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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 No Comments

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 3 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.

Three Killer Headline Formulas That Could Skyrocket Your Conversion Rates…

By: Dave Dee on: July 19th, 2014 4 Comments

Recently I had an interesting conversation with one of our GKIC copywriters about how she cut down her writing time by 75 percent and skyrocketed conversion literally overnight.

About six months into her intense study as a copywriter (dedicating about 20 hours a week learning her craft) she was still spending hours and hours just to write a headline for a salesletter. (A headline is like the hook at the beginning of a story. It captures a reader’s attention and gets them to read farther into the promotion.)

In her mind “getting the headline right” was the difference between hooking a big client or not.  Sometimes she would spend days on what amounted to a few lines of copy.

But then something happened that changed everything for her.

She went from taking days to write a killer headline, to coming up with  several of them in just minutes

I’m hesitant to even tell you what made the difference. Because it’s such a simple idea, I’m afraid you might dismiss it.

So before I tell you what she did, I want to tell you why you shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss this.

You see not only did she get much faster at writing, she got much better at it too—overnight.

So what was it that caused this transformation?

Templates and Formulas!  Yup that’s it.

Now mind you, she had been given full instruction on what to include and not include in a headline. She had been taught about keeping your target audience in mind when crafting your headline. She knew about the different types of headlines you could write. And much more.

But she never had someone give her a straight forward template to use.

The template gave her the ability to write like a top copywriter instantly. It guided her to make the right decisions. Plus, because she was following a template (and not staring at a blank page), she could write much, much faster. And on top of that, the template was created by a well-respected and VERY successful copywriter, so she started writing with a lot more confidence.

Here’s the thing about copywriting. You should never start with a blank page. And it’s always a good idea to have a template to follow to make sure you get the structure correct.

Because while direct response marketing allows you to reach the people and businesses most likely to buy your products and services…the promotions sent need to convey the right message and say the right things. And it needs to be structured in the right way and be written to make the prospective buyer take action.

So if you’re not using well-structured, proven templates to create your copy, you should start. You’ll be amazed at how much it will improve your success.

Here I’ll give you three of my favorite headline templates…

1.  “What Everybody Ought To Know About _______________”

I like this one because it’s so simple.  For example if you’re a dentist who specializes in dental implants then your headline can simply be “What Everybody Ought To Know About Dental Implants.”  This can be used by virtually any service provider from attorneys and accountants to real estate agents and carpet cleaners.

2.  “Discover How  __________,  __________ and  ____________”

Ok so say you’re a personal trainer or sell a workout program a weight loss system.  Then use something like “Discover How To Burn More Fat, Build More Muscle And Still Eat The Foods You Love.”  It’s so easy because all you need to do is put your biggest three benefits in the headline.

3.  “Why Is This _____________ Giving Away Over $________ Worth Of ________________ For Free?”

This one is great for brick and mortar business to be used as lead generation.  This can really boost the effectiveness of your ads and drive down the cost of new customer acquisition.  Say you’re a restaurant then try something like “Why is Dipietro’s Ristorante Giving Away Over $10,000 Worth Of Fine Italian Cuisine For Free?” This one works for virtually any brick and mortar business!

So if you find yourself struggling to create effective ads, and sales messages in a short time you need to be on the lookout for proven templates and formulas that’ll drive your ideal customers, clients and patients to you.  Quick hint…keep reading below ;)

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How can Planning A Vacation Help You Create A More Profitable Business?

By: Dave Dee on: June 19th, 2014 4 Comments

I hope you are enjoying your summer. If you are like a lot of people I know, you are excited that school’s out and you’ve got big plans for a fun-filled summer. You might even have a vacation planned that you’re counting down the days until you leave.

The funny thing is that often people give a great deal more thought to planning their vacations than they do to mapping out long-term success for their business. Which is why you can learn a lot about how to create a more profitable business from looking at how to plan a successful and enjoyable vacation.

Plan in advance.  The best vacations are mapped out in advance. Even if you don’t have all the details in place, you have some of the big ones in place such as when and where you are going and some of the big attractions you’ll want to see. The most successful marketing campaigns are mapped out in advance too, even if you don’t have all the information at the start of your planning.

Even beginners can be wildly successful. Do you remember the first vacation you ever planned? You didn’t let the fact that you were a “beginner” or that you weren’t a professional travel agent stop you from booking a trip.  And I imagine you plan trips without a travel agent now too. The same holds true for marketing funnels. You don’t have to be a technology wizard to create marketing funnels. In fact, even a complete beginner can do this, so don’t let that stop you.

