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10 Customer-Getting, Money Making Rules Small Business Owners Should Live By

By: Dan Kennedy on: October 23rd, 2014 2 Comments

There’s a certain mindset in direct response marketing folks.  We are very results oriented.  We find it very difficult to just go out for a drive or go to the mall just to hang out and browse – we want a definite destination and at least an estimated time of arrival and we go to the mall to find and buy something.

Most direct response marketers can’t watch a sports telecast unless they’ve wagered on the game nor play golf, cards or cribbage but for money.  In short we want to KNOW if we have won.  We want to KNOW if we have accomplished an aim.

While this tendency gets in the way of a friendly game night, it is extremely useful in avoiding the vagueness the permeates most small business owners marketing strategies.   The chief way we avoid this vagueness is through strict adherence to a set of proven, money-making rules.

There are 10 customer-getting, sales-boosting tactics that if you LIVE by them, you can find success in your small business and your marketing activities.

1.  There will always be an offer or offers
2.  There will be a reason to respond right now
3.  You will give clear instructions
4.  There will be tracking, measurement and accountability
5.  Any brand building that occurs will be a happy by-product of your marketing
6.  There will be follow-up
7.  There will be strong copy
8.  It will look like “mail order” advertising
9.  Results rule.  PERIOD.
10. You will be a tough minded disciplinarian and put your business on a strict direct marketing diet

In my book No B.S. Direct Marketing I tackle each rule in depth.  I once wrote an entire book on breaking the rules and generally speaking I think rules are for other, ordinary mortals-certainly not for me, and not for you, either, if you are a true entrepreneur.  So you’ll chafe at rules here just as I would.  However, when you are attempting to undo bad habits and replace them with new ones, some hard-and-fast rules are necessary, temporarily.

Once you fully understand these and have lived with them for a reasonable length of time, then feel free to experiment if you wish.  But get good at coloring inside the lines before ignoring them altogether.

In my book, No B.S. Direct Marketing, (which retails for $12.35 plus shipping and handling at bookstores across the country) you not only discover the details of each of these ten money-making rules in great depth but also…

…Discover the four brain dead direct marketing mistakes that almost all businesses make (this could be costing you thousands without even knowing it).

…Use the proven power of the “results triangle” to ensure that every single campaign you put together is a big winner – a BLUEPRINT that literally switches you from hit-and-miss to a system that irresistibly attracts a steady stream of buyers.

…Go behind the scenes and cash in on the undisclosed, off-the-record strategies of today’s top DIY marketers.

…Send referrals through the roof with a simple technique that will have your customers begging to send you their friends and family.

…And much, much more besides!

And right now GKIC is making this available to you for free.  We’ll almost free I suppose since all we’re asking you is to contribute to the shipping and handling by chipping in $4.95.  Click here to get your free copy now.

Discover 10 Customer-Getting, Sales-Boosting Tactics You Never New Existed

By: Dan Kennedy on: October 23rd, 2014 1 Comment

There’s a certain mindset in direct response marketing folks.  We are very results oriented.  We find it very difficult to just go out for a drive or go to the mall just to hang out and browse – we want a definite destination and at least an estimated time of arrival and we go to the mall to find and buy something.

Most direct response marketers can’t watch a sports telecast unless they’ve wagered on the game nor play golf, cards or cribbage but for money.  In short we want to KNOW if we have won.  We want to KNOW if we have accomplished an aim.

While this tendency gets in the way of a friendly game night, it is extremely useful in avoiding the vagueness the permeates most small business owners marketing strategies.   The chief way we avoid this vagueness is through strict adherence to a set of proven, money-making rules.

There are 10 customer-getting, sales-boosting tactics that if you LIVE by them, you can find success in your small business and your marketing activities.

1.  There will always be an offer or offers
2.  There will be a reason to respond right now
3.  You will give clear instructions
4.  There will be tracking, measurement and accountability
5.  Any brand building that occurs will be a happy by-product of your marketing
6.  There will be follow-up
7.  There will be strong copy
8.  It will look like “mail order” advertising
9.  Results rule.  PERIOD.
10. You will be a tough minded disciplinarian and put your business on a strict direct marketing diet

In my book No B.S. Direct Marketing I tackle each rule in depth.  I once wrote an entire book on breaking the rules and generally speaking I think rules are for other, ordinary mortals-certainly not for me, and not for you, either, if you are a true entrepreneur.  So you’ll chafe at rules here just as I would.  However, when you are attempting to undo bad habits and replace them with new ones, some hard-and-fast rules are necessary, temporarily.

Once you fully understand these and have lived with them for a reasonable length of time, then feel free to experiment if you wish.  But get good at coloring inside the lines before ignoring them altogether.

