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Almost everything I know about writing sales letters
I learned from Sig Rosenblum – and now, you can too:
***Dan Kennedy’s recession-fighting business strategies***
Here are 3 great ideas for keeping your business healthy during
1—Redirect your efforts at better, more likely buyers – those
least and last affected by the recession.
2—Quickly modify, repackage, retitle, and rearticulate what you
are offering to harmonize with the dominant desires, fears, and
beliefs of the times.
3—Work harder – certainly more diligently – to optimize the
value of every lead and every customer you get your hands on.
Source: Dan Kennedy e-mail, 10/14/08.
***Creating irresistible offers***
On November 5, I’ll be giving a Webinar on “7 Secrets to
Creating Irresistible Offers” with Ethan Boldt, Editor of Inside
Direct Mail. Among the topics we’ll cover:
>> Offers that can increase response rates as much as tenfold.
>> How to double your response rates with premiums.
>> Does “FREE” still work? The answer may surprise you.
>> Where to place your offer copy within your promotion.
>> Graphic design techniques that make your offer stand out.
>> And more….
For more information or to register, click below now:
***What’s Ray Romano reading now?***
It’s my friend and fellow copywriter Peter Fogel’s book, “If
Not Now… Then When? Stories and Strategies of People Over 40
Who Have Successfully Reinvented Themselves”
Peter was a successful night club comedian who left show
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His book tells his story as well as 14 other people who took a
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***Meet me this month at AWAI’s 2008 Bootcamp***
I’ll be speaking on “Why Internet Information Marketing Should
be Every Copywriter’s Second Business” … and doing some
additional presentations and small group coaching … at the AWAI
Annual Bootcamp in Delray Beach, FL on November 12-14.
For details or to register, click below now:
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***Which price pulled best?***
Do customers always want the lowest price? Not always, it seems.
A software company selling to both consumers and professionals
priced their software at $79 per seat, which they thought would
appeal to both segments.
But it appealed to neither: consumers found it too high, and it
communicated “not a serious tool” to professionals.
Solution: Focus on the professional market and raise the price
to $129. When the company did so, sales soared.
Lesson: despite your intuition to the contrary, the best price
is often not the lowest price.
Source: Brown, Dennis, “10 Common Pricing Mistakes,” Atenga, p.
***Be my guest at the Biz Owner Virtual Super Conference***
I’ll be speaking this month at Wendy Weiss’s Business Owner
Super Conference. It’s virtual. So there’s no travel involved.
You are invited to attend this virtual conference at no cost as
my guest. It runs through November 20th. When you register
you’ll receive an e-mail with the details about when to call in
for each presentation from wherever you are.
To see a list of all the speakers and the topics they’ll be
covering or to register, click here now:
***10 words to close any sale***
Next time you are dealing with a sale that seems stalled for a
reason you can’t figure out, ask the prospect this simple
“What can I do to make this work for you?”
Why it works: This simple question eliminates the futile
exercise of you trying to figure out what you need to do or say
to get the order.
Instead, it gets the prospects to tell you exactly what he needs
to hear or get to be convinced to buy.
Source: Charles, Marc, “10 Words to Close Any Sale,” Early to
***4 steps to converting more Web site visitors into
In his new e-book, “CLIC Website Sales Leads System,” copywriter
Gerry Black outlines a sensible 4-step process for writing web
site copy that increases sales, revenues, and profits.
I especially like the bonus sections on SEO copywriting and
using article marketing to generate more site traffic. For more
information, click here now:
***Spacky went whacky!***
In last month’s issue, when I wrote about the new free tool for
researching key words and phrases – Spacky – a number of you
complained that it didn’t work.
We wrote the folks at Spacky. They assured me it was a glitch
that was quickly resolved. So I urge you to try Spacky now.
Just type in your key word. In seconds, Spacky tells you the
number of searches performed on that key word – Google,
Yahoo/Overture, and Microsoft Network.
It’s a great way to tell which of several key words you want to
bid on or optimize your site for is actually the one getting the
most activity. And, it’s free:
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***Quotation of the month***
“We all learn expository writing, and if we’re ever to become
anything except scholars, we have to forget it almost
completely. There is no formula to real writing that hits home
at the heart of your audience. The best is almost free-form …
it comes in moments of inspiration that we have to capture. A
marketing piece that brings in tens of millions of dollars can
come from an idea jotted down on a napkin, because the idea
captures the core emotional appeal of the product.”
Source: Personal e-mail, 8/10/08.
***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
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