Get things in the right order. You wouldn’t book a hotel or airfare before you knew where you were going, right? Before you start planning out your marketing funnel, figure out what your perfect customer lifecycle is for a long term relationship with you. Determine what you will do to acquire him, what you will do to retain him and how you will extend your relationship with him. When you do this first, you’ll find it much easier to map out funnels and you’ll also reap much better results.

Focus on the important stuff. When you go on vacation it’s impossible to hit every attraction, restaurant and do everything you want. However, when you take the time to look at what’s available and prioritize the important places and events, you’ll have a much better trip. The same goes with marketing funnels. When you make sure to include the key points you know will work, then you are sure to develop a much more profitable funnel.

Start small. You probably didn’t plan a month long vacation your first time out, right? It’s better to start off developing a small funnel and build it up from there. That way you don’t get overwhelmed and you are much more likely to get a “win” under your belt.

When you map out your business, you’ll find that you can take full advantage of business opportunities to gain leads and sales. Plus you’ll feel less stress and be much more profitable.

NOTE: If you want to learn the keys to systematically mapping out your business, then be sure to join us on Tuesday as we reveal the steps to creating marketing funnels that maximize conversions and long term opportunities on June 24, 2014 during our FREE Live Video Training.

If you’ve wanted to discover how to map out and create direct response funnels that work be sure you don’t miss the Live Presentation where you’ll discover:

  •  How to map out a complex Marketing Campaign in advance… even when you don’t have all the information up front.
  • A simple method for creating lead generation funnels that doesn’t require you to be a technology wizard. 
  • The truth about the key word underlying ALL successful campaigns – COMPLEXITY – and how you can fashion a powerful, integrated funnel by starting off small and building up from there.
  • A step-by-step formula for the “Perfect Customer Lifecycle” – get this right and you put your business on a long-lasting firm foundation for predictable revenues and success. 
  • Insider secrets on creating power DIRECT RESPONSE driven funnels… and keys to ensure you’re focusing solely on the “STUFF THAT WORKS” every step of the way.
  • Much much more…

Join us on this FREE LIVE Video training giving you the information that will RADICALLY Re-Invigorate Your Business and Your LIFE.

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The Lie You’ve Been Told About Advertising

By: Dave Dee on: April 22nd, 2014 8 Comments

“It’s not about selling, it’s about image and building their brand.”

That was what one of our GKIC copywriters, Cindy Cyr, was told by her sales manager back when she sold advertising for a regional magazine.

Cindy says this was the training given to all of the ad sales people—that they were instructed to tell business owners that what they should be doing with their ad dollars is creating ads to build their brand.

If you’ve placed any ads in publications or worked with an ad agency, you most likely have been fed that line yourself.

Ad agencies, college marketing professors and media sales people tell people to “get your name out there.” That the purpose of your ad is to “build your brand.” And that you should “Do image advertising” so that customers will recognize your company. The theory being that once recognized, consumers will automatically buy from you.

But the truth is this is a lie.

What you really should be doing is using direct response marketing to sell to customers  to build your brand.  This allows you to generate a profit right away from your advertising dollars AND build a powerful brand. The other way requires you to spend a bundle on brand-building first with no return on your advertising dollars spent and may or may not build a lasting brand.

The reason for this lie? It’s an idea that dates back to a time when you could create a lot of excitement with an “image” or brand-building ad because you might be the only dentist…or car repair shop…or clothing store, etc. in the area.

However, today the marketplace is quite different.

That means it takes a ton of advertising (and a ton of money) to get your brand recognized. And while that strategy can still be a good one for the right company (with the right pocket-book), it’s not an affordable, realistic or wise strategy for small business owners and entrepreneurs.

The good news is there is a strategy you can use that actually creates a potent and valuable local, national or global brand as a FREE BY-PRODUCT of profitable marketing.

In fact, right now there are local and global million dollar and billion dollar brands that have been built and are being built from zero by replacing the “brand and image-building” strategy they were taught by focusing on completely different objectives:

1)      The goal of your ad should be to make money. When placing an ad, your chief objective should be to make money from it. You can throw money at buying recognition, awareness and familiarity, but there’s no warranty that this brand recognition will give you value or power in the marketplace…and in fact it can lead to bankruptcy.

2)      Audience is everything. When you have limited resources, it is especially important for you to narrowly focus on a very specific audience inclined to buy from you. To do this you must first develop an avatar of who your ideal customer is. Ask what your best customer will likely have in common such as gender, age, geographic location, income, politics and interests.

Then look at which media will reach these best, most obtainable customers.

