that it includes THE LARGEST paid subscription newsletters in its category in America, built from scratch.

You may even recognize some of the publications  that he helped make into giants such as BottomLine Personal Newsletter, BottomLine Health, Boardroom Reports and famous books such as The 30-Day Diabetes Cure.

I’m, of course, talking about one of the most respected business builders and company leaders in the professional direct marketing community—Brian Kurtz.  (I’ve got an exclusive live interview with Brian this Friday the 25th…click here to listen live)

Brian says he got a fantastic education by learning direct marketing from the list side of things. He also shares what he learned early on from direct marketing pioneer and consultant Dick Benson who told him  “no one ever spends enough time on lists.”

The problem with email is that because it is so cheap to send, often businesses send emails without much regard to timing and what order they send promotions and so forth. But because of the costs of direct mail, Brian found that you have to be very disciplined about these sorts of things. And here’s the thing: if you pay more attention to certain items with your list, whether you are sending direct mail or marketing to your list online, you will improve your response rate.

Here are three things you can learn from your lists that will help you improve your response rate.

1)      Where are the markets?  You have the ability to segment your lists and test them. That means that if you start with a small segment, testing things and finding what gets a good response, you’ll be able to find other names that are similar.  For example, let’s say in testing you discover that married couples with children in school and live in the suburbs respond well to your offer. Once you have that information, you can search those names out which fit that criteria in much larger universal lists.

2)      What is in demand in those markets? You can learn a lot by how a name gets on a list and by the feedback for what you are doing.

For example, let’s say you send out a series of emails to one part of your list and a direct mail piece to the rest of your list. Your best response comes from the people who were sent your direct mail piece (a sales letter mailed out in a number 10 envelope with a buy one get one free offer.)

This tells you a lot about how they will respond—meaning your list responded better to direct mail than to email.  You can even test types of packages.  So in this case, even if the demographics are slightly off, if the response is good to certain type of package and offer, then it will be good to other similar formats and offers  too.

3)      What products do people want? One thing is certain about direct response advertising—it’s measurable.  Back in the earlier days of Boardroom, after trying several different models, a successful model was discovered. Previously Boardroom tried selling a series of different business books that were made with various people they had met over the years. These books were about various subjects, but none of them became that big.

Then they put together a book called the Book of Business Knowledge. This was basically Boardroom’s greatest hits. When this did so well, it became the model they would use to sell millions of books. They did the same thing with newsletters. They figured out from their list what people wanted and then created the product to match it.

Spend time learning from your lists.  When you do, you will find that you know more about your target audience, what they want and what they respond to. And in doing so, you’ll be able to market better to them which means you’ll get a much better response.

NOTE:  You can get the full inside story from Brian Kurtz including—insider facts and statistics, methods, product idea process, list sources and more—the kind of information that comes from 33 years’ experience actually selling millions of dollars of books and newsletters to paying customers in multiple categories—at this year’s InfoSUMMIT. Don’t miss seeing Brian live and in person –and if you hurry you can still receive an early bird discount at www.gkic.com/infosummit

In the meantime, Brian Kurtz will be on with me live on Friday.  Click here to listen in…

Top Ten Rules For Writing A Great Headline

By: Dave Dee on: July 20th, 2014 4 Comments

In the brand new course the “Power of Copy Unleashed, How To Create Offers Your Customers, Clients and Patients are Powerless to Resist” I give out my Top Ten Rules For Writing An Effective Headline.

While I don’t have time to go into all of them here, I’ll share the three rules that I see people getting wrong the most.

Before I do that thought I want to reiterate something you’ve probably heard before AND is soooooo important to really understand.  Remember…Your headline is an ad for your ad.

It doesn’t matter how stellar your copy is or how wonderful your offer is. If your headline doesn’t pull in your prospect, it DOES NOT MATTER.

Many of the best copywriters in the world spend the majority of their time writing out and testing different headlines. Simply changing your headline can increase your response rate by 300% or more.  That’s why yesterday I shared some of my favorite headline formulas.  If you missed that just click here.

There are many different formulas for writing good headlines and in “The Power Of Copy Unleashed…” I share 18 of them.  That said, you can still create your own formulas but they must follow a number of rules if you want to maximize your results.  Here are the three rules I see people breaking most often and it’s costing them thousands or tens of thousands of dollars!

First…Your name as a headline is a deadline.

Don’t use your name or your company’s name as a headline.  So many people say things like “Top Five Reasons to Shop at Dave’s Magic Shop.”  This will absolutely kill your response when you compare it to a benefit oriented headline like “Top Five Things You Must Look For In A Good Magic Shop.”  Now there are exceptions to this rule but in 99% of situations, avoid using your name, your company’s name or our product or service in the headline.

Second…Do NOT send out or hand out any piece of printed material, publish a landing page or have any advertisement that does not have a headline. Ever!  

If you’re interested in making sales and having people actually read or listen to you, then you MUST have a headline.  I’d encourage you to go to your mail pile right now and see how many ads actually contain a headline.  Most will not.  That’s why most people say get a .1% response rate is good.  Good to most websites that are truing to sell something right now and look for a headline, again, most don’t have this.  This is like sending out an e-mail without a subject line (which by the way is the headline for your e-mail.)  Never…Ever…Ever have an ad without a headline.  Print, online, video, radio, just don’t do it.

Lastly…“Quotation marks around the headline” have been shown to increase response. 

Why?  Who the heck knows?  But it works so do it.  I could share my theory here or why it works but in all honesty it really doesn’t matter why, only that it does.  Now that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t test this, but most people aren’t going to test things so use best practices unless you find that for your audience something else works better.

Anyway, start with those three and if you’re really into learning more about creating messages that sell like crazy then check out “Power of Copy Unleashed, How To Create Offers Your Customers, Clients and Patients are Powerless to Resist” where among other things I go though all ten of my headline rules, provide 18 different headline formulas and much much more.

Until then this is Dave Dee signing off and saying “Kick Butt and Make Mucho DeeNero!”

Note: This is the type of stuff I reveal at every single GKIC Two Day Fast Implementation Bootcamp, plus we actually have you write various ads, marketing pieces, e-mails etc…all designed to help you make more money the day you get back.  It’s an absolute FREE event for members and just $497 for non-members.  If you’re interested we still have slots at our September and December Bootcamps.  Click here to learn more.