In my book, No B.S. Direct Marketing, (which retails for $12.35 plus shipping and handling at bookstores across the country) you not only discover the details of each of these ten money-making rules in great depth but also…

…Discover the four brain dead direct marketing mistakes that almost all businesses make (this could be costing you thousands without even knowing it).

…Use the proven power of the “results triangle” to ensure that every single campaign you put together is a big winner – a BLUEPRINT that literally switches you from hit-and-miss to a system that irresistibly attracts a steady stream of buyers.

…Go behind the scenes and cash in on the undisclosed, off-the-record strategies of today’s top DIY marketers.

…Send referrals through the roof with a simple technique that will have your customers begging to send you their friends and family.

…And much, much more besides!

And right now GKIC is making this available to you for free.  We’ll almost free I suppose since all we’re asking you is to contribute to the shipping and handling by chipping in $4.95.  Click here to get your free copy now.

Four steps to discover if you should be paid for something you are giving away FREE

By: Dave Dee on: October 17th, 2014 2 Comments

 “Chances are you are giving away a potential information product for free when people would gladly give you money for it.” –Dan Kennedy

Recently, I came across a rant by a well-respected, knowledgeable, and experienced professional marketer.

He was upset because people kept asking (and expecting) him to answer questions for free. When he suggested they purchase his book which contained the answers they were asking, some were offended.

He made the point that we pay for dental work, dry-cleaning, car repairs and so on, so why should his advice be any different?

He has a point.

If you go to the dentist because your gums are sore, you don’t expect the dentist to diagnose your problem for free.

If your automobile is making a funny sound, you don’t expect your mechanic to fix it for free.

If you want to remodel your kitchen, but don’t know how to do it, you don’t buy the materials and expect a contractor to come in and show you how to do it for free.

If your goal is to earn a college degree, you don’t expect to be given free tuition to gain that knowledge.

His rant was met with overwhelming support. People responded by commenting that those who want the answers for free… aren’t serious about their business … feel entitlement… and are demonstrating “employee behavior” where employees expect to be spoon-fed.  Plus on top of all that, they don’t value the information because they paid nothing for it.

There were dozens of comments. The list of people in support of paying for information that contained knowledgeable answers was long and resolute. One person made the point, “Nobody works for free.” Even when voluntary, there is usually the expectation that there will be some sort of remuneration on the back end.

So the question I have for you today is: Are you giving away answers—information—when people would (and should) gladly pay you for it?

Here are four steps to find out.

Step One: Do some easy research. Start by thinking about what people ask you or what advice you continually repeat. If you aren’t asked these questions, but suspect you have a good idea, then ask people to help identify their frustrations to see if you might have a solution for them. Below are three categories to get you started:

  • Solutions to daily frustrations in your market. Do you hear people in your field complain about things that drive them crazy for which you have an answer?

For example, do they have employee problems, a lack of customers, problems satisfying customers’ orders, problems finding good suppliers, companies luring their customers with low prices or false information? If you find yourself answering any of these questions then you may have information people want and will pay you for it.

  • Solutions to frustrations for hobbyists. People who are passionate about a hobby…golfing, cooking, knitting, gardening, traveling, playing an instrument, etc.…want ways to do these things better. They take pride in improving or want ways to enjoy their hobby more.

For example, a surefire way to stop slicing the ball when playing golf or an easy way to get rid of pests in your vegetable garden or seven sweaters you can knit in a day. Can you see how all of these would rid a hobbyist of a frustration therefore making the hobby more enjoyable?

  • Advice you repeat again and again and again. Do you have advice that you continually repeat? Such as parenting advice or how all six of your kids got through college without any debt?

If there is something you repeat to friends, family, or at functions and parties, it might be something people would pay to receive.

Step two: Investigate the market. Once you have an idea, find out more about the market. How large is it? How many potential customers do you have regionally or in each state? Are there multiple publications already being sold in that market? Are there specialties or sub-niches in this market? By investigating the market you may find there isn’t as much demand as you thought or vice-versa!

Step three: Look at history. Take a look at who else has tried to sell something to this market. Were they successful? Have other information marketers offered products to this market in the past two or three years? Are they still in business?

What about vendors that are not marketing information products but that promote themselves within this market? This is not only valuable to see what has been successful (or if it’s been successful) but can also help you identify potential partnerships.

Step four: Research competitors. Spend time researching potential competitors. Look at their websites. Read magazines that talk about them. Look for trends, economic factors, new ideas, technology or information that might impact or affect your target market.

The chances are good that you are giving away information free—right now—when you could be making money from it.

Isn’t it time you started being compensated for your knowledge and efforts?