3)      Apply direct marketing to your ads. Because the objective of direct response is to get a measurable return on your marketing dollars, using a direct marketing approach instead of a brand-building will turn up your income and business. You can still build your brand, but you can do it in such a way that you don’t need to spend a dollar on advertising it.

4)      Create products and sales messages that appeal to your target audience.  Stop worrying about building your brand and instead focus on creating specific products and messages that will appeal only to your specific target audience.

5)      Avoid the temptation to make tactical moves without careful consideration. Brand can be a valuable asset or a big drain and waste of energy. Therefore, it’s important to make the right kind of tactical moves and use wise strategies to develop and build your brand.

You want a brand that can help you cut through the clutter and chaos in the marketplace. A brand that makes it easier for people to choose you over your competitor. A brand that tells consumers what to expect and what not to expect.

Dan Kennedy recommends that you don’t race to implement, but instead that you slow down to figure out a governing principle that will guide your strategy and serve as a fixed basis for evaluating what moves you make.

For example, in his new book, No B.S. Guide to Brand-Building by Direct Response, Dan lists several examples such as Farm to Table restaurants that use their guiding principle to govern their strategic choices about everything such as physical location, menu items, food sources and vendors and tactical decisions about price.

But again, branding can (and should) be done without direct investment. Dan Kennedy has never spent a cent on outright brand advertising, yet if you look at his businesses and organizations built by him such as GKIC, his brand is strong. People know him, know what he’s about, and know what to expect from him. Namely, the principle represented by Dan’s brand is truth-telling and No B.S.  It’s worth noting that he’s built this through direct-response.

It may be tempting to copy big companies advertising and marketing strategies—especially if they are backed by high-profile, high-priced agencies. However, if you want maximum profits, a powerful brand and a positive relationship with a loyal group of customers that remain excited about doing business with you, then put your energy and marketing dollars into direct response marketing that makes you money while simultaneously building a valuable and powerful brand as a free by-product.

NOTE: If you want to learn how to implement brand-building by direct response, then be sure to check out Dan Kennedy’s new book, No B.S Guide to Brand-Building by Direct Response. Dan, along with two of the best practitioners of brand-building by direct response that Dan has ever consulted with, coached, and observed closely, Forrest Walden and Jim Cavale will show you how to:

  • Get a highly valuable brand—FREE.
  • Sell to customers to build your brand.(Instead of building your brand to sell to customers.)
  • Build direct relationships between front-end ROI, back-end ROI and your brand.
  • Acquire and leverage the hands-down best lead-generation tool: referrals.
  • Merge, integrate and cross-breed direct-response with a brand message.
  • Make your brand about moving your customers to engage and act.

Plus, if you act now, you’ll also receive free resources. For more information or to get your copy visit: http://www.nobsbooks.com/

How To Make This Tricky Part Of Your Business More Effective…

By: Darcy Juarez on: April 12th, 2014 4 Comments

Last week we talked a lot about the importance of making your customer feel like your business and your business alone is THE one for them. (See my article Dan Kennedy Warns: You can no longer afford to do this.)

It’s a lot easier when you are face-to-face with someone because you can ask questions and give them personalized attention.

However, to really grow your business, you have to be able to translate that feeling on a massive scale.

We talk a lot about how to do this in direct mail and email and other media that is more of a one-to-one type of communication, but one area we don’t talk a lot about is your website.

Websites are tricky.  Because unlike an individual letter or email sent directly to your prospect or customer, people will be viewing your site who are in different stages of the buying cycle.

From the prospect who knows nothing about your product or service and very little about you to the fiercely loyal customer who has been with you for years.

Really think about that for a minute.

This means that a one-size-fits all approach will not work.

Sadly, the one-size-fits all approach is what many website builders do. While this may seem like the cheaper and easier approach, the truth is, it ends up costing you more in both time and money.

Concealed costs and trying to fit a ‘square peg in a round hole’ can end up causing you to lose customers and result in having a website that isn’t generating leads or income.

Trying to cater to everyone means you aren’t likely to capture much of anyone. And the likelihood that you snare prospects that are a poor match for your business goes way up.

Instead, here are some ways to make sure you build a better website so you don’t end up with a one-size-fits-all solution.

1.  Answer these questions before you start. Whether designing your website or adding additional pages, give thought to these questions to make sure every page fits into your “big picture” plan.

  • Who is your audience?
  • What factors are important to your audience?
  • What is the purpose of your site (or page)?
  • What’s the best way to get the traffic visiting your site to take the action you want?

Each and every page needs to have a purpose and needs to work together with the other pages on your site so your visitor has a great experience.

