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The Easiest and Most Profitable Product to Sell Online:
***Best season for online marketing***
Do you sell clothing, records, jewelry, collectibles, crafts,
toys, pet items, books, or other merchandise that can be given
as a gift?
Then you can increase your marketing ROI by doing more of your
paid traffic generation campaigns – co-registration,
pay-per-click advertising, e-mail marketing – during the peak
Reason: according to a survey of 100 e-commerce sites,
conversion rates from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve average
6.44% vs. only 3.89% during the previous 2 months – an increase
Source: Internet Retailer, 6/08.
***Market your freelance creative services***
The Creative Freelancer Conference, slated for August 27-29,
2008 in Chicago, is the first and only business conference for
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A panel of creative-business experts, led by Ilise Benun and
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***Bill Jayme’s 7 copywriting secrets***
Bill Jayme was one of the greatest direct mail copywriters of
the 20th century, specializing in writing DM packages to sell
You can read his 7 tips for writing winning DM copy here:
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***5 best practices for e-newsletter publishers***
I use Constant Contact to broadcast my e-zine and e-mail
marketing magazines to my opt-in e-list of over 50,000 names.
Annette Iafrate, an executive with Constant Contact, gives the
following smart and sensible tips for improving e-mail marketing
1—Use your own permission-based list.
2–When people sign up, let them know what kind of e-mails they
will receive from you and when they will get them.
3—Keep your list up-to-date by removing inactive subscribers or
sending them a one-time e-mail asking them to confirm their
4—Determine the optimal frequency by asking yourself how
frequently your customers think about or use your product.
5—Keep your content fresh, useful, and relevant.
Source: Target Marketing, 6/08, p. 40.
***Give a great talk every time you speak in public***
My new book (#73), “Persuasive Presentation for Business,” is
being published this month by Entrepreneur Press.
The publisher’s copywriter wrote for the jacket copy that the
book “reveals presentation tricks, successful secrets, and
surefire techniques for organizing and delivering a superior
presentation” – based on giving hundreds of talks to thousands
of listeners since 1982.
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***Maximum length for subject lines***
Many e-mail readers cut off subject lines at 45 or 50
characters. But yours should be even shorter.
Reason: a study by MailerMailer shows that e-mails with subject
lines of 35 characters or less have an average click-through
rate (CRT) of 3.8%.
By comparison, e-mails with subject lines over 35 characters
have an average CRT of only 2.1%.
Source: Catalog Success, 6/08, p. 37.
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Ted Nicholas, an enormously successful entrepreneur, got his
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He became rich and famous by successfully selling hundreds of
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***Networking with name tags***
To get the crowd networking at your event, give out name tags.
Usually name tags state the person’s name, company, and city and
Here’s a way to help attendees start conversations: add a line
on each name tag with a piece of information the person must
complete – e.g., favorite food, sports team, season, or pet.
Why it works: you can use this favorite item as a way to break
the ice, commenting on it to the tag wearer – e.g., “Your
favorite drink is vodka? Me too. What’s your brand?”
Source: SIPA Marketing Conference, Washington DC, 6/1/08.
***Make your web site fun and useful***
According to Dianna Pohly, a custom engagement expert, you can
create buzz and traffic at your site by offering functionality
that is fun or useful.
For example, Oxygen magazine added a feature to their site that
visitors could use to send e-mail to a friend’s cell phone.
Result: a 30% increase in site traffic lasting for 3 days.
Useful content works offline, too. Hannaford Supermarkets
published and gave away a food magazine – with original recipes
— in its stores every other month.
They reported that 65% of shoppers read the magazine – and of
those, 40% purchased new products they had not previously
***Quotation of the month***
“Work is a privilege. It’s a privilege to be able to do what you
love to do and be good at it. My hobby is my work, and my work
is my hobby. That’s the secret. There’s no distinction.”
–Les Paul, guitar legend
Source: AARP, 4/08, p. 77.
***Recent copywriting projects (just a sampling)***
Direct mail promotion for U.S. Charts … magalogs for TradeWins …
DM package for NutriPlus … e-mail for ExecuNet … PR for ePost
Direct … online copy for Acom … e-mail for Wellness Research …
DM and online copy for Dalbey Education … e-mail for Forbes …
radio spots for Advanced Financial Services … DM for Capital
Financial Media … sales letter for Jason Henry Insurance Agency
… Web copy for Savvysoft … landing page for University
Publishers … Web copy for Sussel Builders … e-mail marketing for
Early to Rise … landing page for Dremu … DM for Elite Stock
Report … brochure for R Tape … landing page for Casey Research …
and many others.
***60-second commercial from Fern Dickey, Project Manager***
Bob is available on a limited basis for copywriting of direct
mail packages, sales letters, brochures, white papers, ads,
e-mail marketing campaigns, PR materials, and Web pages. We
recommend you call for a FREE copy of our updated Copywriting
Information Kit. Just let me know your industry and the type of
copy you’re interested in seeing (ads, mailings, etc.) and if
Bob is available to take your assignment, we’ll tailor a package
of recent samples to fit your requirements. Call Fern Dickey at
201-797-8105 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.