If you want to know if you have a marketable information product, use these steps to find out before creating your information product. It will save you loads of time and money and help you discover whether or not you have a product people want. Plus you’ll find out what has worked and what hasn’t so you can avoid repeating the mistakes others have made.

**NOTE** Having and actual marketing plan that you KNOW works removes all stress, puts money in your bank account and most importantly frees you up to actually work on what really makes you money, or better yet, frees you up to do something other than work!

Dave Dee is doing a free training you can watch right now that answers the question…How do I get more customers, clients and patients?  What does marketing look like for a small business?  How do I get my business started?

To join this free webinar simply click here now and reserve your spot and start enjoying the freedom, peace-of-mind, and PROFITS that a real marketing plan gives you, virtually immediately.

Still The Best “Big Darn Secret” I Use To Make Serious Money

By: Dan Kennedy on: October 10th, 2014 4 Comments

Words matter.

One of the things many people wonder about is what I do that can possibly justify fees of $18,800 to (more commonly) $100,000 to write an ad, sales letter campaign, video script, TV call to action, etc. The answer is simply that “words matter” and I’ve gotten good at picking and combining words that sell.

I have a little, internal alarm bell that goes off when I hear or see “turn off words” (words that will turn off the reader), so I edit myself as I write. Still, I often spend hours upon hours agonizing over the choice of a few words in a given piece.

It is absolutely true that how you say it is at least as important as what you are saying. This accounts for the success of people in every field.

If you have good marketing systems in place and they aren’t making money for you or if you are experiencing shrinking sales, you should check your copy.

Especially if your marketing worked at one time, but has suddenly dropped off and stopped working. It may be that you just need to resuscitate your ad. All great ads eventually peter out, however it is not always necessary to completely re-do them.

By the way, sometimes copy that isn’t working from day one contains great elements worth hanging on to—elements that do their job.  But the reason the copy isn’t working is because key elements are missing such as an opening paragraph that grabs your reader by the throat and won’t let go or a great offer. You need to know how to identify what’s missing or you may waste a lot of time and money.

You can sell just about anything with great copy. While there are a few isolated cases where great copy hasn’t made a difference, it is rare, and even then the copy still sells, just not profitably.

Not only can you use copy and use sales letters to sell, but you can use them to sell your products and services the way you want to—to sell things on YOUR terms. To make your prospects comply with the way YOU want to do business.

This is a very important principle. Because it is one thing to make money, but it is an entirely other matter to make money the way you want to make money.

Everybody believes that their business is different. That this doesn’t apply to you. That no one else is doing this in your business.  That they aren’t using the written word to sell or that their copy must be acceptable because they are making sales. Maybe it’s “acceptable.” But using better sales copy gives you a competitive edge. Especially when you possess this #1 skill and they don’t.

Darin Garmin was making sales in real estate, but he wasn’t happy with the process and was becoming increasingly frustrated by doing a lot of work only to lose the sale to a competitor.

No one was using sales letters to sell apartment buildings until Darin decided to do it. Not only did he succeed at selling apartment buildings with sales letters, he got the people HE pre-determined were good candidates to respond. Plus, when he did some research, he found that he had moved into a position where 70% of all apartment building transactions go through HIS office. That was NOT the case before he started using sales letters.

It does not matter whether your clients are the CEO or the broom pusher…everybody buys the same way. They all go through the same process. They all go through the same emotions. And if you do not accept that, then you are missing out on the single greatest secret I have to offer.

I made my first money from writing sales copy when I was 17 years old. To this day, it is still the greatest secret to making money I’ve ever discovered.

And I can tell you that there is A LOT of money at stake by not taking your copy more seriously.

From the boiler room to the boardroom, across all demographics, words sell. To believe that your customers are above all this…that they won’t read…or that your words are adequate…or that you can simply hire someone to write them for you without fully understanding whether the words are well-chosen or not… is hopelessly naïve.

For the most part, we MUST use words on paper to do our marketing which means you have to keep this is mind as you choose your words. And if you are hiring someone to choose your words for you, then you better know if it is good, if not great copy you are looking at. Because in today’s market, you simply cannot afford to be adequate.

As a side note, I often hear from business owners that they want to grow their business to millions, but they don’t like to write.

This is like being a pro football player, but never wanting to get hit or a pro basketball player, but never wanting to try the game-winning shot.

Sorry, but the serious money comes from result-getting performances, not just acceptable writing.

Fortunately there is literature about the art and science of selling through writing, so you can learn it, change your attitudes about it, and translate it to ‘selling by media’ and copywriting. I talk about how to do this more here.

Also, GKIC Chief Marketing Officer Dave Dee has put together a sales letter template for you to help you write better copy faster and a special live call with Mike Stodola to get some of your pressing copywriting questions answered. Find out more here.

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.

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 5 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 6 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…

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