For example, when you put a blog post up, ask what the purpose of your blog post is and how this relates to the rest of your site.

Ask yourself things such as: “Am I trying to drive people to a presentation? Or trying to capture a lead by getting them to download a free report?”

These are only a couple of examples, but the point is there should be careful thought into your plan rather than just slapping up pages independently of each other.

2.  Build for longevity. One of my favorite things is automation. One way to automate your business is to build evergreen campaigns. To make your website evergreen, use fundamental direct response marketing principles that have stood the test of time and resist the urge to constantly change your site because some new guru says there is now a new rule to follow.
 
3.  Direct the process. Don’t turn your site over to a web designer, a tech guy, etc. Most are focused on the job they were hired to do and not on the overall design and purpose. They may not know or understand direct response. They certainly won’t be looking at the overall big picture. You need to think like an architect and make sure every element on your website is working together for the end result you want. (I discuss this in detail here.)
 
4.  Make every word count. There is a myth that a website has unlimited real estate. However, just like an ad in a magazine or newspaper, you must make every word count. Don’t get sloppy. If an element isn’t helping with your “big picture” strategy, get rid of it.

When you can put the work into something once and get it to work for you over and over again, you’ll find you’ll not only save a lot of time, but you’ll save a whole bunch of money not having to re-build all the time. Like a great sales letter that continues to work year after year, following these principles, it is possible to build a website that will make visitors feel that you are exactly the right fit for them.

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The Hidden Secret To Higher Profits No One Talks About

By: Dave Dee on: April 3rd, 2014 3 Comments

I call it the “hidden secret.”

Why?

Because no one wants to talk about it….not even the gurus.

I revealed what it was last Saturday at Super Conference.

Here’s the thing…

It does not matter what product or service you offer in the marketplace. It does not matter if you sell offline or online or using a hybrid of both.

If you want to build a herd that will stay loyal to you…

If you want to communicate effectively with a large group of prospects…

If you want to convert your leads to customers, clients or patients…

If you want to build a successful business that consistently and reliably delivers you quality leads and large profits…

It’s going to require you to do this one thing…

Why doesn’t anyone want to talk about it? Because no one wants to hear it.

Yet, if you want to effectively sell your products and services, you will need to communicate your products or services’ benefits to your prospective customers.

And this will involve using this secret…

You need to know how to write powerful hypnotic copy (or at least know about it so you can hire the right person.)

Whether you write it yourself or you hire someone, you need to understand and accept this. Because as billion dollar marketer, Ted Nicholas says, “Words, not numbers, are the true currency of business.”

Everything is copy. If you record a free message—it needs to be composed of hypnotic copy. Put a video up—your script needs hypnotic copy. Do a radio ad—yep, that requires hypnotic copy too.

So what exactly is hypnotic copy? It’s copy that translates words into something meaningful, understandable and emotional.

For example, if a sales message says “Their coaching program helps clients sell a whole lot of stuff to people all over the country every day.” That’s interesting, but not hypnotic. However, see what happens when I change it to say, “Auto Dealers in their coaching program sell a car every 2 minutes all across America.”

Can you see the difference? The words in the first example was fine, but the second example communicated the message in a specific way that had special meaning to a specific target audience (Auto Dealers), was understandable what their coaching program could do, and created emotion.

This truly does make your products and services sell better. Of course, the reason no one wants to talk about it, is because this does take time to master. However, here are a few tips I revealed which will help you get started writing hypnotic copy:

Ask questions.  Before you start writing you need to ask the following questions:

1)      Who is your best customer?

2)      What are the top three to five things your best customer wants?

3)      What is the first piece of information they want to know?

4)      What should they be looking for when buying a product or service like yours?

Taking the time to answer these questions will give you crucial information that will help you create hypnotic copy.

Personalize your copy. To personalize your copy, speak directly to your customer. If you have more than one target audience, then create more than one piece of copy so you can keep it personal. Keep in mind, I’m not just talking about using their name—in fact there will be times when you won’t have their name. For instance, you can personalize copy by doing things such as including their city, neighborhood or business type in your promotion, letter or ad.

Always have a call-to-action. Hypnotic copy always includes a call- to-action (CTA). Simple, clear CTA’s work best such as “Call Today!”

Invest in understanding what good hypnotic copy is. Be sure to ask (and answer) the questions, personalize your copy and always include a call-to-action. And remember, you don’t have to master it yourself, but you should be aware of what good copy looks like so when you hire someone to write for you, you’ll have a better understanding of whether they hit the mark.

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Magnetic Marketing Event Bonus Videos

By: Dave Dee on: February 19th, 2014 118 Comments

Congratulations on registering for Dan Kennedy’s Upcoming FREE event where he’ll reveal How To Create A Flood of New Customers, Create A Cash Flow Surge AND Magnetically Attract Prospects Who Want To Buy From You

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To get you going I’ve created a few videos that’ll help you prepare and get the most out of this one-time only FREE event.  Go ahead and watch them below (new ones will appear every few days) and leave your comments below.

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Are You Making This Professional Practice Advertising Mistake?

By: Darcy Juarez on: February 11th, 2014 4 Comments

Selfie Olympics.

Have you heard of this?

It surfaced in January when the impending 2014 Winter Olympics and the “selfie” trend of taking a photo of yourself, inspired a new social media trend. A competition called “Selfie Olympics”, people are competing with each other to see who can post the most outrageous “selfie” online.

Why are selfies such a big trend? Professor Cary Cooper at Lancaster University says, “Selfies are a modern day form of communication but one of the motives for doing this is because people are showing off.”

Another article says that people who post a lot of selfies are “self-absorbed.”

I imagine that most people don’t like being thought of, let alone labelled as “self-absorbed.”  However, there is something many businesses, especially professional practices, are guilty of in their promotions, websites, and advertising that makes them appear just that.

In fact, this is one of the biggest mistakes that the majority of professional practices..such as attorneys, chiropractors, dentists, financial advisors, health care specialists, etc. make…and most don’t even realize it.

What’s worse, much like the “Selfie Olympics”, many professional practices try to out-do their competitors.

This occurs mostly because they are copying what other professional practices do. Plus, I believe professionals experience some confusion when reviewing advertising ethics that different organizations direct towards their professional practices.

What is this big mistake? Their copy is company-centric instead of patient or client-centric.

What I mean by “company-centric” is that the ad or webpage, etc. is all about the professional provider when it should be “patient or client-centric” or all about the consumer.

You see, truth be told, your patients and clients aren’t really concerned about your credentials and accolades. They want to know what you can do for them. They want to know… can you really help them…can you solve their problems… and give them what they want and need?

In other words, your ad should be about them—not you.

For example, the following is typical copy found on a professional provider’s website:  “Founded in 2001, we are the area’s leading provider of routine dental care and high-quality cosmetic options. We feature the very latest technology and state-of-the-art dentistry equipment with our only goal being to create beautiful, healthy smiles.”

Can you see how it’s focused on the provider?

Change this to be about patient and your copy might say: “You’ll get the smile you’ve always wanted with the most comfortable and state-of-the-art technology available.”

Here are three ways you can make your professional practice advertising more patient-centric or client-centric:

1)      Highlight the benefits. When designing your ad, make your headline benefit-oriented and include all the benefits your prospective patient or client can get by using your services.

2)      Strengthen your ad with patient or client stories. In professional advertising, ethics guidelines talk a lot about truth and trust in advertising. Trust is important because people are skeptics.

One of the best, most effective ways to build trust and strengthen your advertising claim is to let your patients or clients do the talking for you.

This is because a patient’s story is much more believable than what you can say about yourself. And…it won’t make you look self-absorbed. Plus, not only do people love stories, but your patient or client success stories help differentiate you and break through the constant barrage of marketing messages they see.

Imagine reading a statement like this: “Over the years my dentist has helped me overcome my fear of going to the dentist by being very patient with me and using break-through technology. Now, I finally have the smile I’ve always wanted.”

To strengthen your testimonial story even further,

  • Ask patients or clients who match your ideal target audience. The more these people resonate with your ideal target market, the more your ideal prospects can relate. Look for people whose occupation, age and other demographics line up.
  • Ask your patient or client if you can use their picture.  Including a picture, especially when the demographics line up, will help your ideal prospect identify with you even further.
  • Include pertinent details.  Of course you’ll want to include your patient or client’s first and last name. Also, when possible, include their age and occupation too. This will make the testimonial more believable, further reflect matches and can even build credibility. For instance, if your target audience includes military personnel then adding the terms “veteran” or “military officer” could help strengthen trust.

Offer them choices. Let your patient or client be the one to decide how they to respond by giving them choices. For example, you might offer a web form, a phone number to call you directly and a click to call button which allows them to enter their phone number and have you call them. To help guide which method they use, promote your preferred method first.

When promoting and advertising your professional practice, you may feel compelled to do what everyone else is doing and talk about yourself and your credentials. In fact, your credentials may be more impressive than any of your competitors, however, when you focus your ads on your patient or client, instead of yourself you’ll be one step ahead regardless of your credentials and closer to creating explosive growth for your practice too.

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